Chapter 1. (Creation)
In the start, when the Three gods descended from a faraway star to create
the world, they created it as one. And after they had made this one world
they created a symbol of their power, the Triforce. But, they were not
alone from their star. There also was an evil power known to many as "A
Shadow" They hid the Triforce in a separate realm after the evil appeared.
This was to avoid the object of power from falling into the evil clutches
of the weakened and worn Shadow. The Shadow disappeared for some time as
magic thrived on the land. The Shadow only emerged in the hearts and minds
of those it could manipulate easily. Now, there was a great war among the
Hyleans, long before the legends of old. This legend war was sparked by
the evil in the hearts of a few, then grew to divide the Great Hyleans
into two clans, after the split of the Hyleans; those who had the evil
lost their Hylean powers over time. The loss of the power was caused by
the Shadow's evil. It was slowly regaining power. It needed the power of
the Hyleans to destroy the seal that kept it from the Triforce. The weakened
Hyleans, became known as Hyruleans. Eventually the Hyleans and Hyruleans
intermarried and thus all the power began to fade due to descendancy. A
feudal government was established in the Land of Hyrule, as the once great
kingdom had become to be known.
The first line of the Kings and nobles gave birth to a prince, the prince
longed to rule the land with grace and goodness. So he studied ancient
documents and discovered a way to the hidden land. He went through and
retrieved the Triforce unchallenged. He did this in secret and thus it
was not known to the Shadow as of then. The king ruled wisely. He married
and his wife gave birth to a son and also to a daughter whom he called
Zelda. Now, when the King died he knew that his son was not worthy to receive
the Triforce in full, so he secretly placed the Triforce in the Hidden
Land again and with it a terrible curse upon whoever entered. He then sealed
it with a spell of music from an Ocarina he had retrieved. Then hired a
few soldiers to hide the stones of the Ocarina and the items the King used
to reach the Hidden Land away; where no mortal could ever find them.
Around that time a member of the court became close to the Prince. This
member was a magician possessed by the Shadow. For the Shadow can not exist
without a host. The Magician told the Prince of his father's secret. The
prince wanted the Triforce; for he wanted the power that his father had.
On his death bed, the King told his daughter Zelda of the way to open The
Hidden Land. She swore to keep the secret. She retained a bit of her Hylean
power; so she knew of the present evil that lurked upon the grounds. The
Magician visited the Prince on the day after the King died and said that
Zelda knew of the Triforce. The Prince questioned Zelda and she said nothing.
For she knew that the Prince and the Magician's intentions were evil. The
Prince gave up and the Magician carried on. Frustrated the Magician started
to put Zelda under a sleeping enchantment. The Prince tried to stop him
and was unable to. After Zelda fell under the enchantment, the Magician's
body was so bruised that the Shadow left him and the Magician died. The
Prince was deeply disturbed and proclaimed that from that day forward,
EVERY female child born into the royal household shall be named Zelda.
Years passed and the story became legend. Many generations passed. Then
a child was born of the King of Hyrule, out of wedlock. (So he had Hylean
blood as well as Hyrulean blood.) His name was GannonDorf Dragmire. He
was exiled to hide the King's shame. And he grew up as a thief. Fearful
of this bastard son, the King arranged a group of advisors known as the
Seven Wise Men, and a group of Knights known as the Knights of Hyrule.
Know, one of the Knights, a brother of the king, had a son known as Link,
this long lad and the young Princess Zelda became good friends. One night
Gannon, or rather Mandrag Gannon, broke into the castle to kill the king.
The king awoke and fought Gannon and placed him in the dungeon of the castle.
There Gannon founded his ring of thieves. In the dungeon of the castle,
Gannon also found a hidden chamber that used to belong to the magician.
From the scrolls there he discovered how to harness dark powers and at
that time the Shadow entered him. When it entered him, it found out about
Zelda. Confused, the Shadow; which had been dormant for so long, thought
that it may be the same Zelda. Gannon broke out of the dungeon, and the
King fled with Princess Zelda to a hidden sanctuary. As they left, Link
frightened by the commotion, went to see what was happening and there he
saw the King ride off with Zelda and came face to face with Gannon. Gannon
sensed a bit of Hylean spirit within the lad, and decided to try and kill
him. Link's father saved him from being trampled only to meet with an untimely
death. One of the servants, a kitchen maid named Marin, witnessed this
and stole Link away into the night. At that time Gannon took over the Castle
and used it as a place of operations for his band of thieves.
Time changes things and memories fade. The servant raised Link as her own.
When he was of age, she took him to see a tree of wisdom that grew there,
and from the tree he would receive a fairy to help him in life. One of
Gannon's minions had heard that the tree possessed a powerful stone and
that stone may be able to open the Gate to the Hidden Land. The soldier
of Gannon's went to destroy the tree. When Link arrived at the Tree of
Wisdom, the Soldier attacked and killed many of the fairies. The Soldier
than stole a piece of the tree. (There was no crystal in the tree.) The
tree was a member of the court of the first King and had been turned into
a tree by the Magician. Link hid during the attack. After wards, he noted
where the Solider had gone and was going to follow him. Suddenly, he heard
a thin frail cry. It turned out to be a small wood fairie named Navie that
had hidden during the attack as well. She offered to help Link recover
the piece of the tree. (The piece of the tree was what was keeping the
tree alive.) Link followed and defeated the Solider. When he held the tree
shard, it spoke to him about a man that had been imprisoned in a cave away
from there, and that he must find three stones to free him. Link was confused
by what the tree was saying, so the tree then showed Link pictures of Link's
past, the tree showed him Zelda, the King, and Gannon.
Link searched through the valleys and mountains and found the stones. He
then took the stones to the cave that was at the top of a mountain range
called Tal Tal Heights. (Don't laugh, I'll explain it, later.) The old
man told Link about his past. And said that he must destroy Gannon and
restore the King to power. But, to do this, he must find the Ocarina of
Time, the Stones of Time and enter the Tower of Eagles. The Tower of Eagles
is the resting place of a map that pin-points the spot where the two worlds
merge. Link fought hard and found the Ocarina, the Stones, and the map.
Gannon left his castle to follow Link. At that time, the Knights overthrew
the Thieves and regained the castle. Link had not heard of this yet. He
arrived at the Gate. The Gate was at the top of Tal Tal Heights, in a place
called the Turtle rock. Link played the Ocarina's melody; and the Gate
opened. Gannon, and the thieves he took with him, suddenly ambushed Link!
In the fight Gannon, Link and a handful of thieves fell into the land.
Inside the Hidden Land, the curse was activated, Horrible creatures showed
up and Gannon, Link, and the thieves changed into to animals. Link was
changed into a large Whale with wings that ride the wind. Navie, who fell
in as well, became an owl; but was promptly killed by Gannon. Gannon had
become a giant swine. Enraged by the transformation, he tried to kill Link
again, but Link took to the skies. Link then spotted the Triforce. He flew
toward it, unaware that Gannon had seen it too and was heading toward it
as well. Link thought that if he could just touch it, he would be restored
to his former self. Link arrived at the summit only to find Gannon there
as well. Gannon quickly grabbed the Triforce and the sky turned blood red.
The Shadow and Gannon split. The Shadow reached for the Triforce; but Gannon
had it now. Gannon cast Link and the Shadow out of the Golden Land. Link
remained a Whale after he got out. He wandered, and gazed at the people
he would never know again. The Shadow followed closely....
The Kingdom was restored, but the hero was no where to be seen. The King
then ordered people to find the Hero. But, they searched to no avail. All
they found was Link's sword, which had been forged by a few of the Wise
Men for Link. They named the blade "The Master Sword" and laid it in a
stone as a memorial. They did report as well, that they saw, many times,
a giant Fish that sailed the Wind. Thus began the legend of the Windfish.
Link, aka, the Windfish eventually lighted upon a spot in the ocean and
fell asleep. The Shadow, seeing a chance, trapped the WindFish in a giant
egg to rest. The servants that had raised Link, swore that to honor his
memory, they would name every first-born male child that was born into
their family, Link.
The kingdom prospered. But, suddenly monsters showed up again and the King
suspected that the Gate Link had used may still be open. The Knights and
the Wise Men joined forces to destroy the army that was flooding out of
the Gate at Tal Tal Heights. The closed the gate; but many of them died.
So, to discourage people from going there and to honor the battle; Tal
Tal Heights was renamed the Death Mountain. This was the Imprisoning War.
Years passed. Then suddenly bad things started happening again. The King
called for the knights to check the Gate. It seemed to be all right. Then
a Wizard, who bears a similarity to the Magician appeared. His name was
Agahnim, which in Hylean means: Servant of gods. He gained the kings trust
and then killed the King, banished the remaining Wise Men, and started
making the descendants of the Wise Men disappear, one by one...
A descendent of Link, named Link. Was betrothed to Princess Zelda. (The
youngest Princess of the Royal family.)
One night, he is awakened by dreams of Zelda calling him. He rushes off to save her. He saves her and takes her to Sanctuary. This delays Agahnim's plot. Link is instructed to stop Agahnim. To stop Agahnim Link must find the Master Sword. In order to do so, he finds Sasharala, a descendant of the man on Death Mountain. Sasharala tells him to get the medals of Virtue to obtain the Master Sword. Link gets the medals and obtains the Master Sword. As he holds it above his head, he hears a plea for help: "Awa-ken me..." It's not Zelda. Link just forgets it, and starts toward the castle. He then hears another cry for help! It's Zelda! She's in trouble! Link rushes to the Sanctuary to find the Keeper of the Sanctuary dead. Zelda was captured!
LInk fights his way to and through the castle, when gets to the top of
the castle, he discovers that he is too late! Agahnim sends Zelda into
the Dark World, as the Hidden Land is now called. Link fights Agahnim and
wins. But, Agahnim sends Link to the Dark World with his last breaths.
Now, in the Dark World; Link receives a message from Sasharala; Sasharala
tells Link to rescue the Princesses that are imprisoned in crystal around
the Dark World. Link rescues them, and they help him get to Gannon's Tower.
Then Link enters the tower and fights his way to the top. Link fought Agahnim
once more, only to reveal that Agahnim is actually Gannon, the god of thieves!
Link fights off the threat that is Gannon, and recovers the Triforce. Link
uses the Triforce to destroy the Golden Land and restore Hyrule. Link basks
in his glory for a while. But, the people are restless. So, Link decides
to go on a voyage to hone his skills to perfection. On his way back, he
is beset upon by a storm. The storm sinks his ship and all goes black as
he sinks beneath the waves...
Link awoke in a soft bed. He had washed ashore on an Isle named Koholint.
(Lore from the Mudora states that Koholint was the Floating Isle from which
the Great Darkness descended.) Link was puzzled about that, but put it
to the back of his mind as his task of now was to get home. He left the
cabin in the town and set about to find his sword, when he found his sword,
Link was met by an Owl. The Owl told him that he could not leave the Isle,
until he awoke the WindFish. Link then is told by the Owl to go to the
Woods. Link goes to the woods, and meets the Owl. The Owl tells him to
retrieve the Eight Instruments of the Sirens. (These are fabled items from
the "Tale of Onericus." According to Ancient lore from the Book of Mudora,
Onericus used the instruments that he stole from the Sirens to kill the
Great Dark Dragon.) [But That is a different tale.]
Link battled hard to find the instruments, and I will make a note upon
the Key to the WindFish Egg. It is an Ocarina found in the Shrine of Dreams.
(The Shrine of Dreams is where, Fairies go to die.) As Link battled on
the Owl and the Monsters seemed to hint that Link was part of the Windfishs
dream. And that the Windfish is connected to The Hero. (For that part,
go to the Owl Statue in Link's Awakening that is close to the Face Shrine.
It explains who the Windfish is. It states: "The Windfish slumbers long...
The Hero's life gone.") Then finally, Link had collected the Eight Instruments
and would now awake the Windfish...
Link used the Ocarina and the Instruments in front of the Windfish's Egg.
And it cracked open to reveal a thick maze of tunnels deep into the Mountain
on which it rested. Link wandered around the tunnels, until he came to
a pit. He through himself into it, and landed on something strange. To
his surprise the strange creature spoke. It was a living Shadow, made of
the essence of the enemies that Link and his ancestor had fought. Link
fought hard and he beat it. The Shadow, for fear of death, retreated in
to an oblivion. And there the Shadow came upon the Wandering Soul of Gannon.
Seeing an opportunity, The Shadow slowly planned his revenge...
After beating the Shadow, Link awoke the Windfish and the island disappeared.
Link awoke in the rubble of his ship, he wondered if it was all but a dream.
Then the Windfish sailed over him, and confirmed that it was not a dream.
Link floated into a nearby port and started on his quest toward home. But,
all was not right at home. The followers of Gannon broke into the the castle
to steal the Triforce. The Knights tried to stop the Dark Intruders, but
it was too late. The Triforce had been broken, The Force of Wisdom was
shattered, the Force of Power destroyed, and the Force of Courage was stolen.
The pieces were then taken and hidden away by the Knights to insure that
no one would find them. Gannon then reappeared at the front of the castle.
He turned the inhabitants of the Kingdom into rocks, tree, bushes, and
monsters. The source of his power was unknown to the world. Only a few
people escaped his wrath. They sealed themselves away in caves or fled.
Gannon captured Zelda, purely to lure Link back.
A servant named Impa had escaped Hyrule, and she told Link of the evil
that now controlled the land, she told him of the Triforce's Demise. He
set about to find the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Link found the
pieces and beat Gannon. He saved Zelda as well; but it was not over yet.
Gannon was still alive! Gannon once again stole away Zelda, and Link realized
that he must also find the Triforce of Power, to destroy Gannon completely
and restore Hyrule. Link found through the hidden dungeons of Hyrule and
recovered the Triforce of Power. He beat Gannon and rescued Zelda. But,
when he killed Gannon, he released once again, the Shadow. With no where
to go, the Shadow searched for a reasonable host, but found only the old
man Sasharala. In a fit of hate, The Shadow possessed Sasharala and retreated
to an ancient cave to wait and plan.
With both parts of the Triforce, Link thought that the threat was over.
The people wondered what would happen next. A group of evil creatures was
rising, and reports of attacks rose. A group of monsters gathered just
to kill Link and use his blood to revive Gannon. Then one day, before Link's
16th birthday; a mark appeared on his hand. This birthmark was the crest
of the Ancient King. It was proof that Link was indeed of the lineage of
the Hero and the King. Impa, the servant that told Link of the destruction
of the Triforce, took him to a room in the castle and showed him the Sleeping
Princess Zelda. (The first one.) In the room was a map showing the secret
hiding place of the remaining Triforce. This place was where, the Triforce
of Courage was hidden. (This map was not made the Ancient King or the Knights;
it was made by The Shadow to lure Link into bringing the other Two parts
of the Triforce to the Shadow.) The Shadow had placed a shield over his
final resting place. And to test Link, he made his minions guard the statues
that would break the spell.
Link fought hard through the land of Hyrule and beat The Shadow's minions.
When he came to the Palace of Death. He broke the Seal, and entered in
to fight the Last Guardian and win the Triforce. Unknown to Link, another
battle was raging inside the Palace. Sasharala had revived and mentally
kicked The Shadow out of him. Weakened by his mental battle, The Shadow
was forced out; then Link arrived. In a last ditch effort, the Shadow changed
to become like Link. It didn't work. The Shadow was defeated and the Triforce
completely restored. Zelda woke up due to the Triforce. The End?
Is the Shadow gone? What of the Windfish? If the Shadow was completely
destroyed, than the curse is over and The Windfish will have regained his
humanity. Only time and maybe a few games will tell. Because the final
chapter in the Legend of Zelda is not written yet.