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Continuity FAQ V.1.10


Last updated on July 20, 2000

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Originally written by
Master of Hyrule

Introduction

Greetings, friends. This is a guide to the most frequently asked questions of the storyline of the world famous game series The Legend of Zelda. Instead of writing a game FAQ, I wrote a FAQ about various information about Hyrule. Any questions, don't be afraid to ask.

 

Contents

I ) A Note to the Fans

II ) A Note on Spelling

III ) How to use this FAQ

IV ) Frequently Asked Questions. . .

01. "Why doesn't Link know Zelda in LttP?"

02.
"What's the differences between the three Links?"

03.
"What's the difference between the four Zeldas?"

04.
"How come Shigeru Miyamoto says the games run in a different order than you do?"

05.
"Are the Links right-handed or left?"

06.
"Are the Links are elves? If they aren't, what are they?"

07.
"How many Ganons are there? If Ganon doesn't live in the Dark World in LoZ, the cartoon, or the comic, why is he a pig?"

08.
"How old are the three Links?"

09.
"How do we know the Link in LA is the same Link from LttP?"

10.
"Where did Link III come from?"

11.
"Which Link and Zelda are in The Legend of Zelda: Fruit of the Mysterious Tree trilogy?"

12. "How come none of the Links/Zeldas are related? I mean, didn't Link (?) and Zelda (?) get married?"

13.
"In LttP, before he dies, Link's Uncle says 'Zelda is your....' and then dies. What is he supposed to say?"

14.
"In what other media has Legend of Zelda stories appeared?"

15.
"What Zelda games were made for Philips' CD-i? What is a CD-i?"

16.
"How does Ganon keep reviving himself?"

17.
"Who was the wizard who chanted the sleeping spell on Zelda? Agahnim?"

18.
"Who is that little dwarf guarding the Triforce of Courage at the end of AoL?"

19.
"What happened to Link II's Mother and Father, i.e., why does his uncle take care of him?"

20.
"Why does Link's shield show a fourth piece of the Triforce in OoT? Is the Triforce a Tetraforce in actuality?"

21.
"Is the Owl from LA the same Owl in OoT?"

22.
"Where are all the races from OoT by the original LoZ?"

 

I. A Note to the Fans

After a careful study of the epic saga of The Legend of Zelda, it can be concluded that there must be three Links (see questions 1 through 5 of the FAQ). Link I is in The Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Link II is in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening. Link III is in The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and the Fruit of the Mysterious Tree / Triforce trilogy.

There are six pieces of information that support this theory. Here they are...

#1) Nintendo Power Volume 32, Page 83, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Preview says: "Predecessors of Link and Zelda must battle a mysterious wizard, and the evil forces behind him..."

#2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Player's Guide, Page 4: "Although The Legend of Zelda appeared first in the series of Zelda adventures, it actually takes place many years after the third game..."

#3) And on Page 12: "Back in the mists of time, before the era of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link..." Link CANNOT be a young man and ages later be still young.

#4) From the back of the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past box: "Venture back to Hyrule and an age of magic and heroes. The predecessors of Link and Zelda face monsters on the march when a menacing magician takes over the kingdom. Only you can prevent his evil plot from shattering the land of Hyrule."

#5) While not definitive proof, this following bit at least cements that a new Link coming along every so often and saving Hyrule isn't something unheard of. Nintendo Power Volume 32, Page 12, Zelda speaking in the sanctuary: "Link, I feel that you are... that you must be... the legendary hero who appears in Hyrule once every hundred years..."

#6) In The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time it is said that Link first meets Zelda. In A Link to the Past, Link also first meets Zelda. And hey, Link meets Zelda for the first time in the original The Legend of Zelda. The question is raised... how could he meet Zelda for the first time three times? Bad memory? Unlikely.

 

The chronological order of the games in The Legend of Zelda saga is thus...

Zelda, Chapter One. The Legend of Zelda : The Ocarina of Time (1998 / N64)
Zelda, Chapter Two. The Legend of Zelda : Majora's Mask (2000 / N64) *
Zelda, Chapter Three. The Legend of Zelda : A Link to the Past (1992 / SNES)
Zelda, Chapter Four. The Legend of Zelda : Link's Awakening (1993 & 1998 / GB & GBC)
Zelda, Chapter Five. The Legend of Zelda (1987 /NES)
Zelda, Chapter Six. Zelda II : The Adventure of Link (1989 / NES)
Zelda, Chapter Seven. The Legend of Zelda : Fruit of the Mysterious Tree Trilogy (2000 / GBC) **
* = forthcoming, for US release on Nov. 22, 2000 or sooner
** = forthcoming, for US release 3rd/4th Quarter 2000

 

II. A Note on Spelling

Basically, there is some confusion of spelling in the Legend of Zelda. I have taken several terms and/or names that are frequently misspelled.

1) GANON. Only one "n," not two, even though in LoZ it has two it has changed.

2) FAERIE or FAIRY. The first two games call them "fairies," since then they are called "faeries" (a more mythical spelling, much as "vampyre" or "vampyr" is to "vampire") However, it returned to "fairy" in OoT. Since chronologically OoT is the first game, it would reason to consider the "faerie" spelling a more modern-day spelling in Hyrule until a game set ahead of AoL proves otherwise.

3) RUPEE. Hyrule's currency is not the "ruby."

4) SPYRTE. No, Link's faerie friend is not the soft drink "Sprite."

5) KING HARKINIAN. Zelda's father is not named "Hyrakian," as one comic misspelled.

6) GANONDORF. It is not "Gannondorf." See #1.

 

 

III. How to use this FAQ

This FAQ includes the names "Link I," "Link II," "Link III," "Zelda I," "Zelda II," "Zelda III," and "Zelda IV." Link I and Zelda II are the Link and Zelda in The Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mast. Link II and Zelda III are the Link and Zelda in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening. Link III and Zelda IV are the Link and Zelda in The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, Fruit of the Mysterious Tree, the Zelda comics, and the Zelda cartoons. Plus Zelda I is the sleeping princess from the past in The Adventure of Link. If you are still confused, this is further explained in Questions 1 through 5.

If I refer to just "Link" or just "Zelda" it most likely will mean all of the Links and Zeldas in general, unless it is a specific question like "Where does Link III go to have a good time?"

Also, these abbreviations are used:

LoZ - The Legend of Zelda
AoL - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
LttP - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
LA - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
OoT - The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
MM - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
FMT - The Legend of Zelda: Fruit of the Mysterious Tree Trilogy ( Mystical Seed of Power; Mystical Seed of Courage; Mystical Seed of Wisdom )

 

IV. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: "Why doesn't Link know Zelda in LttP?"

A: Because it isn't the same old Link! There are in fact three Links. The Link and Zelda in LoZ and AoL are descendants of the Link and Zelda in LttP and LA. However, the Link and Zelda in OoT are even earlier! Between the three Links and four Zeldas, this is how you break it down:

Link I and Zelda II ( OoT & MM )
Link II and Zelda III ( LttP & LA )
Link III and Zelda IV ( LoZ, FMT, the cartoons, the comics, the Adventure Books, and the CD-i games )
Link III and Zelda I ( AoL ) ( she's the sleeping princess )

 

THE LINKS. . .

LINK THE FIRST
HERO OF TIME
SEEN : 575 H.R. ; 582 H.R.
( OoT, MM )

LINK THE SECOND
SEEN : 775 H.R. ; 776 H.R.
( LttP, LA )

LINK THE THIRD
SEEN : 1137 H.R. ; 1139 H.R.; 1140 H.R.
( LoZ, AoL, FMT )

 

 

THE ZELDAS. . .


PRINCESS ZELDA THE FIRST
SEEN : 1139 H.R.
( AoL )

PRINCESS ZELDA II,
PRINCESS OF DESTINY
SEEN : 575 H.R. ; 582 H.R.
( OoT, MM )
PRINCESS ZELDA III
SEEN : 775 H.R. ; 776 H.R.
( LttP )
PRINCESS ZELDA IV
SEEN : 1137 H.R. ; 1139 H.R.; 1140 H.R.
( LoZ, AoL, FMT )

 

Q: "So what's the differences between the three Links? They can't be exactly the same, fer chrissakes!"

A: Let's see...

Link I (OoT & MM) : Has blonde hair and blue eyes, and his costume changes as the game progresses:

1) As a child - green tunic.
2) As a teenager - green tunic, white "underall," brown riding gloves, and earrings in both ears.

Link II (LttP & LA) : Has blonde hair, blue eyes, and also doesn't wear a "underall" but he does have a brown, long sleeved shirt under his tunic.

Link III (LoZ, AoL, & FMT) : Has brown hair, an unknown eye color (in the comic series, they are sometimes red or brown, and in the cartoon and LoZ book they are brown). He does wear a brown "underall," however.

Something you should know...

A "tunic" is the green thing Link wears. These were popular in Ancient Rome. An "underall" is the brown/white piece of clothing that Link wears under his tunic that covers his whole body.

(PLEASE NOTE: Not all artists draw Link the same. In one picture, Link could have brown hair, while the next day he'll have green hair.)

 

Q: "So what's the difference between the four Zeldas? They can't be exactly the same!"

A: The Zeldas differ even more from the Links:

Princess Zelda I (AoL) : Has bushy red hair and is seen in a pink dress while under her sleeping spell.

Princess Zelda II (OoT & MM) : Has golden hair and blue eyes, and usually wears a purple and white regal dress with a veil, when she is both young and old.

Princess Zelda III (LttP) : Has golden hair and blue eyes, and wears a blue and white regal dress.

Princess Zelda IV (LoZ, AoL, & FMT, though not seen in AoL) : Has reddish hair and green eyes, and usually wears thigh-high traveling boots, pink pants, and a purple shirt. On special occasions she slips into a regal dress, like on her birthday celebrations.

PLEASE NOTE : As with Link, not all artists draw Zelda the same.

 

Q: (frequent question, probably because it's a good one) "How come Shigeru Miyamoto says the games run in a different order than you do?"

A: In Japan, the Zelda series evidently runs like this, with only two Links and two Zeldas :

OoT, MM, LoZ, AoL, LttP, with FMT undetermined at this point and LA falling in "anytime after Ocarina of Time," according to Shigeru Miyamoto.

In the rest of the world, we have three Links and Zeldas, which follows as listed above :

OoT, LttP, LA, LoZ, and AoL.

To complicate matters further, Dan Olwsen, a Nintendo rep, claims that Miyamoto's order is the truth. Which may be correct in Japan, not in the rest of the world. The facts, coming straight from all non-Japanese Zelda documentation, all follow the worldwide (sans Japan) version of the storyline.

The Nintendo Power-Miyamoto interview clip:

Jason Leung: Where do all the Zelda games fall into place when arranged chronologically by their stories?

Miyamoto: Ocarina of Time is the first story, then the original Legend of Zelda, then Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and finally A Link to the Past. It's not very clear where Link's Awakening fits in--it could be anytime after Ocarina of Time.

Take the classic Blaster Master for the NES, for example. In Japan, it's about a kid in a spacesuit going to an alien planet in a quest to cleanse it of all hostile aliens. In the states it's about a kid on Earth who loses his pet frog, then goes underground, finds a cool tank-like car, and thence fights strange underworld monsters in a quest to save his pet frog.

The point to all this? Japan follows their own storyline. And as far as Miyamoto goes, he may be the granddaddy of such series as Mario and Zelda as well, but one must remember that his department has and will always be gameplay, graphic design, and a continuing focus on new, never-before-seen concepts. If one pays attention to his general attitude (as well as the closing/opening credits of the games he's worked on), you'll note that "story" isn't his forte. And just look at his words above... "It's not very clear where Link's Awakening fits in..." As an overseer and overall creator of a series, you simply know when any one of your given installments in a series takes place, and most certainly starring whom (never mind that Link's Awakening's own manual plainly states it is shortly after his adventure in A Link to the Past)... which only supports my above suggestion that the interview bit should not be taken as word of God, so to speak. Do you think George Lucas can come out and tell Star Wars fanatics everywhere, "Well, I've written this new Episode of Star Wars... it could happen between Episode III and IV, or maybe between V and VI... it's not real clear, even though I wrote, created, and masterminded the whole saga."? Unlikely.

Miyamoto: I myself wanted to be a cartoonist at first, so I was reading a lot of cartoons.

And in another interview...

Miyamoto: I am involved in the day-to-day development. In this case, I worked with Mr. Aonuma to establish the basic principles of the game, then I left it to him to execute them.

 

Q: "All right, are the Links right-handed or left?"

A: They are all left-handed, according to the games and instruction booklets, though it would reason to say he is ambidextrous. However, some of the Valiant comics and the first Zelda 64 demo showed Link right-handed. I may also add that in LttP, AoL, and LA, if you face East, Link switches his shield and sword to the opposite hands. This was done so they did not have to change the sprites of facing east and could just flip Link looking west. However, the LttP Player's Guide says that Link II does this to block the evil magic from Death Mountain. Use your own judgment.

 

Q: "Okay, so the Links are elves, right? If they aren't then what are they?"

A: According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the Links are elves. However, it's not because they have pointy ears. Mr. Spock from Star Trek has pointy ears, but is he an elf?

The first Link was a Hylian of the Kokiri Tribe, but he is not a member of the Kokiri race, who are eternal children who have faeries as guardian spirits. The second Link and third Link must be Hylians, as well. Where the elf part fits in, it's not certain, though the Kokiri descent is the only link.

 

Q: "Okay, there are three Links and four Zeldas. How many Ganons are there? Also, if Ganon doesn't live in the Dark World in LoZ, the Cartoon, and the Comic, why is he a pig?"

A: There is only one Ganon. Ganon has never, ever, truly been destroyed. He has been slain, but he hasn't been completely destroyed. It seems when Ganondorf Dragmire touched the Triforce, he became invincible whenever he possesses a Triforce.

According to the third Valiant comic, if someone possess the Triforce of Power without the Triforce of Wisdom, you will become corrupted because you do not have the intelligence to control the power. In that comic, Ganon tricks Link into getting the Triforce of Power without also having the Triforce of Wisdom. Because of the vast power without the wisdom to control it , Link starts to turn into a pig-man, like Ganon. However, upon giving it up, the Triforce of Courage saves him. So, since Ganon never had the Triforce of Wisdom except in LttP when they were all connected, the corruption turned him into a pig-man. Also, anyone who lives in the Dark World takes the animal shape of what reflects his or her heart. Since he lived in the Dark World with the Triforce of Power after OoT, he turned into a pig-man anyway, due to his greed.

However, OoT threw a wrench in the cog. Ganon has the Triforce of Power, but he does not turn into a pig man for seven whole years, until he is mortally wounded as Ganondorf. So, there are a few possibilities:

- Since Ganon was the first known person to hold the Triforce of Power (or any Triforce for that manner) his evilness may have "rubbed" off onto the Triforce.

- Ganon only lives in his Ganon form when he is in battle with Link.

- Ganon only permanently turned to Ganon after he tried to leave the Dark World, because he had no Triforce of Courage to protect him, like Link.

- (God forbid) There is no explanation. It's just too complicated.

 

Q: "How old are the three Links?"

A: Three ages have been given for two different Links. When we first see Link I in OoT, he is ten years old. We later see him as a seventeen year-old. Link III was sixteen in AoL, putting him around fourteen in the original LoZ.

 

Q: "How do we know the Link in LA is the same Link from LttP?"

A: The manual, for starters, as we see in this excerpt:

Link's Awakening tells the tale of the hero of A Link to the Past and how after his first great victory he set out on a mission of training, to hone his skills, sharpen his wits and master techniques of battle from around the world.

 

Q: "Where did Link III come from?"

A: According to the Valiant comics Link III came from the kingdom of Calatia, which is west of Hyrule just over the crags beyond Death Mountain. His parents' names were Arn and Medila, who were known for a drink they made. Calatia is a mountainous country, which is ruled by Queen Seline, a friend of King Harkinian.

 

Q: "Which Link and Zelda are in The Legend of Zelda: Fruit of the Mysterious Tree trilogy?"

A: At present, the best answer is clearly Link III and Zelda IV. This is due to Link III's ultimate destiny being the most open-ended at the conclusion of his last appearance, AoL (and even following the comics, cartoons, and CD-i titles). Plus, while Ganon was "at last look" sealed in the Dark World in OoT by Link I (and he couldn't have made any appearances between then and LttP as the Sages' seal was still intact) and slain by a silver arrow by Link II in LttP, in Link III's time Ganon is still alive since his comic/cartoon resurrection... and from the storyline given on Fruit of the Mysterious Tree, Ganon is not only mysteriously "back," but he recaptures the Triforce of Power and Zelda (we can reason to say this is Zelda IV as well). Since Ganon is already alive at the start of this game, yes, it would reason to say it is Link III until further story bits filter in shedding any light otherwise.

 

Q: "How come none of the Links/Zeldas are related? I mean, didn't Link (?) and Zelda (?) get married?"

A: The first Zelda is believed to have been put under a sleeping spell and was not awaken until AoL. Thus, Link I couldn't possibly have married her, or he did but Zelda was put to sleep after. The third Link was born in Calatia, not Hyrule. Why this is, it is unknown (Maybe Link II sailed there after his dream?). It is also unknown why the second Link did not marry Zelda, but it is known that Link II might have been in love with Marin and not Zelda, but Marin disappeared with Koholint (or possibly she flew off like a seagull). The third Link and Zelda never totally defeated Ganon without being separated. Maybe they got married. However, maybe the Prince of Darkness chanted a spell on the family of Heroes, saying that "the one who strikes me down will never marry the one he loves" (A very cool storyline concept!).

 

Q: "In LttP, before he dies, Link's Uncle says 'Zelda is your....' and then dies. What is he supposed to say?"

A: No, he doesn't say "Zelda is your sister," as many were led to believe by this unfinished sentence. The Japanese version of the game says "Zelda is your destiny...." The translation wouldn't fit in the text box, so it was just cut off to add suspense into the American version.

 

Q: "In what other media has Legend of Zelda stories appeared?"

A: Quite a few...

Valiant Comics produced five monthly comic books of Zelda Comics in Spring/Summer/Fall 1990. Each book had two long stories, composing of ten pages each, and three pages of two or one page short stories. Another Valiant comic book, The Nintendo Comic System, had a ten page Zelda story in each. An unknown number (2?) were made. Unlike the regular Zelda comic, however, The Nintendo Comic System was a bimonthly comic. They are not available anywhere as far as I know.

DiC Enterprises produced thirteen episodes of a Zelda cartoon show, which aired Fridays in the 1989 - 1990 season. I know a few were produced on tape, but as far as I know the entire series has not. So far, twelve have been reviewed.

Around 1991-1992, Nintendo published 12 so-called "Adventure Books" similar to the old "Choose your own Adventure Books." Two of these were Zelda books: #9 ("The Crystal Trap") and #10 ("The Shadow Prince"), while the rest were about Mario and Luigi. To find it, check http://www.amazon.com.

A children's book titled "The Legend of Zelda: Moblin's Magic Spear" by Jack C. Harris was released some time ago. It was quite ridiculous. To find it, check http://www.amazon.com.

Link also appeared in four episodes of the Captain N: The Game Master cartoon.

Nintendo Power ran a Zelda comic serial loosely based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, in Volumes 32-44. An entertaining read, they provide additional backstory to the game, as well as depth to its characters, while taking a slightly different path to the story's conclusion. It is now sold in graphic novel format in the magazine's Back Issue/Player's Guide order form.

Jason R. Rich has written a book based on Ocarina of Time. It is still widely available in bookstores. It basically follows the main storyline of OoT at a kindergarten reading level.

 

Q: "What Zelda games were made for Philips' CD-i? What is a CD-i?"

A: Philips' CD-i ("CD Interactive"), a CD-ROM-based system that failed early on in its career, had three Zelda games for its system in 1993. They were "Link: The Faces of Evil," "Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon," and "Zelda's Adventure." At current, Nintendo has no plans of releasing them on the SNES or the Nintendo 64, and most likely never will.

 

Q: "How the hell does Ganon keep reviving himself?"

A: In the AoL instruction booklet, it says that the blood of the hero who killed Ganon can only revive him. However, in the Zelda cartoon series, Ganon can revive himself and other monsters from the Evil Jar (The place where all the dead monsters go) if he isn't slain by a silver arrow. It seems that one of Ganon's minions discovered this after AoL, and helped Ganon revive himself.

On the cartoon "Captain N: The Game Master," the evil boss from the Metroid game series, Mother Brain, revives Ganon using a legendary potion called the Potion of Power. However, because I don't consider that this event never "happened," (Come on! Kevin Keene doesn't even have a game!) I don't consider this a good explanation. Again, use your own judgment.

 

Q: "Who was the wizard who chanted the sleeping spell on Zelda I? Agahnim?"

A: No one knows for sure. It could be Ganon, but the picture in the AoL instruction booklet shows him as the shadow of the Prince. Another possibility is Carock, the wizard in the Maze Palace in AoL. It seems only the creator of Zelda knows. However, the wizard died after he chanted the spell, so it couldn't be Carock. It seems it was just a crony of Ganon or Ganon himself, otherwise the earliest sighting of an early manifestation of Ganon's Agahnim incarnation (though this is unlikely, as the people of Hyrule wouldn't trust him when he would later come to rid the land of all disease and ailment).

 

Q: "Who is that little dwarf guarding the Triforce of Courage at the end of AoL?"

A: Michael Austin, a fellow Zelda fan, wrote this question in a letter to Nintendo, and when he got the reply, it said the following:

"The little man at the end of Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link is, many believe, an incarnation of Agahnim. It's difficult to say for certain, though this is widely-accepted as the best explanation."

The best explanation indeed, because we all know Agahnim is, in truth, an alter ego to Ganon (perhaps, even at Link's moment of triumph at reacquiring the Triforce of Courage at AoL's completion, Ganon wanted to subtly rub it in Link's face that he was still around, and Link was on borrowed time until their next meeting. The subsequent adventures of LInk & Zelda in the comics, cartoons, and CD-i games, all of which Ganon figuring prominently, would support this).

 

Q: "What happened to Link II's Mother and Father, i.e., why does his uncle take care of him?"

A: The game doesn't say why. The Nintendo Power comic explains they were banished to the Dark World because they were descendants of the Knights of Hyrule, then leads us to conclude they either died or were killed there before the Dark World residences were freed, as their spirits are there to give Link guidance and focus at the end of his quest in the comic. It is also explained early on that his Uncle started taking care of him upon his parents' disappearance into the Dark World, in the hopes of sheltering him from Hyrule intrigue so as to avoid the fate of his parents.

 

Q: "Why does Link's shield show a fourth piece of the Triforce in OoT? Is the Triforce a Tetraforce in actuality?"

A: Yes, there is a belief that there's a fourth piece of the Triforce, most commonly called the "Quadraforce" or the "Tetraforce." These theories are caused by The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, in which there appears to be a fourth Triforce piece carried by a bird pictured on Link's Hylian Shield. The "Tetraforce" probably doesn't exist but the most convincing part to the theory is not new news. If you've taken time to notice in the OoT previews, both the old and new versions of the shield show something that looks mysteriously like a fourth piece of the Triforce. Though the shield is toned down, but on the older one looks like someone at Nintendo, was trying to start people thinking about it. If it didn't exist, why did they try so hard to portray this image? Why would they put a fourth piece on both shields, if not to imply that the Tetraforce exists? The first shield, it could been just a temporary image in the design of the alpha game but in the beta version, they decided to keep it? It can't be coincidence, but it was perhaps to merely stir the controversy (they were successful to that end).

As mentioned above, some screenshots show what appears to be a fourth Triforce piece in the talons of a bird on Link's shield. (These screenshots can be found at, www.nintendo.com, and on many other sites around the net as well.) Some other screen shots show just another triangular object, with no bird on the shield. This screenshot is before they had a bird on it, seen on the Ultra Game Players January '98 Preview, and the Video Games for the Nintendo 64 Volume 3 Preview. Both of these kinds of screenshots "support" the "Tetraforce Theory."

Aside from the two types of shields mentioned above, there is a third type which shows a V-shaped object under the Triforces. The shots of the GamePro April '97 Preview, and the Game Informer Online April '97 Preview. These shots are also against the "Tetraforce Theory." Now, go back to look at the other two types of shields. Upon closer examination of this shield, the "unidentified object" in the latter two types of shields looks a lot like the object on the Nintendo artist's sketches of Link with the shield. But in most of the earlier shots, the "mystery object" appears much wider than the Triforce pieces, and its top edge (which should be a straight line if it's a triangle) is curved, and you even see two separated parts in some of the good shots! I don't think of this types of shield is grounds for assuming that there is a fourth Triforce, especially now that with a closer look in this shot, the mystery object does not even to be a triangle! Yet they decided to make it a triangle.

Though none in any of the wall carvings in the castle, or on the the Temple of Time, and even the series of cinemas about the creation of the Triforce seems against it. The Bazaar said shield was a copy of the shields used by (old) Hylian Knights. And, it is on Princess Zelda's clothes. Her dress could have been old. The Tetraforce could be and OLD Royal Crest. The new Royal Crest is a three-Triforce mark...

The if the complete Triforce is so omnipotent then the question is to whether or not anyone ever had the entire Triforce? The complete Triforce should grant any wish its owner's desires, yet it was not able to grant Ganon's wish in LttP. He wished for the entire world, and only managed to change The Golden Land into the Dark World. Even with that change, disloyal and good were there, like the fat fairy within Ganon's Pyramid of Power. Did Ganon merely word his wish wrong? I doubt it, as it was a wish in his heart of Ganon, not spoken. So that only leaves the possibility of the Triforce not being powerful enough. Maybe it's not complete...

Here's one thought: Farore, the Goddess of Courage, made life to uphold the law. Yet the Gerudos (or particularly Ganondorf) are highly unusual. Ganondorf Dragmire was born and has been the scourge of Hyrule for years. There are distortions on the flow of power in the Triforce. Like "Day of the Triforce," one day of the year when all the Triforces' powers cease to work. A Day of the Triforce occurs once a decade. Occured in the LoZ comic #5. This day occurs on every exact decade (like 1980, 1990, 2000... etc.) and in The LoZ comic #2, "Once a lifetime," all of the evil magic in Hyrule can be harnessed by one wizard. A Wizzrobe and Ganon tried to blast Link with a spell containing all of the evil magic, but it backfired. In the third comic, Link gets a hold of the Triforce of Power and became corrupted. In the cartoon, if Ganon got a hold of the Triforce of Wisdom, he'd rule forever yet in comic #3, Zelda comments that the Wisdom and Courage can defeat the Triforce of Power any day. After Link defeated Ganon, he lend his hand to its restoration. But circumstances did not look very good. Hyrule was on the road to ruin. With the Triforce of Power, Ganon had left behind ruin that continued causing chaos and disorder in Hyrule.

Evil life, buildups of evil magic, T.o.P.'s ability to corrupt people with its power, disturbances of the Triforce's power, T.o.P. possibly weaker than the other two Triforces. How could these things been done? The three Goddesses seemed to have created order from chaos, just to leave it to turn back into chaos again.

One possibility could be that, while the three Triforces we know of marked the ascent of the three Goddesses as they left the world of Hyrule (this we know as fact) each point up, the fourth Triforce points down on every picture seen in Oot (the shields, Zelda's dress). This "pointing down" could further the theory that it symbolizes and embodies a fourth, evil Goddess, perhaps pointing the way to the Hyrulean equivalent of Hell. That, or it merely symbolizes the three Goddesses' original descent from the heavens before they created all life on Hyrule.

In desert, the Spirit Temple was sculpted as a snake lady, Sheik called it a goddess of the sand. One theory could be that there must have been an evil goddess - we'll call her "Collusus" - that came later to destroy what the others had done. Or maybe even take over what the other three done. She hid the Triforce of [Creative] Power and replaced it with a Triforce of [Destructive] Power. But the evil goddess couldn't forge the powers of the Triforces Wisdom and Courage, as absolute power corrupts absolutely. She then created life to oppose the law as well as evil magics and sciences. If that happened, it would explain the above and other mysteries.

Why hasn't a fourth piece of the Triforce ever been mentioned? Maybe it will be. Why would it be called a Triforce if there were four pieces? Well, in LoZ, when there were two, Triforce meant that the pieces are shaped as triangles, so it could be called the Triforce even if there were 100 pieces. If there are four Triforce pieces in the game, then why aren't there any more info in the games, since OoT is the prequel of them all? Maybe, Hylians had forgotten this their years under Ganon's tyranny, as he had left Hyrule in ruins before which could have destroyed bits of the legend from scrolls in libraries that were burned or tablets crumbled and buried under city ruins, leaving Hyrule's elders to die with the memories. For none of the stories handed down through the generations ever mention a fourth Triforce piece, but yet in LoZ, they never said anything about the Triforce of Courage. None of the wise men or Impa ever said anything about a fourth piece! Then again only when Impa saw the mark on Link in AoL, that then she told him of a scroll that no one could read that told of the Triforce of Courage. How could anyone have possessed the three pieces of the Triforce, gained absolute power and control of the world when Ganon couldn't even escape Dark World or even beat Link, a mortal boy?

 

Q: "Is the Owl from LA the same Owl in OoT?"

A: There's a lot of controversy over the owl. Mainly: "He's Rauru, the gossip stone said so," "He's the same one as the owl in Zelda 4." Now the gossip stone actually says (this is the gossip stone in Sacred Forest meadow) that Kaepora Gaebora is a reincarnation of a sage. Now many people misinterpreted that to think since he never appeared as the grown up you it must mean he became Rauru. Now let's look at "reincarnation." Someone that used to be someone else in another life, not someone who is someone else in the present. Thus meaning Kaepora Gaebora was once a sage. Which one was he?

Two possibilities are that he was either the sage of the forest or the desert. The two things giving me this idea is the fact the owl is often met in the lost woods and the gossip stones giving this information are in the sacred forest meadow. But also at the end of the game the owl is seen flying off towards the desert... A hint maybe ?

One thing, the owl may be male as an owl but he may have been female as a sage. Could Kaepora Gaebora be the reincarnation of the lady of the Spirit Temple, the lady whose image can be seen throughout?

It could be theorized that Kaepora Gaebora is evil and pushed Link along in the earlier quest so he would open up the Chamber of Sages. Is Kaepora Gaebora now an owl as a punishment of a wrong he committed during his time as a sage? Unlikely, but a possibility.

Also remember the owl of OoT bears resemblance to the owl of Koholint Island in LA. Now really everything at this point is guesswork as there is no apparent connection between the two, aside from both being owls and both guiding a Link on their quests. It could be said that every Link is a reincarnation of the previous; a way to bring a warrior when he is needed - in other words, fate (or perhaps the watching goddesses) is using Link as a toy. As such, he could have been assigned to be the guardian and guide of Link for all of Hyrule's eternity.

 

Q: "Where are all the races/characters from OoT by the original LoZ and LttP?"

A: If one follows all clues, there is one theory with possible merit...

Ever since Agahnim gained the King's trust he spent long nights in the high tower of Hyrule Castle, yes? Yes. Those at the castle, the townspeople could see strange lights, even faint sounds coming from the tower. The maidens started to disappear, so, the disturbances must have been Agahnim casting the maidens into the Dark World. But, the ceremony was once a full moon according to the LttP comic book and after he finally captured a maiden. So the other nights, Agahnim must have been working on something else, like how to control the guards. Instructed by Ganon, Agahnim must have been experimenting the effects for a first Evil Jar on each of guards. It was yet to be perfected, but it still worked.

Here is how this Evil Jar could have worked: First they need to become subject to it. It isn't certain how it's done, but in the "Missing Link" cartoon, they held Link's body in the Evil Jar. Perhaps long term exposure to the inside turns you into a energy-based creature whose life energy is dependant on the Triforce of Power. When you become subject as an energy-based creature, you're pratically immortal. You have a limited amount of energy. If you run out of energy (or de-energize), you have to return to the Evil Jar to recharge and the Triforce of Power will replenish your energy. To destroy someone like that, you'll have to blast them with something so powerful that they reach the the point of no return.

It starts in OoT, where we met the races. In LttP, nearly 200 years passed. Sheikahs are extinct, merged with Hylians; Zoras are becoming hostile and have no compassion for Hylians; the Kokiri are now aging and are in the forest, living as thieves (remember the guy in LttP's Lost Woods?); the Gerudos are dead; Gorons... are dead, too.

Then, in LoZ, Ganon and his minions ransacked Hyrule and its surrounding populaces, he finished off the young and able. He enslaved them to the Evil Jar. So, who's who, what did the Evil Jar do? Well, no Sheikahs. Hyrulean Guards and Knights were turned to Armos and then turned to stone because Ganon couldn't trust their full loyalty, Stalfos and Ghini are Hylians, Zolas are Zoras, Moblins and Goriyah are Kokiri. Gerudos are resurrected as Gibdo, and one would tend to believe the Gorons are throwing those rocks at you in LoZ, living as the very mountains themselves.

FIN


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