The Compiled Legend of Zelda (LionHarted NoA edition)
Some of you might remember my first attempt at a complete compilation of the Legend of Zelda, from start to finish, including all of the known storyline. Well, this is a second shot at it. I'm using the NoA translations (where accurate) almost exclusively for the sake of continuity, since obviously we don't have the Japanese translations for any game other than ALttP. This has actually served as more of a productive measure than anything else. You all might notice that I'm including the GBA versions of the LoZ/AoL manual stories. This is deliberate--they are much more accurate in that they use the same language/terminology as other games.
I will be posting a second version, with the Seal War before ALttP instead of as part of OoT, whenever I can get around to it. [NOTE: I neglected to post sources, since they are, by and large, the same sources I used for the first version, which you all have access to.]
The Legend of Zelda – History of Hyrule
The legends say the mythical gods of Hyrule had as their chosen people the Hylians. These ancient people left scrolls that are the primary source of the legends. According to the Hylian scrolls, the mythical gods descended from a distant nebula to the world and created order and life.
The Creation of Hyrule and the Legend of the Triforce
Before time began, before spirits and life existed... Three golden goddesses descended upon the chaos that was Hyrule--Din, the goddess of power; Nayru, the goddess of wisdom; Farore, the goddess of courage. Din, with her strong flaming arms, cultivated the land and created the red earth. Nayru poured her wisdom onto the earth and gave the spirit of law to the world. Farore, with her rich soul, produced all life forms who would uphold the law.
The three great goddesses, their labors completed, departed for the heavens. And golden sacred triangles remained at the point where the goddesses left the world. Since then, the sacred triangles have become the basis of our world's providence. And, the resting place of the triangles has become the Sacred Realm.
“In a realm beyond sight,
The sky shines gold, not blue.
There, the Triforce's might
Makes mortal dreams come true."
The resting place of the sacred triangle, the Sacred Realm, is a mirror that reflects what is in the heart—the heart of one who enters it. If an evil heart, the Realm will become full of evil; if pure, the Realm will become a paradise. The Triforce—the sacred triangle—it is a balance that weighs the three forces: Power, Wisdom and Courage. If the heart of the one who holds the sacred triangle has all three forces in balance, that one will gain the True Force to govern all.
But, if that one's heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts: Power, Wisdom and Courage. Only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce—the part representing the force that one most believes in. If that one seeks the True Force, that one must acquire the two lost parts. Those two parts will be held within others chosen by destiny, who will bear the Triforce mark on the backs of their hands.
The Fierce War
A long time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. Many aggressively searched for the wish-granting Triforce, but no one was sure of its location. Some said the Triforce lay under the desert, others said it was in the cemetery in the shadow of Death Mountain, but no one ever found it. That yearning for the Triforce soon turned to lust for power, which in turn led to the spilling of blood—soon the only motive left among those searching for the Triforce was pure greed. To escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered the forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured—her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny, whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him in to the forest. After the mother passed away, he raised the baby as a Kokiri.
One day years later, completely by chance, a gang of thieves opened the gate to the Golden Land of the Triforce. This land was like no other—in the gathering twilight, the Triforce shone from its resting place high above the world. A long running battle ensued—the leader of the thieves fought his way past his followers in a lust for the Golden Power. After vanquishing his own followers, the leader stood triumphant over the Triforce and grasped it with his blood-stained hands, and the roaring laughter of the brigand leader echoed across time and space and even reached the far-off land of Hyrule. Ganondorf Dragmire, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used the entrance in the Temple of Time, built by the ancient Sages to protect the Triforce from evil ones, to enter the forbidden Sacred Realm. He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil. Indeed, the King of Evil Ganon, the one who has threatened Hyrule so, was born at this time.
The Triforce, the sacred triangle, is a balance that weighs the three forces—Power, Wisdom, and Courage. If the heart of one who holds the sacred triangle has all three forces in balance, that one will gain the True Force to govern all, but if that one’s heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts—Power, Wisdom, and Courage. Only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce—the part representing the force that one most believes in. If that one seeks the True Force, that one must acquire the two lost parts. Those two parts will be held within others chosen by destiny, who will hold the Triforce marks on the backs of their hands.
When Ganondorf the King of Thieves laid his hands on the Triforce, the legend came true—the Triforce separated into three parts, and only the Triforce of Power remained in Ganondorf’s hand. The Triforce of Power enabled him to become a mighty, evil king, but his dark ambitions were not satisfied. To gain complete mastery of the world, Ganondorf started looking for others chosen by destiny to hold the other two Triforce parts.
The Imprisoning War
We do not know what Ganon wished for after gaining the Triforce’s power. Yet, in time, Ganon's evil power radiated from the temples of Hyrule as it flowed from the Golden Land. This dark power herded and consumed people of greed, and they disappeared. Black clouds permanently darkened the sky, and many disasters beset Hyrule. The lord of Hyrule sent for the Seven Sages and the Knights of Hyrule and ordered them to seal the entrance to the Golden Land. Because of the evil power in the temples, however, the Sages could not hear the awakening call from the Sacred Realm, and in seven short years, the power of the Triforce transformed Hyrule into a world of monsters.
The Triforce itself cannot judge between good and evil. That is because only the gods can do that. If someone with a righteous heart makes a wish, it will lead Hyrule to a golden age of prosperity; if someone with an evil mind has his wish granted, the world will be consumed by evil. However, it could not be assumed that only a good person would get their hands on the Triforce, and for that reason the people of Hyrule forged a sword resistant to magic which could repulse any evil that might kidnap the Triforce. This mighty weapon became known as the blade of evil's bane, or the Master Sword, and it is said that only a true hero can use it. As the Sages searched for a valiant person to take up the Master Sword, Ganon's evil army swarmed from the tainted Golden Land into Hyrule and attacked the castle. The Sages and the Knights of Hyrule combined forces to wage war on this evil horde.
The Knights took the full brunt of the fierce attack, and although they fought courageously many a brave soul was lost that day. However, their lives were not lost in vain, for then, when their strength had exhausted and all hope had died, and the hour of doom seemed at hand, a young boy clothed in green appeared as if from nowhere. Wielding the blade of evil’s bane, he broke the curses on all of the temples. The boy, who traveled through time to save the land, was known as the Hero of Time.
The six Sages, wielding the power of the Ancient Creators of Hyrule, opened the sealed door and cast the Evil Incarnation of Darkness into the void of the Evil Realm. Then the seventh Sage, destined to be the leader of them all—the princess, Zelda—sealed the gateway to the Sacred Realm. Thus, Ganondorf the Evil King vanished from Hyrule—together with the Hero of Time, the awakened ones had bound the evil and returned the light of peace to the world. All of Hyrule rejoiced at the victory that upheld peace and order over Ganon's evil and chaos.
The Triforce of Wisdom was kept within the Royal Family of Hyrule by Princess Zelda to protect it from evil’s grasp. A piece of the Triforce was given to the Hero of Time and he kept it safe, much as Zelda kept hers—that sacred piece is known as the Triforce of Courage. When the Hero of Time was called to embark on another journey and left the land of Hyrule, venturing into the flows of time, he was separated from the elements that made him a hero. It is said that, at that time, the Triforce of Courage was split into eight shards and hidden throughout the land.
The Great Flood
But then a day came when a fell wind began to blow across the kingdom. The great evil that all thought had been forever sealed away by the Hero once again crept forth from the depths of the earth, eager to resume its dark designs. The land of Hyrule was turned into a world of shadows by Ganon. The people believed that the Hero of Time would again come to save them... but the Hero did not appear. Faced by an onslaught of evil, the people could do nothing but appeal to the gods. In their last hour, as doom drew nigh, they left their future in the hands of fate.
When the gods heard the people’s pleas, they chose to seal away not only Ganon, but Hyrule itself, and so, with a torrential downpour of rains from the heavens, the fair kingdom was soon buried beneath the waves, forgotten at the bottom of the ocean. Yet all was not lost, for the gods knew that to seal the people away with the kingdom would be to grant Ganon's wish for the destruction of the land. So, before the sealing of the kingdom, the gods chose those who would build a new country and commanded them to take refuge on the mountaintops.
Hundreds of years passed. The memory of the kingdom vanished, but its legend survived on the wind's breath. On a certain island, it became customary to garb boys in green when they came of age. Clothed in the green of fields, they aspired to find heroic blades and cast down evil. The elders wished only for the youths to know courage like the Hero of legend.
The Tales of the Four Sword
Long, long ago, evil spirits descended upon the land of Hyrule. Just when it seemed that the world was to be cast into the darkest of shadows, the tiny Picori appeared from the skies and bestowed on a courageous human a shining golden light and a single sword. This bravest of men used his wisdom and courage, his golden light, and his sword to fight off the demons and restore peace to the world. The people were so grateful for the Picori’s help that they held an annual celebration in their honor.
The tradition of the Picori Festival continued, but over the generations, the Picori themselves passed into legend. The legend of the Picori tells of a mystic doorway that opens just once every hundred years. When the door is open, the Picori can cross from their world into Hyrule.
Long ago, on that year in one hundred, the festival was unusually grand. Hyrule Castle was hosting a tournament of sword-fighting skill, recalling the great battles of legend. That year’s champion was a man by the name of Vaati. He won the tournament with an almost magical ease, and all of Hyrule was abuzz with rumors about this shadowy figure. “Who is this Vaati?” they asked. “What has brought him to Hyrule?” Vaati was a wind sorcerer who could bend the wind to his will and used this awful power to terrorize many villages of Hyrule. In his assaults on the villages, Vaati would kidnap any beautiful girls who caught his fancy. Many knights from the castle and other brave men set out to subdue the sorcerer and rescue the girls, but each one fell to Vaati’s awesome power. Just as the people had begun to lose hope, a lone young boy traveling with little but a sword at his side appeared.
When the young lad took out his sword, he split into four separate beings. The legends say these four beings worked as one and defeated Vaati. The wanderer, united once again, imprisoned Vaati deep in Hyrule and sealed the prison with his own sword. This place became known as the Realm of the Four Sword. The boy then went deep into the forest and disappeared. The people did not believe the story, but they called it the Four Sword nonetheless. As rumors of the blade’s power to divide a person into four entities spread, the people built a shrine to protect it.
Princess Zelda of the land of Hyrule was a beautiful young girl born with the mysterious power to sense approaching forces of evil. For this reason, she was assigned with the sacred duty of protecting the shrine of the Four Sword and the blade itself. One day, Zelda was in Hyrule Castle when she sensed that something unusual was occurring at the Four Sword Shrine. She asked a boy named Link, whom she trusted above anyone else, to accompany her to investigate the happenings at the shrine.
Then, the wind sorcerer Vaati broke out of his prison and then snatched Princess Zelda. Link claimed the strange power of the Four Sword and fought Vaati fiercely. In the end, he succeeded in sealing Vaati away once again. And so, peace was restored to Hyrule once again. Or so everyone thought...
The World of Darkness
Swiftly and suddenly, dark clouds covered all of Hyrule. Ominous clouds that filled all those who saw them with fear. A sense of dread swept across the land. Princess Zelda, worried about the seal that bound the wind sorcerer Vaati, called Link and the six maidens who guard Hyrule and the Four Sword Sanctuary to make sure Vaati’s seal remained strong. Princess Zelda and the six maidens were taken by dark forces, and, in order to save them Link drew the mystic blade, accepting the destiny of the Hero and setting Vaati free once more.
The four Links rescued Zelda and the maidens and defeated the wind sorcerer Vaati. But there were still monsters about, the tower was crumbling, and Zelda sensed a tremendous power approaching. It was Ganon, King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn, the wielder of the Trident! His goal had been to use Vaati to remake Hyrule into a land of darkness.
Ganondorf, of the Gerudo Tribe, once destined to be the mighty guardian of the Gerudo and the desert, had stolen the Dark Mirror, which had the power to reveal the wickedness within a person and bring it to life, cast the Knights of Hyrule into the Dark World, and used the power of darkness granted to him by the Trident to smother the light. Zelda, the maidens, and the four Links combined their powers and sealed Ganon away from the world.
The Coming of the Wizard
Many centuries have passed since the Imprisoning War. The land of Hyrule healed its wounds and the people lived in peace for a long time. Memories of the vicious Imprisoning War faded over the generations. So it is no surprise that no one was prepared for the new disasters that struck Hyrule. Pestilence and drought, uncontrollable even by magic, ravaged the land. The king of Hyrule ordered an investigation of the imprisoned Dark World, but the Sage's seal was apparently intact. The people had nothing else to do but pray to the gods.
He offered rewards for anyone who could find the source of these troubles. In answer to these summons a stranger named Agahnim came and quelled the disasters with a previously unseen form of magic. As a reward, the king gave him a new position as chief advisor and heir to the Seven Sages. The masses proclaimed him their hero. Once more, peace appeared to have returned to Hyrule.
Left in charge of the country, Agahnim began to govern Hyrule in place of the King and abuse his political power as he saw fit. Of late, rumors have traveled their whispering path with alarming frequency. Rumors saying Agahnim now plans to remove the King and take the crown for himself—rumors of strange magical experiments in the castle tower at night... He cast spells on the soldiers and kidnapped young maidens descended from the Sages in order to break the seal. This destiny fast approached the final maiden, the princess, Zelda.
The Return of the Legendary Hero
The only weapon potent enough to defeat Agahnim was the legendary Master Sword. Legends say only the Hero who has won the three Pendants could wield the sword:
“The Hero's triumph on Cataclysm's Eve
wins three symbols of virtue.
The Master Sword he then retrieves,
keeping the Knight's line true.”
But the wizard broke the Sages’ seal and opened a gate to link the worlds at Hyrule Castle. Ganon, the evil King of Darkness, rediscovered the entrance to the Golden Land and claimed the mystical Triforce. He wished to conquer the world, and the Golden Land was turned into the Dark World by demonic power. After building up his power, Ganon planned to go on to the Light World to fulfill his wish. But all was not lost, for there existed a prophecy that told of a legendary Hero who could defeat Ganon:
“If a person with an evil heart gets the Triforce, a Hero is destined to appear, and he alone must face the person who unleashed the Great Cataclysm. If the evil one destroys the Hero, nothing can save the world from his wicked reign. Only a member of the Knights of Hyrule, who protected the Hylian Royal Family, can become the Hero.”
A boy named Link fulfilled the prophecy of the legendary Hero and destroyed Ganon, and became the new master of the Triforce.
The Journey of Enlightenment
But the people of Hyrule were still apprehensive. They feared the dangers that could arise from Ganon’s ashes. Ever vigilant, Link left on a journey of enlightenment, in search of wisdom that would help him better be able to withstand the next threat to his homeland.
After months of difficult—but fruitful—travel, Link was returning home to Hyrule when a squall suddenly struck his ship. Link valiantly fought off the waves, but a lightning bolt reduced his ship to splinters. Link drifted with the wreckage of his ship, and awoke in the care of… Zelda? No, Link discovered, he was on Koholint Island in the care of a woman named Marin. In the distance, on Koholint’s central mountain, loomed a gigantic egg.
Link learned from a mysterious owl that in order to get off the island he must recover eight Sirens’ instruments and awaken the Wind Fish sleeping in the giant egg. “To the finder...the isle of Koholint is but an illusion... human, monster, sea, sky... A scene on the lid of a sleeper's eye... Awake the dreamer, and Koholint will vanish much like a bubble on a needle... Castaway, you should know the truth!”
Link gathered the instruments and approached the egg, and, as he woke the Wind Fish, it spoke to him: “I am the Wind Fish... Long has been my slumber... In my dreams... an egg appeared and was surrounded by an island, with people, animals, an entire world! But, verily, it be the nature of dreams to end! When I dost awaken, Koholint will be gone... Only the memory of this dream land will exist in the waking world... Someday, thou may recall this island... That memory must be the real dream world... Come, Link... Let us awaken... together!! Play the eight instruments! Play the song of awakening!!”
The Quest of the Triforce
One day in Hyrule, a strange force drew Link deep within Hyrule castle, where he found the Triforce resting, glittering brilliantly as it awaited him. “Link... Link... Accept the quest of the Triforce!” Suddenly, Link was enveloped in a circle of light, and the next moment, he vanished. When Link awoke, he found himself in a forest he had never seen. Confused, he looked around blankly at the unfamiliar surroundings. He heard pleasant music and laughing voices echoing from deep within the woods. Link followed the inviting voices until he came upon a traveling troupe of actors. He was immediately struck by the beauty of a young woman who was dancing about in circles. When the girl noticed Link, she smiled brightly and called to him.
“Welcome to Holodrum. I am Din, the dancer,” she said with glee. “Would you like to dance with me? Don't be shy. It will be more fun if we dance together.” She took him by the hand, and he reluctantly began to dance. Unfortunately, this blissful moment did not last long. The sky suddenly went dark, and there was a loud crash of thunder, followed by a resounding, thunderous voice.
“I've found you, Din! You can't deceive me by disguising yourself as a dancer. I am Onox, General of Darkness! Now reveal yourself, Oracle of Seasons!”
Then a great tornado dropped from the sky and drew near Din, as if to engulf her. “Help me, Link!” she cried. Link was blown back by the tornado as he struggled against its awesome force, and Din was swept away in the wind... And then strange things began to happen throughout the land. When Onox carried off the Oracle of Seasons from the land of Holodrum, the seasons fell into chaos and the land was deprived of the bountiful gifts of nature. Life was slowly being drained from the land, and all living things began to wither. And so Onox set in motion his plan to gather the power from the withering land and create a world of total darkness.
Link found the mystical Rod of Seasons and used its power, along with the power of the eight Essences of Nature, to defeat the evil General Onox and rescue the Oracle of Seasons. Holodrum was saved, and the seasons returned to normal. Before he left the land, Din spoke to him: “The trials you faced to collect the Essences of Nature have made you a true hero! A new trial shall call you away soon, but we Oracles will always watch over you in secret, in hope that darkness is kept from the hearts of mankind.”
This would not be the end of Link’s adventures. Not long after his trials in Holodrum, Link awoke one day to find himself deep in a strange forest. As he started to walk through the woods, he heard cries for help coming from just up ahead of him. Link hurried toward the voice, only to find a group of monsters surrounding the woman who was screaming. When the monsters saw Link, they immediately fled.
The woman who was being attacked was none other than Impa, nurse to Hyrule's Princess Zelda. Impa said she had come to the forest to search for a singer named Nayru. “Can't you help me look?” Impa asked. Despite the strange look she gave him, Link could not refuse her request. Together they found a large stone with a rune on it. Naturally, Link moved the stone, but Impa wouldn't so much as lay a hand on it. As they traveled even deeper into the forest, they found a young woman singing. Invited to sit by the group of animals that listened to the girl's song, Link joined in the circle and let the beautiful song fill his ears and penetrate his heart. This was surely Nayru, the singer Impa was searching for.
Just then, Impa erupted in a cackling laugh. “Ah ha ha ha ha ha!” A darkness surrounded Impa, and a frightening shadow lifted from her body. “Nayru! Oracle of Ages! I, Veran, Sorceress of Shadows, shall make you my own!” The shadow that called itself Veran began swooping about the forest before flying straight into the body of the frightened singer. A blinding light shone forth from Nayru's body. When Link's eyes had grown used to the light, he realized that Nayru looked very strange. Her face seemed veiled in shadow, and her bright smile had vanished. A piercing, evil gaze had replaced it. “Ha ha ha ha ha! Now the power of the Oracle of Ages is mine! I can travel through time at will! Now a new age shall begin--an age of shadows!” And with that, Veran and Nayru vanished.
Nayru was actually the Oracle of Ages who controlled time in this land of Labrynna. When the oracle was kidnapped, the flow of time in Labrynna was distorted, and strange things began to happen. Before vanishing, Veran said, “When the past changes, so does the present.” Her plan was to travel to the past and gather power from the sorrows of the people of Labrynna so that she could create her age of shadows. Link found Nayru’s Harp of Ages, restored Labrynna’s past, and, with the eight Essences of Time at his command, defeated Veran.
But then Princess Zelda was kidnapped by the evil Gerudo witches, Twinrova. Twinrova had used Onox and Veran to spread darkness from the Dark Realm across the lands in order to light the Flames of Destruction and Sorrow. Now, with Hyrule’s princess captured, the Flame of Despair burned, and she would be sacrificed to complete the dark rites of the Gerudo. The Evil King Ganon would return! Link defeated Twinrova and halted the completion of the rites that would have revived Ganon. Since they could not sacrifice Zelda in their final rite, the powers of darkness could only revive a mindless, raging Ganon, whom Link defeated with the guidance of the Triforce. Now hope and peace could return to the hearts of the people.
The Sleeping Princess
Long ago, when Hyrule was one kingdom, a great ruler maintained the peace in Hyrule using the Triforce. After the king died, the prince of the kingdom should have become king and inherited everything, but he could only inherit the Triforce in part. The prince searched everywhere for the missing parts, but could not find them. A wizard close to the king said that, before he died, the king had said something about the Triforce to the younger sister of the prince, Princess Zelda. The prince immediately questioned the princess, but she revealed nothing. The wizard threatened to cast the princess into eternal sleep if she did not talk, but, still, Princess Zelda said nothing. The wizard, fighting off the startled prince, cast his spell. The princess fell on that spot, entering a deep sleep, and at the same moment the wizard collapsed, too.
In his grief, the prince placed the princess in the North Castle in which we now stand. The prince hoped that someday Zelda would awaken from her slumber. So that this tragedy would never be forgotten, he ordered every female child born into the royal household be given the name Zelda.
The Age of Chaos
The World entered an age of Chaos. Among this chaos, in the tranquil Kingdom of Hyrule, the legend of the Triforce—golden artifacts holding untold mystical powers—was handed down over generations.
One day, a dark army attacked the peaceful kingdom and seized the Triforce of Power. This army was led by Ganon, a powerful warlock bent on reigning over a dynasty of fear and darkness. Fearing his nefarious designs on the throne, Zelda, the princess of Hyrule, split the Triforce of Wisdom into eight fragments and scattered them throughout the realm to keep them out of Ganon’s reach. She then commanded her trustworthy nursemaid, Impa, to flee the castle and seek a champion with the courage to battle Ganon. Ganon, infuriated by the news of Impa’s escape, imprisoned the princess, and ordered a horde of henchman to hunt down the elderly nursemaid.
Desperately running through forests and mountains, Impa fled for her life. Just as her strength began to fail, Impa found herself surrounded by Ganon's underlings. She was certain all hope was lost, but a young lad appeared and drove off the wicked attackers, saving her from a fate worse than death. The boy explained that his name was Link, and that he’d stumbled across Impa and her attackers as she traveled through the area. Grateful for his assistance, Impa told young Link the story of Princess Zelda’s predicament and Ganon’s vile grip on the kingdom.
Upon hearing this heart-wrenching tale, Link vowed to save Zelda—but he knew that as long as Ganon held the Triforce of Power, he was a fearsome foe that could not easily be defeated. In order to vanquish him, Link would have to collect the scattered Triforce fragments and fuse them into the Triforce of Wisdom. Without the Triforce of Wisdom, Link would have no hope of slaying Ganon. After venturing across the fields, through valleys, and even into the Underworld dungeons of Hyrule, Link reformed the Triforce, fought his way to Death Mountain, destroyed Ganon, and saved Princess Zelda.
The Adventure of Link
Though the Hero, Link, defeated Ganon and rescued Princess Zelda, Hyrule remained plagued with evil. In the passing seasons, the power that Ganon had left behind, as well as his remaining underlings, were causing chaos and disorder throughout the kingdom. Ganon’s servants hoped to revive their master by sacrificing Link and sprinkling his blood on Ganon’s ashes.
One day, as Link approached his sixteenth birthday, a strange mark shaped like the crest of the kingdom appeared on the back of his hand. The worried Link consulted Impa, Princess Zelda's elderly nursemaid. Shocked and frightened, Impa took Link to the North Castle to explain the legend behind the mark. Only the descendants of the Impa family who served under the king knew how to open the door to the North Castle. On an altar in the middle of the room lay a beautiful woman, Princess Zelda. Impa began to explain the ‘legend of the sleeping princess’.
From the stand next to the sleeping princess, Impa gave Link six crystals and a scroll with the same crest as the one on his hand. She explained that the items had been given to her ancestors by the King and handed down for generations in their family for when a time of need would come. The scroll, which contained the key to uniting the Triforce, was written in an ancient script that only those with the crest would be able to read.
Link glanced at the scroll doubtfully, but found that he understood the words as clearly as if they were being spoken to him. The scroll revealed that the key to unlocking the Triforce’s power was uniting all three: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. The king had left Power and Wisdom in the kingdom, but had hidden Courage, because only an individual with a strong character and special inborn qualities could use it without disastrous results. Because the king had not found such a person during his reign, he cast a spell on Hyrule so that the crest would appear on the chosen one. But, if it were used beforehand, the Triforce would produce many evils.
The scroll went on to reveal that the Triforce of Courage was in the Great Palace in the Valley of Death on the largest island in Hyrule. To enter the Great Palace, however, Link would fight have to fight the guardians protecting each of the six palaces in Hyrule, place the crystals in crystal statues, and undo the binding force protecting the Valley of Death.
Surely with the Triforce of Courage Link could awaken Princess Zelda from her eternal slumber. With a magical sword in his left hand and a magical shield in his right, he set off alone on his travels. At that very moment, Ganon’s underlings were calling up new allies from the realm of evil and working devilishly towards the revival of their leader. With the help of Power and Wisdom, and with his magical sword, Link entered the Valley of Death, where he fought his own shadow. After a battle that shook the world, the Triforce of Courage, along with the other two parts, was in his hand. Peace could finally be restored to Hyrule.
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