|The game opens as the fairy Navi awakens Link from a nightmare, in which Link witnesses a stormy night where a man in black armor on horseback chases after a girl on a white horse. Navi brings Link to the guardian of Link's village, the Great Deku Tree, who is cursed and near death. Link breaks the curse, but cannot stop the tree from withering. The Deku Tree tells Link a "wicked man of the desert" has cursed him and seeks to conquer the land of Hyrule and that Link must stop him. Before dying, the Great Deku Tree gives Link the spiritual stone of the forest, the Kokiri's Emerald, and sends him to Hyrule Castle to speak with the "princess of destiny." As Link is leaving, his close friend Saria bids him good luck and gives him the Fairy Ocarina, a precursor to the Ocarina of Time. At Hyrule Castle, Link meets Princess Zelda, who has been having dreams about the future of Hyrule and foresaw Link's arrival. She believes Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, is seeking the Triforce, a holy relic in the Sacred Realm that gives its holder god-like power. Zelda's description of Ganondorf matches that of the man who killed the Great Deku Tree, as well as the man from Link's nightmare. Zelda asks Link to obtain the three Spiritual Stones, one of which he already possesses, so that he might enter the Sacred Realm and claim the Triforce before Ganondorf reaches it. Link goes to Goron City, where he meets Darunia, the leader of the Goron race. After Link defeats King Dodongo, the boss of Dodongo's Cavern, Darunia gives him the Goron's Ruby, symbolizing brotherhood. Link next goes to Zora's Domain, where he obtains the Zora's Sapphire from Ruto, the Zora Princess, after rescuing her from the belly of Lord Jabu-Jabu (a whale-like creature sacred to the Zoras). Link returns to Hyrule Castle, where Ganondorf is pursuing Zelda and her caretaker Impa on horseback, as in his nightmare at the start of the game. Spotting Link, Zelda throws the Ocarina of Time into the castle moat and telepathically teaches Link the "Song of Time." Link attempts to stop Ganondorf but is knocked to the ground by a bolt of energy. Ganondorf is impressed with Link's courage, but warns him not to interfere with his plans. After Ganondorf rides off, Link retrieves the Ocarina of Time and uses his newly-learned song together with the Spiritual Stones to open the door to the Sacred Realm inside the Temple of Time. Through the door, Link finds the Master Sword, a legendary sword forged to destroy evil. However, as he pulls the Master Sword from its pedestal, Ganondorf appears, having secretly followed Link into the Temple of Time, and claims the Triforce for himself. Seven years later, an older Link awakens in a distant room of the Sacred Realm known as the Chamber of Sages and is met by Rauru, the ancient Sage of Light and one of the seven sages who protect the location of the Triforce. Rauru informs Link that his spirit was sealed for seven years until he was old enough to wield the Master Sword and defeat Ganondorf. The seven sages are capable of imprisoning Ganondorf in the Sacred Realm; however, five of the seven sages are unaware of their identities after Ganondorf transformed Hyrule into a land of darkness. Link is then returned to the Temple of Time, where he is met by the mysterious Sheik, who guides Link to rid the five temples of Hyrule from Ganondorf's monsters, allowing the power of the temples to awaken the sages. After awakening the five sages, Sheik is revealed to be Princess Zelda and the Seventh Sage. She tells Link that Ganondorf's heart was unbalanced, causing the Triforce to split into three pieces, as predicted in an ancient prophecy. Ganondorf kept the Triforce of Power, while the other two chosen by destiny carry the remaining pieces: Zelda gained the Triforce of Wisdom and Link received the Triforce of Courage. After Zelda bestows Link with Light Arrows, weapons necessary for defeating the evil king, Ganondorf kidnaps Zelda by trapping her in a magical crystal and brings her to his tower. The remaining six sages help Link enter the tower, where he battles and defeats Ganondorf, thereby freeing Zelda. However, Ganondorf uses his remaining strength to destroy the tower in a final attempt to kill Link and Zelda. The heroes manage to escape the collapsing castle, but Ganondorf suddenly emerges from the resulting rubble and traps Link in a ring of fire. Using the Triforce of Power, he transforms from his humanoid Gerudo form into a boar-like monster named Ganon, and immediately knocks the Master Sword from Link's hand outside the ring of fire. After a long battle without the Master Sword, Link, with the aid of Zelda's paralyzing light, retrieves the Master Sword and delivers the final blow. The seven sages trap Ganondorf in the Dark Realm that his evil created; still holding the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf vows to take revenge on their descendants. Zelda uses the Ocarina of Time to send Link to his original time to live out his childhood, at which point Navi departs. The game ends with Link meeting Zelda in the castle garden once again.|
|Majora's Mask takes place several months after Ocarina of Time and begins with Link searching for an unnamed friend (implied, more or less, to be his former fairy companion Navi). While riding through the Lost Woods of Hyrule on his horse Epona, the masked Skull Kid and his fairy accomplices Tatl and Tael ambush Link and steal both Epona and the powerful musical instrument, the Ocarina of Time. Link follows them into a dark cave, where he falls down a deep hole. At the bottom, the Skull Kid turns him into a Deku Scrub. Tatl starts to mock Link in his new form, but is accidentally separated from the Skull Kid and Tael due to her delay. Realizing she needs Link to find them, Tatl insists that they work together. Link follows the Skull Kid through the cave to Clock Tower in Termina. There he meets the Happy Mask Salesman, who says he can help Link if he retrieves the Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask from the Skull Kid. Link and Tatl exit the Clock Tower in the center of Clock Town, which is preparing for the Carnival of Time. Link learns that the moon of the alternate world that this land resides in will crash into Clock Town in three days. He confronts the Skull Kid and Tael at midnight of the third day at the top of Clock Tower, not long before the moon is set to collide. Tael tells Link that he must get four giants, one from the swamp, ocean, mountains, and the canyons. Link is unable to take the mask, but retrieves the Ocarina of Time. He plays the "Song of Time" on the ocarina, which causes him and Tatl to return to the moment they first arrived in Termina. The Happy Mask Salesman teaches Link the "Song of Healing," which returns Link to his human form and leaves him with the Deku Mask. Link then tells him he did not get the mask and the salesman becomes enraged. He tells Link that Majora's Mask has an evil, apocalyptic power inside, which was once used by an ancient tribe in hexing rituals. The ancient ones, fearing catastrophe caused by its great power, "sealed the mask in shadow forever" to prevent its misuse. This tribe later vanished and information concerning the origin and nature of the mask was lost. The Skull Kid, manipulated by Majora's Mask, is responsible for the moon threatening to destroy Termina. Link travels between Woodfall, Snowhead, the Great Bay, and Ikana Canyon. In each region he enters a dungeon and defeats a boss that gives Link the power of one of the Four Giants who can save Termina. With all four bosses defeated, Link summons the Four Giants, who halt the moon's descent toward Termina. Majora's Mask rises from the Skull Kid and possesses the moon. With Tatl at his side, Link follows and defeats Majora's Mask, returning the moon to its proper place in the sky. The Four Giants return to their sleep and Tatl and Tael reunite with the freed Skull Kid. The Happy Mask Salesman takes Majora's Mask, stating it has been purified of its evil power. Link rides away on Epona while the people of Termina celebrate the Carnival of Time and the dawn of a new day. The game ends with a post-credits scene depicting a drawing on a tree stump of Link, Tatl, Tael, the Skull Kid, and the Four Giants.|
|The story takes place centuries after Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and begins with Link as a young adult working as a ranch hand in Ordon Village. One day, the village is attacked by monsters, who carry off the village’s children. Link pursues the attackers, but encounters a wall of twilight. A shadow beast pulls him beyond the wall into the realm of twilight, where he is transformed into a wolf and imprisoned. Link is later freed by an imp-like twilight creature named Midna, who guides him to Princess Zelda. Zelda explains that Zant, the King of the Twilight, has stolen the light from three of the four Light Spirits and conquered Hyrule. In order to save Hyrule, Link must first restore the Light Spirits by entering the twilight-covered areas and, as a wolf, recover the Light Spirits' lost light. He must do this by collecting the multiple 'Tears of Light', and once all the Tears of Light are collected for one area, he restores that area's Light Spirit. As he restores them, the Light Spirits return Link to human form. During this time, Link also helps Midna find the Fused Shadows, fragments of a relic containing powerful dark magic. In return, she helps Link find the village's children. After Link restores the Light Spirits and Midna has all the Fused Shadows, Zant attacks them; he takes the Fused Shadows, turns Link back into a wolf using his magic, and critically injures Midna. Link then brings a dying Midna to Zelda. Zelda tells Link that he needs the Master Sword to be restored to human form, then heals Midna before vanishing mysteriously. After Link is returned to human form, now able to switch between forms at will, Midna leads him to the Mirror of Twilight, the only known gateway between the Twilight Realm and Hyrule. However, they discover that Zant has broken it. The sages there explain that Zant tried to destroy it, but he was only able to shatter it into fragments; only the true ruler of the Twilight can completely destroy the Mirror of Twilight. They also tell them that a century ago, they used it to send Ganondorf, the leader of a band of thieves, to the Twilight Realm. Link and Midna set out to retrieve the missing shards of the Mirror. They use the repaired mirror to open a portal to the Twilight Realm. Before they enter, Midna and the sages tell Link that Midna is the true ruler of the Twilight; Zant changed her into an imp after he usurped her power. In the Twilight Realm, Zant informs Link and Midna that his god, Ganondorf, granted him great power to do whatever pleases him, on the condition that he use it to conquer Hyrule. After Link defeats Zant, Midna recovers the Fused Shadows and then destroys Zant after he reveals that only Ganondorf's death can undo Midna's curse. Returning to Hyrule, Link and Midna find Ganondorf in Hyrule Castle, with Zelda suspended above his head. After Link defeats Ganondorf, who possesses Zelda's body and then assumes his Ganon incarnation, Midna manages to revive Zelda as she and Link help her to her feet. Ganondorf then revives, and Midna teleports Link and Zelda outside the castle so she can hold him off with the Fused Shadows. Link and Zelda watch as the castle is wrecked before Ganondorf appears before them on a horse with Midna’s helmet (one of the four Fused Shadows) in his grasp before breaking it. Link and Zelda mount Link's horse, Epona, and continue the battle after receiving Light Arrows. Eventually, Ganondorf is knocked off his horse, and he battles Link on foot. Finally, Link strikes down Ganondorf and plunges his sword into Ganondorf’s chest, defeating him. The Light Spirits are then seen reviving Midna, who is restored to her true form after Ganondorf's defeat. After saying her goodbyes to Link and Zelda, Midna returns home while using a tear to destroy the Mirror of Twilight, thus severing the only known link between Hyrule and the Twilight Realm. Near the end, as Hyrule Castle is rebuilt, Link is shown leaving his hometown of Ordon on his horse.|
|In the series' chronology, Skyward Sword is officially the earliest point in the Zelda timeline, and elaborates on the origins of the Master Sword and Ganon. According to legend, after the creation of Hyrule, the Triforce was entrusted by the Golden Goddesses Din, Farore and Nayru to the goddess known as Hylia. However, the Demon King Demise gathered an army to take the Triforce for his own evil intent. Using her power to create the floating islands called Skyloft to keep the Hylians and the Triforce safe, Hylia and the remaining tribes—the Ancient Robots, the Parella, the Kikwis, the Gorons, and the Mogmas—battled Demise's horde before the demon was defeated. The plot begins many years after the prologue and follows an incarnation of the protagonist Link, who was born and raised in Skyloft. He begins to have dreams of a strange figure. Woken up by his childhood friend Zelda, Link prepares for the Wing Ceremony, a tradition to acknowledge one as knight. Link completes the ceremony after overcoming the attempts of his classmate Groose (??, Bado?) to sabotage him. Link and Zelda take their Loftwings out for a flight to celebrate, but encounter a storm which sucks Zelda down to the still demon-infested Hyrule. Soon after, Link learns that the figure from his dream is Fi (???, Fai?), the spirit of the Goddess Sword, which Hylia created in case the evil she defeated was to stir again. She tells him that Link must descend to the surface of Hyrule to find Zelda. With guidance from an elderly woman in the Sealed Temple near Faron Woods, Link pursues Zelda to the Skyview Spring where he encounters the Demon Lord Ghirahim (????, Girahimu?), who is responsible for Zelda's predicament. However, after tracking her down to the Earth Spring, Link learns that Zelda is being protected from Ghirahim by a mysterious woman named Impa. Link then tracks Zelda to the ancient Temple of Time, which he can only enter through the Lanayru Mining Facility. Upon entering the temple, Link finds Zelda about to enter the Gate of Time, just as Ghirahim arrives to capture her. Link fends off Ghirahim, allowing Zelda and Impa time to escape through the Gate before it is destroyed. Before leaving, Zelda gives Link her Goddess Harp. The elderly woman in the Sealed Temple informs Link that there is a second Gate of Time, which she has been guarding within the temple for years. Link must seek out the three sacred flames of the Golden Goddesses, to temper and increase the power of his sword and open the gate. During his journey for the flames, he also strengthens his spirit through the trials set by the three Goddesses. Once all three flames are infused within it, the Goddess Sword transforms into the Master Sword, and he is able to enter the Gate of Time. Link arrives in the time period where Demise was just recently sealed away by the Goddess Hylia, and discovers Zelda waiting in the Sealed Temple (which in the past was known as Hylia's Temple). Zelda reveals she is the reincarnation of Hylia herself; her trip to the Springs meant to restore her past life's memory. She tells Link that she had to travel back in time to keep Demise's seal active in the past, so that The Imprisoned, Demise's cursed form, cannot break free in the future. She must do this by entering a deep sleep, from which Link will awaken her in the present. She tasks Link to search for the Triforce hidden in Skyloft, to lock The Imprisoned within the Sealed Grounds forever. Once acquiring the complete Triforce in the present, Link uses its power to crush The Imprisoned under the descending Isle of the Goddess. Soon after, Zelda awakens from her slumber and is reunited with Link. However, the reunion is cut short by Ghirahim as he kidnaps Zelda before entering the Gate of Time, intending to resurrect Demise in the past. Link follows Ghirahim through the gate, and, after battling the hordes the Demon Lord sends against him, Girahim reveals his true form to duel Link one last time; a figure estrangely resembling Fi. Link wins, but despite his attempts to stop him, Ghirahim succeeds in sacrificing Zelda's life force to The Imprisoned. It reverts into Demise, who reveals Ghirahim to be his weapon: a sword. He challenges Link to battle, impressed with the youth's bravery. Link manages to mortally wound Demise in their epic battle, giving Zelda back her soul in the process. In his final words, Demise swears that his hatred will be reborn and will haunt the descendants of Link and Zelda for all time, before he disperses into a mist which is then absorbed by the Master Sword. With her mission complete, Fi asks Link to place the Master Sword into the shrine's pedestal while she falls into an eternal sleep. Link and Zelda also say their goodbyes to Impa, who is revealed to be of this time and must watch over the Master Sword to ensure Demise's destruction. Link, Zelda, and Groose return to the present, where the elderly woman reveals herself to be Impa before she finally vanishes after fulfilling her duty. After saying their goodbyes to Groose, Zelda admits to Link that she wishes to stay in Hyrule and asks him what he will do, while both of their Loftwings fly off in the distance.|
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