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The Legend of Zelda: The Hero of Time by Adam Johnson 3336 Spruce lane Grapevine, Tx 76051 214.460.1526 AdamtheJohnson@hotmail.com The Legend of Zelda: The Hero of Time A Scriptment Overview "The Legend of Zelda" is a stylized fantasy epic set in the magical land of Hyrule, where forests tower and castles dwell, and where, once again, the forces of good are pit against the forces of darkness. In battling the evil that is infecting his homeland a young boy is galvanized through hardship and becomes a man - a feat no other child from his forest had yet accomplished. Further, he becomes a hero, savior of his world, and uniter of its people. Tonally, the film is a combination of many genres - action, horror, fantasy and romance. The world of Hyrule stretches across every terrain - there are vast forests, speaking fairies, underwater cities, volcanic beasts, mountain-top adventures, and a castle in its center. The creatures that dwell in it are often playful, mischievous, even dangerous - but always fantastical. Story OVER BLACK: A Hylian song plays in the background, on the Ocarina. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) The world is dark now... I can see it in the air. I can feel it in the wind. I can smell it in the grass... The beauty of my Kingdom is fading, and there is nothing I can do. EXT. PROLOGUE Three spirits descend from a bleak sky. One red, one blue, one green. PRINCESS ZELDA(VO) It began with the forging of the Great Land, Hyrule. They rocket downwards, zipping past rain, until they find a dark, unformed planet. 2. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) It was then that three golden goddesses descended upon the chaotic land of Hyrule. They were Din, the goddess of power, with her strong flaming arms, cultivated the land to create the earth. The Goddess flies over the soil and forms Mountains instantly. Huge rockfaces sprout forth incredibly. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Nayru, the goddess of wisdom, who created the Sky. The once bleak sky is turned a beautiful blue as Nayru flies across. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) And Farore, the goddess of courage, whose rich soul harbored all life forms. Birds and animals come out of hiding. The world is created in moments. INT. TEMPLE OF TIME The three of them stand around an altar in a huge, monolithic Cathedral. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) To preserve the life that they created they forged a great TriForce, in which they placed their wisdom, courage and strength - the power to govern all things. For it was within the TriForce that they could live on in Hyrule throughout all time. The TriForce is formed before them. In a brilliant flash of light, all three of them, and the Triforce, VANISH. EXT. HYRULE CASTLE TOWN The ENORMOUS white city outside Hyrule Castle, bustling with life. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Since then, the Triforce has become the basis for Hyrule's providence. Where the Triforce stood became sacred land. 3. A man robs a store in the Market. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) But it was in men's hands that perfection became tainted. That bliss became despair. For men, above all else, desire power - and the TriForce was no longer safe in their hands. INSERT: DEATH MOUNTAIN. INT. DEATH MOUNTAIN PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) To protect it, they sealed the TriForce away in a Sacred Realm, away from the dangers and evils of the physical world. And locked it behind a seal with many keys. The Great Door of Time slams shut. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Three were given to the great races of Hyrule - the Kokiri, the Forest Elves. INSERT: A GREEN RING on a Kokiri's finger. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) The Zora's, an aquatic race who dwell in the waters of Hyrule. INSERT: RUTO swims around her Great Atlantis-like city with a necklace around her neck, it has a BLUE jewel in the center. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) And the Gorons, great miners and craftsmen of the Mountains. INSERT: KING DARUNIA clutches the small RED jewel in his hand, as he sits in his mighty throne. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) All in an effort to unite the races. Instead, all it did was divide them further. EXT. THE GREAT WAR There is a great battle in the open fields of Hyrule, outside the Castle Walls. 4. The Hylian Royal Guard, defends itself against the Gerudos, a thieving race, who have aligned themselves with a race of GOBLINS - once men who long ago retreated to the UnderWorld and evolved into hideous, big-eyed creatures of the dark. The battle is fierce, and many lose their lives. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) All other races ignored the Hylian's plight, retreating to their mountains or their waters or to the skies, as the Free Kingdom of Hyrule was falling to tyranny and persecution. INT. GANONDORF'S LAIR PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) King Ganondorf, the first Gerudo King in a Hundred years, uncovered the Historic Legend of the TriForce. Sitting alone, in a dark cave near a massive fire, his face is always hidden in shadow. Only his EYES glow, yellow as the sun. A small Goblin appear and stumbles in to the smoky dwelling, carrying under his arm a massive LEATHER-BOUND BOOK. The Goblin presents the book to Ganondorf, and is swatted away harshly once it is in his possession. Defeated, he tucks his slimy tail between his legs - literally - and leaves. Ganondorf throws the book onto the table and flips through it angrily. He moans with excitement when he finds the page he has searched for. A page labeled "The TriForce." He nearly caresses the page, which details the origin of this 'Holy Grail' in fine print. Anger takes control of him again and his CLAWED HANDS slam the book shut… EXT. THE GREAT WAR PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Ganondorf sought after it with all the power of his people. For Power... was all Ganondorf desired. Ganondorf looms over the battlefield, laying waste to the army with his powerful magic attacks. 5. The King of Hyrule makes a desperate charge at Ganondorf. A powerful sword fight ensues - The King wields THE MASTER SWORD, and eventually strikes Ganondorf down. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) It was in this moment, that PEACE was restored. The King drops his sword, and helps Ganondorf to his feet. Defeated, but spared the escape of death by the Noble King. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Ganondorf was defeated, and all his peoples were banished to an inescapable land in the Deserts of Hyrule, where they have lived ever since. INT. HYRULE CASTLE A new King sits now in the throne of Hyrule. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) But it was Ganondorf... who would serve another purpose. He whispers into the King's ear. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) As aid to the Royal Council, Ganondorf now holds a different kind of obsession - Politics. But my Father - the King of Hyrule - knows his enemy. INT. TEMPLE OF TIME The King SLAMS the Master Sword into the altar, locking it in place for eternity. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Sealing the only thing that can open the Sacred Realm inside the Temple of Time - where an evil heart such as Ganondorf's can never set foot. The King walks out, staring at the Sword glittering in the sunlight, and shuts the Door of Time. 6. PRINCESS ZELDA (VO) Only the one who wields the Master Sword - the Hero of Time - shall open the door. Peace, at last, held fast. But it was Ganondorf's heart, who never rested. Until one day, a Kokiri boy, was called to action... EXT. KOKIRI FOREST Massive, towering trees of incredible girth reside here, surrounded by amazing and unique plant-life everywhere. The forest remains untouched except for the Kokiri, who dwell in small huts atop the massive trunks. Ladders and ropes lead them down from their dwellings, to mingle with the tree sprites and fairies who also dwell in this magical place. The Kokiri are a humanoid fairy race who are cautious, child- like in mentality and appearance, and secretive - they believe they will die if they leave Kokiri forest, but in doing so, they will also never age. They will never grow up. They all wear green tunics and have pointy ears. Each Kokiri has a Guardian Fairy, a small tinge of light that hovers around them always, that acts as protector, friend and teacher. LINK, a young boy of about 12, is introduced to us as he chases SARIA, a female Kokiri through the underbrush of the Forest. The two of them have this game down pat, and have clearly been doing it for years and years. Saria hides amidst the thick foliage, while it is Link's job to find her. After some playful back and forth, Link discovers her hiding spot and the chase resumes. It is clear those in Kokiri forest have neither worries nor responsibilities. Their chase continues through more populated areas, disturbing a group singing and playing wooden instruments in a circle around an old tree stump. The musical group hoots and hollers, but nothing will get in the way of this game. It is worthy to note that Link is a unique Kokiri - he has no fairy. Still, Link playfully chases Saria deeper and deeper into the Forest. Eventually, she stops and runs up to him. SARIA (gasping) I want to show you something. A secret! 7. They sneak to the very edge of the Forest, and peer over the edge of a Cliff. A great, MASSIVE tree fills the entire valley in the distance. Its trunk must be half a mile across. Its bark subtly forms facial features. LINK What is it? SARIA The Great Deku Tree. It's said the Great Tree created Kokiri forest all who swell here. Its roots stretched out and made the other threes, and their roots did the same, and on, and on. Link is awe-struck. He stares deep into the 'eyes' of the Great Tree, like something draws him to them. Suddenly, Saria's fairy scrambles about her face, speaking to her it seems. SARIA Follow me! MIDO and the KNOW-IT- ALL-BROTHERS are up to something! She runs off without Link, who can't pull away from the Great Tree. After a long moment, he finally does and chases after her. Back in the heart of Kokiri, where most of the tree-huts are assembled and the Kokiri have developed a kind of 'network' of vines and branches for travel, Mido, the Kokiri Bully, and many other Kokiri have assembled for some kind of activity. They have elected to play a traditional game where they must choose two teams. The choosing of sides begins, just as Link and Saria return. The lines dwindle - and Link is the odd one out. The two sides debate over which side wants him and finally it is Mido, the bully who hates Link because of the attention he receives from Saria, who speaks out. MIDO I don't want a fairy-less Kokiri on MY team, or any other! Link, dejected, turns and walks away. Saria looks on, saddened. EXT. THE POND Link sits in a small wooden boat in the center of a VAST pond, showing the massive scale of the Great Forest. 8. He tosses a line attached to a rod into the water. He sighs, and waits for a bite. But even the fish, it seems, avoid him. LATER, He drags the boat up to shore. Saria greets him. She wonders why he sulks, and he gives her a small piece of his mind. LINK Don't you ever wonder what's beyond the Forest?! Leave the Know-It-All-Brothers in your dust? Befuddled, she warns him that the Kokiri cannot survive outside the walls. Link, ever the explorer, finds this news disturbing, and questions it like a child questions his religion. He vows to change this rule someday. Someday soon. INT. HYRULE CASTLE The King's Chamber. The King and Ganondorf are already in the throes of a heated conversation. Ganondorf is clad in his Royal Black Armor, while the King, with his white beard and crown, wears his Silver. THE KING I will not invade a peaceful nation! The Zoras may have ignored us in our time of need all those years ago, but I will harbor them no ill will for protecting their people from such a pointless conflict. GANONDORF Buy my Lord, they hide Precious Stones and minerals. They infect our Water Supply! Are these matters not an Act of War outright? As your advisor, you must understand, whatever I do, I do for the nation of Hyrule, and that nation will not be threatened by a school of FISH! THE KING Ganondorf, I understand, and even admire your zeal, but peace has existed in this land for a hundred years. What the Zora's do is none of our business. They PURIFY our water, not infect it. You're dismissed, Ganondorf. 9. Ganondorf stomps out powerfully, but the King has one more thing to say, THE KING And Ganondorf, make no mistake, you are only my aid because my Father appointed you so. However, I do not rule over a land of thieves, nor will I bow to one who does. Ganondorf stomps out once again, passing by a 12 year old girl, PRINCESS ZELDA. GANONDORF Your Father is not well, my child. It is causing him to make very RASH decisions. PRINCESS ZELDA My Father's decisions are never rash. He cares only for the people of Hyrule - not the weight of his pockets. Ganondorf has no retort. EXT. OUTSIDE THE CASTLE A GERUDO THIEF, female (as they all are) awaits with Ganondorf's horse at the castle gates. GERUDO THIEF Did you get what you came for, sir? GANONDORF No. Ganondorf mounts his black horse covered in armor. GANONDORF But there are other ways to get what I want. His steed storms off into the setting sun. INT. LINK'S HUT Night has fallen on Kokiri Forest. And with it a light rain, something the Forest has never seen before. Link stirs in his bed, nightmares. Lightning cracks. Link has visions of a fair-haired PRINCESS in distress, being pursued on horseback by a stranger in black armor. 10. Something dashes through the Forest. Zipping up and down and around the tress. Hovering, unheard, over other Kokiri as they sleep. Finally, it spins upward around a tree and finds Link, just as he gasps awake, in a cold sweat. The Fairy, NAVI, zips around Link's head. But this is new to Link, he doesn't understand the language and swats at Navi. "LISTEN!" it screams and grows brighter. Navi motions for Link to follow her. Beginning to understand, Link grabs his floppy green hat and heads down a vine. He feels the rain and looks up at the sky, wondering what has caused this rain. Mido is huddled beneath a tree just outside the hidden passage to the Great Tree. At the sight of Link, he stands defiantly and blocks his path. MIDO Going to see the Great Tree again? Only those with fairies are allowed to see it - anyone else is trespassing, and fall under MY punishment. Link points at Navi and, shouting above the rain and thunder, yells, LINK Then what do you call THAT?! He pushes a stunned Mido out of the way, who can only grumble, MIDO It can't be... it can't be yours! You stole it! Mido pushes Link from behind. Link pushes back, LINK I've been summoned by the tree! MIDO Impossible! Mido grabs Link by his Tunic. Link pushes him back once again, and grabs a tree-limb, and snaps it back into Mido's face, knocking him down. Link runs into the forest quickly, guided by Navi in the dark. Link races through the Forest, narrowly avoiding trees whipping by his head, as Mido screams at him in the distance. He follows Navi to the cliff just outside the Great Tree. 11. EXT. THE GREAT TREE Link dashes down the cliff, sliding down the great slope, and walks up to the Tree. Link summons up his courage and touches the root, but it crumbles just by his touch. Clearly some magic at work here. There's a strange sound. Link looks around but can't find the source. It's EVERYWHERE. And again. Leaves begin to fall from the sky. Finally, the Great Tree MOVES, its eyes open - it comes to life. Link backs up, frightened, and trips backwards. The Great Tree speaks. It thanks Link but notes that it is already far too late. A curse has befallen the soil of Kokiri forest. He is dying, he tells Link, much to his dismay. A sorcerer and a thief in black armor cast the dreadful curse on the lands using his black magic, and now all of Hyrule is suffering the effects. Before dying, The Great Tree tells Link to visit Princess Zelda in Hyrule Castle, she will guide you further. Link believes he will die if he leaves the forest, but the Tree explains to him he will not - his parents were Hylian, who orphaned him in the Forest, which is also why he was not given a fairy as his guide, until now. The Great Tree can survive no longer and with a final dropping of its massive leaves, it dies. As soon as it does the world changes. The rain that was once calm transforms into a terrible windstorm. Link returns to the Forest still in darkness, and in the throes of terrible and unnatural weather. He returns to the safety of his hut, where he begins to pack his belongings into a knapsack, but there aren't many. Outside, the Kokiri are all in a frenzy. Saria enters his hut and notices that he is packing, SARIA What are you doing?! Where are you going? Link, tell me where you are going! LINK The Great Tree is dead. I must go. SARIA But you'll die if you leave the forest! 12. LINK Saria, I'm not a Kokiri, I never was - I'm Hylian. The Tree told me what to do, and I have to see it through. She knows she can't follow. She gives him a ring off her finger to remember her by, with a GREEN stone embedded in it. Link wears it proudly. He leaves. EXT. FOREST Link, in the depths of the Forest, screams at Navi over the high wind which way to go. She points him in the right direction. He breaks past a line of trees and out into a VAST valley of lakes and rivers. Link sees the castle walls in the distance, and runs towards them; the very wind is his enemy. The road is long, and Link spends several long nights huddled beneath a tree as the wind and rain pound on him mercilessly. EXT. CASTLE CITY He finally reaches the city's door, and looks up at it in all its glory. The White City of Hyrule, stretching up against a great hill, wrapping its white walls around. The Castle sits atop the hill, rising above all other beauty. The Castle doors BURST open as Link nears it, knocking him back. A rider with a young girl on her back races away from the castle on horseback. The young girl, Zelda, and Link's eyes meet as she races off. LINK Princess... She throws something into the lake at the last moment. Another rider, clad in black armor, races after her on a black horse, but it's obvious he will not catch up to them. He halts his steed and gets off. His leather boots pound the ground as he nears Link. His face is hidden under a black veil, but his eyes glow yellow. Ganondorf. He questions Link, but Link stands his ground, demanding a fight. Link is courageous and will not let him pass. 13. With a movement of Ganondorf's hand fire belches from the ground beneath Link's feet. Link falls backward, frightened but relatively unharmed, if not a little singed. GANONDORF A lesson. Not to be repeated so lightly. Ganondorf gets back on his horse and rides off into the darkness he has created. The elements continue to worsen, a snowstorm approaches. Link runs to the Castle door, but it is held fast- with no way to lower it, and no way to enter the Castle City. Link tries to weather the storm but it has become too powerful and he must find shelter for the rest of the night. He finds a hollowed out tree just outside of Kokiri Forest, and sits inside it. Navi flies towards a pile of branches, drawing attention to them. Link understands, and piles them up just outside his new shelter. With a dash of magic Navi sets fire to the logs. Link, exhausted, succumbs quickly to sleep, where he is haunted by dreams of a black rider. He jumps awake the next morning. The storm has broken, but the land has been left bitterly destroyed, cold and dark. Link looks around, the fire has died away. Something stirs amidst the Forest. Leaves rustle in several directions. LINK What is this?! Navi?! But she's nowhere to be found. An OWL with a strangely long mustache flies overhead and perches on a tree. It cranes its neck at Link. LINK What is this? The Owl takes off again, flying over the dead fire, before flying directly INTO IT. There is a sudden burst of light, re-igniting the blaze, and RAURU appears, a stereotypical Hylian 'wise man' in a red robe. Link sits back in amazement. LINK Who are you?! 14. Other figures appear from beneath the forest. One of them is IMPA, a royal bodyguard, and Princess Zelda herself. LINK Princess! Zelda quickly tells the details of her escape from Hyrule castle with the help of her bodyguard and friend, Impa. LINK Why is she here? It's too dangerous! IMPA So is her Kingdom. Her Father will no longer listen to reason. He seeks to invade all nations surrounding Hyrule. PRINCESS ZELDA It's Ganondorf! He has bewitched my father with his black magic! It's why we had to flee. From my own FATHER, that fiend! LINK What has happened to Hyrule?! Why has it changed so?! Rauru begins a speech about the death of the Deku Tree, stating that Kokiri Forest and the rest of Hyrule has lost its 'soul', its good spirit. This was all part of the evil Ganondorf's plan to bring about evil and darkness to the land of Hylia. Rauru explains to Link the origin of the TriForce and its final separation into three parts - Power, Wisdom and Courage. But if they are reunited in the Temple of Time, an all-encompassing power will be bestowed upon the entrant. It is Ganondorf's wish to use the TriForce to turn all of Hylia into an evil land, even worse than it is now. Rauru is one of Seven Sages destined to protect the TriForce, but Ganondorf has killed all those remaining. In short, Link and his new companions must find the TriForce before Ganondorf does - or Hyrule is doomed. Now they must quest to find it, but the road is hard and perilous. But first we must find the Ocarina! LINK The lake! Princess Zelda tells them that she threw it into the lake as she rode off, just in case she was captured. 15. EXT. LAKE It is iced over completely due to the snowstorm. They all walk onto the frozen water, it is quite sturdy. Link looks up and sees an overhanging cliff. He begins to climb it and they understand what he's going to attempt. RAURU Link! Don't do it! IMPA He's going to break his neck. He ignores them and continues upwards. Zelda is the one who comes to Link's defense, telling the others he knows what he's doing. PRINCESS ZELDA Be brave... Just be brave. Link reaches the top of the overhanging cliff, readying himself, and swan dives over the edge, into the lake. The ice BREAKS at his point of entry and he crashes deep into the water. EXT. IN THE LAKE He stays down, searching for the Ocarina, but the lake is deep, and with little light to help him see. He pushes further down, struggling past the current. Finally, his lungs cannot bear it and he starts upward, but is held fast! He's stuck on a bit of algae. Just when he can't take anymore a hazy figure from the depths approaches, swimming like a lizard in the water, a glowing figure known as RUTO, a blue humanoid female sea creature, who happens to be quite sexy. She comes upon Link and frees his leg before kissing him, breathing fresh air through her gills and into his lungs. She quickly grabs him by the hand and leads him farther down, deep into the depths of an ocean, not a lake, beneath Hylia. A light begins to appear, and soon an entire Kingdom underwater known as ZORA'S DOMAIN. Full of beautiful blues and glowing lights. As she continues to drag him other Zora's wistfully swim by. 16. Finally, she finds it, at the ocean floor. She picks up the blue Ocarina and hands it to Link. He takes it and looks up at the huge swim above him, and shakes his head. Once more Ruto grabs him and breathes life into his lungs. Afterwards, she almost seductively bats her eyes at him. She quickly swims beneath his feet, and using her speed, propels him up through the ocean at great speed. Link BURSTS through the hole in the ice, Ocarina in hand, and into the air above the frozen lake. He spreads his legs and comes down straddling the hole, breathing deeply, like a badass. LINK Got it. Under the ice, Ruto takes one last long glance at Link before swimming away. Is she smitten? They return to the Forest, where Rauru directs them. Link wonders if he knows where the old man is going. In the distance, they finally see some semblance of civilization. Rauru points to it. EXT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE An entire CITY of bustling farmland and marketplace, walled in on top of a great hill. In the sky looms Death Mountain. The cityscape is dominated by a giant windmill. RAURU Here, we will stop to rest our weary selves. Drink and be merry - tomorrow the most difficult part of our journey begins. Rauru cranes his neck to see the peak of Death Mountain. INT. THE BARN Impa trains Link in swordfighting and battle. Link, without a sword, is forced to use a familiar wooden substitute against a punching bag full of straw. Link is a very fast learner, and strikes the bag so hard it ruptures, spooking the nearby cows. INT. STABLES Link leaves his training to find Princess Zelda, as ordered by Impa. He finds her in the Stables, tending to the Horses. Brushing their hair, etc. 17. PRINCESS ZELDA Talon, who owns Lon-Lon not far from here, must have trained these horses. He trains the ones in the Stables at the Castle as well. No one breeds better horses than these, Link. Magnificent, aren't they? LINK You have a thing for horses? PRINCESS ZELDA All girls my age do. Especially Princesses. One day, we all want our Prince to ride in on one of these and save us. Link joins the petting party and goes to touch one of the horses - a young mare - but it backs away, neighs loudly, and bucks into the air wildly. Zelda acts quickly, grabbing it by its reigns, and shh-es it until it calms down. She starts to sing it a song, and its eyes begin to quiet. Link decides to help her, and pulls out his Ocarina. He matches her tune (Epona's song) with the Ocarina, until the horse is calm enough for both of them to pet it. PRINCESS ZELDA This one's strong. If not a little wild. LINK He likes music though. PRINCESS ZELDA Yes, he seems to. Epona, the horse, looks deeply into Link's eyes. EXT. STABLES Zelda tells Link the significance of this village. PRINCESS ZELDA It was Impa who opened this village to the poor commoners of Hyrule. Too poor to support themselves inide the Castle Walls, they had nowhere to go. Alot of the women were forced to join up with the Gerudo thieves to survive. (MORE) 18. PRINCESS ZELDA (CONT'D) Sensing their distress, Impa drove them out, and the good people were able to come back here, and live off the land. Link stares at Impa through the window in the barn, still training. PRINCESS ZELDA Exiled, my father invited her to live with us in the castle, and she became my personal bodyguard. Sheikah legend tells that, before she left, Impa sealed a great evil in the Bottom of the Well. But I think it's just a story to illustrate her strength... She may be the closest thing to a mother I've ever had. LINK Then you're lucky. I've never known any mother. PRINCESS ZELDA You're a Forest boy. I thought they just sprouted from the ground? LINK I wouldn't know. The Great Tree told me I'm not a forest boy - I'm Hylian. Which means-- PRINCESS ZELDA You must have a mother out there somewhere. LINK Somewhere. Suddenly, there is a scream in the distance. Impa runs out of the Barn and wraps up the two little ones in her arms. PRINCESS ZELDA What is it? What's happening?! IMPA In the barn! Quickly! INT. BARN The three of them hide under a mass of hay in the loft above the barn. A ROYAL SOLDIER enters and looks around. 19. PRINCESS ZELDA The Royal Guard... IMPA Ganondorf has possession of all that was once your Father's now. They will still obey his orders, even if they are uttered from the lips of Ganondorf first. Even if those orders are to kill you, Princess. The Guard stabs at the hay from underneath with a long spear, just narrowly missing each of them by mere inches. Satisfied, he leaves. The three of them stand up and look out the window, as the rest of the Royal Guard terrorize the Villagers, destroying anything that gets in their way. IMPA You can both relax. They didn't find what they were looking for - they won't be back tonight. INT. TAVERN The four of them struggle to relax, and toss back a pint or two. But the air is thick, and despair weighs heavily on their hearts. INT. GANONDORF'S CHAMBERS A Vermin enters silently, as Ganondorf sits in his makeshift throne, pondering something. VERMIN What news, sire? GANONDORF Proceed as we discussed. Begin construction. I have some matters to attend to with the King. VERMIN Yes, long live the King! It cackles as it leaves. GANONDORF Long live the King. 20. INT. THE KING'S CHAMBERS The King sits glassy-eyed on his throne. Ganondorf kneels next to him, as he stares into the distance. GANONDORF Your daughter has betrayed you, sire. She has fled from the Castle walls. She is a traitor! THE KING My daughter... is no traito-- GANONDORF Yes, sire! She is! You MUST listen to me. THE KING Listen... GANONDORF She is in league with a young boy who wishes to overthrow you! She must be punished! THE KING Ganondorf, I am so tired. Please, leave me. GANONDORF The Princess, sire... Allow me to... retrieve her for you, rest your weary mind. THE KING ...Yes. The doors open, and THE TWINROVA TWINS, Kotake and Koume, enter quietly. Clad in thick, dark hooded robes, the Sisters never reveal their eyes. GANONDORF My King, someone is here to see you. They lift their heads - their eyes GLOW. Ganondorf smiles, and the Twins approach the King. INT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE, ROOMS Rauru snores loudly as Link struggles to sleep. He stirs in his bed, but wakens to gaze out the window. 21. He hears a noise inside of the room, but is too petrified to tun around. Footsteps, now, closing in. A hand clutches his shoulder. IMPA Get away from the window. She pulls him back. Link notices Zelda exit the shadows behind Impa, as Rauru stirs awake. LINK What is it? Have the Guards returned? IMPA Worse. Gerudos. The four of them pack their things as quickly and quietly as they can. IMPA We must depart earlier than expected. This Village is no longer safe. Not with Ganondorf's reach growing longer every day. OUTSIDE: Impa leads all travelers, sticking to the shadows an close to the houses. IMPA We must go where they will not follow. The Mountain. The mountain is some distance up a great hill from Kakariko. Rauru, Zelda and Link all look exhausted. RAURU Impa, we must rest! We haven't even a good night's sleep! Impa looks around nervously, listening for anything. IMPA Fine, we stop here for the night. But no fires! I'll see if I can fin us some food. She draws her blade and carefully weighs who to give it to. She hands it to Zelda, fulfilling her prime directive of protecting the Princess at all times. LATER: Impa still hasn't returned. Rauru is telling tales again, but Link looks worried. So much in the open, an attack could come from anywhere. A branch snaps. 22. LINK Quiet. Rauru reluctantly stops talking. An arrow crashes into the fire and ignites, blinding them for a moment. The attack begins. A pack of Gerudo thieves (all female, scantily clad) go right for the Princess. Link is able to break their grip on her however, by smashing his wooden sword into their hands. For several moments the three of them are outnumbered 2 to 1, bumbling around in the dark as they are. They are not warriors, but Zelda looks trained well enough by Impa and cuts one of them down with her blade. Rauru swings a stick he found on the ground, hitting anything that moves. Some kind of pyrotechnic goes off again, stopping Rauru and Link, before they are both attacked and knocked to the ground- the Gerudos are trying to take off with Zelda. Just when she seems lost, Impa screams from the shadows and attacks with furious rage. She shows her amazing battle skills and strikes down four more of the Gerudos before the last one releases Zelda and runs off. The night is quiet again. IMPA The Gerudos fear the Mountain. We must not wait any longer, Rauru. EXT. DEATH MOUNTAIN PASS The climb upwards is indeed long and harrowing, the three of them nearly slip from the edge several times. The higher they climb the blacker the sky gets, filled with an unrelenting black smoke from the fire pits below. Soon, everyone is struggling to breathe. After more climbing, the heat becomes unbearable, and it appears Rauru has fainted. Soon, even the warrior Impa states that she can go on no longer, and collapses into the dirt as well. The heat continues to rise, as Link struggles mightily to carry Lady Zelda up the Mountain, at times carrying her from his very knees. But, at last, they reach the peak. The heat is unbearable, it makes those wavy lines across everything. At last, even Link collapses with Zelda in his arms. 23. Dreams of a Healing Fairy. Link awakens some time later, and realizes his water jug is full. He goes to take a drink, but instead gives a drink to the Princess. LINK Princess... I can't... go on. We can't cross this. PRINCESS ZELDA We were never meant to cross it. In the rock of Death Mountain is a secret door. Zelda points at it, and Navi pushes on it to open it, and it slides behind the Mountain. The pack reels back from the smell of sulfur inside Death Mountain. Impa drags in Rauru, and feeds him some of the water. All of them descend a very steep stone stairwell. The heat inside, is much more bearable. LINK What was that? RAURU The reason the Gerudos fear this Mountain-top. The Great Fairies perform miraculous feats to those good-of-heart, but do not cross them if your heart is black, for their vengeance is unlimited. Come on, we've a long way to yet, even if I do feel better. The Inside of Death Mountain is a labyrinth of stone passages. In the dark it would be impassable, but Navi shines brightly, like a beacon in the night. Many hours are spent traversing the inside of the mountain. From maze-like stairwells, to sheer rock-faces, they head down, towards the base of the Mountain. Rauru tells them tales to lift their spirits and make the time shorter. RAURU The Gorons inhabited this mountain long ago. A peaceful race, if not a little dimwitted, survived off of the very rocks inside this Mountain. Ganondorf was the one who accelerated their mining - giving them better tools and machinery. (MORE) 24. RAURU (CONT'D) That is of course, until they mined themselves into extinction - every last fat one of them, starved to death. But they've carved us a path - I suppose we should thank them. Something stirs in the shadows. Young Link mentions this to Rauru, LINK I keep hearing things in the darkness. Something stirs. RAURU It IS called Death Mountain for a reason. This place was once a great Kingdom to a great race - now it is nothing more than a giant, hollowed-out tomb for the creatures of the dark to rest in. To hide. Tread carefully here, Link. Tread quietly. The road is incredibly long and difficult. Many days pass in the darkness of the Mountain, and many are beginning to forget what sunlight looks like. EXT. GERUDO DESERT Ganondorf sits in his quarters amongst his people. The gerudo nation is all women, very Arabian in culture, they are sand people, and live in tents so they're thieving ways can be transported easily like Nomads. NABOORU, the second in command and lone wolf thief behind Ganondorf, red eyes and gold hair. She is in the process of giving a lap dance/belly dance to her husband to please him, yet he still looks very distressed. NABOORU What troubles you, my King? GANONDORF Your incompetence. NABOORU How have I wronged you, sir? She continues the lap dance. GANONDORF Your troop failed to capture the Girl. 25. NABOORU But they are your troop, sir. You are our king. GANONDORF She is only a girl. NABOORU And you are only a man! She suddenly withdraws a dagger from behind her back, and tries to strike down Ganondorf. but he catches her wrist and pulls her eye to eye with him. Her eyes show her utter contempt for him. GANONDORF Fool! He throws her off. GANONDORF Only every one hundred years is a man born in this country and you try to kill him. He hunches over her. GANONDORF Tried and failed. You're not even a true Warrior - you don't deserve to reign along with beside me. NABOORU the Gerudo have existed for thousands of years as thieves and Nomads - it is our way! Your political aspirations hold no part in our society! Ganondorf laughs. GANONDORF My aspirations are far more than simple political endeavors. He holds her arms to the ground above her head, getting within a breath's distance of her face. GANONDORF Summon your women - they are going to watch this. He breathes on her neck. And drags her away by her hands, into another room. 26. Construction looms in the distance. INT. DEATH MOUNTAIN (Somewhere along the way, Link disturbs something.) And the creatures that inhabit this mountain awaken. The SUBROSIANS, they have large glowing eyes, and always wear hooded cloaks. The Subrosians, employ many other creatures as servants, including GOBLINS, vicious and nasty creatures who feast on flesh of others. There is a battle, the four are boxed in kind of 'tool shed' for the Gorons. Rauru, Zelda and Link use any item they can to defend themselves from the hideous Goblins, while Impa handles the more intelligent 'leaders,' the Subrosians. But she is stretched thin, and it is four against many. She does her best to keep them safe, but the sheer numbers make it difficult. Rauru, on occasion, uses his limited magics to blind or burn a few of the Goblins. But doing so seems to 'drain' him, and Link has to protect him from death on one occasion. As the enemies numbers begin to dwindle, a POUNDING can be heard. Everyone, including the Goblins, stop in their tracks. A HUGE IRON-KNUCKLE bursts onto the scene, over ten feet tall, is clad in multiple layers of armor and wields a massive Labrys, begins his attack on the quartet. Impa dispatches a Subrosian, but sees the greater threat she must deal with. IMPA Protect the Princess! She goes after the Iron Knuckle. Attacking with her sword, but it's armor is far too thick. Rauru returns to his Owl Form and claws at the eyes of the beast, allowing Impa to attack, and IMPALE one of its feet, securing it to the floor. Link has positioned Zelda directly behind him, and is fighting off every Goblin he can with whatever he can find. He hides Zelda under a table for a short while. Just as he does, he sees above the Iron-Knuckle, a large piece of machinery hanging from a rope. He follows the rope across a series of pulleys, until he sees it tied off nearby. Link grabs Zelda's blade and slices through the rope. The piece of digging equipment FLATTENS the Iron-Knuckle, and the rest of them flee to regroup. Impa retrieves her blade from the creatures foot. Marching footsteps approach. 27. IMPA More are coming! Flee! They run, and are pursued by more Goblins, led by the Subrosians. Down corridors and more giant stairwells. Link keeps their numbers from advancing with his long-range bow attacks, allowing the quartet time to run. Soon, however, their path ends, and they are boxed in. A great door, massive, sealed by a boulder, blocks their way. It takes all of them to move the boulder and enter door as the villains advance closer, but once they do they enter -- INT. DARUNIA'S THRONE Everything is massive here - chairs, tables, lamps, etc. They quickly seal the door behind them. Goblins can be heard clawing and pounding on the walls outside. But the sturdy door seems to hold. Apparently, the Gorons were a HUGE race of creature. Strangest of all, Darunia himself still sits in his throne, unmoving and presumably dead. RAURU King Darunia... Dead. After eating so many boulders, the Gorons themselves have begun to take on their appearance. DARUNIA Who's dead?! His head suddenly moves, and his booming voice echoes through the tomb like cannonfire. RAURU King Darunia! Rauru falls to his knees, bowing. He pulls Link and Zelda down along with him. RAURU How can you be alive after all these years?! DARUNIA Years?! Haha, what years have passed?! RAURU 100 years since the death of the last Goron, sire. 28. DARUNIA Impossible! Darunia shouts, shaking the very walls. Link mutters something to Zelda, LINK I thought Rauru said they were peaceful. Zelda shakes her head, worried. PRINCESS ZELDA Something's wrong. I can feel it. DARUNIA My kingdom thrives thanks to the generosity of King Ganondorf! Zelda stands, PRINCESS ZELDA His voice... it reminds me of my Father's. Link rises with her. RAURU Sir... you were sealed in. You have been here... for over one hundred years. DARUNIA BAH! Enough of this. I wish to hear music! I WISH TO HEAR MUSIC! Rauru whispers to Link. RAURU The Ocarina. Play something. The banging on the door grows louder. IMPA We don't have time for this! LINK What? RAURU Anything! CALM HIM DOWN! LINK I'll play something an old friend taught me. 29. Link plays "Saria's song." Immediately, a haze is lifted over Darunia's eyes. Zelda smiles as well. There is magic in that Ocarina yet. his demeanor returns to the typical goron nature. DARUNIA Dark have been my dreams of late. Friends... have you eaten yet? They all rejoice. Darunia is back to his old self. LINK Sir... I'm afraid we have some bad news. DARUNIA I heard, little one. I heard. The last thing I can recall... a visit from King Ganondorf. He threatened to seal us off from the mine, if I didn't give him... something. ZELDA It WAS Ganondorf, that MONSTER! He cut off their food! The door begins to buckle. A MASSIVE HAND pounds through, another Troll. RAURU What was it? What was the item? DARUNIA Something precious to the mine. But he couldn't find it. Not even with his magics. Darunia reveals a Bracelet - he was sitting on it! An orange pearl is in the center. DARUNIA Come here, little one. Link looks confused, but steps forward. Darunia puts the bracelet around his neck. DARUNIA For waking me from a nightmare I could not even see, I give you our brightest light. IMPA We still need access to the mine! 30. DARUNIA Of course. Darunia presses a button, and the WALL behind him slides open - some kind of door. They all stand in wonder. As soon as the wall is removed they can feel the heat from below. A volcanic pass, Rauru explains. The only way around Death Mountain. Zelda gasps. Everyone crowds around her - Darunia is lifeless once more. RAURU He is gone. In darkness so long, he just wanted to see the light again. And so do we. In the Distance, a massive door with the TriForce symbol on it. RAURU The Temple of Time... it's the only way out of this Mountain. IMPA Come on! INT. FIRE TEMPLE The first floor is entirely a lava pit, the subsequent floors have a kind of ventilation system leading upwards. The Quartet have to ascend these quickly, still with enemies on their tail. Subrosians, impervious to all heat, POP OUT like penguins from the Lava pits. Only to be met by Impa's blade. INT. OUTSIDE TEMPLE OF TIME They scale a rock face and come to an impressive door, with the TriForce symbol on it. Rauru explains that through this door lies the Temple of Time, but he cannot go with them. Sages can exist in only one dimension and the Temple of Time operates on many. Zelda, however, agrees to accompany him. IMPA Hurry! Their foes advance quickly. Zelda hands Link the Ocarina. PRINCESS ZELDA Play what your heart tells you. 31. Link plays the "Song of Time," and the massive doors creak open slowly. Zelda and Link enter, the doors close behind them. INT. TEMPLE OF TIME Peace inside. Inside is a MASSIVE Monastery filled only with an altar in the center, beneath the 100ft high painted ceilings. In a stone in the altar is THE MASTER SWORD, decorated with a blue hilt, its blade shines most brightly above all swords. Zelda looks on it in wonder, reading the inscriptions at the bottom. PRINCESS ZELDA Only the hero of Hyrule can remove the Master Sword from its resting place. But know this - only light can pierce the darkness. PRINCESS ZELDA The blade of Evil's bane! Link steps onto the altar and yanks on the sword - it comes out! He raises it above his head, pointing towards the sky. It gleams in the light. Suddenly, the entire mountain begins to shake. A massive boulder destroys the front door of the Temple of Time. Through the hole, Link and Zelda can see Rauru and Impa struggling to stay on the ledge outside. A rock falls from the ceiling and nearly takes them with it. Zelda and Link rush to their aid. Just then, there is a great howl from beneath them. RAURU The protector of the TriForce! VOLVAGIA appears, a Subterranean Lava Dragon snakes its way towards them. PRINCESS ZELDA Link! The sword! Volvagia attacks, it whips its tail at the intruders, but misses. It splits the walls of the mountain in half and more boulders tumble towards them. LINK Get into the Temple! 32. At his words Volvagia attacks once more, spitting fire at Link, who just manages to roll out of the way. But just as he does, a massive boulder falls from the ceiling and destroys the overhanging ledge Link is on. He just manages to leap and grab onto the edge, still clutching his sword. Volvagia dips down. Link looks below him and sees the Dragon, ready to swoop up again. Link takes a long look at Princess Zelda - and lets go. He holds his arms close to his body to pick up speed. And lands right on Volvagia's back! He slashes at it with the Master Sword. It howls and tries to snap back. But Link swipes at it with the blade. Volvagia tries to throw Link off as they continue falling, but Link holds firm. The fire on Volvagia's back is burning Link and his clothes but still he hangs on. A final stab, stout and true, to the brain on Volvagia. They plummet towards the lave pit below, as Link holds on for dear life to the dying Volvagia. She is turning to ash before everyone's eyes. The lava below is drying up, hardening, as she dies. Link leaps from Volvagia just before a devastating impact, and drives the sword into the rock wall. He plants his feet against the wall and quickly begins to slow down. The sword digs deeper and deeper into the rock as he slows. He finally comes to a stop. He pulls the sword out and drops the last 20 feet, and stamps through Volvagia's burning ashes, red-hot sword in hand. He looks up 300 feet above him, as Zelda and the others look over the rock face. RAURU (quietly) Hello? INT. TEMPLE OF TIME Back at the Temple of Time, Zelda looks at him in wonder. PRINCESS ZELDA There's still one more door to open. Place the Master Sword in the doorway. There are three engravings of different jewels - one blue, green and red. Link looks at his hand and sees the green ring Saria gave him, clutching the sword, it glows strangely. The red Bracelet Darunia wrapped around his neck glows in the same way. He wraps it around the blade of the sword. 33. LINK There's one more. Zelda's blue amulet begins to glow. She wraps it around the hilt. ZELDA A gift from Zora... to my Mother. Link drives the sword up to the hilt into the wall. The walls shake and separate, revealing a glowing yellow light. Jewels and gold line the walls like a treasure storage. Zelda and Link look around - the room is endless, everyone else has disappeared. It's another dimension of time and space. LINK Is it--? PRINCESS ZELDA The TriForce. Link, it's yours. You got us here. LINK I can't... I'm just a Forest boy. A huge bellowing laughter interrupts him. Link looks into a huge, antiquarian mirror. The glass ripples and changes, and a clawed hand shifts through. Ganondorf, reveling himself, pulls himself out of the mirror. GANONDORF Perhaps I'll take it! PRINCESS ZELDA Ganondorf! An army of Goblins burst through the mirror behind Ganondorf. They grab hold of Princess Zelda, as Link struggles to fight them off, hacking and slashing bravely with his sword. Ganondorf caresses Zelda's cheek. Meanwhile, Link has killed enough of the foot soldiers and has charged towards Ganondorf, his sword stinging the ground as he runs, sparking. Link swings the sword mightily over his head, but Ganondorf sidesteps it just in time - the sword SLAMS into the ground just beside him. The slightest hint of fear in Ganondorf's eyes. He knocks Link away with a swipe of his hand. 34. Ganondorf needs only to raise his hand once more and a circle of high flames surrounds Link. He cannot pass. Ganondorf grabs ahold of Princess Zelda. LINK Nooo! Link leaps through the flames. But Ganondorf and Zelda phase out, and disappear, just before Link can reach them. A burst of light erupts from the TriForce, exploding, and knocking Link out in a blaze of white. Dreams of a Healing Fairy. Link wakes slowly to find himself looking up at Rauru and Impa. LINK Where are we? RAURU The Temple of Time. What's left of it, where the Sages dwelt before Ganondorf began exterminating us. Now, I am the only one to charge you with your quest. LINK What quest? Where is the Princess? RAURU Ganondorf has long sought more power than simply being the King of the Gerudo thieves. And some time ago, he uncovered a way to posses the TriForce - the very embodiment of all power in Hyrule. But, in order to open the door he needed three jewels, imbued with the Spirits of those who created Hyrule. One was in Zora's Domain, but unbeknownst to him, Zora had already passed that item down to someone more trustworthy - Princess Zelda. The other was kept secret by Darunia... LINK --Ganondorf wanted to starve them. After Darunia wouldn't give it to him. RAURU And the last rested in Kokiri, with a girl named-- 35. LINK --Saria. RAURU Right. you had the objects Ganondorf has been searching for all his life. The Ocarina, the Master Sword, every one of them is required to access this Realm and the TriForce inside of it. Which is why Ganondorf needed you. LINK Me?! RAURU He could have killed you the first time you met, but he must have seen the ring on your finger. And he used you to get what he wanted. The TriForce. And Princess Zelda. And now that he has control of the King, he can rule over all of Hyrule. LINK Then it's over. He's won. RAURU Ordinarily, yes. Ganondorf's heart however, was unbalanced; he could only absorb the tablet it desired most - Power. LINK Where are the other two tablets? RAURU That, Link, is your quest. And to rescue Princess Zelda. And to defeat Ganondorf once and for all. LINK but how can I? He's so strong now... RAURU It's true. Seven years ago you were not capable enough to wield the Master Sword and strike down Ganondorf... LINK Seven years? 36. RAURU but the world is very different now. As are you. Link looks at himself - he is now 19. LINK I don't... I don't... RAURU There's more. Link looks to the corner, where a pile of jewels and armor lies. Link suits up in a silver chain-mail suit of armor. A Hylian shield. A Hylian bow and a quiver of arrows. Stronger boots and belts. Link has changed from a Forest boy - into a Hylian man. RAURU But first we must leave this place. We must return to Kakariko, but the land has changed much in seven years. Link and Impa begin to leave. RAURU Link... I can't go with you. I must stay in the Sacred Realm now. Ganondorf has been searching for me for seven years, if he finds me... there will be no Sages left - and there is still much I have to do. Impa will serve as your guide now. She is... wise in her old age. Impa smiles. Link and Impa leave the Temple of Time, as Rauru waves goodbye from inside. EXT. BACK OF DEATH MOUNTAIN Link is shocked at the desolation of his land. The sky is now black, whereas once it was blue. They lands are yellow and dead, and the heat is nearly unbearable. IMPA Ganondorf's power is far reaching now. 37. Link can't speak. IMPA Come. Our path lies beyond the Lost Woods! Link and Impa descend the base of the Mountain. EXT. OUTSIDE LOST WOODS The Woods are dense, black as the night inside. Link looks behind him, the peak of Death Mountain now has a great ring of black dust around it. IMPA Many men have lost themselves in these woods. Tread carefully - and do not believe what your eyes tell you! LINK What evil has befallen these woods? Impa cuts a path through the thick foliage with a machete. EXT. INSIDE LOST WOODS The tress in this massive dark forest stretch up as far as can be seen. A narrow path has been carved out through the trees, however. LINK This forest is old. Very old. There is something here with us! Impa continues on. IMPA Death. Keep moving! INT. GANONDORF'S TOWER Princess Zelda stands, the pinnacle of calm, chained to the floor in Ganondorf's highest tower. Her garb was once beautiful and Royal, now however she is clad in Black Dress, with darker hair. She has aged into a beautiful woman, but her eyes speak of her sadness. The iron door opens and Ganondorf emerges, with the Twinrova Sisters not far behind. 38. GANONDORF Princess... how much longer shall we keep up this charade? The people ACHE for their Queen to return. Silence. GANONDORF How much longer will you defy me? Zelda remains silent. Stone cold. GANONDORF Answer me! Fire erupts in a tornado around her. Yet, she doesn't even flinch. The fire recedes. GANONDORF Of course, you could just let down your hair! Ganondorf laughs. He approaches her, and caresses her cheek with his dark hand. She looks at the Moon. GANONDORF If you want to see your people, then so be it. I only ask one thing in return. PRINCESS ZELDA My King. Zelda smiles at Ganondorf coyly. EXT. INSIDE LOST WOODS Link and Impa chop down a brush patch with their blades. LINK I feel like I've lost my sense of direction. IMPA Just keep moving forward. The trees lie. Link looks around. 39. LINK No. We've been here before! We're going in circles! IMPA I have spent the last seven years waiting for you! Jumping through time was easy for you, but I had to WAIT, while my Princess was being held captive in that Dungeon. I was her protector! And I couldn't even save her. Now she rots in that place. So follow me, or I leave you to lose your mind in these woods. Impa travels on, Link follows behind closely. LATER, the Woods begin to feel like they're closing in. Getting thicker. It's difficult to even swing the machete and sword. But with one final swipe they break through. An open area... familiar to Link. Impa stands aside. Link takes it in slowly, not recognizing it at first. The vines, the network, the roots of the trees. They're all there, but everything has gone so horribly wrong. EXT. KOKIRI FOREST Blanketed in shadow and despair after seven years of hardship. Link looks shocked. Someone emerges from the darkness, and slowly approaches Link. A 12 year-old girl in a tattered and faded green tunic. Saria. She's half his height now. She tugs on his chain-mail. He bends down to see, not realizing who she is at first. SARIA Who are you? Have you come... to help? LINK Saria?... SARIA How do you know my name? A boy, a boy left here 7 years ago. Have you heard from him. 40. Link stands and covers his mouth, tears well up in his eyes. He leaves her and walks around his old home. The huts are ready to topple over. The gardens are all but dried up. Every single Kokiri he finds is filled with despair, even the once cocky Mido misses the warmth of the sun. LINK The tree... Link takes off through the Forest, running at breakneck speed through the brush, cutting his face of tree limbs and tripping over vines, all in an effort of haste. Then he finds it. The Great Tree. Dried up. Dead. Withered. Brown. The Master Sword falls out of Link's hand and he falls to his knees, weeping. He grabs a handful of soil, and sees how dead every leaf, every grain of sand is. His sadness turns to anger, and he squeezes the sand in his palm. INT. LINK'S HUT Link sits in his old bed, tiny as it was, caressing an old heirloom he left in his room. Impa quietly climbs the ladder and enters. IMPA I'm sorry. Link is silent, staring at the thing in his hand. IMPA Now you know what we're fighting for. With that, Impa leaves, leaving Link to wallow in seven years of despair. LATER, Link climbs down and finds Impa waiting for him. LINK It's time to go. LATER, Link takes one last long look at his old homeland, before heading off. 41. EXT. SPECTACLE ROCK Impa and Link rest in the area known as Spectacle Rock, a labyrinth of razor-sharp rocks at the rear base of Death Mountain. They are forced to take shelter from the elements in a cave for the night. INT. GANONDORF'S CASTLE In the pit of the castle, the bogs, the furnaces, Ganondorf and dark Zelda walk side by side across a path of darkness, still in discussion. DARK ZELDA If I were to be your Queen, would you not split your power with me? A Queen, after all, deserves to fill her heart with such things as her King. Or haven't you any left? Ganondorf strikes her down where she stood. The fires around them grow along with Ganondorf's anger. But Zelda, still on the ground, DARK ZELDA I, too, have some power, my King. She blasts a torrent of magic at Ganondorf, but it is far too weak to injure him. But then again - it was never meant to. And he laughs. As does Princess Zelda. The blast was only a defiance of his will, a strong-willed woman is Zelda, something King Ganondorf appreciates… in a bride. GANONDORF Not until we are wed. He grabs her wrist and yanks her up and into his arms. GANONDORF A wedding present, perhaps. For now, I have something to show you. INT. GANONDORF'S "FACTORY" Ganondorf has had seven years to turn Hyrule Castle into his own dark Kingdom. Steaming lava pits and catwalks line the Main Interior. While, just outside, a great pit has been dug. His Vermin orchestrate the ordeal. The pit is a giant network of activity, every thing has a job to do. 42. From the top of his Tower Ganondorf watches these Vermin "give birth" from the tainted soil to a new and improved creature. Larger, and far more powerful than his ordinary henchmen. Pull out, to reveal the THOUSANDS of them already created. Ganondorf has genetically-engineered an ENTIRE ARMY - the true power of the Tablet of Power. GANONDORF All this will be yours, once we are married... Queen Zelda. DARK ZELDA Then I accept. Zelda kisses him. Zelda seems troubled. DARK ZELDA We'll have to do something about HIM. Zelda refers to her aging Father, the King, sitting in his throne. He hasn't been moved in seven years, and his appearance reverberates that. GANONDORF Every child must outlive their parents. DARK ZELDA Then I'm halfway there already. Ganondorf laughs. Zelda slowly walks up to her father, crouches, and whispers into his ear. DARK ZELDA Isn't it BEAUTIFUL, Father? Silence. EXT. SPECTACLE ROCK Morning. IMPA Wake up. Link stirs awake. 43. IMPA We must leave. Something follows us. LINK How can that be? IMPA Ganondorf has had seven years to prepare for your return. Who knows what evil he has wrought in that time. LINK Spies? IMPA Perhaps. The very birds may be our enemy. LINK The very wind. IMPA Indeed. Come, Kakariko isn't far now. EXT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE They come to the walled-in Village. IMPA Hospitality has been lessened in Kakariko since Ganondorf corrupted the King. Do not expect to be welcomed here. INT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE The Village is more rundown than its previous incarnation, but much of it still stands as it was. IMPA A few years ago I had to employ several carpenters to rebuild many of the houses after it was ransacked by the Gerudos. LINK Why haven't you tried to free the Princess in the seven years I was gone? IMPA Why do you think they attacked my Village? 44. Zelda and Impa walk along the main path - Villagers slam their doors at the sight of these "outsiders.' IMPA Ganondorf's evil has affected everyone. It IS everyone. It spread like dust in the wind, like water in rain. But these are GOOD people here. They can help us. Impa finally finds an old friend, Talon, the Stables-man, and chats him up. After a short conversation about the past, there is an EXPLOSION in the town well, sending water high into the air. VILLAGER 1 The Monster has returned! VILLAGER 2 Flee! Flee! The horses break free from the Stables, and start destroying anything that gets in the way of their panic stampede. LINK What is it?! IMPA The Well! Go! I'll get the horses! Link runs to the well to find it still full of water - he can't go down there. He runs into the Windmill and finds the water control. He turns on the Windmill and effectively drains the well. He runs back to it and jumps in, landing crouched, with his sword already drawn. INT. WELL The well isn't a well at all, it seems. More like an underground chamber - a tomb even. Link feels great despair the farther down this chamber he travels, until finally, several stories underground, he feels like giving up his mission altogether - not of just this well, but of rescuing Zelda and stopping Ganondorf. Until he realizes that the reason he feels this despair is BECAUSE he is down here. There is a beast down here, and it's been sucking the life out of the Villagers above its head for the last seven years - so the villagers will be sure to never rise up against Ganondorf. 45. Link continues on and bests the Beast known as Bongo Bongo, a large ghostly, cyclopean creature with the ability to turn itself invisible. Link must face the fear of the dead, and trust in his abilities to defeat it. Link uses a mirror to see past the invisibility and 'blindly' uses his bow to fire an arrow into its single eye in order to kill it. INT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE Link claws his way from the well, slimy and scathed, but unhurt. The Villagers of the Town instantly appear in better spirits. VILLAGER 1 He killed the monster! VILLAGER 2 Three cheers! VILLAGERS Hip-hip - HOORAY. Hip-hip - HOORAY. Hip-hip - HOORAY! That night there is a party in the Village. Link informs Impa that the Beast was sapping the life out of them to keep them here, to keep them from rising up against its master, Ganondorf. LINK Ganondorf was cautious enough to keep these people under his thumb - I think he's afraid of them. Afraid of what they can accomplish, together. Link and Impa spend the next several days repairing the Village to pristine condition, doing construction, building homes, and tending to those crazy cucoos. THAT NIGHT, Link catches Impa as she tries to sneak out in full battle gear. LINK What are you doing? He sees her weapons. LINK You're not headed where I think you are. 46. IMPA You asked me why I waited seven years while my Princess was being held captive. The truth is, I was AFRAID. Afraid of what Ganondorf was capable of. But I see now it's all tricks and magics. LINK You'll never make it inside the walls. IMPA You'd be surprised what us Sheikas are capable of under the guise of night. LINK You'll never succeed. It's suicide, and you know it. IMPA Your time will come to make a last stand. For me, that time is now. LINK I won't let you do this. I'll stop you. IMPA No, you won't. She sees right through him. They're both warriors and she's made up her mind already. LINK No, I suppose I won't. Impa vanishes, seemingly into thin air, amidst a could of smoke. LATER, Link stays up the entire night, distressed under the stars. Impa won't be coming back. He's on his own. He walks around the Village, and finds MALON, Talon's little girl, tending to her morning chores just before dawn. He has a chat with her about her father and this Village. It spurs him to act. THAT MORNING. Link stands on a pedestal in the center of town and calls an assembly of every villager. He gives a great speech about finally lifting the darkness that's been covering the lands for the past seven years. 47. LINK And it starts here! Ganondorf sent his monster here to make sure you wouldn't get involved. He's AFRAID of you! All of you! If the members of this Village ban together we can form a nation strong enough to take back the castle and overthrow Ganondorf's reign! The vote is split however. Many are enthusiastic. But the other half are merely realistic. VILLAGER We are but mere peasants. What are we to do, defeat the Royal Army with nothing but pitchforks and logs? It's SUICIDE. Link thinks. LINK Sometimes marching into battle in the throes of defeat is powerful enough to change the enemy's outlook on his position. If we catch him off-guard we can surprise him and take back the Royal City! VILLAGER 2 This is madness! He wants us all to charge to our death, and for what? For NOTHING. To accomplish NOTHING. Who is this man anyway? An OUTSIDER, that's who! He is not one of us! VILLAGER 3 He defeated the monster! VILLAGER 2 What monster?! That fictional 'beast' at the bottom of the well? Did anyone SEE him beat any monster?! VILLAGER 4 Yeah! He just wanted our trust. He's one of Ganondorf's men, he is! Sent to destroy us, FOR GOOD. Talon jumps up there with Link. 48. TALON Impa, the founder of this Village, trusted this boy! Shall we ignore her wishes as well?! What if he's trying to save us? What if we CAN stop Ganondorf and his men, isn't that WORTH fightin' for?! Isn't that worth DYIN' for? There is a rumble amongst the crowd, still split. VILLAGER 2 Then let him prove his worth! LINK How? VILLAGER 4 A joust! LINK Against who? INGO I'll do it! Ingo, a large farmhand, climbs the pedestal and stands beside Link. INGO I trained those horses when Talon could no longer do his duty! I know how to ride them! VILLAGER 2 Then it's settled! LATER. Link goes to the Stables to find his horse for the Duel and has another cutesy conversation with the young Malon, rumored as it were that they end up together. Talon is out in the filed, tending to the wild horses. One of the Mares seems unusually out of control, and it's difficult for Talon to control the reigns. Link walks up to them. He sees the eyes of the horse and recognizes them. He walks up slowly to Epona, at first only humming Epona's Song. As the horse calms his hum changes to a song, Link sings it as best as he can, soothing the beast. It's finally calm enough for him to grab the reigns from Talon. 49. TALON Well, I'll be. That's the wildest horse I ever caught. LINK You had her long? TALON She keeps escapin'. Always comes back though. Never could train her. Link hops on Epona's back. Talon's jaw drops. TALON You'll... need a saddle. LINK I don't think I'll need one. Link kicks the horse and she takes off like a bolt of lightning around Lon Lon Ranch. Epona stands on her two back legs triumphantly, glittering in the sun. Link dismounts. LINK I think I've found my horse. TALON I think you've found more than that. LATER. The Town Square has been transformed into a Renaissance Faire of sorts. A group watches the Jousting Field from overlooking bleachers on one side. Ingo emerges first, clad in a suit of armor, mounts his horse and readies himself. Link emerges, also clad in a suit of armor befitting this type of match, and caresses Epona before mounting her. He's handed his Jousting Rod and readies thje appropriate position. Of course, Link wins the Joust in an explosion of wood and splinters upon Ingo's breast plate. The crowd cheers as Link dismounts Epona and removes his helmet. It is customary to strike the final blow, but Link would never kill an innocent man. Instead, he helps him to his feet. He looks to the crowd, and they all cheer for him. He's brought them together. They chant his name. 50. There is a sudden scream. The crowd looks up - Impa's lifeless body hangs by her foot from the over-hanging sign at the Entrance. Link quickly cuts her down - she's beaten to a bloody pulp, but she's alive. INT. INN Impa's recovery room. She finally wakes up. Link comes to her side and asks her what happened. She tells a tale of her journey towards the Castle (in flashback form), and how much it's changed. She was captured and tortured, and from her Tower she could see Ganondrof BREEDING his new army. TEN-THOUSAND STRONG. EXT. SECRET MEETING Lon-Lon Ranch. Link, Malon and Talon, and the 'head' villager sit by candlelight in the Stables of Lon Lon. Link tells them Impa will recover, but the information she brought back is distressing at best. Ten-thousand perfectly bred killing machines against a thousand villagers is not the odds Link expected. They will lose, unless they can amass more soldiers. Once they do, they can draw Ganondorf's 'attention from his door', so that Link can enter unnoticed and destroy Ganondorf in the epic clash of wills. TALON But that will do us no good if we all die in the process! Talon protests. (SOMEHOW), the point comes up about the King of Hyrule. He and the Royal Guard are all but under Ganondorf's control - and if they can be freed, we'd have some actual soldiers on our side. The King is being controlled, by Ganondorf's Mother(s): Twinrova - if they're killed, The King and his men will be freed. But Twinrova lies on the other side of Hyrule, past the Haunted Wasteland (a massive desert where men face their own nightmares) and into the Desert Fortress where the Gerudo army rests, and Twinrova sleeps. 51. Of course, Link must take up this new quest. But, suddenly, there are screams coming from Kakariko. They race out of Lon Lon and see the FLAMES in the distance. EXT. KAKARIKO VILLAGE The Village is burning down. Ganondorf's new army of Orcs is setting fire to the buildings. Link takes up his arms, and kills as many of the Orcs as he can. This is a very tough battle for him, and he's wounded in the process(flesh-wound). These new Orcs are built for battle - they are ferocious and tough to kill. Link tells Talon to gather up the Villagers, they are fleeing - the enemy knows they are here now. Link is burdened with the duty of scooping up Impa's wounded body and carrying her on his shoulder out of the Village. TALON We must head to Windfall Island! To the boats! The entire Village heads out, leaving a burning Kakariko behind them. Link laments at the loss, but the road is long, and they must move. He loads Impa's unconscious body onto Epona, and they set out into the wild. The road is long and slow, wounded women and children make it so. But finally they come to a series of small row-boats on the North-Eastern Ocean shore. They sail for days, through storms and heat, but eventually they come to the (moderately) inhabited shores of Windfall Island. There is semblance of civilization, but it is a new colony. Apparently, Impa foresaw the destruction of Kakariko one day, and developed this sister colony to protect them from their enemies to the West. They settle in. It is a long time before Impa fully heals. Even then, she seems emotionally scarred by her defeat. Link fishes off a dock, and FINALLY catches a fish. Link and Impa begin fortifying it once she is healed. Under his guidance, she begins to train the Villagers in basic combat skills. He is looking more and more like a general every day. 52. Link finally sets out on his quest to the west Desert, using their larger boat as a faster means of transportation that won't be interrupted by Ganondorf's Orcs and Moblins. At first the seas are gentle, but spies send Ganondorf valuable information and from his Tower, seeks his magic upon the open seas. He creates a terrible thunderstorm that pounds Link and his small boat. A single massive wave eventually cripples Link's boat, destroying the sail, and turning it turtle. Link drifts for days on a log of wood. Eventually, a PIRATE SHIP spots him, and picks him up. They hold him captive, stripping him of all his weapons and possessions. The Pirates are one named TETRA, a female Pirate who plunders the Great Sea for its plentiful treasures. Apparently, there were many Pirate fortresses in the Western shores before Ganondorf took them from them. Link says then, that they have a common enemy - it is Ganondorf that Link fights against. TETRA A losing battle. I have seen Ganondorf's new army of Moblins, and you, a Forest boy, stand no chance. LINK Better to fight for freedom than to let it fail altogether. I assume a PIRATE values his freedom, moreso than most. TETRA Correct, you may be, but freedom we have on the water, unlike some. LINK And what of off it? I want some kind of swashbuckling attack on the Pirate ship. The Moblins and orcs attack, and Link helps to save them. For it, the Pirates take Link to the edge of the Western shores and put them in his debt. Link comes to shore and is left by the Pirates. The Haunted Wasteland is far off, but they are still afraid of it. It really IS Haunted, and all men fear what secrets it may hold. 53. Link plays Epona's Song and she emerges soon thereafter. She must have followed him. THE DESERT is equal to the Sahara in its size and deadliness. To cross it takes a monumental effort, and Link and Epona will barely survive it. During their crossing, the pair encounter an ENORMOUS sandstorm. They retreat to a Desert structure, and just manage to outrun it before they are swept away. Link covers Epona with his tunic to protect her from the sandstorm once they are in the moderate shelter. The sandstorm over, they begin their journey again. Link drops a horse-feeder that WAS full of water - now it's full of muddy sand, and completely useless, and therefore discardable. This, of course, a lack of water, makes their journey even worse. Just when Link's body is beginning to fade, he begins to hallucinate. It is here the Haunted Wasteland lives up to its name and Link must face his own nightmares. When he defeats them, he finds himself at the base of a PYRAMID. In front of it, is a giant stone Statue of a GERUDO QUEEN, who must have reigned before Ganondorf. She is sitting in a Buddha pose - this is the entrance to the Gerudo Temple. Link is met inside and captured by The Gerudos. They surround and question him - but he escapes before they can do him any harm. Link heads up to the center of the Pyramid, where Twinrova assuredly resides. He finds Twinrova, who transforms to their true state, by joining together into a more monstrous and terrifying form. Link battles it, but falls under its terrible spell, his brain 'about to fall into nothingness.' But, in a bit of surprise, Nabooru, who tried to question him earlier when he was caught, attacks Twinrova and sets Link free of its spell, allowing Link to chop off its head and destroy it. Nabooru then tells Link what we already know, about her despair over what Ganondorf has done, and his political aspirations of total domination, which the mighty Amazonian Gerudos do not share. She vows to help Link kill him any way she can. An army is forming.... 54. LINK News must make it to the King of Hyrule! The Nations of Hyrule have united against a common foe! We meet on the Island of Windfall! Tell him to make haste! We go to war against Ganondorf! INT. GANONDORF'S CASTLE Queen Zelda cries out. QUEEN ZELDA Twinrova... She is dead! Zelda weeps out loud in the huge castle. EXT. GANONDORF'S "FACTORY" Ganondorf tours his Factor of soldiers as more of his Moblins are created. They've begin to arm themselves, getting geared up for battle Ganondorf gives a speech and they march out, and a troop of them marches out. 100 only. PHANTOM GANON bursts from the Castle doors and rides out ahead of them, their General for the time being. EXT. WINDFALL ISLAND Great Ships crawl across the horizon. Link greets them along they shore, as The King and a large Royal army march in from the sand. They are greeted with great reverence, and it is good to see the King up and about once again. The King is the first to say that they must take back the Castle. But Link retorts LINK It will be for naught if Ganondorf is allowed to live. He has poisoned this land with his tyranny, and he must be destroyed if Hyrule is to be restored to the beauty it once held. Link intends to march with his army, right to the Castle walls, and take on Ganondorf's army head on. 55. If they can break through the outer defenses it will be all the opening that Link needs to storm the Tower and take on Ganondorf one-on-one. And destroy him. THE KING But, with all we can muster, we only number in the hundreds. Ganondorf's army numbers in the tens of thousands! What hope is there?! LINK The Gerudos will answer our call. THE KING The Gerudos?! Thieves from the Desert lands?! LINK We share a common enemy. THE KING What of the Gorons? Or The Zoras? The Ritos? IMPA The Gorons are extinct. Zora's Domain has not been free of the ice since the great Tree died. THE KING Then, we are alone... LINK Not alone. Together, we may show Ganondorf that the peoples of Hyrule will not go quietly into torment and death! I would rather die fighting than to spend another lifetime under a black sky. Link and the King come up with a killer strategy, one that gives them 'the edge' that they need to turn the battle in their favor. It has to do with funneling them down the Mountain pass to the West of Hyrule Castle, then boxing them in from the other side. They are attacked by the Moblin party shortly thereafter. It's the mini-battle before the big battle. Even against a hundred, the fight is difficult, and several lose their lives. But, The Kings men show their valor using their many skills and weapons to drive them away from the town and defeat them on the beach. 56. Amidst the fight, Phantom Ganon rears his head, striking fear into everyone around them - except Link, who charges in on Epona to meet him head on. They are both knocked from their steeds (Epona chases the other one away) and they are left to battle on the sand. Phantom Ganon uses a long spear as his main attack, and teleports to a different location several times, making the fiht difficult for Link. Link is struck down. PG's boots pound the ground as he draws near to Link, for the final blow. The sound of bows being stretched. PG looks up to find a dozen Hylian Guard on the rooftops, their arrow pointed down at him. He tries to strike Link quickly but is met instead with a flurry of arrows. He falls to his knees. Link beheads him and he vanishes. LINK Just a Phantom! Link's army pulls itself together and begin to march towards the Castle. Ganondorf watches from his Tower. Link's army is greeted by a messenger - Dark Zelda. She looks downright evil, carries a sword, and warns Link to turn around or die. They don't and an enormous battle begins. There is more to Ganondorf's army than sheer numbers - including a number of Iron-knuckles, and other large, powerful enemies. Ganondorf's army also uses catapults and other devices. Eventually, Link's army is driven back to the sea. The enemy crosses through the Mountain pass to attack them, which bttles their numbers, and makes them easier to attack. From above, archers rain arrows upon them, and rock avalanches are started, which fall and crush them. Still, wave after wave keep coming, and their strategy seems to be failing. Link's army has reached the coast, with no more room to run. Then, they see Great Ships in the distance. An army of Pirates and Gerudos quickly exit, and charge alongside the Royal Army. TETRA We bring friends! Several hundred ZORAS rise from the ocean depths to join the battle. The Gerudo Warriors box in The Moblin army at the Mountain pass, and soon, a small victory has been won. 57. The new army marches once again to the Gate, and this time are greet with a forty foot armored Gate Guardian. Impa dies fighting it, but Link is the one who destroys it. Link is saved by Epona during the fight, who slashes through Vermin and Moblins to reach him in time. As Link stands over her as she dies, Impa exclaims that she's never seen anyone so brave, as she looks into Link's eyes. She knows he has the TriForce of Courage. Link's army breaks through the outer wall, and enter the Castle City in droves. They are met by MORE Moblins and also RE-DEADS, who have the power to paralyze their victims by looking at them. Teamwork must be employed to defeat each of them. During the melee, Link slithers away, and heads past Hyrule Town, towards the Castle. EXT. GANONDORF'S CASTLE The Castle isn't the beautiful, white thing it once was - it's been transformed into a black monolith, towering over a river of lava under a black sky. Link enters through the only door. And makes his way to the Tower. INT. GANONDORF'S CASTLE The basement of the castle is like a dungeon, with cells and fire pits. The castle is more like a cave now, with only a few reminders of the beauty that it once held - charred statues and burned tapestries. Link finds himself above Ganondorf's fiery quarters - a room overlooking the Dark King as he continues to 'dine' with his Queen, unawares of the hero perched above him. Link silently readies an arrow from his bow, aiming carefully at the heart of Ganondorf. But Princess Zelda, clad now in black dress of her own, enters behind Ganondorf and caresses his chest. Ganondorf laughs loudly. Link, dumbfounded, lowers his bow, both shocked and unwilling to possibly strike her by accident. QUEEN ZELDA Once the boy gets here, we can finish him together - and take all that remains of the Tablet of Courage. GANONDORF He is here already. 58. Shocked, the floor suddenly beneath Link, and he falls down a chute, falling hard right at Ganondorf's feet. His bow and sword fly out of his hands. GANONDORF Fool. Did you not think I know all that goes on in my Castle? LINK It's not your Castle. And so the battle begins. It is a test of Ganondorf's brute force and fire magics against Link's agility and speed. Link does all he can to avoid Ganondorf's crushing blows and spitting fire. And eventually latches onto the Mater Sword once again, arming his shield as well. Ganondorf takes a moment to absorb it all - the boy changed into the man, facing down the devil in combat, and not backing down. Ganondorf finds a sword of his own, scattered among all the fallen soldiers and old statues - a massive broadsword befitting his 7 ft stature. Each swing of the broadsword is like a haymaker, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Link to block it with either his sword OR his shield. Eventually, the Hylian shield is knocked from his grasp and he is forced to defend himself with his sword alone. Ganondorf readies a strike with the broadsword on Link's head as he sits prone on all fours, dazed. He brings the sword down - CLANG! Queen Zelda's sword blocks his way! Her wisdom has tricked him for seven years, now it finally pays off. He backhands her with his mighty forearm, knocking her down and out. GANONDORF Wretch! Link's agility quickly pays off and he manages to get a shallow cut across Ganondorf's abdomen. With a howl the fires burn higher, trapping Link behind them. Ganondorf sees his hesitation at the flames and erects a barrier around Link, one that becomes a FIRE TUNNEL that surrounds Link like a tornado. He's burning, and trapped. Ganondorf summons the power of the flames once more, this time as a directional attack, and hurls the flames at a prone Link. 59. Link just manages to dive to of the way of the deathblow, and hurls the Master Sword headlong into Ganondorf's chest. He flies back and is pinned to the wall, coughing up blood. But something happens. The TriForce symbol on his wrists begins to glow, and Ganondorf's eyes turn white, his tongue forks and he speaks in a foreign language - calling on the Power from the TriForce. He yanks the sword out and drops it to the ground. The Tower begins to collapse around them, pieces of rock fall from the ceiling. A chunk of the floor is taken out, and the Master Sword nearly falls into the pit of lava several hundred feet below. Ganondorf rises, floating above the Tower. Link just manages to avoid the boulders falling hard, breaking to bits. He dives to the floor and grabs the Master Sword just before it falls into the pit and quickly races up the stairs as they crumble beneath his feet - to the top of the Tower. EXT. BATTLE FIELD Everyone stops fighting, and witnesses as the Castle is collapsing. They cheer, but their battle continues. The King weeps for his lost Kingdom. INT. GANONDORF'S TOWER Ganondorf falls onto the floor just as Link walks onto the roof of the Tower, a flat plain of concrete over-looking all of Hylia. He trails his sword behind him slowly. Ganondorf is hunched over, prone. Link charges him, but is blown backwards by a burst of magic. His face and clothes are seared from the burst of flame. Ganondorf stands up slowly, breathing deeply. He has changed, his appearance, his bulk, his power. He has become GANON! Fire erupts in the palms of his hands and he throws his arms outwards at a still dazed Link, lying on the ground. Link just manages to roll out of the way in time, but Ganon doesn't stop the blast. He merely shifts his constant stream of flames. Link slams the sword into the concrete and hides behind its blade - the flames are cut, and just manage to curl around him, not impacting him directly. But the force is still too much. Link's gloves are beginning to melt from the heat, despite the chain mail, and the force of the magic is having a toll. With one final push Ganon sends a ball of magic at Link. It collides, knocking Link back again, ad tossing the Sword from his grasp. Totally defenseless now, Ganon picks Link off the ground with a single hand and pummels him with his fists. 60. Beating Link senseless, bloodying him quickly. Link is unconscious. A final haymaker sends Link across the Tower peak. Calmly, Ganon strolls over to the Master Sword and picks it up. He holds it in his hand coyly, not amazed by its power in the least. In fact, insulted by it. With it in hand, he stalks slowly towards Link - ready for a final blow to this "Boy," as he calls Link. But during all this everyone has forgotten about Princess Zelda, knocked to the ground, unconscious, during the fight. Now, she has picked up Link's discarded Hylian Bow and found a suitable arrow from the lost quiver. The hole in the Tower Peak above her is just big enough to make out Ganon as he stalks towards Link, Master Sword in hand. She readies an arrow, pulls it back - just as Ganon raises the sword for the blow - she closes her eyes and whispers a prayer. And releases the arrow. It flies perfectly through the small opening, just as Ganon turns to see it coming at him he manages to scream, "Nooo!" The Arrow catches the light from the sun, causing it to shine brightly A LIGHT ARROW! It pierces Ganon's heart. Spitting blood, Ganon collapses onto his knees, clutching at the wound. GANON My Queen... About this time, Link has come to. It's a mighty struggle just to stand. He limps over to the dying Ganon, bleeding profusely from the face. He slowly picks up his Master Sword, looking down on Ganon. GANON Betrayer... deceitful! He continues to curse Zelda under his breath, until he sees Link towering over him, sword in his hand, with the morning sun glowing brightly behind him, illuminating him like an angel. GANON But... but, you were just a boy... Link decapitates Ganon, with one deft slice. As soon as Ganon's lifeless body hits the ground the castle begins to collapse. The familiar Zelda theme - this time though, a heavy metal guitar version, as Link and Zelda race to get out of the castle before it collapses into the pit of lava. Dodging falling rocks and evading frantic creatures, they just manage to. They dive onto the cliff, clutching at the edge. 61. The story ends much as on would expect it to- the lands return to the lush, magical place they once were, Princess Zelda returns to the Castle Town to rebuild a city and an empire, as Queen Zelda. And Link returns to Kokiri Forest - a MAN. Unique - the only one in all of Kokiri. And now, no one can make fun of him for not having a fairy! THE END
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