Congratulations on your 35th anniversary, TLOZ! Thank you for so many amazing games.
It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of all the people who worked on this series which - despite not (majorly) changing its general formula - continues to create games which are fun, engaging and remarkable. Even games from 20-30 years back are still fun to play this day.
Though I have a really soft spot for the (adult) 3D Links, I find Link in general a very interesting protagonist. Consider this my homage to 35 years of travelling with the heroes. They don’t speak much, but they had a lot to tell.
Edit: This post reached 2000 notes on march 29th, 2021. I can’t believe it, thank you so much for all the positive reactions I’ve received so far. For a small account like myself this is such a huge milestone I wouldn’t have even dare dream of.
Full verse below the cut:
Let me tell you a tale from the land of the light
About the heroes who rose to face Evil’s Blight
From humble beginnings often they came (LOZ, LOZII)
With rarely a legacy bound to their name (ST)
Sent on a quest in the gods’ vast domain (ALLTP, OoA, OoS, LA)
Crossing endless open seas (WW, PH)
Or forest, ancient yet pristine (MC)
When darkness fell upon the land (TP)
they lit up the sky to restore what has been (SS)
Until time’s end they bravely fought (OoT, MM)
Finding true courage in what their quest them brought (ALBW)
So when your time comes, oh Hero-to-be, (AoC)
will you unsheath the Sword and awaken the legend in thee? (BOTW)
(It may have gone unnoticed by some at first, but it’s definitely in there. It’s apparently morse code of . . . - - - . . . that translates to an SOS signal. This is the isolated audio of it, but the placement and style of each signal in the tracks themselves are quite telling of the characters.)
Vah Ruta: SOS comes in immediately and is quite loud. Mipha is the most pacifistic of the Champions and would have been the first one to call for help. She’s also more a healer than a fighter and probably stood the least chance of defeating her Blight. She was likely the most terrified in their situation.
Vah Rudania: SOS also comes in immediately but is fainter than in Vah Ruta. Alongside being the least technology-inclined champion, Daruk has a strong sense of family and protection. He likely projected his fainter than the rest as he didn’t want to worry the others.
Vah Naboris: The theme starts out with a jolt of piano keys, followed by the faintest SOS of the four. Urbosa is very proud and, like most Gerudo, was very battle-inclined. Combining that with her Fury means she likely would have lasted longer in her fight and not sent out the SOS immediately. My idea is that Thunderblight was too fast for her and overwhelmed her. She would have been strong enough to defeat it otherwise, and the faint SOS was her attempt to send it as she bled out.
Vah Medoh: Although coming later into the theme than the others, this SOS is most prominent and the fastest. Revali likely lasted the longest in his fight and his prideful nature meant he thought calling for help was underneath him. But he even he was overwhelmed and eventually swallowed his pride to send the message. A comment I read explained it the best. “Revali’s call was rushed. It was frantic and panicked. It was a call only someone who knew they were going to die would make”
I can finally post my piece for @memorabiliazine ! I started this before age of calamity was released and I wanted to explore what the Akkala citadel could have been like 100 years prior to botw before it all fell to ruins. I’m so glad I can finally share this in its entirety!