So Link grew up in/around Zora’s Domain, right? Like knew everyone well enough that even 100 years later a good number of Zora are like “Oh my god, Link?!” when you come back. I just like to imagine there was some off-screen time where a bunch of them just… kinda mob him. Like sit him down and are all sharing stories from when he was a kid that he doesn’t remember, trying furiously to jog his memory?
I like this idea that while he was able to jog things looking at all of Zelda’s pics, it actually takes a group effort from the Zora to get some of the older stuff back for him. Like just imagine a huge circle of Zora all yelling, “Remember that time Deza told him not to eat that fuckin Octoroc and he just scarfed it?” or “You nearly drowned like five times because you wanted to swim with your friends and forgot to come up for air.” and “When you were five you puked on the king. It was amazing.” also “Sidon used to attack your ankles because you called him an ‘ankle biter’ as a joke and he took it at a challenge.”
And Link is horrified and so fuckin relieved, because he’s starting to remember and the Zora are actually really important to him. Low-key adoptive fish family overly protective of their weird Hylian hero-boy.