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Link: My guardian the Great Deku Tree just died and I was blamed for it and exiled out of my village despite that I killed a giant one eyed spider ten times my size to try to save him and I just traveled across an entire country barefoot all by myself because I was told that I must find my way into Hyrule Castle so I can meet a Princess I’ve never heard of before so we can save the world!

Malon:

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Ahhh. True Form Midna is another one of those characters that I’ve always wanted to draw and never did for no good reason blah blah blah. 
More of a sort of casual day for her, cause I didn’t want to obscure most of her with that cloak and draw that ridiculous hair.

Keeping an eye on Hyrule Castle through a non traversable portal or something idk.

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA:
BREATH OF THE WILD TIMELINE PLACEMENT!

Everyone is so excited for the next installment of the zelda franchise. With each new game, some new element of the Zelda Multiverse, yes I said multiverse, is introduced. However, since the release of the Hyrule Historia, fans everywhere have discovered that the games take place in a unique timeline spanning eons. More importantly, after the events of Ocarina of Time the timeline splits into three separate and distinct timeline. So the question remains, where does Zelda: Breath of the Wild take place?

We’ve all seen the trailers, the gameplay and certain elements appear that can possibly tie into each Zelda game that has come before. However, which timeline does this game take place? If you look at the Hyrule Historia you will see that timeline is incomplete as certain things as the sealing war, time of prosperity, and interloper wars are left, well, as words on a time line, while games like Twilight Princess,  Wind Waker sort of fill in those Eras. So it’s clear that Nintendo has a lot of work to do to fill out those spaces left blank.

So where does Zelda Breath of the Wild take place?

It’s kind of hard to tell but I’m going to narrow it down and then let you all figure it out for yourselves.

First off, let’s start with the Timeline itself. As you may already know, after the events of Ocarina of Time,  the timeline splits into three parallel timelines. The first is the Downfall Timeline in which Link falls to Ganon and the Era of Decline starts in which the original zelda games takes place up until Zelda 2.

The second timeline is the Child Era timeline. This happened because at the end of Ocarina Of Time,  Zelda sent Link back to his original time to live out his days. As a result, the events of Ocarina of Time  never occured. But because Link warned Princess Zelda of Ganondorfs motifs, the King  of Hyrule arrested Gannondorf and eventually had him excuted, which went extremely wrong as depicted in Twilight Princess. During this timeline, Majoras Mask takes place, Twilight Princess as well as Four Swords Adventures (I think)

The third timeline is the Adult Era. This happened after the final battle with Ganon in which Ganondorf was sealed in the Sacred Realm. After awhile, Ganondorf broke out and since Link was sent back to his original time he wasn’t around to fight Ganon. So as a last resort, the goddess flooded the land which results in the Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks games.

So now, where in the three timelines do Breath of the Wild take place.

Well let’s look at Link. As a result of Demise’s cycle, whenever Evil appears, Zelda and Link are reincarnated to combat the threat. So obviously each Link in each game is a different Link,  (excluding Majoras Mask). However, with the demo gameplay and the statements such as “Hyrule needs you once again” we are lead to believe that this Link is a Link that we’ve been with before. But which one? This is further backed up by the Chamber of Resurrection on which this Link has been sleeping in for 100 years. The term Resurrected means to be revived or brought back. So this Link must’ve been killed at some point 100 years ago which resulted in someone putting him in the chamber in order to be Resurrected. As to which Link this is, all the clues point to the Link from the Ocarina of Time, The Hero of Time such as Link not recognizing the Deku Tree after its suggests that Link doesn’t remember him, the Temple of Time that resembles the one in Ocarina of Time, and of course Ganon. (There are other things such as the many races that inhabit Hyrule, however, these races don’t support the timeline theory placement because these races can show up in any timeline at any time if need be such as the Zoras and Rito  coexisting in the same timeline, even though the Rito are the evolved forms of the Zoras)

So is this the Hero of Time, and if so, where can we place the game.

Well, I’m going to cross the adult timeline off the list in which the land of Hyrule was flooded. It’s highly unlikely that the BOTW will take place in this timeline considering the flood, and by the time Spirit Tracks happen hundreds, maybe even thousands of the years have happened. Remember, this Link has been asleep for 100 years so this timeline wouldn’t fit.

Next, the Downfall Timeline. This would be a logical placement, because if Link is waking up after 100 years after being killed, this supports the timeline that Link was killed by Ganondorf that resulted in the Sealing War of Ganondorf. Thus, we see in BOTW, that Ganon is sealed inside of the Hyrule Castle, which could presumably be a result of the Sealing War that occured after Link fell. This theory can be supported by Calamity Gannon clearly being trapped within the confines of the Castle in one of the trailers. But those are the only clues that support that BOTW can take place within this timeline.

The next is the Child Era timeline. which I think is the most logical placement,

Here’s why…

In this timeline, the two most significant games are Majoras Mask and Twilight Princess. This is where I believe this game takes place. The Producer of Nintendo has already confirmed in Twilight Princess HD for the WII U that certain clues will allude to the upcoming game, at the time unknown. BUT, this is where it gets interesting. In all of the trailers we see Shiekah technology everywhere from the Shrine of Resurrection to the Shiekah Slate, to the Guardians. But before I get into all thats, let’s talk about the Interlopers.

In Twilight Princess,  these Interlopers were practitioners of Black Magic and tried to steal the triforce for themselves in creating the Fused Shadow. As a result, the Interlopers were banished by the Four Light spirits to the Twilight Realm in which they eventually became the Twili. There are theories and rumors that these Interlopers are in fact the Shiekah.  Now, before the events of Twilight Princess, there was the Interloper War that set the events of the Twilight Princess. As stated previously, it seems the Skeikah play a huge role in BOTW and the events that took place 100 years before the start of the game are vague. It could very well be the Interloper War that takes place in which the Shiekah unleashed the Guardians to fight Ganon in order to seal him and at the same time steal the triforce.

Well then,  I guess you’re saying, how is this Link the same Link from Ocarina Of Time. 

Simple!

After the events of Ocarina of Time when Link was sent back to his own time. Link left and the events of the Majoras Mask takes place. Though it isn’t clear if Link ever returned to Hyrule, but it isn’t clear that he didn’t.  Furthermore, in Twilight Princess, Link collects the Hero’s Bow, and if you remember correctly,  it’s the same bow Link used in Majoras Mask, indicating that he somehow did make it back to Hyrule at some point.  Maybe just in time for Ganondorfs execution as an adult and then everything went crazy all leading up to the events of BOTW.

It’s a crazy placement, and a stretch I know. BOTW could very possibly sprout a whole new timeline altogether, who knows? What we do know is that elements and clues spanning all of the Zelda games appear so it could literally take place anywhere, at anytime, we don’t know.

So there you have it, we will have to wait until March 3rd to see how things play out. But of course, it’ll be fun to see!

10. Hyrule Castle Mezzanine (TP)
  • 10. Hyrule Castle Mezzanine (TP)
  • Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta
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The #10 Spooky Scary Zelda Tune is…Hyrule Castle Mezzanine!

This particular song is from Twilight Princess, but many of you also mentioned Hyrule Castle in general as a spooky tune. Consider this to be a representation of all the games with this Hyrule Castle theme.

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“Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? They say it’s the only time when our world intersects with theirs… The only time we can feel the lingering regrets of spirits who have left our world.That is why loneliness always pervades the hour of twilight.”