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The Legend of Zelda: Shining Courage is the umpteenth game in the Legend of Zelda series by Nintendo. It is set in the Child Timeline, after Twilight Princess, and comprises the part of the timeline known as the Hyrulean Rennaisance Era.




Intro

One hundred years have passed...

One hundred years since the fall of the King of Twilight and the Demon King...

One hundred years...since the Twilight War...

Long ago, there was a kingdom which was built by beings who worshipped the goddesses...

Din, whose fire crafted the red earth, and wielder of Power...

Nayru, whose love gave the land order from chaos, and guardian of Wisdom...

And Farore, whose wind breathed life into the beings of the world, and overseer of Courage...

The people of the land were grateful to the goddesses, and after they finished making the land, the same goddesses left a golden power, created from their own beings...

The Triforce...

News of the Triforce spread far and wide, and a war for control of it soon came...

Among the warring factions, a race of dark magic wielders infiltrated the land, using their power to seek dominance of the sacred realm where the Triforce lay...

However, the spirits of light banished the interlopers to a distant realm... a realm steeped in the gaze of twilight...

Many years later, peace befell the kingdom...

That is, until the Usurper King of the Twilight Realm attempted to overthrow the light world, and shroud the land in darkness...

However, a young man, clad in the green tunic of the hero, rose up to challenge him, aided by the true leader of the Twilight...

They conquered many perils, eventually defeating the tyrannical man...

Finally, they faced the source of his power... The one who wielded the Triforce of Power...

After the battle, the hero and the princess of the land bade farewell to the Twilight Princess, whose true form and power had returned at the dark one's fall...

With the land returned to normal, and the link between the Twilight Realm and the Realm of Light severed, the kingdom was rebuilt...

That time had passed into legend as the Twilight Wars...As did the Hero...

Plot

Chapter 1: A Hero Awakens...

A century after the events of Twilight Princess, Hyrule has been rebuilt, and the great-grandaughter of Twilight Princess' Zelda has risen to the throne.

Meanwhile, the reborn spirit of the Hero is now a young man. As with tradition in his family, who were descendants of Link and an unknown woman, he is named Link as well, his title being Link VII.

Link lives in the town of Palodrun, in the southeastern area of Hyrule known as Faron Woods. He spends his days working on his family's farm. He also owns a horse named Epona.

One day, news spreads around Hyrule that monsters have begun attacking the land, and Faron Woods is their first destination. Link's family is attacked and their farm is raided and broken, with Link's mother Kalma and his younger sister Aryll being taken by the Bokoblin raiders.

Link's father is injured by the raid, and entrusts Link with his family's sword, the Iron Sword, and their Wooden Shield. Link pursues the monsters on foot, as Epona ran away in the chaos.

Link travels deep into the Forest, encountering the Great Fairy of the Forest, who tells him that the raiders went into the Deku Kingdom. Link enters their kingdom and is brought before the King.

The Deku King tells Link that the monsters had rushed through their village, and they put a curse on the Forest Grounds, where they would hold their various ceremonies. Worse yet, they sealed the gate that leads out of the forest and placed the key in the Grounds' innermost chamber, guarded by monsters and an unspeakably horrifying monstrosity.

Link volunteers to travel into the Forest Grounds and cleanse the temple of it's plague. The Deku King accepts his offer and gives him a Deku Slingshot, which he can use to fire Deku Nuts and other types of ammo at anything he wishes. Link takes the Slingshot and enters the Forest Grounds.

After traversing half of the dungeon, he finds himself face-to-face with the mid-boss of the dungeon: a Wolfos possesed by a parasitic plant bulb on it's head. Link defeats it and frees the Wolfos, who, in gratitude, gives Link his second item: the Boomerang of Winds. It can either attack enemies from afar, or grab faraway items and bring them to Link.

Link delves deeper into the Grounds, finding the boss key and entering the boss chamber. There, Link sees the supposed leader of the monster horde: Jinnzaul, Lord of the Shadows. Jinnzaul taunts Link by saying that his mother and sister would be perfect for their plans, and leaves before summoning the Shadowy Armored Arthropod Monster, Baalgohma. Link uses the Slingshot and Boomerang to defeat the beast, and the creature drops the Deku Gate Key and a Heart Container.

After the monster disintegrates, Link is visited by the Spirit of the Forest. They tell him that he is the Hero, whom is reborn when Hyrule is plunged into evil. The Spirit also tells Link that he has been blessed by Farore with the Triforce of Courage. The Spirit then gives Link the Hero's Clothes, which signify that he is the Hero of Legend. They warp him outside of the Grounds, returning to their rest.

Link returns to the Deku King, telling him of the Spirit. The Deku King gives Link a Map of Hyrule, along with a letter that he must hand-deliver to Princess Zelda. Link unlocks the gate, exits Faron Woods and crosses Hyrule Field, making his way towards Hyrule Castle Town, as well as the rest of his adventure...

Chapter 2: Strength of the Heart...

Link enters the Castle Town, heading for the Castle. The guards, however, stop him, denying him audience with the Princess. Link shows them the letter, which has a wax seal bearing the symbol of the Deku King. Reluctantly, the guards escort Link to the throne room for an audience with Zelda. During the meeting, Zelda is given the letter, which tells her that Link has been proven by the Spirit of the Forest to be the reborn Hero of Legend. Zelda then asks Link to see her in the Northern Tower for a private discussion. Inside the Tower, Link and Zelda talk about the rapidly increasing monster horde that has been stealing young maidens across Hyrule. Link then tells her about Jinnzaul and the curse of the Forest Grounds, which leaves her mysteriously worried for the future. Zelda tells Link that he must free the Three Spirits of Life, who guard three temples in Hyrule. Link had already freed the Forest Spirit in Faron Woods, so only two remained. Zelda shows Link the eastern region of Hyrule, known as the Eldin Range, and it's tallest and most volcanically active peak, Death Mountain. She tells Link that the Spirit of the Mountains resides in the ancient Earth Shrine, located at the base of the second tallest peak, which lies right next to Death Mountain. She says that by freeing it and the temple. then the monsters' power will fade, and their horde will weaken and shrink. Zelda marks the location of Goron Town, the city where the Goron tribe lives, on his map and tells him to seek out their leader, Chief Darugeo. Link exits the Castle and heads for the Eldin Range. Once Link reaches Goron Town, the Goron people tell him that Darugeo had been kidnapped by a giant monster just before he arrived, and that the monster took him into the Earth Shrine. Link volunteers to enter the Shrine, and the Goron cheif's son, Gorobu, opens the entrance to the dungeon. Inside, Link traverses the Shrine's many puzzles and traps, as well as the monsters that have adapted to the temple's warm climate and rocky terrain. Link soons faces the mid-boss, a Goron Statue brought to life through dark magic, known as Gorogolem. He destroys the monster, gaining the Hero's Bow and it's quiver from the chest it guarded. After gaining the Boss Key and opening the door to the Shrine's inner sanctum, He finds Darugeo held above the altar by chains from the ceiling, and is once again confronted by Jinnzaul. The dark lord then tells Link that the maidens, including his mother and sister, are to be used for their Life Energy, as a way to fulfill the monster's dark master plan. He leaves Link, summoning the dungeon's boss as he goes: Shadowy Infernal Pyroclastic Abomination: Infernion. Link dispatches the beast, freeing both the Earth Shrine and the Spirit of the Mountains, who gives him another treasure kept in the Shrine for safekeeping: the Flute of Light. They also teach him his first song for it, the Crescendo of Earth, which gives him the power to make any stone marked with the Earth Seal do a certain action, such as boulders blocking a doorway will disappear, or a stone platform might raise.

After the curse on the dungeon is broken, Darugeo's chains shatter, and he is freed. He congratulates Link, and gives him the Goron's Tunic, which grants Link resistance to heat, invulnerability to fire, and the ability to swim through lava without dying. Link and Darugeo return to Goron Town, where Gorobu is thrilled to see his father. The shaman of the Gorons, Pyrgoro, tells Link that the power that cursed their Temple was the very same magic that plunged Hyrule into chaos and evil 100 years ago. He tells Link to keep his head, and sends him off with the Goron cheif's blessing and the friendship of the Goron tribe. As Link ponders over the shaman's words, he treks his way back to Hyrule Castle...

Chapter 3: The Beauty of Wisdom...

After returning to Hyrule Castle, Link is told by the captain of the royal guard and head of the Sheikah clan, Impa, to meet with Zelda in the castle library. After finding it, Zelda asks Link if he had obtained the Flute of Light. After showing it to her, she then asks Link to play the Crescendo of Earth on a stone statue with the Earth Seal marked on it's pedestal. After playing the song, the statue and the wall behind it slide backwards and turns to open, much like a door. Behind it, a dark passageway extends downwards, beneath the castle. The two travel down it, finding themselves blocked by a waterfall. The archway that it is pouring down from bears the Water Seal. Zelda tells Link that to part the waterfall and gain entry, he must rescue the Spirit of the Waters. The temple in which it is sealed in, the Zora's Tower, is located within the Lanayru Sea. To reach it, Link must head to Zora's Domain, talk to King Zora and Princess Rutali, and gain the Zora's Key, which gives access to the Tower. (rest of story is TBA)

Dungeons

Name Element Item(s) Found Mid-Boss Boss Symbol
Forest Grounds Forest/Nature

Boomerang of Winds

Hero's Clothes

Infested Wolfos Guardian

Shadowy Armored Arthropod Monster: Baalgohma

Earth Shrine Earth/Fire

Hero's Bow

Flute of Spirits

Goron's Tunic

Shadowy Infernal Pyroclastic Abomination: Infernion
Zora's Tower Water

Gerudo Mines

Desert/Mine/Thunder
Buried Prison Ice/Ruins
Temple of Time Time/Ancient
Forbidden Hollow Swamp/Forest
Goron Caverns Fire/Caves

Seabed Ruins

Underwater/Ruins
Ancient Well Ruins/Desert/Water
Frozen Palace Ice/Ruins/Castle
Hyrule Castle Castle
Ganon's Fortress Shadow/Castle/Finale

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