Hey, it's me, Link's Uncle. Here's yet another storyline of one of my nephew's craziest adventures.
Back in the mists of time, before the era of The Legend
of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, Hyrule was a land of fabulous palaces
and magic. It was also a troubled land, and the divisions of Light and
Dark were tearing it apart. The origins of this conflict lay even deeper
in the shadows of time, with the coming of the Triforce and the greed of
Ganondorf, King of Thieves. To comprehend Hyrule and Link's desperate quest,
one must first know the ancient legend of the Triforce. In the Golden Land,
where it was placed by the creators of the world, the Triforce beckoned
to people. Ganon and his band of thieves long searched for the secret entrance
to the Golden Land, eventually stumbling upon it. Then Ganon defeated his
fellows for possession of the Triforce.
In a period known as the Imprisoning War, the King of
Hyrule brought seven wise men together to seal the door to the Golden Land,
for Ganon's evil power had been spilling forth, causing corruption and
darkness. The once peaceful land became a place of dreadful rumors of the
coming of a magical enemy. At this time the Master Sword was forged, but
there was no hero valiant enough to wield it.
Before the wise men could seal off the Golden Land and
the Triforce, Ganon's army surged into Hyrule and besieged the castle.
The Knights of Hyrule fought heroically, but the power of the Triforce
controlled their enemies, giving them inhuman strength. The battle raged
back and forth through the gate. Many foes fell in the tide of battle,
but too many Knights also were lost. It seemed that they were beyond hope.
Then, at the end of the day, the wise men finally succeeded in blocking
the door to Ganon's Realm. With the power of their master removed, the
enemies fled or threw themselves into the moat. Hyrule was saved and over
the years the Golden Land, which then became known as the Dark World, faded
from the memory of people.
The people of Hyrule may have forgotten about the Dark
World, but the master of that evil land had not forgotten about Hyrule.
Ganon brooded in his prison, surrounded by reminders of his fall. He grew
ever more bitter as the dark years passed like the wailing of cold winds
on a winter's night. Ambition burned in his eyes. He would find a way to
wreak vengeance and claim total power. Many centuries passed with Ganon
and the Triforce safely locked away. Then the disasters began: plague,
drought, quakes, and fire. The King sought sage advice and a wizard named
Agahnim stepped forth to end the strange disasters. He became a powerful
advisor to the King, but he kept his true plans to himself. It seemed like
a Golden Age, but it wouldn't last.
Once Agahnim had consolidated his power, he began to abuse
it. First to fall victim were the ancestors of the seven wise men. The
wizard imprisoned 6 maidens in crystal cocoons and they were never seen
again. Then princess Zelda herself was taken as she sent a telepathic plea
into the night. The Hylian gift that enabled Zelda to send her message
also allowed Link to hear her.
Having received Zelda's message, Link felt compelled to
save her, but his Uncle forbade him to leave the house. Link's Uncle thought
that the lad's courage outweighed his common sense, yet he knew that something
had to be done to save Zelda. Turning away from Link, he gripped his sword.
He knew a secret entrance into the castle, although he didn't know the
Link couldn't tell how much time had passed since his
Uncle had left - a minute? an hour? The only thing he knew was that Zelda
had spoken to him. He had to help her! Taking a lamp to light his way,
Link stepped into the lashing rain and headed toward the castle. As Link
floundered about in the storm, he heard a second telepathic message from
Zelda telling of a secret route into the castle. When he found the entrance,
he also found his Uncle inside, wounded and unable to carry on. Link took
his Uncle's sword and promised to return.
Then the Great Quest began...