|The Forgotten Hero of Time
Author: Shadow Hylian PM
An alternate timeline to Ocarina of Time. Seven years after Link was sent back to relive his childhood, he is attacked by Hylian Knights for playing the song of the Royal Family. He is imprisoned, but finds help from the most unlikely of people.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 17,282 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 02-25-08 - Published: 12-05-06 - Status: Complete - id: 3274611
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Shadow Hylian: This is the final chapter. I know that it has been a long wait, but at long last, here's the last chapter. Enjoy!
The moment they stepped into the Light Temple, they were almost blinded by its aura. The temple radiated a bright glow from the very marble that it was built from, giving the impression of strong magical power within the building.
"Wow, its so bright in here." Link spoke, " Where is the light coming from?" he asked.
"It is part of this realm's magic. We are in the very heart of the Sacred Realm, in the building that was once said to house the Triforce." Sheik replied, " But the intensity of the light means that Dark Link and I are in danger, since we are both shadows. We'll need to hurry if we intend to steal the Triforce of Power from the Evil King."
"You decided to mention this now? When we've been standing here getting vaporised?!" Dark Link shouted at the Sheikah, "Come on, get moving." he spoke to his counterpart, who hastily stepped out of his way. They walked deeper into the temple, and as they did so, they realised that the Light Temple mirrored the Temple of Time. The placement of the pedestal, the shape of the room, everything was the same as the Time Temple in the Hylian realm.
"The Light World is parallel to the Hylian realm." Sheik spoke, "The Light Temple is in the same place and takes the same form as the Time Temple. They are technically the same place, but in different dimensions." he said.
"So what would be in the equivalent Master Sword Chamber?" Link asked, though he felt certain that he knew what the answer would be.
"The Master Sword Chamber in the Time Temple is Ganondorf's prison in the Light Temple." Sheik spoke.
"Well, I suppose that makes sense." Link said, "Being imprisoned by the very force that he despises is probably the most effective way of containing him in the Dark World."
"That is not the only measure that has been taken to contain him. Between the Light Prison and this room is a powerful rift through dimensions that is known as the void. If he becomes strong enough to break out of his prison, he will be pulled into the void and will die." Sheik said, "The void acts as a barrier in the same way as the Door of Time deterred anyone from reaching the gate to the Sacred Realm. In fact, the void is exactly where the Door of Time would be in the Hylian realm." he stated.
"So how are we going to steal the Triforce of Power from Ganondorf? He's hardly going to just give it to use, is he?" Dark Link said.
"We cannot cross the void to gain access to Ganondorf's prison, which means that we cannot get close enough to engage in combat." Sheik spoke.
"We kind of figured that, Sheikah." Dark Link snapped.
"...So it's a good thing that I brought along these." Sheik continued as though there had been no interruption and held out a bundle of golden arrows that glowed and radiated a bright light. "Light Arrows. The only weapon, aside from the Master Sword, that can wound the Evil King severely enough to allow us to take the Triforce of Power from him." the Sheikah spoke. "Apparently they are powered by 'Divine Justice' that penetrates evil."
"Why are we only stunning him? Why don't we just kill him and get it over with." Dark Link asked sharply.
"Knowing my luck, he'd probably be re-incarnated or something..." Link muttered under his breath.
"Exactly, Hero. If the Evil King were to be killed, it is likely that he would be re-born. If he is kept alive inside this inescapable prison for all eternity, then the Sages can keep watch over the seal and Hyrule will remain safe as the Evil King is locked away in one place throughout time."
"That's the theory, anyway. What if it doesn't work? And what are we supposed to do anyway, stand here and fire arrows at him?"
"It will work." Sheik spoke, ignoring the rest of the question. "Here." he said, handing over the arrows to Link. "Oh, and you'll need this too." holding up the Fairy Bow for the Hero to take.
"When did you get that?" Dark Link asked.
"Well, one of the Triforce shards were hidden in the Lost Woods and...I thought that the Hero might need it." the Sheikah spoke mysteriously.
"You raided the Forest Temple, didn't you?" Dark Link asked.
"No. I just...borrowed it for a while. Anyway, I thought it might come in useful at some point and since no one else would be needing it, I just took it."
The Hero took the Fairy Bow from the Sheikah and loaded a Light arrow into the weapon as he, Dark Link and Sheik approached the barred prison where the King of Evil was secured.
As they stepped in front of the bars of the cell, looking into the darkness beyond the steel door, they could hear the faint sound of chains clanking as the Evil King stirred. Amber eyes spilling over with murderous intent glowed in the blackness and locked onto the adventurers.
"It's been quite a while, boy." a deep voice filled with malice spoke from within the prison. "And it seems that you are not alone this time...The Sheikah alter-ego of the Princess, who now holds Wisdom in his hand...and the human form of the Hero of Time's hatred, the shadow who was trapped in the Water Temple..." the imprisoned King of Evil spoke. All three of the adventurers tensed at this statement, wary of the fact that Ganondorf was conscious.
A dull scraping noise was heard as the inhumane, bestial form of the Gerudo King stepped towards the bars to the cell before the void and lowering his horned head as his blank pupil-less eyes blinked slowly.
"Hero." Sheik whispered, motioning for Link to use the Light Arrows.
"Ganondorf, we require your Triforce of Power. You are in no position to refuse, so give up your piece of the Sacred Triangle and we will not need to fight." Link spoke, the Fairy Bow held aloft and ready to fire as he spoke. The King of Evil just laughed at this statement, the sound echoing through the large chamber making the insane laughter seem louder and more intimidating.
"You think that I would give up my Power so easily, boy?" the Gerudo sneered, "How naive. You cannot cross the void into this retched prison and I cannot escape without dying. You cannot kill me from where you stand." Ganondorf proclaimed.
"Link move!" Sheik called out, slamming a Deku Nut to the ground as he spoke, a bright light flashing as the device made contact with the ground, which blinded the Evil King for a few moments, allowing the adventurers to attack. Link drew back an arrow, aimed carefully and released the Light Arrow.
But it missed, striking against the bars with a loud clang and bathing the metal in a patch of golden light.
"Give me that!" Dark Link shouted, snatching the Fairy Bow from the Hero of Time's grip and drawing back another arrow. This time the Light Arrow found its mark, striking the Evil King between the eyes and the Gerudo recoiled as the arrow's pure light scorched his skin.
The Evil King roared angrily, the sound feral and inhumane as he began to recover from the attack. Again, the Sheikah used the Deku Nuts to blind Ganondorf before Dark Link attacked with the Light Arrows, and Link pulled out his Slingshot to aid his comrades in the assault, aiming towards the Evil King's eyes so that Dark Link would be able to aim more carefully at the beast's head.
The adventurer's repeated this assault over and over, inflicting the Evil King with the Light Arrows that corroded the Gerudo's Darkness with the arrow's power. As the arrows continued to find their mark, Ganondorf began to weaken and his movements became slower as the Light Arrows magic began to take effect, acting as a poison to the Gerudo and the King of Evil collapsed to the ground.
As the King of Evil was defeated, a golden light flashed from the Gerudo's right fist as the Triforce of Power separated from its bearer. The Triangle hovered in the air for a moment, revolving slowly, before spinning towards Dark Link, who still had the Fairy Bow held aloft in case of a further attack.
As he lowered the bow, the Triforce of Power levitated in front of the Shadow of the Hero, recognising Dark Link as the one who now rightfully owned the essence of the Goddesses.
"Dark Link, raise your dominant hand." Sheik instructed and the Shadow of the Hero raised his left hand into the air. The Triforce still revolved for a moment, before descending towards the shadow's fist and sinking into the back of his left hand, his obsidian skin glowing brightly for a moment before the Triforce crest appeared on the back of his hand like a tattoo.
"That's weird." Dark Link commented as he examined the mark that he now bore.
"Come on, we must get to the top of the tower to call the Triforce." the Sheikah spoke and he, Link and Dark Link made their was up the high, very steep spiral staircase towards the top level of the Light Temple.
After climbing to the top of the staircase, Link, Dark Link and Sheik stepped out onto the flat surface at the very top of the Light Temple's tower that overlooked the whole of the Dark World. As they looked towards the heavens, they saw that they were standing directly beneath the inverted form of the Sacred Triangle.
A ethereal glow started to shine from the Triforce crests that the three companions bore on the backs of their hands, the Triforce piece that they possessed glowing the most brightly.
"Our Triforce parts are resonating...The Triforce is combining into one again." Sheik spoke. "Raise the hand with the crest." he instructed, lifting his right hand and Link and Dark Link mimicked him, raising their left hands.
The light intensified as each of the three parts of the Triforce materialised from the backs of the bearer's hands, raising high into the blackened sky and combined in a blinding flash of golden light. The glare was so strong that Link, Dark Link and Sheik had to shield their eyes from the glow.
As their eyes adjusted to the brightness, they saw the Sacred Triangle, the complete form of the Triforce descend spinning slowly to the ground, where it hovered in mid air. The three companions could hear a faint, soft voice speaking into their ears gently.
"Forger of Strength...Keeper of Wisdom...Juror of Courage. If thou has a strong dream or desire...then wish for it."
"W-who is that?!" Link asked warily, stepping away from the object of absolute power before him.
"I think it is the essence of the Triforce. It is telling us to make our wish." Sheik spoke
"We will grant the wishes in the heart and mind of the person who touches it...The golden power of the Triforce is in your hands. Forger of Strength...Keeper of Wisdom...Juror of Courage...touch the Triforce with a wish in your heart..."
The three companions hesitated for a moment, before placing their hands on the Sacred Triangle; Link's hand placed over Courage; Dark Link touching Power and Sheik placing his hand over Wisdom, each wishing their heart's desires.
A moment passed, little more than a heartbeat in which the Triforce glowed beneath their touch before the Sacred Triangle raised above their heads revolving slowly. The Triforce split into three and dispersed over the Golden Land in a flash of blinding white light, tearing away the darkness that was tainting the land and restoring the Sacred Realm to a paradise once again.
Almost immediately, Link, Dark Link and Sheik were encased in a magical blue crystal and light flashed from within it, blinding the companions as their wishes were taken into effect. After a few moments, the prisms began to fade away.
As the Hero of Time's prism disintegrated, his memories of his past life were restored.
The Sheikah messenger's prism disappeared as Sheik's wish for a proper entity was granted.
As the Shadow of the Hero's prism faded away, Dark Link was now the mirror image of the Hero of Time with jet-black hair, pale, almost deathly-looking ashen skin and blood-red eyes brimming with malice. The three adventurer's looked around warily, Dark Link examining his new physical being. A few moments passed in silence before one of the companions spoke up.
"So...what do we do now?" Link asked as though nothing had happened. Now that he had his memories restored, he did not like the idea of staying in Hyrule to be used as pawn like he had been in the Imprisoning War. "Somehow, I get the impression that we wouldn't be welcome at the Castle if Zelda knew that my memories had been restored."
"I suppose that we are something like outcasts now. Staying in Hyrule would be an unwise move." the Sheikah stated.
"Well..." Dark Link spoke, "I hear Termina's nice at this time of year."
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