A/N: Regarding poes, I was basing the poe off the OoT ones so technically TWW Link has never seen one of those but thanks to Ri2 for pointing that out.
I have a theory that I'm going to try in this fic, I don't exactly support it but I wanted to see if I could make it believable. The legend from OoT below is there for a reason, you'll understand it later on.
The resting place of the sacred triangle, the Sacred Realm, is a mirror that reflects what is in the heart... the heart of one who enters it... If an evil heart, the Realm will become full of evil; if pure, the Realm will become a paradise. The Triforce...the sacred triangle... it is a balance that weighs the three forces: Power, Wisdom and Courage. If the heart of the one who holds the sacred triangle has all three forces in balance, that one will gain the True Force to govern all. But, if that one's heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts: Power, Wisdom and Courage. Only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce...the part representing the force that one most believes in. If that one seeks the True Force, that one must acquire the two lost parts. Those two parts will be held within others chosen by destiny, who will bear the Triforce mark on the backs of their hands.
Waking early the next morning, Tetra yawned before jumping from her ship back onto Outset. Since Grandma's house was so small, she had nominated herself to sleep on the ship with her crew; she would have asked Link and Saria too but it appeared they'd found a nice spot on the grass the night before. She smirked at the sight, Link lay flat on his back, a slither of drool running down one side of his open mouth. A green chu chu sat wobbling side to side on his chest, its big uneven eyes staring intently at him. Luckily for Saria, she was facing the opposite way, if she had been facing him, she would have had a face full of spit by now.
"Morning campers." Tetra stood towering over them, hands placed on her hips. She was surprised they'd fallen asleep outside on the grass, even though it did amuse her greatly.
Opening his eyes, a blurry image of Tetra standing over him entered his vision. Looking down, Link's eyes bulged when he noticed the happy chu chu trying to eat his face. Tossing the jelly-like creature off, he pushed himself up.
"Hey Tetra." He grinned then felt for his hat realising he didn't have it on. Glancing at Saria, he spied it under her head then remembered he'd given it to her to use as a pillow. Kneeling down, he gently shook her awake.
Sitting up, she rubbed her tired eyes. It had been so long since Saria had slept on a solid surface, it was a refreshing feeling. Handing Link the hat, she stood giving him a funny look.
"Were you drooling in your sleep?" She asked eyeing the line of saliva on his face.
"Ehehe," he quickly wiped his face just as his stomach growled, a little too loudly. "I guess I was dreaming about deku scrub pasties."
"Did someone mention food?" LinkW exited his house, closing the door behind him, he strolled over to the trio carrying a few bottles of soup in hand. "Sorry I'm late, Aryll was bugging me to come with us." Giving each of them a bottle, he pocketed one for himself.
"Aye, well, let's be going." Tetra led them to the ship.
"I could use the Ballad of Gales to get us wherever we're going quicker." LinkW caught up to her holding the Wind Waker in one hand.
"That might work in your tiny boat, but you are not attempting to warp my ship! And we won't all fit in yours." Leaping onboard, the pirate began instructing her crew on what to do next.
"Fine." The boy sighed knowing she was right. Putting the item away, he hopped on after her followed by the others.
"Set sail for Forest Haven crew!" Tetra ordered. Saria was amazed at how the whole ship came alive simply on a few of her words, she couldn't have been any older than fifteen but they all instantly obeyed her. "Niko, I've got some new swabbies for ya!" Tetra yelled through the door that led beneath deck.
"Swabbies?" Link gulped, what did she mean?
Within a second, a short chirpy man wearing a red and white striped short, brown trousers and a blue bandana over his head appeared in the doorway, he had a single tooth that stuck out of his mouth making him comparable to a rabbit.
"Niko, take our guests down below and entertain them until we get to the haven, play a game or something." Tetra winked mischievously.
"Righto Miss Tetra. Come on swabbies!" He pushed both Link and Saria through the door, surprising for a man half their size.
Below deck it was silent, only the sounds of the sea could be heard faintly through the wooden walls. Leading them down a set of steps, Niko pushed open the door to the training room.
A set of platforms suspended in midair with ropes which had burning lanterns on the end placed between them were set up in the room. A locked door was waiting at the other side of the course for those who managed to complete it.
This, my swabbies is your challenge. Get across these platforms by using those ropes when I press this switch." He explained pointing to a square switch on the floor.
"Easy," Link grinned. "What do we get if we complete it? Food?"
"Do you ever think about anything apart from food?" Saria smirked remembering all the times he'd literally emptied her house of edible supplies.
"You get the amazing feeling of knowing you passed my test!" Niko interrupted their conversation. Jumping on the switch, he motioned for the first person to begin.
"Ladies first." Link took a step back for Saria to get on the first platform.
Neatly stepping onto the platform, Saria clutched at the first rope and easily swung to the next platform. Growing up in a forest made activities like this a breeze.
Link smiled watching his friend elegantly gliding between each of the platforms. She had always been athletic.
Young Link ran swiftly through the Lost Woods, Saria's favourite headband clasped tightly in one hand. Rounding a corner, he gasped when he saw her running towards him.
"Link give that back!" She yelled.
"You'll have to come get it." He replied with a sly grin. Turning, he ran off once again but Saria didn't follow him. Stopping for a breather, he looked behind finding she wasn't there. "Guess she gave up." Link chuckled, "I'm just too fast for her."
Suddenly there was a rustle from above.
"Gotcha!" Saria leapt down from within the trees landing right on him sending them both to the floor. Snatching the headband, she placed it back on her head with a humph.
Falling to the ground with a thud, Link groaned. He'd forgotten how good she was at moving through the trees.
He liked a girl who could keep up with him….someone like Zelda. It was true that she and him had shared something after the events with Ganondorf, this was until the king married her off to the prince of a neighbouring kingdom. Link had been devastated but life had to move on. If Zelda had been there right now, would things be the same? He knew he still had those feelings for her even if it was another lifetime. He remembered telling Saria about it through the ocarina's magic, she'd seemed a little annoyed when he spoke about Zelda, he had no idea why.
"Link?" Saria's voice brought him out of his thoughts. Walking onto the platform, he repeated what she had done with ease.
"Wow, you two are good." Niko complimented. "I bet you can't do my next challenge though."
"Try us." Link enjoyed a challenge.
Hopping on another switch, the platforms disappeared leaving only the ropes.
"Swing back across with no platforms, together." Niko laughed at their expressions.
"Alright then, Saria grab my shoulders." Link rubbed his hands together. Making sure Saria was holding on tightly, he jumped for the first rope. Barely grabbing it, he winced. "I'm glad you don't eat as much as me." Anymore weight and he was sure they'd both fall.
"Being in a void for decades with lack of food shaves off the calories." Saria pointed out. She didn't know how she'd survived, the magic must have kept her alive.
Attempting to swing to the next rope, Link yelped when his hand missed and they really did tumble to the floor.
"Okay, you win that one Niko." Link rubbed his head.
"Are you torturing our guests Niko?" Tetra folded her arms as she entered the room. "Anyway, we've arrived so if you two want to get up on deck that would be great." She gave a trademark wink before leaving.
Forest Haven was a serene island to the south of the Great Sea. Within resided the Koroks with their guardian, the Great Deku Tree. Opposite the Deku Tree's abode were the Forbidden Woods, a dark dangerous area full of monsters and spirits. A third island had popped up near the Forbidden Woods, on it stood a grand mansion, vines and moss covered the old stone walls from head to toe but it was still recognisable to Saria, her temple: The Forest Temple.
Sharing his grappling hook with the group, LinkW quickly taught them how to use it. Eventually, they were all ready at the entrance to the place that would hopefully provide them with some answers.
Inside looked totally different to how Link and Saria remembered their home, however, there was still that familiar feeling in the air. Being led through a shallow stream, they arrived at the base of their beloved guardian spirit. Stepping onto a large lily pad, it was gently lifted closer to the tree's wooden face.
"Saria…? Is that really you my child? And Hero of Time, how you both have changed over the years, I believed you both to be gone from this world."
"It's me Great Deku Tree." Saria wanted to jump from the pad and hug the old tree, it was the first familiar thing from the past she'd seen, apart from Link of course.
"Great Deku Tree." Link nodded respectfully to what he liked to think of as his adoptive guardian.
"Although I did not expect ye to return, I did expect something strange to happen. I can sense it in the earth, a new immense power has arrived on the Great Sea."
"New power?" LinkW asked curiously.
"If you have the time, I will tell you as much as I know." The tree began. "As I said, there is a new presence on the seas, a powerful one at that."
"Not Ganondorf again." Link sighed.
"No, not that man, I do know his name though, the winds have whispered it to me."
Everyone leaned forward intently, all wanting to know who this newcomer to their world was.
"His name, is Kasuto and the Triforce of Power has chosen him to hold it."