Darkstareso: BK1: Pro and Ch1PROLOGUE
A half century ago, a cruel war ravaged the lands of all Isenlor. A powerful sorceress had gathered armies and fought against the mighty peoples of the Alliance. With her witchcraft and brutality, and her strategic cunning, she poured her control through the waters and across all nations.
It was in this war that the wizards failed, their magics too weak to combat her spells. Thus, the race of wizards was destroyed. The elves sought a hidden sanctuary. The dwarves retreated into crevices where they could never be found. But the Alliance between the three noble beastsdragons, phoenixes, and griffinsheld strong, yet they knew that with the Twisted Ones in the Sorceress's services, victory was far from grasp. And so, they toothe Untouchedfled to distant lands to escape her clutches.
The race of men, however, was stubborn and did not relent in the fight, their arrogance and pride leading them to a bitter defeat. Triumph could n
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The Bridge of Eldin stood strong yet silent. The red sky painted its old grey stones and the neighboring landscape in the most beautiful hues, and yet the sky lingered with the air of omens. A light, yellowish flutter of clouds wisped throughout the dusk sky and dulled the warmth.
In the silence then a thundering neigh sounded, and a lone rider sped through the grand archway of the bridge. The footsteps of the red horse echoed against the thick stone, reverberating into the wide canyon that stretched far below. With the setting sun shining upon the pair from the west, the horse's crimson body appeared even more vibrant, an orange tint running the length of its bouncing white mane and tail. The clomps of its hooves seemed to keep a constant rhythm, one that kept everything in sync.
The rider remained unidentifiable other than his soiled green clothes. He paid no mind to the grandness of the bridge or the glamour of the castle on the distant northern horizon. Not even the breathta
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----Chapter 11: Sanctuary
That was what the wooden sign said anyway. To Link the village, built within a narrow valley in the mountains, looked more like a ghost town abandoned long ago and rather quickly. The tall buildings, though once surely magnificent in their days of glory, were now run down shacks. Cracks formed along every corner of the outside frameworks, which indicated that the insides would be much worse. Windows were broken, shattered completely, or barred. Most doors were pulled tight and locked; others were broken at the hinges. A few shutters had survived the mysterious onslaught against the town, most hanging loosely by one latch. Some houses had lost sections of brick, the blocks hanging halfway out of their respective places; others lie smashed on the ground beneath.
The entire appearance of the village renewed his doubts of finding the children. He had followed their scent eagerly to this very
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----Chapter 4: A Reluctant Partnership
Link cautiously peered into the dark stairwell from behind the large door. His ears heard no sounds. He looked back at Zelda. All life in her eyes had seemed to vanish, and he wanted so desperately to be able to reach out and comfort her, or to at least utter a word or phrase of reassurance, but he could not manage either in this wretched body. Midna pulled him from his thoughts as she yanked on a tuft of his fur, urging him forward. He obeyed, but with a growl in his throat.
Once beyond the princess’s prison, Midna used her odd magic to reform the shards of wood scattering the floor into the solid plank it had once been, which she then replaced upon the door. Link understood that she did this so as to not reveal their entrance. As his thoughts roamed over the knowledge of Hyrule’s true condition, his paws propelled him onward. It was all just a horrible nightmare.
Just then Midna yanked
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----Chapter 7: The Shade
Link had resolved to return to Ordon Village before setting out on his adventure. Firstly, it would be necessary to acquire the lantern that had once been gifted to him, for he did not know into what corners of darkness his journey would propel him. Secondly, he wanted to see the village with his own eyes. He needed to see the destruction he had caused within Uli’s home. And though, he would spare her the truth, he felt obligated to reassure her.
Along the path back into the village, the only audible noise came from the soles of his new boots, boots once worn by some other hero of some other time. The feeling of feet pressing against the inside of the leather material conjured deep emotions within him. Pride and fear. He realized his fright came from the doubt he could fill these boots, afraid that, though he was proud to have been bestowed such an honor, he would not be able to live up to such a name.
He found himself watching his steps as
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----Chapter 12: Reunions
The hunt for the remaining dark insects progressed quickly, or at least, this was how it felt for Link, whose mind still hung on the conversation he had overheard between the people of Kakariko and the Ordonian children. Having lost track of time in the real world, absentmindedly attacking the last of the light thieves, Midna’s voice jolted him awake when she ordered him to return to the spirit spring. The search at an end, he heeded her command, though not for the fear of not obeying her, but for the understanding that once he returned to Eldin the spirit’s light would smite the twilight surrounding the town and force it away forever.
His steps grew weary as he cantered down the slope that led into the main road of town. He remembered resting on the field of Hyrule, but he could not calculate just how long ago that had been. Tiredness began to creep into his eyes, and they narrowed, wishing for a break. But Link
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----Chapter 8: A Baboon's Boomerang
“Are you finished napping? What was that?”
Link’s senses returned within moments and felt the prickles of the grass against his face. He pushed himself up from the ground and wiped away the smudges of its residue from his cheeks. Looking up, he saw Midna’s hovering frame and realized she must not have born witness to the same events he had. Only for the one who carries the blood of the hero, the shade had said.
The weight of what had just occurred finally settled. An ancient warrior from times long past had become his mentor. Discovering the soldier was an honor and he wanted to know more. Where had it come from? How had it died? How did it seem to know his heart?
But now was not the time for such thoughts. Plus, he did not much care to share the experience with the unpleasant Midna. “Never mind,” he spat. It was the first time he
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----Chapter 6: Hero Chosen by the Gods
Link raced across the rickety bridge that led toward where the beginning of his nightmare had taken form. As he stepped off the last of the planks and onto solid ground, already he could feel the beckoning darkness that rose high and offered no escape. Uneager to relive the experience, his pace quickly cut from a gallop to a creep. Just looking over the twilight barrier made Link’s fur stand completely on end and his eyes burn.
He slinked forward, the orange highlights blinding him. Here, Midna leapt off his back and approached the wall of blackness. “The Faron Woods you know so well are now covered in the twilight,” said Midna, and it seemed to him that there was something new in her voice. Though, whatever Link may have detected at that moment, was gone with the next. “You may not be able to come back here. Are you still willing to go?”
It took Link minute to bark his positive response, and though he f
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----Chapter 16: The Fifth Ordonian
After Link had returned to Gor Coron, he spent an hour receiving the Gorons’ thanks and requests to tell of his journey within their mines. Though he was battered and fatigued, Link recounted the events, leaving out only certain details … such as what had happened to their sacred treasure. In Link’s silence at the question of whether it had been left intact, the Gorons read his expression falsely, believing that his reluctance to reply was due to his shame in its destruction. Link let them believe so, for it was in their best interests that they not know he was collecting the ancient treasures....
By the time Link managed to politely pry himself from the Gorons’ presence, he was ready to collapse, but he refused to allow the exhaustion to best him; he thought it would insult the Goron tribe.
As Gor Coron and several others dove into the mines to retrieve Darbus, Link stepped outside.
Evening had dawned
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----Chapter 13: True Strength
It seemed there were now bokoblin soldiers patrolling every route Link needed to travel. Perhaps the usurper ruler of Hyrule could see that his shadows of twilight had begun to recede from the kingdom and had dispatched the guards to search for any sign of interference. Whatever the reason, however, Link only felt obligated to slay those nearest Kakariko to keep the children and the remaining residents safe. The additional soldiers Link refused to touch. Killing more would only draw unwanted attention to the area.
Innocent people would likely be held accountable if that were the case, people that Link refused to be sacrificed in his name.
He kept Epona at a soft trot to avoid the patrols, and as the moon took its place in the sky, Link dropped from his horse and guided her into a small grove. He had not yet reached the border of Faron Woods, but he could sense the distress in his horse. He did not know what cruelty Epona may have faced, and,
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----Chapter 15: Common Ground
Darkness did not reign for much longer as Link walked along the narrow tunnel. Heat began to creep into the passage, lighting his hair with invisible flames as sweat dripped from the ends of his locks and off the edge of his chin. His body smoldering in the new atmosphere, the weight of his shield, sword, and accessories--even his very clothing--seemed so much heavier. His muscles cringed under the pressure of the intense warmth, especially given that he had not fully recovered from the strain of trying to knock a Goron out of the ring. Link thought back to the spirit spring and how only last night he had bathed in its cool and gentle waters.
At long last the tunnel began to widen, opening up into a large cavern inside the mountain. Parts of the rock walls were melted away, lava falling into pools below from the intermittent cracks. The pressure in the chamber was so great that in a few spots, geysers of lava had
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----Chapter 9: With Every Step
As baba serpents slithered out from the walls, enclosing around his position, Link sprinted for the only reachable exit. He leapt sideways in his run to avoid being bitten by the teeth dripping with prolonged hunger. With a hop he propelled himself up one of the totem poles, tucking the boomerang inside his belt as he went. He had no time to center his balance atop the pole before the serpents above him began stretching their heads downward, and he leapt unsteadily for the opening in the wall.
Roughly, he caught onto the roots of several baba serpents nested there, and without delay he climbed their limbs to reach the crack a few feet above. His monkey friend had been able to stick to his tunic all the while. Just as the owners of Link’s rope came at him, jaws snapping, he had lifted himself up and over.
Link fell through the opening head-first and dropped several feet before his hand latched onto a recess in the
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----Chapter 10: Crossing the Gorge
Using her strange magic, Midna had been able to warp the two of them out of the chamber where the Diababa plant had once dwelled, and they were now back at the spirit spring in Faron Woods. The fresh air gently warmed Link’s soul. Now, I think I’ll take Coro up on that offer... he thought, tapping his fingers on the lantern’s glass.
But just as Link started off, a mystical voice spread out around him, as a soft, lulling tune played across the words. “Heroic Link, do not think that Hyrule is now saved from the spread of twilight. Leave these woods and go to the east. There you will find the land protected by the spirit Eldin. There … you will find those you seek.”
Link’s faint hope of ever finding his friends was rekindled, and he thanked the Light Spirit.
“But know that these lands lie in twilight,” Faron continued. “They are now a dark
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----Chapter 14: Plea of the Gorons
In the early dawn hours before the children would stir, Link had left the house and started up the path through the mountains. He made his way carefully back to the outcrop he had found two nights ago. The journey took no longer than a few hours as he adjusted to the new weight upon his back, for that morning Renado had given him a metal shield as a replacement. According to the shaman, it had been locked away in storage for a few generations; he had thought it only fitting that a young hero wear it, for the shield bore the crest of the Hylian soldiers: the red eagle below a symbol that bore identical resemblance to the mark on Link’s left hand. Seeing the yellow triangles adorning such a prestigious item bewildered Link, wondering where in Hyrule it was he had come from.
Lying on the rocks of the outcrop, Link surveyed the base of the mountain, where many Gorons worked and talked, their voices sounding like a jumb
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----Chapter 3: Shadowed Faces
The glowing darkness bolted into his eyes painfully. He was not used to such a splattered spectrum of light, semi-shadowed and quite luminous in its brighter areas. Yet perhaps his focus hazed due to the hand gripping his neck. He gasped for air and struggled as the long sticky fingers throttled him unknowingly during its inspection. The face, or at least what Link thought resembled the face, came closer to his as if to peer into his eyes, yet there were none that mirrored Link's reflection. Its hair was made of long black tentacles that hung down from the back of its crest-like head.
Link raised a hand to the beast's fingers, attempting to pry the coils from his neck, and as he did so, his hand began to burn with new life as it had done so just days ago. A piercing light shone from it for a fraction of an instant, and the dark hand released him, the creature's waddling scamper carrying it away in an eyeblink.
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----Chapter 5: Ordonas Song
When Link had finally escaped Ordon, he stopped for a moment near the spirit spring to treat his wound. He tossed the shield from his head and spat out the scabbard to fall onto the wood. Midna leapt up from under him to peek at the items as she impatiently waited. “Looks like you can actually be useful when you concentrate,” she said, but she knew he ignored her.
Link discovered that his leg had not been torn deeply, and the blood that had seeped out upon initial injury and while he had fled had already crusted over and stiffened his fur. Some instinct came over him and he realized moments later his tongue had begun licking the spot. The sensation felt so odd and the taste so alarmingly and peculiarly pleasant that he immediately tore himself away.
Animal instincts.... Would they ever just go away?
He flexed the leg a few times, finding that it did not really pain him anymore. He applied his full
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----Chapter 20: A Knight's Ride to Kakariko
A shrill howl ebbed from Link’s ears as he blinked past the whiteness that had overthrown the world. The wind stole away the wolf’s greeting, and a body weighed down by ancient and rusting armor balanced itself before Link. Once again mentor and protégée had come together in the surreal existence that Link had not yet been able to understand.
“We meet again,” the red-eyed warrior said.
Link stood silent. He still had so many questions to ask of this great soldier, but with the silent dismissal during their last meeting, he was afraid to speak out of turn.
“It appears your efforts have begun to return some vigor to Hyrule,” the shade spoke. It began to circle Link, as if sizing up how much he had grown since their last encounter, “but it is far too early to relax.”
Link felt a stab of guilt and embarrassment at this harmless comment. Had the anci
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----Chapter 22: The Merging of Light and Shadow
The waters within the holy place of the Zora people grew surprisingly brighter as Link swam farther into its depth. Lights much like the sapphires of the chandelier in the room above dotted the enwrapping wall in dense intervals. Eight pillars stood silently in the undisturbed water, circling the floor. This, surely, was the very center of Zoran worship. A place left undisturbed and unseen by prying strangers. But their sacred place had been besmirched by an evil so powerful … so feared by the gods themselves….
Just then, Link noticed a crimson light in the distance. He propelled himself through the water as swiftly as he could with his injury. Yet upon coming to his destination, he discovered that the scarlet gleam had in fact not been a light of Zoran manufacture. The red had been splattered onto the surface of one of the lights. Link’s eyes roamed about, searching.
Not far from him, he spotted prone
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PART I: ANCESTRAL SHADOWS
----Chapter 1: The Hylian of Ordon
The following dawn peeked through the tiny window at the top of Link's house. Brightly, it highlighted his figure and danced across him until he could neglect it no longer. He stretched, opening his eyes reluctantly. He rested his hands beneath his head as he stared up at the close ceiling and glanced at his window. He did not wish to banish the light now, for its rays sparkled as they stretched throughout his hollowed home. He lifted a finger and watched as the beam played with it, threading it within its glory. A smile spread across his face, and he pulled his hand down out of the heat. His eyes began to close again....
"Link! Hey, you awake?"
Link tumbled out of bed. With a hard thump, he was instantly awake, his head bouncing up with tousled bedcovers overtop him. Blinking away the rest of his sleep, he rose and tossed the disheveled sheets on his bed. He found his day clothes and stepped toward the window of hi
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----Chapter 21: Zoran Gifts
When Link stepped out into the cascade of heavy rain, he pressed his weight against the wooden railing of the porch steps. The water ran in rivulets down his forehead and stained his cheeks, and he could lose himself at last in the privacy and silence of the cold night. He could not remember a time where his emotions had danced so violently in his head, and it made him dizzy. He lost himself in the darkness parading in his chest, smothered by it. He had steeled himself against the brunt of his emotions for several days, and only now in solitude did his chin quiver. With Ilia’s injury, the last of his childhood had been stripped away like it had never happened. He longed for those days, yearned to return to a time where the forest carried laughter through their leaves.
Yet, Link had forgotten that no matter how much he seemed to stand in solitude, it had not existed to him for some time. His shadow now stung at his mind like a mirror throu
LOZ:Twilight Princess:Ch.17 FINALLOZ:Twilight Princess:Ch.17 FINAL8 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
----Chapter 17: Domain in Distress
All of a sudden Link and Midna were no longer falling. A slippery coolness had crashed over them, and their bodies curled in upon impact. A field of bubbles rose and churned about them, throttling and hazing their vision. The water stung and burned as Link struggled to find gravity. He sputtered, kicking his paws as he made sense of the transparent shield against the air. Beside him, Midna writhed, trying to find which way was up. In an instant, she had disappeared, and Link felt himself falling deeper into the veil of deep blue water.
Just as his lungs began to yield to the pressure of the water, Link felt a yank on a tuft of hair behind his ears. Holding onto the shore side, Link could hear Midna’s string of coughs as she let loose the droplets of water that had seeped into her during her struggle. After Link, too, had hawked up the sparkling and deadly liquid from within him, he pulled hi
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----Chapter 25: Across the Dunes of Gerudo Mesa
As night turned to day, rock soon became splattered specks, pebbles of brown spread across the path as if the heavens had dusted their clouds. The mountains fell away, crumbled into bits of rock that instead rose in dunes, particles of their sides floating away with light and strong winds alike. The sands of the Gerudo Desert had at last greeted Link and Midna. However, with sparse clouds dotting the sky, the gleaming mass above was free to heat the pebbles to a high degree. The warmth radiating from the sand burned at Link's face, and already he felt sweat dotting his forehead and cheeks, his cloak choking and cooling his body at the same time.
Yet Link and Midna continued on across the sands. They knew by the map Auru had shown them that the ancient prison was located to the northeast, and so, they directed their steady pace after Link had calculated their path from the posit
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----Chapter 2: The Howl of Twilight
By the time Link and Talo emerged from the dark cave evening had set into the skies, the violet shadows contrasting mightily with the streaks of orange and red. A painting in the heavens.
Link choked the flame of his lantern once more, suspended it amongst his sashes, and stepped up to Epona. Though she now sat calmly, he could still feel an edge of apprehension in her muscles. He called her up and helped the young Talo onto her saddle. Taking hold of her reins, Link guided them along the path back to Ordon.
When they were in sight of the outskirts of the village, a voice called out to them. "Link!" Coming up a trail of the woods, Rusl approached them. "My son told me that you had disappeared into the wood some time ago and not returned," he said. He looked up to Jaggle's eldest. Talo did not meet his gaze, and so Rusl turned back to the boy's rescuer. "But it appears you were successful in bringin
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----Chapter 18: The Interlopers
Midna perched over the precipice that rose above the cavern spring. Gently, she let the vessel slip from her fingertips and cascade into the dim waters. Upon diving into the pool, the tears of light sprung upward like a dozen small suns. As they came together to form a single star, the intensity of their pure luminescence was so great that Midna had to shield her eyes while turning her head. Beneath the orb’s beaming surface, drops of water bounced and splashed from and into the water, restoring the spring’s true color with each trickle. Like veins, the rocky vines that encased the walls and ceiling were revived, and they hummed with surrealistic green radiance.
Suddenly, a creature leapt from the center of the pool, and in one swift motion, it bit the orb of light from the air and dove back into the water. Link approached the precipice, drawing up to Midna’s side to watch as the creature slosh
LOZ:Twilight Princess:Ch.19 FINALLOZ:Twilight Princess:Ch.19 FINAL5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
----Chapter 19: Lost Memories
Blaring music struck a chord in Link’s ears, and he looked up from his path. Under a shady spot in Hyrule Castle Town’s central square, a troupe of musicians and dancers had gathered, and the occasional passerby tossed spare rupees--the gemstone currency of Hyrule--into their collection pot.
It had taken a full day’s journey to reach the town gates on foot, for even though he had encountered Epona on his way into Castle Town, he had decided to spare her his weight. He hypothesized that she had wandered away from Kakariko in search of her master when the veil of twilight had lifted. He did not know what troubles the road had brought her, so they had continued into town on equal footing, and he held to her reins as if to help balance himself. Once within the stone walls of the city, he left Epona in the care of the public corral. After shoveling out some hay and offering out berries he had picked along t