4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch2Chapter 2: Triforce of Courage4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch25 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The door of the Sanctuary creaks softly as it is slowly opened from the outside. Zelda looks up from her book, quietly greeting the person coming through the entrance.
"(Zelda) Good morning, General. I see my absence was noticed. I must ask you to please keep your voice lowered, so as not to wake him."
Link's father laughs heartily.
"(General) Worry not Princess, I sent those rookies on a wild goose chase across Hyrule. The exercise will be good for them. I had a feeling you would be here, Princess."
He pauses as the rest of Zelda's words sink in, while said princess laughs softly at the General's comment about giving the knights some exercise.
"(General) Wait, wake who...?"
Zelda stands up as he comes closer and sees the sleeping Shadow.
"(General) Princess, is that not the monster who made a ruin of Hyrule Town and tricked me into believing that my son, Link, was dead?! Why in the Goddesses' names is he here?! And how?!"
The General immediately d
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch1Chapter 1: Reawakening4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch15 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
A month has passed since Princess Zelda ordered repairs begun on the Dark Mirror, and it has finally been restored. However, it isn't anywhere near as powerful as it originally was, and as a result can only generate just barely enough Dark Power to support Shadow Link's existence as long as he remains in direct contact with its surface or frame.
The Mirror's repairs are completed during the evening, and Zelda orders it brought to the Four Sword Sanctuary and left there. Before sunrise the next day, Princess Zelda sneaks out of the castle and heads to the Sanctuary, arriving there at dawn. The Dark Mirror has been placed behind the altar, as ordered, and is currently covered by a tarp... Zelda approaches the Mirror and pulls off the cloth covering it, spreading the tarp evenly on the floor in front of it. The skull decoration that used to be at the top of the mirror frame is gone, replaced by the Triforce symbol, and the other designs along the frame have b
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch3Chapter 3: A New Foe?4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch35 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(???) Hihihi... I've found you! The boy who has what I need! But how to take it from you without arousing any suspicion, hmm? I can't risk being found out... Not now."
Someone is watching Shadow make his way across Hyrule Field towards Death Mountain in a crystal ball.
"(???) Ah, so the purple Hero is the one this boy is after. Hihihi, that one used to be my favorite on account of his good fashion sense, but he still takes a close second. I do want to help him, so I guess I'll have to take the backstabbing route to avoid suspicion."
~Meanwhile, in Hyrule Field...~
"(Shadow) I hate Octoroks... Really, REALLY hate them..."
'Oh well... At least I gathered some Force in my sword from beating them... And I'm only a few hours walk away from the entrance to Death Mountain, too.'
Shadow has set up a little camp in a small grove of trees in Hyrule Field. He already has a small fire going and had a pretty easy time getting some wood. He looks pr
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch9Chapter 9: Deja Vu4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch95 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Vio gently lands on the floor as the crystal holding him captive dissolves. He slowly opens his eyes, blinking a few times. They've changed color, going from their previous cornflower blue to deep violet. He looks around, first seeing Vaati on the ground, then his eyes widen in shock and horror as he sees the swirling mass of Dark energy and the glowing red eyes within it.
"(Vio) Wh-what... What is that...?!"
'No... It can't be... That CAN'T be Shadow...! It CAN'T...!!'
"(Vaati) Hihi, you should see the look on your face. Priceless... *haa... haa...*"
Vaati is leaning heavily against the cave wall in order to remain standing. Vio looks at him worriedly, then asks the first thing on his mind.
"(Vio) That thing... What is it?"
Vaati laughs bitterly and nods slightly when he hears the dread in Vio's voice, knowing that the boy has already guessed the truth, but doesn't want to believe it.
"(Vaati) Hihihi... *chuckling weakly* It's him, all right. Th
4Swords: Shadowed Truth prologPrologue4Swords: Shadowed Truth prolog5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The four Links have returned to the Four Sword Sanctuary to become one once more, accompanied by Princess Zelda. Before they do it, Vio pulls Zelda aside to talk to her in private for a moment.
"(Zelda) What is it, Li- err, Vio?"
"(Vio) ...I have a request. Please keep this safe for me..."
Vio pulls a small bottle out of his pocket and holds it out for her to see.
"(Zelda) ...! That's...!"
"(Vio) The sparks of light that Shadow became... I gathered as many of them as I could and kept them safe in this bottle. I want you to have it, since I won't exactly be around to protect it. Please, could you take care of it for me?"
'Shadow... I won't let you die. I kept your sparks safe with me, but I'll be going back inside "Link" soon. I hope we meet again... I miss you, and I'm going to miss these three, too. Even though you weren't on our side for long, you're still one of us. ...Shadow... Someday... Please, Goddesses, let me be able to see him again...'
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch18Chapter 18: Return of the Wind Demon4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch185 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
It is now dawn. The two Zora princesses have just woken up and are getting ready for the new day. Ruto calls over her shoulder to Rutela while she packs a rucksack with supplies for spending the day at Lake Hylia searching for the mysterious monster.
"(Ruto) Hey, do you think I should take the kitten with me, zora?"
"(Rutela) Well, we can't just leave it here. And its owner may be looking for it, if it has one. So yes, zora."
"(Ruto) All right. Hey, you're coming with me today, zora."
"(strange kitten) Mew...?"
She picks the kitten up.
~Meanwhile, on Death Mountain~
"(Green) Get... away..."
"(Vio) I'm getting a bad feeling all of a sudden. Green, what's wrong?"
'This isn't good... He's reached his limit! Curse you, Veran, you black-hearted witch, for all of this!'
"(Green) G-get... away...! Get away from me! AAAAARGH!"
Green's scream of pain as he clutches his head in agony quickly c
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch19Chapter 19: Next Stop, Lake Hylia!4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch195 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
~Death Mountain- Cavern Entrance~
"(Shadow) ...Unnngh... Wh-what... happened...?"
Shadow groans quietly, squeezing his eyes shut to block out the bright sunlight.
'Oh, yeah. Green turned into a huge dragon and made my own bomb blow up in my face, I think. My head feels like Blue's in there whacking the inside of my skull with that hammer of his over and over again... And I think my bruises have bruises. I'd better get up and see how bad the damage is.'
He's the first one to wake up, slowly pulling himself up out of his previous position of being slumped against the boulder he crashed into. He manages to stand, but the world swirls dizzyingly around him as soon as he does so and he collapses back into a sitting position in a matter of moments.
"(Shadow) Ugh... Hope I don't have a concussion."
He waits for his vision to clear, then slowly, carefully raises his head and looks around. It's late morning now, so he has been unconscious for sev
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch6Chapter 6: Friend or Foe?! The Mysterious Sorcerer, Vaati!4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch65 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(Vio) ...Unnnh... Ugh... ...Huh...?"
A pair of cornflower blue eyes slowly flicker open as Vio stirs a bit, beginning to wake up. He feels something soft and warm beneath his head, and vaguely notices a slight dampness. His mind still fogged by sleep, he slowly, shakily pulls himself into a sitting position and absentmindedly turns his head to look at what he was sleeping on. His dazed, blank glance quickly turns into a long, dumbfounded stare.
He lifts his hand and slaps himself across the side of the face, hard.
'Not sure whether I should be relieved that it's not a dream and he's here or sad that this is real and he's hurt...'
Vio is staring at Shadow, of course. The purple-haired boy in question is out cold, his tunic soaked in blood, with a very obvious, jagged piece of a rib sticking through his skin as the source of the red liquid. His breathing is ragged and uneven, and he'
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch24Chapter 24: Links through Past and Present Alike4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch244 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Veran sits in the room with the floating crystals, the red and blue ones in front of her.
"Those brats may have escaped me for now, but I will have my revenge... Be it that infuriating brat who defeated me, or his descendants, I will make every "Link" I can suffer my wrath! Every last one!"
'Even though I don't particularly enjoy his company, I might as well bring my old "partner" to this time. Surely his desire for revenge against Link is as strong as mine; I know he met the same fate as I... It's all in this backward, never-changing land of Hyrule's pathetic legends, after all. Honestly, would it kill these stupid Hylians to just use history books like everyone else? I'll never understand their pathetic tradition and lore... All it ever does is repeat itself; over and over and over until it makes me want to puke. Enough happy endings. This chapter of Hyrule's history will end as a dark one!'
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch16Chapter 16: Bloody Moon, Silver Moon4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch165 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Shadow is sleeping soundly, his rest surprisingly free of nightmares despite the traumatic events that occurred in the underground cavern.
Vio turns over in his bedroll, his eyelids fluttering the tiniest bit. Looks like it's his turn to be dreaming now.
~Vio's (first) dream~
Vio runs through a forest, all alone and very scared. It's his younger self, the same boy he was in the memory of himself and Shadow playing in a meadow, though a little bit older. The full moon shines down from the sky, its normally gentle silver light stained an ominous red. Screams of pain and terror mix with the fierce cries and howls of monsters, echoing through the night in a sick, twisted melody of chaos and death. The blood-colored moon is suddenly foremost in his senses, dominating the dreamscape, a submerged memory nagging at him before the dream fades and he slips into another.
~second (main) dream~
"(young Vio) *haa... haa...* W
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch15Chapter 15: Prelude to the Storm4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch155 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(Veran) Very well, if you won't come to your senses, I'll just have to cut off your hand along with the Triforce piece!"
Veran violently yanks Vaati into the air, a magic whip coiling tightly around his right arm and instantly drawing blood. The crackling black torture devices have revealed themselves to be sharp as razors, a very brutal weapon and seemingly her tool of choice. As he hangs suspended in midair by his arm, she glares maliciously at his glowing, bleeding, heavily burned palm with an intense hatred for the item within. More whips soon follow, binding the rest of the unresisting Wind Sorcerer's limbs.
"(Veran) Have you anything to say for yourself, Vaati? Surrender now, and you'll be spared this pointless torment. This is your last chance, my dear. Please, have some sense."
He doesn't respond, hanging limp and motionless in the whips' razor-sharp hold. His usually-brilliant red eyes clouded with pain, Vaati stare
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch21Chapter 21: Green and Ruto4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch215 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Night has fallen over Zora's Domain. The four boys have returned to the guest cottage after being invited to dinner with Rutela. It has six beds arranged in three rows in a dormitory-style bedroom, a small den with a few couches and comfy chairs, and a small kitchen. They're currently in the den. Green is laying on one couch and Vio and Shadow are sitting together on the couch across from him. Vaati is sitting in a comfy chair in the corner nearest to Green, looking slightly bored and half-asleep. Green has been much quieter than usual ever since they got here and Shadow's sick of waiting for him to explain himself.
"(Shadow) Alright Green, spill it. You've been acting really weird ever since this "Princess Ruto" girl was mentioned, and it's obvious that you've been here before... Explain already!"
"(Green) I said I don't want to talk about it..."
Shadow glares at him.
"(Shadow) Do I look like I care? I'm the one who used to be evil, remember? Tell us
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch17Chapter 17: An Uneasy Reunion4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch175 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
High in the skies above Death Mountain, Green's left hand begins to glow and so does Vaati's right. Said purple-skinned youth stirs, beginning to wake up.
'Ugh, my whole body aches... Wait, where am I? Oh, that's right. Green... Even though I didn't deserve it, and still don't, he saved me. But because he did, he's been hurt again. I guess... I really do only cause others pain...'
Green doesn't notice that Vaati's awake, too busy trying to stay in the air and keep control over himself. Veran's magic is getting harder and harder to fight against as time goes on and the exhausted boy clearly can't hold out much longer.
Vaati wearily cracks one ruby-red eye open, making an effort to look up at Green's face. The half-dragon, half-Hylian boy's cornflower blue eyes are squeezed shut in pain and his glowing left hand is clamped tightly over his right arm. Seeing the Triforce of Courage fragment's glow, V
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch7Chapter 7: Shadows, Masks, and Double-Crossing4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch75 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(Shadow) You're... short. And purple. And anyway, Gufuu's the Wind Sorcerer, so don't lie, you brat."
Vaati's only visible, demonic ruby-red eye twitches in irritation. He is indeed purple, with pale purple skin, silvery lavender hair that hangs down to cover one eye and sways as if in a breeze even though he's underground, and a deep purple magic user's outfit. He's also a good inch or three shorter than Shadow. Below his eye is a tattoo of some kind, looking a bit like a 'y' turned backwards, then flipped 90 degrees clockwise. A mirror image of that one is below his other eye, too, but Shadow obviously can't see it due to Vaati's long hair. All in all, he looks like a child and a monster at the same time, yet still somehow manages to be pleasing to the eye.
"(Vaati) And you're stupid."
The two glare at each other for several moments and Vaati's long cap suddenly slips down over his eyes, surrept
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch23Chapter 23: Hotheads, Bookworms, and... Ancient History?4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch235 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Green's ears twitch as he's walking down the path between Jabu Jabu's spring and the rest of Zora's Domain, picking up a faint sound. He turns back towards the spring, a feeling that something's wrong nagging at him.
"(Green) Hm? What was that? It sounded like it came from back this way. I know Vaati wanted to be left alone, but it can't hurt to just take a quick peek, right? A monster could be trying to sneak into Zora's Domain or something..."
He jogs up the path and arrives back at the spring just in time to see Vaati collapse. The purple-skinned youth is out cold, laying perilously close to the edge of the overhang right above the deepest part of Jabu Jabu's spring.
"(Green) Hey!! What happened?!"
There is no response from Vaati and Green sighs.
"(Green) Looks like he's unconscious. Or maybe he fell asleep, he still seems pretty exhausted from what happened at Sky-Tall Tower. Guess I was right to double back after all.
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch10Chapter 10: Shadow's Lookalike4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch105 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(Vio) Wh-what are you going to do?!"
"(white-clad boy) Helwp h-hee-heewm. (Help him.)"
The boy clasps his hands together and closes his eyes, looking like he's praying. The tiny sparks of light that have scattered around the area begin to gather around him as he does so.
'What is he doing...?!'
"(white-clad boy) T-t-ti-tiyme t-to w-w-wae-waeyke awp! (Time to wake up!)"
He opens his eyes and places both hands on Shadow's chest. Their glow brightens considerably, far outshining the luminous fungi growing here. Shadow's body convulses violently as the strong energy begins to shoot through his system. Vio tightens his grip on him immediately, just barely preventing his head from bashing into the hard stone floor of the cavern. He hangs on tightly as his friend spasms severely with each pulse of power coming from the mysterious child's hands. On closer inspection, the white-clad boy is in fact see-through. Vio's hand passes right th
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch14Chapter 14: Sorcerer and Sorceress4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch145 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Green tries to get past the wind wall, but can't. However, the barrier isn't meant to last long and he can already feel that it's weaker than before. Vaati leaves the room and heads down the stairs, exiting Sky-Tall Tower. As he waits at their base, the mysterious woman soon comes into view, heading towards him.
She has blue-green skin, slightly clawed hands, and one visible eye, which is red. Orange-red hair descends in a diagonal spike from her odd, scythe-shaped navy blue headpiece, covering one of her eyes. She wears a somewhat revealing maroon armor top that shows her shapely stomach and the tops of her breasts, as well as wrapping around her neck like a collar. It is adorned with large shoulder guards that have aqua designs on them and navy blue spike attachments on her elbows.
A cape-like cloth attaches to the tips of the spikes and hangs behind her legs. A long white skirt that completely covers her feet and trails out
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch8Chapter 8: Earth and Darkness4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch85 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Vio is floating alone in a dark, empty place. His surroundings are blurred, dim, and indistinct, and cannot be discerned. His eyes are closed, and the Triforce mark on his hand is dim, not interfering in this.
'It's... so quiet here... ...Feel so... tired... Drained... ...Just want to... sleep...'
A faint echo of Shadow's scream of pain as he's trapped inside a crystal by Vaati whispers softly through the air, barely audible.
'What...? That... sound... ...A... a voice... ...A scream...! Sounds so... so familiar... but... whose...?! Whose voice... Whose voice is that...?!'
The gray-clad shadow stands alone in front of the four heroes, glaring angrily at the one wearing purple, who stands a bit in front of the other three.
"(Shadow) Vio, you ruined everything so easily! How did you do it?!"
"(Vio) You are, after all, a reflection of us. Our thoughts don't differ much. That
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch13Chapter 13: Two Winds4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch135 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(dragon) ...gr-rrr... ...rrrr..."
The strange crystal-like growth covers one of the dragon's eyes almost completely, sealing it shut. Its other eye is half closed, gazing wearily at the purple-skinned magic user who is approaching. Vaati strokes its nose and it tries to snap at him. Its huge head slumps to the ground, exhausted even from this small effort.
"(dragon) ...rrr... rrr-grr..."
'Please, Goddesses, don't let me be too late... I know you must surely despise a piece of filth like me, but surely you care enough about one of your heroes to spare him. I don't care what happens to me as a result.'
Vaati begins to softly chant a spell, placing his hand just above the dragon's forehead without quite touching it. He's trying to break through the barrier made of evil magic. His palm starts to burn with an intense pain but he stubbornly continues in spite of it, his voice, posture, and entire demeanor showing no hint of his discomfort.
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch12Chapter 12: Moonlit Promise4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch125 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Shadow and Vio seem to have recovered from their shock and begin to discuss what they were just shown.
"(Vio) I wonder why we saw Vaati and not Green."
"(Shadow) Well, maybe it's because he has part of Green's piece of the Triforce. You saw that glow coming from his palm, right? Plus, when it showed me where you were, I saw the entrance to the cave system here on Death Mountain, not the cavern I fought you in."
Vio looks thoughtful for a moment, then grins and snaps his fingers.
"(Vio) I think I've got it. We're being shown these locations in a way that we'll recognize them, like a landmark or guidepost."
Shadow nods, Vio's words making perfect sense to him.
"(Shadow) Wow, it really does make a lot more sense when ya look at it that way! Well, we don't have any way to get to the Palace of Winds right now, so let's see if we can find Red!"
"(Vio) Ri- *yaaaawn...* Uhh, heheh... Mind waiting 'til morning? Dunno 'bout you, but I'm bushed... *yawns again*"
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch11Chapter 11: Trickery and Guidance4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch115 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"(Vaati) How is this even possible...?"
Vaati is outside the cavern entrance at Death Mountain. It's sunset, with the horizon glowing with blazing oranges, reds, and pinks. He is staring at his right palm, a look of sheer disbelief written plainly on his face. Branded into his blistered skin above the set of four crescent-shaped scars, right in the very center of his palm, is an angry-looking, fresh red burn in the exact same shape as the Triforce fragment he acquired from Shadow.
Said piece is actually inside his hand, grudgingly allowing him to act as a temporary host of sorts, though he obviously cannot wield it as the "Links" can. The power radiating off of it is immense, and it's definitely painful. It's as if the fragment is saying "Fine, since you seem to have good intentions, I'll tolerate you holding me, for now at least. But I am in no way happy about it, and don't you forget it!"
"(Vaati) This solves the problem of her trying t
Hyrule Christmas drabbleI was really bored when I did this... For the first part, I'll spare you the repetition. It's my own little rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas! Stuff in parentheses is either being said in the background while it's being sung or a little side note.Hyrule Christmas drabble5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
An annoying Fairy named Navi! ("Hey! Look! LISTEN!!!" Navi, obviously)
Two Oracles ("That would be us." Nayru and Din)
The Four Sword Links ("And Shadow." Vio)
FIVE SILVER RUPEES! (that's equivalent to 1,000 rupees, folks!)
Six Sage's Medallions
Seven Skull Kids dancing
Eight potent Red Potions ("... *WindWaker Link makes the funny "yuck" face*")
Nine drunk Bokoblins ("Too easy!")
Ten magic items
Eleven tries in a row ("Water Temple... UGH...")
Twelve hours with all the Links
Red: "You know Hyrule and
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch20Chapter 20: You're Idiots, Aren't You?4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch205 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
It is around noon of the day after Green and Vaati met up with Shadow and Vio on Death Mountain. The four boys have made their way off of the active volcano and are currently in Hyrule Field. Though their pace is slow as they're pushing themselves when each boy is either wounded, exhausted or both, they should reach Lake Hylia soon.
~several hours later~
The group of four reaches Lake Hylia without much incident, though Shadow has several more bruises from Octoroks. He seems to be the only one of the four other than Vaati who has trouble dodging them, though Vaati is only being hit because he's too injured to move quickly. All four boys look very exhausted, but they stubbornly continue anyway. They are now standing on a ridge overlooking the lake, looking out over the water towards an island shrouded in a thick fog.
"(Green) Whew... We made it. And there's the island we saw..."
"(Vio) That mist isn't natural; it can't be. The weather
4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch22Chapter 22: Interlude of Mysteries4 Swords: Shadowed Truth ch225 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Night has come and gone, and the sun shines cheerfully in the morning sky. Ruto spent a relatively peaceful night on the shore of Lake Hylia's mystery island and has just woken up. The red kitten is nowhere to be seen. The Zora princess sits up and rubs her eyes sleepily, then attempts to stand.
She lets herself fall back into a sitting position and begins to firmly rub at her ankle, hissing with pain as she does so.
"(Ruto) Ouch... It's really badly swollen, zora. I should've starting rubbing my ankle like this when I first noticed it was twisted. How am I ever going to be a warrior if I mess up simple things like this?"
'I should treat my ankle properly now so it doesn't get even worse, zora...'
She sighs and gets up, limping her way over to some thick bushes just off the beach. Using her javelin, Ruto acquires two sturdy branches and whittles them as smooth and flat as she can manage. Taking some rope from her rucksack,