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A very rushed entry for :iconwoodland-mel:’s annual calendar contest, which I only just remembered two days before the deadline (which was yesterday), and am kicking myself for not paying attention to earlier. Here is Link fulfilling the prophecy by translating the stone tablet in the desert. I like the idea that the Book of Mudora contains records of Hyrule’s history as well as being a language key, so the Hylian writing spells out sentences from OoT’s creation myth… or it should if I was picking the right readings for the kanji in the text dump.

(Due to childhood influences, I will always automatically interpret “desert” as “American Southwest” unless explicitly told otherwise. I know the desert in ALttP is probably supposed to be sandier, but then again Link is also probably supposed to be blond.)

EDIT: Apparently this was one of the contest winners! I wish more than ever that I'd had time to do a more thought-out entry, but I'm grateful to have been able to contribute to this excellent calendar project. The amount of creativity this contest inspires is overwhelming and it thrills me to see so many talented Zelda fans pouring out their enthusiasm for this. Go look at the other entries and the winners!
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:iconhellphoenix5:
HellPhoenix5 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
The weather doesn't look too pleasant up there.
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winkpink360 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey at least it aint the book of coredie
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Maetch Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
To open the way forward,
make your wish here
and it will be granted.
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SDRseries Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it hilarious that they made his hair pink in the game. XD
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Soniclive Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I find all your artwork hansome! *o*
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! =)
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MutantPanda Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
You great.
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks more epic than on SNES. :iconsnesplz: And it's very rare for me to say that! :trophy:
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thanks, I'm glad I could do it justice!
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mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I am once again astounded by your amazing ALttP art. You've managed to capture a pivotal moment in the game in a fashion that can only be described as "epic". :)
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. This is one of my favorite moments in ALttP and I'm glad I was able to do it justice. =)
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iangoudelock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is awesome! Love your take on Link :D. Very well done :)
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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invitationzz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
PINK HAIR!!!! I really liked this part when I was little. Thanks for the recall :)
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, glad you like it. =)
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ALttP is my personal favorite LoZ game of all time (yes, even above OoT). I think it was because it was the first video game I played that really had a story to it. I spent hours playing it, exploring, seeking out every last piece of treasure, heart, and whatnot. Then my cousin bought the game secrets book - which I proceeded to memorize (to this day I STILL remember where everything is!).

The Book of Mudora was a fascinating item to me. I've loved books since... forever, really, and being able to use one to "translate" something was so cool! (As was ramming into the bookshelf to jar it loose, lol.)
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALttP is a fantastic game, and I think of all the Zeldas it's one of the best for sheer open world exploration; I loved spending hours just wandering around the map and discovering things, as well. My experience with OoT growing up was more like your experience with ALttP, though--OoT is still the Zelda game that I remember best, due to the numerous times I've replayed it and reread the strategy guide, and my nostalgia for OoT is probably why it's tied for my favorite Zelda (the other being Wind Waker).

I've always thought the Book of Mudora was one of the most interesting items in Zelda, as well; I love books too, and the idea of this one was really cool. (I liked ramming the bookshelf as well, although I figured out what I had to do really quickly because I'd already seen a similar puzzle in The Minish Cap--which actually stumped me for a while because I was younger when I played TMC than when I first played ALttP. :P /showing my youth)
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I had to rate my top four favorite LoZ games in order, it would be: A Link to the Past (overall game), Wind Waker (characters and art design), The Minish Cap (charming and fun to play, I love the shrinking gimmick, and it reminds me of ALttP), and Ocarina of Time (two words: time travel! Oh, and Ganon's redheaded human form first appeared there too, as opposed to just being that weird pig thing...).
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Mellifera-imiya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Congratulations!!

:party: :party: :party:
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Wait, what? Oh, wow. I actually wasn't thinking this had much of a chance, but... wow.

Thank you!
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rikumario Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is the only time link prays right?
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Given that Hyrule has many gods and goddesses, I have always imagined that Link and the other denizens probably do pray fairly often.

That said, he isn't praying here. The book's just reacting to the stone tablet by unleashing its translation magic. :P
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PokeBW4Evr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
This looks AMAZING!!! :la: Great work!! ^_^
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
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Palahka Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this artwork so much!
It took me a bit to realise which LoZ game it was from, and I only finished Alttp around this time last year! Such a wonderful game, but it's really difficult (which I thought was half the fun anyway!).

Great work, it's brilliant and the colours are such a pleasant touch (especially Link having pinkish hair :P).
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! Yeah, the older Zeldas are more challenging, but I agree that this is part of their appeal. ALttP is awesome, but I always waste a huge amount of time just wandering around between dungeons, so I'm embarrassingly still only halfway through the maiden-gathering part of the quest despite having started it years ago. :P

Thanks, I'm glad you like the colors! I couldn't miss a chance at a retro shoutout. :P
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Palahka Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's something I always enjoyed, the challenges. Wouldn't be the same without it! It still took me a couple of years myself to finish ALttp. If I got stuck, I would sit at one spot at a dungeon for days before finally figuring it out. Sometimes being so clueless, I'd use every item, in every direction.

Pink, was definitely the right choice!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Hee hee.... as an Arizonan, I love your choice of desert. :D

But aside from that, wow! This is just beautiful! :la: Love the colors and composition. :clap:
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a former Arizonan, I give you a highfive. :D It'll always be one of my favorite landscapes.

And thank you very much, I'm glad you like them!
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nasanerd09 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is pretty cool! that's a nice touch, using sentences from OoT's creation myth :D and yay pink haired Link ^_^

I wish I had had the time to draw an entry, I had an idea like all summer but didn't figure out exactly how to execute it until recently, but school just piled up way too much and I wasn't able to draw anything :(
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It took me a while to copy all those lines out in Hylian. :P I try to include retro shoutouts when I can, so pink hair it was.

That's too bad, I'm sorry to hear that. :( Maybe you could still do it, though, and just use the contest as a jumping-off point for your own individual piece. It'd probably still be cool to see the idea! (Frankly I really wish I had remembered the contest earlier because this is more of a sketch than a finished entry... but I enjoyed entering so much last year that I had to draw something.)
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nasanerd09 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

Technically, the contest did serve as a jumping off point. I wanted to draw something in a more modern setting, because I was curious what it would look like, and then decided that the event would be Link ending the cycle once and for all. Then...well I decided that the idea was just too good for a single piece, so I started drawing a comic based on that premise. The only reason I couldn't draw the piece in time was that I wanted to get the final design for the villain right (currently, he looks like a red dinosaur. not quite what I had in mind) before I did it, because I planned on associating the entry with the comic itself. Oh well :(
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a cool idea! It's too bad you didn't make the time limit, but at least you got started on it. Sounds like it'll be a fun premise to explore.
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nasanerd09 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I am having quite a bit of fun coming up with the story and drawing it
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FiliaFlammae Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been working on this game recently, so this piece got me pretty excited! Great work!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, nice to know I uploaded this with such good timing! I actually need to go back to working on it myself, as I still haven't finished ALttP. :P I spend too much time wandering around the map looking for fairy caves.
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Trillatia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Writer
Wow, amazing job, aquanut!! Another masterpiece!! :D
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Ooh, very nice. I love the dramatic shadows on the cliff faces, coupled with the ominous sky; simply lovely.

And no, there is nothing wrong with imagining fictional deserts to resemble the American Southwest. :P
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love a desert storm, so it was pretty enjoyable to work that in.

Haha, yeah; honestly, I wish the Sonoran desert got more representation in popular culture's idea of a desert. There are so many more kinds of desert landscapes besides the endless-sand-dunes variety.

Like...Antarctica. :P
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Haha, exactly! (You're probably not surprised at how many people don't consider Antarctica a desert.)
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Jujulica Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, Pink-hair Link! :D I love the more "American Southwest" desert; the in-game graphics really looked more like that than... the sandier, more "true desert" kind of desert.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, awesome, I'm glad someone thinks so. (Of course, the Sonoran desert's just as much a "true" desert as any other, even if it doesn't get as much attention in pop culture. :P) I like that the graphics of this game gave me room to interpret it that way, despite the fact that the official art (especially of the attacking Geldman) do portray it as more of a sand-dune type of landscape.
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Jujulica Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I was trying to think of the correct wording, but couldn't.
Anyways, love your depiction!
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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TwilightShooter Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
this is freaking awesome, very well made XD
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you think so!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Woah... I LOVE this! It makes me all giddy and nostalgic. ♥
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it so much! The scene's very nostalgic for me, too, so I'm glad to hear it had the same effect on someone else. =)
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