Sunday, September 4, 2011

Skyward Sword - The Lyre and the Sheikah

For quite some time, many people wondered what Zelda's role would be in Skyward Sword, or how she would fit in with the story. There was only a small confirmation from Aonuma that she would indeed be in the game. I had a slight fear that she would already be a princess, but those fears were alleviated with Zelda's reveal at E3 2011. We know now that her role is that of a friend to Link, and that she is not yet royalty.

Already we have an interesting dynamic between her and Link and the hint that she will become a queen, but to me there is something about her more important than that. From the bird flying demo, we know that Zelda is in fact in possession of a Lyre, a musical instrument similar to a harp. This is very significant for one reason. Sheik, Zelda's alter ego in Ocarina of Time, also owns a Lyre that is identical in appearance to the one Zelda has in Skyward Sword.

Why is this significant? Let's first start with Link, who we know will eventually obtain Zelda's Lyre, possibly after she loses it when she gets attacked. Link will take the Lyre with him during his journey across the land below, keeping it as momento to drive him to rescue Zelda and likely use it to help him on his quest. I'm sure the Lyre has some sort of power that will aid him.

During Link's travels, he will meet many races who have their own problems to deal with, and I'm certain one of these will be the Sheikah. If there was ever time to expand on their history, this game is it. It is the origin story for all of Hyrule, and the Sheikah play into the history of the land. When Link meets them, they will be weary of him, but he will gain their trust by helping them when they are in need.

Among these Sheikah, there will be one that will be particularly grateful to Link, and that is Sheik. The two of them will form a bond, and he will help Link in the effort to save Zelda. Being a part of the Sheikah, Sheik could play a big role in the story, helping Link and also struggling to convince his isolated people to work with the other races to combat the major threat the land faces due to Ghirahim and his group.

Eventually, Sheik will garner the support of his people to take down the threat, and together the Sheikah will help Link in the battles he faces. When all is said and done, the Sheikah's service in helping to save the land will become known to everyone, and after Hyrule is founded, the Sheikah will join with the Hylians and forever be remembered as their loyal protectors.

Sometime after this, Sheik could be given Zelda's Lyre as thanks from her for all that he has done. He will keep it respectfully, and become known for his deeds in helping Hyrule's founders and being adept at playing the Lyre. Many years will pass, and Sheik will become a Sheikah legend, his Lyre being passed down to the next generations. Eventually though, the Great War will happen, and the relationship between the Sheikah and Hylians will be tarnished with bloodshed.

The secret of the Sacred Realm, now exposed, will form a rift between the races. Many Sheikah will die, and in the end, only a sole survivor will remain. Impa. The Lyre that once belonged to Zelda and Sheik will fall to her, and she will give it to the Royal Family to keep safe as a symbol of the bond between the Hylians and Sheikah.

Decades later, it will finally end up in the next Zelda's hands, after she learns of Sheik from her guardian Impa. Inspired by the tale, Zelda will take on the identity of Sheik to escape from her pursuer and use her ancestor's Lyre to once again aid the destined hero in his quest to rid the land of evil.

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