Thursday, September 1, 2011

Skyward Sword - The Sage of Light

September 1st. This day marks the beginning of a two plus month wait till Skyward Sword's release, one that will certainly be difficult. My anticipation for the game is already through the stratosphere, and it is especially notable to me in that it is the first Zelda game that will be releasing near my birthday. No birthday present will be able to compare. Of course, that is a long time from now, so I have some time to present some theories about the game I've been eager to tell. 

With Skyward Sword so close and yet so far, I thought it would be perfect to start off Zelda Theories with a series of potential story elements that could be in the game, based off of what I observed in the trailers. I don't intend to say that any of my ideas will actually happen, but I just like the thought of them.

From the trailers released so far, I've noticed small little connections piecing Skyward Sword together with Ocarina of Time like yarn being sewn together. I'll focus on three of these connections  and detail what leads me to believe they will be developed in certain ways. For the first of this three part observation, I will start with the individual seen observing Link try on the legendary tunic for the first time.

Many have noticed this man bears striking resemblance to Rauru, the Sage of Light from Ocarina of Time, and rightfully so. I would bet any amount of money that he is in fact Rauru. However, there is still the small chance he could be someone else. For the purposes of this article though, let's assume he is Rauru. What would his place in the story be?

Skyward Sword details the creation of Hyrule and the creation of the Master Sword. Why is it necessary that the Master Sword be created? To repel evil and seal the entrance to the domain of the Goddesses. Phi's origins are unknown, but it is likely the Goddesses created her for the very purpose of becoming the seal to the Sacred Realm and a weapon to be wielded only by those who are worthy.

Let's assume that besides the entrance, the Sacred Realm itself is left unguarded. It too would need someone to protect it, and Rauru is that person. It's possible he is aware of Phi's destiny and even his own, which both involve the Sacred Realm. The Goddesses' actions involving them could very well be due to the state of the land below and the sinister intentions of the shadowy group Ghirahim is apart of.

Much like Ocarina of Time showed the other Sages, I believe Skyward Sword will present to us the events leading to Rauru's ascendance to the Sage of Light. He will work with Link to restore order in the land below, acting as a mentor and guiding him and Phi on their journey. As he does so, he will eventually be led to the Sacred Realm.

There within the center of the Temple of Light, he will reveal himself as the one destined to become the Sage of Light, and detail everything to Link about him and Phi. Zelda's role could also be expanded upon at this point.

There could even be a tragic element to it, like in Ocarina of Time. If Sages need to die before they can ascend, which I believe they do, then Rauru might be killed by Ghirahim or one of his associates, possibly for refusing to reveal the location of the Sacred Realm. After this, Link would get a vision from Rauru telling him where the Sacred Realm is.

Once he gets there, he will instruct Link on what he needs to do to help Phi become the Master Sword and stay behind to guard the Sacred Realm in the event Ghirahim and his group discovers it. This will set Link and Phi on the beginning of the march toward their respective destinies and lead to the eventual creation of Hyrule, born out of necessity to unite the people and protect the secret of the Master Sword along with the Sacred Realm.

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