Hello! It’s been a long while since I last wrote anything for ZeldaBlog, and although, technically, this isn’t new, I don’t doubt that a lot of you wouldn’t have already read this. Furthermore, I’ve also done more research into this topic of races, and there are more undiscovered things! So, let’s just call this the start!
Many have died. Yes, that’s what we could consider happened to the many races that have existed throughout the many years of The Legend of Zelda, or in other words, Hyrule. After all, there has been many eons of years from the first Zelda game, which I’m going to say is Ocarina of Time right the way through to the last, The Adventure of Link. We know that there are at least a few hundred years from Ocarina of Time until The Wind Waker. So who can say how many years is after that! In this time, many of the races of Zelda have slowly disappeared.
So, the first race that could be noted to disappear is the Zora. From Ocarina of Time to The Wind Waker, the Zoras seemingly die out. They do not exist from there onward. Well, that’s how it seems at least. We must consider the fact that the Zora do exist in the Oracle games, however sporadically. Now, the Oracle games do not take place in Hyrule, they take place just outside of Hyrule, as we all know. However, if they exist outside of Hyrule, does that mean that they’ve died out? No.
However, we must also consider the fact that the Oracles take place outside of Hyrule, and by a lot of people’s timelines, after Link’s Awakening, but before The Legend of Zelda. We do not expect to encounter the Zora in Link’s Awakening, as it takes place on Kohilint Island, which doesn’t contain any of the races aside from Humans and Hylians. As such, they are disregarded within this area of the world. This no-Zora sentiment is also echoed in The Minish Cap; however, there is no reference to this creature at all, not even in their other forums. However, when we move into A Link to the Past, we could be expected to come across the Zoras once again. This is not the case.
The Zoras have actually become evil, as we now know. Officially, the Zoras had become the Zolas; however, to comply with Timeline standards, all information published before Ocarina of Time is void, if a re-release of the game, produced by Nintendo, is released with new information. The Zolas are now the Zora in the A Link to the Past version on the Gameboy Advance; the text-dumps across the Internet have this information. Anyway, it appears that the Zoras have become evil, as they are now attacking the humans on the ground, this also occurs in The Legend of Zelda as well.
There is a possible reasoning behind this as well, the fact that the Zoras are simply protecting their own. Our first discovery of the Zora is in Ocarina of Time. The race are very reclusive, you are only able to even enter the Zora’s Domain if you have a connection to the Royal Family of Hyrule, “Their door will not open for anyone except those who have some connection with the Royal Family.” this shows us how reclusive these people really are. If we are to follow the single-timeline theory (which we are), the Zoras would have no memory of being under Ice, however, we would know that they would want a firm connection to the Royal Family to be spoken to by Hylains.
R.I.P. KokiriBy the time of A Link to the Past, there are now warnings to avoid them, as they attack if you do get to close to them. There is no cannon evidence to say why they have become evil, but the fact that they may simply be angered at Hylians for flooding the world from their prayers is a safe bet to make. Furthermore, we also can assume that the Royal Family’s song has been lost, as there are no further references to the song after Ocarina of Time. As such, the race may simply just be protecting their own from an outside race that has caused much pain.
Or they’ve simply just become incredibly evil.
Now, let’s look further on at the races, the Gorons. The Gorons are a rock-loving race, and yet, unlike the Zoras, they manage to exist on the Great Sea as merchants. This is a shock to many, as it would be more safely assumed that the Zoras would live in these conditions far better than the Gorons. Although the Gorons are still not listed on Zelda.com’s Encyclopaedia, we do know that they are there. Simply, because of the look of the creatures who are the merchants.
However, this in itself is a mystery, as they should, in theory, be able to cope living on the mountains. As the people of Hyrule all had to flee to the mountains when the Goddesses answered the pleas of the townsfolk and flooded the world, the Gorons already had an established population and culture set up. Yet, they do not appear to have any stronghold within The Wind Waker at all.
For this, there are two reasons that I can fathom. There is the chance that the Gorons simply did not want to be forced out of their own hometowns by the influx of people, and left out of their own free will, or what I feel is slightly more likely, that when Ganondorf broke the seal and came to attack Hyrule for the second time, he revived Volvagia and had them eat the majority of their race. This would explain the clear lack of Gorons in the subsequent games.
However, the Gorons do exist within the Oracles and Majora’s Mask. Again, the possibility that some Gorons left Hyrule and set up colonies outside of this area is a possibility. It is also the only explanation that could possibly make any sense. They further exist, barely, in The Minish Cap. We know this from the fact that there is a Giant Goron, and he does talk to you, if you know how to make him. This shows us that the Gorons do continue to exist in Hyrule after Ocarina of Time. Now, depending on timeline placement, The Minish Cap takes place either before Ocarina of Time (with Four Swords Adventures), or after it (again, with Four Swords Adventures). Either way, the Gorons do exist within these games, however marginly.
Within The Minish Cap, the very secondary role that they play is understandable, as the premise of the game is about the Minish, or Picori. So every other race does in fact play a very marginalised role. Yet, there is no other reference to them at all, from all of the Hylian people, that there are Gorons on the mountain, aside from the obvious Giant Goron.
Although, within A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda and Adventure of Link, there is no Gorons at all. No mention of them either. What does this mean? Have they died out? This I can’t understand, as within all of these games, there are lots of mountains, and many of the enemies from Ocarina of Time, such as the Leevers, still exist. A Link to the Past would be a very good opportunity for the Gorons to exist; however, they simply do not.
Reasoning behind them not existing? It’s an impossible question to answer, at this moment in time. They may have simply just died out, or fled outside of Hyrule’s borders, and need someone to open the borders up for them. We simply do not know.
The Kokiri. The Kokiri are the race that looked after the Hero of Time through the early years of his life. As such, you would expect to see more of a mention of these brilliant creatures. One could argue that it is their own fault that they become part of the lost races of Zelda. After all, they do make sure that they keep themselves hidden from the rest of the world.
Yet, this does not make any real sense, as Link is known for cladding himself in Green, which is the trait of the Kokiri. Malon seems to know this from Ocarina of Time, as she seems to know that Link is not from Hyrule Town, he is from the “Forest”. The fate of the Kokiri should really be left in Hylian Legend, as they are one of the most crucial parts of Link’s many quests. His leaving Hyrule has been argued to be to go and search for his “friend”, which is believed, by the majority, to be Navi. So their legend should really have existed further on than The Wind Waker, which only mentions them as a passing reference.
R.I.P. KokiriAlthough this does seem odd, it’s also perfectly logical. The Kokiri themselves are reclusive creatures, who are easily forgotten in time. After all, the predominant races, such as the Gorons and even the Zoras seem to have no real mention after The Wind Waker, well, non-enemy Zoras. As such, it seems that the flood seemed to have completely removed them from the history of the world.
The logical follow through for this race would be the Koroks, which get even less mention overall in Hyrule history, as they are simply the next stage of evolution of the Kokiri. The Koroks are apparently scared of all other races unless they’ve been given permission to see them by the Deku Tree. This is seen from their reaction to seeing Link in their domain in the Forest Haven. This would explain their complete lack of history further on in the timelinial history of the game.
The Rito are the next race that needs to be discussed. The bird people. This race seems to be one in their own throughout Hylian history. This is mostly because there is no other reference to a Bird People in anything, at least that I can think of, in any of the other Zelda games, at all. We all know of the Kokiri to Korok evolution, and it makes sense to us. However, the Rito just seem to exist from out of nowhere. The closest thing I can think of is the Mail Man from Animal Crossing.
The Rito themselves have been argued to have evolved from Zoras, as the name Ruto is that of the Zora Princess from Ocarina of Time. However, this theory seems to be less credible every passing day, as we know that Twilight Princess follows Ocarina of Time, and there is no reference, yet, to the Rito existing.
The final set race that’s been missing is the Gerudos. The Gerudo people are a race of thieves, so it would make sense for them to survive, as they’re just a race of brilliantly beautiful women, who give birth to only one man every one hundred years, according to Ocarina of Time. These Master (Mistress?) Thieves survived on their cunning alone. They live in the Deserts of West Hyrule, at least in Ocarina of Time.
Their presence in The Wind Waker is a passing reference in reality. Tetra states that they have fought off some “pirates”, who could easily be interpreted to be the Gerudo thieves, as they became pirates in Termina, Majora’s Mask (a subject that’s out of the scope of this article). These pirates used to own the Forbidden Fortress, which would again, make complete sense owing to their stringent security at Gerudo Fortress, as their homebase. This is the final reference to the Gerudo’s in the game, aside from Ganondorf/Ganon talking about his “homeland” being the desert. Again, his final words are far too philosophical for this article again.
However, what has ever happened to this race of thieves. There is no real reference to them again, timelinewise, in any other game. In fact, there is no reference to them in any Hyrule based Zelda game after The Wind Waker to date. This is a shame, as they have the characteristics to really create a harsh, and powerful race, enemy or ally.
So, what’s happened to these races throughout time? Well, it does seem, that all of them, with the exception of the Zora’s have died out or simply moved out of Hyrule or had no focus left on them. We now have some more concrete evidence that the Goron’s exist within Twilight Princess, with the official art of them, but that’s it. Nothing else.
Let’s hope some of them make it through!
For those of you recognise this, it appeared on Harkinian this month. But I feel that it’s long enough to be here as well!
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