[EDIT: I’d like to mention that the artwork of the manual contains characters that we HAVE NOT YET SEEN in any trailer that I am aware of. (I have been avoiding trailers that show spoilers, so your results might vary.) The story I have transcribed below is by and large the safest part of the manual other than perhaps the game controls, but even then, I didn’t scour those pages for spoiler images. Granted, you’ll have access to all of this before you play Twilight anyways, so the ball is in your court on this one.]
[EDIT 2: Link is fixed. Sorry about that! It was late, and I wanted to get to bed last night.]
Thanks to a hat tip from a fellow zelda_lovers community member on LiveJournal, you can find the Twilight Princess manual scanned, uploaded, and ready for the viewin’! You can find the introductory story, the game controls, a few pages of hints (the first few Photobucket pages since it’s in backwards order), and never before seen artwork.
To sweeten the deal, in case you’re too timid to wander over to the manual directly for fear of spoilers (especially those hint pages–labelled as Pages 16 and 17), I have transcribed the text of the introductory story for you in this post. There’s nothing in here that we kinda don’t know already, but just in case I’m still marking as spoiler because some of this will be the first events to happen in the game, so be forewarned!
Deep in the southernmost region of the kingdom of Hyrule lies a village by the name of Ordon. Cradled in the scenic beauty of pristine farmland, the villagers of Ordon make a living by raising livestock. Among the villagers is a boy known as the most skillful rider in all the land. A boy who, it is expected, will one day take over the responsibility of leading Ordon as the village chief. His name is Link…
Trusted and liked by all the villagers, Link is especially loved by the children of Ordon, among who he holds unofficial status as the leader of the pack. Link spends his days as a ranch hand and learns the ways of the sword from the village’s lone swordsman, Rusl, in his spare time. He often displays his newly honed skills to the village youths, which makes him even more powerful.
One day Link is showing off his swordsmanship as usual, when a monkey appears. “Hey! That’s the monkey that’s been causing trouble all over the village! Let’s get him,” cry the children. They run after the monkey into the forest. Link rushes into the heart of the woods after them and is shocked to find that the dark thickets are teeming with countless monsters. After fighting his way through their ranks, Link rescues the child and the monkey from the cage where they are held captive.
Until now, the forest had always been a safe place…
The next day, after much encouragement by Rusl, Link prepares to set out and deliver the village’s tribute to Hyrule Castle. Having never visited the castle before, Link is in high spirits as he prepares for his journey, but when his childhood friend Ilia notices a wound on Epona’s haunch, she gives Link an earful for being so careless with his horse. In a huff, Ilia leads Epona away.
Link tracks down Epona and Ilia at the mystical spring nearby and attempts to apologize for injuring Epona. But no matter how many times Link says he’s sorry, Ilia refuses to forgive Link. Then Colin, a young boy from the village who idolizes Link, steps forward to mediate the situation. Thanks to Colin’s explanation, Link is finally able to get Ilia to drop her guard and talk to him. Having warmed back up, Ilia tells Link, “Come back safely, and don’t do anything reckless!”
A monster astride a huge boar comes crashing out of the forest. The fearsome monster and its mount break through the gate to the spring and attack the youths.
Caught off guard by the sudden assault, Link is helpless to stop the monster from delivering a blow that renders him unconscious. Through the fog of his half-conscious mind, Link watches Colin and Ilia get swept off by the monster…
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