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Dark Interlopers

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Dark Interlopers
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Game(s)Twilight Princess
Objective(s)Controlling the Sacred Realm

The Dark Interlopers are a tribe of sorcerers in Twilight Princess.

Backstory

In ancient times, the Dark Interlopers had attempted to control the Sacred Realm and ultimately the Triforce using their powers.[1] In response to such audacity, the Goddesses of Hyrule ordered the three Spirits of Light, Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru, to seal up the power they had mastered into the Fused Shadow, thus rendering the interlopers powerless.[2] The interlopers were then banished to the Twilight Realm using the Mirror of Twilight.[3] The tribe would eventually become the Twili race due to their adaptations to the realm.[4]

Blank-eyed Link siding with the Dark Interlopers

Following the revival of Lanayru, the spirit induces Link to have a vision telling of the creation of Hyrule, the Sacred Realm, and the Triforce.[5] Link, clad in his Ordon garb, is seen floating as a witness to the vision; then he and Ilia are seen as part of it, representing all peoples of Hyrule who lived in the prosperity given by the Triforce.[6] The scene and music then grow ominous, as Ilia is shown holding a serpentine, curved-bladed dagger, while Lanayru speaks of the first wars ever held in the name of entering the Sacred Realm and claiming the Triforce.[7] As the view pans up to her blank-eyed gaze, she turns as if to strike Link beside her, but it seems that the blank-eyed Link was quicker and had stabbed her in her throat with the Ordon Sword. Link then plunges the Sword into the ground.

Now in his iconic green tunic, Link is then seen running, dreamlike, towards the Triforce, which sits upon a small, grassy hill representing the Sacred Realm, but is stopped by three dark Links who rise from the ground before the Triforce: the Dark Interlopers. Lanayru then describes them as a tribe of Hyrule with powerful magic, who desired control of the Sacred Realm.[8] The Interlopers summon the power of the complete Fused Shadow, which rises like a giant from the horizon, even eclipsing the Triforce itself. They then use their magic to completely vaporize Link. The vision cuts and pans to show that the dark Link in the middle has stolen Link's appearance, save for the eyes, which are blank again. He chuckles in triumph as a version of Ganon's main theme is heard.

It was at that moment that Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru, ordered by the goddesses, descended onto the scene and sealed the Interloper's powers, driving the Fused Shadow back down as the Interlopers turn in disbelief.[9] The green-clad dark Link then screams in terror, as all of the Interlopers are removed from existence in the Light World, with a sudden, haunting finality. Lanayru reminds Link that the Fused Shadow is the artifact he has been reassembling, and warns Link of its nature, and the corrupt nature of power itself, the vision showing a downpour of slowly spinning, falling, madly laughing Ilias.[10] A sign of infectious madness seems to touch Link himself. As the vision ends, Link awakens with a look of shock upon his face.

Trivia

  • In the Japanese version of Twilight Princess, the Dark Interlopers had no name, instead being just a clan of people native to Hyrule that were skilled in magic. Also, Lanayru mentions that the clan attempted to control Hyrule and not the Sacred Realm.[11][12][13]
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Link features an alternative costume based on the Dark Interlopers.

Nomenclature

The definition for interloper is "someone who becomes involved in a place or situation where they do not belong or are not wanted".

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References

  1. "... People appeared who were proficient with magic, and they attempted to control this sacred realm with their powers..." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113)
  2. "... The gods dispatched four Light Spirits, who sealed the usurpers' magic into Fused Shadows..." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113)
  3. "... They then banished the offenders to the Twilight Realm using the Mirror of Twilight..." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113)
  4. "... Those who lived in the Twilight came to be known as the Twili." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113)
  5. "When all was chaos, the goddesses descended and gave order and life to the world. The granted power equally to all who dwelt in the light, and then returned to the heavens. The lands where the goddesses descended came to be known as the Sacred Realm." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  6. "For ages, the people lived at ease, content in mind and body..." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  7. "But soon, word of the Sacred Realm spread through Hyrule, and a great battle ensued..." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Among those living in the light, interlopers who excelled at magic appeared. Wielding powerful sorcery, they tried to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  9. "It was then that the goddesses ordered us three light spirits to intervene. We sealed away the great magic those individuals had mastered." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  10. "You know this magic... It is the dark power you seek, the Fused Shadow. O hero, chosen by the goddesses... Beware... Those who do not know the danger of wielding power will, before long, be ruled by it. Never forget that..." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  11. "But soon, word of the Sacred Realm spread through Hyrule, and a great battle ensued... Among those living in the light, interlopers who excelled at magic appeared. Wielding powerful sorcery, they tried to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  12. "But at length, a rivalry ensued over Hyrule, the holy land. In the midst of the people, persons who excelled at magic appeared. With powerful sorcery, they tried to rule the holy land." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  13. "Long, long ago, the people of the world were filled with piety, and the land knew many years of peace. Before long, however, conflict began to arise in the sacred realm called Hyrule. People began to appear who were proficient with magic, and they attempted to control this sacred realm with their powers." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113)