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Nayru (Oracle)

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Nayru
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Title(s) Oracle of Ages
Race Oracle
Gender Female[1]
Game(s)
Era Force Era
Era of Light and Dark
Theme Music
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Nayru, the Oracle of Ages,[2] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.

Biography

Oracle of Ages

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Nayru first appears in the game, Oracle of Ages, which is, of course, named after her title. She is a singer with one of the finest voices ever heard in Labrynna.[3] However, her true identity as the Oracle of Ages is exposed when Veran possesses her,[4][5] in order to take control of Nayru's ability to control the flow of time.[6]

Nayru is a very peaceful person. She enjoys singing, and it is this that has made her popular throughout the land, among Humans and Animals alike. She attracts both when she sings. Her personality is somewhat timid, but judging from her actions, she'll do whatever she can to help a friend in need, or Link. Ralph, her protector whom she has known since they were both children, is a close friend of hers, and never far away.[7]

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Nayru also possesses a mystical instrument known as the Harp of Ages, which allows Link (and presumably whoever holds it) to shift through the folds of time, when the right songs are played.[8] However, Nayru will also use the Harp for simply playing a tune on occasion. As the Oracle of Ages, Nayru has no true need for the Harp of Ages, as she is capable of moving through time at a whim. It is quite likely that Nayru herself created the Harp of Ages.

Possessed Nayru

See also: Possessed Nayru
Possessed Nayru

Possessed Nayru is a name given to Nayru while she is possessed by Veran. She was initially possessed in the opening scenes of the game, where the handful of witnesses included Impa, Ralph and Link.[5] Everyone else, aside from the nearly-omniscient Maku Tree, is unaware of the possession, and still believe she is the pure Oracle of Ages. With Nayru serving as her cloak, Veran begins to malevolently advise Queen Ambi's decisions in the past,[9] which affect both the past age's citizens, and the present age in which Link initially resides.

One notable influence Veran gave was to seal off Ambi's Palace from casual visitors, barring both Link and Ralph from attacking Veran directly. Another was to discreetly confiscate all Mystery Seeds, the only known way to harm a possessing Veran without also hurting the possessed. Early in the game, Link unknowingly offered his seeds to the Queen and her adviser in order to temporarily enter the Palace and meet Veran face-to-face.[10] He was still able to gain more Mystery Seeds later in the game, however.

After obtaining the Lonely Peak, Queen Ambi leaves her Palace, dropping the guard enough for Link to penetrate the castle's defenses and reach Possessed Nayru.[11] Once Link is victorious in the ensuing battle, Nayru will be freed from Veran's grasp,[12] and teach Link the Tune of Ages.[13] Veran herself will instead possess Queen Ambi,[14] a possession that will remain until the significantly tougher final boss fight in Black Tower.

The Minish Cap

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Nayru also appears in The Minish Cap, where it is mentioned that she descends from a long line of oracles in Labrynna. She is one of the three ladies in the Happy Hearth Inn (along with Din and Farore). In exchange for help finding a house, she will be able to give Link a Charm.[15] Nayru's charm boosts defense and turns Link's tunic blue for the short duration of the effect.[16]

Nayru (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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She's looking for a house in Hyrule to move into. She is descended from a line of oracles in the land of Labrynna.

Manga

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In the Oracle of Ages manga, after seeing her capture in the future, Nayru placed a barrier around a forest to hide herself. Only a person with the Triforce mark on their hand could undo it. When Veran possesses Impa, she tricks Link into opening the barrier, entering the forest. As they do so, Nayru senses the presence of light and darkness, becoming disturbed. [17] Soon, Link and a possessed Impa enter the glade, where Nayru sits with the Harp of Ages. She welcomes Link, introducing herself as the Oracle of Ages. [18] Nayru then peers into his future, commenting that his story will be told for generations. [19] Link at first doesn't believe she speaks about him, but Nayru insists her prophesy is true. [20] Possessed Impa then asks if Nayru can see her fate, the oracle answering that she can, which is why she concealed herslf. Although, the oracle states that she can't outwit the Goddess of Time herself. [21] With that, Veran reveals her possession of Impa. In vain, the forest animals attack her, but Veran switches from Impa's body to Nayru. She then travels to Labrynna's past, and begins her plan for the Twinrova, with Nayru as her host. [22]

After a skirmish with Nayru's childhood friend and guardian, Ralph, Link uses the Harp of Ages to enter Labrynna's past. There, he learns that Veran is using Nayru to manipulate Queen Ambi, in an effort to construct a massive black tower. With the aid of Sir Raven and eventually Ralph, Link then battles to overcome Veran and rescue not only Labrynna, but Nayru as well.

When Sir Raven is captured for execution, Link, Ralph, and many others come to his rescue. Link tells Queen Ambi that the Captain stills loves her, revealing that the reason why Ambi had agreed to the tower's construction was because she wanted him to see and remember her. Ambi cancels building the tower, enraging Veran. Veran releases Nayru from her influence, and instead possess Ambi, commanding her guards to capture Link, Ralph, and Sir Raven. Before any harm can be done, Nayru awakens, and teleports the group to Labrynna's future.

Back in the present, Ralph embraces his friend and starts crying, causing Nayru to laugh and call him a "softy". [23] Nayru tells of Veran's Mystery Seed weakness, and brings them all back to the past, where she knows to find them. [24] Nayru and the her companions find the Hidden Villagers in a cave, and shows that Roperi's plant is actually a Mystery Tree sprout. Nayru begins to play her harp to speed the sprout's growth, yet Ralph leaves the cave, set on killing Ambi himself, if it meant destroying Veran and saving Nayru, even at the cost of his existence. Alarmed, Nayru tells Link that Ralph is Ambi's direct descendant. If she dies, he'll be erased. As Ralph confronts a possessed Ambi, Nayru hurriedly speeds up the sprout's growth. Once the tree finally produces a seed, Nayru brings it to Link, who quickly rushes with Sir Raven to Ralph.

Together, Ralph, Link, and Raven defeat Veran, but are too late. Sacrificing themselves, the Twinrova resurrect Ganon. The trio and Queen Ambi's army take down demonic beast, restoring happiness and light to Labrynna. Queen Ambi thanks and bids farewell to Link, Ralph, and Nayru. Nayru plays her harp, sending them back to modern day Labrynna.

Nayru is last seen with Ralph, Impa, and Princess Zelda at Hyrule Castle, supposedly having a meal together. The princess thanks both Ralph and Nayru for what they've done, [25] but Nayru says that Link was the true hero. [26]

Trivia

  • Early concept art for Nayru depicts her holding a paintbrush and palette,[27] indicating that she was originally planned to be an artist. This is in keeping with the knowledge that Mystical Seed of Wisdom was going to feature color themed gameplay mechanics.[28]

Etymology

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ネール (Nēru) Nayru
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Nayru, Oráculo de los Tiempos (OoA)
French Republic FrenchEU Nayru (Oracle)
Federal Republic of Germany German Nayru, Orakel der Zeiten Nayru, Oracle of Ages
Italian Republic Italian Nayru, Oracolo del Tempo Nayru, Oracle of Time

Gallery

References

  1. "She's looking for a house in Hyrule to move into. She is descended from a line of oracles in the land of Labrynna." — Nayru Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  2. "I am Nayru, Oracle of Ages." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  3. "Nayru's the best singer in Labrynna!" — Monkey (Oracle of Ages)
  4. "Nayru is no mere diva! She is the Oracle of Ages, who controls time!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Nayru! Oracle of Ages! I shall make your body my own! Ah hah hah hah!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  6. "Now the oracle's powers are mine. I can travel through time as I choose!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  7. "I've known Nayru was the Oracle of Ages since she was a child. I have always been beside her, protecting her." — Ralph (Oracle of Ages)
  8. "Harp of Ages: A harp used to navigate time." — Inventory Description (Oracle of Ages)
  9. "They said the Oracle of Ages convinced Queen Ambi to build a Black Tower..." — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  10. "Those are the Mystery Seeds Queen Ambi has been demanding! Nice work, kid! I'll take you to the palace!" — Castle Guard (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "Link! I have great news!!! Queen Ambi has just left the palace! Now is your chance! This may be your only opportunity to save Nayru!" — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  12. "Thank you, Link! You've safely pried me from Veran's grip." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  13. "Now let me teach you the last tune, which will unlock the true power of the Harp of Ages." — Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  14. "Hahh... The body of a queen suits me just fine!" — Veran (Oracle of Ages)
  15. "If you have an empty bottle, I can put one of my homemade charms inside!" — Nayru (The Minish Cap)
  16. "You got Nayru's Charm! Your guard will be strengthened for a while!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  17. "Light and darkness approach together..." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 24)
  18. "I am the oracle who controls time. I can see the past and, to an extent, the future." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 25)
  19. "Your story is told... generation after generation..." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 26)
  20. "No. I mean you." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VIZ Media), pg. 26)
  21. "But my fate is certain. I cannot outwit the Goddess of Time." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 27)
  22. "Veran possessed Nayru... and is using her abilities as the Oracle of Ages to move through time." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 31)
  23. "Oh Ralph, you big softy!" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 151)
  24. "We can still find some Mystery Seeds... If we return to the past." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages manga (VIZ Media), pg. 152)
  25. "Ralph and Nayru, you've both done well." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VIZ Media), pg. 190)
  26. "Link was the true hero. He's very brave." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VIZ Media), pg. 190)
  27. "Nayru is occasionally depicted holding a brush because in the early stages of development, there was an item called the Magic Paintbrush. It was created to make use of the Game Boy Color." - Hyrule Historia
  28. "The Tale of Wisdom was to use a color theme, with various events and areas and tools built around certain colors..."The Legend of Zelda: The Third Oracle, IGN.