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Ancient Harbor

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Ancient Harbor
Ancient Harbor Pier.jpg
Link approaching Skipper's boat
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The Ancient Harbor is a location in Skyward Sword.[1] It is an ancient port which linked the land of Lanayru Desert to the ancient ocean, now known as the Lanayru Sand Sea.

Features and Overview

The Ancient Harbor served as a port which connected The Surface to the aquatic Lanayru Sand Sea, making it a vital location for trade between the land and the sea for the native Ancient Robots. However, due to the actions of the Lanayru Province's inhabitants, the Ancient Harbor began to decay and ultimately became nonoperational.[2] Now, the harbor is infested with the remnants of shipping containers, Aracha-infested caverns, and large stone pillars hosting Clawshot targets which connect the Ancient Harbor to the Lanayru Caves.

Link first visits the Ancient Harbor while searching for Nayru's Flame so that he can temper his blade. After venturing to a large dock that is situated atop of quicksand, the young hero encounters a dysfunctional Ancient Robot and a small vessel holding a Timeshift Stone. After activating the Timeshift Stone, the affected radius of the stone's powers is replenished, and the Ancient Robot is reactivated. The Ancient Robot reveals his name to be Skipper and tells Link that he was the captain of the Sandship. However, a gang of pirates led by LD-002G Scervo took the ship from Skipper and his crew, in an attempt to get their hands on the ship's main power source, Nayru's Sacred Flame.[3] After finishing the tale, Link and Skipper begin to travel around the sand sea, looking for clues that revolve around the Sandship's location at Skipper's Retreat, Lanayru Shipyard and the Pirate Stronghold. After Link tempers his blade with Nayru's Flame, he can return to the harbor to find Skipper, who will offer to take the young hero to the Lanayru Sand Sea or the Sandship.

Trivia

  • The game merely considers the Ancient Harbor part of the Lanayru Sand Sea; the name "Ancient Harbor" is only used in-game to refer to the Bird Statue there.

Minor Enemies and Traps

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 古代の港 (Kodai no Minato) Ancient Harbor
Canada FrenchCA Port ancien
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Antiguo atracadero Ancient dock

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References

  1. "Ancient Harbor" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 55)
  2. "A report, Master. This is Lanayru Sand Sea. This whole area was once a vast ocean. But the water has all evaporated, and now the area is a sea of sand. Signs indicate that this place functioned as a port, linking the land to the sea. This area operated on a new form of power. There is a 90% probability that the sacred flame is located ahead. I recommend exploring this sand sea" — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "... It was the day of the storm, phoo-weep... My crew and I were navigating the seas as usual, vrrm... And then those brutes, bzzt... the pirates, suddenly attacked us, brrzt. They were after Nayru's Flame, zzpt. My crew was imprisoned...vrrrt... and I was thrown into the sea! I drifted on the current to this port, vrrrrm... But I couldn't find my ship, phweep... I'd bet my hat they've turned the ship invisible and are hiding out somewhere, vrrm! You can't see it." — LD-301N Skipper (Skyward Sword)