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Calatia
A view of Calatia from the comics
A view of Calatia from the comics
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Calatia is a location featured in the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics. Located west of Hyrule,[1] Calatia is the land from which Link is said to originate and also where his parents live during the events of the comic. Hylians seem to be the main population in this land, and they are led by Seline, queen of the country.[2] Because this kingdom controls many important mountain passes to Hyrule, if Calatia is ever captured by Ganon, he could easily take over Hyrule as well.[3]

Unlike Hyrule, Calatia has no dungeons, and so the only place to keep its prisoners is in a tall tower of the queen's palace.[4]

History

The household of Arn and Medilia, located in Calatia

While Link is away in Hyrule, his Shadow, disguised as Queen Seline and accompanied by Thunderbird, attacks the monarch of Calatia and defeats her using her own magical powers. He then locks her away in the tower of the Calatia Palace, taking over her kingdom and making her people suffer under his rule.[5] When an unsuspecting Link returns to Calatia to visit his parents, he is violently greeted by his father, claiming that Link is not his son and ordering him to leave and never come back.[6] Confused, Link begins to travel around Calatia but receives the same mistreatment with everyone else in town,[7] and so he decides to see Queen Seline to figure out what has happened.[8] When Link goes inside the palace's throne room, he finds that his Shadow and Thunderbird have made the queen their prisoner and taken her place instead.[9][10]

Once Queen Seline explains to Link what has happened, the Shadow takes both of his prisoners and sentences them to death for committing treason against their king.[11] The queen then halts him and demands her right of a life trial since it is Calatian Law that anyone sentenced to death has the right to trial by combat to prove their innocence.[12] The Shadow accepts Seline's challenge to thus crush the people's spirits by defeating their queen again.[13] In accordance with the ancient laws, Seline chooses Link to fight in her place,[14] and Link agrees.[15] The next day, Link and his Shadow combat against one another, and after some struggle, the young hero manages to best his counterpart, saving the kingdom and the queen, as well as being declared as the Hero of Calatia by its citizens.[16]

Trivia

The name Calatia bears resemblance to Galatia, a province in the Roman Empire.

References

  1. "After many long quests and adventures in Hyrule, Link at least returns to visit his homeland, Calatia--the kingdom to the west of Hyrule, and the house of his parents Arn and Medilia." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  2. "May I present her most serene royal Highness, Seline, beloved monarch of my homeland, Calatia." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2 [Queen of Hearts])
  3. "Ganon's army is pursuing me! He'll use me to take over Calatia. Once he controls Calatia and its vital mountain passes, he'll use Calatia to take over Hyrule!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  4. "We're in the tall tower of my palace. As you know, Calatia has no dungeons, so this is the worst cell they could manage." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3 [Coming Home])
  5. "I was set upon and defeated by someone who looked exactly like me AND had all my powers. Every magic spell I used--it threw back at me! Now this...thing, disguised as YOU, Link, has taken over the kingdom. My people are suffering under his evil rule!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  6. "You're no son of mine! Get out! Get out of here!...And never come back!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  7. "Hey, everyone! It's me--Link! Back from Hyrule! Is it something I said? IS it my breath?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  8. "I've got to see Queen Seline. Maybe she can tell me what's going on." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  9. "Hey, you! What are you doing on the throne? Where's Queen Seline?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  10. "She is my prisoner...just like you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  11. "My people! Now all will see what happens to those who defy the NEW king of Calatia! [...] Silence! I am the king! You have committed treason against me! There can be but ONE penalty! Executioner! Stand forth!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  12. "Hold fast! I, Queen Seline, demand my right of LIFE TRIAL! By Calatian law, anyone sentenced to death has the right to trial by combat to prove their innocence!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4, 5)
  13. "I beat her once already, and she's already been severely weakened by the chains! What better way to crush the people's spirits than to defeat their queen again...before their very eyes! When I am finished, NONE will defy me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  14. "In accordance with the ancient laws...I choose this man to fight in my place, as my champion!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  15. "What? I...uh...I mean...so be it." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  16. "Hail, Link! Hero of Calatia!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)