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Cap'n
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Title(s)
Captain of the Piratians[citation needed]
Race Skeleton
Gender Male[1]
Game(s)
Other Media
Era Era of Light and Dark

Cap'n is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[2]

Biography

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Prior to the events of the Oracle games, Queen Ambi fell in love with a sea-faring man, the Cap'n, who was the leader of a band of pirates.[1] However, he set sail one day and never came back, which prompted Queen Ambi to begin a project that would guide the Cap'n home from his lost adventure: to construct an immense tower that would be tall enough so that it could see out all across the land and act as a large beacon that would guide the Cap'n to Labrynna. Unbeknown to Queen Ambi, the Cap'n originally vanished in Ambi's time because he and his crew got trapped in the Sea of Storms in the course of his exploration and could not get out.[3]

In a Linked Oracle of Seasons, the storyline brought up but never completed in Oracle of Ages of Queen Ambi's long lost lover is concluded. After clearing the Ancient Ruins, Queen Ambi will be at the Samasa Desert entrance, sent there by Nayru at the queen's request.[4] Ambi ends up meeting up again with the Cap'n, and although he says he wished he could stay,[5] Ambi interrupts him and tells him she understands why he must leave her side again: he is a seafaring man and cannot live his life on land. Before departing ways again, Ambi promises the Cap'n that she will always be waiting for his return.[6]

Biography

Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, the Piratian Ship shipwrecks in Samasa Desert, plunging the crew into Subrosia.[7] Stranded, the Cap'n and his crew take up residence in the House of Pirates. During the shipwreck, the Cap'n loses his bell.[8] He sends some members of his crew to search for it,[9] refusing to leave until it is found.[10] Once Link completes the Ancient Ruins, the Cap'n deems the young hero to be a competent adventurer and asks him to help search for the bell.[11][12] Once Link finds and fixes the bell, the Cap'n orders the crew to set sail,[13] However, they are soon overcome with seasickness, having been on land for so long.[14][15] He orders the crew to dock the ship in a bay on the Western Coast. Link can use the ship as a bridge to the Graveyard and Explorer's Crypt.[16]

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, the Cap'n appears trapped in a large ring of whirlpools within the Sea of Storms in the past,[17] accessible after the seventh dungeon. The Cap'n is able to escape the sea once Link gives him the Zora Scale he obtained recently, which is a powerful charm capable of calming the seas.[18] The Cap'n declares he and his crew are off to Holodrum.[19] Before leaving, he gives Link the Tokay Eyeball as a sign of his thanks.[20]


Other Appearances

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)

In the Oracle of Ages manga by Akira Himekawa, the Captain is the first shown in his cabin, after Link and Ralph have been brought aboard his ship. A Piratian asks what should be done with the two boys.[21] The Captain states they can swab the deck or man the lookout,[22] but then changes his mind and summons the two.[23] The Captain introduces himself and asks for Link and Ralph's names in turn.[24] He notices that the two look at him like he is a monster, and assures them that the pirates would not take a life without just cause.[25] Since a long time has passed, the Captain asks for news about the world.[26] Link asks the pirate how long he has been at sea.[27] The Captain responds that he does not know.[28] He had crossed the seas many times gathering knowledge and tales, but wants to speak with living, breathing people.[29] Hearing this, Link asks if the Captain knows anything about Veran.[30] The Captain says she is a sorceress who possesses people.[31] Link asks if he knows of Veran's weakness,[32] although the Captain refuses to tell unless Link answers his questions.[33] The Captain shows interest in Link's sword,[34] and says that much of a man can be told by how he cares for his equipment.[35] Swinging the sword, he tells Link that he was once a knight who had sworn loyalty to a lady.[36] The Captain spots Ralph with the Harp of Ages, and tells him to play a song.[37] Ralph begins to play, causing the Captain to remember when he danced with his lady.[38] He exclaims how they were in love and the world was theirs.[39] The Captain recounts how it ended and that he set to sea to forget, although he never did and is determined to go back and find his lover.[40] The Captain demands his crew set course for Labrynna,[41] despite the the threat of sinking.[42][43] Link finds the ship's log,[44] and both boys realize the Captain and his crew have been stuck in the storm forever.[45][46] The Captain finds the two trying to escape the ship and attacks with his crew.[47] As he duels the Captain, Link explains that, although the Captain is trapped in the storm, they can go and fix everything for him, his crew, and his lady.[48] The Captain understands Link is correct,[49] and gives them a boat.[50] The Captain gives Link a picture of Queen Ambi within a locket, and asks the hero to tell her he will love her for eternity.[51][52] Link promises to send the Captain's love to Queen Ambi.[53] When Link returns to Labrynna he gives the locket and the Captain's message to Queen Ambi.[54] She reveals the dark tower was being built so the Captain would see it and never forget her.[55] Aware of his true feelings, Ambi cancels the tower's construction.[56]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ζ΅·θ³ŠθˆΉι•· (Kaizoku Senchou) Pirate Captain
French Republic FrenchEU Capt'n A shortened version of "Capitaine", meaning Captain
Federal Republic of Germany German KΓ€pten
Italian Republic Italian Capitano
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU CapitΓ‘n Captain

References

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Queen Ambi had a boyfriend--a seafaring man. But he set sail one day and never came back. She's building a tall tower so she can search the lands for any sign of his return. It's called Ambi's Tower. It was a touching tale..." β€” Construction Worker (Oracle of Ages)
  2. ↑ Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg.
  3. ↑ "Sailin' the seas is every man's dream! It was great to so gallantly sail off to me dreams... But we got stuck in this Sea o' Storms and can't get out!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  4. ↑ "Why, Link! What brings you here? I asked Nayru to send me on an eye- opening journey to different lands and different ages! Traveling alone is difficult, but it is one of a queen's many roles. However... This Holodrum is a strange place. The seasons here are so fickle. It must surely bring hardship to the people..." β€” Queen Ambi (Oracle of Seasons)
  5. ↑ "Ambi??? Nay, 'tis I that must be dreamin'!!! I never thought we'd meet again after so long! Even now, when I think of our parting, it pains my heart. Though many years 'ave gone by since then, you are as beautiful as ever... Ambi... I would stay 'ere with you if I could, but...sniff! Oh, Ambi!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  6. ↑ "You need not explain--I understand. You are a seafaring man and cannot live your life on land... So I shall be your port of call, waiting always for your return!" β€” Queen Ambi (Oracle of Seasons)
  7. ↑ "Our ship got caught in a storm and sank. When we woke, 'ere we were. Where are we? It all looks so weird." β€” Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  8. ↑ "It was so stormy that Cap'n lost the bell he got from a special someone. That's a bit o' trouble..." β€” Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  9. ↑ "I want to get back to all me mates and dig the ship free, but Cap'n said, "Don't come back 'til ya find me bell"! Can't someone take me place..?" β€” Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  10. ↑ "With the Cap'n in such a state, we'll never get the ship out!" β€” Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  11. ↑ "Ar, har, har! Don't be silly! You ain't an experienced adventurer yet! If you 'aven't at least proven your adventurin' skills by seein' the inside o' some ruins, I've no use for you!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Seasons)
  12. ↑ "Aye, I can see it in your eyes. You're a competent adventurer... OK! Go get it! Find me bell! I'll be waitin'!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Seasons)
  13. ↑ "Aye! We're off, mateys! Anchors aweigh!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Seasons)
  14. ↑ "I been on land so long... I... I got seasick!" β€” Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  15. ↑ "You call yourselves pirates? Shameful fools! Getting sick the moment you set sail? It's... Oooh... Uhnn... It's no use! Put 'er ashore!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Seasons)
  16. ↑ "Once the seasick crew takes its boat to shore, you can use it as a bridge to the graveyard." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 47)
  17. ↑ "We got stuck in this Sea o' Storms and can't get out!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  18. ↑ "Har! Ye've got the Zora's Scale sea charm! Aye, that could calm this Sea o' Storms! 'Ow about you give me that Zora's Scale!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  19. ↑ "We're off to 'Olodrum, the land o' seasons!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  20. ↑ "ake this as a sign o' me thanks! It's the jewel called the Tokay Eyeball!" β€” Cap'n (Oracle of Ages)
  21. ↑ "We fished out a couple castaways. What should we-?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 104)
  22. ↑ "They can at least swab the deck or man the lookout. Toss 'em below deck." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 104)
  23. ↑ "No, wait. First... Bring 'em to my cabin." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 104)
  24. ↑ "Welcome aboard, maties. I be the captain. What're yer names?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 105)
  25. ↑ "What's wrong? Ye look at me like I'm a monster. Don't worry. Pirates we may be, but we don't take a life without just cause." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 105)
  26. ↑ "It's been so long... Tell me news of the world." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 105)
  27. ↑ "How long have you been at sea?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 105)
  28. ↑ "I don't rightly know..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  29. ↑ "I've crossed all the seas a dozen times, gathering knowledge and tales. But I've had too much of that. I wish to speak with living, breathing folk!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  30. ↑ "If you know so much, Captain... What can you tell me about Veran?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  31. ↑ "Aye, a ripping tale. She be a sorceress who possesses people." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  32. ↑ "We need to learn if Veran has a weakness! Do you know any?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  33. ↑ "I just might... I'll tell you if... Ye first answer all my questions!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 106)
  34. ↑ "First, tell me about your sword. Be ye a knight?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 107)
  35. ↑ "Hmm... 'Tis a fine sword. Ye can tell much of a man by the care he shows his equipment..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 107)
  36. ↑ "... I was once a knight too. And I swore my loyalty to a lady." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 107)
  37. ↑ "A harp! Play me a song." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 107)
  38. ↑ "Oh! A waltz! A rondo! I remember this song from when I danced with her! For a moment, I could see a ball!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 108)
  39. ↑ "We were in love. And the world was ours." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 108)
  40. ↑ "It ended, and I set to sea to forget. But I could never forget... Not her. Yes... I will go back." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 109)
  41. ↑ "Set course for Labrynna!!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 109)
  42. ↑ "It's no use Captain, we'll sink!!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 109)
  43. ↑ "Stop yer wailing!! Hold yer course! Beyond the storms lies Labrynna!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 109)
  44. ↑ "What's this? The ship's log?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 109)
  45. ↑ "They've been stuck in this storm forever!..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 110)
  46. ↑ "If we don't get off soon... We're going to be trapped here with the pirates... Forever!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 110)
  47. ↑ "Trying to leave, are ye? Are ye welchin' on yer promise to me?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 111)
  48. ↑ "Captain, we have to leave! You're stuck here, but if we go... We can go fix everything for your crew and you... And your lady!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 112)
  49. ↑ "'Tis true... Time no longer moves for me." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 112)
  50. ↑ "Ye have my leave to go. Give 'em a boat." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 112)
  51. ↑ "If y'see this lady on your journeys, lad, tell her... The knight who set sail... Will love her for all eternity." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 112, 113)
  52. ↑ "The captain was Queen Ambi's lover." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 113)
  53. ↑ "I'll send your love to Queen Ambi, Captain! I promise!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 113)
  54. ↑ "Your highness, I have something for you... I met a sailor who used to be a knight. He said to tell you... That he will love you for all eternity." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 145)
  55. ↑ "The tower... I built it so that no matter where in the world he was... He might see it... And never forget me." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 145)
  56. ↑ "Both are canceled..." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 146)