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Hidden Village

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Hidden Village
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The Hidden Village from Twilight Princess
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The Hidden Village is a recurring location in The Legend of Zelda series.(TP)[1] It is located in the Eldin Province, north of the Bridge of Eldin.[2]

Features and Overview

Twilight Princess

Prior to the events in Twilight Princess, the Hidden Village served as the secret home to the Sheikah tribe; however, due to the prolonged wars, the tribe dwindled and the town fell into decline, becoming infested with Bulblins and leaving only one resident, Impaz.[3][4][5]

Early in Link's quest, entry into the village is blocked off due to a rockslide that happened long ago.[6] After Link shows the Wooden Statue to Ilia during the retrieval of her memory, she remembers that someone saved her from monsters and is still in danger. Gor Coron recalls where he has seen the Wooden Statue before, which leads Link to the Hidden Village.[3] Link goes there to rescue the one who helped Ilia with the aid of Darbus, who breaks through the rocks to clear the young hero's path ahead. When Link first visits the town, it is infested by many Bulblins, all of which he must slay in order to rescue Ilia's helper.[7] The only other resident of the village, Impaz, comes out of her home after Link slays every single one of the beasts. Thanking the young hero for his help in defeating the Bulblins, she hands Link the Horse Call, an item Ilia gave to Impaz before escaping the Hidden Village.[8]

Shortly after Ilia recovers her memory with the aid of the Horse Call, Link returns to the Hidden Village and shows the Dominion Rod to Impaz. The old woman recognizes the rod upon seeing it and gives the young hero the Ancient Sky Book, which is only to be carried by the messenger to the heavens.[9] It is with the help of this book that Link eventually reaches the City in the Sky.

Most of the buildings in the village were abandoned and ruined by the Bulblins, and as such, only Impaz's house is still fit for residence. Impaz's house is also home to several cats that she takes care of. In the backyard of one of the abandoned buildings, Link can find a Howling Stone as well as a Cucco who asks Link, in wolf form, to play a game with the cats in exchange for a Piece of Heart. The various stray felines wandering the village will play the mini-game with Wolf Link where he has to talk to each individual cat at least once.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, the Hidden Village appears in Stage 5 as a Ranger Mode Bulblin hunt/shoot-out. Link freely moves through the village to kill the 25 Bulblins there. Most of the Bulblins are found in clusters and shoot flaming arrows as soon as they spot Link. Several explosive barrels can be found, which when hit, destroy everything within their vicinity. Slaying all 25 Bulblins will add a multiplier of the remaining time to the score.

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)

In the Oracle of Ages manga by Akira Himekawa, a Hidden Village is found in Labrynna.[10] It is not the same Hidden Village featured in Twilight Princess.

When the sorceress Veran possesses the Oracle of Ages Nayru, she travels to the past and uses her host to convince Queen Ambi to construct a Black Tower.[11][12] Those in the castle who grow suspicious of Nayru are fired at her suggestion.[13] However, before they can be executed, Sir Raven brings them to the Hidden Village.[14] The other inhabitants are volunteers from Lynna.[15] Located behind a graveyard of the supposedly dead,[16] the Hidden Village rests inside of a forest.[17] The village is lead by an elder and a group of farmers.[18][19] Farming is the main activity in the village, with Toto Potatoes as the main crop.[20]

Veran discovers the Hidden Village after following Sir Raven.[21] She sends the monster Ramrock to crush the village.[22] After Link defeats the monster, Queen Ambi's army arrives and lays siege to the Hidden Village. Sir Raven and the armed farmers almost win the battle until the villagers are threatened to be shot by archers.[23] Since Sir Raven is captured and their settlement is destroyed, the remaining villagers who are not enslaved hide in a cave.[24]

The former inhabitants of the Hidden Village help in the destruction of Ganon.[25] The Hidden Village's elder says they will build a great city just as the built a village.[26]

Trivia

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
French-speaking countries French Village oublié
Federal Republic of Germany German Vergessenes Dorf
Italian Republic Italian Villaggio dimenticato
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Pueblo Olvidado Forgotten Village

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References

  1. "Hidden Village" (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 113 (TP))
  2. "If you want to find that hidden village, look for a path leading to the Lanayru province on the far side of the Bridge of Eldin." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "That belonged to the tribe that protected the Hylian royal family long ago. They worked in secret, so they lived in a lonely, forgotten place. But I heard that tribe dwindled in the prolonged wars..." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
  4. "My name is Impaz. I'm the last resident of this poor village." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  5. "This village was once the secret home of a proud tribe who served the royal family...But it fell into decline, and became infested with dangerous beasts. It's become an awful place..." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  6. "But...a rockslide blocked the way to the village long ago, so you can't get there anymore." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
  7. "There are 30... No... At most, 20 of them ahead...They are probably just a small band of survivors...Ragged remnants who have settled, leaderless, into this village. If that is all there are, little human, then you alone are more than enough for them. But you will have to defeat them ALL to save that girl's benefactor." — Darbus (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Oh, but listen to me blather on! I have a favor to ask: would you help me return this to her? I think she always kept it close to her heart, but even so, she didn't hesitate to part with it in order to protect me... I believe in my heart that it's kept me safe all this time..." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  9. "From generation to generation, my ancestors have guarded the book that, by royal decree, was to be given to the messenger to the heavens. This is that book. Please, take it. This book is written in the ancient language of Sky Writing." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  10. "That's right. This is a hidden village." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 72)
  11. "Veran possessed Nayru...And is using her abilities as the Oracle of Ages to move through time. She's going back to the past to cause trouble!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 31)
  12. "Queen Ambi suddenly decided to build a tower that reaches all the way to heaven. She's pressed all the men in Labrynna into service." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 47)
  13. "Many people in the castle distrust Nayru. The queen keeps firing them...At Nayru's suggestion." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 82)
  14. "But before they can be executed, I bring them here." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 82)
  15. "Raven gathered volunteers from Lynna." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 122)
  16. "This is where you go to meet the supposedly dead... It's better that way for wanted men." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 69)
  17. "Wow, a village in the forest behind a graveyard...Like the whole town is hiding." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 72)
  18. "Here's a present for you, Elder!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 74)
  19. "For farmers they look awfully tough." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 75)
  20. "Oh! Toto potatoes! I've seen them before!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 78)
  21. "Where did this secret village come from all of a sudden?" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 122)
  22. "Rise, Ramrock... Veran, the Sorceress of Shadows, commands it! Crush that village!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 127)
  23. "Surrender or we'll turn you into pincushions!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 136)
  24. "They captured everyone and took them to the tower!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 153)
  25. "All the villagers, too!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 184)
  26. "You taught us how to build a village, now we'll build a great city. Just you watch!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 186)