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The Priest from A Link Between Worlds
Seres (Daughter) (ALBW)

The Priest,[2] also known as the Loyal Sage,[3] is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.


A Link to the Past


In A Link to the Past, the Loyal Sage is an old man who resides in the Sanctuary of Hyrule. He guards Princess Zelda and stays with her after Link rescues her from the Hyrule Castle dungeon and brings her to the Sanctuary. However, while Link is obtaining the Master Sword from the Lost Woods, the Loyal Sage is mortally wounded when soldiers attack the Sanctuary and kidnap the princess. As he is dying, the Loyal Sage tells Link that Princess Zelda was taken to Hyrule Castle so Agahnim could use her to open the Seven Sages's Seal.[4] Soon afterwards, the Sage disappears.

The Loyal Sage is last seen during the ending credits after he is revived when Link defeats Ganon, acquires the Triforce, and reverses Ganon's evil deeds.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, the Priest is the father of Seres,[1] one of the Seven Sages, and is the chosen caretaker of the Sanctuary. He seems to be a spiritual successor to the Loyal Sage from A Link to the Past, and his Lorulean counterpart is known as the Philosopher.

Other Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

Main article: Old Man § A Link to the Past Comic

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, an Old Man lives in the Sanctuary, replacing the Loyal Sage from the game. However, he has a short role in the comic and only appears in the first chapter.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 神父 (Shinpu) Priest
French-speaking countries French Prêtre Priest
French Republic FrenchEU Maître du Sanctuaire Master of the Sanctuary
Federal Republic of Germany German Priester
Italian Republic Italian Sacerdote
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Sacerdote Priest



  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Priest of the Sanctuary by the graveyard in Hyrule is a kind man with good intentions. His daughter is Seres, the nun of the church of the light world." (A Link Between Worlds Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 31)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 300 (ALBW)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 228 (ALttP)
  4. "Link! You are a second too late. I have failed... Zelda... The soldiers have abducted her. They have taken her to the castle. You must find her before the wizard works his magic. Please...You are our only hope..." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)