The Resistance convening at Telma's Bar
|Establishment||Era of Twilight|
|Objective(s)||Restoring peace to Hyrule|
The Resistance is a cadre of vigilantes in Twilight Princess. They are centered in Telma's Bar of Castle Town. They are covertly working to restore peace in Hyrule. The Resistance includes Telma, Auru, Ashei, Shad, and later, Link. Rusl has also been a member for some time, who decided to seek them out after recovering from the attack on Ordon Village.
The Resistance are first introduced when Telma in Kakariko Village compliments Link on his skills and asks if he intends to put them to use for Hyrule. She then reveals that she is a part of a group trying to do their part to protect Hyrule and invites the young hero to join them some time at her bar.
When Link enters the bar after taking Telma to Kakariko Village, the Resistance will be inside, but will treat him harshly. Later, when Link has been cursed by Zant and Midna left mortally wounded, he must traverse the loft of the bar to gain access to the Hyrule Castle Sewers to seek Princess Zelda, where the Resistance can be overheard talking about him and considering apologizing. When Link next meets them after he withdraws the Master Sword from the Sacred Grove, they will apologize to him for their behavior and properly introduce themselves. Each of the members, with the exception of Auru who is at Lake Hylia at this part of the game, will tell Link the area of Hyrule that they are each currently investigating: Ashei is working to discover Snowpeak's mysteries, Shad is researching about the sky beings known as the Oocca, and although Rusl does not specifically mention what he is researching, Link later finds out that he was investigating the Sacred Grove in the northern Faron Woods.
From this point, the members of the Resistance will be of crucial help to Link as they lead him to find the location of the Mirror of Twilight and its missing Shards. The Resistance first advises Link to visit Lake Hylia, which is where Auru is currently located. When the young hero reaches the lake, Auru will help him gain access to the Gerudo Desert and, to an extent, the Arbiter's Grounds, learning about the Mirror of Twilight in the process. Ashei later on helps the young hero track down the Yetis of Snowpeak, so that he may go to the next dungeon, Snowpeak Ruins, and obtain one of the Mirror Shards. Afterward, Rusl lends Link the Golden Cucco in the northern part of the Faron Woods in order for human Link to make it across the chasm that separates the Sacred Grove with Faron Woods, thus reaching the Temple of Time. Shad seeks out the secret of the Owl Statues around Hyrule, and indirectly leads Link to reactivating the Dominion Rod, as well as locating the Sky Cannon and thus ultimately reaching the City in the Sky, which is the location of the last Mirror Shard for the Mirror of Twilight. If at any point during his journey Link is unsure on where he should go next, he can always return to Telma's bar and speak to her, who will guide him as to which member of the group he should go visit in which part of Hyrule.
When Link enters Hyrule Castle, the Resistance assists him by saving him from a near death experience. Just as Link is about to get attacked by numerous enemies, the Resistance makes their entrance and defeat all of the enemies for the young hero, allowing him to proceed to the last few floors of Hyrule Castle and eventually reach Ganondorf.
After Hyrule returns to peace, Ashei, Shad and Auru will head off to the Sacred Grove to explore it. Telma will continue tending her bar and Rusl will return to Ordon Village with his wife and children.
- The name "the Resistance" remains fairly little-known as it was not used in-game or in any official material except the Twilight Princess trading cards, as well as Hyrule Historia several years later. As such, the Resistance was frequently known by fan-made monikers such as the "Adventurers' Guild" or simply "the Group."
- Many of the characters from the Lumpy Pumpkin from Skyward Sword resemble the Resistance members. Keet resembles Shad, Rusta resembles Auru, Kina resembles Ashei, and Pumm resembles Telma.
- Several members of the Resistance also bear resemblance to the members of Tetra's pirate crew from The Wind Waker.
- Telma and Tetra both aid Link by looking after the well-being of someone close to him - Ilia and Aryll - and return them home at the end of their respective games.
- Both Ashei and Gonzo have gruff, masculine personalities and a habit of ending various statements by adding, "yeah?".
- Mako and Shad are both considered the intellectuals of their respective groups, wear glasses, and keep weapons hidden within the books that they carry.
- Auru lacks a direct counterpart that he shares similarities with, though he does somewhat resemble Senza and is at one point seen looking through a Telescope, like Zuko.
- "The Resistance - An organization that uses Telma's Bar in Hyrule Castle as a base for its maneuvers." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 117)
- "Between 60 and 70, Auru is a senior member of the resistance, a group of people seeking to restore the kingdom." (Twilight Princess Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 13)
- "These friends here... I have had a connection with them for a long while." — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "Those skills of yours... Any chance you're of the mind to put them to use for Hyrule?" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "What hope there is in our kingdom is frail and dying...but there's still a group trying to do what it can. And I'm a member of that group. Call me Telma. I may just stay here a bit longer. I'm still worried about Ilia, and... Well, never mind about the rest. Link, I want to see you again at my bar, you hear me? The bar is actually a kind of safe house for my friends." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "...Are you an actor or something? Dressing like the legendary hero... Wow, gutsy. If you want to get stared at, why not just join the circus or something?" — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Oh... Are you a costumer? The proprietress is out, so the bar is closed... Did you not see the sign outside? Would you mind leaving for now?" — Auru (Twilight Princess)
- "I suppose I should apologize when I see him next... I'd hate for him to resort to fisticuffs or some such!" — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "...Sorry about the ribbing I gave you the other day, old boy. This town is rather teeming with odd sorts, so I was just being careful..." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "...Listen, sorry I was so nasty the other day. I thought you were like those sorry excuses for Hyrule soldiers...but I thought wrong..." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Actually, there's one more of us...but there's been a disturbing turn of events in the western desert, so he's gone to check it out. He's an older man named Auru. If you happen to meet him, definitely take the time to talk with him, OK, honey?" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "Snowpeak, the mountain to the north of Hyrule... It's unlike any mountain I've ever known. I don't know much yet, but things happen there that happen on no other mountain I know of. ...Evil controls it..." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Oh... Where are my manners? I'm Shad. I'm looking into the Hyrulian legend of the sky beings known as the Oocca..." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "Like the others, I am gathering information now. I will let you know if I hear anything." — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "Apparently, the beast that lives somewhere on this mountain has been seen frequently in Zora's Domain. I was curious, so I came and waited...and as they'd said, a giant appeared! Yeah, it looked like this... Apparently, this thing's been stealing red fish from the village. The sketch turned out pretty good, though, yeah? Tell you what... You can have it." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "To cross the gorge, just use my partner here. ...Do you doubt my partner's skills? He flies like a dream! Believe me!" — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "You unsure about what you ought to be doing, honey? Well, why don't you go show your face in Kakariko Village? Our friend Shad happens to be there right now, looking into this and that." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "Link, with the help of the Resistance, advanced on Hyrule Castle . . ." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 117)
- "[Telma] is also the leader of the Resistance, whose members secretly meet at her bar and work toward the common goal of restoring peace in Hyrule." — Entry for Telma (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Trading Cards)