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The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)/Issue 5

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The Legend of Zelda Issue 5
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The comic's fifth issue
Writer(s) George Caragonne
Publisher(s) Valiant Comics
Release date
June 1990

The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics Issue #5 was originally released in June 1990.

Parts

Coming Home

The story begins with Link returning to his home in Calatia to visit his parents, Arn and Medilia.[1] Although Link is happy to see them, he is greeted with a punch to the face by his father, claiming that Link is not his son and ordering him to leave and never come back.[2] Confused, Link begins to travel around Calatia but receives the same mistreatment with everyone else in town,[3] and so he decides to see Queen Seline to figure out what has happened.[4] When Link goes inside the palace's throne room, he finds that Shadow Link and Thunderbird have made the queen their prisoner and taken her place instead.[5][6] A Daira knocks Link unconscious, and when he wakes up, he finds himself in one of the palace's towers along with Seline.[7] The queen begins to explain that she was defeated by someone who looked just like her, and that Shadow Link has taken over her kingdom, making her people suffer under his rule.[8] Link tries to convince Seline that they must escape, for everyone thinks he is evil and even his parents hate him;[9] however, Seline explains that the chains that bind them have taken away her powers, just as they take away his strength.[10] Just then, a Daira comes to take them to where Shadow Link is, who sentences both of them to be executioned as a warning to the citizens of Calatia to not defy the new 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] Thunderbird questions Shadow Link if it is wise to let the restless citizens witness such an event,[13] but still Shadow Link accepts Seline's challenge to thus crush the people's spirits by defeating their queen again.[14] In accordance with the ancient laws, Seline chooses Link to fight in her place,[15] and Link agrees.[16] Before heading back to the tower, Medilia apologizes to her son,[17] while Arn encourages Link to fight bravely.[18]

At the tower, Seline explains to Link that the chains have not had time yet to weaken him as much as they did to her, so he still has a chance to defeat Shadow Link.[19] Later, while Link and Seline are sleeping, a magical projection of Zelda's spirits appears and urges Link to return to Hyrule, for it is under attack.[20] Although the princess insists that she is doomed unless Link helps her out,[21] the young hero refuses since everyone is counting on him,[22] at which point Zelda's apparition disappears by saying that she is doomed.[23] However, Zelda's projection is none other than Shadow Link disguised, who is angered that he could not trick Link into leaving so that the Calatians would have thought he fled like a coward.[24]
Link fighting Shadow Link
Shadow Link refuses to fight the young hero again since, despite that the magic chains will have stolen half of his strength by morning, Link still posessed the Triforce of Courage,[25] so Shadow Link asks for Ganon's aid.[26] Upon Ganon's appearance, Shadow Link explains to him that he must defeat Link tomorrow, but the Prince of Darkness tells him not to worry since tomorrow will be the one day he will easily defeat the young hero.[27] Ganon elaborates that tomorrow is the Day of the Triforce,[28] which is when, once each decade, the three Triforce pieces disappear for reasons unknown from dawn to dusk.[29]

The next morning, Link wakes up to realize that his Triforce of Courage has left his heart,[30] and Seline explains why.[29] The young hero is discouraged since he cannot hope to have any chances against Shadow Link,[31] but the queen tells him that she has faith in him, and not the Triforce of Courage.[32] A Daira then comes to take them away to the battle arena, where the trial will continue until only one of the Links survives.[33] After a short struggle, Shadow Link easily bests the young hero, and just as Shadow Link is about to deliver the final blow,[34] a swift move by the real Link causes for the both of them to dangle from the edge of the arena, getting ready to fall into the fire pit below. Link angrily explains that he had to let Zelda face her doom alone just so that he could put an end to Shadow Link's tyranny,[35] but just then the fake Link explains that Zelda lives and it was all a trick done by him.[36] With Shadow Link's sword gone and Link's sword point at the back of Shadow Link, Link threatens to kill his counterpart unless he orders the Daira guards to drop their weapons,[37] which Shadow Link obediently commands.[38] The story ends with everyone, including Medilia and Arn, celebrating Link's victory.[39]

Day of the Triforce

The story opens with Zelda panicking to Impa because of the missing Triforce of Wisdom,[40] but Impa explains that it's the Day of the Triforce: the day where, once each decade, all three Triforce pieces disappear from Hyrule for one day, from dawn to dusk.[41] Although Impa says they are defenseless with the Triforce missing and Link visiting his homeland,[42] Zelda tells her nursemaid to relax, since due to all the Triforces gone, then Ganon is bereft of the Triforce of Power as well.[43] Just as Zelda is looking out the window from the palace, she sees a woman being held by the castle guards.[44] When the princess goes to investigate, the woman turns out to be Cassiopia, the healer of the Water Town of Saria,[45] who has come to look for Link since Lynels have set fire to her village, capturing and injuring many of her people.[46] Zelda informs her that Link is away at the moment but decides to return with her to the village.[47] Although Impa warns Zelda to stay until the Triforce returns at sundown,[48] Zelda insists that the people of Saria need her, and even if Ganon were to attack her, she has the Silver Arrow to completely destroy him.[49]

Princess Zelda and the citizens of the Water Town of Saria fight against Ganon's minions

Upon arriving to Saria Town, Cassiopia and Zelda find that the town has been completely burnt, and that Ganon's minions have captured all of its citizens. The princess tells the healer to have courage as she gets out her bow and shoots a Goriya from afar with a Silver Arrow.[50] Cassiopia goes to free her husband using the Magic Boomerang[51] while Zelda continues to defeat the various foes with her Silver arrows, encouraging the people of Saria to stand up and fight and thus defeat all of the fiends.[52] Together, Zelda and the people of Saria successfully defeat all of Ganon's monsters,[53] and the princess promises that she will use the Day of the Triforce to her advantage and completely destroy Ganon.[54] However, just then, Cassiopia's husband comes and brings their son, Rus, who has been bitten by a Rope Snake when he was trying to escape the Lynels.[55] Desperate, Cassiopia confesses that Rus is beyond her healing powers and that he will not last beyond sundown,[56] but just then Zelda tells her that she will go to the Magic Spring and bring a fairy to cure the boy.[57] Although Cassiopia wants her to go,[58] her husband insists that Zelda go and destroy Ganon instead, for who knows how many other children will die if the Prince of Darkness is not stopped once and for all.[59] Zelda reluctantly sets out for Death Mountain, where she informs Darknut Prime at the entrance that she has not come to fight him, but instead has come to destroy Ganon.[60] Darknut Prime allows her to enter, and a Wizzrobe warns her that if she fails to destroy Ganon, they will kill her.[61]

Zelda eventually finds Ganon defenseless in his throne, and just as she is about to shoot him with the Silver Arrow, she hears a cry for help in another room and cannot help but to go and aid said person instead.[62][63] Right after Zelda leaves the throne room, Ganon shuts the door, and although she could work her way back in through another way, it would take her hours.[64] The princess makes her way to where the cries were coming from and finds out that Miff is the one in trouble since two Goriyas were fighting to eat her.[65] When Zelda asks Miff why she's in Death Mountain, the fairy explains that she heard Zelda was going to fight Ganon and thought she could use her healing powers.[66] Zelda then explains that she had a clear shot at Ganon but came running when she heard Miff's cries for help.[67] Surprised, Miff claims that she would have gladly faced her own fate if it would have meant Ganon would be destroyed, for her "tiny life" cannot compare to that.[68] This causes Zelda to make up her mind and choose to save Rus's life instead of defeating Ganon, so she makes her way out of Death Mountain despite the fact that Ganon's minions are blocking the exit.[69] When the princess reaches the exit, she defeats a Wizzrobe with her Silver Arrows,[70] and soon all of the villagers from Saria, who had been hiding out in a nearby cliff, begin to help Zelda defeat Ganon's minions.[71]

Back at the town of Saria, Miff easily cures Rus with her powers.[72] Cassiopia's husband thanks Zelda for saving his son's life, worrying that Ganon has won and that he will attack the village again;[73] however, Zelda reassures him that Ganon will only win when an innocent life is sacrificed to fight against him, and even if Ganon's minions were to attack again, the townspeople will be ready.[74] The story ends with the Triforce of Power returning to Ganon, although he comments that today he felt he suffered his greatest defeat.[75]

Bonus 1

Issue five's bonus story is titled Ambrosia Lite. It's a humorous advertisement for a drink called Ambrosia Lite, which appears to be a Calatia special.

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. "You're no son of mine! Get out! Get out of here!...And never come back!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  3. "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)
  4. "I've got to see Queen Seline. Maybe she can tell me what's going on." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  5. "Hey, you! What are you doing on the throne? Where's Queen Seline?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  6. "She is my prisoner...just like you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  7. "I'm glad you're alright. 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)
  8. "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)
  9. "I know. And everyone thinks I'm a bad guy! My own parents hate me! We've got to escape, Your Majesty!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  10. "Impossible. These chains take away my magic powers, just as they take away your strength!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  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. "Master... The people are restless! Is it wise to let them see this?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  14. "I beat her once already, and she's already been severly 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)
  15. "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)
  16. "What? I...uh...I mean...so be it." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  17. "Link! My son! We didn't know--!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  18. "Fight bravely, lad!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  19. "These chains have not had time yet to weaken you as much as they have weakened me! You at least, still have some chance...though I fear not a good one." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  20. "I'm not here. This is a magical projection of my spirit! Only you can see or hear me! You must return to Hyrule tonight! Walk through this magical pathway and you'll be back in North Palace! I need you, Link! [...] Link, the north Palace is under attack by Ganon's armies!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  21. "This is the end for me, unless you return--NOW!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  22. "But...how can I? My parents...my homeland are all depending on me! I can't leave them!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  23. "Then...I am doomed..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  24. "If only I could have tricked him into leaving, the people would have thought he escaped and fled like a coward..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  25. "I dare not fight Link...not again. Though my magic chains shall have stolen half of his strength by morning, still he possesses the Triforce of Courage--! Still, he is...dangerous!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  26. "I have no choice. Let the call be sent out...to the Mountain of Death! Hear me..LORD GANON!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  27. "And you fear Link, eh? He has beaten you before! But, tomorrow is the one day you'll beat him with ease!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  28. "It is the Day of the Triforce! He will be without his Triforce of Courage! Link has grown soft...too dependent on its power! Without it--he is DOOMED! His own fear will destroy him!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Yes...it is the Day of the Triforce. Once each decade, for one day, from dawn to dusk, all three Triforces...Wisdom, Power, and Courage disappear. No one knows wither or wherefore...just that it is so." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  30. "It's gone! The Triforce of Courage--it's left me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  31. "How...how can I win...without the Triforce? What chance do I have..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  32. "I have faith in YOU, Link. Not the Triforce of Courage." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  33. "The trial continues until only one survives!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  34. "Prepare to die, weakling!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  35. "I let the woman I love face her doom alone just so I could be here to put an end to your tyranny--and I will, no matter what!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  36. "Wait! Listen to me! Zelda lives! It was a ruse! I posed as Zelda to trick you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  37. "You know, you've made me REALLY angry...but I MIGHT let you live if you roder your daira guards to drop their weapons!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  38. "Guards! Surrender NOW!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  39. "Hail, Link! Hero of Calatia!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  40. "Impa! The Triforce of Wisdom--! It's GONE!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  41. "Yes, Zelda! The day has come... Once each day, princess, all three Triforces--Wisdom, Power, and Courage--disappear from Hyrule for one day, from dawn to dusk!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  42. "With the Triforce missing and Link away visiting his homeland of Calatia, we are DEFENSELESS!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  43. "Relax, Impa... It's not as bad as all that. If ALL three Triforces are gone, then the evil wizard Gannon is bereft of the Triforce of Power. He will not attack us without it. Look upon today as a rare day of...PEACE." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  44. "Let me GO!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  45. "Aren't you cassiopia, the healer from Saria?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  46. "Princess Zelda! Please, I must find Link! We need his help! [...] Lynels, Gannon's Death Mountain centaurs, set fire to my village! Many of my people were captured, or injured!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  47. "Link is gone, but I will help you, if I can! [...] So much for Ganon's day of peace! I will return with you at once, healer." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  48. "Don't go, Zelda! Wait for Link to come home! Or at least stay until the Triforce returns at sundown! It's not safe out there!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  49. "The people of Saria need me now! Besides, if we are weaker without OUR Triforce, so is Ganon without HIS! If Ganon dares face me, I'l have THIS! The Silver Arrow! The weapon that can destroy Ganon forever!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  50. "And follow me! We must either FREE your people...or AVENGE them!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  51. "Wait till I have freed you with the magic boomerang!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  52. "See, how I alone can handle your foes? Stand up and fight, Saria! Together we can beat ALL the fiends!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  53. "We have won! All hail Zelda!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  54. "Ganon will PAY for this! Today, he is without his greatest source of Power! We must strike now! I swear, I will destroy Ganon foreveR!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  55. "This is what I tried to tell you! The child was bitten by a rope snake while trying to escape the Lynels!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  56. "He is beyond by healing powers! He will not last beyond sundown!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  57. "I can go to the Magic Spring and bring one of the fairies back with me to cure him! Their power to heal is even greater than yours, Cassiopia!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  58. "Oh, yes! Please" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  59. "NO! Today Ganon is at his weakest--! Today you MUST destroy him! [...] Rus is my son as well, princess. But...how many OTHER children will perish if Ganon is not stopped once and for all?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  60. "I've no quarrel with you, Darknut Prime! I'm here to destroy Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  61. "But know this...if you fail to destroy Ganon...we will vent our disappointment by destroying you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  62. "What's that? A cry for help! Surely you cannot ignore some innocent in danger!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  63. "Curse you, Ganon! This isn't over yet!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  64. "Ganon closed the shutter behind me! I can work my way back in through all those other rooms, but it'll take hours!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  65. "Fairy made good snack! Not enough for two! Get lost!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  66. "When I found out you had come here, I followed you! I thought you might need help--! And I FEARED you'd need my healing power!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  67. "I had a clear short at Ganon--but then I heard your cries for help!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  68. "You could have destroyed Ganon? I would have gladly faced my own fate if it meant the end of his evil! What is one tiny life compared to that?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  69. "One tiny life... Vengeance is that way...MERCY is this way! There is another tiny life yet to save--and we shall save it, though all the hordes of darkness bar the way!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  70. "Maybe not. But...which of you wishes to be first?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  71. "Attack, Saria people! Zelda does not fight alone this day!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  72. "Of course, princess! If I can restore health to a lug like Link, a cute kid like this will be easy!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  73. "I...thank you for saving my son's life, princess. But I fear Ganon has won! [...] And the next time Ganon's hordes attack?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  74. "The day we are willing to sacrifice an innocent life in the fight against evil...THAT is the day Ganon has won. [...] After the way you fought today, I don't think you'll have trouble with those creatures again." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  75. "The Triforce of Power has RETURNED to me! [...] Why, then, O Triforce, do I feel as though this day I have suffered my greatest defeat?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
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