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- 1 Biography
- 2 Songs
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
Kass is a minstrel who travels Hyrule and sings the legends of the areas he visits whilst accompanying himself on accordion. When Link first meets Kass he introduces himself as a wandering minstrel, with a love for song. He travels the lands learning songs passed down within each region of Hyrule. He will offer to play songs related to the area Link encounters him in, the lyrics of said songs containing clues on how to unlock nearby hidden secrets.
When spoken to at the Rito Stable, he will confess that he is homesick, and wonders how his wife and children are doing back at Rito Village. Once Link solves the riddles in each of his songs, he returns to Rito Village, where he will remain by the flight platform next to Akh Va'quot Shrine. When visited at night, he will reveal that his teacher was a Sheikah poet who lived in Hyrule Castle before the Calamity struck and had an unrequited love for Princess Zelda. Kass will then play one final song which reveals that Link's near death was what finally unlocked Zelda's abilities. Afterwards, he tells Link that he is aware of his true identity as Zelda's appointed knight and asks him to reaffirm that he will help Zelda save Hyrule.
Untitled History of Calamity Ganon
Location: Any Stable
"The kingdom of Hyrule is a vast and storied land,
Oft grasped in the palm of a villainous hand.
A dark force of destruction, many times undone,
Rises once again - Ganon, the calamitous one.
But hope survives in Hyrule, for all is not lost,
Two brave souls protect it, no matter the cost.
A goddess-blood princess and a fearless knight,
They appear in each age to fight the good fight.
Their battle with Ganon I've committed to song,
To keep it through time, no matter how long.
Now begins the second verse, listen and you'll know,
Of their battle with Ganon 10,000 years ago.
The kingdom of Hyrule was once a land of lasting peace /
A culture of such strength and wit, that suffering did cease.
But Ganon lurked beneath the surface, strengthening its jaws /
So the ancient people of Hyrule set out to help the cause.
Their efforts bore fruit in an automated force,
To help avert Calamity by sealing it at its source.
Four giant behemoths for which power never ceased,
Each of these titans was called a "Divine Beast."
And free-willed machines that hunted down their prey /
These Guardians were built to last so they could join the fray.
To guide the beasts in battle, warriors were needed,
So four Champions were pledged to see Ganon defeated.
Divine Beasts, Champions, princess, and knight,
Their plan to rout Ganon was looking airtight.
And when Calamity Ganon reared its head, Hyrule rose against it /
The optimism of Hyrule all the more incensed it.
Ganon raged in its assault, boiling with hate,
It gnashed its teeth and thrashed about, but it was all too late.
The Guardians kept the heroes safe through every hour...
The Divine Beasts unleashed attacks that weakened Ganon's power.
The hero with the sealing sword struck the final blow,
And the holy power of the princess sealed Ganon so.
And that is the story of the brazen attack,
On Calamity Ganon 10,000 years back."
Untitled Teacher's Song
Location: Rito Village
"An ancient hero, a Calamity appears,
Now resurrected after 10,000 years.
Her appointed knight gives his life
Shields her figure, and pays the price.
The princess's love for her fallen knight awakens her power /
And within the castle the Calamity is forced to cower.
But the knight survives! In the Shrine of Resurrection he sleeps,
Until from his healing dream he leaps!
For Fierce and deadly trials await,
To regain his strength. Fulfill his fate.
To become a hero once again!
To wrest the princess from evil's den.
The hero, the princess–hand in hand–
Must bring the light back to this land.
Location: Gerudo Tower
"As light shines from the northwest skies,
From the tower's shadow an arrow flies.
Pierce the heaven's light to reveal the prize."
Meaning: Stand on the shrine pedestal and fire an arrow towards the Gerudo Tower when the sun or moon is in line with the tower.
Location: Calora Lake
"When a lost hero calls down lightning from the sky
The monk responds from a giant mound on high."
Meaning: Atop the hill southeast of Calora Lake sits a veiny mound concealing an Ancient Shrine. A metal object left atop the mound will attract lightning, causing the mound to shatter and reveal the Qukah Nata Shrine.
Location: Zonai Ruins
"Where the dragon's mouth meets the serpent's jaws
A shrine sleeps in the forest with noble cause."
Meaning: Following the Dracozu River north into Damel Forest, the river ends in the shape of a serpent's head. At the end of the clearing, a dragon skull forms a cave. Inside is the Spring of Courage. By placing a scale of Farosh the Dragon, acquired by simply firing an arrow and striking its body (but not its horn, claws or mouth), into the spring, players can access a hidden shrine behind the statue of the Goddess Hylia.
Location: Rabia Plain
"A beast that wears a crown of bone,
Prancing through the lush green.
Mount the beast upon its throne,
For only then the shrine is seen."
Meaning: By mounting a Mountain Buck and walking it to the platform where Kass is playing, a shrine will appear.
Location: Horon Lagoon
"He breaks the rocks that serve to bind,
Above the tempestuous bay.
On wings of cloth and wood entwined,
He lands on the altar to open the way."
Location: West Hyrule Plains
"When a single arrow threads two rings,
the shrine will rise like birds on wings."
Meaning: Fire a single arrow into two rings at once.
Location: Washa's Bluff
"When the moon bleeds and the fiends are reborn / The monks will invite you as they have sworn.
But first you must stand on the pedestal bare / With nothing between you and the night air."
Meaning: Stand on the shrine pedestal completely armorless during a Blood Moon from 10:00PM to 12:00AM.
Location: Kitano Bay
"An ancient hero spoke these words:
'One day I'll return to fight evil.
My cache is at 17 of 24,
This rock will point toward its retrieval.'"
- An arrangement of Kass's theme is featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Kass is potentially derived from cassowary, a type of large, flightless bird. The name Kasshīwa is a play on the Japanese word "kashiwa", which originally referred to a certain breed of chicken but is now used more widely in western Japan to refer to various kinds of poultry dishes.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||カッシーワ (Kasshīwa)||A pun on かしわ / 黄鶏, a breed of chicken, also used in western Japan as a general word for poultry dishes|
|FrenchEU||Asarim||Most likely a pun on "Ah ça rime" meaning "Ha it rhymes"|
- "Kass the Bard is on a quest to complete the missing verses of his teacher's unfinished song. Along the way, his original compositions will shed new light on the four Champions and Princess Zelda herself. Ah, but what could the unfinished song be about?*" — Nintendo, The Champions' Ballad is here | News | The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch™ home gaming system and Wii U™ console – Official Site, Zelda.com, published n.d., retrieved August 15, 2018.
- "And here we have Kass, and he is a minstrel who travels around in Hyrule." — Bill Trinen, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Let's Play Video, YouTube (video), published December 1, 2016, retrieved December 1, 2016.
- "Kass" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
- "We meet again! It's good to see you well. Would you like to hear the ancient verse passed down in this region? Excellent! Without further ado..." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "Ah, we meet again! I'm glad to see you in one piece. We're actually very close to my hometown of Rito Village, and I must admit I'm feeling incredibly homesick. I had to leave my wife and children back in the village. I'm sure they're doing just fine..." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "I'm taking a moment's rest from my tireless search for the ancient songs to perform in my hometown." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "Ah, we meet again! I'm taking a moment's rest from my calling to enjoy some musical frivolity with my daughters. Though it may not be within my power, I commit my wish as song...that this peace might last forever." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "My teacher was of the Sheikah tribe. He was the court poet for the Hyrulean royal family. At the time, there was a beautiful princess in the royal family, quite close to my teacher in age, apparently. Though he must have known it was doomed to be unrequited, my teacher fell in love with her..." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "Her appointed knight gives his life, Shields her figure, and pays the price. The princess's love for her fallen knight awakens her power / And within the castle the Calamity is forced to cower." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "My teacher believed a hero would appear to beat back the Calamity. He poured that belief into a song. And that song is what I need you to hear. So...appointed knight. Will you accept this song from my departed teacher?" — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
- "Ah, we meet yet again! How are you holding up? In case you were wondering about the song I perform at the stables, there are many theories about its origin. But according to my teacher, it was a song performed by the ancient hero to call to his horse companion. If you ever feel like hearing it, feel free to drop by. Anyway, time to get back to it..." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)