The Legend of Zelda is a popular and consistently acclaimed video game series made by Nintendo.
It is the day before the annual Wing Ceremony in Skyloft, a contest promising a higher rank in the local Knight Academy, and a part in the festival, and a young man named Link has a dream about a gigantic dark monster and mysterious spirit. At it's climax, he is awakened by a huge bird called a Loftwing, giving him a letter telling him to meet up with Zelda, his childhood friend and love interest. It is there that he discovers that his rare Crimson Loftwing was taken by local bully Groose and his minions, in an attempt to sabotage Link's chances of winning in this year's festival, and possibly getting with Zelda. In spite of this, Link retrieves his Loftwing, and soundly beats Groose in the fesitval, later joining Zelda in flying around Skyloft.
However, as they are flying, a mysterious black tornado suddenly appears and plucks Zelda off of her Loftwing, causing her to fall below the cloud barrier to the surface world. Link receives another vision from the mysterious spirit in his dreams. He comes to and tries to rescue Zelda, but is knocked out by the tornado himself in the process.
Link comes to later, and yet again hears voices from the spirit, which is physically manifesting itself at this point as a being named Fi. Fi leads Link to the legendary Goddess Sword, which Link then wields in hope of possibly saving Zelda, and he descends to the surface world, eventually making his way to The Sealed Temple, where he meets an old sage. The sage gives Link hints as to where Zelda is, leading Link to eventually confront Ghirahim, the demon who took Zelda in the first place. After several confrontations with Ghirahim, Link finally finds Zelda at the Temple of Time, but was separated again because of Ghirahim going on a rampage, forcing Zelda and her guardian Impa to retreat into the Gate of Time. As Ghirahim tries to pursue them, Impa destroys the Gate of Time, blocking him, and once again, Link is separated from Zelda.
Fi instructs Link to seek out the three Sacred Flames to make his sword more powerful, so that he can open the Gate of Time again. After infusing his Goddess Sword with these flames, it becomes the Master Sword, a weapon made specifically to destroy evil beings, and with this blade in hand, Link finds the second Gate of Time, and in turn Zelda. Zelda reveals herself to be the Goddess Hylia in human form, and she is sealed in crystal, leaving Link with the final mission of stomping out Demise, Ghirahim's master, who also turns out to be the monster that Link sees in his dreams. Shortly after, the dormant power in the Master Sword is awakened, and Link sets out on his final mission.
After gaining the necessary elements needed to fight Demise, the Triforces of Power, Wisdom, and Courage, there is one last showdown between Link and Ghirahim, who had just taken Zelda's soul so he could revive Demise, Link wins handily, but not before the ceremony can be completed. The monster of Link's dreams realizes it's true form as the spirit of death and destruction Demise, who challenges Link to a duel, with his life, the Triforce, and the entire world on the line. Link wins a hard fought battle, but in Demise's dying breath, he curses Link and Zelda's descendants to an eternity of battling his spirit.
After this, Link and Zelda bring the Skyloft citizens to the surface world, and the kingdom of Hyrule is established.
However, this is only how the Legend of Zelda starts, as there are a large number of games after that which expand upon the lore. The protagonist of the series is always Link, a young man who is destined in most of the games, to save Hyrule from the clutches of the evil thief Ganondorf or his alter-ego, the dark beast Ganon, also while meeting a huge cast of enemies and friends alike in his quest.
Power of the Verse
The Legend of Zelda is rather powerful. In the lower tiers, mostly occupied by early game bosses, you have an assortment of Large Mountain level+ characters, given the first or second boss can survive bombs of that caliber exploding inside of them. The mid tier is comprised of your typical assortment of mid/late game bosses that tend to showcase Continent level+ to Multi-Continent level of destructive magic. Above them is the high tier comprised of lesser deities, with Ganondorf sitting at as at least Large Planet level, likely Large Star level. Sitting above, there are beings like Demise that act at least as at least Large Star level threats. Those wielding the Full Triforce and the Golden Goddesses (who are supposedly Omniscient) reign supreme over the rest of the verse.
As far as our main character is concerned, every incarnation of Link exhibits some level of superhuman strength (varying from just being able to shatter decent sized chunks of rock to physically overpowering physical beasts like Ganondorf in close combat), possesses a varying aptitude for the magical arts (can be near nonexistent to being a decent match for some of the higher tiers themselves), and tends to carry often fairly broken swords within the context of his own universe. Durability is often variable, though depending on the incarnation, they often get amplified to fairly high levels (be it acquiring items like the Red Mail, receiving a general enhancement from a Great Fairy, or a spell/set of armor that increases durability for a time). A few incarnations have even possessed the Full Triforce, and not just a piece of it.
As a rule, we consider unsupported additions or retcons to the lore written in the Hyrule Encyclopedia as unreliable due to that in the staff page of the book, the authors themselves admit to taking creative liberties with the lore that wasn't taken directly from the games or other developmental materials.
As such, it would be unviable to use said lore to upgrade certain characters. Most notably, the notion that Majora's Mask created the world of Termina from the Skull Kid's memories.
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