The Legend of Zelda: Fabric of Time, Part I
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"The Fabric of Time", part I, chap 1

The Legend of Zelda: The Fabric of Time

By: The Destined Hero

Part One - Gems of Imprisonment

Chapter One

A man was sitting out on a rock, gazing into the night sky. A curious man, he always wondered about the stars, among other things. As he sat there, he couldn't help but long for a more meaningful life. He couldn't remember the last time he had even seen a person, let alone talked to one, watched one, or even loved one. He had lived alone for as long as he could recollect. He had nothing. No possessions, no family, no friends. He longed for more. He was sick of this place, this tired, run down place he called home. But he could do nothing about it. There was no telling which way would lead him to civilization. If he tried to look for one, he would probably die on the journey. He let out a loud sigh and stood up.

I guess this is just the way it was meant to be, he thought to himself. He looked over the desolate fields and decided that he would turn in for the night. He began climbing up the rock wall and eventually got back to the summit where his humble little abode was. He lived at the top of Death Mountain. Accurately named, he thought to himself. Death Mountain is, of course, located in Old Hyrule. However, there were no more civilizations in Old Hyrule. The Kokiri, the Gerudo, the Gorons, the Zoras, even the Hylians no longer lived there. Most of the land was now arid and dry. The tribes had long since moved away. Ganon had made sure of that. After all his attacks, the people just gave up on the land. The only one left was Ian, the hermit. How he even remembered his name, he didn't know. He figured that he was somewhere in his fourties, but he did not know his exact age. He had black hair and brown eyes and his skin was very dark from being out in the sun too long over the years. He was also very thin, for food was a rare commodity. He had tried hunting, and it worked sometimes. However, the beasts in this land were as scarce as the people.

Ian walked into his hut and put on his nightclothes, if you could call them that. They were really just an old shirt and pants that looked like rags. But he had nothing else, so he made do. As he laid himself down, he felt a chill in the hut. That's not normal, he thought to himself. But he couldn't place his finger on it. Oh well, just go to sleep. And with that, he fell fast asleep.

Ian found himself in a temple that he never even knew existed. He could feel the same chill that he felt before he went to sleep. He walked along a long, narrow, poorly lit hallway. Where it went he had no idea, but he intended to find out. As he made it to the end of the hallway, he came across a large room, which seemed empty except for a throne. He then noticed a figure sitting in the throne, a tall menacing figure with bright red hair and an ugly face to match.

"Greetings, Ian. Welcome to my palace in the Dark Realm. You are here because you can help me. And in turn, I will help you."

Ian was intrigued. "I'm listening."

"I have been trapped here by a boy and seven Sages. In order to break the seal, I need you to capture all the Sages. Once free of this realm, I will be able to rule all the land. In return for your service, I will give you anything you desire, and you can sit beside me as my second in command."

Ian thought about this. Here it was. All he wished for was a meaning to his pitiful life and this man was offering it to him. He decided he would help. "Deal!" he called to the mysterious man.

"Good! You have made a wise choice, my friend."

"How do I go about capturing these Sages you speak of?" Ian questioned.

"You must first travel back through time. Once you are there, you must trap them in seven gems. You won't need to worry about not having any clue of what to do either. I will provide you with the necessary information when the time comes."

"OK, sounds good to me," Ian said excitedly. He was overwhelmed with the possibility of making a difference in this goddess- forsaken world.

"NOW BE GONE!" the mysterious man yelled, and at that instant, all was black.

Ian shot up out of bed in a cold sweat and knew exactly what he had to do. Wow, he thought, this guy doesn't waste any time. He changed into his normal clothes and began the search for the seven gems.

"I promise I'll be back in time for the banquet tonight, Zel," Link said as he kissed his wife goodbye.

"I don't see why you have to go, though," she asked back.

"I told you, I promised Nick I'd help him start to rebuild the town. That fire was pretty devastating."

"I know, but I was kind of in the mood for. well, you know.," answered Zelda suggestively with a wink. She really didn't want Link to go, but he always kept his promises, no matter what.

Link smiled, "Well, there's nothing in the world I would rather do, but I promised him."

"Yeah, yeah," she said as she gave him another kiss. "Well, you better get going then. The sooner you leave, the sooner you'll get back."

"Yes, your Royal Highness," Link joked as he turned Epona around. "I'll be back later today, don't miss me too much." He blew a kiss to Zelda and brought Epona to a trot.

Zelda remained where she was, in front of the castle drawbridge. She watched her husband, the Hero of Time, ride off until he was out of sight. Even after she couldn't see him anymore, she still stood there. It really is a beautiful day, she thought to herself. I think I'll go for a ride myself. She headed over to the stable and walked over to her horse, Softbreeze. She placed her saddle on top of the horse and jumped on. Patting the horse on the side, Zelda went for a ride.

Link brought Epona to a sprint. He really wanted to get to Dolsena as fast as he could. Overhead, the sun was shining brightly, and it was surprisingly warm for seven in the morning. But there were some dark clouds that threatened that. It would take him just a couple of hours to get to Dolsena, and he hoped he would beat the rain. On his way over, he looked around him. He couldn't believe how Hyrule had turned out. It had been ten years since Link and the Sages defeated the evil Ganondorf and sealed him in the Evil Realm. He, of course, refused to let Zelda send him back to his childhood. He belonged in this time as much as any. Since then, Hyrule had gone through an age of prosperity. There were no more big threats to the land and all the races realized their mistakes and became very friendly toward each other. Trade routes opened everywhere. It had also been an age of exploration, as many Hylians traveled over the Death Mountain range and found more land. It was soon found that Hyrule was an island, and almost twice the size of what it once was. Although many of the races did not expand into these new areas, the Hylians took the opportunity. New towns were established all over Hyrule. One was located north of Hyrule Castle, which happened to be where Link was going. There was also the port town of Oceana on the other side of the mountain range, the farming town of Baru situated by Lake Hylia, and another town beyond the Gerudo Desert known as Salenne. And of course, Hyrule Castle Town and Kakariko Village grew considerably. Several other countries were discovered as well. The neighboring countries were Malaank, Larosia, and Dellenia. Yes, these were peaceful times.

Too peaceful, if you ask me, thought Link as he drew close to Dolsena. As he entered the town, he finally realized how devastating the fire really was. Many of the homes were burned to the ground, as well as most of the shops. It was a horrible crime. The perpetrator had been caught soon after the blaze was controlled and was locked up in the dungeons at Hyrule Castle. He deserves it, Link said to himself. Up in the distance he finally saw his long time friend, Sir Nick.

"Hello, Link. It's about time that you got here. I thought you were going to leave me with all the work," Nick said as Link dismounted Epona. Nick had short, brown hair and a warrior's stature. Link was slightly taller than him, but Nick definitely had more muscle.

"Yeah, well, you're lucky that I'm such an honorable and caring man, Nick."

"That's exactly why I asked you for your help. You're too much of a coward to stand your ground to me," Nick joked back.

"Oh really?" replied Link. "Well, then, I hope you have fun rebuilding these houses, ALONE, and with those shops, ALONE. Cause I'll be in the tavern having a few drinks!"

Nick laughed. "You wouldn't be able to hold that much liquor you weakling!"

Link laughed and the two gave each other a quick hug. "Well," Link started, "let's get this done with. I don't want to get Zel mad at me. again."

"Let's go, Link. We can start over there."