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"The Imprisioning War, Book I"

The Imprisioning War, Book I

By: Bongo Bill

The story of the hero Link,

Who, in the Imprisoning War,

Saved all the world from slavery,

Whose courage had no equal,

Is a grand tale which would, I’m sure

Bring pleasure to your ears.

And thusly I begin the tale;

It begins, like many others,

At the beginning when it starts,

Then it continues on until

It finds its climax near the end,

Whereupon the events after

It has transpired are chronicled,

And it all comes to its end, or,

If you will, a new beginning.

The tale which I’m about to tell

Begins with a dream, a nightmare:

Down comes the drawbridge; a horse draws

Near, a white horse with two riders.

The boy jumps now out of harm’s way;

One rider, a girl, throws at him

Something he cannot see hurtles

Towards him like the Goddesses’ flew

Towards the barren primordial land

Upon which they created life,

After the horse has passed, one more

Comes from the gate: it is blacker

Than the heart of cruel Majora,

With eyes bright as the fire at the

Center of the universe.


Man looks down from the and says

Nothing, only raises his hand,

His palm glows purple with all the

Evil that rots in less savory

Realms; the boy falls over in pain,

Hearing naught but the man’s haughty,

Supercilious laughter, like

The mad laughter of the ancient King

Ikana before he was slain.

The boy awakens to find a

Fairy hovering over him

Frantically; she says, “how can

It be that Hyrule’s savior

Can so often sleep? Awake, now!

For the Great Deku Tree has called

For you!” And with that, Link and the

Fairy left his house and started

Down the path to the Deku Tree.

Along the way met he his friend

Saria, a green-headed girl

And the only denizen of

The forest who acknowledged his

Existence besides the boss, who

Was called Mido. Saria said “Link!

You have a fairy! That’s great news!”

Link told her what he was doing.

“The Deku Tree has summoned you?

Get going, then!” And off he went.

As he came to the entrance to

The Tree’s great meadow, Mido stood

There blocking his path. “A wimp like

You has no business with the tree.”

Link told him of the summons, and

The Boss replied, “Wimp, you’ll not pass

Unless you arm yourself, for the

Meadow is much too dangerous

For the likes of you.”

Link went off

And returnèd not much later

With a sword and shield, and Mido

Reluctantly let him pass. The

Deku Tree’s meadow was vast and

Full of those foul Deku Babas,

Monsters that plague all forest-go’rs

With their slobbery, sharp-toothed jaws

And, well, that’s it really. Link went

To see the Tree, slicing in half

The monsters, and when he was done

The wise Tree spoke to Link. He said,

“Link, brave lad, an anathema

Hath been laid upon me by the

Desert’s king of thieves, Ganondorf,

Who is as fell a man as can

Walk on Din’s own earth. I have brought

Thee here that thou may’st rid me of

My curse, and in doing so, start

To fulfill thy own destiny.”

Link did not inquire as to what

That meant, only walked into the

Tree’s gaping mouth. Inside, he saw

The Tree was hollow! And his floor

Was not wood but actually

A vast hole draped with a vaster

Spider’s web, as though all of the

Spiders of the world had been set

To the task of carpeting the

Cavernous innards of the Tree

And thusly guard whatever was

Afflicting the old plant enough

To cause him to summon the young

Outcast of the forest. Link saw

That he could not go through the web,

And so instead, finding that the

Wall was coarse and dressed with vines, he

Scaled up the insides of the Tree.

He came to the top, but found naught.

Tired was he after the climb

So he sat down to think about

What he was to do next, when then

He thought he heard something and rose

To see what it was, but he slipped—

And fell down onto the huge web

Which failed to break his fall; it tore

And dropped him into water that

Was higher that his head, which broke

His fall more successfully than

Did the web. He swam out and climbed

Onto a ledge, on top of which

A doorway led into a room

That was not lit by the eerie

Omnipresent glow of the top

Part of the Deku Tree. Link went

Cautiously through, when a door slammed

Behind him; a huge monster fell

From the ceiling. This, he knew, was

The curse he had been sent to purge.

Fighting bravely with his sword and

A slingshot he had found, it came

To pass that Link had slain the beast!

And as he left the Tree, he was

Commanded to sit and listen

To the Deku Tree’s dying words.

“I am dying,” quoth the plant, “But

Thy efforts were not in vain; I

Was doomed before thou Began’st, but

Thou’st cured me of my affliction,

Yet I cannot live longer than

Already I have.” And then the

Tree caused a stone to levitate:

A clear green stone that shone with the

Splendor of the sun when it first

Rose over Death Mountain’s great peak.

“This is the spiritual stone

Of this forest; thou will’st need it

On thy journey. I bid thee both

Farewell…” And with that did the Great

Deku Tree pass away to a

Better place.

Link solemnly left

The forest and almost forgot

To be blamèd by Mido for

Killing the Tree. Saria waited

By the bridge to the outside

World, in which, it was said, no child

Of the forest could live. She said

Her goodbyes and gave him a gift,

An ocarina, hand made, just

Like her own that she often played.

With tears in her eyes, Link left with

Not a word, only continued

His journey to the castle of

Hyrule, where his destiny lay.

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