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"The Imprisioning War, Book I"
The Imprisioning War, Book I
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
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.