October 28, 2023
In the vast and intricate world of Hyrule, where secrets are as abundant as the stars in the night sky, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” has left players with more questions than answers. The latest installment in the iconic franchise has captivated audiences with its enigmatic narrative, raising speculation and intrigue about the mysteries that lie within the game’s expansive universe.
One of the most tantalizing mysteries revolves around the Eighth Heroine, an elusive figure whose identity has baffled players since “Breath of the Wild.” In “Tears of the Kingdom,” a side quest sheds some light on this enigma, revealing that the Eighth Heroine was a man who aided the Seven Heroines in protecting Gerudo Town. Despite this revelation, the man’s identity remains obscured, lost in the annals of Gerudo history. The wordplay on “link” further fuels speculation, leaving players to wonder if this figure could have been a past incarnation of Link himself.
Another perplexing question surrounds Ganondorf’s Connection to the Gerudo Sage. The game’s Dragon’s Tear memories provide glimpses into Ganondorf’s past, but the Gerudo Sage’s opposition to his transformation raises intriguing questions. How did the Gerudo react to their chief’s transformation into the Demon King? Did the Gerudo Sage, a formidable warrior, work closely with Ganondorf? These unanswered queries add depth to the complex relationship between characters in the game.
The absence of the friendly Rito, Kass, in “Tears of the Kingdom” has left fans puzzled. In “Breath of the Wild,” Kass played a significant role, guiding players through Shrine quests with his Ancient Songs. However, in the sequel, Kass is conspicuously missing, leaving players to wonder about his whereabouts and safety.
Furthermore, the fate of the colossal Divine Beasts remains shrouded in mystery. After the events of “Breath of the Wild,” where Link tamed these immense machines, it’s unexpected that almost all traces of the Divine Beasts and Sheikah technology have vanished from Hyrule. Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi’s explanation that Sheikah technology simply “disappeared” raises more questions than it answers. How and why did this technology vanish, and where did it go? The lone Guardian atop the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab adds another layer of intrigue to this vanishing act.
The enigmatic Zonai tribe continues to puzzle players. While “Tears of the Kingdom” introduced Zonai siblings Rauru and Mineru, questions linger about the fate of the rest of their kind. Ganondorf’s cryptic lament about the noble Zonai’s absence raises speculation about their disappearance. Did they undergo draconification, return to their origins, or face a tragic demise? The truth behind their disappearance remains one of Hyrule’s most compelling mysteries.
Additionally, the origin of the ancient barbarian tribe, hinted at by the description of the Barbarian Armor set, remains undisclosed. Previously thought to be linked to the Zonai, “Tears of the Kingdom” offers a different perspective, portraying the Zonai as a peaceful, technologically advanced people. This revelation leaves players wondering about the true identity and history of the ancient warrior tribe.
The enigmatic Ancient Hero, depicted on a tapestry defeating Calamity Ganon 10,000 years ago, raises intriguing questions. The Ancient Hero’s Aspect, acquired after completing 152 Shrines, transforms Link into the likeness of this hero. However, the hero’s identity and the significance of the owl, dragon, and boar faces on the Aspect remain a mystery, leaving players to ponder the hero’s connection to Hyrule’s history.
Finally, the mysterious voices in the labyrinths and the origins of the Three Dragons – Dinraal, Naydra, and Farosh – continue to baffle players. The voices in the labyrinths claim to be rulers of owls, boars, and dragons, and their connection to Zonai architecture adds another layer of complexity to their enigma. Likewise, the resemblance between the dragons and the Zonai, coupled with their ties to the Springs of Power, Wisdom, and Courage, fuels speculation about their origins and purpose in the world of Hyrule.
As players continue to explore the depths of Hyrule in “Tears of the Kingdom,” these mysteries persist, inviting endless speculation and theories. Until the next installment in the series unveils the truth, fans are left to unravel the enigmatic tapestry of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.”