(I play Ocarina of Time every sunday. See previous parts here.)
We got our quest of Finding the Princess 2: Find Better, but first, we got a whole new town to explore!
Because I was a little creeped out the first time I wandered through this place up to the King because I didn't see a single person in this cave--Just a lone King in an abandoned Domain.
And then I walk back out and see this.
This... Pokemon (?) in the distance, but I go backwards down a passage and see this to my left.
The sign says "Shop"... I'm not sure so I want to go down this never-ending tunnel to "shop".
So instead I go further to get to the lake and swim over to the Pokemon:
So, apparently, these people are all around, and are the titular
"Zora's" of the Domain I'm in. The trick is just, they're swimming, most
of them, and only come up to the water-surface when I come close, which
is sorta neat, and as I explore I find a lot of them and they talk
about what's going on.
One of them in particular talks about this "Lord Jabu-Jabu", who's apparently their local deity, and whom Princess Ruto was in charge of feeding morning, midday, and dinner.
So is this some sort of Broken Age situation? They're feeding a monster to let them live? (There must be an earlier reference point than Broken Age for this but couldn't think of one...)
I go more around and talk with everyone but they don't have any idea where Princess Ruto is and instead just want to talk about themselves (typical).
So with that I still have no idea where to go, so I go back up and
take the infamous Diving Challenge atop the waterfall in the city,
which, I'll apparently get something from doing.
Up there is a Zora who throws rupees into the lake below and I have to dive down and get them before the time runs out...
which was really easy. So, pretty happy with that, I go back up to get my reward and it's this!
Wee! I always wanted to dive...deeper? I guess.
Now instead of diving 3 meters down, I can dive... 6! Wow! What revelation!
But actually, that is pretty useful, because it means I can reach down to the tunnel underwater I couldn't before (of course it does, this is a video game), so I do and end up
Here? At "Lake Hylia", apparently. Which, when you look at the map,
is at the other corner, literally across the entire forest, so I just
swam underneath my entire home just to end up here.
But, wait, look! There's something in the water! I use my newfound powers of diving slightly longer and get another empty bottle!
Because you can't open bottles when you're swimming I swim to the shore and take a peek inside. It's... a letter, surprise, but what it says is, to say it mildly, a plot twist:
So many questions!! 1: How? 2: How? 3: How did the letter end up here? 4: Where is Jabu-Jabu? 5: Who are you waiting for (I doubt it's me?)? 6: You were supposed to feed him, not with yourself. How will you feed him again? 7: Did you consent to this? 8: Did Jabu-Jabu??
And then I click, and almost skip the last part of the letter which says
"PS: Don't tell father!!!"
Wait, so she's running away from dad? Inside a god? Sure, weird fetish, there, but okay. I mean, who am I to say what you wanna do with your rebellious freedom.
While mulling all these questions over, I explore the Lake a bit more, and find quite a few interesting things.
1: This underwater entrance which I cannot reach yet, but that owl-dad (oh yeah, he showed up again, queue the music and all that) says is the "Water Temple". Oh, I've heard about that, my friend! Not in good tones!
But that's not for right now because I also found
2: A Lakeside Laboratory with this fella inside
and a diving tank with a large ruler, as if measuring how far you can
go. So I use my Powers of Diving to not reach the bottom and I go up
and talk to him again.
3: These scarecrows next to the lake
You say that, do you! Well, I got just the song!
And then the moment I pull up the ocarina, he goes all
But then I play it and nothing happens and he just goes
Some musical genius you are. If you actually remembered this song you'd be The Richest Scarecrow in Hyrule with the amount of access this thing gives. Kingdoms, I tell you!
4: A fisherman's hut where I can go fish but I have NO interest in doing that so I nope outta there and head back to Zora's Domain.
Because that lake had no further answers, I'm more than a little stuck and wander until I strike up conversation with one of the Zora's again who tells me this:
Oh, so he's behind King Zora, but I'm not allowed to tell King Zora about it... Well, gee, that's quite the conundrum!
So, let's go back up to the throne room and see if I can find some sneaky way of getting past him.
I can't. There's no way behind his giant body and the fence is way too tall for lil' me to do anything, so I'm stuck again. I talk to him to see if there's maybe some way I can trick him into letting me past, but no, he just blabbers about the Princess again and does nothing, so eventually I do what I don't think the game'll let me and Link pulls out the letter from the bottle and proudly presents it to the King:
LINK, you bloody narc!!
Like, what the hell! That's
the way to solve this? Just, tell the father? Sure, I guess. Christ.
Hey, give teenagers some room, okay?
I can't believe that's the way this is supposed to go. That's crazy. This whole game, we've been the kids outsmarting the adults, they've all seemed goofy or dumb or silly but the first time we're even suggested to hide something from them, we go straight up and tell.
Okay, to add a little more nuance to all that: I get that there
sometimes can be good reasons to Tell The Adult, but I mean, maybe talk
to the girl first? At least? Maybe she doesn't want to be feeding this
fish-monster every day? Maybe the King should cut her some slack? Who
knows! That's my point. We don't know anything about their situation,
and Link just goes up and tells him without knowing the repercussions.
Like, well, like..
Link, I guess. I guess it's right on character.
What a strange message. Like,
compare this to how Zelda hid from them all in the beginning of the
game, and spied through a window when she wasn't supposed to.
Give me a game where I play as Zelda. Damn.
And then King Zora moves out of the way.
Like, really. This took 30 seconds.
And was pretty funny. Because it made this squeaking sound every time he moved. Here's a gif
Which is way faster than he did it, but is also pretty funny. (Put this to a matching beat).
So, now, with our reputation intact, we can go inside this Shadow of the Colossus monster!