Volume VI: Q & A
Who is the hero spoken of in Four Sword's backstory? The one that sealed Vaati when he was
kidnapping maidens from Hyrule?
There are several possibilities. We know that (despite the maiden kidnappings) Four Swords'
backstory is not Four Swords Adventures because that's a sequel. It could be The Minish Cap...
but no maidens were kidnapped (except, I suppose, Zelda and the petrified castle maids) and
Vaati seems to have been killed in the end. One would therefore think it may be a hero we have
not seen, and this does appear to be the most likely answer... but I've been wondering: could it
be that the hero spoken of in the backstory is really the Hero of Time? Perhaps these events
transpired before he went to search for Navi into the Lost Woods (where the hero in the backstory
of FS also went afterwards). It wouldn't surprise me much, seeing as also the other game in the
cart (ALttP) linked its backstory with OoT. Furthermore, the Kokiri Sword (likely crafted by the
Minish as their clothes) does resemble the Four Sword to an extent and in MM it is called a
Sacred blade (as was the FS in MC). But then that of course would mean Link still has it in MM
and that said game happens first (because the Four Sword was then enshrined by the people) so
Who are the three faeries in the introduction?
Again there are several possibilities. Some believe them to be maidens from the sequel (why just
three then?), I liked to entertain the thought that they could be the Goddesses (or their
messengers) descended to Hyrule to guide the hero. However the most pratical explanation seems
to be that they are the Great Fairies who later reward your efforts with the keys to Vaati's
Why are the six girls that must be saved in Hyrulean Adventure called -Shrine- Maidens? What do
we know about them?
Well first let me clarify that the Japanese term here "miko" is used for girls that serve as
mediums to communicate with the gods. The Oracles of the Gameboy Color games too are called
"miko" in Japan. Nonetheless, shrine maidens is a good translation seeing as a miko typically
performs her duties within a shrine. And they certainly relate to a shrine in this game.
In fact, it seems after the incident with Vaati, Zelda (and maybe the king) may have searched
for the descendants of the ancient Hylian Sages (it is an assumption that they are descendants
of the sages, but it seems pretty much implied) to have them watch over the Four Sword Shrine,
so that Vaati would not escape again (and we do know the Knights were entrusted with the jewels'
protection). That didn't work very well, did it?
At any rate, we also know each maiden relates to a specific part of Hyrule. The blue maiden for
one offers to carry you to your next objective through the flow of water and the yellow one calls
Death Mountain hers (which is interesting since we know Darunia, the RED Sage of fire used to
reside on the still fiery Death mountain). Specifically, each seems to be linked with the land
you go through after saving them (not the one you ventured to save them... which I think makes
sense, as opposed to having Sages imprisoned within their own "elements"). As said, these colors
and landtypes oddly seem to mismatch the color/attributes of OoT. For example the Green Maiden is
that of swamp/fields and the White one that of the forest, while in OoT Saria of Forest was
green and white replace Nabooru's orange, the Sage of Spirit whose temple was in a desert.
So what's the deal with these Triforce looking Force Gems?
First off, it is important to notice that the Force Gems are tetrahedrons, not nearly flat
triangles like the Triforce. In any case, judging from the Minish Cap and the FS+ Manga, I would
say that the Force Gems are the embodiment of the four natural elements' energy (whereas we could
suppose the Sages' are supernatural, magical elements) which was infused into the sword ages ago
after Vaati broke the Picori Blade. This is now also backed up by PH which presents Force (in
Japan the name given to these "gems" is always just force in all games they appear in) as the
essence of life (not only present in animals and plants but in everything in the world).
Why Earth energy would be four times as valuable as that of Wind I would not know, but seeing as
it's not as easy to run into I'd say that Earth Force simply remained more concentrated than
others and this would balances things.
Is Link mass murdering brainwashed Hyrule guards in FSA?
No, I'm pretty sure that's not the case. The guards were brainwashed in ALttP, in this game it
looks like the guards were taken to the Dark World and the Dark Mirror was used to make shadows
that would go around wearing their arms. Proof of this should be that Zelda remarks that
monsters are still appaering when a bunch of these guards shows up out of thin air.
What's up with the Mages in FSA?
They are clearly not Wizzrobes because the classic enemies are found in later dungeons... but
then what are they?
Some of the Mages clearly relate to the Fortune Tellers from ALttP. It is evident though that
these mages are ambivalent: some like Iris say they are not supposed to do good deeds, others
will help you fight the monsters without hesitations and still others will trick you.
Apart from that, it is difficult to understand who or what the Mages in FSA may be if one has
not played Minish Cap. Looking at that game however, it becomes fairly easy to notice the
similarity between Vaatis purple Mages Cap and the blue pointy hats of these Mages, all the
more if we consider how happy they were about Vaatis newfound freedom.
Should there really be a connection to Vaati, Id go as far as to speculate that these Mages
might be deviated descendants of the Sheikah. I say this because the Sheikah use an Eye Symbol
that is remarkably similar to that of Vaati. And speaking of Fortune Tellers, the presence of
this symbol as well as her name and appearence made some speculate that the Fortune Teller in
Twilight Princess too could be a Sheikah.
And if they are Sheikah, then this brings us to... Agahnim. Think about it, he has the shadow
magic symbol, these guys appreciate the Dark World more than is healthy and they both wear large
floppy clothes (though, of course, Agahnim has a turban, not a pointy hat). Can it be we've
found Agahnim's (and Verans) true origins, a corrupted branch of Sheikah?
Still looking at the Minish Cap though... they could also be deviated descendants of the Wind
Tribe, who also wore large blue clothes. See the question about the Wind Tribe for more on that.
Lastly we have to consider the similarities between FSA and TP. Both games present a mirror that
was used to seal away a Dark Tribe (in Japan "clan of darkness" for FSA and "clan of shadows"
for TP). So perhaps the original plan was to have the mages' ancestors revealed as the dark
tribe sealed in TP's backstory? If that was the case, clearly the idea was scrapped since the
descendants of the sealed tribe do not return to Hyrule in TP and the mirror of the game is
So, we've got two villains in FSA... who's doing what?
Vaatis Dark Barriers at the end of each level are said to consume the essence of the land (in
particular see what the owl tells about the poisonous swamp).
But, the Deku Scrubs within the forest clearly state it is Ganon that will change all the forests
like this one (and, as you all know, that Vaati is old news), which makes it look like Vaatis
Dark Barriers have little or nothing to do with the changes to this part of the land.
However, the knights say about Ganon: "His goal must be to use Vaati to remake Hyrule into a
land of darkness."
So it seems Vaati has means to influence the Light World, and is doing it for the evil king. In
fact, Level five in FSA is "ankoku no sekai" which does mean "world of darkness" but in a
slightly different sense than the usual Dark World ("Yami no Sekai"). And yet, Ganon occupied the temple in the
forest before Link freed Vaati, so the responsibility for the changes in that part of the
overworld remains disputed.
How can A Link to the Past and Adventure of Link follow from the child ending of OoT and FSA?
There are descendants of the sages in one and towns named after them in the other.
A: (Major Spoilers)
I explained in ALttP's Q&A that the descendants in that game descend from the Shrine Maidens of
Four Swords Adventures (who supposedly descend from the ancient Sages that built the Temple of
Time and the ones in TP). The sages of OoT, I believe, did not awaken in the original timeline.
As for the towns, double check the manual of Majora's Mask: the royal family knows of Link's
deeds, even though they happened in a different time line. Bits of the legends begun to spread
over time, and after FSA the events of the two games were combined when forming records for the
Why is it that in FSA no one's appearance is changed by the Dark World and the latter looks so
similar to the Light World?
If FSA does take place, as I believe, before ALttP when Ganon just took the Triforce, then that
could be because it still has to really become the Dark World we saw in ALttP. It has already
become a twisted reflection of Hyrule, but not so twisted and cursed to change everybody's
If that is so, then how come no one mentions the Triforce or the Sacred Realm? It's as if the
Dark World's not a surprise to anyone.
I'm not sure as to why Nintendo chose not to mention the Triforce at all in this game. My guess
is that this is because the game has no Master Sword and if Ganon was shown to have the whole
Triforce people would wonder why he did not use it to make Link vanish (and some -are- still
confused about that in ALttP) and find no satysfying answer. As of consequence, they could not
mention the change from Sacred Realm to Dark World, because without the Triforce in the plot,
that change would go unexplained and become an apparent plothole. However, this change may
now be explained by TP, refer to the question about the status of the Triforce in said game for
answers (near the end).
Anyway, personally, I think Ganon did have the whole Triforce (were else would it be if not in
his paws? He took over all of both worlds) and that the Links were protected by the Seven Maidens
who, like their Sages ancestors, may receive their power from the Gods (through prayer). Also it
could be that the Four Swords shares more properties with the Master Sword than just repelling
evil (and looks, in the intros of MC and ALttP on GBA).
Furthermore, Miyamoto has said during an interview that he insisted for the ending intended for
the game to be simplified (because, he said, one too complex would not fit it) and if not the
Triforce too, I believe the original "extended" ending would have shown the Four Sword with Ganon
inside being sealed in the Dark World (which conveniently was amply featured in the game) with
his monsters (who in the current ending are simply nowhere to be seen anymore).
So, a Dark Tribe... didn't Agahnim mention such a tribe?
In the English version Agahnim does speak of a tribe of evil (actually tribe of demons), meaning
by that Ganon's followers... and I certainly think there may be a connection between the two.
At any rate, let me list the various tribe that somehow relate to darkness for you to make up
your own opinions:
In ALttP we had a Tribe of Evil (Japanese: Demon Tribe). In OoT the Sheikah were known as Shadows
of the Hylians as well as Shadow Folk (Japanese: Race of Darkness). In FSA we have the Dark Tribe
(Japanese: Clan of Darkness). And lastly in TP we have the Twili (Japanese: Clan of Shadows).
Oh, how come there's Dark World monsters like the Hinox in FSA Hyrule? Is this the Dark Tribe?
And what's up with the "awakened" Deku Scrubs in the forest?
Apparently yes, they are revealed to have been part of the Dark Tribe that was sealed in the Dark
Mirror (though Dampe suggests this generally of monsters infesting his graveyard I assume it
applies to all creatures which should normally not be in Hyrule). Guess not all of ALttP Dark
World monsters were (descendants of) greedy men changed by the Triforce's magic.
But some speculate the Dark Tribe is never actually seen in FSA and that the whole purpose of
having them in the backstory was to foreshadow TP. Again, if that was the case, if FSA's Dark
Tribe was planned to be featured in TP, that clearly is not the case anymore, as it was decided
to give TP's Dark Tribe and mirror a very different story.
As for the Deku Scrubs, these do not seem to be our usual fare of Deku Scrubs. They say Ganon
awakened them from their slumber. From that one could suppose they too were released from the
Dark Mirror... but they also say anybody can become a Deku Scrub by wandering in the Lost Woods
long enough, and that it was Ganon who changed the woods that way (and also ordered them to
prevent anybody from leaving the woods). Since there is someone in Kakariko telling you to
travel south to the (Deku Scrub infested) temple and worship the great king there, it's more
than possible that at least some (if not all) of these scrubs are people from Kakariko.
Why does Zelda say in FSA that that Ganon is the Evil King reborn?
I couldn't make sense of it either, at first, but eventually Twilight Princess came along, and
Ganondorf dies in it. Generations later, after he was all but forgotten, he was naturally reborn
among the Gerudo in FSA.
Note though that it is also possible that there was another Evil King before OoT Ganondorf
(whomever may have led the monsters that invaded Hyrule before the Minish Cap).
In actuality though, it appears Zelda didn't really say did. According to Jumbie, she says
Ganondorf is the wielder of the trident which has been recovered from ancient times. But that
doesn't really make much of a difference. Ganondorf has a different backstory in this game than
he does in OoT/TP, so it stands to reason that he was reborn (being "guardian of the desert"
rather than king of the Gerudo people. Heck that whole tribe has a completely different
If Ganondorf was naturally reborn, why does Twinrova (later on) go to such lenghts in Oracles to
bring him back?
Perhaps, over centuries of mingling with Hylians (due to the repeated banishment of the their
lone male) the Gerudo tribe ceased to be, and the Ganon which Koume and Kotake wanted back could
only be naturally reborn as a Gerudo (going out on a limb here, but I would assume being reborn
as, say, a Zora would influence his upbringing quite a bit. His whole motivation as a villain in
TWW was having been born in a desert...)
When was it that this Dark Tribe was imprisoned into the Dark Mirror?
Well, if the Dark Tribe is the same horde of monsters that was sealed in the chest prior to
Minish Cap, then it may have happened some time after that game, or even during its ending, when
Zelda apparently made them vanish!
However, I have also another theory. It's complicate and a long shot, but I think it is worth
It could be that it was when Ganondorf attacked Hyrule after OoT and MM (meaning in the child
timeline, during the events told in TP's backstory). I suspect this, because the Trident was put in a
pyramid considered sacred by the Gerudo, so it stands to reason that Ganondorf, in his previous
life, was somehow involved. Of course we don't actually know for a fact that it was the Dark
Tribe who put the trident there, but since the stone slab in it speaks of its authors in plural
and FSA is the game that introduced this notion of a Dark Tribe from a distant past, this seems
Also Deku Scrubs, who may or may not have been part of this Dark Tribe, were aplenty (and not
entirely evil) in MC, OoT and MM, but completely absent in TP and FS.
Now that would raise two questions: one, why didn't Ganondorf use the trident to get to the Triforce
back then before it was put in the pyramid? Perhaps it only gained the power to open portals to
its resting place when this changed from Sacred Realm to Dark World (which I think may have
happened through the course of TP), just like how the Master Sword could originally in OoT take
you to the Sacred Realm but cannot seem to in ALttP when it has been changed into a Dark World.
And now the second question, if Ganon's followers were banished when he was defeated in TP's backstory, why
would they be banished with a different mirror then their master (who was banished with the
Twilight Mirror)? Maybe it was found more convenient not to mix the two groups (Ganondorf's
banishment happened on accident)... but it could also be that Ganon's minions were not all
banished with a different mirror than their master (or specificly, not the ones that served him
-before- TP). We've wondered where Ganondorf ended up unconscious for the Twili not to notice
him until he was ready to contact Zant. Perhaps wherever that was, be it a void between
dimension or just a secluded space, that's exactly what happened to his followers. If that is
the case, then maybe the Dark Mirror is a less effective mirror that was created to replace the
mirror of Twilight only for that one purpose: banish evil in the void between dimensions (while
it, of course, cannot reach all the way to the Twilight Realm). So Ganon's Dark tribe could
have been banished in part with the Twilight Mirror (Ganon's army in his invasion before TP)
and in part with the Dark Mirror (the monsters left behind by Ganon in TP). Then the mirror was
secreted away in that temple within the forest to severe its connection to the world of Hyrule
(dunno how exactly that works, but it's what FSA tells us).
Who led the evil spirits that invaded Hyrule and were sealed in the chest? Is Hyrule normally
free of monsters?
Some people see the Moblin in the stained glass and think it's Ganon. That is obviously not the
case, and because I believe this is a prequel to OoT, it would also be implausible. With that
said, there may have been other Evil Kings before the Ganon of OoT. Even so, my educate guess is
that the hordes may not have had any leader of particular importance.
As for Hyrule's normal condition, it may be that once long before the games, there were really no
monsters in the land, that it was an earthly paradise even (a cutscene in Twilight Princess seems
to suggest this), but since the arrival of the monsters, some have definitely always lingered
in the kingdom. I realize MC's ending shows some of the most "natural" monsters like tektites,
moblins and even octoroks as they disappear, but I'd wager not all of them were ever sealed; in
MC itself there are recipe books about some of those creatures, so they couldn't ALL have been
trapped in the chest.
Perhaps when monstrers invaded Hyrule some beasts succumbed to their evil influence (somewhat
like the Dark Kargaroks in TP) and these were sealed away, while those that remained simple
beasts without malice were not imprisoned in the chest.
Is the Picori Blade the Master Sword? And what relation is there with the White Sword from LoZ?
While the Picori Blade may look like the Master Sword in Capcom's version of ALttP's logo, and
both sword come to rest in a forest, I find this idea very unlikely. If it was, Minish Cap (and
the other Four Swords games) would have to happen after all the games featuring the Master Sword,
which messes things up considerably and the Palace of the Four Sword in ALttP would have to be a
very out of place Easter Egg.
Perhaps, seeing how close Vaati came to obtaining the whole Light Force, a better sword was
forged with the help of the Gods in case someone succeeded where he failed (notice that the
Oracles are in Hyrule in the Minish Cap).
On another hand, the White Sword from LoZ could be a powered down Four Sword. There's no telling
But if we admit this eventuality, should we also suppose that the Four Sword and master Sword
are the same blade at different levels of power (which is naturally lost over time and
occasionally replenished perhaps)? However I must again point out that if the Palace of Four
Swords in ALttP is no Easter Egg the two swords co-exist at that time. Like I said, this seems
very, very unlikely, but it's a thought worth pondering.
If Minish Cap is a prequel to OoT, then does this mean Link's typical green clothes are not of
A:(Spoilers for TWW)
Not necessarily. The hero from MC's backstory could have lived among the Kokiri too, however,
I've come to believe that Kokiri clothes may actually have been made by the Minish (who based
them over their hero's). Just look at Mido and the Kokiri tending to his garden. Their hats are
just the same shape as those of the forest Minish (and it supposedly is their same forest the
Kokiri are in). Not only that, also the Kokiri Sword bears some resemblance to the Four Sword.
Perhaps the Minish and the fairies worked together to turn the Koroks into Link's childhood
Are there any other indications to place the Minish Cap before OoT?
Several, but there are also things that would suggest otherwise.
In favor of MC's pre-OoT placement we have the following things: the aforementioned origin of
the hat, the fact that the backstory harkens back to a time when no monsters roamed Hyrule and
mentions no other catastrophic events since the invasion halted by the Hero of Men and the coming
of the Minish (that clearly happened before all other games because they are meant to explain
stuff under bushes) who are also already being dismissed as a fairytale since few can see them
anymore (thus explaining why they are never mentioned in later ages), the text at the end that
states Link's adventures will continue as long as the power of the Light Force echoes through
the ages, the game providing explanations for many things that are ancient in other games (like
the Armos or Godhan), that Zelda in OoT seems to imply that the Light Arrows are a legacy for
heroes to wield (meaning that they were used before) while in MC they seem to be simply crafted,
the positively ancient Wind Tribe (once close to Hyrule's Royal Family) still being around while
in later games there are no ruins that can be identified as theirs nor humans in the sky and the
only dark skinned people are the Gerudo, Zelda's appearence being the same as in the portrait in
TWW's Hyrule Castle (while in FS she looked slightly different... this just suggest a pre-TWW
Against a pre-OoT placement we have that: nobody is ever described as a Hylian but as Humans
(and we know Hylians became extinct after OoT... but Hylians are a race of humans so this is
hardly conclusive), the Oracles are said to descend from a long bloodline (which suggests a post
Oracles placement... but then who is to say they don't have a long bloodline behind them in both
games?), there are Hylian books in the library which directly reference to the Japanese name of
Oracles (mysterious nut) and TWW's Triumph Forks (but who's to say such names couldn't have been
around long before the relative games?), the game seems stylistically tied to both TWW and LoZ
(with enemies such as LoZ-like Armos and Moldworm, not to mention the White Sword).
Overall, the pre-OoT evidence seems to overweight the post-OoT. All the more since the game
must occur before FSA, and this seems now confirmed by TP to come before ALttP (and thus before
Oracles too) while most of the post-OoT points seem to suggest a post ALttP-Oracles placement,
and so does the geography (names) which can hardly go from ALttP to the unique style of MC and
back to the ALttP-ish FSA.
Minish Cap says the Gorons once lived on Mt. Crenel but becoming fewer in numbers moved to
that cave near the ranch. Doesn't this mean the game should take place after games like OoT, that
have plenty of Gorons?
One could come to think that, but in the sequel, FSA, the Gorons are in pretty large numbers, so
whatever problem they had it looks like they solved it. What I wonder is: could it be that
whatever tragedy made their survivors move to the plains is the reason Mount Crenel became known
as Death Mountain? (Assuming they are one and the same, and I do)
What happened to the Wind Tribe after Minish Cap?
It's hard to tell really... they don't seem to be around (under the Palace of the Winds) in
the later Four Swords games. I fully believe that before disappearing they built the Tower of
the Wind/Palace of the Gods (as I also believe they are one and the same... and -if- it was built
shortly after OoT, that could explain the different look in each timeline).
However, I like to entertain the thought that they may have become the Gerudo after some curse
was cast on them; mainly because of their Arabic-like clothes and the way their elder looks like.
On another hand they could also have become the Sheikah, still because of their clothes (the
"turbans" in particular) and because the ghost King of Hyrule was very close to them, and
consequently the mages of FSA. But I don't think so. The Sheikah are all but dark skinned (or
round eared), and Twilight Princess states their connection to the sky was simply being on the
receiving end of the messages delivered by the Oocca (could the Wind Tribe have passed on their
fashion sense to the Sheikah through this connection?).
Could it be that perhaps Vaati managed to pass his messages through the Oocca in lieu of the
Wind Tribe's and manipulated the Sheikah, giving them the Eye of Shadow as their symbol and once
they realized this, repent, they added the tear to it? Of course that is purely speculation.
Can we ever hope to see the Hero of Men within a game (barring backstory cutscenes)?
Perhaps we already have. Swiftblade the First upon teaching you his final technique says: "This
is a technique that only I have mastered... Only one who holds the sacred blade can perform...
the Great Spin Attack."
Now if it can only be performed with the Sacred Blade, to have mastered it that would mean he
has wielded said sword himself. But the sword was supposedly stuck in the chest ever since its
original owner, the Hero of Men to whom the Minish gave the sword, was done with it. So what
does this tell us?
However, it would seem from the miniature that despite the other Swiftblade being the eldest of
the living masters met in the game that Swiftblade the First could indeed be his older brother
(but who names his two eldest sons Swiftblade the First and Swiftblade? One would suppose "the
First" to be his ancestor). If that was the case, then he could not have lived in a sufficient
distant past to have been the Hero of Men (and how he'd mastered that move would remain a
Is the Minish World really the Sacred Realm?
It's impossible to tell. The intro says they descended from the sky, but I'm pretty sure that
was meant to be heavens (since we see the Minish everywhere but in the sky during the game), and
the one place that was often described as a paradise (all the more in the recent Twilight
Princess) is the Sacred Realm. Certainly this would explain how Link finds stuff under bushes in
the Dark World too, but that could also be because changes in a world influence the other.
For the sake of clarity, the correct name for the Elemental Sanctuary, that "strange realm"
between two worlds where you empower the blade is "Sacred Precinct (Seiiki) of the Elements" and
the resting place of the sword in FSA is "Sacred Precincts of the Four Sword" (in the Japanese
version it is not stated that the people of Hyrule built that "shrine". Incidentally Sanctuary is
a good translation because Seiiki implies protection for something sacred), so that was never
supposed to be Sacred Realm, which instead would be Seichi (Sacred Ground) :P
Interestingly, the place where we find the Master Sword in TP is called "Sacred Precincts of the
Woods", which is also the name of the place where we meet Saria in OoT.
So, what is the Light Force?
The Light Force was initially -meant- to be a mystery and for a long time fans debated whether it
was the wish granting Triforce or some other previously unknown wish granting golden triangular
thing that can make one as a god. To my dismay, it turned out to be the latter.
So what is it? It's life force. Every being and everything in the world of Hyrule has Life Force
in variable amounts. When leaving its owner this force can coalesce into tetrahedrons, gold for
living beings and colored for all four elements of nature. The Minish brought with them a great
amount of the Force of the first kind and donated it to the hero, who in turn, after he was done
saving the world, entrusted it to the princess that passed it down to her descendants. This
amount of life force was so tremendous that it could grant wishes (even miraculously bring the
dead back to life when combined with the Minish artifact known as the Mage's cap, which also was
meant to grant wishes). However it is assumed that a good deal of this force was lost after Vaati
stole it from Zelda and Zelda used what she had left to restore Hyrule to its previous state.
The other kind of force, that from natural elements, is mostly seen in FSA, but also in MC, it is
the energy that the four elements infuse in the Four Sword. This is why the Four Sword can
return to life those Vaati turned to stone (one turns to stone when their life force is taken
from them or sealed off, which is why it would have been impossible to restore Zelda if Vaati
had completely taken away her life force with his ritual).
It is important to note that even though our versions of FSA, MC and PH respectively use the
terms Force Gems, Light Force and Life Force, in Japan all three games simply use the name Force.
So what happens to the Light Force Vaati steals after the game ends? And what of the monsters
A: (Obvious Spoilers)
This is so strange really. Vaati randomly explodes and yet no one seems to collect what he stole;
in fact Ezlo states that Zelda only has part of the Light Force... maybe the rest was left
wherever it was that Link fought Vaati (a possible guess would be within a secret chamber in the
Palace of the Winds or more likely in the space between Hyrule and the Minish Realm). Perhaps it
was to be revealed in a direct sequel, but now that Capcom has stopped making Zelda games
(resulting in PH instead of FS DS) it seems unlikely that we will get one. But here's hoping.
As for the monsters, she could have sealed them into the Dark Mirror of FSA, but no mirror
appears in the game so it's hard to tell if there should be a connection.