Volume VI Title 1: Four Swords

Volume VI Title 1: Four Swords

Ages before the time of this story, in the inner reaches of the Kingdom of Hyrule, there appeared a Wind Sorcerer named Vaati. Vaati could bend the wind to his will and used this awful power to terrorize many villages of Hyrule. In his assaults on the villages, Vaati would kidnap any beautiful girls who caught his fancy.

Many knight from the castle and other brave men set out to subdue the sorcerer and rescue the girls, but each one fell in turn to Vaati's awesome power. Just as the people had begun to lose hope, a lone young boy traveling with little but a sword at his side appeared.

When this boy heard what was happening, he offered to defeat the sorcerer. Boldly he entered Vaati's palace, mystically trapped the evil sorcerer inside the blade of his sword and sealed his prison deep in Hyrule. The boy then returned the young girls to their villages; went deep into the forest and disappeared.

The villagers asked the girls how a boy so young could have saved them all and defeated the sorcerer when no one else could. The young girls told them that with a wave of his sword the boy's body shattered into four pieces, each of which then formed a complete copy of the boy. These four young boys then worked together as one to defeat the sorcerer. The people did not believe the story, but they eventually called the blade the Four Sword nonetheless. As rumors of the blade's power to divide a person into four entities spread, the people built a shrine in what had become known as the Realm of the Four Sword to protect it, and placed four jewels at its entrance.

Several years have passed since the Hero of Time departed in search of his lost friend. The memory of his deeds has been handed down by the royal family.
Princess Zelda of the land of Hyrule was a beautiful young girl born with the mysterious power to sense approaching forces of evil. For this reason, she was assigned with the sacred duty of protecting the shrine of the Four Sword and the blade itself.

One day, Zelda was in Hyrule Castle when she sensed that something unusual was occurring at the Four Sword Shrine. She asked a boy named Link, whom she trusted above anyone else, to accompany her to investigate the happenings at the shrine...

As they reached the Shrine Zelda told Link that she has been sensing weakness in its seal, and warned him not to approach the sword lest he be split into four. But as she stepped forward ominous laughter was heard. The wind sorcerer Vaati had already broke out of his prison. He snatched Zelda noticing her beauty and magic and in a blur, he knocked Link out before taking off for his Palace of Winds to make Zelda his bride.

As Link came to his senses he heard three voices and saw fairies, one red, one blue and one green. They told him to use the Four Sword in order to save Zelda and he claimed its strange power... immediately splitting into four! The faeries instructed the four-who-are-one to prove their courage to the Great Faeries so that they would show them the path to Vaati's palace. And thus the four Links embarked on their quest.

First they went to the Chamber of Insight, a small island where faeries resided and the latter trained them for the obstacles they would face. Once they were ready, the four went to seek the Great Fairies of Forest, Ice and Flames in the Sea of Trees, Talus Cave and Death Mountain. The latters were satisfied to see how many rupees the youths had collected on their quest (some through cohoperation some through competition) and dubbed them heroes, giving them keys and directions for Vaati's Palace.

Vaati resided in a great castle floating in the sky. Throughout the many levels of the palace they fought fiercely their way until they stood before Vaati. He recognized their sword and mocked them for thinking he could be defeated by the sword he had just escaped from. They confronted him and the heroes thought they had prevailed... but it was only a statue! After it was destroyed the real Vaati came and a far more difficult battle begun, but in the end, Vaati was weakened and he was absorbed back into the blade. Zelda was thus saved and having fulfilled their quest, the four Links became one again. As they brought the sword back to its shrine and placed it there, the three fairies appeared again to witness the moment and they all could return home knowing that Hyrule's peace had been preserved.
Or so everyone thought...

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