An exploration of the various “Curious Oddities” of Twilight Princess from where the Deku Tree is located to new lands of Hyrule. ***A lot of spoilers***
Playing through Twilight Princess I observed a few things that seemed out of place. Apparently, Twilight Princess’ map is based around Ocarina of Time’s map and in most cases it makes sense – Death Mountain is right off Kakariko Village and Gerudo Valley is near of Lake Hylia – but in other cases places known to us seem to be in the wrong area.
First and most obvious of these out-of-place landmarks is just the presence of Snowpeak which bears a striking resemblence, mostly in name and theme (ice,) to Snowhead. As most of us know, Snowhead is from Majora’s Mask and is in the alternate universe of Termina. This one just puzzles me because a snowy mountain isn’t even mentioned in Ocarina of Time.
The next, and perhaps more obvious, landmark that seems out of place is the Temple of Time. In Ocarina of Time, the Temple of Time was located right outside Hyrule Castle. But, in Twilight Princess it’s located right outside the Forest Temple, which is on the complete opposite side of Hyrule. Not only is it located in the wrong place; it’s also in complete ruin. As much as Snowpeak puzzled me, this one is almost worse. How could a whole building move from one side of Hyrule to the other? I was thinking maybe they rebuilt it but that seems strange because that would require two things: a reason to move it and removing the Master Sword – two things which are never explained and not very explainable.
As all of you should know, the map for Twilight Princess is enormous. After studying it for a while I noticed something: Ocarina of Time’s map might just be the Eldin Providence because of it’s proximity to all the major landmarks of Ocarina of Time. Now, if this is true then a few other things must be valid. First, the Faron Providence must be the old Kokiri woods and both the Lanayru and Peak Providences are completely new areas from Ocarina of Time. Peak and Lanayru must be new areas because lands north of Hyrule castle are not even included in Ocarina of Time.
On another note, after a few hours of playing I decided I was going to do some research on where the Deku Tree is located. I assumed that it would be a huge tree sitting in a forest. The most obvious one is the Forest Temple. The Forest Temple is a huge tree which looks much like the Deku Tree but without the branches. The second one I found was a curious tree near Lake Hylia which seems a bit too small for the Deku Tree but could still be it, nonetheless. The obvious answer is the Forest Temple and it definitely makes the most sense. It might also be an interesting note to Timeline Researchers that the Deku Tree is dead so that would lead us to think, if the split timeline is true, that this is the timeline where Link doesn’t exist (which would also only be true if you believe that he gets stuck in Termina) because the Deku Tree was destroyed and the new Deku Tree was never given a chance to survive.
Well, that’s all the oddities and curiosities of Twilight Princess I can think of at the moment. I’ll continue to think about these and probably make another article if I think of enough. At the moment, I have no idea where Twilight Princess fits into the timeline mostly for the fact that it doesn’t even address the timeline in its story. Hopefully the next game, Phantom Hourglass, will have some sort of timeline explanation in it and perhaps explain some of the oddities of Twilight Princess. Until then, we all can think and wonder.