As an opening, I’m sad to inform you that this will be my final post as a news writer as I’m stepping down from this position to give room to more vibrant people. On the bright side, I think this is a good place to end it. I’m a theorist myself (and moderator of the Theorizing forum section) and of course, I love reading about people’s views on the timeline which is, arguably, one of the biggest mysteries of the Zelda universe.
A few days ago, a long-time ZU member named Lex wrote a pretty lenghty timeline document (40 pages) describing his timeline theory. Now, that is way over the average length, which I’d estimate to be around five pages or so. You’d think that a 40 page document would include every single, tiny little thing that Lex was able to find in the Zelda games, but that’s not the case – the document only focuses on the most important issues and describes the continuity of the Zelda series in an easy-to-read sort of way. All the games’ stories are included, so even if you haven’t played all the games you’ll be able to grasp his timeline simply by reading it.
More after the jump.
Lex’s timeline document is what I believe to be one of the longest timelines by a member of this site, but Zelda Universe is not a place for long timelines only. A couple of months ago, I held a contest to see who could make a timeline theory that was elaborate, yet easy enough for someone who is completely new to theorizing to read and understand – on a single page. Not an easy task, but it was best achieved by member River Zora.
Why do I mention that? Well, I want to point out not only that that Lex’s timeline is very impressive, but also that sometimes, one page is enough. Timelines come in many flavours. Some have The Minish Cap before Ocarina of Time, others don’t. Some have multiple chronologies, others a single chronology… and some of them are 40 pages long, whereas others come on a single sheet of paper.
The variation that we see in timelines makes me hope that Nintendo never unveils the Master Timeline. Should they ever do so, the timelines that we write, read and debate would become mere wish lists. Wish lists to a Santa Claus who has no intention of rewarding you for your hard work, but who will instead just tell you “no” in a rejecting voice that would bring children to tears. This would leave the children wishing that they could go back to the times when they were rewarded for their puzzle-solving – a puzzle that seemingly had not one, but several solutions.The timeline is the biggest puzzle in Zelda, bigger than anything you will ever encounter in any of Link’s many adventures.
And may it stay that way.