All throughout its promotion, Nintendo has been rather tight-lipped when it comes to the story details of Breath of the Wild. From removing nearly all of the NPCs in the 2016 E3 demo, to only releasing what could be called a story trailer less than two months from launch, fans have been given very little to riddle out regarding the game’s plot. However, using one of the goodies offered in both the Special Edition and the Master Edition of Breath of the Wild, YouTube user Zeltik has pieced together what appears to be what happened 100 years ago.


Please note: The following text may contain spoilers for Breath of the Wild.

Using the tapestry included in the limited editions, Zeltik translated the Sheikah text into Japanese and then into English as follows.

  • “Hylians pass stories of a destined time long past, where multiple races lived and worked together in harmony.”
  • “The Sheikah Tribe’s blue aura breathed through the land, and this mutual prosperity continued until a cataclysmic disaster struck.”
  • “The hero and the princess attempted in vain to seal the terror which became known as the Calamity Ganon.”
  • “Divine beasts awoke from four directions and deployed a mechanical army which made the king and his people fearful.”
  • “They fractured Ganon’s power and sealed him, but the Sheikah were banished from the land ever since.”

Where did the Sheikah go? Are the four beasts the animals also shown on the tapestry? This poetic account leaves many questions unanswered. Hopefully they will be answered when Breath of the Wild releases worldwide on March 3, 2017.

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  • Healing Fae

    In my opinion it sounds like a reference to the kind of war that happened before OoT, isn’t the statue in OoT castle courtyard showing the four races too?

    If this is alluding to the war, this game is probably set before OoT in the timeline

    • Andrew Defty

      The timeline don’t bother me at all…

      I see every Zelda game as just this… “The best Zelda game that Nintendo can do with the hardware they have at the time.

      And if that upsets folk, then they need to focus and see that, at the end of the day, it is a retelling tale which can, and usually is retold in many forms. Like the different tales of the old Norse folk-laws, after some time they get lost in translation. Maybe folk need to see that it is a LEGEND retold through a one hundred yer cycle… Its going to have elements which are changed like Chinese Whispers.

      That’s how I see them, and that way I am never disapointed in the story, but accept that this is the next telling of the Legend handed down over the generations.

      Sometimes I think the continuity of the timeline/s gets in the way of enjoying a folk-law type of story Nintendo wish to show, and the enjoyment of a great game.

      I cannot wait till March the 3rd!

      • Healing Fae

        yeah tbh, as much as I love the lore and obey the timeline, I couldnt give two cuccoos if others do or not, its just something I personally enjoy. So like I believe timeline fans and non timeline fans can live together in peace… until the fire nation attacks that is

        • Andrew Defty

          “Everything changed once the Fire Nation arrived…”

  • Healing Fae

    I also find it interesting that the further back we go in the zelda timeline to more technologically advanced things there are, perhaps hyrule is set in a post apocalyptic world? Not earth per say, but maybe there was a civilization that came before the events of all of this and over time less of their presence is seen as time washes it away. This is a thought I have had about the games since SS, since the robots are all basically “dead” until you turn back time.

    • smcrzgi

      seems like it. Splatoon and pikmin are both post apocalyptic i believe. it seems like nintendo likes the theme.

      • Healing Fae

        i haven never played spaltoon but yes, I think a lot of story writers these days are obsessed with post apocalyptic , Ive been seeing it like everywhere lately.

    • Andrew Defty

      I like your theory here…
      If indeed both Link and Zelda in SS were the first of the curse of Demise, then yes, the tech stuff would fit nicely with the way it is lesser than it was then (Timeline placement… If that counts for you).

      But, the thing crawling about the side of Death Mountain, and the huge legs of the SotC creature stamping, were summoned from the four powers (the trailer suggests it, and there are supposed to be only four MAIN dungeons it is said), which suggest that the Sheikah are still about somewhere, maybe the shrivelled shrine dudes (100 of them), if not a small band of nomads. Maybe being no more than (Like Aragorn and the Dunadain) Rangers of some mystic legend themselves.

      Oh we could go on guessing and theorising, but we will only know when we finish the game for sure…

      And for that I cannot wait!

      • Healing Fae

        Any post that includes LOTR is a fantastic one in my books. Haha, and yes I cannot wait to get my hands on this game, I have always loved diving into the lore of the zelda universe so deeply that I often talk about it to anyone who will listen. It seems this game is going to be big on both story and lore and that is something I am immensely excited for! ^_^