This may be one of the most common cliches of all time, but I used to daydream about flying as a kid. Soaring in the skies, free to go where I please — it was that sense of freedom I wished I could have instead of being cooped up inside the classroom all day. Sure, I loved to sit in my room and read books or play video games all day, but the call for adventure was always there.
Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favorite artwork from The Legend of Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favorite characters and moments.
It may come as no surprise then that as I got older I had more opportunities to do things such as travel by plane. I loved every minute of it. Finally being able to look out at the clouds and realize that small dream of being able to fly was, well, uplifting! It was that sense of freedom I’d yearned for. The fact that I was going on an adventure to a place I had never been, flying through the sky — there really was nothing like that feeling and there might not ever be anything that comes close.
I bring this up because, it shouldn’t surprise you by this point, that the Rito are my favorite tribe in Zelda. I adored them in Wind Waker and I loved them just as much in Breath of the Wild, if not more so. The fact that Rito Village has some of my favorite music in the soundtrack certainly helped as well. That being so, I found Revali nigh unbearable. I couldn’t stand his pompous attitude at all. He was the second champion I’d found after Mipha, who quickly became a new favorite.
It wasn’t until the end of his story arc that it all made sense. Perhaps Revali viewed Link as a rival and actually cared for him in his own way? I like to think that to be the case, both based on the context of the game and my own personal wishes, since I didn’t want to hate the champion of my favorite race.
Seeing this piece titled simply “Rito Champion Revali” by DeviantArt user MaskedGolem, it made me contemplate more about Revali as a character. As well as that, the conveyance of looking out at the landscape with Revali behind Link brings an emotional impact to the image. If Revali did care in his own way, it makes this piece have an even more powerful impact. On top of that, knowing that Link can glide and use Revali’s Gale for even more freedom, this is a picture that elicits that same feeling of freedom I mentioned earlier.
From the poses to the coloring to the characters facing the world in front of them, this picture strongly captures the same emotions I started to feel as Revali’s story came to a close. It’s an extremely well made piece, and it certainly made me contemplate this game that I love, more than I have in a while — and that’s not a small thing.
Some argue that Breath of the Wild didn’t have much of a story, but for me that felt far from the truth. I was engrossed in the world and in finding out what had transpired in various parts throughout it. I get that folks pine for the more linear titles since the story is much more tightly packed, but I found all of the characters in Breath of the Wild fascinating. It’s clear from MaskedGolem’s fan art that they too have passion for the characters and their personalities, which is all well represented in this fantastic piece.