The Legend of Zelda: New Tides
"This is but one of the legends of which the people speak...
Long ago, there existed a kingdom where a golden power lay hidden. It was a prosperous land blessed with green forests, tall mountains, and peace..."
Ganondorf, the great evil that all still thought to be sealed away in the Sacred Realm of Hyrule, crept forth, eager to resume his dark designs. As the darkness was spreading over the kingdom, the people hoped that the Hero of Time would once again appear to save them, but the hero did not appear.Ganon’s next step was to make another aggressive move for the Triforce. The king, Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, attempted to stop the fiend, but was not strong enough.
A war once more broke out amongst the races. Some Gerudo joined Ganondorf deciding to take the spoils as it became clear the Hero of Time would not appear. Other Gerudo fought against their sisters. Some races - such as the Hylians and Gorons - raised to fight against the Gerudo forces. Others, such as the Kokiri, decided to remain neutral in a desperate hope they wouldn’t end up like the Sheikah.
As doom drew nigh, the king and his people prayed to the gods, leaving their kingdom in the hands of fate. The goddesses answered their prayers by instructing those chosen to flee for the mountaintops, before they flooded the land. Ganondorf and his minions were sealed along with Hyrule in an enchanted air chamber at the bottom of the sea, with the Master Sword serving as the key suspending the flow of time within the chamber. However, Ganondorf was not the only one hidden under the waves. Unlike the King of Thieves, many people were unable to reach the mountain tops in time and subsequently drowned.
Now a few survivors find themselves on an island, confused, disorientated and barely alive. However will they stay that way for long?
Before Getting Started
- There are no Wind Waker exclusive races at this time. According to the Hyrule Historia timeline, the Wind Waker takes place right after Ocarina of Time. Ganondorf was resurrected and then Hyrule is flooded. As a result we are using Ocarina of Time races.
- King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule died in the flood. While his daughter escaped with some retainers and a piece of the Triforce, she has delved into hiding because even though Ganondorf is dead, his minions are not. So, she basically pulled a Sheik. Everyone assumed she died in the flood as well.
- There are no sages. None. Nada. They are dead. End of discussion.
- If you think this is sounding like an RP which is based on complete anarchy, congrats. That is exactly what it is. This is the RP which focuses mostly on what happened in the aftermath. No settlements on the islands have been mapped out. The Zora haven't evolved yet. The Gerudo haven't left to the corners of the sea. Kokiri haven't transformed into Korok. Gorons have not established themselves as traders and vagabonds. Sheikah are still dead. (Nice try.)
Now, I am getting most of my information from the Zelda Wiki, and I'm going to copy and paste all the information you need for character creation and everything you will need to know about the Great Sea. You will literally have zero excuse for not keeping within the outline I have set out for this RP. While I want this to be an open world and there is no railroad tracks to follow, I expect you all to keep within the racial descriptions and the world as is described.
Hylians: Hylians traditionally have pointed ears, and generally have blue or blue-grey eyes and light skin, although the ethnicity as a whole has a wide degree of variation. The lower classes usually wear casual clothing; Hylian males tend to wear belt leather jerkins, and females wear long gowns in many different colors. Hyrulean symbols are often part of the embroidery in their dresses. Tall buns are common in women, while men of the working class usually wear broad-brimmed hats in order to protect their skin from the sun and the rain. Some men also wear knee-length leather boots.
It has been observed that the higher classes including royalty wear complex and luxurious jewelry including precious metals and gemstones such as gold and rubies.
Hylians have a medieval theme to them which fits to the medieval setting of the series, especially in the case of earlier games. Many architectural elements seen in the series greatly resemble architecture from the medieval times. Clothing styles vary but are mainly consistent with the overall medieval theme. Unlike most other races, Hylians are a predominantly urban race. This, however, by no means suggests that Hylians are not seen elsewhere, as many people seen living on farms and other comparable non-urban locations have been Hylian. Hylians are shown to have ranging professions, varying from farmers to merchants and bartenders. In addition, Hylians are known of being highly superstitious, having a rich mythology and many legends.
One of the few known abilities that the Hylian people possess is the use of their pointed ears to receive special messages from the gods themselves. This also includes the ability to send telepathic messages to other Hylians across time and space. This is an ability that continues to get passed unto their children, their children's children and so on.
Another special ability of the Hylians is their use of magic in musical notes that can aid in fast-forwarding time from day to night and night to day (Sun's Song), summon instant storms (Song of Storms) and allow teleportation to specific locations throughout the Kingdom of Hyrule.
Humans: There are a number of humans that are round-eared but are otherwise similar to the Hylians in appearance and culture, and often live with them in the same towns, it is unknown as to whether or not these humans belong to a distinct race. Round-eared humans do not possess magical powers, unlike Hylians. These particular humans are the majority on the islands of the Great Sea, the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna, and a province of Hyrule, Ordona.
Kokiri: The Kokiri are an ageless race that takes the form of human children. Like Hylians, they possess long, pointed ears. Apart from Saria, all known Kokiri have either blonde or red hair. Despite their agelessness, Kokiri are still mortal beings that may be killed.
The Great Deku Tree grants each Kokiri a Fairy, which watches over the Kokiri. Subsequently, the Kokiri utilize the Faries' abilities to their advantage, such as using them to speak across distances.
Possessing a Fairy partner is considered the sign of becoming a "true Kokiri" within the forest, and many of the Kokiri congratulate Link after he obtains one and even offer to help teach him to use it. Mido bullied Link because he didn't have one, and still refuses to accept the young hero as one of them even after Navi has joined Link's side. The Kokiri do not accept adults who have Fairies, however.
The Kokiri dress in green Kokiri Tunics. The females wear headbands, while the males wear distinctive floppy green hats. They all reside within hollowed-out trees, which they use as buildings. When the Kokiri Forest is overrun with monsters, they all take refuge within the buildings. For some reason, the tops of the trees are all cut in a cone shape.
The Kokiri seem to be dependent on horticulture, as many farming supplies can be found within Link's house. Hay may even be found within the young hero's home, although no livestock are visibly present until after Malon gives Link a Cow. Fruits are present on Link's table within his house, so some of the Kokiri diet may be gathered rather than cultivated, though since Link is a Hylian and not a Kokiri, this may not apply.
Gerudo: The Gerudo as they've thus far appeared held the following looks: round ears, a prominent nose, brown skin, amber eyes and red hair. Which of these are actually unmistakable Gerudo traits is unknown due to their small established role throughout the series.
Their skin color has been shown to come in two variants: a common light brown and an olive-greenish version seen on Twinrova and Ganondorf, though their skin may be darker due to age. Recent games have made some adjustments to Ganondorf's look, changing his nose from "long" to "big" while his ears have become slightly pointy - far from Hylian-like, but still less round than what they have once been. Whether this has any significance for the Gerudo race as a whole is unknown.
A rather peculiar aspect of Gerudo physiology is that the race consists of almost solely women, with a male being born only once every hundred years. The exact nature of this phenomenon is never explained, leaving many questions unfortunately unanswered. It is known however, that at least during the Ocarina of Time era the lack of males among the Gerudo is countered by them taking boyfriends from other human races. This establishes that heterosexual relationships are common in their nearly all-female society.
Some members of the race have been shown to possess magical skills. Given the focus the Gerudo put on physical training, this seems to be either a rare or otherwise unused ability. Furthermore, Gerudo might be able to reach a very high age, though the only suggestion to this was related to Twinrova, not exactly a most standard example of a Gerudo.
The Gerudo have an Arabic theme to them and seem to be based on the Amazons, a "real world" tribe of warrior women. Being a warrior race, they have been shown to use weapons such as glaives, dual scimitar swords and bow and arrows. In Ocarina of Time, they are capable equestrians, while they prefer the use of boats in Majora's Mask due to their role as pirates.
Generally, they have been shown to be a somewhat reclusive race that does not take well to outsiders on their territory, which in Hyrule constitutes the whole desert area. Though not without nobility, they've mostly been depicted as thieves to the other races. The Gerudo appreciate talent when they see it and do accept non-Gerudo among their ranks if they manage to prove themselves.
Zora: Sea Zoras are normally found near or in large bodies of water. Their skin color lies in the white-blue-gray area, although brown/red also is a possible, though seemingly rarer variant. Most individuals (but not all) have fins attached to their arms and a tail at the back of their head (making their head alone look like a fish). The females have breasts, even though the species was shown to lay eggs in Majora's Mask, though this could simply be a design tool to help distinguish between the sexes.
Goron: The Gorons are a large race, with sizes ranging from medium, tall and even gigantic. The largest known Goron in the series is Biggoron, who was about roughly the same height as the peak of Death Mountain. They have small eyes and noticeable lips, which conceal unaligned square teeth. Their durable, round bodies greatly resemble that of stones and boulders, and nearly all Gorons have a hide of ridged stones on their backsides. Combined with their round shape, Gorons can also curl themselves into a ball shape and roll like a boulder, which is also their primary attack against enemies. They usually have a light brown skin; however, three Gorons, a green, red and blue, have been seen in the series only in the world of Labrynna. Their different color compared to other Gorons is unknown.
Another common trait of the Gorons is that they have symbols in the shape of the Goron's Ruby tattooed to the side of their arms, whether this is natural or not is unknown. Gorons also possess immense strength which many in their race are proud of, and many groups of Gorons like to hold competitions that test each other's physical strength and even rolling ability, including competitions such as sumo wrestling and rolling racing, among others. While Gorons do have many strengths, they are not without their weakness, and one of their apparent weakness is deep water as they cannot swim. However as told in Twilight Princess, Gorons can hold their breath for long periods without ever needing to breathe and thus cannot drown.
The diet of Gorons consists almost strictly of rocks mined from nearby mines, although it has been proven in certain titles that Gorons also eat other kinds of foods. In The Oracle series, it was shown that Gorons also drink lava, either in the form of Lava Juice or Lava Soup. Oracle of Ages also had a drink called Goronade, which acts much like an energy drink. In The Minish Cap, Biggoron had indicated that some Gorons also like to eat steel, and asked Link to give him his tiny shield to "nibble" on, which had eventually turned Link's shield into the Mirror Shield. In Phantom Hourglass it was mentioned that young Gorons may eat tree hearts to grow big and strong. It was also hinted in Twilight Princesss that Gorons may drink milk.
A large group of Gorons often live in a close-knit community within their home mountains, often lead by an elder leader. For example, the leader of the Death Mountain Gorons in Ocarina of Time was Darunia. Gorons are very close and respectful to others of their own kind, and often refer to each other as "Brothers". Though the Gorons are a friendly race, they can also be slow to trust outsiders, and may come off as cautious or even aggressive depending on the situation. However if the outsider is able to prove their worth, usually in a test of strength, skill or intelligence, the Goron tribe will accept them in as one of their "Brothers".
Besides strength, some Gorons are known to be skilled smiths, notably Medigoron and Biggoron, of which the latter is responsible for creating the Biggoron's Sword. They are also known for harvesting bombs from Bomb Flowers which grows in Death Mountain, sometimes also called the Goron's Special Crop. Some Gorons have been shown to be interested in archaeology, uniquely amongst the many Hyrulean races.
The Goron race have also been noted by fans for lack of any identifiable females.
Gerudo: Out of all the races, there is the most contention amongst the Gerudo. With the first defeat of Ganondorf, the Gerudo were forced to give up their tradition of naming their male heirs king and their life - which was seen as the “problem” instead of the culture of rampant racism that lead to Ganondorf trying to take over Hyrule in the first place. There was also other restrictions placed on them such as each Gerudo could only leave the Fortress once a year and there was four times to choose from. It wasn't uncommon for the Gerudo to never come back. Although there were Gerudo who fought against Ganondorf, as a general rule it wasn't due to love for other races. Gerudo are more sexually free than the other races and they aren't allowed to marry.
Hylian/Humans: These two have very similar cultures as they live together. They also have the best relationship between the two races. In fact it isn't uncommon for Hylian and human to be used interchangeably by the other races. They fought together against the Gerudo the second the Ganondorf came back and kept fighting to the bitter end. However, overall they kept believing the Hero of Time would return to save them and each year he didn't their drive to fight dwindled as they believed it to be a useless cause.
Goron: The rock people are ones who put their pride first. A tight knit community which refers to themselves as brothers, they have a good relationship with the Hylian Royal Family and respect those who proved their worth against the Gerudo. Like Hylians, they are not at all likely to be kind to a Gerudo.
Zora: While the Zora allowed their warriors to fight against the Gerudo, for the most part they bided their time and didn't really join that much in the fighting. Well aware of what happened last time Ganondorf was in power and the hope that the Hero of Time would come back to save them, they felt joining the fight in full force like the Hylians, humans and the Gorons was foolish.
Kokiri: Unlike every other race which took part in fighting to some extent, the Kokiri stayed neutral and out of it. They did so hoping not to draw the ire of Ganondorf, which worked to the extent of he was so preoccupied with total war with everyone else, the destruction of the Kokiri moved to the bottom of the must do list. As a result they are the only race with no deaths. While one or two Kokiri may have joined in the fighting, they wouldn't have been very helpful outside the forest as they had no knowledge of fighting and will have eternal innocence. Ones who lose this turn to Skull Kids. The other races are annoyed all the same about their stance and will likely keep bringing this up to a Kokiri. Some took it more of a personal insult than others.
The ZRPG will begin with all of our characters together. By some twist of fate, all of them decided to take the same escape route, each having been informed of the cataclysmic flood by various means. Whatever last-minute supplies they were able to gather you are allowed to start with. Keep in mind that the alpine area where the sea will be flooding is completely barren, and your character can only bring as much as he or she can carry.
Magic and Abilities
I’m going to leave this very open-ended and trust that no one does anything crazy. If you end up submitting a crazy over-powered character anyways, you will undoubtedly be asked to tweak a few things. As long as it’s sensible and doesn’t break canon for the Zelda universe, I’m pretty open to what you use.
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Character Creation Rules
- You cannot play established characters in any Zelda game. So, that means if you want to play a Kokiri, you cannot play Mido.
- You cannot play anybody relating to the Royal Family. This means the princess or one of her retainers. None of our characters know the truth of the Royal Family and that there is a survivor. None.
- Keep to the racial description provided. It's nice if you want your character to be "different," but you can go to the Battle Arena or start your own RP for that. Here, we are sticking to the racial descriptions provided.
- Characters should only have what they can carry on their back. So they shouldn't be weighed down by a lot of weight, otherwise the floodwaters would have killed them. While I am trying to keep to the Zelda canon as best as I can, characters do not have Link's magical pouch of being able to carry several ton things on their person and walk around like its nothing.
- I expect a paragraph at least from personality and history. More is better. More is always better.
Finally, this rule is important to say up front because it’s unique to the ZRPG. There is a week long
grace period for participants to regularly post once the thread begins. While there is no established post order, if you do not manage to write a single post in that period of time and give no leave of absence (or notification to skip your character’s chance to react or act at all), you will be written out of the ZRPG. If it takes you longer than three days to post, your character's chance to react may also be skipped without warning. If you wish to rejoin after being written out, you may PM me with a viable idea to bring your character back into the action.
Characters and Players
Below is the current characters and players in New Tides. New players are always welcome to join, however, before a new player may come into the role play, they must send a "conversation" to Ruki for approval before posting their character in this thread. After the character has been posted, they will be hyperlinked here for easy access.
Hana, played by Ruki
Kempe, played by Sam Nornal
Chaith, by mattmaster68
Captain Rauruma "The Red" Rivel, played by Link64
Lorna played by House Impa