A while back a few of my friends made some redesigns of Zelda (from The Legend of Zelda, yes) that were and still are really neat. Since I thought it would be fun, I tried my own redesign of Link but it didn’t really work out all that well. What DID work out well was the story that my brain automatically made up along with the pic. From there, I had plans to do a redesign of Zelda, a character that ended up way more interesting than Link.
So these are the results, which I’ve worked on now and then over the course of a year. This Zelda is supposed to be a hardened warrior, which I hope she looks like. I’m not completely happy with the results but I think that this little experiment was really fun so I still feel like I gained something.
I’ll paste the plot summary I made here again, if anyone wanted to read it:
The Phoenix Order is Hyrule’s most consistently strong police force and has been for close to a hundred years.
Meet Bearded Paladin Link. A paladin class novice, always at the bottom of his class. His first day of paladin school is one he won’t forget as he finds out that his sister Zelda, notoriously known for being the most fierce paladin in Hyrule, is his new mentor. He can no longer slack of as he used to. But his fear is short lived and replaced with a greater one as his sister gets kidnapped the same day by an organization simply known as “Ganon”.
Confused, scared and fearful for his sisters life, he peruses them. What he doesn’t know is that Zelda has already managed to free herself and he is kidnapped in her stead. Now, “Ganon” uses Link as bait to lure Zelda out.
Meanwhile, after a face to face inspection by “Ganon“‘s leader Aghanim, Link is promptly thrown into a cold, dark dungeon. The old man in the next cell over who calls himself “Nonag” helps him find a way out of the cell. Link is getting the hell out of there, but not before he finds out what Aghanim wants with his sister. What makes her so special?
Zelda arrives just in time to see Link found out by Aghanim. Link panics and falls down an impossibly long cliff into the valley below “Ganon“‘s headquarters. In cold rage, Zelda retreats for backup and starts up a crusade to avenge her fallen brother.
Presumed dead but still alive, Link finds himself washed up in a foreign land believed to once have been inhabited by the gods. He finds a long forgotten sword that he is asked to have delivered to the one who should wield it. But can he make it in time? Ganon, always oppressed by Hyrule for something that happened a hundred years ago, have finally found a way to defeat their sworn enemy. All they need is Zelda, the chosen one.
The backwards “Ganon” wasn’t all that clever but you can’t get everything right in one go I guess. The first coloured pic is supposed to be when Zelda breaks free and the last illustration is after witnessing Link’s demise.
Well, that’s that. I’m spent.