Link is courage personified. It’s there from the initial 8-bit moment when he shimmies down into the first of many caves and defies the white blocks of words, “It’s dangerous to go alone!” When his uncle leaves home on a stormy night, when he’s washed up on an unfamiliar shore, when he’s summoned for being different, when his only possessions are taken from him…his courage is the one constant. He is imbued with it.
But what about the others: Hylian warriors, stoic Gorons, benevolent Sages? How aware are we of their courage? How significant a part do they play in the fight for Hyrule?
In a series of explorative articles, I am going to dive into the core of those closest to Link within the series, to try and muster some sense of their roles, how they were utilised, and how perhaps they could have brought more to The Legend of Zelda. More specifically, over the next few weeks, I’d like to focus on the characters that make up the Resistance in Twilight Princess, their roles and relationships to Link, how that manifests in them and him, and how their various situations could have compelled them to act.