The Legend of Ranma
I decided to write this on a whim, and I was in a really silly mood at
the time. However, as I continued thinking about it, I wondered if it was not such a bad idea after all. After all, I've read fan fictions in which Ranma had been put into bizarre and weird situations. After reading a story that I found in the Dragonbard's Archive, and after I finished playing The Legend of Zelda on my Nintendo, I wondered about putting Ranma in the world of Hyrule. Call me weird, but I just have to write this! The Dragonbard, Albert Liu, Skysaber and countless others, inspired this story who have put our favorite martial artist into one world, then have him return to his with some interesting aftereffects! As always, none of the characters in this story belong to me. They belong to their respective creators and copyrights. Ranma is the creation of Rumiko Takahashi, while the characters of the Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is trademarked by Nintendo.
This will be a revision of the original story as I get back into the groove of things. After replaying this game on my Wii system, I began rediscovering certain things that I missed previously. This will be a bit of a cleanup of spelling and grammar errors, as well as add some new stuff.
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Child of Destiny
Ranma Saotome was not happy. He had just past his tenth year and his father had subjected him to a series of horrendous training sessions. If one could call it a form of training. To Ranma, it was just another one of his father's abuses.
For days now, his father Genma had been throwing him repeatedly into a pit of starving cats with fish sausage strapped to his back. The sessions were becoming ever more unbearable as the hungry felines clawed and ripped at his body. And every time they did so, Ranma could feel a small part of his sanity slip away.
Today was almost beyond his limit to endure. As he was wrapped in fish sausage, he pleaded to his father, "Please Pop! Don't throw me back in there! This Cat Fist isn't working!"
"Quit your whining!" Genma shot back in a displeased tone. "I didn't start teaching my son in the Art, just to have him start crying like a wimp! A true martial artist must suffer, to achieve absolute mastery over the School of the Anything Goes Martial Arts!"
With these words, he shoved his son into the pit.
Ranma's eyes widened with fear and tears began to flow as he plummeted down toward the waiting mob of hungry cats. He then shut his eyes and whispered out a quiet prayer, "If this is my FATE, end my life now!"
It was at that point that he was enveloped in a bright flash of light. The sudden flare of light temporarily blinded Genma when he looked down at where he had dropped his son.
When the fat and balding martial artist regained his eyesight, he looked down into the pit. He could not see his offspring anywhere. Then one particular thought entered his normally empty head…
<NODAKA’S GONNA KILL ME!>
The world of Hyrule, Kokiri Forest…
Ranma found himself on an open field in what appeared to be a forest. He was lying on his back in front of a huge oak tree that was as large, and as wide as a ten-story building. There were many sparks of light that danced and darted in the air around him. Looking down at himself, he saw that the fish sausage had been removed, and all the injuries that he had sustained in the days of Cat Fist training were gone. He also discovered that he was dressed in a green shirt, shorts and had a pair of soft leather boots. It was then that he looked up and saw something else.
The giant oak tree began to shimmer with an eerie white light, and in an instant, a face appeared on the trunk. The bark contorted and a pair of eyes and what appeared to be a mustache. The face looked down at the child and smiled. Then it spoke.
"Welcome to the Kokiri Forest, young one! I am the Great Deku Tree! I am the guardian of this sacred soil! The people who live among these woods are the Kokiri. They too are under my protection. Who might you be?"
Ranma was more than awestruck to have a giant tree talk to him. His first instinct was to run for his life, but somehow, the rich and tender tones of the Deku Tree soothed him. After a full minute, he found his voice. "I'm… Ranma."
"Ranma? Strange name, but it is a pleasure to meet you." The Great Deku
Tree replied. "From what lands do you hail from? From whence do you come?"
“Huh?” The boy asked as he was unused to speaking in such an elaborate manner. Growing up with Genma left him with no experience when dealing with others in polite company.
“Where do you come from? Where is your home?”
Ranma tried to respond, but for some reason, all of his memories became hazy and unclear. He tried to summon up the name of where he had come from, but all he got was more fuzziness. Then again, since he was taken from his birthplace since he was five, he wouldn’t have been able to give the talking tree a definite answer, even if he wanted to. He looked up at the tree again and said, "I don't remember."
"I see. It seems that your past is being denied to you. Then you have no family? Are you an orphan?"
"I… whoa! What's that?!" Ranma quickly stood up into a fighting stance as one of the lights darted toward him, then began circling him like a moth to a flame.
To the casual observer, it appeared to be a small ball of light. Upon closer inspection however, Ranma could see a pair of wings protruding from its surface. The wings resembled those of a dragonfly.
"Hello!" The light said in a high and musical voice.
The Great Deku Tree grinned as he said, "Well, it seems that Navi has taken a liking to you."
"Yes Ranma. Navi is one of the many fairies that inhabit the kingdom of Hyrule."
"A fairy? I thought those were only make-believe. And what is Hyrule?"
"It's not a what, it's a where. Hyrule is the name of our world and the Kokiri Forest is one of the many lands that surround it."
"Is that where I am?" Ranma asked.
"Yes child. And you may now consider this forest your home. It seems that Navi wishes to bond with you."
Before Ranma could react, the fairy Navi flew in a wide circle around the boy. As it darted about, it began releasing what appeared to be a shiny powder. After sprinkling it around the ground where Ranma stood, the fairy hovered and waited. The ground began to glow with an eerie light. Ranma tensed up in fear and then looked up at the Deku Tree.
"Do not worry Ranma. This is how a fairy asks a person, if he or she would accept it as a partner."
"Yes. Fairies have a need for purpose. Aiding those with whom they have formed a life-long bond with fulfills that need. Every Kokiri here has his or her own guardian fairy. They are quite happy with this arrangement and have found many advantages to having a fairy for a life-friend."
At the mention of the word friend, Ranma's expression brightened. He didn't know why, but he had an overwhelming feeling of loneliness, whenever he tried to recall his past. Having someone who would be his friend for life was just too good to pass up.
"Yes. I will accept Navi as my guardian fairy."
"Yay!" Navi cried out as she completed the bonding process. There was another flash of light and the pact was sealed. Ranma felt a slight tingle wash over his body as he held out a hand. The fairy floated above his hand and the two looked at each other in fascination.
The Great Deku Tree smiled as he then sent another message to another fairy that was floating nearby. "Inda! Go tell the others that there is a new Kokiri! Make certain he is made comfortable and is welcomed as he settles in. And tell Saria that I wish to see her."
A little while later, Saria came into the clearing where the Deku Tree stood. Like Ranma, she too was dressed in leather boots and forest green-colored clothes. However, she had pointed ears like an elf and green hair.
"You wished to speak with me Great Deku Tree?"
"Yes Saria. Have you met our newest member?"
Saria nodded. "He seems nice enough. He's a little shy but I think he'll fit in. The others seem to like him, all except Mido, but he's always like that! I have a few questions though."
"I thought you might." The Kokiri Guardian responded.
"He's not one of us, is he? His aura, it's different somehow. I can't deny that Navi has bonded with him, but I thought fairies only bonded with strangers when they happen to be children of destiny."
"Of all of the Kokiri, you are the most perceptive Saria. You are correct. He is not of the Kokiri. In fact, he is not even from this world."
"Saria, what I'm about to tell you will remain between the two of us. You will not inform the others and especially Ranma. Do you understand?"
Saria nodded after a moment.
"Ranma hails from another world and was transported here during a great imbalance of the mystical forces of reality. His memories of his previous life had been all but wiped out and his form had changed. I was about to reverse the process and send him home, but I then discovered that he was a child of destiny. He will be playing a key role in the safety of our world in the near future. He possess great power within him, and it would be in the best interests of Hyrule that he use that power to safeguard our home."
"I see. And exactly what world did he come from?"
"A place the inhabitants simply call Earth."
A year later...
Ranma was happy. He had been living in the Kokiri Forest for over twelve months and had made friends with all the Kokiri. Well, all except Mido who still considered him an outsider. As he went on, his physical skills were still a source of awe for the others. The years of martial arts training with Genma had been permanently ingrained and Ranma's unarmed combat techniques had left many of the forest people stunned. Many of them had begun trying to mimic his moves.
Ranma and Navi got along very well. Navi was always by his side and kept him from getting into any trouble. The pigtailed boy was glad to have the fairy as a companion and readily took her advice on how to act toward others. Navi was also great to have during his times of depression, whenever Mido called him names or when he was frustrated at not being able to remember his past. The small magic spells that Navi taught him were easily mastered, much to Navi's surprise. It was apparent that Ranma had indeed the potential of becoming a very powerful individual. Navi would applaud every time he would learn a new move or spell in mere minutes. Ranma would always smile back and flick the pigtail over his shoulder and behind his pointed ear. Since he believed that he had been born on this world, he didn't think that the shape of his ears was unusual, or that the fact his skin was paler.
A few days later...
“Listen here, Ranma! Even if you were called to an audience with the Great Deku Tree, how do you expect to help him without being properly equipped?” Mido asked as he blocked the entrance to the Great Deku Tree’s Clearing.
Ranma growled at Mido, then went into a stance. “I’m already equipped! You wanna see just how equipped I am again?”
The Kokiri boy winced and absently rubbed his posterior. Four days ago, he and Ranma got into an argument on who would get the last piece of Deku Berry Pie, The end result was the former Earthling winning the dispute and Mido unable to sit down properly for a while.
However, Mido stubbornly blocked his rival’s way and sneered, “So you beat me. So what? I’m still not letting you go through until you’re properly equipped with at least a sword and a shield. That’s the rule of the Kokiri and everyone here knows it! Everybody but you!”
Ranma growled a bit, and considered just pounding Mido into the ground, when Navi flashed beside him and shook her head. Letting off a sigh, he turned about and went off to get a sword and shield.
Getting a Deku Shield was relatively easy, since they cost only 40 Rupees at the Kokiri Store. If one looked hard enough, one could collect that much scrounging around the forest. The sword was a different matter, since there were no blacksmiths among the Kokiri, but Ranma had heard tales that a legendary Kokiri hero had hidden his sword in the forest, in a dangerous area that constantly had a boulder rolling about.
After finding the entrance, and taking a few hits from the rolling boulder, the young boy found what he was looking for in a large chest.
“Whoa! So this is the Kokiri Sword?” Ranma asked as he held up an ornamental blade that was basically just a large knife.
Navi fluttered in agreement. “That’s it, Ranma. Now you can go the store to get a shield and you’re all set.”
After getting through Mido, then fighting his way past a few monster plants, Ranma finally arrived at the clearing where the Great Deku Tree stood. The tree looked very pale and several of its branches were sagging. He did not appear as the healthy and vibrant tree that Ranma met a year ago.
"Ranma... it is good that you have come. I believe that you have been experiencing many dark nightmares these past few moons." The Great Deku Tree said in a sad and wavering voice.
Ranma nodded. For several nights, he had been having nightmares about a man in black armor ready to kill him, and the images of a cute girl with blond hair.
"These dreams are a sign that a great evil force will soon blanket the lands of Hyrule. I have been cursed. I need your courage to break this curse. Will you help me?"
Ranma nodded as he drew his sword. Navi floated beside him and waited.
"Then enter, brave Ranma and you too Navi…" After these words, the Great Deku Tree opened up a door that was below his face in the trunk. Ranma and his fairy entered. As they went inside, the Deku Tree thought, <And so, Destiny plays its first hand!>
Ranma looked about in wonderment at the inside of the Great Deku Tree, which was formed like the inside of a haunted castle. There were ladders, doors, and even torches. After finding a map and a hidden weapon, he made his way upward. He then blanched as he saw what was blocking his way to the higher levels.
“Aw yuck! If there’s anything I hate more than spiders, and that’s giant spiders!”
“Actually, they’re called Skulltulas, though I will admit that they are pretty disgusting.” Navi concurred. “Maybe you should put that Fairy Slingshot you found to good use?”
Navi’s life-friend nodded as he didn’t want to touch those things with his bare hands. Taking out the weapon, he fired off two shots, killing the giant, skull-shaped spider when it exposed its underbelly.
After the beast fell away, Ranma moved toward the edge of the platform he was on and looked down at the huge web that was covering the center hole of the floor below, which was about six stories down.
“Well? What are you waiting for Ranma?” Navi asked.
“Huh? What do you want me to do?”
“Jump.” The fairy replied simply.
“Jump?! From up here?!”
Navi glittered in response. “Well, we know that the Kokiri Sword can’t cut through that webbing, and I do sense that the source of the evil that cursed the Great Deku Tree is near the roots. I believe that falling from this height should be enough to break through the web.”
“Yeah, but what’s going to break my fall? Even my martial arts won’t allow me to land safely from that high up!”
“Don’t worry! There’s an underground pool of water down there that should be deep enough for you to land in safely.”
“Ranma… trust me okay? You’re my life-friend and I’d NEVER let you come to any harm unless it was necessary.”
The young lad considered the fairy’s words for a moment, then took a deep breath. Backing up a bit, he got a running start and leapt off the platform.
After breaking through the web, the Earthling-Turned-Kokiri found himself floating in a lower level of the Great Deku Tree.
Two hours later...
“WHAT IS THAT THING?!” Ranma gasped as he found himself face-to-face with Queen Gohma.
After wandering about the lower levels of the Great Deku Tree, the boy and his fairy were now fighting for their lives against a gigantic half-spider, half-scorpion monster with one huge eye.
“Shoot its eye!” Navi exclaimed. “I sense that is her weak point!”
Ranma nodded as he fired off a volley of Deku Seeds at the beast, causing the ugly arachnid to fall toward the floor of the chamber. Whipping out the Kokiri Sword, he slashed repeatedly at Gohma’s eye. Letting off one hideous shriek, the one responsible for cursing the Great Deku Tree dissolved away, freeing the Guardian Spirit of the Kokiri.
However, as Ranma would soon find out, it was already too late…
The next day…
<It's not fair!> Ranma thought as he ran across the field that was
between the Kokiri Forest and Hyrule Castle. <After going through all
those tunnels, killing those monsters, (I think those Skulltulas were the worst!) and destroying Queen Gohma, why did the Great Deku Tree still have to die?>
"I'm sorry Ranma." Navi replied. "But at least he gave you the Forest
Emerald. And it's a good thing that Saria gave you that Ocarina. Who knows? It might come in handy someday!"
Ranma looked at the fairy flying beside him and gave her a sad smile. After bonding with her, Ranma had discovered that she could hear his
thoughts. Although he was a bit unnerved, he trusted Navi would never betray his innermost thoughts to anyone. <The Great Deku Tree died when he told me to take this Spiritual Stone to Hyrule Castle! After all that he's done for me, I won't let him down! I swear it!>
The following day…
It had taken Ranma more than a day to finally get inside the castle and meet up with Princess Zelda. Unfortunately, the palace guards kept on tossing him out and his way to get inside the main walls had been blocked by the lazy owner of the Lon Lon Ranch. However, Ranma's persistence paid off. With the help of a few stealth techniques and a Cuccoo, Ranma was finally able to meet the princess.
He was little more than shocked to see that the princess was the same girl in his dream. However, he calmed himself down and introduced himself. After showing her the Forest Emerald, Zelda became excited and began explaining a prophecy that she had seen in her dreams.
"... so you're saying that this Ganondorf is after this thing, the TriForce?" Ranma asked after Zelda had finished her tale.
"Yes! I'm sure that he is intending to conquer the world with it!" Zelda replied. "I have had some spies follow him and they have told me that he has already cast a death-curse on the Great Deku Tree of the Kokiri!"
<He's the one!> Ranma became very angry at this new information. Thoughts of revenge began to circulate in his head. He then looked at the princess with determination. "How can I help?"
Lon Lon Ranch…
“Now that was a nice little tune.” Navi remarked after she and Ranma had learned a song from the girl Malon, who had inadvertently helped them get into Hyrule Castle. Ranma had decided to return the Cucco to her and had met up with her father again, as well as the farmhand Ingo, who was constantly complaining on how lazy the owner was.
“Hey, we got a bottle of Lon Lon Milk, and we found that hidden treasure (1) on the other side of the ranch, so it wasn’t a waste of time to come here.” Ranma remarked. “So do you wanna see Saria first before he head out to the Kakariko Village Impa told us about?”
“That’s a good idea. Saria usually spends her time in the Lost Woods, but normally you can find her by following that song she always plays on her ocarina.”
“Oh thank you for getting all my Cuccoos back for me!” The woman asked after Ranma had found the last of her birds and brought it back. “I have allergies and I get goosebumps every time I touch one.”
<Boy, did you choose the wrong career.> Ranma thought, as he was given an empty bottle as a reward.
A while later, while scrounging about the graveyard, he learned a new magical song, and got a Hylian shield for free. The gravedigger Dampe gave him the creeps though.
In Goron City…
Ranma became a little miffed at the huge Goron in front of him. The Goron looked like all the others, a large lumpy mass with thick skin and scales. However, this Goron had on his chin that looked like a beard, but instead of hair, it was also made of skin and scales.
"I told you! This is a Goron matter!" Darunia said.
Ranma frowned. It had been a long and exasperating journey. The trouble he went though to climb Death Mountain had been harsh. During his journey here, to fight off Tektites and dodge falling rocks while going up the Death Mountain Trail. Now this Goron was telling him to get lost after he asked for the Goron's Ruby, the second of the Spiritual Stones.
Ranma couched and prepared to deliver a retort in to form of a flying kick, when Navi stopped him.
"Hold on Ranma!" Navi pleaded. "This Goron has every right to be so mad! His people are starving! Calm down!"
The boy relaxed a bit and asked, "So what do we do?"
"He looks a bit down. Maybe a song will cheer him up!"
Ranma looked at his fairy, then shrugged as he took out his Ocarina and decided to play one of the more lively tunes that his friend Saria had taught him. To his surprise, the Goron heard the first few notes and began to dance like crazy. His expression turned from depression to joy as he hopped about with abandon.
After Ranma had finished the song, the Goron looked at him and smiled. "What a nice tune! You really helped lift my spirits! I'm Darunia! King of the Gorons! What can I do for you?"
Inside the Dodongo's Cavern…
“Prove yourself a real man and destroy the monsters in the cavern he says.” Ranma muttered as he entered the mouth of the cave. “I don’t know why, but hearing that phrase ‘prove yourself a real man’ always makes me angry somehow.”
“We can figure that out later.” Navi maintained, then pointed toward a Bomb Flower. “Since the entrance to the inner chamber is blocked, we’re going to have blast our way in.”
“Well, it’s a good thing I’ve got this Goron Bracelet.”
After pulling up the explosive plant, Ranma chucked it toward the entrance and dove for cover.
A little later…
“Wow! A bag of bombs! Now you don’t have to go look for Bomb Flowers!” Navi remarked excitedly as her life-friend pulled out the item from the chest.
“Yeah, that’s a good thing.” The little boy then noticed that the bag was made of a material that didn’t feel like leather or any other fabric he was familiar with. “What’s this bag made of, Navi?”
“Hmmm…” The fairy considered the container for a moment, then replied, “Well, apparently that’s a dried Dodongo’s stomach.”
“Oh come on, Navi! What could be worse than Queen Gohma and those giant spiders?”
“Uh… how about… that?” Navi pointed toward something that was behind Ranma after they had dropped though a hole and ended up in near a large lava pit.
The Kokiri boy felt the ground tremble as he beheld a huge lizard tromping toward him. The monster let off a huge roar, then spat out a gout of flame from its mouth.
“YEOW! HOT! HOT! HOT!”
Throughout the entire trip in the caverns, Ranma had managed to keep his Deku Shield from burning up. However, he had to throw it away as it caught fire from King Dodongo’s breath. The infernal dinosaur then curled up and rolled toward him. Fortunately, Ranma was small enough to avoid the attack by hugging the walls of the chamber. As King Dododongo came tromping back toward him, the lad wondered how to defeat the beast.
<Hmmm, if he’s too thick to attack from the outside… then maybe from the inside… >
At that point, he took out his new bag of bombs…
Ranma tossed the final bomb into the monstrous, fire-breathing fiend's mouth. As the device exploded and caused King Dodongo to fall, the pigtailed boy delivered the last blow with his sword. As the beast rolled over and died, Ranma wiped his brow and stood near the warp gate that appeared near the corpse of the once mighty destroyer of Gorons.
<I hope Darunia appreciates this! That was a lot of work! I hope this proves that I’m a real man now. Oh well, time to collect that Spiritual Stone!>
After entering the warp gate, the boy and his fairy were transported back to the entrance to the Dodongo’s Cavern, the Goron in question dropped down beside him and thumped him on the back in jubilation.
A pat on the back by a Goron was like being hit by a sledgehammer. Ranma was floored as Darunia praised him for a job well done. It was at that time he presented the youth with the Spiritual Stone of Fire, otherwise known as the Goron’s Ruby. He then advised him to go up the mountain to visit the Great Fairy.
After a very hazardous trip up an active volcano, (in which he was thankful for the Hylian Shield he had obtained), Ranma found himself in the presence of one of the Great Fairies, who happened to be descendants of the three Goddesses of Hyrule.
Ranma tested out his new sword attack, and liked how the waves of magic enhanced his fighting potential. At that point, the Great Fairy said to him…
“Hey, you’re the messenger from Hyrule Castle, aren’t you? If you’re in their neighborhood, there’s a friend of mine that will give you more power if you visit her.”
After getting information from Saria about the third Spiritual Stone, the young boy and his fairy made their way toward the kingdom of the Zoras. There he met with a funny-looking man who was munching on some strange beans that he claimed were magical. At the time, Ranma decided, what the heck, and purchased a few of the so-called magical beans, though he didn’t like the way the man kept on raising the price for each one.
After getting three beans, (and paying an outrageous 60 Rupees in total), Ranma continued on his way toward King Zora’s domain. As he climbed his way toward the top of the waterfall, he soon discovered that the Zoras were a playful bunch, especially with diving competitions. He took part in one of their games and earned a Silver Scale. It was then that he noticed something…
“Hey, Navi? Is that a tunnel down there?”
The pixie flashed in agreement and suggested to try it out, now that his companion could dive deeper with the Silver Scale.
“So that’s where the tunnel leads.” Ranma commented as he surfaced in the middle of a lake.
“Well, I don’t see anyone around here.” Navi remarked, then pointed toward a small shack on the far shore. “Let’s try that place.”
The boy swam toward the shack and went inside. It was there that he found out that it was an indoor fishing pond, with a very nice prize offered to winner who could land the biggest fish. Shrugging his shoulders, Ranma decided to try his luck.
“Wow! I can’t believe I won the top prize.” The former heir to the Anything Goes commented as he swam back toward the underwater tunnel.
“Considering you were the only competitor, it should have been no surprise.” Navi said with a bit of humor. “In any case, we didn’t find anything that could lead us to the third Spiritual Stone and… hey! What’s that?”
Ranma looked down and saw an object on the lake bottom. Using his new diving skill, he swam down to get it. He was surprised to find another bottle, this time with a note inside it. The message read…
Help! I’m trapped inside Lord Jabu-Jabu’s belly!
Signed Princess Ruto of the Zoras
P.S. Don’t tell my father!
“Are you sure about this, Navi?” Ranma inquired as he stood before the behemoth Fish God of the Zoras.
“All you have to do is present the offering to Lord Jabu-Jabu!” The fairy instructed. “Don’t worry! You got that new Warp Spell from that Great Fairy in case you get lost or in trouble.”
“Okay… I’m gonna trust you on this…”
As soon as he let out the fish in the bottle, Jabu-Jabu blinked and opened his mouth. He inhaled the fish, as well as anything and anyone near him, which included Ranma and his fairy.
Inside Lord Jabu-Jabu…
<Oh this is peachy!> Ranma thought as found himself in the mouth of the giant, fish deity. "Do we have to do this?" Ranma asked Navi.
"I'm afraid so Ranma. If we want to find Princess Ruto and that third Spiritual Stone, then we have to go straight to the heart of the matter. Or in this case, the stomach! Follow me!"
"Oh joy!" Ranma said sarcastically as he began going down the gullet of the giant fish. <Now this is going to be one heck of a fish story!>
Much, much later…
“You’re late! You’re useless! I was just a little lonesome! That’s all!”
Ranma groaned as he staggered toward the irate princess of the Zoras. He had just destroyed the reason why Jabu-Jabu was feeling green around the gills. The bio-electric anemone Barinade had been tough to fight, especially since the wet environment had enhanced its electric attacks. Genma’s son was still feeling slight tingles all over his body and this was one of the times in which he wished he didn’t have so much metal on him. If he hadn’t found the Fairy Boomerang, defeating the beast might have been impossible.
Ruto continued to complain and berate the boy as the two of them were enveloped by the warp gate and transported out of Jabu-Jabu.
On the way back to Hyrule Castle…
"What did Ruto mean when she said that the stone was her most 'prized possession' Navi?"
"Err... maybe I better tell you later! She seemed to like you though. Anyway, we should head back to Hyrule Castle! You've got all three Spiritual Stones!"
At the gates of Hyrule Castle…
Ranma looked up in terror at the man in black as he sat on his horse and angrily glared at the youth.
“You there! You must have seen the white horse gallop past! Which way did they go?”
Ranma shook his head and drew out his sword in response.
However, Gannondorf sneered at the boy’s defiance and shot out a burst of dark energy, knocking the future hero to the ground.
“Little fool! Do you know who you’re dealing with? I am Gannondorf, and I shall soon become the master of this world!”
The evil lord then galloped away in pursuit of Zelda, leaving a bewildered Ranma at the gate.
At the Temple of Time…
"Well, here we are Navi." Ranma said as he stood in front of the altar. "I can't believe that we went through all that trouble to get those
stones, then Zelda doesn't wait up for us!"
"She has her reasons Ranma! Anyway, you got the Ocarina of Time! We should do what she asked of us!"
Ranma nodded as he found that he couldn't refuse the wishes of a cute girl. Taking out the magical, flute-like instrument, he began playing his newly learned Song of Time.
The altar glowed with an eerie light as the three Spiritual Stones levitated above him and inserted themselves in the three holes in front. The Door of Time opened up, revealing a large, nearly empty room. In the middle of the chamber was a small pedestal. Imbedded in the stone was the most sacred weapon in all of Hyrule.
The Master Sword.
Seven years later…
Ranma was more than a little shocked as to what happened to him. After removing the Master Sword from its resting place, he had found himself aged from a young boy of eleven to a handsome and finely muscled adolescent of eighteen. Seven years had passed and now, he was being told by a sage of his destiny, as the Hero of Time. Suffice to say, Ranma was a little more than overwhelmed. However, Ranma swallowed his nervousness and told the old man that he was up to the challenge.
“Where are we going, Ranma? I thought we needed to go to Kakariko Village, like that person Sheik told us.”
“We’ll go there later, Navi. First I think we’re going to need some transportation. The Lon Lon Ranch is still here, so I’m thinking of getting a horse.”
Lon Lon Ranch…
Ranma and his new horse Epona, leapt over the wall of the ranch and to freedom. As he galloped away, the ranch’s unscrupulous owner Ingo, was tearing out his hair as his prized horse slipped from his grasp.
The now adult Hero of Time smiled as he rode. <Serves him right! I won Epona fair and square! Now that he’s lost face, hopefully Malon can take back the ranch!>
Under Kakariko Village’s Graveyard…
“You were very quick on your feet to keep up with me.” Dampe’s ghost commented after he and Ranma had finished their race. “I live here now, but I’ll give you my treasure! It’s called the Hookshot!”
Ranma nodded as the ghost disappeared and a treasure chest revealed itself. Opening up the container, he found a strange-looking launcher devices with a pointed tip and a length of chain.
<Rest in peace, Dampe.>
Back in Kakariko Village…
“WHAT?! HUH?! CAN’T A GUY GET ANY SHUT-EYE?!” Talon exclaimed as he was suddenly awakened. He looked over to his right and saw a familiar person standing near the bed with a Pocket Cucoo in his hands.
“Hey! Don’t I know you? Yeah! You’re that fairy kid from seven years ago! Wow! You’ve really grown up!”
“Yeah, but you haven’t changed since I last saw you.” Ranma commented. “It seems that every time we meet, I have to wake you up! By the way, your daughter’s waiting back at the ranch. I mean, it is YOUR ranch, now that Ingo’s too ashamed to show his face.”
“What?! You saved Malon? That’s great! I’m going back right now!”
As he got out of the bed and rushed out of the house, Talon’s thoughts went back to the young man who had given him new hope.
<That boy would make any man proud to call him his son! Darn it! If I had known he was gonna grow up like that, I would have been serious when I offered him to marry up with Malon! I would be proud to call him my son-in-law!>
Some time later…
“First a Pocket Cucoo, then a Blue Cucoo, then a Strange Mushroom, then a Strange Potion, then a Poacher’s Saw, and what do I end up after all that running around?” Ranma held up a large sword hilt with a broken blade. “A Biggoron’s Tool that’s practically useless!”
“Well, maybe you can get it fixed by the Gorons?” Navi suggested.
“Ah, it can wait.” Navi’s life-friend muttered as he rode Epona toward the Kokiri Forest. “Let’s go find that first Sage.”
Outside the Forest Temple…
"What?! I'm not from this world?" Ranma asked incredulously. After reuniting with his friend Saria and finding out that she was the Sage of the Forest, he was now being dropped this bombshell.
"That's right!" Replied the Deku Tree Sprout. "You're from the world known as Earth and your real name is Ranma Saotome! It is time that you know the whole truth!"
Ranma stared in amazement as he listened in on the words of the new replacement for the Great Deku Tree. It had been a long and hard battle with the minions of Ganondorf. The phantom of that evil man had proven to be a hard opponent, but Ranma was able to defeat it. <That was just a prelude for the real battle! I'll make him pay for what he's done to the Deku Tree and the people of Hyrule!>
Beside him, Navi bobbed up and down in agreement.
The Fire Temple…
"Wow! This thing is heavy!" Ranma said as he hauled out the legendary Megaton Hammer of the Gorons.
"Well, you didn't really expect anything that was capable of killing Vovalgia to be lightweight, did you?" Navi asked.
"I guess not." Ranma admitted. "So where to now?"
“Well, if I’m not mistaken, there’s still a few more Gorons to free.”
“Right. A Sworn Brother’s got to do what a Sworn Brother’s got to do.”
The Fire Pit of Vovalgia…
As Ranma delivered the final blow to the lava dragon's head, Vovalgia screamed and shot up into the air. Its body twisted and writhed as it began its death throes. The monster then caught fire and was burned into a charred skeleton. Its head landed to where Ranma stood and then became ashes.
Ranma wiped the sweat from his brow. Despite the protection that the Goron's Tunic provided him, the blistering heat of Vovalgia's den felt like being inside a blast furnace. He gave out a relieved sigh and stepped into the warp portal. In his hand was the broken remnants of the Giant’s Knife he had bought from Medigoron.
“Stupid piece of junk! I should have known that Goron was trying to cheat me! What a waste of 200 Rupees!”
“Well, I did try to warn you.” Navi pointed out. “At least it was good enough to kill Volvagia after you hit it with the Megaton Hammer. In any case, you still have the Master Sword, so at least it’s no big loss. Hey it matches with that broken Biggoron‘s tool you got earlier. As long as we’re on Death Mountain, why don’t we get it fixed?”
After receiving the Fire Medallion from the Sage of Fire, namely Darunia his Sworn Brother, plus a short visit to one of the Great Fairies, Ranma took his broken Goron weapons to the top of Death Mountain. There he found Biggoron, who was perfectly willing to fix the blade he made, but the last eruption had caused his eyes to become irritated. However, there was a solution…
“So let me get this straight. If I get these eye drops for you, then you’ll fix this tool for free?”
“Yes!” The huge Goron replied as he constantly rubbed his eyes. “That blade is surely my work! I won’t fix the weapon my brother Medigoron made. He’ll fix it for you, but it will cost you 200 Rupees and I can’t guarantee that the sword will not beak again! My blades almost NEVER break!”
Ranma sighed as he took a slip of paper from Biggoron and said, “Okay. I’ll take this prescription to King Zora.”
“Thank you! I will wait for you here.”
The Ice Cavern…
"I'm supposed to wear these?"
Ranma held up a pair of leather boots which had iron soles attached.
Navi bobbed up and down and said, "If you want to get into the Water Temple at Lake Hylia, then these will be needed. Of course, we‘re going to have to unfreeze King Zora first and get those eye drops for Biggoron."
On the way to Lake Hylia…
Ranma pushed Epona to gallop faster as he headed toward the laboratory at Lake Hylia.
“I can’t believe I’m on another delivery run!” The Hero of Time groused.
“Well, King Zora didn’t have the eye drops.” Navi commented as she flew beside him. “He did give you the ingredients for the eye drops and the doctor at Lake Hylia should be able to make it for you. And you did get that Zora Tunic for free.”
“Since when was delivery boy part of the job description for the Hero of Time?”
Three days later…
“That sword is my finest work!” Biggoron said proudly as Ranma brandished his new weapon.
“I guess it was worth it.” The former Kokiri said as he swung the sword about and tested the strength of the blade. True to its creator’s promise, the Biggoron’s Sword would not break and its weight and length would deliver even more damage to the enemy than the Master Sword. The only drawback was that he couldn’t use a shield since he needed both hands to wield the weapon.
“It sure was worth it.” Navi agreed. “And I guess you were right to buy those Magic Beans. If wasn’t for one of those plants, we wouldn’t have been able to get to Biggoron in time with those eye drops. So, are you ready to go to the Water Temple?”
The Water Temple…
"Ranma! Look out!"
Ranma was more than shocked to see a dark image of himself suddenly leap out from behind a tree and attack him. Reacting on instinct, he took out the Master Sword and swung. Unfortunately, the shadow parried the blow. As the teen soon found out, the image of himself duplicated each of his own moves. Ranma then decided to try something else.
Striking the ground with his palm, the young man released a huge hemisphere of mystic flames. The shadow moaned in pain as the energy blasted through it.
Seeing that he needed to conserve his magic reserves, he decided for a different tactic and hauled out the Biggoron’s Sword.
With a just a few slashes, the shadow disappeared from sight, since it could not copy Ranma’s attacks with his new weapon.
The former resident of the Kokiri Forest smiled as he gazed upon the blade.
“DEFINITELY worth it!”
The Pool of Morpha…
"I don't see anything here." Ranma remarked. "By the way Navi, I've been meaning to ask you something."
"What is it Ranma?" Navi replied.
"Why didn't you tell me that accepting the Spiritual Stone of Water meant that I would get ENGAGED to Ruto?!"
"Uhhhh… Well, I… " Navi hemmed and hawed as she tried to think up the best way to tell him. She noticed something move behind them. "Ranma! Look out! It's Morpha!"
Ranma's eyes widened as he beheld the huge amoebae-like blob suddenly appear from the surface of the water.
Once again, Ranma appreciated his new Biggoron’s Sword and now the Longshot he had just acquired.
"Cool! This Fire Arrow spell is awesome!"
The Bottom of the Well in the Kakariko Village…
“I kind of wondered why that guy in the windmill was angry at me when we learned the Song of Storms, now I know.”
“Yes. I guess this what they call a time paradox. In any case, what’s in the chest?”
“It looks like a magnifying glass.” Ranma said as he took out the Lens of Truth.
"In any case, we should get back to the Temple of Time." Navi said.
Ranma nodded as he took out the Ocarina of Time and played the Prelude of Light. Being restored to his child form was nice, but he also liked being an adult.
“What are you doing Ranma? Aren’t we supposed to be going back to the future?” Navi asked.
“I just want to test out this Lens of Truth, and this Hidden Treasure Chest game is perfect way to do it.
“But that’s cheating!”
“The rules didn’t say I couldn’t use any magical devices.”
The Shadow Temple…
"Are you sure these things will work?"
Navi became brighter as she responded, "Yes. These are the Hover Boots. They will make you absolutely weightless, but only if you happen to be walking on a surface of some kind. They'll even allow you to walk in midair for a dozen steps or so. Mind you, their levitation power is limited. Very little traction too."
The Drum of Bongo Bongo…
"I think I liked it better when I didn't see what I was fighting!" Ranma gazed at the monster, as the Lens of Truth dispelled the illusion it was using to hide itself from his eyes.
"Shoot its hands then shoot its eye!" Navi directed as she pointed to the creature's cyclopean head.
The Gerudo Fortress…
"Hmmm." The female thief remarked. "That was very impressive. You must have some very good thieving skills to be able to evade all those guards. How would you like to join us?"
Ranma slightly winced as he remembered the training he underwent with Genma, his father.
“You could say that I’ve had some experience.”
The Spirit Temple…
This was the second time, Ranma had come to this place. Once as a child to receive the fabled Silver Gauntlets, now again for the Mirror Shield. He took a deep breath as he aimed the his tool, the Longshot, at the opening created by the reflected sunlight.
The Pillars of Twinrova…
The two witches, or rather their spirits argued amongst themselves as they floated upward to meet their maker. They couldn't believe that Ranma had turned their own power against them. As they bickered into nothingness, Ranma stepped into the warp portal. There he met up with Nabooru again, this time in his adult form.
As she gave him the Medallion of Spirit, she wistfully gazed at him and said, “If only I knew that you would grow up to be a handsome man. I should have kept the promise I made back then.”
The Ruins of Ganon's Castle...
Ganondorf had transformed himself into a monstrous demon from Hell and Ranma found himself cut off from any assistance from princess Zelda and the Master Sword. He relentlessly pursued the pigtailed fighter, and slashed away at him with gigantic swords.
“Doesn’t this guy know when to give up?!”
It had been a long, hard battle after blasting through six evil barriers, fighting his way up Gannodorf’s Castle, then take on the King of Evil to free Zelda. From there, he had to escape from a burning building, only to face the transformed state of his enemy, Ganon.
<The fun doesn’t stop does it?> Ranma thought sarcastically.
Fortunately, his martial arts gave him enough speed to dodge the attacks. Finding out that his punches and kicks would not be able to penetrate the monster's thick hide, he decided that now would be a good time to use the Biggoron's Sword that he had gotten a few days ago. However, since Ganon had a longer reach than he did Ranma needed to slow him down long enough for him to get in a few strikes. He had also cast the Nayru’s Love spell to protect himself from Ganon’s strikes.
Quickly taking out the fairy bow that he had picked up in his travels he began charging up his arrows with the magical energies of the Light Arrow spell. This weapon had stopped him before; it must do so again. Taking careful aim, Ranma let fly with a mystically powered arrow.
The shot was perfect and the monster was temporarily frozen. Ranma then used his enhanced senses to pinpoint Ganon's weakness. It was in his tail. With a fierce yell he leapt up and came down on the tail with his Biggoron's sword. The sword's long blade came crashing down with tremendous impact, causing Ganon to howl in agony.
<It's payback time!>
However, with repeated attacks, it soon became apparent that even the mighty Biggoron’s Sword wasn’t enough to defeat the King of Evil completely. Ranma realized that unless he had a weapon of sufficient magical power, this battle would go on forever.
Zelda called out to him as she temporarily opened the barrier between them and pointed toward the Master Sword.
“Ranma! The Master Sword!”
After stunning Ganon for another few seconds, the Hero of Time rushed toward her and pulled up the Master Sword. Running back toward his enemy, he began attacking with new vigor.
With one savage barrage of slashes and thrusts, Ganon was put down for keeps as Zelda cast a spell to hold him still. Ranma held up the Master Sword above his head as it glowed with an eerie light. Then charging Ganon one final time, he delivered the fatal blow.
Ganon screamed in agony as Zelda and the Six Sages cast him into the depths of the Evil Realm.
It was finally over…
A while later, Ranma and Zelda stood in the Sacred Realm. Ranma had defeated Ganondorf and was now being offered to be returned home.
"You can send me back?" Ranma asked.
"Yes, as a Sage, I can use the Ocarina of Time to transport you back to your world." Zelda said as he held the instrument close to her mouth.
"Will... I remember everything?"
"Yes. You will retain all memories. Everything that you have learned in this world will also be retained. All the skills and magical knowledge will be yours to keep. You have earned them all. The other sages have
also agreed to let you keep the items that you had picked up in your quest to save Hyrule. With the exception of the Ocarina of Time and the Master Sword."
"I don't know what to say, but thank you."
"No Ranma. It is we who should thank you! You saved our world from destruction and we are eternally grateful. Now, it is time for you to go home. Where you are supposed to be, as you are supposed to be."
Looking at Zelda one last time, Ranma then turned his attention to Navi. "Well... I guess this is goodbye. I'll miss you old friend."
"Who says you're leaving without me? I'm coming with you!" Navi said as she floated beside him.
"I made that promise to be your friend forever! We fairies keep our word! Besides, you need me! We're a team!"
Ranma smiled as a tear rolled down his cheek as Zelda began playing the song that would magically transport Ranma and his guardian fairy back home. In a column of blue light, Ranma was lifted into the heavens, followed by a dancing strobe of light.
To be continued...
I decided to do this revision after replaying Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my Wii system. I had forgotten how much fun I had and I wanted to tell the story of how I beat the game. I also wanted to make Ranma’s adventures in Hyrule more fuller and add some new stuff. The revisions from the other chapters, plus the continuation is in the works, so I hope you’ll all be there with me as I continue to update this tale.
(1) Hidden treasures are normally Heart Pieces found in the game, which are the ones players usually go for to extend their life-meters.