The '''Bound Destinies Trilogy''' is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin trilogy]] of ''TheLegendOfZelda'' {{Fan Fiction}}s written by [[ MiniJen]], all of which expand on the series' mythology and events only mentioned in passing in the games. The three stories are as follows:

* The first story (second chronologically), ''[[ Wisdom and Courage]]'', is set seven years after ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' in the "Child" timeline. Link and Zelda have become nigh-inseparable friends in the seven years hence, but these peaceful times are ultimately ended by the entrance of Veran, the Sorceress of Shadow (''not'' the same villain from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges'').
* The second story (first chronologically), ''[[http:// Blood and Spirit]]'', is set shortly after the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''. Living peacefully on the surface and watching over the Triforce, Link and Zelda are called to the AlternateReality of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Termina]] by its designated deity, Terminus, who also happens to be [[spoiler: Zelda/Hylia's fraternal twin sister]], to help her deal with the demon Majora and its servant, the Fierce Deity. Unfortunately, Link is injured by the Fierce Deity and filled with Majora's corruption, and the situation is only made even worse when a group of rogue Sheikah, traitorous to Hylia, rise up to take the Triforce for themselves.
* The third and last story, ''Light and Shadow'', will be set after the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''.
* A collection of [[ side stories]] and one shots based on the events before, during and after each story of the trilogy is also in the works.

Blood and Spirit is complete and Wisdom and Courage is currently undergoing reedits at the time. '''Spoilers ahead.'''

See also the trilogy's [[Characters/BoundDestiniesTrilogy character sheet]].

!!Tropes featured in the Bound Destinies trilogy:


[[folder: As a whole]]
* AnachronicOrder: ''Wisdom and Courage'' was the first book in the trilogy to be written, even though it takes place second in the trilogy's actual chronology. This is because when the author first started writing it, she had intended for it to be a standalone piece. However, as the story went along, she began to build a trilogy around it, eventually giving birth to ''Blood and Spirit'' and ''Light and Shadow''.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Fused Shadow. Its heavily implied that the Fused Shadow was partially the cause of Veress's VillainousBreakdown in ''Blood and Spirit'', and, as Veran states in ''Wisdom and Courage'', even a single piece of the stone relic has the capacity to do all this:
--> '''Veran''': Touch just one piece of it, and literally anything could happen; it could drain your life force and kill you within a matter of minutes, its power could make you lose your mind completely, or, worst of all, it could transform you into a hideous, raving monster...
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Seems to be the recurring reason why Link and Zelda always have the fate of the world thrust upon their shoulders in the trilogy as it is in the games.
* BloodierAndGorier: There is quite a realistic amount of blood and violence compared to the largely BloodlessCarnage of the games.
* CompletedFic: At least ''Blood and Spirit'' is; ''Wisdom and Courage'' used to be, but it is currently undergoing major reedits.
* CanonForeigner: Terminus, Veress, the Sheik of ''Blood and Spirit''... the list goes on.
* ContinuityPorn: Every story has quite a few references to ''Majora's Mask'', ''Skyward Sword'', ''Twilight Princess'', and ''Ocarina of Time'' among others.
* DarkerAndEdgier: As stated above, a lot more blood, a lot more violence, and a lot deeper emotional themes.
* ExpansionPackPast: The fics expand quite a bit on events only alluded to in the games:
** Majora is the Terminian counterpart to Demise, whereas the Fierce Deity's Mask started out as Link's own Terminian counterpart.
** It also introduces [[CanonForeigner Terminus]], Hylia's fraternal twin sister and the protector goddess of Termina.
** Veress and her rogue Sheikah in ''Blood and Spirit'' are in fact the Dark Interlopers alluded to in ''Twilight Princess''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: See the trilogy's [[ Foreshadowing page]].
* JerkassGods: Din is a minor example; she's unmistakably good, but is somewhat condescending and disdainful of most mortals and doesn't mind showing it.
* InNameOnly:
** The Veran in ''Wisdom and Courage'' is ''not'' the same Veran from ''Oracle of Ages.'' Instead, this Veran is a Twili, the same race as Midna of ''Twilight Princess'' fame.
** Likewise, the Sheik in ''Blood and Spirit'' is an original character and a separate entity from Zelda.
* MagicMusic: Would it be a ''Zelda'' fic without this trope? Not only that, but as revealed in [[spoiler: ''Blood and Spirit'']], the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Goddess Harp]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] are in fact two halves of a pair.
* MythologyGag[=/=]ContinuityNod: Several of them across the trilogy:
** In chapter 34 of ''Blood and Spirit'', when Link's [[TheCorruption corruption]] has rendered him [[spoiler: unable to wield the Master Sword]], Terminus shouts "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!]]" before throwing Link the Great Fairy's Sword.
** In chapter 38 of ''Blood and Spirit'', Link wears the blue ScarfOfAsskicking he wears in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Any time the words "I love you" are said by Link or Zelda for the first time in any of the stories, you can expect one of these to happen between the two of them. [[spoiler: Bonus points go to ''Blood and Spirit'' for having them upgrade all the way to marriage within the narrative of the story.]]
* RecurringElement: The trilogy has quite a few of these, including:
** The central antagonists of the Dark Interlopers/Twili and developing the bloodstained history of their race.
** The relationship between and nature of the Spirit of the Hero and the Blood of the Goddess and how they both figure into Hylian mythology.
** The relationship between the Spirit of the Hero and the spirit of the Fierce Deity.
* WhamLine: The trilogy has quite a few of these:
** The establishment of a major recurring theme in the entire trilogy from chapter 22 of Wisdom and Courage:
--> '''Sage of Forest''': The one of the Blood of the Goddess and the one of the Spirit of the Hero... only these two can bring your reign to an end...
** And later on in that chapter, when Veran discovers who these two are:
--> '''Veran''': And if that's the case, then the one of the Blood of the Goddess is the only remaining member of the royal family... Princess Zelda!
** And:
--> '''Sage of Water''': The Hero of Time is the final descendant of the Hylian knights and the goddess's hero: the last link in the bloodline.
--> '''Veran''': Link... But... that's impossible! That foolish boy, he... he... Fine! It doesn't matter either! I will find them and kill them both! Then nothing will stand in my way...
** When the sages tell Link about the only thing that can effectively destroy Veran forever in chapter 23, setting up for a huge plot-point to come into play later on:
--> '''Sage of Water''': It is not of this land... But of a world parallel to Hyrule, the land of Termina. It is the spirit of the Fierce Deity...
** A big one during Veran's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Link in chapter 33:
--> '''Veran''': But even so, everyone has a breaking point. And... I believe you just reached yours...
** The seemingly SadisticChoice the goddesses offer to Zelda in that same chapter:
--> '''Din''': You may choose the restoration of your kingdom or your hero. One or the other. You may not have both.
** In chapter 5 of ''Blood and Spirit'', when Terminus reveals something to Link that will become detrimental to the story later on:
--> '''Terminus''': Majora has found a better vessel to house its powers in... You...
** In chapter 14, when Sheik and Veress's relationship to each other is revealed:
--> '''Sheik''': I... I lost... my best friend... Veress...
** When Terminus tells Zelda about Link's corruption in chapter 17:
--> '''Terminus''': What I mean is that because of the wound that he received fighting the Fierce Deity, Link is slowly but surely being corrupted by Majora, just as my hero was...
** When Hylia begins the {{Reincarnation}} cycle of all of the Links and Zeldas in Zelda's flashback dream in chapter 18:
--> '''Hylia''': Whenever this land is in danger... We shall be reborn...
** The HUGE one that ends chapter 21:
--> [[spoiler: '''Fi''': Master Link... he... he is... he is dead...]]
** When Majora reveals to Link that it has granted him ResurrectiveImmortality as part of his corruption in chapter 22:
--> '''Majora''': Take solace in the fact that no matter how many times you fall, I will bring you back, again and again, until your spirit is finally mine of all time...
** Veress's "proposition" to Link in chapter 22:
--> '''Veress''': All you need to do is one little thing... Give yourself to us...


[[folder: Blood and Spirit]]
* ActionDressRip: In [[spoiler: chapter 17]], Zelda performs this while running from the Interlopers.
* ActionGirl: Sheik is this in most respects, and Veress also qualifies as a DarkActionGirl.
* AfterlifeAntechamber: [[spoiler: Link and Zelda find themselves standing at the gateway to the Golden Realm (the Hyrulian version of heaven basically) after they both die in chapter 34.]]
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Subverted; Hylia/Zelda and Terminus are fraternal twins. Where Zelda is blonde, blue-eyed, and fair-skinned, Terminus is black-haired, green-eyed, and tanned. However, both are stated to have near-identical facial structures.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Part of the reason Veress went rogue is because she wanted to become Impa's successor as the Sheikah leader, but was passed over in favor of Sheik.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: And all of the main characters ''do'' die at least once during the story: Link (who dies a grand total of ''3'' times!), Zelda, Sheik (who actually stays dead), and Veress (albeit via suicide) all meet their end at some point or another.]]
* {{Backstory}}: [[spoiler: Almost the entirety of chapter 14 details the backstory of Sheik and Veress (for which the chapter is aptly named). Sheik and Veress grew up together, and were best friends until Sheik was chosen to be the next leader of the Sheikah tribe instead of Veress; thus, spoiling the latter's ambitions of leading the tribe into battle against Demise. This bitter jealously and hatred is one of the motivators for Veress breaking off from the main tribe and forming the Dark Interlopers.]]
* BigBadEnsemble: Veress and the Interlopers are the more immediate threat, though Majora also influences the plot quite a bit.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Even though the story ends with Link and Zelda happily married with 2.5 kids, Hyrule developing into a prosperous kingdom and peace reigning throughout the land, Sheik still died and they still had to go through the terrors of both war and corruption, terrors that haunt their dreams even eight years later.]]
* BodyHorror[=/=]PainfulTransformation: Every time Majora's corruption progresses, the chest wound that Link received that began the process reopens.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler: Veress and the Interlopers leave Zelda unsupervised and alone in their stronghold because they're completely convinced that she would not be able to find her way out alive. Zelda successfully does so.]]
* CantHaveSexEver: [[spoiler: Sheik reveals in chapter 13 that the Sheikah are expressly forbidden to have romantic relationships, as they believe that such emotions cloud their judgment; thus, the tribe reproduces through "birthing mothers," and the children are raised by the entire tribe rather than their birth parents.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: [[spoiler: In chapter 13, Fi tells Link that, given the schism in the Sheikah tribe and current situation, it is safe to assume that ''all'' of the Sheikah, including Sheik herself, have gone rogue and can't be trusted. Link is quick to shoot that possibility down.]]
* DeadAlternateCounterpart: [[spoiler: The Fierce Deity is this to Link.]]
* DisneyDeath: Happens on more than one occasion in ''Blood and Spirit''.
** In ''Blood and Spirit'', [[spoiler: Veress seems to [[ShockAndAwe]] successfully kill Link, but he is revived in the very next chapter thanks to the ResurrectiveImmortality that Majora forced upon him as part of his corruption.]]
** In chapter 34 of ''Blood and Spirit'', [[spoiler: Link and Zelda both [[DyingInYourArmsTonight die]] simutaneously due to the wounds they inflict upon each other unintentionally. However, the Golden Goddesses [[ResurrectedForAJob bring them back to life]] so they can stop Veress.]]
* DoomedProtagonist: [[spoiler: Sort of. Terminus tells Link that, no matter how hard he tries to resist, he is doomed to succumb to Majora's influence and become the demon's servant. Likewise, Fi claims that even the Master Sword's safeguards can't do anything more than slow the process down temporarily. However, since ''Blood and Spirit'' is a [[ForegoneConclusion prequel]]...]]
* DoNotGoGentle: [[spoiler: Despite Terminus' claims that he will inevitably be corrupted by Majora, Link makes it clear that he's not going down easy.]]
* DualWielding: Terminus' hero wielded twin swords before [[spoiler: becoming the Fierce Deity, after which said swords merged into the Double-Helix Sword.]]
* FacialMarkings: [[spoiler: The Fierce Deity bares them, and Link himself also begins to sport them as a sign of Majora's growing influence.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: The Fierce Deity is revealed to have been Terminus' [[TheChosenOne chosen hero]] just as Link is to Zelda/Hylia. He fought Majora and won, only to end up being corrupted into what he is now. Terminus has Din, Nayru, and Farore send Link and Zelda to Termina to help and after Link has weakened the Fierce Deity, she and Zelda use the Song of Healing in an attempt to restore him to his former self; unfortunately, by that point, he has been far too corrupted by Majora to be saved, and is instead converted into the Fierce Deity's Mask. Though heartbroken over the loss, Terminus is nonetheless comforted by the knowledge that at least her hero is finally free from Majora's control.]]
* FlashbackNightmare: [[spoiler: In chapter 15, Zelda has one about Hylia finding the corpse of the very first Link. She's so traumatized by said dream that she ends up assuming a TroubledFetalPosition for several moments.]]
* FreudianTrio: The usual example of this trope used in the rest of the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda]] is changed up in ''Blood and Spirit'' as far as how Link and Zelda are potrayed (and also the fact that Ganondorf is not in the story). In this instance, the trio is as follows:
** Link: Impulsive, determined and driven by a desire to keep Zelda safe above all else. (Id)
** Zelda: Works towards the greater good but is also fueled by her love for Link. (Ego)
** Sheik: Cynical, initially cold, and puts lock above emotions most of the time. (Superego)
* FourPhilosophyEnsamble
** '''The Optimist''': Link, though as the story goes on he could also start to qualify as The Conflicted
** '''The Realist''': Zelda
** '''The Cynic''': Sheik
** '''The Apathetic''': Fi, loosely
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: In chapter 11, when Link and Fi reunite, Fi reveals that, given the Master Sword's status as a holy blade, she would be able to slow Majora down, but his corruption has spread through Link's body too far for Fi to drive it out completely.]]
* ILetYouWin: [[spoiler: As it turns out, Majora ''let'' Link and co. stop the Fierce Deity so he could corrupt Link himself.]]
* ItsAllMyFault:
** Terminus declares that [[spoiler: Link's corruption at Majora's hands]] is her fault because she was the one who request Link and Zelda's aid in stopping the Fierce Deity in the first place.
** Sheik also states that, if she had simply tracked Veress down and stopped her when she had the chance, they wouldn't be dealing with the current crisis.
*** On both counts, Link reassures them that it isn't their fault because they had no idea what would happen and couldn't have known.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler: As Majora grows increasingly frustrated with Link's resistance, he vows that, when Link has succumbed to the corruption, he will force Link to become a scourge and destroy everyone and everything he once held dear. Likewise, when the Fierce Deity completely succumbed to his corruption, Majora forced him to relentlessly pursue Terminus, whom he had been romantically involved with.]]
* LoveTriangle: [[TriangRelations Type 4]]. [[spoiler: Over the course of the story Sheik (A) starts to fall in love with Link (B), who is already in a romantic relationship (that eventually [[RelationshipUpgrade becomes much more]]) with Zelda (C). The Sheikah leader is quite good and hiding her feelings for the hero, that is until Zelda accidentally finds out during a conversation between Sheik and Fi in chapter 25. As of the most recent chapter, it is still unknown if Link knows the true depths of Sheik's feelings for him.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance[=/=]InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler: Terminus and her hero, in yet another parallel to Link and Zelda, were romantically involved in the events leading up to Majora's defeat, which ended badly after his conversion to the Fierce Deity. Terminus, though heartbroken by his eventual death, ultimately decides that, since she was a goddess and he a mere mortal, perhaps things wouldn't have worked out between them in the end either way. As a result of this, Zelda, who is essentially a GodInHumanForm, briefly fears that her relationship with Link is similarly doomed.]]
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Veress and the Interlopers turned on Hylia because they believed that, having chosen Link to defeat Demise rather than the Sheikah, Hylia had forsaken them. Zelda, of course, insists that this is ''not'' the case.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: Terminus' calling on Link and Zelda to help her defeat the Fierce Deity gives it the opportunity to pass Majora's corruption onto Link himself. Terminus even acknowledges this and insists that she never would have called on them if she had known it would happen.]]
** [[spoiler: Furthermore, Fi ends up inadvertently revealing Link's ongoing corruption to Veress, who immediately begins scheming to use it to her advantage.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Played with. Sheik warns Link not to underestimate Veress and the Interlopers because even though they have been excommunicated from the Sheikah tribe, they are still Sheikah and deadly combatants, going so far as to state that they might be even more dangerous than Ghirahim and Demise.
* [[spoiler: OurHeroIsDead]]: [[spoiler: Chapter 21 ends with Link apparently dying after Veress [[ShockAndAwe fatally electrocutes him]]. Zelda, Sheik and Fi are certain that he is dead, until Majora [[ResurrectiveImmortality brings him back from the dead]] via corruption.]]
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Terminus, not wanting to put Zelda through the same pain that she went through when Majora corrupted her hero, forces Link to promise ''not'' to tell Zelda of his corruption at Majora's hands; Link reluctantly complies.]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil: [[spoiler: Almost as soon as Terminus informs Link and Zelda of her predicament and requests their aid, the Fierce Deity sneaks up on her and tries to cut her down.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: In order to activate the safeguards to help Link ward off Majora's corruption, Fi also unlocks a hidden portion of the Master Sword's power, which also upgrades her in turn. Now, instead of just being an ExpositionFairy, she can help Link in combat, possesses an emotional capacity and free will, and can even summon swords much like Ghirahim [[BadassFingersnap did]].]]
* [[TwoGirlsAndAGuy Three Girls and a Guy]]: Zelda, Sheik, Fi and Link.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Sheik and Veress were once best friends before the situation with Demise, as well as Sheik being chosen to succeed Impa over Veress.

[[folder: Wisdom and Courage]]
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler: In chapter 35, Din, Nayru, and Farore all assume human forms so Zelda can see and communicate with them.]]
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: When Veran attacks Termina, she starts a fire at Romani Ranch, and Cremia's arm is so badly burnt in said fire that it has to be amputated.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Let's just say that Veran is not very discriminate when it comes to body count.
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: Veran does this to Link, right on top of appearing to murder Zelda right in front of him, ultimately prompting him to put on the Fierce Deity's Mask so she can take control of him. This also doubles as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and a KickTheDog moment.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Veran:''' Do you know what I hate most about you, hero? That persistent little spirit of yours. The fact that you can things that would destroy others emotionally completely unscarred. But even so, everyone has a breaking point... And... I believe you've just reached yours...]]
* BoyishShortHair: [[spoiler: During the AnArmAndALeg tragedy mentioned above, Romani also gets a portion of her hair burnt off, and when they meet, Zelda actually mistakes her for a boy. Later, Veran, in yet another KickTheDog moment, cuts Zelda's hair down to this.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The Fierce Deity's Mask, which is first mentioned by Link towards the beginning of the story as he is telling Zelda the story of how he defeated Majora. Little does he know that it will become one of the biggest aspects of the story later on.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In [[spoiler: chapter 26]], Zelda comes across a bottle of Hylian ale and decides to have some to [[DrowningMySorrows dull the pain of losing Impa]], and gets flat-out ''plastered'' after only a few sips.
* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler: In the final battle, Link dons the Fierce Deity's Mask once again and uses it to defeat Veran, but the conflict between his own soul and that of the mask ends up mutually cancelling each other out and destroying them both. Thanks to Zelda and the Triforce, they both come back.]]
* DruggedLipstick: How Veran gets the drop on Link while [[VoluntaryShapeshifting disguised]] as Zelda.
* {{Flashback}}: Most of the chapters end in a flashback to Link and Zelda's childhood post-''[=OoT=]''.
* ForcefulKiss: [[spoiler: Veran plants one on Link to torment Zelda, and it works.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Din comes off as somewhat condescending to Zelda when they meet.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: The Golden Goddesses initially appear to present a SadisticChoice to Zelda, either to restore Hyrule and Termina, as well as their inhabitants, to the way they were before Veran razed both lands, or simply resurrect Link. Zelda explicitly says that she can't choose one over the other, and having passed this test, the goddesses agree to grant both of her wishes.]]
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: As revealed in [[spoiler: chapter 35]], Link's arrival in Termina during ''Majora's Mask'' just as Majora was going about its [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]] [[ApocalypseHow Apocalypse]] was no coincidence; rather, Farore guided him there after Terminus pleaded for help in containing the demon again.
* TimeSkip: Unlike ''Blood and Spirit'', which takes place only a few weeks after Skyward Sword, and ''Light and Shadow'', which takes place several months after Twilight Princess, ''Wisdom and Courage'' takes place seven ''years'' after Majora's Mask!
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Link finds himself arguing with both Navi and Tatl over whether or not using the Fierce Deity's Mask to beat Veran is worth the risk of losing his soul to it. Navi and Tatl insist that it ''isn't'' worth it, but Link is prepared to do [[GodzillaThreshold whatever it takes]] [[YouAreWorthHell to heep Zelda safe]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Veran states that she's doing what she's doing to avenge her ancestors and force the Twili to see the error of their ways. However, it's largely subverted, as she also spends quite a bit of time committing all manner of atrocities ForTheEvulz.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: After Zelda wishes upon the Triforce for Hyrule to be restored from the destruction wrought upon it by Veran, the goddesses send one of these across the land, repairing all of the damage done to the land and [[BackFromTheDead reviving]] everyone who was killed during her conquest. Not only that, but they also do the same to the equally-ravaged Termina]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Veran is not above slaying large populations of people, and does not discriminate against murdering children. In fact, [[spoiler: its implied that she kills countless children and their families when she destroys Castle Town, Clock Town, and Kakariko Village. Also, in her slaughter of the Hylian Knights, she also killed their families and spared basically none of them. It was only thanks to Link's mother taking him to the safety of Kokiri Forest as an infant that he managed to be the sole survivor of the attack.]]
* YoureInsane: Link says this to Veran more than once.

[[folder: Light and Shadow]]

[[folder:Side Stories]]
* ABirthdayNotABreak: [[spoiler: Veran and her minions reach and raze Castle Town on the very day that Zelda is born]].
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: In addition to learning of baby Link's destiny, the Great Deku Tree respects his mother so much for her will to protect him that he agrees to honor her final request and allow him to stay in the Kokiri Forest]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Both Link and Zelda's respective mothers sacrifice their lives to protect their babies from Veran's forces]].