->''Every time the Master Sword has recieved a new master, its master has been that hero, Link, be he a small boy or a young adult. Every time it has chosen a single master.''

->''But the godesses know that, someday, an evil so powerful, one weilder of the Master Sword would be insufficient, would come. They had an idea of what to do in such a case, should the legendary Four Sword, which has the power to split its weilder into two, three, or even four selves, be inacessible. They just did not know what would happen when their plan was finally forced to be used...''
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''The Legend of Zelda: Rings of Dualty''[[note]]Dualty" is a word the author thought existed and, if it didn't, should exist; means roughly "the state of being two things at once/of two things acting as one". Likely a misspelling of "duality", which may or may not mean what the author intends. Regardless, he's keeping the spelling as-is for the moment due to laziness and plot purposes.[[/note]] is an in-progress Action-Adventure (with a dose of comedy) [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] FanFic for written by @/{{FerreTrip}} ("FT" for short) started in late November 2007. It is written like a {{Novelization}} of a game that exists entirely within the author's (and reader's) mind...complete with new items and fully-narrated dungeons.[[note]]Originally, these were not going to be fully narrated, but positive response from what few readers commented caused FT to cave and do so. [[DidntThinkThisThrough This resulted in six chapters of a dungeon set in a relatively plausible working foundry.]][[/note]] The main gimmick behind the "game" is that it is an almost entirely co-op 3D game, with two similar yet distinct main characters: The hylian [[TheChosenOne Link]], of course, and the intelligent [[LizardFolk lizalfos]] [[OriginalCharacter Samba]]. It can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3913172/1/The_Legend_of_Zelda_Rings_of_Dualty here]] on [=FanFiction=].net.

The premise is this: Some BigBad is threatening Hyrule, and all the people who have a clue what it is know is that one person holding the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Master Sword]] ain't gonna [[IncrediblyLamePun cut]] it...and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords the]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Sword]] is unavailable. The goddesses had the feeling this would happen, and thus engineered a way to get past the Master Sword's [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield One Hero Limit]] and have its power shared between two wielders, via three rings called the [[TitleDrop Rings of Dualty]]. The basic way it works is simple: Whichever one wears the most Rings at the time has the Master Sword while some of the sword's power is granted to the other one. Of course, [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield only the chosen may wield them]], and they're scattered about the land, [[BalefulPolymorph punishing]] anyone unfit who tries wearing one.

When circumstances lead to Link getting one Ring, he decides to collect the others to keep them out of the wrong hands, and so goes to Hyrule Castle where he learns another lies. At the same time, a [[OriginalCharacter new character]], the blue lizalfos, Samba, obtains another Ring, and goes off to the castle to get it, too...though for somewhat different reasons. They end up getting to the third Ring at the same time and, after [[InfoDump some exposition]], set off on a quest to stop this evil threatening Hyrule as the chosen Knights of Dualty. They must gather eight [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]], which of course are held by eight powerful bosses, which of course reside in eight big dungeons (after two smaller ones to get the Rings). The MacGuffin theme this time is rather unique, however--tools representing the different kinds of materials that people use (wood, stone, metal, etc.). The bosses guarding them are appropriately called the Leviathans of Material.

[[WallOfText Extremely wordy]] (something the author fights with for everything), chock-full of LampshadeHanging and [[JustifiedTrope justification]] of different mechanics and aspects of the series, and not lacking of gratuitous effort and attention to detail in certain places, the fic is supposed to make the reader feel like s/he is actually playing a Zelda game, with the two main characters often thinking like players. (The author wants to make a sort of [[InteractiveFiction interactive version]] on his own [[TheWikiRule wiki]][[note]]meant as a guide to his overly-complex stories and other creative works, ''not'' to fluff his ego[[/note]] someday to make it more like a real game, letting players figure out what to do themselves.) It, like most other fanfics, falls victim to pretty {{Egregious}} ScheduleSlip because of various factors, the biggest being college. (Second-biggest is various other projects, third- being [[DidntThinkThisThrough indecision]].)
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!!Examples:

* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]: [[spoiler:The Leviathans]] after being defeated, but particularly [[spoiler:Anjoltvrya]].
* AuthorAppeal: [[WordOfGod A reason why Samba is a main character and why the dungeons are fully made]]. That and RuleOfCool. %Comment% It's Word of God because I'm sayin' it right now! ;P --FerreTrip
* BigBrotherInstinct: Samba with his little sister, Vardi. It plays a pretty important role in his part of the first act. [[spoiler:Her going missing prompts him to enter the second dungeon...and her being held hostage by the chief afterwards forces him to assault Hyrule Castle in an attempt to get their Ring of Dualty.]]
* BodyHorror: Here and there, it being Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda.
** When [[spoiler:Kargaro]] transforms, [[spoiler:his skin is [[PainfulTransformation torn apart from the inside by crystal]]]].
** What happens to some of the [[spoiler:Leviathans]] when their [[BalefulPolymorph transformation]] occurs.
* DeadpanSnarker: Link and Samba both get their moments, as do a number of [=NPCs=].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Link and Samba, though subverted because the battle came to a draw.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:the Leviathans]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[WordOfGod The whole fic.]] FT didn't even know what the actual plot would be when he started!
* DisappearedDad: Samba's father has been gone for so long, he says he can't remember what he looked like.
* {{Expy}}: A few. Some include Darcia as [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Malon]], Betta as [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Rusl]], and Daigorno as [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Darunia]]. Places, too, such as Korken Woods for TheLostWoods.
* FurryFandom: [[WordOfGod The author is a furry]], which is pretty obvious if you look at his [[http://b.fanfiction.net/imageu/786539/125/ avatar.]] The influence is fairly apparent in the fic, though it doesn't hamper things. (It helps that there are already a number of non-human races in the [[TheVerse Zeldaverse]].) The most egregious example is probably [[spoiler:Krungratrg when they meet him again at Here; he's a giant, muscular, overweight armadillo who loves how big he is]]...however, [[spoiler:his]] [[LargeHam pers]][[CloudCuckoolander ona]][[CrazyAwesome lity]] makes up for this.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Given it's trying to be a Zelda game, it's almost to be expected.
* TheLostWoods: Korken Woods, as well as the first dungeon, the Forest of Peril.
* MythologyGag: It being a Zelda "game", they're all over the place.
* OriginalCharacter: Samba in particular, but given the fan game premise, the grand majority of characters apply, too.
* ParentalAbandonment: Link is [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by his grandfather]], parents gone.
* PunnyName: Less than you'd expect.
** Betta is a swordsman. ([[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke Fighting fish are called betta fish.]]]])
** It's fun to say you agree with the lizalfos named Thyu.
** Kwilliam draws maps.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pols Voices are seen as this, at least by Samba...when they're not trying to squash him.
* ScoobyStack: A head-stacking version is employed [[spoiler:by both the Hyrule Castle guards AND the support team sent with Samba]] during the assault on Hyrule Castle...which is later noticed and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
* ShoutOut: ''Plenty,'' because the author is a [[CaptainObvious nerd]], and [[RuleOfFun writing fanfiction is fun]]. Good luck finding all of them!
* SlasherSmile: The second boss. [[spoiler:Even after he's supposedly "cured" of his madness!]]
* StormingTheCastle: From two factions at once from opposite sides: [[spoiler:An impatient Link from the front gates,]] and Samba and a few other lizalfos from the back. Both are able to get inside thanks to a [[StuffBlowingUp distraction]] from the lizalfos and [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy incompetent guards]]. Serves as the climax to the first act.
* TakeYourTime: [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda But of course.]] However, there are a few times in the story where time is important.

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