The Bound Destinies Trilogy is a trilogy of The Legend of ZeldaFan Fictions 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 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 The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages).
The second story (first chronologically), Blood and Spirit, is set shortly after the events of Skyward Sword. Living peacefully on the surface and watching over the Triforce, Link and Zelda are called to the Alternate Reality of Termina by its designated deity, Terminus, who also happens to be 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 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 character sheet.
Tropes featured in the Bound Destinies trilogy:
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Anachronic Order: 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.
Artifact of Doom: The Fused Shadow. Its heavily implied that the Fused Shadow was partially the cause of Veress's Villainous Breakdown 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...
Because Destiny Says So: 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.
Relationship Upgrade: 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. Bonus points go to Blood and Spirit for having them upgrade all the way to marriage within the narrative of the story.
Afterlife Antechamber: 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.
Always Identical Twins: 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.
Ambition Is Evil: 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.
Anyone Can Die: 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: 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.
Big Bad Ensemble: Veress and the Interlopers are the more immediate threat, though Majora also influences the plot quite a bit.
Bittersweet Ending: 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.
Bond Villain Stupidity: 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.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: 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.
Conspiracy Theorist: 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.
Disney Death: Happens on more than one occasion in Blood and Spirit.
In Blood and Spirit, Veress seems to  successfully kill Link, but he is revived in the very next chapter thanks to the Resurrective Immortality that Majora forced upon him as part of his corruption.
In chapter 34 of Blood and Spirit, Link and Zelda both die simutaneously due to the wounds they inflict upon each other unintentionally. However, the Golden Goddesses bring them back to life so they can stop Veress.
Doomed Protagonist: 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 prequel...
Do Not Go Gentle: Despite Terminus' claims that he will inevitably be corrupted by Majora, Link makes it clear that he's not going down easy.
Dual Wielding: Terminus' hero wielded twin swords before becoming the Fierce Deity, after which said swords merged into the Double-Helix Sword.
Facial Markings: The Fierce Deity bares them, and Link himself also begins to sport them as a sign of Majora's growing influence.
Fallen Hero: The Fierce Deity is revealed to have been Terminus' 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.
Flashback Nightmare: 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 Troubled Fetal Position for several moments.
Freudian Trio: The usual example of this trope used in the rest of the  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)
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
Hope Spot: 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.
I Let You Win: As it turns out, Majora let Link and co. stop the Fierce Deity so he could corrupt Link himself.
Terminus declares that 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.
Kill the Ones You Love: 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.
Love Triangle: Type 4. 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 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.
Mayfly-December Romance/Interspecies Romance: 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 God in Human Form, briefly fears that her relationship with Link is similarly doomed.
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: 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.
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.
Furthermore, Fi ends up inadvertently revealing Link's ongoing corruption to Veress, who immediately begins scheming to use it to her advantage.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: 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.
Secret Keeper: 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.
Speak of the Devil: 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.
Took a Level in Badass: 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 Exposition Fairy, she can help Link in combat, possesses an emotional capacity and free will, and can even summon swords much like Ghirahim did.
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...
Boyish Short Hair: During the An Arm and a Leg 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 Kick the Dog moment, cuts Zelda's hair down to this.
Chekhov's Gun: 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.
Cessation of Existence: 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.
Secret Test of Character: The Golden Goddesses initially appear to present a Sadistic Choice 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.
There Are No Coincidences: As revealed in chapter 35, Link's arrival in Termina during Majora's Mask just as Majora was going about its Moon DropApocalypse was no coincidence; rather, Farore guided him there after Terminus pleaded for help in containing the demon again.
Time Skip: 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!
Was It Really Worth It?: 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 whatever it takesto heep Zelda safe.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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 For the Evulz.
World-Healing Wave: 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 reviving everyone who was killed during her conquest. Not only that, but they also do the same to the equally-ravaged Termina.
Would Hurt a Child: Veran is not above slaying large populations of people, and does not discriminate against murdering children. In fact, 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.
Due to the Dead: 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.
Heroic Sacrifice: Both Link and Zelda's respective mothers sacrifice their lives to protect their babies from Veran's forces.