Fan Fic: Linked Chronicles
The Legend of Zelda
"The two boys you're perceiving yourself as... are just two variations of the same."
Fanfiction, written by Nenilein
, aka Meikyu Butterfly
. It is best described as a Cross Over
, starting out covering The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
, but eventually expanding to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
, while continuing to incorporate more and more elements of most of the other games as well, like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
and even Zelda II The Adventure Of Link
Roughly a year after the events of The Wind Waker
(and half a year after the events of Phantom Hourglass
), Link and Tetra return to Outset Island, in order to celebrate a traditional festival. One of the stories told there, however, gets Link curious for the fate of the legendary Hero of Time and tempts him to go and try how far the powers of the ancient kingdom's music and his baton
actually reach. The next day, he wakes up to face a completely clueless second boy in green clothes in his room, who insists that he's called "Link" and the Hero of Time.Meanwhile, the Triforce suddenly reappears, Tetra starts having visions of ancient Hyrule and Ganondorf, which obviously can't be a good sign and the two Links realize that moving away from each other for some reason causes OoT!Link to get his energy drained and slowly fade into oblivion.
Also, there's the Great Fairy Queen's warning of the impending Apocalypse
Originally written and published in German on Fanfiktion.de
(Yes, that's how it's spelt
) under the title "Unify-Breaking the frontiers"
, where it is, with 66 chapters, still ongoing, the English version is basically the author trying to expand and enhance the original story, by filling it's Plot Holes
and improving the pacing, as well as the dialogue. Earlier chapters suffer from Rouge Angles of Satin
though, due to the (non-native-speaker) author being too impatient to let her beta-reader catch up, but newer chapters resolved this issue by "hiring" a second beta-reader. The prose and mood of the story change a lot between chapter 20 and 30The English version of the first arc (out of two) can be read here.
Linked Chronicles provides examples of:
- Alternate Timeline: As confusing as ever. Not even the sages are 100% sure how it works.
- Badass Adorable: The Links, naturally.
- Bag of Holding: Slightly implied, in order to avoid Hammerspace. Seems to not be present in any scene where carrying a bag would be inconvenient.
- Baleful Polymorph: Medli's spell crystal turns out to be The "FAIRY"-spell from Zelda II The Adventure Of Link, after Aryll accidently uses it on her brother... Hilarity Ensues.
- Catch Phrase: TWW!Link's overuse of "Com'on!", which is a reference to the fact that those were actually Link's only spoken words, in any game, ever.
- Chaos Architecture: Both Lampshaded and Subverted through OoT!Link comparing the Islands of the Great Sea to the Hyrule of his era.
- Characterization Marches On: OoT!Link
- Cheerful Child: Aryll.
- Cute Witch: Wizrova, except she's an Enfant Terrible. Earlier on, TWW!Link envisions his sister Aryll as one, when it is mentioned that she might have a lot of potential for casting magic.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Wizrova uses this on the Links to catch them off guard.
- Dramatic Ellipsis: Massively overused, to the point that one could call them a tic of the author.
- Enfant Terrible: Wizrova, a monster which looks like a 7 years old girl but is actually a psychopathic Wizrobe.
- Exposition: Lots of it, done in various ways, mostly attempting to make sense of the Timeline. The sage's speeches however tend to become pure Info Dump.
- Fairy Companion: Eyne.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: OoT!Link. Medieval Stasis helps to avoid many of the usual characteristics of this trope though.
- Flat "What.": Used several times by the characters, usually to express how dumbfounded they are by something.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The two Links take on nicknames based on both the magical items they are most well-known for, as well as their respective titles, in order to avoid confusion. Plotwise, the nicknames are supposed to be in ancient Hylian Language. In The Real World, they are merely the japanese words for "Time" ("Toki") and "Wind" ("Kaze").
- Hey, That's My Line!: When Aryll snatches an item and does Link's standart Item Get!-stance.
- Idiot Ball: The second half of Chapter 27 has the Links acting incredibly naive twice in a row. It is Lampshaded and the author herself has no explanation for it either, except for "They should have seen it coming; Let's say it wasn't their day."
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Just take look at the title and do the math.
- Iron Woobie: OoT!Link, after regaining the memories of his remaining life is more worried about people feeling sorry for him then about going back to being dead again and stops angsting about the loss of "his" Hyrule the moment he learns of the existence of the other Timeline. He continues to angst and have nightmares about Termina though.
- Little Miss Snarker: Tetra.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The Links are trapped in one by Wizrova during the battle in the Water Temple. TWW Link's dream gave him back his parents and the rest of the childhood he had to sacrifice for his travels, whereas OOT Link's dream gives him both Navi and Saria and an eternal childhood in Kokiri forest. The dreams also cause their memories of ever being heroes to gradually fade.
- Magic Music
- Motor Mouth: Eyne, whenever she wants to tell the boys to hurry.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Eyne. It is obvious that she knows a lot more than she is claiming. Adding the fact that she is capable of casting magic a fairy of her rank shouldn't be able to cast...
- One Head Taller: It eventually transpires that TWW!Link has apparently barely grown at all since his first adventure, leaving him several inches shorter than Tetra and still at least two inches shorter than his counterpart from 1000 years before.
- Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Both Links and Tetra. TP!Link and Zelda as well.
- Psychic Link: The Links, to some extent, but it causes them more problems than good, since it basically halfs their power and makes them unable to move away to far from each other without endangering OoT!Link's life and latter, the life of TWW!Link
- Reincarnation: Used by the sages to explain the existence of Legacy Characters. And to make the two Links feel like someone who just watched the last 2 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Self-Deprecation: Eyne, who keeps calling herself a "low-tier fairy" and at one point even smiles while stating that nobody would want to be a fairy.
- Shout-Out: Numerous, mostly to other Zelda games, except in the drinking chapter, where most of the current cast, to quote the author's note, "turns into walking Internet Memes".
- Slipknot Ponytail: Tetra is forced to wear her hair open, after she looses her barette in a storm, causing her to resemble Princess Zelda even more than she already did. It happened off-screen, the reader only finds out about it once Link askes her about her change in hairstyle. In a more straight example, Eyne's braids come undone, when she increases her size in order to attack the Links.
- Split Personality Merge: Saria uses this on the Links in order to prove to them that they're Reincarnations, but ends up almost accidently crushing their individual minds by doing so.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Played with: Tetra believes Link was invoking this for her, while he really just is convinced that everyone near them is in mortal danger, due to the Legions of Hell going after them. Also, inverted, as Tetra tried to keep Link out of the battles this time by trapping him on Windfall Island.
- Technicolor Eyes: Tww!Link's eyes appear different in color, depending on the angle you look into them. It's supposed to be a reference to a change his artwork received in Phantom Hourglass (making his eyes look blue-greenish in the upper half of the iris/pupil and brownish in the lower half.), but there's supposedly also another reason behind this. Regardless, the clishee-ness of this is promptly Lampshaded.
- They Call Him Sword: See Gratuitous Japanese above.
- Trade Snark:
- Tsundere: Tetra, Midna.
- Verbal Tic: The fairy Eyne has a habit of repeating certain words exactly thrice when she's nervous (read: Most of the time.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: OoT!Link, due to not belonging into the timeline. Once it's fixed again, he will disappear.