And here, my friends, is the noble hero of Hyrule, Zelda’s Champion, and the Wielder of Evil’s Bane, Link, the Hero of Time! This mighty warrior has defeated the forces of evil and saved Hyrule from destruction countless times through an endless cycle of reincarnations. But what happens after Ganon is defeated and peace rests upon the kingdom? I’d like to think that, in one of the myriad universes Link finds himself in, Zelda recognizes the need for a competent Captain to name as her right hand. It was this idea that led to this illustration. Link, as depicted here, is a grizzled, battleworn hero, marked by countless battles and meeting his old age with grace but unwilling to rest while evil still lurks in his realm.
There are a few things to note in the piece for those interested. First, Link’s attire is slightly different; I’ve altered it to reflect his heightened status as Knight Commander of the Hylian forces. There are pieces of armour to enhance his trusty tunic along with various belts and straps to accommodate his many adventuring supplies.
If you take a close look at the frame, you’ll notice strange symbols marching around the border. This is Hylian script taken from Twilight Princess (the Hylian language varies depending on the game, and TP’s translated the best) and tells the story of the creation of Hyrule via the power of the Goddesses.
Enjoy the piece, my friends, for it was a labour of love. Be on the lookout in the next couple of months, for a certain princess and lord of darkness may make an appearance. Fare well!