original OoT storyline released by Nintendo.
is preparing for his coming-of-age ceremony, in which he will receive
his guardian spirit. In the tradition of his people, children receive
a fairy from the Fairy Tree when they reach adulthood. This fairy becomes
a person's lifelong familiar. The fairy accompanies the youthful adventurer
seeking his or her fortune in the maze-like forest or in the lands beyond.
Link's ceremony, however, is not destined to be a happy one. The Fairy
Tree, source of guardian spirits, is captured by a strange creature from
the depths of the forest. Link is able to locate his guardian spirit,
Navie, and with her help, slay the creature. However, in the process,
the Fairy Tree is grievously damaged. As its life force ebbs, the Fairy
Tree speaks the words that will shape Link's destiny.
"Do not allow the thief, Gannondorf, to claim the Triforce ... "
mystically communicates. "Oh brave one, you must take this sacred
stone to a wise man...."
Gannondorf was infamous throughout the land for his evil practices as
the king of thieves. He lusted for the power of the Triforce and searched
throughout Hyrule for its resting place, most recently plunging into the
forest of Link's people. Link knew he was in grave danger should Gannondorf
find him. He took the sacred stone from the Fairy Tree and set out for
Hyrule Castle, the capital of the Hyrulian people.
Upon entering the castle, Link is welcomed by the young Princess Zelda,
a woman of the Hyrulian royal family about the same age as he. She is
well aware of the crisis facing the land of Hyrule. Zelda relates further
details about the Triforce's hiding place, telling Link that he needs
to find the three sacred stones that fit into a magical Ocarina, which
serves as the key to hidden realm.
Link's race with the evil Gannondorf to find the sacred stones and the
hiding place of the Triforce is on!
Zelda 64 tells the story of an earlier age of Hyrule, when Gannon was
merely known as the king of thieves and not the powerful creature of evil
he becomes in the other Legend of Zelda adventures.