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No Link Limit by General-RADIX No Link Limit by General-RADIX
I've been playing too much Oracle of Seasons/Link's Awakening. In a fit of Zelda-mania, I drew a bunch of different Links, some new, some old.

Gates of the Realm: A boy living in a town without women, Link, becomes friends with Prince Zellos (yes...) after fleeing it with several other boys. While life in the Castle town is fine, Link is suspicious about a man who wanders around it, muttering something about a gate. One day, he enters the Castle only to find that the prince is missing... (Time frame: before ALttP)

Reigns of Sorrow: Two children wash up on Hyrule shores; one of them is given to Luigi to raise. This child, Link IX, seemingly has no large part in the grand scheme of things--yet soon enough, he, his friends, and his guardian are pulled into incident after incident that indicate that this is not the case. And there's the question of where he and the other child, Zelda XI, came from... (Time frame: 2016-2021)

Extensions of the Mad King: Reports of a powerful wizard making Hylians his mind-controlled slaves have become more and more frequent, but Prince Zellos laughs them off as a simple man gaining followers for a religion. So does, Link, a young country girl--until people from a nearby town begin bearing the characteristic markings of the wizard's control. Fearful of her own kin falling victim, she runs away to warn the prince, only to be informed that he's left for America on political matters. Link is about to return home when she sees Zellos about to leave and gets a good look at him... (Time frame: AU)

True Fist of the Herd (dream-based title; don't ask me what it actually means. I don't know): No names inspire more hatred throughout Hyrule than Ganondorf, King of Thieves; he and his merry men have stolen from every temple and dungeon in the land, save for the ultimate target: Castle Hyrule itself. One of his men, Link, even has a bag that will store a physically impossible amount of items though space distortion. On their way to the Castle, the thieves are "greeted" by a hulking giant with alien bodily markings. Link's attempt to damage it fails, and he is subsequently flung far away, into the ocean. Something prevented his death upon impact with the waters... (Time frame: AU)

Valley of the Flood: Because no one has been strong enough to oppose him, Ganon has been able to more or less conquer Hyrule--at the loss of his inhibitions and reason. One boy has deluded himself into believing that he is the Hero of Time that never appeared, and sets off to find and ultimately slay Ganon. (NOTE: There's already a story written for VotF; google it, and you should find that fake interview) (Time frame: The hoax implies that it's before The Wind Waker, but I'm filing it under AU)

The Holy Planet: This Link is still a Hylian, but his parents moved to France when he was too young to remember. They are followers of a sect/cult called The Holy Planet, and worship a distant planet called Zosime, believed to have ties with the Hylian Triforce. Holy Planet's dream is to visit it, and through the efforts of the head of the sect, it is realized. The journey and landing go well enough, but before long, most of the people (including the sect head and Link's father) are taken away by shadowy, frightening beings. Worse, the Zosimians are very aware that Holy Planet reveres them as gods, and more than a few take advantage of this. Tiring of the chaos and worried about his father and fellow worshipers, Link finds a sword and goes off to locate them. (Time frame: Early 1980s. And I need a better name for the cult)

Zelda's Legend: More or less already written about in "Odds and Ends". (Time frame: After WWII, before Zelda 1)

Bride of Melancholy: The locals are surprised to see Castle Hyrule guards dragging the librarian away, with her assistant trying and failing to stop them. She's actually Princess Zelda, who had run away and taken the job at the library several months prior. While she was fine with Castle life, there was something about the King, whom she had no blood relation to, that put her off. Her assistant, Link, is determined to figure out what's going on, but his lack of combat experience is going to make that tough; the King has ordered him killed on sight.

That last guy was just a throw-in; he's not actually Link, but posing as him to distract [insert evil person here] long enough for the real Link to do...something.


WHY DID THIS TAKE THREE HOURS TO WRITE

* EotMK Link ended up looking like ~Hyliaman's design for femme-Link. Arg. Sorry, man.

* TFotH Link was based on OoT Link; it's actually an old idea of mine, and he used to look exactly like OoT Link, albeit with longer hair.

* I couldn't remember the description for VotF. so "Link" ended up a skinny shrimp instead of the more built "Link". I was more focused on making him look like someone who only thinks he's the Hero of Time.
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Starflower95 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome stories. And I love the coat on Bride of melancholy-Link.
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General-RADIX Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thanks. :)
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Starflower95 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
No prob!
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WideMouthInk Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
I like the designs of all this links.

And their intro stories. ^-^
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Shanna-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
But why does mr "Who gives a crap" look a bit more like Sheik, rather than a decoy? (Don't get me wrong, I love his design.)

Oh yes, for some reason, Mr. Holy Planet made me laugh... Good way.

Well done. XD
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General-RADIX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
I based him on Sheik, to be honest.

Thanks!
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Shanna-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Ah, that makes sence as to why I think he was pr-

You're welcome!
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