My life has been taken over by Tears of the Kingdom. SOMETIMES I encounter something much higher level than my character in a game that can kill me in one hit and I will get a personal vendetta and spend hours trying to defeat it. It's absolutely infuriating and I don't know why I do it, but the win feels great HAHA. But then if the reward for that boss is like... some arrows. The fury is unmeasurable hahaha
Part 242 of “A Tale of Two Rulers” (June 8, 2023)
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I was a little unsure about opening up about the the things going on in my life with my last post, but I’m so glad I did. You all have been so kind and I’m so grateful to all of you. I know I don’t know you personally, but I’m so grateful that the world has you in it. To everyone else struggling, I hope things get brighter for you soon. Even if it turns out to not be in the way you had dreamed, I hope a new light shines on you that you never realized was there for you before. ♡
Ignoring the debate whether Zelink is real or not in totk, we have to admit one thing: Link is with Zelda because he wants to.
On botw, before the calamity specifically, he has no much of a choice. He's a patriotic knight, he was appointed by the king himself to look after the princess and so fulfills his role as expected. If he wanted or liked to be around Zelda, no one gave a shit, and he had bills to pay, so he had to do his job.
After the calamity, well, he still had a role to fulfill. The calamity was still a threat and he was the only one who could do something about it. Regardless of his feelings towards Zelda, he still had a job to do. Battling Calamity Ganon was like killing two birds with one shot: he ends Hyrule's threat and rescues the princess.
But in totk things are different. Hyrule's kingdom and monarchy went to shit and the military is also practically non-existent, there's lots of restoration to do, but technically Hyrule found peace. I'd argue that, Link, being an actual soldier, could actually retire if he wanted to like veterans do after a battle ends, but he didn't.
We know from NPC's and Zelda's diary that Link is wherever Zelda is, they're never separated. We also can insinuate they live together in Hateno and that, looking at the monuments at the lost people in the calamity, they travel a lot.
I heard an opinion that said that Link still had an obligations towards the princess, but as far as I'm in the game I see no traces of that. Even Zelda mentions it in a memory, something like: "at first, he was appointed as my personal knight", which implies he doesn't have that role anymore. He's just there because... well, he's kind!
And this is what I find so beautiful about this game. We can argue whatever about their real relationship, but the truth is that Link just wants to be around Zelda and probably finds her entertaining 🤷🏻♀️