Deep in the southern most region of the kingdom of Hyrule lies a village by the name of Ordan. Cradled in the scenic beauty of pristine farmland, the villagers of Ordan make a living by raising livestock. Among the villagers is a boy known as the most skillful rider in all the land. A boy who, it is expected, will take over the responsibility of leading Ordan as the village chief. His name is Link.

Trusted and liked by all the villagers, Link is especially loved by the other children of Ordan, among who he holds unofficial status as the leader of the pack. Link spends his days as a ranch hand and learns the ways of the sword from the village's lone swordsman, Rusl, in his spare time. He often displays his newly honed skills to the village youths, which makes him even more popular.

One day, Link is showing off his swordsmanship as usual, when a monkey appears. "Hey! That's the monkey that has been causing trouble all over the village! Lets get him", cry the children. They run after the monkey into the forest. Link rushes into the heart of the woods after them and is shocked to find that the dark thickets are teeming with countless monsters. After fighting his way through their ranks, Link rescues the child and the monkey from the cage where they are held captive.

Until now, the forest had been a safe place...

The next day, after much encouragement from Rusl, Link prepares to set out and deliver the village's tribute to Hyrule Castle. Having never visited the castle before, Link is in high spirits as he prepares for his journey, but when his childhood friend Ilia notice's a wound on Epona's haunch, she gives Link an earful for being so careless with his horse. In a huff, Ilia leads Epona away.

Link tracks down Eopna and Ilia at the mystical spring nearby and attempts to apologize for injuring Epona. But no matter how many times he says he's sorry, Ilia simply refuses to forgive Link. Then Colin, a young boy from the village who idolizes Link, steps forward to mediate the situation. Thanks to Colin's explanation, Link is fianlly able to get Ilia to drop her gaurd and talk with him. Having warmed back up, Ilia tells Link, "Come back safely, and don't do anything reckless!"

Just then...

A monster astride a huge bear comes crashing out of the forest. The fearsome monster and its mount break through the gate to the spring and attack the youths. Caught off gaurd by the sudden assault, Link is helpless t stop the monster from delivering a blow that renders him unconscience. Through the fog of his half-conscience mind, Link watches Colin and Ilia get swept away off by the monster...