The Bound Chest is an object which appears at the beginning of The Minish Cap. According to legend, the Hero of Men, armed with the Picori Blade and the Light Force granted to him by the Picori, drives off the evil forces threatening the land. He then places all of them within the Bound Chest, locked by the Picori Blade itself.
At the beginning of The Minish Cap, Minister Potho explains to Link that the winner of the annual sword fighting contest of the Picori Festival is granted the honor of touching the Picori Blade that is sealing the Bound Chest. The champion of this year is Vaati. However, it quickly becomes clear that Vaati intends to open the Bound Chest in search of the Light Force. Though the guards try to fight him off, he successfully breaks the Picori Blade and unleashes all of the monsters within. However, the Light Force is not inside, so Vaati leaves, allowing the monsters to continue wreaking havoc on Hyrule.
- ↑ "A long, long time ago... when the world was on the verge of being swallowed by shadow... The tiny Picori appeared from the sky, bringing the hero of men a sword and a golden light. With wisdom and courage, the hero drove out the darkness. When peace had been restored, the people enshrined that blade with care." — Intro, The Minish Cap.
- ↑ "Using the sword, the Hero of Men sealed the evil beings away in the Bound Chest and brought peace to the world once again." — pg.78, Hyrule Historia
- ↑ "Do you know about that sword, Link? It is called the Picori Blade, and it locks much evil away in that chest. The Picori Blade is sacred among the people of Hyrule. The legend has it that, long ago, the Picori gave us this blade. Whoever wins the competition earns the honor of touching the sacred blade." — Potho, The Minish Cap.
- ↑ "Let the award ceremony commence! Vaati, champion of the competition, you may approach the blade!" — Potho, The Minish Cap.
- ↑ "Heh heh heh... To think things would go this well! The Picori Blade and the Bound Chest spoken of in Hylian lore... This chest must hold that which I seek! I'll relieve you of its contents now." — Vaati, The Minish Cap.
- ↑ "Vaati believed the Light Force was in the Bound Chest. He broke the Picori Blade to unseal the chest and found that it did not contain the Light Force at all. The evil that had been sealed inside poured forth from the chest." — pg. 79, Hyrule Historia
- ↑ "...?!? Empty? There was nothing in there but those monsters? What is the meaning of this? Well, I know the force I'm after is somewhere out there. I'm in no hurry. I can take my time searching for it. Heh heh heh..." — Vaati, The Minish Cap.