Era without a Hero

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Era without a Hero


As described in The Wind Waker



Key Characters


The Era without a Hero details the events that follow the Adult Ending of Ocarina of Time. Due to Link being sent back to relive his childhood by Princess Zelda, it caused a split in time. This split created two distinct paths in time, the Adult Timeline and the Child Timeline. Due to Link not being present on the Adult Timeline, it meant no hero was present when Ganon's seal weakened.

The Hero Returns to his Time

Following the defeat of the Demon King Ganon, Princess Zelda and the remaining Sages seal the Evil King away.[1] The Princess feels bad that Link missed out on his childhood as he was kept in the Temple of Light for seven years. She in turn used the Ocarina of Time to send Link back to his own era.[2] With peace now restored to the Kingdom, the Master Sword was laid to rest in the Temple of Time[3] and the Hero of Time's story was passed down.[4]

The Return of the Demon King

Following a brief period of peace in Hyrule, Ganon's seal began to weaken and he returned to the surface from the depths of the ground and once again shrouded Hyrule in darkness.[5] The people of Hyrule prayed that the legendary hero would return to save the land from darkness, but he was nowhere to be found.[6]

The Great Flood

Main article: Great Flood

The King of Hyrule, Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, was left hopeless. The King then decided to leave the fate of Hyrule in the hands of the Goddesses.[7] The Goddesses of legend informed the people of Hyrule to climb to the mountaintops before they proceeded to flood the Kingdom and the Demon King in the process.[8] Daphnes decided that he was to stay within the flooded Hyrule and he instructed the Princess to split the Triforce of Wisdom into two separate pieces and to flee to the surface of the ocean.[9]


  1. "Princess Zelda seals away Ganon with the help of Link, the Hero of Time and the sages" — Hyrule Historia, pg. 122
  2. "and returns the hero to his original era." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 122
  3. "She replaces the Master Sword in its pedestal and firmly closes the Door of Time so that the Sacred Realm will never again be opened." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 122
  4. "The legend of the Hero of Time and the kingdom where the power of the gods sleeps is passed down through the ages, even after Hyrule Kingdom is gone." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 122
  5. "Ganondorf, who had once been sealed away, returned from the depths of the earth and covered Hyrule in darkness once again." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 123
  6. "The people hoped that the legendary hero would show up to save them a second time, but… the hero did not appear." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 123
  7. "With no hope of salvation left, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule decided to entrust the fate of Hyrule to the Goddesses." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 123
  8. "The Goddesses instructed the chosen people to flee to the mountaintops before drowning both Hyrule and Ganondorf in a massive flood and sealing it at the bottom of the ocean." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 123
  9. "The King was to be sealed along with Hyrule, and he instructed the princess to split the Triforce of Wisdom into two and flee to the sea with a few of her servants." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 123