Queen Rutela is a character seen exclusively in Twilight Princess. She is never seen alive; only in a ghost state. During her life, she was the ruler of the Zora tribe, taking over after her husband, King Zora, died. However, during Zant's invasion of Hyrule, he sent Shadow Beasts to Zora's Domain, where they executed Queen Rutela in front of all the Zoras. While this happens simultaneously with Link being put in prison at the beginning of the game, it is not seen.
After Link melts the ice that covers Zora's Domain using the giant rock from Death Mountain, the ghost of Queen Rutela stops Link before he can leave. She thanks Link for saving her people, and then continues to more pressing matters. She asks Link to help her son, Prince Ralis, who she fears is in danger. She promises Link the ability to swim and breathe in very deep water, like a Zora. However, at the current moment, Link is stuck in his wolf form. Midna points out that it would not be best to meet the prince as a wolf. With that, Link continues on his immediate quest of collecting the Tears of Light.
Once the light has been restored to the Lanayru Province, Link can travel to Telma's Bar, where the injured Prince Ralis lies, being taken care of by the memory-less Ilia. Now in his Hylian form, Link can rescue Ralis and bring him to Kakariko Village, where Renado, the shaman of the village, can attend to him. Once Ralis is safely in the Elde Inn, Queen Rutela presents herself to Link, and leads him to the back of the Graveyard, to a secret chamber. Inside this chamber lies the grave of the deceased King Zora. She thanks Link, telling him she is very grateful. She gives Link the Zora Armor, which allows Link to breathe and swim underwater, but makes him more vulnerable to ice and fire attacks. Queen Rutela is never heard from again. However, she is seen during the ending credits, watching over her son as he begins his reign as the Ruler of the Zoras.
- ↑ "In life, I was the elder of this Zora village and the queen of my people. I was called Rutela." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "The dark ones... They raided this village and, as a message to my people, executed me before them." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "Wait!" — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "Please, you must allow me to thank you for revitalizing both my people and this spring, which is the water source for all the lands of Hyrule." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "I have something to ask of you. When the dark ones descended upon our village, I sent my young one, Ralis, to Hyrule Castle to inform Princess Zelda of our fate. But...I fear danger followed him from this doomed place." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "Please... Would you save my dearest, Prince Ralis?" — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "If you do this thing, I will bestow upon you the protection of water. This power will grant you the ability to swim and respire in very deep water as if you were a Zora." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "...Oh, but now that I think about it, I don't suppose you should meet the prince as a wolf, huh? [sfx]Eee hee!" — Midna, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "We are well met. I am Renado, shaman of this town." — Renado, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "I am deeply grateful to you for aiding my son in his time of need." — Queen Rutela, Twilight Princess.
- ↑ "You got Zora armor! This special garment was handed down through the Zora royal family. If you have it equipped, you can move freely through the water... but you will be more vulnerable to fire and ice attacks." — In-Game Description, Twilight Princess.