Ikana Graveyard

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Ikana Graveyard

Ikana Graveyard is a location that appears in Majora's Mask.[1] It is situated within the final region of the game, Ikana. More specifically it is located on the left as Link enters the region. The graveyard itself is the resting place of the once thriving civilization of Ikana Kingdom.[2] The area is largely deserted and during the day the creepy grave keeper Dampé wanders round while at night the undead Stalchildren rise form the graves.

Day

During the day, Dampé watches over the graveyard, patrolling the graves back and forth, apparently doing nothing at all.[3] However, if Link wears the Captain's Hat, he sees him as a ghost and runs away. Also, Link can delve deeper into the graveyard to find Captain Keeta. Link must play the Sonata of Awakening in order to awaken and challenge Captain Keeta. Captain Keeta retreats down a predetermined path, placing firewalls behind him in attempt to keep Link from catching up to him. Link must defeat the Stalchildren in order to lower the firewalls and catch Captain Keeta. If Link fails to catch up to Captain Keeta before he reaches the end of the path, the captain assumes that Link doesn't have the strength required and Link must try again on a different day.[4] However, if Link catches Captain Keeta and defeats him, he is granted the Captain's Hat, as the flames surrounding the Treasure Chest clear.[5]

Night

At night, the Stalchildren, who are the cursed soldiers of Ikana Kingdom, rise from the dead and patrol the gravestones.[6] Depending on the day, the Stalchildren patrol different graves. Stalchildren are vigilant to Link when thay see him unless he is wearing the Captain's Hat. If the young hero dons the Captain's Hat, he can order the Stalchildren to open the specific grave their guarding and enter it.[7] Within one of the graves lies a a hole leading to Beneath the Graveyard, where Link can learn the Song of Storms.

References

  1. "Ikana Graveyard ahead." — Sign, Majora's Mask.
  2. "All the graves here belong to the family members of the King of Ikana Castle, a place that lies beyond the mountains. Even nowadays, the ghosts come out at night. It is a frightening graveyard." — Dampé, Majora's Mask.
  3. "I am Dampe, the grave keeper, who watches over this graveyard." — Dampé, Majora's Mask.
  4. "I was nearly fooled by what you have done... If you could not even catch me, then that must be all the strength you have." — Captain Keeta, Majora's Mask.
  5. "Young swordsman who has awakened and deftly defeated me... I shall rely on your power to fulfill my request. I ask you to take my soul, which rests in the fiercely burning flame..." — Captain Keeta, Majora's Mask.
  6. "It's a Stalchild. They were the cursed soldiers of the Kingdom of Ikana...What are you gonna do?" — Tatl, Majora's Mask.
  7. "We haven't seen you in some time, captain, sir! As per your orders, sir, we've been guarding these graves closely. We have all been expecting your next order, sir. What shall we do? Guard the grave Open the grave" — Stalchild, Majora's Mask.