I figured I could share this with you guys here, too. Anyways, a game idea has been flying around in which you play as Zelda disguised as Sheik during the seven years in which Link was sealed away. I was asked how I felt about this and this is what I said:
I saw that flying around and while it sounds like a good idea without thinking about it, when you do…it really isn’t. More that it doesn’t make sense rather than it being a bad idea because nothing actually happened in those seven years. She disguised her self and waited. She couldn’t do anything against Ganondorf, she couldn’t help anyone out in Hyrule at all. One because she was powerless to do so and two because if she did, then there would be a chance to draw attention to her and risk being found out.
What could possibly happen in that game? Do we sit through her training or something? If something memorable happened during that time, then it would be a good idea but…nothing memorable happened. Who would be our bad guy? Who could possibly be our bad guy? It cannot be Ganondorf and it cannot be anyone that would be working for Ganondorf at that time because if we are successful, then that would draw attention to her self.
Part of being a member of the Sheikah tribe also means staying in the Shadows until the time is right…
What do you guys think of this game idea?
So, since I am playing Ocarina of Time again, there is simply no way that I can ignore the Poe Salesman and what he says to Link when you go see him. For a while, there have been many theories about him floating around. The most popular being the one that he is the Happy Mask Salesman. It’s great, it makes sense, but it doesn’t do it for me. Why? Well, because the Happy Mask Salesman doesn’t hate the world! He spreads joy with his masks, but the fact that this Poe Salesman is possibly carrying the Mask of Truth is a bit hard to dismiss.(He says he can read your mind and that red eye-looking thing is a bit of a dead give away.) I thought so, too and the more I thought on it, the more things began to click for me.
In the end, what I came to think is that the Poe Salesman is Link! Not the Link we are playing as, obviously, but the Link from the ‘failed’ timeline. Ocarina of Time is the game which splits the timeline into three: an Adult Timeline in which Link defeats Ganondorf and goes on to be a legend, the Child timeline in which Link returns to his child-period time and goes on to Termina and the Fail timeline in which Link is defeated by Ganondorf. I do believe that the Poe Salesman is the defeated version of Link. Why do I think so? He has the Mask of Truth!
Oh, but the Happy Mask Salesman has the Mask of truth, it cannot be Link! Right, BUT the Happy Mask Salesman lends the Mask to Link at the end of the mask-selling side quest. He no longer has it according to the game’s time-flow. There are no other duplicated of the Mask that we know of and it being a treasure passed down by the Sheikah, it is very unlikely that there is a duplicate of the mask. I do believe that this Link has already been defeated but not killed by Ganondorf as the bastard is way too cocky to kill someone he no longer considers a threat. “Watch me rule the world and spread my evil while you have no power to stop me!”
I believe that this “Link” has grown bitter and miserable as he cannot save the world any longer and only hopes for things to get worse. It is very sad to think about, very sad…
I hope I explained this well-enough as I feel there might be some points missing. Feel free to message me or respond to this and I’ll be happy to answer to your questions/comments.