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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 22: Temples


Dungeons in Zelda games have changed greatly though the years. While the mobile titles have opted to get a bit more complex and thematic (while still holding the same general design) 3D Zelda titles have been moving forward to more organic dungeon design. Generally speaking, I’m all for it, though I do sometimes miss some of the older designs.

Forest Temple: Ocarina of Time

The Forrest Temple is a recurring dungeon in many Zelda games, taking a different appearance every time. As far as I can remember however, none are quite like the Forest Temple from Ocarina of Time. Design wise it’s an outlier being what is likely a mansion in the middle of an arguably cursed forest that is home to immortal forest children and many lost souls.

So my question is “How did this even get here?”. How did a mansion so large and complex end up in the middle of a sacred meadow. Someone had to have built it, but for what purpose? These questions are never answered so we can only guess for the most part.

For a dungeon it I the only one I can recall in either of the 64 games that has an open area in the garden. The place while clearly abandoned still looks rather good with all the carpeting and such. With a little imagination (considering the limitations of the original games) you could assume that this lonely manor was once a bustling place to congregate. In many ways it looks like an abandoned mansion but the more I look at it the more I feel this place is closer to a church than it is to a home. That might explain the lack of living quarters and all the stalfos in the area. That could also mean that they were once the patrons of this place and either by Ganondorfs hand or the natural curse of the forest they succumbed and became monsters guarding what should have been their sanctuary. That would explain a lot of the phenomena at play including all the ghosts and twisted paths. Yet another sacred place defiled by Ganondorf.

Again, none of this is confirmed in any book so take it all with a grain of salt. This is just my interpretation of the dungeon, and if I may say for a starter dungeon to the adult portion of the game, it is a damn fine one. Often overlooked by places like the shadow or spirit temple, the forest temple has its own eerie charm.

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

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