Chapter 11: Act 3: The Solicited Lovers & The Stealth Hero
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Additional Tags: Linked Universe (Legend of Zelda), Alternate Universe, Character Study, War, world building, Trauma, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Political Intrigue, Found Family, Angst and Humor, Warriors is a very complicated person, Warriors also does not know Time is Mask, Warriors (Linked Universe)-centric, Canon-Typical Violence, Heavy Angst, Manipulation, Morally Ambiguous Character, Please read content warnings before each chapter
Summary: Warriors built his career waging the kingdom’s wars, seeking victory no matter the cost. He wouldn’t call himself a good person, but he had long sworn to right his wrongs and become someone worthy of the title of hero.
Years past. Now his time-hopping journey with his fellow heroes has taken him back home when war looms on the horizons once more—a war that threatens to ensnare not only Warriors, but his newfound family as well.
He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe, but how long can he tread the line between hero and traitor before the secrets of his dark past come to the light? When this is over, will he even have a family left to save? Or will he be the harbinger of his family’s demise?
(Once upon a time, there were three brothers: the captain, the engineer, and the child. Their story did not have a happy ending.)
Sorry for the long wait! I know I didn’t tease this update as much as others, but that is mostly because I am half terrified to post this chapter. Please make sure you read my author notes before reading. Like, seriously. Read it.
In this chapter of the niche fanfiction that only I care about:
Link enters his hoe era
Warriors and Lana’s conversation gets interrupted by the plot
So I’m playing Twilight Princess at the moment (lots of fun, I’m having a blast) and the other day as I was learning another hidden skill I had a thought.
So you recall how Sky says this,
and later the Master Sword burns his hand when he raises it unknowingly against Legend.
So my question is, why can Twilight use it to spar in Twilight Princess without being burned?
He raises it against the Hero’s Shade (who we know is Time) on multiple occasions. They may only be sparring, but it doesn’t seem to matter how you use her: if you raise Fi against her master, any of them, she burns you.
So why not in Twilight Princess?
Here’s the three theories I came up with (under a cut so this doesn’t get too long)
1. The Master Sword is only powerful enough in Sky’s era to hurt those who raise her against her master.
This would also explain why Sky says ‘she’ll burn my hands’ as opposed to ‘she’ll burn any of our hands’. Fi doesn’t have enough power by the time Twilight Princess rolls around to waste on things like burning her master’s hands, even if she is being raised against another Link.
(It could also be that she’s so busy keeping the demented pinecone from making Twi permanently stuck as a wolf that she doesn’t have enough power to zap his hands, but that’s just another guess)
2. The Hero’s Shade is a spirit, and as a spirit, Fi knows she won’t hurt him if she’s raised against him
The hero’s shade is dead, and the Master Sword is smart enough to recognize that since he’s dead, even she can’t really hurt him. So she allows Twilight to spar with him, even though she would normally burn his hands for doing so.
3. She no longer recognizes Time as her master
This one is kind of connected to the whole “Hero’s Shade is dead” thing, but it could be that since Time has basically denounced her as a weapon, (“I’m content to retire from that blade”) she’s released him from the task of wielding her and no longer considers him her master. (Or since he’s passed on he doesn’t count as her master because of that)
I don’t know if any of these are true, or if I’m just overthinking things as usual, but I’d be curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this as well!
I like writing the boys with large negative traits effect all their actions so much?? Like it's so much fun fnsbissj??
It just adds a little more flavor than Legend being the only real asshole kfjsndjs let the rest of them kinda be dicks... As a treat
Like, yes, there IS something wrong with them! It's the truama
Warriors will trust people when he dies next time he opens up to someone will be during his autopsy
Sky has anger issues towards anyone who hurts his friends and WILL drop everything to get revenge you can't change my mind
The Four Sword system will try to handle everything by themselves and avoid integrating into the group with a passion
Wild refuses to even treat their own death seriously, and definitely thinks that joking is the best and only coping mechanism
Time will talk about his emotions to exactly one person and will not be moving on this issue. "This is traumatizing! Please talk to someone before you have a mental break down" he will pen (1) letter to his wife and that's it
Hyrule blames himself for everything you can't change my mind. He also tries his best to stay out of the chains way because of his low self esteem EVEN THOUGH HES EASILY ONE OF THE BEST AND COOLEST OF THEM!!! I TAKE NO CRITICISM
Wind is definitely the most emotional healthy of the chain and I will forever stand by this, he is how ever reckless in only a way a kid can be
Twilight will continue to think burying, ignoring, and pretending his pain (weather emotional or physical) doesn't exist is the correct course of action, and will be a huge hypocrite to anyone doing the same
Legend, of course, will intentionally push people away out of fear and instantly regret it thank you for asking
Yeah of course all of them have huge positive traits that do way more than balance the negative ones out but I just love characters who have their moments of being kinda a jerk 😌 it twists the knife in angst fics ESP
instead of the-chain-goes-to-school aus, the chain goes to school- but they’re the teachers.!
Time is the senior teacher who is also the scary one. He teaches the little kids?
Twilight is time’s assistant teacher. When the kids find out that they’re related they never let it go.
”your dad said you’re doing good”
”hOwS yOuR dAd?!?”
Warriors spends most of the class time talking about himself. The kids get out of homework by asking him about his current /ex s/os.
Wars and Twi have teacher beef. The kids get on who will win their weekly argument .
Sky teaches history to the older kids. He’s too nice to give homework! The kids like when he talks about his girlfriend, and when she visits/subs??? Best teacher ever. His friend (Groose) is the maintenance guy.
Wild is completely on board with any plans the kids have. He teaches science. He’s known for the great fire incident.
Hyrule is the assistant to the nurse. He comes 3837 times a week into wild’s class.
Legend is grumpy 24/7 and the kids annoy him on purpose.
Wind is that one kid who hangs out with all the teachers. He’s also war’s younger brother. He tells them what the kids think of the material,
Four is just A Dude. He’s sky’s younger nephew, he’s too old for elementary… they think.
Linked Universe characters ranked on how I’d beat them in a street fight
Ravio - This guy is a pacifistic scammer with no fighting experience. I’m gonna beat him up until he lowers his prices.
Wind - I love Wind, he’s a feisty 13 year old, but still a 13 year old. I am older and bigger. Ganondorf punched him no problem, so me too.
Legend - I know some people might disagree, he’s a very experienced guy, but he’s got a RING FOR PUNCHING. He can’t punch without it? Well guess what, I can fool.
Sky - He definitely is stronger than me, but I don’t run out of stamina in 10 seconds. He’s done for. I’ll just run circles around him.
Wild - Same thing with Sky, but he has better stamina. He doesn’t seem to have much martial arts combat (he can only punch chests and kick stal monster heads) and can’t swim that well. Would possibly be a tie, but I also feel pretty confident.
Four - He’s a very small fellow, but there’s 4 small fellows and that’s pretty intimidating. Would maybe be a tie.
Warriors - Listen I hate to say it, but he’d probably beat me in a fight. Dude has military experience and I do not.
Hyrule - You have to be a crafty fellow to survive in his world. Would 100% make me look like a buffoon. He wins.
Time - Not only is he a grown adult, he is also covered in armor. I am definitely outmatched.
Malon - I grew up around farmer girls (I sorta am one too) and I would not wanna mess with any of them. I’m walking away from this fight.
Twilight - Do I even need to explain? He can wrestle gorons. He throws rocks and goats no problem. He’d snap me like a twig easy peasy.
twilight: everything about you sucks except for your taste in shoes
warriors: heh, they are pretty classy and—
twilight: just kidding
twilight: your boots are a monstrosity
#bullying warriors is a full-time job and twilight is committed #someone had to point it out eventually #you cannot convince me someone hasn’t noticed warriors’s shoes before and said wtf man #linked universe #incorrect linked universe quotes #lu warriors#lu twilight
Concept: Linked Universe but with the speedrun version of each Link but specifically the Low% version (fewest possible items).
Dead-eyed Hyrule beating every dungeon boss and marching on Ganon with three hearts and a wooden sword. Levelling up is for the weak.
Time slowly and meticulously bombing himself up Stone Tower. Why? It's the principle of the thing. Those pirates can keep their silly hookshot.
Twilight just staring at a blue rupee for several hours while phasing through a wall. Keys? Who needs em? Rude and impatient people, that's who.
Wind swimming across the entire ocean several times for sport. Wild painstakingly chipping away at his foe's health remote bomb by remote bomb, simply because he can. Dark Link and Hylia both watching on with bewilderment and dismay, hoping that things will start making sense at some point. Sadly, they never do.
I think it’s a shame that we as a fanbase don’t utilize Time calling the other members of the chain ‘boy’ and ‘kid’
#also it's canon that he calls twilight 'son' #at least in the games #im rereading the comic for research #its funny because he calls Warrior's 'boy' after scaring him and Wild 'kid' during the memory episode #linked universe#lu time #linked universe time
Time- looked me dead in the eyes, patted my cheek and whispered ‘you smell like vanilla. do you have candy? i won’t tell’
Warriors- threw himself to the floor screaming, tore his dress off and threw the most epic tantrum imaginable because ‘his bandaid didn’t match his dress’
Twilight- says ‘our doggy there’ then points at a box of ashes on the mantle
Sky- *actively falling asleep after wedging himself behind the couch* ‘not tired. no sleep’
Wild- screeched, ran out into the garden, grabbed a rock, ran back, put it in my shoe and said ‘I love you’
Legend- dumped a large collection of single socks and other things stolen from his parents room on my lap and said ‘don’t tell mama’
Hyrule- put a pear, a glass of orange juice, a bunch of grapes and a granola bar (in the wrapper) into the microwave because he ‘wanted to make a fruit cake’
Four- painted the sidewalk with chalk then lay down in it, getting it all over him and then got up and said ‘I’m colourful now’ (later cried because he didn’t like how the colour yellow looked on his arm)
Wind- handed me a leaf and said ‘i found the honey pot’ and then looked at me and waited, when I said i couldn’t because I was allergic to honey he said ‘don’t do that’