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|name = Great Calamity
 
|name = Great Calamity
|image = [[File:Great Calamity (Breath of the Wild).jpg|The Hyrule Castle controlled by Calamity Ganon]]
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|image = [[File:Maliceganonreturns.jpeg|The Hyrule Castle falls to Calamity Ganon]]
|caption = [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] controlled by [[Calamity Ganon]]
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|caption = [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] falls to [[Calamity Ganon]]
 
|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|Breath of the Wild]]'' ([[2017]])
 
|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|Breath of the Wild]]'' ([[2017]])
 
|games =
 
|games =
 
|country = [[Hyrule]]
 
|country = [[Hyrule]]
|region = Throughout [[Hyrule]]
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|region = Primarily [[Central Hyrule]] though most of Hyrule was affected
|occurrence = One hundred years prior to ''Breath of the Wild''
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|occurrence = One hundred years prior to ''Breath of the Wild'' starting on Princess Zelda's 17th Birthday
|purpose = Calamity Ganon's destruction and control of [[Hyrule]]
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|purpose = Calamity Ganon returns after being sealed for 10,000 years<br>[[Champions]] lead by the Princess of Hyrule seek to defeat and seal Calamity Ganon alongside the Master Sword's Chosen [[Link]]<br>War for control of Greater Hyrule
|characteristics = Calamity Ganon spreading his [[malice]] across Hyrule<br /> [[Divine Beast]]s and [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] becoming corrupted by Ganon<br />Hyrule being laid to ruins<br />The four [[Champions]] pilots died and [[Link]] was critically injured<br />Link was placed inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] to heal<br />[[Princess Zelda]] sealed herself with Calamity Ganon within [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]]<br />Death of the King & the Castle residents<br />Master Sword being placed in its pedestal near the Great Deku Tree
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|characteristics = Calamity Ganon spreading his [[malice]] across Hyrule<br />[[Divine Beast]]s and [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] becoming corrupted by Ganon<br />Hyrule being laid to ruins<br />The four [[Champions]] pilots slain and Link critically injured<br />Link placed inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] to heal for 100 years<br />[[Princess Zelda]] self-sealed with Calamity Ganon within [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]]<br />Death of the King and the Castle residents<br />Master Sword placed in its pedestal near the Great Deku Tree
 
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The '''Great Calamity''' is an event from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]''. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by [[Calamity Ganon]] throughout [[Hyrule]] that occurred one hundred years ago before [[Link]]'s awakening from his deep slumber inside the [[Shrine of Resurrection]]. After he awakens and leaves the Shrine, Link discovers a ruined Hyrule, devastated by Ganon`s forces.
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The '''Great Calamity''' is an event from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]''. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by [[Calamity Ganon]] throughout [[Hyrule]] that occurred on [[Princess Zelda]]'s 17th birthday one hundred years prior to event of the game. After Link awakens at the [[Shrine of Resurrection]] at the beginning of ''Breath of the Wild'', he discovers much of Hyrule ruined and devastated by Ganon's forces. However, thanks to [[Princess Zelda]] sealing herself and Calamity Ganon away in [[Hyrule Castle (Breath of the Wild)|Hyrule Castle]] the rest of Hyrule managed to survive and somewhat rebuild.
   
== Story ==
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Calamity Ganon first emerged in the distant past, ten thousand years before the events of ''Breath of the Wild''. [[Ganon]] transformed into a monstrous creature of pure [[Malice]] known as Calamity Ganon. He ravaged Hyrule before being sealed away by the chosen Hero wielding the [[Master Sword|blade that seals darkness]], and by the princess with divine powers inherited from [[Hylia|the Goddess]]. Assisting the hero and the princess were the [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] and four massive mechanical animal constructs called the [[Divine Beast]]s. The Ancient [[Sheikah]] tribe developed these machines with their unique technology, to help the [[Royal Family of Hyrule]]. Ganon.
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=== The prophecy ===
 
Calamity Ganon first emerged in the distant past. Ten thousand years before the events of ''Breath of the Wild'', [[Ganon]] transformed into a monstrous creature of pure [[Malice]] known as Calamity Ganon. He ravaged Hyrule before being sealed away by the chosen Hero wielding the [[Master Sword|blade]] that seals darkness, and by the princess with divine powers. Assisting the hero and the princess were the [[Guardian (Breath of the Wild)|Guardians]] and four massive mechanical animal constructs called the [[Divine Beast]]s. The Ancient [[Sheikah]] tribe developed these machines with their unique technology, to help the [[Royal Family of Hyrule]].
 
   
According to the Sheikah [[Cado]], his tribe had long been heralded as people of great wisdom since their ancient technology became the key in sealing Calamity Ganon ten thousands years ago. Their technology was at first praised as the power of the gods. However, the people of Hyrule began to fear it as a threat to the kingdom. As a result, the Sheikah became outcasts and was forced into exile. Although most Sheikah chose to cast off their technology and live simple lives, others fostered hatred towards the kingdom of Hyrule, leading them to swear allegiance to Ganon. This resulted in the creation of the [[Yiga Clan]], who dedicate themselves to eliminating all who stand against Ganon.
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Ten thousand years later, during the reign of [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule]], it was foretold that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. The prophecy of Ganon's imminent return forced the Royal Family and Sheikah still loyal to the kingdom to excavate the ancient technology in preparation to confront Calamity Ganon as their ancestors had done 10,000 years prior. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. They recovered the mechanical army and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. The teenage Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she still had trouble awaking her powers. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as [[Champions]] lead by his daughter Princess Zelda. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom by Zelda, Mipha the Zora Champion and crown Princess, Daruk the Goron Champion, [[Revali]] the [[Rito]] Champion, and Urbosa the Gerudo Champion and Chieftain. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the [[Hylian]] Champion, the knight Link. The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the divine sealing powers of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter who lost not only a mother but a mentor. As she was now sole bearer of this birthright which she inherited from her grandmother, the King ordered Zelda to focus on awakening her divine sealing powers to the exclusion of all else.
   
=== The preparation ===
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Unfortunately, having learned from his previous defeat, Calamity Ganon created four phantom embodiments of himself representing the elements of [[Fireblight Ganon|fire]], [[Waterblight Ganon|water]], [[Thunderblight Ganon|thunder]], and [[Windblight Ganon|wind]], each tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions and imprisoning their spirits in the process. Succeeding in taking control of the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians with his Malice to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed [[Hyrule Castle Town]] and devastated much of Hyrule, slaughtering countless innocents. Among the chaos, King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived the attack on the castle were helpless against the Guardian onslaught and were forced to retreat to the Akkala Citadel in [[Akkala]]. The final remnants of the Hyrulean Army took their final stand in Akkala Citadel, the kingdom's largest stronghold, which was all but destroyed in the historic battle, leaving the once great structure in ruins.
Ten thousand years later, and one century before Link's awakening inside the Shrine of Resurrection on the [[Great Plateau]], it was foretold by the fortune teller that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. This prophecy drove [[Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule|King Rhoam of Hyrule]] to create an archaeology team to search for the fabled Ancient Sheikah's technologically-advanced relics. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. The Sheikah still loyal to the Royal Family including [[Impa]], [[Purah]], and [[Robbie]] assisted them in studying this ancient technology. They recovered the mechanical army, and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she had trouble awaking her powers. Many believed them to be simply a legend but their discovery made this legend a reality for them.
 
   
Realizing this, the King selected the hero chosen by the Master Sword, a young recruit of the royal army named Link, as the personal knight of his daughter, Princess Zelda. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as [[Champions]]. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom, [[Mipha]] the [[Zora]] Champion, [[Daruk]] the [[Goron]] Champion, [[Revali]] the [[Rito]] Champion and [[Urbosa]] the [[Gerudo]] Champion. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the [[Hylian]] Champion, the knight Link, and to use them against the demon.
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Zora's Domain was attacked at this time, though the bottleneck that is Zora River allowed the Zora Knights to hold off the assault very effectively and their army survived to continue defending Zora's Domain. However the Zora people greatly mourned Mipha's death and many Zora Knights and adults blamed Link and the Hylians for the Great Calamity. However King Dorephan though regretting having allowed his daughter to fight understood she would not forgive him for holding Link responsible and realized they had all underestimated Ganon's cunning and power. Though he was very young at the time, Mipha's younger brother [[Prince Sidon]] would come to share his father's views in the years to come with the Zora out living most of their non-Zora allies due to Zora having longer lifespans and aging at a different rate.
 
The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the divine sealing powers of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter. As she was now sole bearer of their birthright, the King ordered Zelda to focus on mastering her control over the Divine Power to the exclusion of all else.
 
 
=== The Great Calamity ===
 
While the other Champions piloted their race's respective Divine Beast, Zelda was sent on a pilgrimage under Link's protection, praying to statues of the goddess [[Hylia]] for the power to defeat Calamity Ganon. Feeling jealousy towards Link for being successful as a knight, in sharp contrast to her success as the princess of Hyrule, Zelda acted unfriendly towards him. During their journey, the two were ambushed by the Yiga Clan, who were planning to assassinate Zelda. Despite being ambushed, Link protected Zelda and drove them away.
 
 
Feeling grateful towards Link and realizing the errors of her way, Zelda decided to apologize and talk to him. In response, Link slowly opened up to her, allowing him and Zelda to befriend one another. Eventually, Link told Zelda why he maintained a quiet demeanor, which was because of the pressure he felt as the chosen hero. Empathizing with Link, Zelda reprimanded herself for being absorbed in her own problems, to the point of not realizing how others have their own hardships as well. No longer consumed by fear or doubt, Zelda wholeheartedly hoped to know more about Link and eventually tell him about her own troubled feelings.
 
 
Despite this new-found sense of hope, Zelda`s powers did not awaken, and all preparation proved to be in vain. Having learned from his previous defeat, Calamity Ganon created four phantom embodiment of himself representing the elements of [[Fireblight Ganon|fire]], [[Waterblight Ganon|water]], [[Thunderblight Ganon|thunder]], and [[Windblight Ganon|wind]], tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions and imprisoning their spirits in the process.
 
 
Succeeding in stopping the Champions and taking control of their Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed [[Hyrule Castle Town]] and devastated Hyrule, all while slaughtering countless innocents.Among the chaos, King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived were helpless against the Guardian onslaught. Link and Zelda themselves were confronted by an army of Guardians at [[Fort Hateno]]. Despite wielding the Master Sword and destroying countless guardians, there were too many guardians for Link to handle by himself.
 
   
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Link and Zelda, meanwhile, had been unable to help in Central Hyrule, and retreated south to [[Fort Hateno]] where they made their desperate last stand against an army of Guardians. Though Link wielded the True Master Sword which reacted to Ganon's corruption within the Guardians with skill and personally destroyed countless Guardians himself, they were simply too numerous and he was eventually overcome.
 
[[File:Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil's Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene).png|thumb|150px|Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest]]
 
[[File:Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil's Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene).png|thumb|150px|Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest]]
Severely wounded and unable to evade, Link was about be killed by a guardian, when Zelda ran to Link to shield him from the fatal blow. It was then that Zelda`s powers awoke itself, allowing her to shut down the guardians. Despite the guardians being stopped, Link succumbed to his injuries and died. Heartbroken over Link`s death, Zelda wept at his body in sadness. Responding to the situation, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. The Master Sword revealed to Zelda that Link can still be saved, then gave her instructions on how to do so. Wasting no time, Zelda requested her Sheikah allies Impa, Purah, and Robbie to send Link in the Shrine of Resurrection on the Great Plateau, and place him in the untested Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the [[Great Deku Tree]]. Finally, Zelda used her newly awoken powers to seal Ganon and herself within Hyrule Castle.
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It was here, faced with the impending death of a loved one, that Zelda's powers were truly awakened, allowing her to shut down the Guardians with a blinding ray of light by purging them of Ganon's influence. The Guardians had been stopped from destroying Link, but despite being saved by Zelda he still succumbed to his injuries and collapsed to the ground, seemingly dying in Zelda's arms.
 
=== Aftermath ===
 
{{Main|Age of Burning Fields|Champion Festival|Slumber of Restoration}}
 
After the fall of Hyrule during the Great Calamity, and the seal of Calamity Ganon by Princess Zelda, the surviving people of Hyrule recovered and settlements like [[Hateno Village]] were rebuilt.
 
 
Though the Royal Family of Hyrule and Champions had fallen, the Zora Royal Family lead by King Dorephan continued to lead the Zora for the next 100 hundred years. The Zora people tried to honor the late Zora Champion [[Princess Mipha]] by sending her [[Lightscale Trident]] but her spirit spoke to them and asked them to not grieve, only remember her in their hearts. this caused the Zora to venerate the Lightscale Trident and create the [[Champion Festival]] as a day of remembrance and celebration of Mipha's life, with a memorial statue of her being constructed in Zora's Domain. Similarly, the other Champions were also honored by their people as heroes.
 
 
Link's defense of Fort Hateno would be remembered by the people living in the Necluda region and [[Hateno Village]], though he is believed to have died heroically fighting during the Great Calamity as his survival was not widely known to the public. A large stone carving of Daruk can be found in Goron City and his descendant Yunobo inherited [[Daruk's Protection]] ability. A landing platform in [[Rito Village]] was named [[Revali's Landing]] in honor of the Rito Champion. Though Lady Urbosa lacks a monument or memorial in [[Gerudo Town]], she is remembered by the Gerudo Chieftain [[Riju]] and Gerudo children 100 years after her death.
 
 
Impa, Purah, and Robbie decided to split up to survive long enough to aid Link when he woke up from his slumber. While Impa remained behind to lead the Sheikah in [[Kakariko Village]], Purah took up residence in the [[Hateno Ancient Tech Lab]], while Robbie constructed the [[Akkala Ancient Tech Lab]] in an old lighthouse in [[Deep Akkala]]. The three Sheikah survived for the next 100 years keeping in contact by letters. Impa would send other Sheikah to aid them in their research, such as [[Jerrin]] and [[Symin]]. Robbie would end up marrying his assistant Jerrin and the two had a son together. Purah attempted to reverse her age with an experimental rune but it backfired and she ultimately ended up in the body of a six year old girl. Impa would have a granddaughter named Paya who grew up into a shy young woman that helps care for her elderly grandmother and prays for their village's protection.
 
 
The Yiga Clan came under the leadership of [[Master Kohga]] and at some point, attacked Gerudo Town and stole the [[Thunder Helm]] there, resulting in the Gerudo becoming dedicated to restoring their honor and eliminating the Yiga Clan.
 
 
Princess Zelda is remembered for her heroic sacrifice in sealing Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle, though only a few people are aware that she is still alive. Like Link while placed in the Slumber of Restoration, Zelda`s physical body stopped aging while under the seal, allowing her to maintain it even after a century had passed. By sealing herself with Ganon, Zelda became both Ganon's jailer and prisoner as she had to remained sealed with him in the Castle to prevent his escape.The seal placed on Ganon and Zelda itself can falter at times, such as when Ganon's power reaches its peak during midnight on a [[Blood Moon]] and shortly after Link activates the Great Plateau Tower, though Zelda manages to restore it before Ganon is able to escape.
 
 
Even though he was sealed, Ganon influence could still be found in Hyrule, such as pools of [[Malice]] that had been created when water had been sullied during the Great Calamity, corrupted Guardians who patrolled Hyrule Field, the ruins of Hyrule Castle Town, and Hyrule Castle itself, making these area inhabitable. Additionally, during every Blood Moon, Ganon is able to resurrect any monsters, Yiga, or Guardians that were slain by Link.
 
 
Under Ganon`s influence, the Guardians annihilated the surviving soldiers and Knights of Hyrule that fled Hyrule Castle and regrouped at the Akkala Citadel. Though ultimately defeated, the soldiers and knights managed to take out several Guardians by using the area to their advantage, causing [[Torin Wetland]] to be littered with the remains of broken and defeated Guardians. Due to the fierce battle, Akkala Citadel was reduced to ruins that were patrolled by Guardian Skywatchers, with the cannons there becoming derelict and inoperable.
 
 
In contrast to the Guardians, the Divine Beasts became dormant during the 100 years Link slept inside the Slumber of Restoration. Once Link had awoken from his slumber though, the Divine Beasts reactivated themselves and began rampaging against the people they once protected.
 
 
Princess Zelda (via telepathy), the spirit of King Rhoam, and Impa guide the amnesic Link after he awakens and reveal to him his past and quest to free both the Divine Beasts, Princess Zelda, and ultimately Hyrule by stopping Calamity Ganon and his phantoms. During his journey, Link must contend with various dangers of Hyrule such as wild animals, monsters, corrupted Guardians, the Yiga Clan, and the Divine Beasts themselves.
 
 
Fortunately, Link acquires Zelda's [[Sheikah Slate]], a powerful Sheikah artifact that proves vital in his quest and allows him to access Sheikah Towers, Shrines, and technology. Additionally it allows him to meet the Sheikah Monks who inhabit the various Shrines found all over Hyrule. When praying to Hylia`s statues, a disembodied voice (hinted to be Hylia) helps him by trading Heart Containers or Stamina Vessels for Spirit Orbs obtained from completing the Monks' trials and guides him to shrines hidden in the three springs that Zelda visited during her pilgrimage.
 
 
Using pictures stored in the Sheikah Slate, Link's memories are ultimately restored and he reclaims the Master Sword from Korok Forest to use in his battle against Ganon. With the aid of allies such as King Dorephan, Prince Sidon, Riju, Yunobo, and [[Teba]], Link also manages to free the Divine Beasts and the Champion's spirits. The spirits of the champions then grant Link their special abilities and retake control of the Divine Beasts. Once fully prepared to fight Ganon, Link infiltrates Hyrule Castle to save Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. With help from Zelda, Link ultimately defeats Ganon and succeeds in his quest.
 
   
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Heartbroken, Zelda wept in despair. As if responding to her cries, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. It revealed to her that Link was not yet dead and could still be saved reminding Zelda of the Shrine of Resurrection an ancient Sheikah medical facility her research team had discovered. Wasting no time, Zelda ordered her Sheikah allies, Impa, Purah, and Robbie, to deliver Link to the Shrine of Resurrection upon the Great Plateau, and to place him in the experimental Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the [[Great Deku Tree]], making to the blade the promise that Link would one day return for it. In a final sacrifice, Zelda marched alone on Hyrule Castle and used her newly awoken powers to seal both Ganon and herself inside, ending the Great Calamity.
 
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The Great Calamity is an event from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This event serves as the main historical context of the game. It corresponds to the disaster caused by Calamity Ganon throughout Hyrule that occurred on Princess Zelda's 17th birthday one hundred years prior to event of the game. After Link awakens at the Shrine of Resurrection at the beginning of Breath of the Wild, he discovers much of Hyrule ruined and devastated by Ganon's forces. However, thanks to Princess Zelda sealing herself and Calamity Ganon away in Hyrule Castle the rest of Hyrule managed to survive and somewhat rebuild.

Calamity Ganon first emerged in the distant past, ten thousand years before the events of Breath of the Wild. Ganon transformed into a monstrous creature of pure Malice known as Calamity Ganon. He ravaged Hyrule before being sealed away by the chosen Hero wielding the blade that seals darkness, and by the princess with divine powers inherited from the Goddess. Assisting the hero and the princess were the Guardians and four massive mechanical animal constructs called the Divine Beasts. The Ancient Sheikah tribe developed these machines with their unique technology, to help the Royal Family of Hyrule. Ganon.

Ten thousand years later, during the reign of Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule, it was foretold that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. The prophecy of Ganon's imminent return forced the Royal Family and Sheikah still loyal to the kingdom to excavate the ancient technology in preparation to confront Calamity Ganon as their ancestors had done 10,000 years prior. King Rhoam decided to act in accordance to their ancestors' plan and excavated the relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. They recovered the mechanical army and were successfully able to reactivate and use them. The teenage Zelda assisted them in their research due to her interest in science as she still had trouble awaking her powers. King Rhoam then formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as Champions lead by his daughter Princess Zelda. He requested each race of Hyrule choose a Champion, and four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom by Zelda, Mipha the Zora Champion and crown Princess, Daruk the Goron Champion, Revali the Rito Champion, and Urbosa the Gerudo Champion and Chieftain. They were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist the Hylian Champion, the knight Link. The final key to defeating Calamity Ganon was the divine sealing powers of the royal family's bloodline, and the recent death of Hyrule's Queen saw this immense duty fall to her only surviving daughter who lost not only a mother but a mentor. As she was now sole bearer of this birthright which she inherited from her grandmother, the King ordered Zelda to focus on awakening her divine sealing powers to the exclusion of all else.

Unfortunately, having learned from his previous defeat, Calamity Ganon created four phantom embodiments of himself representing the elements of fire, water, thunder, and wind, each tasked with corrupting and taking control the Divine Beasts, and killing four of the Champions and imprisoning their spirits in the process. Succeeding in taking control of the Divine Beasts, Calamity Ganon proceeded to take control of the Guardians with his Malice to use against the people of Hyrule. He then destroyed Hyrule Castle Town and devastated much of Hyrule, slaughtering countless innocents. Among the chaos, King Rhoam was killed and the remaining soldiers and Knights of Hyrule who survived the attack on the castle were helpless against the Guardian onslaught and were forced to retreat to the Akkala Citadel in Akkala. The final remnants of the Hyrulean Army took their final stand in Akkala Citadel, the kingdom's largest stronghold, which was all but destroyed in the historic battle, leaving the once great structure in ruins.

Zora's Domain was attacked at this time, though the bottleneck that is Zora River allowed the Zora Knights to hold off the assault very effectively and their army survived to continue defending Zora's Domain. However the Zora people greatly mourned Mipha's death and many Zora Knights and adults blamed Link and the Hylians for the Great Calamity. However King Dorephan though regretting having allowed his daughter to fight understood she would not forgive him for holding Link responsible and realized they had all underestimated Ganon's cunning and power. Though he was very young at the time, Mipha's younger brother Prince Sidon would come to share his father's views in the years to come with the Zora out living most of their non-Zora allies due to Zora having longer lifespans and aging at a different rate.

Link and Zelda, meanwhile, had been unable to help in Central Hyrule, and retreated south to Fort Hateno where they made their desperate last stand against an army of Guardians. Though Link wielded the True Master Sword which reacted to Ganon's corruption within the Guardians with skill and personally destroyed countless Guardians himself, they were simply too numerous and he was eventually overcome.

Breath of the Wild Blade of Evil&#039;s Bane Zelda holding the rusty Master Sword (Recovered Memory 18 Cutscene)

Zelda placing the Master Sword in its pedestal within Korok Forest

It was here, faced with the impending death of a loved one, that Zelda's powers were truly awakened, allowing her to shut down the Guardians with a blinding ray of light by purging them of Ganon's influence. The Guardians had been stopped from destroying Link, but despite being saved by Zelda he still succumbed to his injuries and collapsed to the ground, seemingly dying in Zelda's arms.

Heartbroken, Zelda wept in despair. As if responding to her cries, the Master Sword activated on its own and spoke to Zelda. It revealed to her that Link was not yet dead and could still be saved reminding Zelda of the Shrine of Resurrection an ancient Sheikah medical facility her research team had discovered. Wasting no time, Zelda ordered her Sheikah allies, Impa, Purah, and Robbie, to deliver Link to the Shrine of Resurrection upon the Great Plateau, and to place him in the experimental Slumber of Restoration. Zelda then returned the battle-damaged Master Sword to its pedestal in front of the Great Deku Tree, making to the blade the promise that Link would one day return for it. In a final sacrifice, Zelda marched alone on Hyrule Castle and used her newly awoken powers to seal both Ganon and herself inside, ending the Great Calamity.

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