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Paya (パーヤ Pāya?) is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She is a young Sheikah woman who can be found at Kakariko Village in the region of West Necluda. She is the granddaughter of Impa.

She is the granddaughter of Sheikah Elder Impa and grandniece of the director of the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab Purah, named Paya after her Papaya seed-shaped birthmark. Paya is a shy young woman who helps care for her elderly grandmother and assist her in guarding the Sheikah Heirloom until the prophecy relating to it was fulfilled. The prophecy foretold a hero would be chosen by the heirloom to receive a blessing. At some point Paya attempted to see if she could fulfill the prophecy to free her family of the burden of watching over it by attempting to use it to activate the ancient dias near Cotera's Great Fairy Fountain but failed. She is easily embarrassed and flustered around Link due to her crush on him.

Etymology

"You...I...Me...You want to know my st-story? Well... My name is Paya. Th-the reason I was named Paya is because I have a birthmark shaped like a papaya seed..."
— Paya

Paya says that her name comes from a papaya seed-shaped birthmark, though she seems embarrassed by its location. She will refuse to reveal the birthmark's location when Link asks and Impa will request he drop the subject out of respect for her granddaughter's privacy though Paya promises to tell him about it someday. She uses the name "Papaya" as her alias for her entry in the Journal of Various Worries.