The Resistance convening at Telma's Bar, as seen in Twilight Princess
Restoring peace to Hyrule
The Resistance is a cadre of vigilantes in Twilight Princess. They are centered in Telma's Bar of Hyrule Castle Town. They are covertly working to restore peace to Hyrule. The Resistance includes Telma, Auru, Ashei, Shad, and later, Link. Rusl has also been a member for some time, and he decided to seek them out after recovering from the attack on Ordon Village.
The Resistance is first mentioned in Kakariko Village when Telma compliments Link on his skills and asks if he intends to put them to use for Hyrule. She then reveals that she is a part of a group trying to do their part to protect Hyrule and invites the young hero to join them sometime at her bar.
When Link enters the bar after taking Telma to Kakariko Village, The Resistance will be inside, but will treat him harshly. Later, after Zant curses Link with the Shadow Crystal and mortally wounds Midna, the young hero must traverse the loft of the bar in his Wolf form to gain access to the Hyrule Castle Sewers to seek Princess Zelda, where The Resistance can be overheard talking about him and considering apologizing. When Link next meets them after he withdraws the Master Sword from the Sacred Grove, they will apologize to him for their behavior and properly introduce themselves. Each of the members, with the exception of Auru who is at Lake Hylia during this part of the game, will tell Link the area of Hyrule that they are each currently investigating: Ashei is working to discover Snowpeak's mysteries, Shad is researching the sky beings known as the Oocca, and although Rusl does not specifically mention what he is researching, Link later finds out that he was investigating the Sacred Grove in the northern Faron Woods.
From this point onward, the members of The Resistance will be of crucial assistance to Link as they lead him to the locations of the missing Shards of the Mirror of Twilight. The Resistance first advises Link to visit Lake Hylia, where Auru is located. When the young hero reaches the lake, Auru will help him gain access to the Gerudo Desert and, to an extent, the Arbiter's Grounds, learning about the Mirror of Twilight in the process. Later, Ashei helps the young hero track down the Yetis of Snowpeak, so that he may access the next dungeon, Snowpeak Ruins, and obtain one of the Mirror Shards. After this, Rusl lends Link the Golden Cucco in the northern part of Faron Woods so that he can make it across the chasm that separates the Sacred Grove from Faron Woods and reach the Temple of Time, where another Mirror Shard is located. Shad seeks out the secret of the Owl Statues around Hyrule, and indirectly leads Link to reactivating the Dominion Rod, as well as locating the Sky Cannon and thus ultimately reaching the City in the Sky, the location of the final Mirror Shard for the Mirror of Twilight. If at any point during his journey Link is unsure where to go next, he can always return to Telma's bar and speak to her, and she will guide him as to which member of the group he should visit in which part of Hyrule.
When Link enters Hyrule Castle, The Resistance assists him by saving him from a near-death experience. Just as Link is about to get attacked by numerous enemies, The members of The Resistance make their entrance and defeat all of the enemies for the young hero, allowing him to proceed to the last few floors of Hyrule Castle and eventually reach Ganondorf.
After peace returns to Hyrule, Ashei, Shad and Auru travel to the Sacred Grove to explore it. Telma continues tending her bar and Rusl returns to Ordon Village with Uli and their children.
- Many of the characters from the Lumpy Pumpkin from Skyward Sword resemble The Resistance members. Keet resembles Shad, Rusta resembles Auru, Kina resembles Ashei, and Pumm resembles Telma.
- Several members of The Resistance also bear resemblance to the members of Tetra's Pirate Crew from The Wind Waker.
- Telma and Tetra both aid Link by looking after the well-being of someone close to him - Ilia and Aryll - and return them home at the end of their respective games.
- Both Ashei and Gonzo have gruff, masculine personalities and a habit of ending various statements by adding, "yeah?".
- Mako and Shad are both considered the intellectuals of their respective groups, wear glasses, and keep weapons hidden within the books that they carry.
- Auru lacks a direct counterpart that he shares similarities with, though he does somewhat resemble Senza and is at one point seen looking through a Telescope like Zuko.
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 276
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 13
- "These friends here... I have had a connection with them for a long while." — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "Those skills of yours... Any chance you're of the mind to put them to use for Hyrule?" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "What hope there is in our kingdom is frail and dying...but there's still a group trying to do what it can. And I'm a member of that group. Call me Telma. I may just stay here a bit longer. I'm still worried about Ilia, and... Well, never mind about the rest. Link, I want to see you again at my bar, you hear me? The bar is actually a kind of safe house for my friends." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "...Are you an actor or something? Dressing like the legendary hero... Wow, gutsy. If you want to get stared at, why not just join the circus or something?" — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Oh... Are you a customer? The proprietress is out, so the bar is closed... Did you not see the sign outside? Would you mind leaving for now?" — Auru (Twilight Princess)
- "I suppose I should apologize when I see him next... I'd hate for him to resort to fisticuffs or some such!" — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "...Sorry about the ribbing I gave you the other day, old boy. This town is rather teeming with odd sorts, so I was just being careful..." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "...Listen, sorry I was so nasty the other day. I thought you were like those sorry excuses for Hyrule soldiers...but I thought wrong..." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Actually, there's one more of us...but there's been a disturbing turn of events in the western desert, so he's gone to check it out. He's an older man named Auru. If you happen to meet him, definitely take the time to talk with him, OK, honey?" — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- "Snowpeak, the mountain to the north of Hyrule... It's unlike any mountain I've ever known. I don't know much yet, but things happen there that happen on no other mountain I know of. ...Evil controls it..." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "Oh... Where are my manners? I'm Shad. I'm looking into the Hyrulian legend of the sky beings known as the Oocca..." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "Like the others, I am gathering information now. I will let you know if I hear anything." — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "The Gerudo Desert once held a prison built to hold the worst criminals this land has ever known... The criminals who were sentenced to death were sent directly to the underworld by a cursed mirror that was kept in the prison..." — Auru (Twilight Princess)
- "Apparently, the beast that lives somewhere on this mountain has been seen frequently in Zora's Domain. I was curious, so I came and waited...and as they'd said, a giant appeared! Yeah, it looked like this... Apparently, this thing's been stealing red fish from the village. The sketch turned out pretty good, though, yeah? Tell you what... You can have it." — Ashei (Twilight Princess)
- "To cross the gorge, just use my partner here. ...Do you doubt my partner's skills? He flies like a dream! Believe me!" — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
- "The writing in the book was a spell that imbued the staff with magic! Now you can do to the other statues what you did before..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
- "Link?! How in blazes did you move that statue?! And...what's this... Amazing! Spectacular! This must be the Sky Cannon I read about in my father's notes! I knew that my intuition was onto something when it led me here! ...But how can one use this to get to the City in the Sky?" — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "You unsure about what you ought to be doing, honey? Well, why don't you go show your face in Kakariko Village? Our friend Shad happens to be there right now, looking into this and that." — Telma (Twilight Princess)
- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 117