Location and Uses
The Sage Medallions represent the awakening and power of their respective Sages. Link obtains each of them after awakening a new Sage, whose powers are symbolically added to those of Link. Each Sage Medallion bears the emblem and color of its respective element, and has the Triforce emblazoned on its back.
Modified versions of the fire and water emblems appear underneath Koume and Kotake when they manifest before Link in the Spirit Temple. The fire symbol faces to the left rather than the right, while the water symbol has eight points rather than six.
During the early development stages of Ocarina of Time, Nintendo intended that the Medallions could be used by Link. Several early screenshots depict Link with the Forest Medallion (then known as the Wind Medallion) equipped, as the Medallions were the original method of warping through Hyrule instead of using the Ocarina of Time.
In a November 1997 interview by Famimaga 64, Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the Medallions, known as "Magic Medallions", were supposed to have been used in conjunction with Link's Bow and Arrow. There were to be six types of Magic Medallions, including fire, wind, darkness, and light, meaning that they might have been used instead of the Fire, Ice, and Light Arrows that turned out in the final, released version of the game.
The Forest Medallion and Water Medallion were originally the "Wind Medallion" and "Ice Medallion," but their names and corresponding dungeons were changed during development. Two icons relating to these original medallions are still present in the game's code.
Remnants of these original themes are present in the released version of Ocarina of Time, such as Saria's part in Ganon's Castle being wind-themed, Ruto's part in Ganon's Castle being ice-themed, and the presence of an Ice-themed mini-dungeon. Also, the symbols on the Medallions were never changed; the Forest Medallion has an image similar to a wind-like vortex on it while the Water Medallion bears the image of a snowflake.
- The Symbol on the Forest Medallion resembles the one on the Bombos Medallion from A Link to the Past. Its appearance was altered in Ocarina of Time 3D to depict only three spirals, rather than four, likely to avoid resemblance to a swastika. The new design bears a strong resemblance to the Kokiri emblem.
- The symbol on the Spirit Medallion resembles the astrological sign of Cancer or the Yin and yang symbol.
- The emblems of the Sage Medallions appear in the Arbiter's Grounds in Twilight Princess and in the ceiling of the vestibule of the Sealed Temple in Skyward Sword, after it is reassembled following the return of the Statue of the Goddess to the Surface.
- The symbol on the Fire Medallion resembles fire but also has similarities to the Crest of the Gorons.
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- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 72
- "The seven Spiritual Medallions served as physical symbols of the power possessed by the Seven Sages. Link used the magical force of the Spiritual Medallions to seal Ganon within the Dark World." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com, retrieved 2013-01-04.
- "Yes. The six types of magic are divided by color, the wind magic being green." —Shigeru Miyamoto (Miyamoto answers 100 questions about OoT)
- "You may remember that in a lot of preview images you could have medallions in your inventory, like the forest medallion for example. Well did you know that these medallions actually did what the Ocarina did in the final version? When Zelda started out, the Ocarina was not planned for the game. Using medallions provided you with the ability to warp and other things. I think Ocarina was introduced to game maybe 75% through development. In the end, I am glad they added the ocarina to the game, as it would not have been as good using medallions." — Ask Sam Interviews: The Unseen Zelda (Part 2); retrieved Aug. 1 2011, Zelda Power.
- "This is a wind magic medallion. There are six types of magic, including fire, wind, darkness, and light. I'm thinking about mixing the different types of magic (Miyamoto forces a smile). Truthfully, you can use magic in conjunction with Link's bow and arrow. Since you can use magic missiles, it's important that you can use magic on arrows." —Shigeru Miyamoto (Miyamoto answers 100 questions about OoT)
- "These two icons left inside the rom of Ocarina can be translated as Wind Medallion and Ice Medallion, and they are most likely the leftovers of two temples removed from the final game and probably scheduled for Zelda Ura." — Project Zelda 3D: The Development of Zelda 64; retrieved May 14 2011, Unseen 64.