The Sealed Temple, formerly known as the Temple of Hylia, is a location in Skyward Sword. It is located in the Sealed Grounds, deep within Faron Woods, and is where Link initially meets the aged Impa. Zelda confines herself here in the past, where she enters into an era-long slumber until The Imprisoned is destroyed.
Like its sister Temple in the Lanayru Desert, the Temple of Time, it is home to a Gate of Time and acts as a predecessor to the Temple of Time that appears in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, being a time-themed temple where the Master Sword is put to rest. It initially has the same layout as the latter temple, which happens to be built over it.
The Era of the Goddess Hylia
Long ago, in the Era of the Goddess Hylia, a crack opened up in the earth and from the fissure emerged the Demon King Demise and his demonic hordes, launching a brutal assault on the surface and driving the land into deep despair. In order to save the surviving humans from the ravages of the brutal assault, she sent part of the Temple of Hylia and the land it resides on skyward, beyond even the clouds, into the place which would come to be known as Skyloft many years later. The section of the temple that remained on the surface became known as the Sealed Temple and rested undisturbed for eons, protected by the goddesses' Sheikah attendant, Impa.
Thousands of years later, in the Sky Era, Link visits the now decaying temple numerous times during his quest, making it a significant location throughout the story. It is the first area of the Surface which he explores, and where he meets an aged Impa for the first time. After receiving the Goddess's Harp from Zelda at the ancient Temple of Time, Link returns to the Sealed Temple and Impa teaches him how to play it. She also guides him as he attempts to reconstruct a second Gate of Time after the first in the Lanayru Desert is destroyed by her younger self.
Once the Gate of Time is complete, Link can visit the Sealed Temple in both the distant past and his present. Using this means of time travel, Link is able to plant the Life Tree Seedling in some soft soil in the Temple and acquire the Life Tree Fruit in the present while looking for a means to cure the Thunder Dragon.
After Link collects the three pieces of the Triforce and wishes for the destruction of Demise, the Isle of the Goddess and the Statue of the Goddess return to the surface from Skyloft and completes the Temple's previously damaged entry. Ghirahim appears shortly thereafter, abducts Zelda, and uses the Gate of Time to bring her to the past in an attempt to resurrect Demise there. He is able to disarm Impa in the past and escape the Sealed Temple.
Following his battle and defeat of the Demise in the past and rescue of Zelda, Link bids farewell to his companion Fi as she goes into an eternal sleep within the Master Sword and puts it rest in a pedestal in the rear chamber where Zelda had slept. Impa also chooses to stay in the past and guard the Temple of Hylia. Upon returning to the present with Zelda and Groose, the Gate of Time they came through disintegrates into light and the old lady who was guarding the temple reveals herself to be an aged Impa before passing away.
The Era of Chaos and the Era of Prosperity
During the Era of Chaos, there were wars to obtain the power of the Triforce. To bring an end to these wars, the Ancient Sage, Rauru built over the remains of the Sealed Temple a new Temple of Time, which contained the only entrance to the Sacred Realm, using the Master Sword and three Spiritual Stones guarded by the people of forest, fire and water as keys. Following this was the Era of Prosperity, in which the Kingdom of Hyrule was established and its Royal Family of Hyrule began to watch over the newly established temple.
- When the Isle of the Goddess rejoins the rest of the Sealed Temple, the completed ceiling of the vestibule has the markings of each of the six Medallions on it.
- The crystal that Zelda is sleeping within can be seen in the present time period as far back as the beginning of the game by looking through the door behind Impa.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||封印の神殿 (Fūin no Shinden), ハイリア神殿 (Hairia Shinden)||Temple of the Seal, Hylia Temple|
|FrenchCA||Temple du sceau|
|SpanishLA||Templo del presidio||Temple of the Prison|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 296
- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 71
- "Temple of Time: The only entrance to the Sacred Realm's Temple of Light, the Temple of Time shares the same name as the temple in the Lanayru Desert of the Era of the Goddess Hylia. It is thought that Rauru built the Temple of Time directly over the ruins of the Sealed Temple." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 77)
- "The goddess gathered the surviving humans on an outcropping of earth. She sent it skyward, beyond the reach of the demonic hordes. Beyond even the clouds." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "The plot of land Hylia sent into the sky became known as the Isle of the Goddess. The islands in the sky where the surviving humans dwell became known as Skyloft." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 72)
- "Very well, I shall teach you how to play it. Listen well and do as I say. First press [up on D-pad] to ready your harp, then press A to prepare to strum it." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Clues to finding the sacred flames have been woven into the lyrics of a song precious to your people, the Ballad of the Goddess. Only after your blade has been tempered by these three fires will it be fully imbued with the great power for which you search." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Now that a sacred force dwells in your blade, strike the Gate of Time with a Skyward Strike and it will surely awaken." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Master Thunder Dragon needs fruit from the Tree of Life to recover! I fear growing the seedling to maturity in the Lanayru Province is near impossible, brrzrrt." — Ancient Robot (Skyward Sword)
- "Master, I believe at this juncture, a prayer is required. The ultimate goal we have traveled so far for is now within reach. Focus now, and wish with all your might for the destruction of Demise." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "Master, I have news. I have confirmed that the Isle of the Goddess, which was once formerly a part of Skyloft, has returned to the surface." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "My master may have perished in this age, but in the past he lives yet! I'm taking the girl back through that gate to help me revive the demon king!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Urgh... Link... ? It's Ghirahim... He appeared out of thin air and got the drop on me. Don't worry about me, you must chase after him! He ran through the great doors at the front of the temple." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
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