Rouru of the Watarara carrying Link
The Watarara appear in the bonus story entitled "Rouru of the Watarara." They ride the seasonal wind to Hyrule once a year due to their migration. As a Watarara matures, they grow wings from their arms, giving them the ability to fly. The young ride on their parent's back until they develop their wings. Elrora is the chieftess of the tribe, her son, Rouru, is the tribe's heir, and Guufo is his guardian.
- Eiji Aonuma confirmed during an interview with Akira Himekawa that the Watarara inspired the Rito race from The Wind Waker.
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- "They're a migratory race with wings like birds. They ride the seasonal wind the Hyrule once a year." (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 164)
- "As the Watarara grow up, their arms turn into wings and then they can fly..." (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 165)
- "... Until then, they ride on their parent's back." (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 165)
- "I'm Elrora, cheiftess of the Watarara tribe..." (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 185)
- "No! Rouru is the heir!" (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 173)
- "I'm Lord Rouru's guardian Guufo." (Ocarina of Time manga Part 2 (VIZ Media) pg. 185)
- "For the episode "The Wind Waker", when we chose to situate the action in the middle of the ocean, we immediately felt the need to create a race that can move through the air. During long trips offshore, we needed faster characters capable of transmitting information to Link. It was at that moment that I remembered Watatara clan, you had invented for the adaptation of "Ocarina of Time." In short, I digress a bit about the initials but we are inspired by your work to give birth to Rito Race, creatures that are half-man half-bird that can move very quickly with their wings." —Eiji Aonuma (THE LEGEND OF ZELDA MANGA INTERVIEW TRANSLATED)