It was noontime and the sun was at its worst. Link had set off to the Gerudo desert in search of a mysterious sanctuary he heard of back in Hyrule Town.
The temple was rumored to be the home of the exalted Gerudo leader, Nabooru. She once ruled the infamous tribe of thieves, until the birth of Ganondorf. She was never heard of again. Link needed a few bits of information about the man and the more help he had, the better.
The wind had begun to pick up and step-by-step, Link made his way deeper into the desert.
Eventually, he came across a small structure that had a sign at the top written in…Hylian?
He turned away from the plaque and met the eyes of a green Poe ghost. It was commonly known that Poes don't usually let you look at them, let alone allow you to look them directly in the eyes.
“Follow me.” The Poe giggled.
He watched the ghost go off into the distance and followed in pursuit of the being. At one point, Link stopped and looked past the Poe, spotting the Colossus.
"Don't let the desert air mislead you." The Poe giggled before disappearing with the wind. He stared out into the distance and admired the temple from afar.
The sandy breeze had been coming from the direction of the Colossus all along. Huh. He thought of it as a coincidence, but could it have rather been fate?
Link began to walk towards the bold monument that was only half a mile away from him. Step by step, he concentrated on the statuesque carving as he made his way through the final winds of the desert.
The storm had finally calmed as he entered the immediate vicinity of the Colossus. He took a moment to marvel at the abnormally large statue, in absolute awe of its beauty.
The monumental carving was of a woman, a deity among the Gerudo, that was known for protecting travelers. At least, that's what the mysterious man had told Link at the start of the desert.
Nevertheless, she was stunning and confident in her stance. Her eyes gave off a strange aura. Link couldn't help but feel protected when he stared into the eyes of the statue.
Suddenly, he ceased the distraction and pressed on towards the towering Goddess. The thought of anything being built inside the statue amazed him completely.
He stepped in and began to dust the sand off of his tunic. More than he expected, but then again, it was a desert after all. He looked up and basked in the shade for the first time since he left.
The inside was completely constructed in stone, the small staircase before him, even the snakes on both sides of the stairs were carved out of stone!
A shadow caught his attention from the corner. He unsheathed his blade and readied himself for confrontation. Link examined the room without making a sound and spotted the shadow move again. He turned around and looked behind him to where the figure moved.
No sign of anyone.
It seemed that the movements were a figment of his imagination.
"Well, aren't you the entity of amusement?" A woman chuckled, standing in front of the staircase.
Link turned to face the woman and readied himself to take out his sword once more. She crossed her arms in reply.
"I don't know what you're doing that for. I just wanted to say hi." She pouted.
"Are you-" He proceeded to say before he was interrupted.
"The ex-leader of the Gerudo? Yes, as a matter of fact." She stood differently, unlike the rest of the Gerudo women back at the fortress. She looked like a true leader. From her prominent facial features to her long, scarlet hair, held up by a high ponytail.
Link studied her for a moment.
It was definitely her.
"Allow me to properly introduce myself. I am the exiled Gerudo leader, Nabooru." Her eyes watched Link.
"Who are you, boy?" He instantly knelt and pressed his left fist over his heart.
"I'm the Knight who serves Hyrule, Link. I seek your assistance."
This was going to be interesting.
"What would you like to know?"
"Ganondorf has taken over Hyrule Castle and plans to dominate all of Hyrule."
"How can I help?" Her attention was caught as soon as he said his name.
"I'll take any information you can offer."
"Nice answer." She smirked at his response.
"It all started when he was made. That man was created by two witches named Koume and Kotake. Hylia knows what black magic they used. He was born amongst the Gerudo, so he immediately became our leader. He grew up with dark intentions, turning into the power-hungry man that caused so much affliction and agony that corrupted my people. It wasn't until he made the Hylian-Gerudo alliance that I knew something was amiss and ran. The Colossus is my new home now." The exalted leader looked up at the snake statue with pride. She glanced back at Link, who had been intently listening to her tale..
"Ganondorf treasures his pride. Reflect his power back to him and he can be taken down." She grinned at the thought of the bastard getting his comeuppance through his own deeds.
"Thank you so very much." Link bowed his head before her.
"No problem!" She placed a hand on her hip, amused by the boy’s thankful nature.
"Ha! Are you planning to take him down yourself?"
"Only with the spirit of the Great Seven with me. They're all the help I will need." He spoke honestly and that was that. Link turned towards the entrance.
She laughed at him.
"Ha, you think they'll help you?"
"They already have." He smirked back before placing a scarf over his mouth and left the temple, making his way back towards the never ending storm. Nabooru crossed her arms and walked back into the depths of the temple that she instinctively called home.