Ordon Village

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Ordon Village
Ordon Village.jpg
An aerial shot of Ordon Village, as seen in Twilight Princess.
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Other media Link's Crossbow Training
Inhabitant(s) See list here
Item(s) Slingshot
Fishing Rod
Ordon Sword
Ordon Shield
A bottle partially full of Milk
Iron Boots
Related place(s) Ordon Ranch
Ordon Woods
Faron Woods
Forest Temple
Link's House
Theme Music File:Ordon Village.ogg

Ordon Village is Link's hometown in Twilight Princess. It is a simple village located in southern Hyrule just south of the Faron Woods whose existence largely depends upon agriculture and ranching.[1][2] It is here that Link's adventure to save Hyrule begins and is where he was brought up as a ranch-hand prior to the events of the game. A chance encounter with King Bulblin and his Bulblin subordinates sends the young hero on a quest that would begin with the rescue of his friends and ultimately expand to saving all of Hyrule.

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Appearances and Features

Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess begins in Ordon Village, with Link being tasked by Rusl with delivering the Ordon Sword to the Royal Family of Hyrule at Hyrule Castle as an offering from the village to the Hyrulean royalty.[3] The village is a small annex to Hyrule located in the Ordona Province that is located across a vast gorge from the neighboring Faron Province. Near the village is the spring of the Light Spirit known as Ordona, the deity responsible for guarding the entire Ordona Province. Link works here as a ranch-hand and serves as the protege of the village mayor, Bo, the father of Link's childhood sweetheart Ilia. The village is shown to be located in a small forested area with a large pool of water nearby with a small stream flowing through the village flowing into it and powering a waterwheel on one of the village structures. Just outside the main village is the Ordon Ranch where Link assists Fado with shepherding the Ordon Goats that are raised there. The village also has a shop that sells an array of different items and acts as the primary source of supplies for the village. Link's small treehouse is located on the opposite side of the village from the Ordon Ranch and is located on the only path leading out of the village to reach the Faron Province.

On the day Link is scheduled to depart for Hyrule Castle, his horse, Epona, is injured in a jumping exercise at the Ordon Ranch, causing Ilia to scold Link for his carelessness and take Epona to the Ordon Spring to treat the wound on her leg.[4] Link follows her there and, after Ilia and the Ordon children get kidnapped by King Bulblin and his Bulblin minions, the young hero departs the Ordon Village in order to begin his quest of bringing the village back to normal.

Link returns to the village shortly after his escape with a strange impish creature named Midna and is tasked by her with finding a sword and shield to combat Zant's forces.[5] Link is forced to go on a stealth mission then to recover the Ordon Sword and the Ordon Shield in order to progress forward in his quest. Taking advantage of the village's presently poor security and the obliviousness of his fellow villagers to his presence, he is able to successfully retrieve the items from the homes of Jaggle and Rusl.[6][7] He would later return to the village also to learn how Bo bested the Gorons and thus earned their respect so as to progress in his adventure on Death Mountain to reach the Goron Mines.[8] Bo teaches Link the art of sumo-wrestling and gives him the Iron Boots at this point, an invaluable item that would prove essential in both the mines as well as underwater missions.[9] Link is also able to visit the village at any point during his adventure, though not much beyond the aforementioned events happens there for the remainder of the game.

In the end, the children and Ilia return to the village from Kakariko Village as Link rides away from it on a new adventure after returning the Master Sword to its resting place in the Sacred Grove.

Link's Crossbow Training

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Bo's House in Stage 1 of Link's Crossbow Training

Ordon Village appears in two stages of Link's Crossbow Training. Link will shoot targets, Ordon Pumpkins, scarecrows, balloons, and more. Both occurrences of Ordon Village are simple lined up target practicing shootouts; thereby do not include any threatening enemies-as other stages do. Ordon Village appears almost exactly as it had in Twilight Princess. The neighboring Ordon Ranch later appears in the final stage of the game.

The first appearance in Stage 1 begins with an overview of the village. As the introductory area, the village's targets are large, obvious, and stationary. The targets show up slowly and do not disappear as quickly as in later stages. The view then zooms to the front of Mayor Bo's house. Targets again spring up slowly and the main change is that other interactive bonus targets such as the door, pots, and signs are more likely to be hit, thus introducing players to experiment with shooting various objects. After the last camera change, the level ends in a pumpkin patch between Mayor Bo's and Jaggle's home. In this final area, a lone cucco is the only thing appearing to subtract points when shot. Alternatively, the stage could end beside Jaggle's home, but facing the lake. This scenario is only unlocked by shooting the scarecrows eight times, then bursting the pumpkin-head for 1000 points in the stage.

The second appearance of the village in Stage 6 pans in a complete circle from Sera's Sundries. This stage has the targets much more active and mobile. Targets zip along clothes lines running in the background and can only be hit between gaps in the earthen pillars, homes, or trees. Many of the targets evidently prompt others to appear after being hit. The most noticeable example being the target centered on the waterwheel of Jaggle's home, which sets the wheel spinning and has new targets on its spokes.

Possible Origins of Ordon Village

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Some fans theorize that Ordon Village is built upon the foundations of Kokiri Forest from Ocarina of Time. The terrain of Ordon Village closely resembles and in some cases matches exactly the terrain of Kokiri Forest. Additionally, Link's treehouse in Twilight Princess is virtually identical to the one occupied by the Hero of Time during Ocarina of Time. The village is near Faron Province and the Forest Temple as well as the Sacred Grove, locations near Kokiri Forest in Ocarina of Time. The Forest Temple also uses the Kokiri symbol frequently in its decoration. It is unknown whether these similarities were intended as clear timeline links or simple homages to Link's home in Ocarina of Time.

Additionally, the geographical location of Ordon Village should be considered: when comparing the maps of Hyrule at the times of Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, they appear very much alike and many places can be recognized between the two. Ordon Village seems to occupy the place of Kokiri Forest when the two maps are compared. It is unknown what became of the Kokiri in this branch of Hyrule's history, although some fans suspect an evolution of the Kokiri.

Trivia

  • Behind Rusl's and Uli's house, there is a secret Orange Rupee which is worth 100 Rupees.
  • Ordon is likely an anagram of "donor", as most residents actually donate an item for Link's quest, Rusl and Uli donate the Ordon Sword, Sera donates him some Milk, Uli gives him a Fishing Rod, Jaggle and Pergie donate him The Ordon Shield and finally Mayor Bo donates him the Iron Boots.
  • The Japanese name for Ordon Village, トアル村 (Toaru Mura), is a pun on the Japanese words, とある村 (Toaru mura), meaning "a certain village".
  • Ordon Village was originally developed as a demo for E3. The most radical change that developer Shigeru Miyamoto made to the game was to actually include it in the game. He also made a three day-schedule for the player to get familiar with different gameplay mechanics.[10]

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References

  1. "You got the Ordon pumpkin! This pumpkin was grown in your hometown of Ordon." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  2. "You got the Ordon goat cheese! This cheese is made from milk from Ordon goats." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
  3. "The royal gift Rusl told you about is ready, so you should get ready for your trip to Hyrule Castle. Now, the royal family requested this gift specifically, so it's real special. It'd be...bad...if the representative of Ordon were to be late for such an occasion, you get me, lad?" — Mayor Bo (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Wait... What's this? What's happened? She's injured, isn't she? Link! How could you! You were pushing Epona too hard again! I bet you hurt her leg jumping fences, didn't you!" — Ilia (Twilight Princess)
  5. "You listening? Look for a sword and shield that'll suit me. Got it?" — Midna (Twilight Princess)
  6. "Oh yeah? All right, I understand, Mayor. I'll hurry up and get that shield. You just wait here..." — Jaggle (Twilight Princess)
  7. "I have placed the sword that was to be our gift to Hyrule on the couch. If the mayor comes for it, please give it to him." — Rusl (Twilight Princess)
  8. "Are you trying to reach the Gorons of Death Mountain? It is far too dangerous, [Link]! They recognize only strength! A normal person could never persuade them... But...I do know one person who was able to best them and earn their trust... His name is Bo. You may know him as the mayor of your hometown, Ordon. Please, go to him. And while you are there, please let him know that the children are safe." — Renado (Twilight Princess)
  9. "Strong as you are, though, you can't hope to beat the Gorons wrestlin' with power alone. Those Gorons are made of rock! Naw, the secret to beatin' the Gorons...is locked away in tha chest. Take it with you, lad." — Bo (Twilight Princess)
  10. [1] Iwata Asks: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Ideas Born Out of Functionality


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan トアル村 (Toaru Mura) Toaru Village
Spanish Spain Ordon
French French-speaking countries Toal
German Germany Ordon Dorf
Italian Italy Villaggio Tauro

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