This is it: the last challenge. And boy, is it a rough one. I’m not sure how it’ll turn out but I had to use every bit of Zelda lore I knew to try and accomplish the task set by Ian at Adventure Rules. The challenge is as follows:
“You have been invited by the steward of the Mushroom Kingdom to assist them with a royal problem. The infant princess, Baby Peach, has begun to develop strange abilities based on her emotions. She literally cries rivers, when she’s angry she bursts into flame, her happiness causes her to float in the air and produce bursts of wind – the only emotional state in which the castle and its staff are safe from her is when she is calm. A doctor is preparing a cure but a courier has to make an overnight trip to pick it up. So the steward needs someone to protect Peach’s Castle from her emotion powers until the cure is delivered.
‘Why not just take her out of the castle?’ you might ask. As fate would have it, there’s an issue with the castle’s power source, the Power Stars. They’ve malfunctioned and now the only thing keeping them running is Peach’s presence in the castle. If she leaves, the Stars will fail and be scattered across the kingdom.
‘We tried having the castle wizard place a spell on her to make her sleep through the night,’ the steward explains, ‘but she is immune to any magic that influences her emotional state.’ There’s another problem too – taking advantage of the castle’s current vulnerability, the evil wizard Kamek has summoned six warriors from other worlds to attack the Mushroom Kingdom. You might recognize them as the defeated competitors from the Blogger Blitz challenge. These warriors, under Kamek’s control, will stop at nothing to kidnap Peach and leave the castle in ruins.”
This event has three distinct parts: the competitors must protect Peach from the previous six Blogger Blitz competitors, protect the castle from those same attackers, and finally protect the castle from Peach and her dangerous emotion powers (based, by the way, on the video game Super Princess Peach). The competitors have been told that they are not able to circumvent any parts of the challenge – no taking Peach out of the castle and no controlling Peach’s emotions through magic. These have been justified fictionally in the above description of the event. Finally, because this event has three distinct parts the competitors will have up to 1200 words in order to make their argument. Also, this makes it so that the total word counts of each phase of the competition go 4000, 3200, 2400. Why does that matter? Because…symmetry, or something.
Wow. What an imagination to come up with something as complex and awesome as that! A big, hearty “good luck” to my challenger, Lightning Ellen! You can read her submission on her blog. As always, check back Friday at Adventure Rules to find the results of the finale! And now, on with the show!
… P.S. I promise to have a new recipe tomorrow!
The last month has been increasingly difficult. These external calls for a hero’s help have left me drained. But still I answer, Courage never failing, because I am a Hero. And I’m finally going to tell my own story. Written down, of course, since no amount of gesticulating seems to be heard. Everyone understands me, of course. They just can’t hear me. Writing is the easier route.
When the request came I knew I would need help. I grabbed my tools, called on some loyal companions, and found my way to the Mushroom Kingdom. I had already been briefed on the situation: baby peach’s magical powers were wreaking havoc on the castle and herself. There was possible danger from the outside, as well. I was nervous, but took comfort from the Ocarina I carried and the Song of Time, which would turn back the clock 3 days in case of failure. I hoped I wouldn’t need it.
When I got to the castle it seemed like the mission had already started. The princess was in a terrible rage and the castle was catching fire. I whipped out my Ocarina and played the Song of Storms. The gentle rain extinguished the fire and had the added bonus of calming the princess. She seemed fascinated by the music. After that she warmed up to me. I began my preparations while Peach’s attendants prepared her for the evening. I established a perimeter of warp points on each of the four sides of the castle, knowing that I could be needed at anywhere in a moment. I asked my guides to stay at those points since they could quickly find me and alert me if something was wrong. I set up my friend, Ooccoo, on the East along with Tatl, the fairy. By keeping Ooccoo Jr. with me I could quickly return to his mother. Using the Travel Medallion and my Sheikah Slate I created a point on the West and asked Navi to stand guard there. Farore’s Wind created a point on the North side of the castle with Ciela. And in the South I set up Midna and her warp capability. With each of the areas guarded I needed to find a way to protect Peach, not only from external threats, but from herself.
When I found her, the princess was laughing at a book and floating 6 feet off the ground. A sudden gust of wind threatened to blow her out the window. In a panic I used my Hookshot to latch to the ceiling above her, dropped down, and snatched her out of the air. She calmed down once we hit the floor and seemed comfortable with me. I requested that she wear my Minish Cap, which would shrink her to a very small size. She’d still express her powers, but they would be minimized and more manageable. She agreed and I decided to take it further, making the entire situation a game, and asking her to play in one of the Bottles I carried. After more laughter and another trip on my Hookshot, she agreed. I placed her inside a Bottle with a Fairy, to keep her company. This would protect her, but I would still be be able to see her and interfere if necessary.
As soon as I capped the lid Navi came racing toward me. I knew there was trouble and warped to her side of the castle. A man with a bull whip stood, ready to attack. I used my Ice Rod and froze him, allowing me time to think. Fi quickly told me to be careful of his whip. That seemed simple enough and, as he unfroze, I dealt him a blow with my Boomerang and stunned him. I tied him up, took him to the dungeon, knowing his lack of magic would prevent him from escaping, and locked the door just as Tatl flew in.
I warped to her location to find an electric monster guarding the hallway – it was yellow, with black stripes and tall, pointed ears. With my Thunder Helm I didn’t fear any electrical discharge. I exhausted the beast with the Master Sword and used the Hookshot to stun the Trainer standing behind the monster. Fi let me know that this boy lacked magical powers, as well, so down to the dungeon he went.
As I came up the stairs I felt a sickening blow to my head. A Fairy came to my aid and the stars quickly blinked out of my eyes. I realized the man who had attacked was a pirate, laughing and making a sharp joke about the situation. I froze this intruder with an Ice Arrow and, after receiving Fi’s confirmation that he, too, would lack the skills required to escape from a magical dungeon, placed him in there with his 3 fellow-attackers.
Midna appeared before me, quickly warping us to her side of the castle. We re-appeared just as an explosion went off. Luckily I had Daruk’s Blessing, which created a temporary shield and protected both myself and Peach from the damage. As the ringing in my ears died I heard frightening laughter. The Joker, a man I had encountered before, was standing down the hallway, finger on another trigger. I quickly froze him and, knowing he was under no spell forcing him to attack, drew my Master Sword and brought it crashing down into him.
The castle became quiet after that… Too quiet. I checked on Peach but she seemed to be happily floating in air, playing with the Fairy and laughing as a gentle breeze pushed her around the Bottle. I sighed in relief and decided to prowl the hallways. I donned the Stone Mask, which turned me invisible, and began patrolling. A soft noise startled me and I glanced around. There, in the shadows, was a character I knew well – Claire Redfield. I knew she possessed a terrible power that would transform her if left alive. I needed to get her out of the castle. I crept up, using a Sneaky Elixer, and froze her using my Cryonis Sheikah Rune. I created a Dark World warp using my Magic Mirror and sent her into another realm. As I did so, I unfroze her, knowing she would be able to protect herself while there. When this was all over I would fetch her and return her to her home.
Ciela came shooting toward me and we warped to her section of the castle. I saw the invader and attempted to freeze him with the Ice Rod, but there didn’t seem to be much effect. Every attack I shot at him just made him stronger, and he soon started shooting my attacks back! I knew if I couldn’t defeat him I would have to incapacitate him. Ciela Stopped Time, just long enough for me to bring Peach out of the bottle and remove the Minish Cap. I quickly placed the cap on Mega Man’s head, shrinking him down, and dropped him in an empty Bottle. When time restarted, he was trapped and without the power to escape. As I held the princess’s hand the sun rose, the long night was over, and Peach’s antidote had arrived.