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Ganondorf, King of Thieves, Lord of Darkness, Master of Evil and Wielder of the Triforce of Power, had long since grown thoroughly and completely bored with the path the gods had decreed for his destiny.

Time after time it was always the same, try and unite the Triforce, plunge the world into darkness for a time, search out and then kidnap Princess Zelda, watch his minions be defeated one after another and then finally battle Link for supremacy. Rinse and repeat.

All the while knowing that regardless of winning or losing, that no matter what he did or didn’t do, that in the end everything would end up repeating itself in another time and place afterwards, again, and again and again, in an utterly pointless never ending cycle.

Having decided that enough was finally enough, and refusing to continue to be a simple pawn at the hands of the gods, he vowed he would find a way to escape from his cumbersome destiny, a way to start anew far beyond the meddling grasp of the gods, a way to reach a realm upon which he could be the master of his own fate.

And after years of careful planning he had finally succeeded.

Sure, the fact he had to drag the know-it-all Princess and the green obsessed Hero along for the ride for his plan to work was a minor inconvenience, but he knew that sometimes sacrifices had to be made. And the fact that this new realm apparently decided to turn him and his two unwilling companions into miniature pastel colored ponies upon arrival also wasn’t exactly part of the plan, but he could cope.

After all, that was a negligible price to pay in achieving his deepest wish: freedom.

In this story Ganondorf, having grown sick of following through the motions his destiny placed before him as the eternal bad guy to be defeated time after time, seeks out to escape from his fate by breaking through the void between dimensions and running away from Hyrule to another realm entirely, Equestria, all the while dragging both Link and Zelda along for the ride.

Arriving long before the founding of the country, back before the events of Heart’s Warming Eve and at the highest point of the conflict between the Three Tribes, he and his two new companions will have to deal with a whole new world and it’s wonders and dangers. All the while this new magical world will have to learn to deal with its three new strange inhabitants in kind.

Just a warning: This is NOT a Displaced fic. All three main characters are the actual characters from the Zelda series that have been taken to Equestria due to Ganondorf’s master plan, and not humans turned into them.

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excellent start, please don't lose the drive to continue this story:fluttercry::yay:

Glad you liked it.
And don't worry, I'm already working on the second chapter. :twilightsmile:

I'm giddy after reading this.

This story starts with a philosophical and almost poetic Ganondorf defying the gods by freeing himself from the shackles of fate! This story promises grand adventure with even grander trials, and a hearty dash of danger alongside incredible action!

I eagerly await more!

Comment posted by DisplacedWriter deleted Jul 5th, 2018

Glad you liked it.
Will try and live up to your expectations.

That wish saved Hyrule from demise for good.

I like it so far, keep up the good work.

Alright, consider me curious. This is a neat premise, and I like the way you write Ganondorf, so I'll stick around to see where you go with this. Have a like.

A couple issues that I noticed in this chapter to help you with future ones: When dialogue is split up between paragraphs, there shouldn't be quotation marks at the end of the first paragraph to show that the same character is still talking in the new one. For example, in this bit,

How many times have we watched this story unfold?”

“Tell me, oh, Princess of Wisdom, answer me, oh, Hero of Courage! What is the point?”

the quotations after 'unfold' should be removed.

The other big issue I saw was that you have a tendency to use excessively long, complex sentences that end up being overly confusing and full of purple prose, especially at the very beginning. For things like that, I recommend getting a good editor to help you iron them out.

But overall I like what you've got here, so keep up the good work.

Not even the gods. The gods are only responsible for Zelda and Link. The force behind Ganondorf's reincarnation is the hatred, the dying curse, of Demise.

Thanks for the advice about the quotation marks, english isn't my first language and I didn't know about that.
Glad you liked the story so far. :twilightsmile:
If you consider Demise as the god of monsters and demons then it's still the 'gods' fault. :derpytongue2:

Amazing chapter, I really am waiting for an update.
And as an last comment, am I the only one who loved the difference of Zelda's reaction when compared to Link's and Ganon's?

“Well… this is new.” He heard Link calmly speak, apparently having managed to remain far more collected than the Princess in their new situation.

well, of course he handled it well, he's been a wolf before after all.

Perhaps the real question will be whether or not they actual retain any of the Triforce’s magic.

And which of the three tribes they ended up in, although I suppose that should seem obvious to us: Ganondorf is still very clearly a Gerudo pony.

What’s everybody looking at?

Oh, I just love a sympathetic Ganondorf! And cool, collected, "I guess this is my life now" Link is amazing :rainbowlaugh:

I really hope to see more of this.

Ooooo, this is going to be neat! Tracking!

Glad you all liked it.
And yeah, I plan for my Link to have a very "Been there, done that, got the T-shirt." way of dealing with unusual situations due to everything that tends to happen to him in a regular basis. :pinkiecrazy:

I'm glad you liked the idea. :twilightsmile:
Gerudo Pony... wonder if is a mix between an Earth Pony with a Saddle Arabian? :trollestia:

Question is, what kind of ponies are each of them?

That will be answered at the very start of the next chapter. :twilightsmile:

My guess is earth pony for Ganondorf, pegasus for Link, and unicorn for Zelda.

Also it leaves the question too; Have Link and Zelda been given back their memories of all their reincarnations? Or just their current one? Ganondorf, obviously, would know and probably remember everything. But Link and Zelda keep getting reincarnated. It would be fascinating for them to remember all of their past lives, loves, and so on.

Interesting. I will echo the person who mentioned that Ganondorf's reincarnation is due to the dying curse of Demise. Demise, being dead and all, isn't even there to blame as the curse is a force unto itself. Although, I suppose Ganondorf could blame the gods for setting up Link and Zelda as the counter-measure to the curse rather than finding a way to undo it. I do wonder if throwing himself across dimensions will break the curse or cause it to manifest in Equestria. Or perhaps to find a new vessel in Hyrule and begin a new cycle.

Minor nitpicks: bit much purple prose in the beginning. A specific example would the 'ebony black walls' which is quickly followed by 'midnight black structure'. Over describing, especially with synonyms, is easy to do, but distracting to read. Also, Ganondorf's skin is dark green rather than brown. Most of the Gerudo are brown, but Ganondorf, like Koume and Kotake, is dark green. Perhaps it's a side effect of being a Gerudo magic-user.

Overall, a very promising start and I look forward to how you continue it.

All three of them have the memories of their past lives. All of them.
While I didn't outright state so I hinted at it at a few passages, like for instance:

Sensing that something had truly changed in regards to her foe, that he truly didn’t seem to care about the coming battle, Zelda decided to try something she hadn’t attempted in several lifetimes, having long since come to believe it to be an futile effort

“What are you playing at, Ganondorf?” The Wielder of the Triforce of Courage asked with a stern tone of voice, narrow eyes fixed upon his ancient foe even as he questioned the complete lack of aggression he could see coming from the Dark Lord.

You are the second to comment about the start of the chapter.
Guess it's something to keep in mind for the future.
Glad you liked the chapter.

Eeeexcellent! That is going to lead to fun.

Looking forward to the various meetings. These three are going to have an interesting time in Equestria.

I'm still very glad you're back.

Promising start. I am a huge Zelda nerd, as you can probably tell, and stories with a well-written, sympathetic Ganondorf are some of my favorites. A little editing, and this could be the start of a true masterpiece. Definitely tracking.

Well, well. I smell a promising counterpart to my Equestrian Wind Mage series.

an enjoyable 1st chapter i look forward to reading more :twilightsmile:

"But yes I do, Princess." He calmly replied while cutting her off with a sharp gesture, a small tinge of sadness flickering through his eye for a brief moment. "For no matter either of our feelings about it, the story has to be unfolded to the end. I conquer the world and cover it in darkness, the hero appears to defy me, you aid and guide him through his quest, and either through my victory or defeat the stage is set for the next tale.”

This feels a lot like the Equestrian Wind Mage. Either way, there’s just something about reformed villains that choose to not be the villain because they’re bored of doing the same thing over and over. I’ve noticed that Ganon’s surprise at being quadruped, but he shouldn’t be because he should have some memory of being one from one of his previous reincarnations.

On a side note, I really would love to see his reaction to being in the same plane of existence as Tirek.

“What is the point of this futile struggle that the gods force down upon us without rest or respite? Of this eternal battle which we pointless wage against each other time and time again?”

Blame Demise and Hylia. The whole reincarnation thing is pretty much their fault.

Well, that's interesting.

Wild Guess: Would Ganondorf be an earth pony, Link a pegasus, and Zelda a unicorn?

So Ganondorf has a Wreck-It Ralph moment?

Huh. Never expected to see that one.

I will give this a read when there's a few more chapters to it. :pinkiehappy:


Yes, that would seem to be the fitting tribes for Power, Courage, and Wisdom, respectively.

For certain values of wisdom, anyway. Zelda might be a zebra, actually... oooh, no, that would be Impa!

Hmm… not bad. This story seems quite impressive, and the characters are well written too.
Might I ask which incarnation of the trio you're using? My money is on ocarina of time, given ganon has a long-reaching tower and him playing what I'm going to guess is an organ.

I think Ganondorf would be the Unicorn, Link the Earth pony, and Zelda the Pegasus.

Fave and track just from the description.
Now to read.

While Link held courage, it was Ganondorf that gave the deserving parties the bird. All hail Ganondorf!

Wow, you could've fooled me. Your English is pretty good

Ooooooh this looks like fun

9028100 I play organs too! (Alondro, the diabolical mad scientist, beats out a squishy tune of 'Chopsticks' on his latest victim's spleen and pancreas) :pinkiecrazy:

Sure, he can get into Equestria, but just try getting a non-clone form into Super Smash Bros...

Thanks, I put quite some effort into improving it.
But nope, my first language just so happen to be portuguese.

“How troublesome...”

...Shikamaru? Is that you? :rainbowderp:

Hang on, so we've got a laid-back prettyboi who can get serious when he needs to, a blonde beauty who wields the Triforce of Wisdom (aka-the power of the mind) and a buff guy who turns into a literal raging boar when you piss him off?


...How am I the first one to notice this?! They even have a similar color theme! :pinkiegasp:

Glad you liked it.
And I'm using an amalgama of them all, since they have the memories of all their past lives.
But that particular scene was indeed inspired by Ocarina.

Ain't that the truth. :trollestia:

Heh, pretty much yeah. :derpytongue2:

And considering that both of them are dead, it becomes rather hard to do that doesn't it? :eeyup:

He actually comments about having been a quadruped before, though he also notes his form tends to have claws instead of hooves.

At the very least this was not his first time walking upon four legs, so that would be one less problem and would prevent some humiliating falls. Though the fact he was now sporting hooves instead of claws probably meant it would take some practice before he could safely trust exactly how much traction he could put upon them, especially while turning or moving at speed.

Glad you liked it, will try and live up to your expectations. :twilightsmile:

Glad you liked it.

:pinkiegasp: Wow, your story has been in one of my favorite bookshelves for quite some time now, so hearing that from you means a lot!
Thanks! :pinkiehappy:

My thinking was:

Earth ponies are physically the strongest and toughest, and Power seems to give Ganondorf huge amounts of physical strength and endurance, to the point that he pretty much stops using magic to fight with in the games after Ocarina of Time where he acquired it. As well, Din herself has links to fire and earth both as elements.

Pegasi often seem to be the most militarily inclined as a whole, and Courage is frequently thematically linked to wind as an element. Link himself seems to have a talent with martial weapons above all else, and frequently puts emphasis on mobility and speed in a fight above raw power or damage soaking.

Zelda's a mage hands down, but I haven't been able to ferret out what Wisdom provides her. It's mentioned once or twice to show her visions of the future, but she can also do this on her own before getting it in OoT. Regardless, it's undoubtedly tied to the use of magic, and Nayru's links to the sky and order/law (as opposed to wind of Farore) feels like a unicorn thing, if we tag unicorns as having a thematic connection to stars and other celestial phenomena. Time too, if the cycles of sun, moon, and stars were under the unicorn tribe's control before Celestia and Luna: controlling the length of the day via sun, length of the months via moon (the only time 'months' are referenced in MLP, they said 'moons' instead), and the length of years via stars (many older calendars are based off astrology, which judged the length of years by the apparent repeating cycle of the stars' movements, which in reality would be due to the revolution of the earth around the sun), then... taken altogether, they determine the application of time on large scales, and thus the order in which things should occur. Seasons, planting and harvest, wake vs sleep, and so on.

Just my thoughts, though. Honestly, I just want to see an accurately portrayed Ganondorf in a setting like MLP, and while I'm not 100% thinking this one is, it's too early to say something like that. This Ganondorf obviously suffered something the canon one didn't, and the changes are enough along that tune that it still feels interesting to me.

Oh, dear Faust! How didn't I ever see that little parallel!
You sir just made my day!

“We are but playthings at the hands of the gods, actors in a stage living a play for nothing more than their cruel amusement.”

Alondro points at gamers accusingly, "For SHAME! All of you!" He assumes a haughty sneer, "I play games where no one gets hurt. Like Tetris!"


And so, they ended up in Equestria.

"What? Why are we small horses now?" Ganondorf blinked. "Well, at least we're somewhere the gods can't force contrivances upon us forever."

"Hello new friends!" called a pale purplish horse person. "I'm Starlight Glimmer and I'm amazing at everything just because! And this is my other amazing new friend, Rey!"

"Oh buck my existence..." Ganondorf sighed as he took his cyanide tablet.


9028580 "How vexing..."

It's the vexingly-sexy shot-caller of Isano Junior High, Akeno Shiranui!!



Y'know, I can't help but wonder how Link would react to Timberwolves, and how they would react to him.

He is the bearer of the Triforce of Courage, and Farore, the Goddess of Courage, always seemed to have the greatest affinity for forests, plants, and the wilds of nature. Couple that with this Link having the memories of his past selves, one of which regularly transformed into a wolf, and I just find it begs the question.

Speaking of the Twilight Princess... Any chance of the Twilight Realm being connected to Equestria? Mirror Portals are thing, so maybe the Mirror of Twilight could have been Starswirl's inspiration?

Ganondorf is leaving. He doesn't care where he's going, but he is gone.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

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