As soon as I stepped out of the doors leading to the refurbished Temple of Time and back to reality, Ooccaa showed up. Apparently whatever it was she was looking for had been in the Temple of Time, and now I had it.
Back off, bird-lady. The Dominion Rod is mine!
Then she chirped something about how the Dominion Rod's magic was used up and flew off. Hey, I just used this thing a minute ago...
It was no use. The light ball thing from the Dominion Rod was gone, leaving behind a useless...stick in its place. Thanks, Ooccaa. Thanks a lot!
Fix it, obviously. Thanks for all your help.
You mean I'll actually use it after the dungeon I was just in? What a novel idea!
After Midna was done babbling at me, I warped to Castle Town to see what was up, but as soon as I got there, the damnable mailman tracked me down and gave me a letter from Renado telling me to go to Kakariko Village. Okay then. I warped there, and this was the first thing I saw...
Nice of you to stick around and be helpful, Epona.
Using my horse as cover, I transformed back into a human (talking to her yielded something along the lines of, "Your shape is different, but I still understand you. Now turn back into a human so you can do something useful!") and went to talk to Renado, who gave me a letter to take to Telma.
I can't either, with the added problem of the whole "I'M UNDERAGE, LEAVE ME ALONE" thing. But whatever, I'll deliver your letter.
As it turned out,
And you're supposed to be my role model, right? Here's a hint: that haircut does nothing for you.
I think I saved your ass in a temple once. Does that count? Jerk. Okay, I'm leaving. To Castle Town!
Rude, indeed. Just give me the next thing I need so I can move on. Oh, wonderful, it's an invoice. You want me to be your hired muscle to intimidate the doctor guy into paying his tab. Nice! Well, let's find the guy.
Of course you can't pay up now. Well, you keep on scrimping and saving and I'll be back later to check on your progress.
Apparently the doctor had some kind of carved wooden thing that belonged to Ilia, but he spilled medicine on it and put it outside because it smelled so bad, and then somebody stole it. Well, Midna and I are on the case!
So the doctor walked into a different part of the shop, and completely by accident I discovered a crate I could push sideways, revealing something green and stinky spilled underneath it.
Well, then. Let's put my wolfish skills to work!
Yay! Let's see where the scent leads!
But first I had to talk to the doctor guy and see what he'd say to a wolf in his clinic. No such luck. He didn't even look at me!
Well, whatever. The scent led outside, so I followed it...into Castle Town...which is full of people. I may not have completely thought this through. Well, whatever. As soon as I got outside, people started screaming and running away. Why is everyone so scared of me? I don't get it. Well, whatever. I followed the scent to Telma's bar, where the cat was outside waiting for me.
You...cat burglar! Why would you steal something like that? I mean, if it smelled bad to a human, it must have smelled abominable to you. And why would a bunch of skeletal dogs that only come out at night want it anyway? Do they have some misguided notion that the medicine can make them not-skeletal again? Because I have some bad news for them if that's the case.
When I tried to turn into my human form, though, Midna wouldn't let me. Her rationale was that I'd already caused enough of an uproar and I should just leave town to let things cool down for a while. Um, attempting to leave as a wolf would only cause more uproar. Well...whatever. I'll just make my exit as quickly and unobtrusively as possible...
That may have backfired slightly.
Well, eventually I made my way outside, where the sun was conveniently setting...
...and fought the skeletal dogs, who left behind the wooden statue!
Next on the list: Warping to Kakariko to show the statue to Ilia. Let's go!
I will mention here that Midna let me turn into a wolf pretty much in full view of that Goron who stands in front of the rock blocking the entrance to this area. So much for scaring people.
Back in Kakariko, I handed Ilia the statue, which jogged her memory a little bit!
Hmm. This isn't ringing any bells for me.
OH NOES! And I'm the one that's going to have to go save "that person," right?
The Goron Elder knows what's up! Apparently the wooden statue belonged to somebody from the secret tribe that worked for the royal family years ago. I'm guessing he's talking about the Sheikah, even though nobody ever calls them that. Question: The Sheikah tribe is dying out whenever anybody mentions them. So...how do they manage to keep from dying out completely? I'm just curious.
Cool. Hidden village, eh? Well, let's go. He's sending Darbus ahead of me to punch the rock out of the way, I guess.
Look at that. You just...keep doing your thing, man.
And with that, I've decided to split this section into two posts because I don't have time to get all of this into one post. So I guess there'll be another one tonight! Wow. I haven't done that for a while. Well, catch you next time!