So, our objective was to find the lake where the Water Dragon resides, according to the grumpy Kikwi I woke up. He said I'd have to do something to the seal on the gate before I could go through it, which was correct - it had an unfinished forest seal (I forget what it's called?) on the gate and I had to use my sword to draw a circle on the gate to complete the seal so it would open. So I did. The "circle" I drew was really bad, so I didn't take a picture of it. Here I am right after I got through the gate leading to the lake.
Totally thinking "RAISE THE ROOF!" to myself there. Okay, anyway.
The little hallway there led down to a little patio of sorts, where I guess you're just supposed to dive off the edge and hope you actually know how to dive. Or you could just do a really big cannonball, I guess.
That sure is a long way down...
Well, time to throw all caution to the wind. LET'S DO THIS!
I think that little white smear at the bottom of the picture is me, but anyway...
I...I made it. I didn't even break any limbs or anything! Wow. Of course, now I have to get to wherever it is I'm going without drowning. I think I'll swim through this handy-dandy tunnel up ahead.
Well, let's get to swimming then, shall we? But first...
Vampire Link wants to drink your blood! Or something.
So I started swimming through the tunnel, and eventually encountered some kind of squid-fish-thing.
Another human? What, has Zelda been here too? NO WAY!
Hmm...I'm thinking calamari here. Delicious, delicious calamari. So delicious...
Oh, wait. The Kikwi guy said the Water Dragon is big on politeness. Somehow I don't think eating one of her, uh, cohorts is going to make me look good. Okay, I'll just follow this guy. Here's a blurry picture of him yelling at me for following him.
Yeah, well, I need to talk to her anyway, so try not to get your tentacles in a twist.
So then he swam through the gate-thing behind him in the above picture in a weak attempt to thwart me.
Too bad for him I can do spin attacks underwater now thanks to the Water Dragon scale I have.
So then he said something about how the Water Dragon needed help with something (of course she does) and asked if I'd talk to her. How coincidental! I need to talk to her anyway. Let's go!
That is a gate. I don't know who put a gate in this area, but there it is. To get past it, I had to do a spin attack from underwater to jump over the gate. That is some Shamu-style bullshit right there. I'm sure it looked completely moronic to anybody who might have been watching. "Heh heh. Look at that guy. He thinks he's a dolphin or something." Well, whatever.
Here I am on land. In the lake. Or around it, or something. This place is confusing. And the music is different depending on whether you're on land or underwater!
But whatever. Eventually we encountered a really big, mean fish that looked really scary. But I didn't take a picture of it. Oh well. It was easily defeated (with a spin attack).
And then we got to a locked door, which led to the Water Dragon's inner sanctum, or something. And the calamari fish guy was the key, apparently!
Look, more calamari-fish guys!
So I made my way up onto the big platform, where I found...the Water Dragon? In some kind of cookpot? Okay, this is weird.
That's the Water Dragon? It's...a lot smaller than I was expecting...
Well, excuuuuuuuuuuse me,
Looking through my items, are we? Who's the rude one now?
So many tests! Why can't they just take my word for it for once in my life! Gahhhhh.
So she went on to say that she was attacked by someone (probably Ghirahim) and got her face pounded in, or something.
Oh, it's a basin. I thought he put you in the cookpot himself and was saving you for later! Silly me. Oh, what's that? You want me to get some more sacred water? From a sacred spring in Faron Woods that just happens to be at the end of the first dungeon? Well, okay. I'm sure it's still empty from the last time I was there. Shouldn't be too hard.
And what are you going to do to me if I come back late? Flip your bowl over and spill your dirty water all over me? Oooh, I'm so scared.
Wait. That would be kind of gross. Okay, okay, I'm on my way.
So then I took a back door shortcut that leads back to the woods, apparently, and found a pretty waterfall. Ooooh.
But I didn't come here to gaze at a pretty waterfall. Let's get back to Skyview Temple or whatever it's called and get this done.
Of course not. That would be too easy! Well, let's go, then.
Wait, what? There's a Mogma here? Well, color me surprised.
Key? Monster? Oh, come on, this place is supposed to still be empty from last time. They wouldn't actually send me back here if there were more monsters to kill, would they? Because that would be a really lame way to make this game take more time...
Oh. Right. More time. I guess they would actually make us do that. Lame.
Okay, I'll find your key. And then I'll use it myself, because I'm probably going to need it.
I'm pretty sure I'm the one that beat you to all the goods, but whatever. You just go look for your precious treasure somewhere else, man.
And then I got to fight three Stalfos at once!
That was fun.
So I managed to get to the spring, where there were like five fountains of water pouring down, and I had to dowse for the *~Special~* water to figure out which one was the one I wanted. There were also some fairies hanging around the special water, which should have been my clue, I guess. I tried to catch a fairy in my bottle, but unfortunately for me it filled my bottle with special water and then ported me back to the Water Dragon, or somewhere nearby, I don't remember. Ugh. Well, I'm not going all the way back there again just to get a couple of fairies.
So I poured the water in the Water Dragon's
...and then she got all giant and floaty. Apparently severe wounds make a dragon get smaller? I don't know, I'm just the Hero.
The dragon is wearing a kimono. Since when do dragons wear kimono? I don't think I've ever seen that before. Well, I guess this is a Japanese game, after all.
Yay! I guess.
Yes! Do I get the flame now? Please say I get the flame now.
I don't think she's going to give me the flame, guys.
Oh, I see. She's making the waterfall disappear. Look, the flame had better be behind that door, missy.
Of course they have. This isn't going to be easy, is it? Well, I guess they did say I'd have to do something and then something else to get the flame. It just seems unnecessarily drawn out. But whatever. Let's head inside.
Ancient Cistern? They couldn't come up with a better name than that? Really? Come on now. That doesn't look like a cistern at all. It's pretty!
See? That doesn't look like a cistern at all. Well...that part of it doesn't. Oooh, foreshadowing!
And that brings me to my stopping point for today. I guess this post was relatively short. Probably because I'm too lazy to take more pictures of stuff. Well, better luck next time, I guess. Until next time, heroes!