Notes on Ocarina of Time, Part 8: Water Temple

This is a continuation of our Ocarina notes project. You can see all the parts here.

Part 8: The Water Temple

Perculia: Outside of Hyrule Castle Town, Zora’s Domain has the most striking visual changes in the interim seven years–it was saddening to see how it was all frozen over. The frozen lake, slippery sounds, and total lack of life turned this zone from gorgeous to creepy instantly. While Kokiri Forest had frightened villagers huddled away from menacing enemies, the basic life of the town was recognizable and there was still hope it was inhabitable. Goron City was abandoned, but Child Link brought warmth to the narrative and an explanation as to why the villagers left of their own accord. In Zora’s Domain, it’s just empty, save for King Zora encased in ice. There’s no sign of any life, not even hostile monsters. I was disappointed not to interact with Princess Ruto at least (and was curious to see what became of her engagement agreement).