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The Earth Temple by aryllins The Earth Temple by aryllins
I had a conversation on my Tumblr about how if Wind Waker had been made with a more Majora's Mask-esque storytelling and colour scheme, it would have been a very different kind of game than what people actually see while playing it. Many people think that Wind Waker is surprisingly happy for a Zelda game, but in reality it's probably up there with the other darker games in the series -- it's the style and bright colours that sets it off so the tragic and grim elements are far less noticeable.

So, I started a little mini-series: what if wind waker had different storytelling? It's a very fun concept to play with. First up is redeads fucking shit up in the Earth Temple, also known as hell on earth second only to the Wind Temple.


Part Two
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Ghost-Soda Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Student General Artist
Link, nooooo! Not my cel shaded cinnamon roll! Great picture, so horrifying.

And Wind Waker is definitely darker than people give it credit for. Just look at the ending, SPOILER ALERT, Link ends up stabbing the big bad right in the forehead...
ShujiWakahisaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student General Artist
So much fear they bring, to be honest I fear them more than the cuccoos O_O nice job!
serenawarren14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
walk away slowly link
looks amazing btw!
MarioMinecraftMix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Link... KILL IT WITH FIRE!!! *He starts shooting Fire Arrows like crazy*
treeIeaves Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Redead scare me soo much! ;B
princesssaraq Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
kill him link what are you doing!
jeffyarts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
the scariest for me was always the wallmasters they pop up out of nowhere and get the grab on you. i all most wet myself when i was a kid and i had my first experience with the wallmasters i think it was the most scary in the temple of time.
JustAnotherWebSurfer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
"It's a kid's game," they said.

"Rated E for everyone," they said.

"Family friendly," they said.
MrEck0 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Even with the cartoony art style, the redeads were still scary as hell!
samira01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I actually enjoyed the Earth Temple, had loads of fun... But those redeads- Ugh! They scared the crap out of me!
Ryuhoshi7 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Writer
I had the same face when I saw that redead D:
CottonCandyReaper Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
This picture scares the shit out of me, even more so than any part of the game I've actually played. Your depiction of the Redead is very compelling.
DuskPlatinum Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I Hated these things! Even that room in the Earth Temple with all the Coffins! O.O
icewolfknight36 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
this place always creeped me out...
kateboat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
SO scary ;A;
mangafreak626 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
LINK'S EXPRESSION. It's just perfect for this.
YosemiteDen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely...HATED that place and ReDeads scare the crap out of me
Kokoro567 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Artist
Oh god, those things scare the living hell out of me. I get back at them by setting them on fire and throwing bombs at them from a distance. :evillaugh:
Chibi-chan97 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol yeah... They aren't very intimidating, but their scream is probably worse and they're more likely to sneak up on you and it scared the hell outta me once
Kokoro567 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Artist
Amen to that. XD
ShadowEevee128 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Writer
The first time I ever encountered a Redead was in Wind Waker. I swear I was cursing black and blue when those things screamed at me!
everhearted Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This is wonderful! You managed to bring out the darkness of TWW, but still kept the same cartoony style.
Underneath the cel-shaded surface, The Wind Waker really is very dark.
TheCrystalHeartLady Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think the Wind Waker is happy?
-Your sister gets kidnapped within the first 20 mins. of the game.
-A giant bird throws you out for dead.
-When you return home, your Grandmother is so grief-stricken, she doesn't even recognize you.
-That one moment when Komali went to see Medli, only she was already gone.
-The Earth Temple.
-Getting the eight Triforce Shards.
-Your dear companion dies at the end.
G-h-o-s-t-i-e Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Oh god, I always hated that temple. My first encounter with re-deads was in OoT, but this one really cemented that little irrational fear of the enemy itself, haha. Nice work!
DanomaruZenon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
All places with Redead or other undead style enemies are my bane in any Zelda game!!!
wwiggles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really amazing
Ghostofthemoonlight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
The expression of fear on his face... its awesome!
Lillooler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HATE HATE HATE!!! NOOOO!! ... wait that came out wrong... This is a beautiful picture! I LOVE little link, but i HATE REDEADS!!! AAAAHHH!!!
Dark1577-7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
gosh, when I was 6 those things scared me to dead.
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Especially in the Wind Waker...... those redeads gave me nightmares. They were my favorite monsters in the game :)
Twinkie101 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student
It does not matter what game it is, the re-deads are always one of, if not the most, terrifying thing in that game. I'm really loving your view on WW.
Shidoni-Jeagerjaques Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. A lot. :'D
Poor Link. I share his expression when it comes to redeads.
Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I really like the idea to this series :ohnoes: I've had that sort of conversation before and I totally agree with out, Wind Waker would definitely be an entirely different game if done more realistically. Love the coloring job on this and the expression of Link, certainly really fits the tone of this piece. Nice work :D
TheShadowEclipse841 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Meeting-a-ReDead-for-the-first-time in a nutshell. XD
I feel bad for Link, those things like to give you a friendly hug after they yell at you. :fear:
TheHatLady Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor, little Link... He looks like he's about to cry...T.T
(for a good reason...)
Im-Sailing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I hate them Redeads D:
Ari-Golden Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That scream, I heard it in my head just now D:
Artimus-Maora Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
You managed to capture the ReDeads' creepiness very well in this piece! The scariest thing about the ones in WW is the fact that you can see the sheer, stark TERROR on Toon Link's face....
Redangelsblush4 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
duuuuuude.....redeads in windwaker were reaaally creepy....and link becomes parazlyzed in fear whenever they scream....
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Link looks cute when he's scared
Leonio Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist
RUN LINK!!!!!!!!!!!
Actually, whenever I play zelda games, these redeads and gibdos always scare me. I usually run away
AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Happy? Dude, I wanted to cry after I brought Tetra to Hyrule Castle; there was NOTHING happy about that game by that point. So sad ;_;
And TWW/MM? I would give my firstborn for a game like that. Those are the two best games in the series, in my opinion.
TigrexDude Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The scariest ReDead in all Zelda history! Other than the Gibdo in Twilight Princess... :iconscaredplz:
Pineapplelicious Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Those redeads were more freakier than the Ocarina of Time one. Most players probably feel scared as Link here XD
The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Finally, someone else agrees that the Zelda games are far from happy and carefree.

Well done!
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
The Redeads were ugly enough cel-shaded. I'm glad we don't have to see "his" face here, only the back-head.
Poor Link, though...

Well done!
aryllins Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Do you mean the cell-shading made them ugly? Or the style of the game made them uglier than in OoT? Either way, they're the scariest ones to me. REALLY creepy.

Thank you!
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
The voodoo-look makes anything undead even MORE ugly, always!
Marx-Wraith7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I think its really childish when people say they hate this game simply for the way it looks, because as I always point out that besides the huge ocean settng, NOTHING is different from the style that makes the series zelda and if it had been made in a different GRAPHICAL style there would have been NO complaints. *rolls eyes* xD
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