Twilight Princess takes place one century after Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, and begins with a youth named Link who is working as a ranch hand in Ordon Village. One day, the village is attacked by Bulblins, who carry off the village’s children with Link in pursuit before he encounters a wall of Twilight. A Shadow Beast pulls him beyond the wall into the Realm of Twilight, where he is transformed into a wolf and imprisoned. Link is soon freed by an imp-like Twilight being named Midna, who guides him to Princess Zelda. Zelda explains that Zant, the King of the Twilight, has stolen the light from three of the four Light Spirits and conquered Hyrule. In order to save Hyrule, Link must first restore the Light Spirits by entering the Twilight-covered areas and, as a wolf, recover the Spirits’ lost light. He must do this by collecting the multiple “Tears of Light”; once all the Tears of Light are collected for one area, he restores that area’s Light Spirit. As he restores them, the Light Spirits return Link to his Hylian form.
During this time, Link also helps Midna find the Fused Shadows, fragments of a relic containing powerful dark magic. In return, she helps Link find Ordon Village’s children while helping the monkeys of Faron, the Gorons of Eldin, and the Zoras of Lanayru. After Link restores the Light Spirits and Midna has all the Fused Shadows, they are ambushed by Zant. As he relieves Midna of the Fused Shadow fragments, he is ridiculed by Midna for abusing his tribe’s magic, but Zant reveals that his magic comes from another source as he uses it to turn Link back into a wolf, and then leaves Midna in Hyrule to die from the world’s light. Bringing a dying Midna to Zelda, Link learns he needs the Master Sword to be restored to human form. Zelda sacrifices herself to heal Midna with her power before vanishing mysteriously.