Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Evil Moon in Majora's Mask

Usually when you think of a full moon, what comes to mind are werewolves, or people going crazy and doing stupid things.  But what happens when the scary thing isn't caused by the moon, but is actually the moon itself?  What we get is the ever-present threat from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the moon.

First of all, any moon with a face on it is bound to look creepy, but the monstrous face on the Majora's Mask moon looks like it was custom made to enter your nightmares.

Anyway, for the uninitiated, the moon in this game started off as a harmless lunar body orbiting at a safe distance above Termina (the alternate reality version of Hyrule field).  Things were changed when a skull kid (yes that's what he's called) wielding the powerful and mysterious Majora's Mask makes the decision to bring down the moon and destroy Termina.

You can all thank this guy for trying to pass off mass destruction as a prank.
Presumably at this point, the moon somehow grew a screwed up face as it prepared to descend towards the planet.  Either that or the moon already was orbiting the planet with its face of horror; possibly it's the former explanation since the moon is being possessed by Majora's Mask.

The slowly falling moon takes center stage in Majora's Mask, where Link has three days to reverse the wickedness of the skull kid before the moon smashes into Termina.  A nice touch is that the moon is actually falling in real-time, and as the hours go by you'll notice it getting ever larger as it descends upon Clock Town (the central town in the game).  If you happen to use up all three days without saving the world, you'll be presented with a cutscene of the moon causing Armageddon.

The future isn't looking too bright.
Towards the end of the game, when Link has his final showdown with the evil powers contained in Majora's Mask, he will actually enter the moon.  Somehow the inside of the moon contains an endless grassy field with a single tree at the center of it all.  It makes no sense whatsoever, but then again all the logic in the game has pretty much fallen apart at this point, so we just have to accept it.

Apparently the moon even has its own sun orbiting around inside it.
And that wraps up pretty much everything about the evil possessed moon in Majora's Mask.  It's huge, it's scary-looking, and it wants to consume an entire planet.  Compared to this, our moon seems rather dull in comparison, don't you think?

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