There is something strange about being able to keep all weapons and items acquired in a three-day sequence that never quite existed. Not counting his Ocarina, or Sword and Shield, Link has gained approximately 54 items that should not be able to stay in his inventory each visit back in time. Items acquired in bottles, for certain quests as well as stocked up inventory items all disappear within each trip. How is it that this does not count for each and every item he has? Let’s explore this.

 

Specified Items

The Ocarina of Time is possessed by the Goddess of Time and she controls its passage. There is one other item that is able to do this as well and is cited as such. The Razor Sword is unable to pass through time, but the Gilded Sword, Zubora states can “transcend time”. Is this because of its Gold qualities or is there another reason?

The names of both men are Zubora and Gabora, which are strikingly similar to Kaepora Gaebora’s name. Is there another relation?

Rauru was said to have helped built the Temple of Time long ago. Perhaps he also had a hand in creating the Master Sword. Being able to forge weapons, just as these two men do, its hard to believe that there is no relation.

Gabora’s name could possibly be a reference to Kaepora Gaebora‘s last name.”- Zelda Wiki

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The Theory

The ability to hold items through time may be the fault of Kaepora Gaebora.

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It leads all the way back to first meeting him in Ocarina of Time. The Hyrule Historia mentions that Kaepora Gaebora and Rauru are the same being. In Majora’s Mask you meet him when you’re learning the Song of Soaring and he is able to retain his own memories through time when he is aiding you to acquire the Lens of Truth.

“Now, enter the shrine. Something that will aid you in your quest lies within. Use that item when returning from here.“- Kaepora Gaebora

The Lens of Truth is a reoccurring item. Why did Link bother leaving one behind to attain it again? How does this happen with all of the items that occur in both games? Rauru is the sage in the Temple of Time. It is possible that through Kaepora he has brought these items from Hyrule, the very same ones, for Link’s journey now and left them in chests or with characters scattered throughout Termina. It would be no surprise that he had enchanted these items and made it possible to take these items through time as well.

 

One More Time Traveler?

The bank teller is able to remember who you are and keep money through time… Why is that?

Have you ever noticed the door behind him in both Majora’s Mask 64 and Majora’s Mask 3D? In Majora’s Mask 3D, the bank is directly connected to the Clock Tower. Is he able to, in the last few seconds before the moon falls, find away inside the Clock Tower and surpass time just like the Happy Mask Salesman? Perhaps that door in Majora’s Mask 64 leads to the Clock Tower as well, but through an underground passage.

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Though time repeats and Link remains unchanged, it seems Kaepora Gaebora, the Bank Teller, and the Happy Mask Salesman are the only people who can continue as though time were passing normally.

 

The Clock Tower and the Carnival of Time

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The Carnival of Time looks to celebrate time’s passing. The only time we are able to celebrate it is when Link no longer needs to play the Song of Time. Time needs to pass for this prophecy of celebration to come true.

“Paying homage to the way that both nature and time are tirelessly in the process of progressing…” -Anju’s Grandmother

The Clock Tower serves as a constant reminder of time’s passing. There is one aspect of it, however, that is very notable. A light is emitted from the Clock Tower like a lighthouse. This may seem like a stretch, but this light is reminiscent of our Sage of Light Rauru. He seems to be a forever-constant beacon throughout Link’s journey. His statues are scattered throughout the land and that beacon serves to light Link’s path.

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Perhaps especially through time, Rauru serves as a constant Guardian for Link.

 

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