A New Currency

Hullo, I am Dancing Pianta, and I am a new author on Delfino Plaza. I found the site a while ago and liked it so much, I decided to contribute to it a bit! I mostly write light and entertaining articles, but I might suprise you with a serious one every once in a while. This will be my first article here, and it’s about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

In Twilight Princess, Link must travel with Midna to find the pieces of the fused shadow, and later the pieces of the mirror of twilight, so he can stop Ganondorf’s evil plans and restore peace to Hyrule once more. But that’s not what this article is about. Instead, its about something that happens half way through the game (give or take), when Link comes across a man made entirely out of gold and jewels. Living with the man is a cat who can speak to Link while he is in wolf form. The man is sitting in a very expensive looking throne, which is seated on top of a high mound of gold coins and jewels. Scattered across the room are similar mounds, though they are smaller then the other. On the walls can be seen many old paintings, but you cannot tell what they are of. The carpet, or the small amount visable beneath the sea of riches, is a royal colored red. Now, the first thing that you must think when you see all of this is “How did this guy get turned to gold?” . Which is a good question. It turns out that this man was cursed by Poes who took his (greedy) soul, and left him with the very thing he loved so much; gold. His name is Jovani, and he explains to Link that his greed has cursed him. Now he seeks Link’s help to save him from his curse by defeating the Poes that cursed him. After Link defeats all 60 poes, Jovani is turned to normal again, only to learn his girlfriend dumped him. At the very least, he may have learned his lesson, which is not to be greedy. But… here’s a good question; what exactly would he have DONE with all that gold in the first place? I’m not asking what would he spend it on, im asking just as it sounds, because if you hadn’t noticed, gold coins aren’t the currency of Hyrule!

Now im not a poe, nor am I a man obsessed with money who met a poe…but if I were about to give up my mobility for something, I would make sure it was something I could actually use. True, he could sell the gold, but why bother when he could just ask for just as many rupees? As for the poes…if the gold was their idea (which im very sure it was not or the curse wouldn’t be ironic at all) how do they even know what gold coins are? They live in Hyrule just as much as Jovani does. Unless Jovani was once a brave traveller who hailed from a land where gold was the currency, or the poes were, there is no logical way of looking at this.

So…why wasn’t he on a big hill of assorted rupees, with an occasional pile of his precious gold coins laying here and there? Wouldn’t that say more to the average hyrulian then a stack of shiney gold? Wouldn’t it also have a bigger impression on the player, who would want to run through the pile of countless rupees to fill their pocket? The world may never know where Jovani got his crazy idea of gold coins from, but while your thinking of that, try to figure this one out, too…

Where does Jovani get his endless reward of big rupees from…?

  1. March 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Your work shan’t go unnoticed! I thank you Dancing Pianta! I was initially going to write a new post myself, but as soon as I received your unexpected e-mail, I was relieved and happy to find that you would contribute to Delfino Plaza.

    And yes, interesting theory. Perhaps gold was originally owned by the olden King of Hyrule. However, he doesn’t make his appearance in Twilight Princess, so I really can’t guess where it came from. Maybe Nintendo temporally forgot that their only currency was Rupees?

  2. squirmyloach
    March 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    haha good article ; D if it were rupees it would of drove me more crazy. And maybe he had a giant bucket of saved rupees : ?

  3. March 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    😆 funny article. maybe hes from past hyrule and they use gold coins there

  4. Mustachio Man
    March 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    whoa…I never noticed that ^^ .

  5. March 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Its all very weird, because the one-single currency in The Legend of Zelda is Rupees. So I really don’t think Nintendo could think of any excuses that could really suffice.

  6. March 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    maybe they could trade the gold for rupees?

  7. squirmyloach
    March 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    yeah probally like how in real life you can trade gold for money

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