This Zelda Papercraft is the Princess Ruto, based on the zelda game series The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the paper craft model is created by studioofmm. Ruto, Princess of the Zoras (Princess Ruto) is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Heir to the Zora throne, Ruto is the sometimes rebellious daughter of King Zora XVI of the Zoras. During Link's quest to defeat Ganondorf, she helps him more than once and, at one point, even becomes his fiancée.
Being one of the Seven Sages, Princess Ruto became a legendary figure in Hyrule's mythology to the point where a town was named after her, which appears in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Stained glass windows depicting her and the rest of the Seven Sages also appear in the cellar of Hyrule Castle in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, there is also a valuable item called the Ruto Crown.
In Ocarina of Time, Ruto is first mentioned when Link comes to Zora's Domain in search of the Zora's Sapphire. When Link arrives, Zora's Domain has been thrown into a state of disarray with the sudden disappearance of Ruto, the Princess of the Zoras. After learning of Ruto's disappearance and earning the Silver Scale from the Zora diving game, Link makes use of the object to investigate Ruto's disappearance, as her father does not seem to be able to give any attention to Link's quest for the stone while his daughter remains missing. Taking the shortcut leading from Zora's Domain to Lake Hylia, Link discovers a bottle with a note inside it at the bottom of the lake. The note is signed with Ruto's name and reveals she has been swallowed by the Zoras' patron deity, Lord Jabu-Jabu, and requires rescue. Showing the letter to King Zora, the Zora ruler commands Link to rescue his daughter and allows him access to see Jabu-Jabu. It is later revealed that Ruto accidentally dropped the Zora's Sapphire inside Jabu-Jabu and lost it. Instead of getting help, Ruto chose to go deeper within Jabu-Jabu hoping to find the stone on her own.
Link finds Ruto fairly quickly upon his entry into Jabu-Jabu's belly. The feisty Zora princess denies knowledge of the letter Link had found in Lake Hylia and initially tries to deny any need of assistance, telling Link she could care less about her father's worry and ordering him to leave her. Link continues to pursue Ruto however, attempting to get her to either come with him or to accept his help in recovering what she had lost. Eventually Ruto reconsiders her opposition to the idea and accepts Link's assistance, deciding to have him carry her around Jabu-Jabu's interior while they search for the stone together. In this manner, the duo begins to search Jabu-Jabu's belly for the lost stone, with Link carrying Ruto while also using her to weigh down switches and at times kill enemies by throwing her at them. Eventually, the two finally locate the stone, resting upon a raised platform deep within Jabu-Jabu's belly. Link tosses Ruto up onto the platform, where she recovers it, though this causes the platform to rise into the chamber above them with Ruto still on it. The platform descends again carrying a Big Octo, which Link is forced to battle. After defeating the beast, Link jumps onto the platform and rises into the chamber above, but finds no trace of Ruto.
Eventually Link is forced to battle against Barinade and, once he defeats it, Ruto is shown waiting for him. The visibly shaken Zora princess scolds Link for the time it took him to rescue her, but the two are soon transported outside via the portal. Once outside Jabu-Jabu's belly, Ruto's demeanor toward Link changes entirely, with the Zora princess having grown quite fond of him and asking him what reward he would ask for rescuing her and helping her recover the Spiritual Stone. Link requests the Zora's Sapphire, and Ruto happily hands it over to him, calling it her most "precious possession" and revealing that the stone effectively acts as the "Zora's Engagement Ring", meaning that she now considers the two of them engaged to be married. Despite this, Link is unaware of his engagement to Ruto, only knowing that he had finally obtained the three Spiritual Stones.
Seven years after Link is placed into suspended animation by the Master Sword, evil returns to Zora's Domain when Ganondorf uses the power granted to him by the Triforce of Power and causes the entire area and its inhabitants to be frozen under a thick layer of ice. This fate also befalls Ruto initially, but she is rescued from beneath the cursed ice by Sheik. She then goes to the Water Temple in the hope of finding a way to save her people from being eternally frozen. This is where she and Link meet again for the first time in seven years. Though Ruto is happy to see him, she is aware that this is not a time to talk about love. Ruto asks Link to assist her in saving the Zoras by destroying the monster at the heart of the temple and informs him on the workings of the Water Temple. After this, Ruto leads Link into one of the temple's upper chambers but mysteriously vanishes. Link does not see her again until he defeats the Giant Aquatic Ameoba Morpha, the monster responsible for the sad state of both Zora's Domain and the nearly-dry Lake Hylia. Inside the Temple of Light, Link learns that Ruto is the new Sage of Water that guards the Water Temple. She tells Link that she still loves him, but their engagement must be put on indefinite hold due to her duty a Sage, and he must continue his search for Princess Zelda. Right before he returns to Hyrule, Ruto gives him the Water Medallion, and asks him to thank Sheik for saving her if he sees him again.
Ruto appears within the Water Room inside Ganon's Castle after Link dispels the Water Barrier protecting the castle, where she urges Link onward to rescue the captive seventh Sage and Leader of the Sages, Princess Zelda. After Link defeats Ganondorf both in his Gerudo form and in the form of the Dark Beast Ganon, Ruto combines her power with that of the other Sages to cast Ganondorf back into the tainted Sacred Realm and to create a powerful seal that would imprison him there. She is last seen alongside several of the other Sages atop Death Mountain, overlooking a jubilant Hyrule now freed of Ganondorf's tyranny.
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