A tribute to Ilia for “Link’s Friendlist” over at Game-Art-HQ.
I’ve always had a fondness for the “best friend”/”childhood friend” characters, because I feel like that bond is inherently dynamic: both very strong and very delicate, particularly if there’s a potential for romance. As a person, Ilia is a little headstrong and stubborn, but she’s also got a really generous, compassionate heart. Just take stock of what she goes through in the game: first shot in the back with an arrow, then loses her memory, then she’s imprisoned in the Hidden Village, escapes her captors, runs across the dying Prince Ralis and saves his life by carrying him all the way to Castle Town (seriously, think about that). I’m pretty sure I would have caved as soon as I realized I didn’t remember my own name. Nope. Not Ilia.
To quote Telma, “More courage in that girl than in all the soldiers of Hyrule, for sure!”
Originally on my DeviantArt.