T H E   L E G E N D   O F   Z E L D A
         - Ocarina of Time -

======== GOSSIP STONE F.A.Q. ========

                         by TEd BROWn
               tbrown@mail.utexas.edu
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- second corrected printing -

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT
As the unofficial verbal historian of Hyrule, I find it my duty to 
publish my findings every once in a while.  Otherwise, I don't get
paid.  Anyway, this report has to do with the Speaking Stones of Hyrule.


ABOUT GOSSIP STONES
Gossip Stones, as they are more commonly called, are interesting stone
monoliths of unknown origin or design that elicit enticing snippets of
information when prompted correctly.  That is to say, when spoken to
while the speaker is wearing the Mask of Truth.  My assistant in this
endeavor was a curious little fairy boy by the name of Link, who
happened to have the Mask of Truth on loan from the Happy Mask Shop and
refused to give it up.  So, thanks Link, I guess.

Gossip stones have other interesting qualities, especially when various
implements are applied to them.  A brief list of cause and effects:
   Striking the stone makes it bounce around and give you the time.
   A nearby bomb explosion will send it into the stratosphere.
   Attempting to burn it with fire with send it in a spinning tizzy.
   Hitting it with a Megaton Hammer will flatten the poor stone.   
   Playing the Song of the Royal Family will release a fairy,
      as will the Song of Storms.

They can be found all over Hyrule, but rarely in dungeons.  However, 
there are numerous records of Gossip Stones having been found in small
caves found just beneath the ground.


THE COMPILED WORDS OF THE SPEAKING STONES OF HYRULE
This is what it's all about, so pay attention.  Care has been taken to
record the exact place of each stone, so that future historians can
update or correct my work.  Damn revisionists.

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DEATH MOUNTAIN
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[on a ledge near the summit]
They say that Biggoron's Sword is super sharp and will never break.

[beneath the fairy circle in front of Goron City]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

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DODONGO'S CAVERN
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[tucked away in the first large room]
They say that Gerudos worship Gannondorf almost like a god.

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GERUDO VALLEY
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[by the waterfall]
They say that the thief named Nabooru, who haunts this area, is a Gerudo.

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GRAVEYARD
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[in front of the Shadow Temple]
They say that there is a secret near a tree in Kakariko Village.

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HYRULE CASTLE
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[above the front gate]
They say that if you get close to a butterfly while holding a Deku Stick 
   in your hands, something good will happen.

[near the interior gate]
They say that contrary to her elegant image, Princess Zelda of Hyrule 
   Castle is, in fact, a tomboy!

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HYRULE FIELD
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[outside Hyrule Castle Town]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

[in the fairy circle outside of Gerudo Valley]
They say that there is a switch you can only activate by using the spin 
   attack.

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INSIDE DEATH MOUNTAIN CRATER
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[underneath the fairy circle near the summit entrance]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

[in a niche to the right of the summit entrance]
They say that Medigoron didn't really think about his own size, so his 
   store is really cramped.

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KAKARIKO VILLAGE
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[behind the potion shop, underground]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

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KOKIRI FOREST
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[outside the entrance to the Lost Forest]
They sat that the small holes in the ground that you can find all over 
   Hyrule make perfect breeding ground for bugs.

[by the Great Deku Tree]
They say that the Kokiri are always followed by small fairies.

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LAKE HYLIA
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[near the road to Lake Hylia]
They say that there is a secret on the road that leads to Lake Hylia.

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LOST FOREST
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[near the bridge that leads to Hyrule Field]
They say that when non-fairy folk enter the Lost Woods, they become 
   monsters.

[underground, outside the entrance to Goron City]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

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MARKET
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[outside the temple of time]
They say that Malon set the original record in the obstacle course of Lon 
   Lon Ranch.

[outside the temple of time]
They say that Malon of Lon Lon Ranch hopes a knight in shining armor will 
   come and sweep her off her feet someday.

[outside the temple of time]
They say that it is against the rules to use glasses at the Treasure 
   Chest Shop in Hyrule Castle Town Market.

[outside the temple of time]
They say that Gerudos sometimes come to Hyrule Castle Town to look for 
   boyfriends.

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SACRED FOREST MEADOW
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[outside the Forest Temple]
They say that it's possible to find a total of 100 Gold Skulltulas 
   throughout Hyrule.

[on top of the maze]
They say that strange owl, Kaepora Gaebora, may look big and heavy, but 
   its character is rather lighthearted.

[on top of the maze]
They say that the owl named Kaepora Gaebora is the reincarnation of an 
   Ancient Sage.

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STONE COLOSSUS
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[in the southwest corner of the map]
They say that the treasure you can earn in the Gerudo's Training Ground 
   is not as great as you would expect, given its difficulty!

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ZORA'S DOMAIN
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[in front of King Zora]
They say that players who select the "HOLD" option for "Z TARGETING" are 
   the real "Zelda players"

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ZORA'S FOUNTAIN
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[way in the back]
They say that you can swim faster by continuously pressing B.

[near Lord Jabu-Jabu]
They say that there is a secret near the lone tree which is not far from 
   the river in the northwest part of Hyrule Field.

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ZORA'S RIVER
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[underground, across from the fairy's circle on the hill]
They say that the horse Ganondorf rides is a solid black Gerudo stallion.

[by itself on a high rock platform]
They say that there is a man who can always be found running around in 
   Hyrule Field.

[near the waterfall]
They say that Princess Zelda's nanny is actually one of the Sheikah, who 
   many thought had died out.


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This is the end of the document.  All words of the stones, according to
a gossip stone who wishes to remain anonymous, are copyrights of Nintendo
Inc.  Trust me, Hyrule's lawyers are the worst.  Don't mess with 'em.

As for me, consider my words a gift to the public domain.

              After all, they're paid for.

                           Just don't modify anything without my consent.

I would like to thank Robert Labanieh-Leggitt <EtherealDragon@webtv.net>
for pointing out that there IS a Gossip Stone in a dungeon.  The other
guys who pointed this out were LinkHylia@aol.com and jeff729@stratos.net.
LinkHylia@aol.com also pointed out a few additional qualities to the
stones that I was previously unaware of.

Thanks, guys, you keep a bad historian honest.  *sniff* 

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                                TEd BROWn
                             January 1, 1999
                          Death Mountain Summit
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