Impaz

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Impaz
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Race Sheikah (implied)
Gender Female
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Era Era of Twilight

Impaz is an old woman and the only remaining resident of the Hidden Village in Twilight Princess. As the last remaining resident, she cannot leave the village because of her duty to wait for the "messenger to the heavens" to give him the Ancient Sky Book. She claims that her name comes from the founder of the village.[1]

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Biography

At some point, the Hidden Village was attacked and taken over by a group of Bulblins, and Impaz became a prisoner in her own house.[2] When Ilia was kidnapped, she was taken to the village, where she befriended Impaz.[3] Impaz helped Ilia escape from the Hidden Village, but stayed behind herself.[4] As such, she did not know what had become of the girl until Link visited some time later. At first, she kept her door closed, thinking Link was a Bulblin.[5] When Link frees the village of the Bulblins, she recognizes Link as the boy Ilia had told her so much about.[1] Impaz was happy to hear that Ilia was safe and asked Link to return an item Ilia had failed to take with her.

Shortly after Ilia recovers her memory, Link goes to Impaz again for information of the Dominion Rod, based on some information Ilia gave him.[6] Impaz is surprised and thrilled to see Link carrying the rod, as that meant that he was the "messenger to the heavens" and that she would finally be ably to fulfill the duty that bound her to the Hidden Village. She gives Link the Ancient Sky Book, remarking that the meeting with Ilia "must have been ordained by the gods."[7] It is with this book that the Dominion Rod is eventually reactivated with the help of Shad.

Race

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Impaz' race is never stated in the game, but it is heavily implied that she is a Sheikah. She has pointy ears and red eyes, characteristics of a Sheikah. She lives in the Hidden Village, which a sign identifies as "Old Kakariko", the village of the Sheikahs in Ocarina of Time. The (former) inhabitants of the village are described as a "tribe that protected and served the Royal Family of Hyrule" on several occasions[8]. And finally, Impaz was the former owner of the Wooden Statue, which depicted the Sheikah eye-symbol.

Trivia

  • Impaz is one of the many people Link will receive a letter from at some point during his quest.[9]
  • Impaz claims that her name comes from the founder of the village, but if the Hidden Village is an old predecessor to the modern Kakariko Village, this would have to be an unknown Impa, as the Impa from Ocarina of Time is only said to have opened the village to the public,[10] not to have founded it.
  • At one point in development, Impaz's character was to a be male and named Old Man Impa.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The howls of the beasts... They've faded into silence... Wait, are you... The savior! It's you, the savior! Please, please forgive me... for not opening up the door. My name is Impaz. I'm the last resident of this poor village. My name comes from the great one who built this village so long ago... [...] Excuse me for asking, but is your name... Link? Ah! I knew it... So then, you saved that nice girl?... How lovely. When she was here, she would often cheer me up by saying that you would come to help. That sweet girl... She worried about this old woman even as I helped her to escape from here... By royal order, I can't leave this place until a certain person arrives.... No matter what terrible fate is visited upon it... Oh, but listen to me blather on! I have a favor to ask: would you help me return this to her? I think she always kept it close to her heart, but even so, she didn't hesitate to part with it in order to protect me... I believe in my heart that it's kept me safe all this time... So please... I ask that you return it to that girl." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  2. "This village was once the secret home of a proud tribe who served the royal family... But it fell into decline, and became infested with dangerous beasts. It's become an awful place..." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  3. "I... I remember something... I was confined somewhere... Yes, and I was saved by whoever was confined with me... And when that person set me free, they gave me this statue..." — Ilia (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Yes, yes, I remember that much! But that means...that person is still in trouble!" — Ilia (Twilight Princess)
  5. "Go home, you savages! Go on, git! I don't have any food left to feed you monsters! And I don't know anything about the girl! I'm not opening up until every last one of you is gone! You heard me! So get out of here!" — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  6. "Link... I remember being saved from a dangerous situation by someone... Someone who told me all about the rod of the heavens. But now I can't remember the who, why, where, or what it all means... Do you really think I'll recover my memory? I regret that a complete stranger like yourself got caught up in all of this because of me. I'm so sorry." — Ilia (Twilight Princess)
  7. "Hey! That rod... Is that the Dominion Rod? Ahh... Could it really be? Are you the messenger to the heavens?! Among the legends of my clan, there is a story from the time when the Oocca still maintained contact with the royal family. Yes, it said that a mysterious rod was handed down from the people of the sky, and it was called the Dominion Rod... The rod was only to be carried by the messenger to the heavens when the royal family needed to communicate with the Oocca. From generation to generation, my ancestors have guarded the book that, by royal decree, was to be given to the messenger to the heavens. This is that book. Please, take it. This book is written in the ancient language of Sky Writing. I am so glad I stayed in this village... If I had not met that young girl, what would have become of me? Meeting that girl must have been ordained by the gods, so that I could be here today to pass on this knowledge..." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  8. "I REMEMBER! I thought I had seen that before somewhere... That belonged to the tribe that protected the Hylian royal family long ago. They worked in secret, so they lived in a lonely, forgotten place. But I heard that tribe dwindled in the prolonged wars... If you want to find that hidden village, look for a path leading to the Lanayru Province on the far side of the Bridge of Eldin. But...a rockslide blocked the way to the village long ago, so you can't get there anymore. What? Oh, I do not mean to worry you, little human. Problems like these are not problems to Gorons. Our patriarch, Darbus, will be waiting for you up ahead. Look at your map to see where. I would try to find the path beyond the Bridge of Eldin that leads to Lanayru Province." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)
  9. "Thank you so much for beating those beasts the other day. Is the girl doing well? I certainly hope so. Though there isn't much to do here, please stop in sometime!" — Letter from Impaz (Twilight Princess)
  10. "This village used to be a Shiekah [sic] village, but the great Impa opened it to everyone." — Soldier by Impa's Old House (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "Old Man Impa could be considered a male version of Impaz. If he'd been used, he would have been the series' first male Impa..." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse), pg. 186)


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan インパル (Inparu) Impar
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Impaz
French France Impa
German Germany Grayna
Italian Italy Divina