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Veran
Veran
Artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Full Name Veran
Date of Birth Unknown
Gender Female
Species Human
Location Hyrule?
Class Sorceress
First Appearance The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros Assemble (Black Sun DLC)

Veran (ベラン Beran?), the Sorceress of Shadows (闇の司祭 Yami no Shisai?), is the primary antagonist of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. She, like General Onox, is being used by Koume and Kotake to fill the land of Labrynna with sorrow. She succeeds in her goal by possessing Nayru, the Oracle of Ages, and later, Queen Ambi. Even though Link defeats her, her purpose is still fulfilled, enabling the resurrection of Ganon.

Biography

At the beginning of Link's adventure, Veran has possessed Impa. Using her body she tricks Link into pushing a Triforce-marked rock, whose holy symbol had been deterring her, out of the way. She then reveals herself to be Veran and possesses Nayru. She uses Nayru's powers to go back in time and become Queen Ambi's most trusted advisor. Veran then convinces the queen to have the people of Labrynna work constantly on the Black Tower, a tower Ambi ordered built in order to guide her lost love home from the sea. In doing so, Veran twists the project towards her own ends, having it slowly become an object of evil rather than love. Link eventually confronts Veran midway through his journey, using Mystery Seeds against her, which Veran previously admitted to having an aversion to. After he exorcises Veran from Nayru's body with the seeds and wounding her, Veran makes a bold move by possessing Queen Ambi herself and escapes.

With Ambi's body, she completes the Black Tower and continues to torment the people of Labrynna with her rule. Meanwhile, Link, with the help of the Harp of Ages, retrieves all of the Essences of Time. This makes the Maku Tree produce a Maku Seed, which has the power to dispel the magic cast on the Black Tower. He confronts Veran once more at the top of her tower. After a battle similar to their previous encounter, Veran appears to be defeated after Link removes her from Ambi's body. However, after Ambi leaves, Veran attempts to possess Link, but Link dodges her at the last second. Then she reveals her true form, an Evil Fairy and summons multiple, yet weak, Dark Links. After another defeat, the tower begins collapsing, but Veran, somehow still alive, uses a Wallmaster to capture Link and have him face her a fourth and final time. She reluctantly assumes a grotesque turtle-like form, which morphs into a bee or spider at will, all of which share her face. After a hard-fought battle, she is finally defeated once and for all, and upon her demise the Flame of Sorrow is lit, as Koume and Kotake watch.

Characteristics

Veran appears as a teal-skinned woman with a lightly-armored dress. Her abilities are very similar to that of a Wizzrobe, as she can teleport at will, create a flurry of fireballs, and summon spider-like creatures from the ceiling. One of her more terrifying abilities is to possess other beings, forcing them to do her bidding. Those under her possession gain her teal skin, but this never seems to be noticed by other characters and may just be a visual guide for the player. Veran can assume other shapes seemingly at will, but her true form is Evil Fairy form. With this she can spit fireballs and fly quickly, as well as produce at least four weak Shadow Links. If this fails, she can assume several animal forms. This is supposedly her last resort, as she decidedly finds these transformations to be utterly repulsive.

Veran is manipulative, cruel, and ambitious, using her alliance with Koume and Kotake for her own advantage. It is unknown if Koume and Kotake gave her the potent magical abilities she demonstrates or if she mastered them by her own studies. She is also somewhat conceited, declaring her own beauty several times throughout the game. She does seem to be capable of granting mercy to a certain extent, as evidenced by her sparing Ralph's life, though this could also merely be a ploy to force Link not to attack her in order to protect Ralph, since she is in Ralph's ancestor's body. It is also somewhat interesting to note the vaguely Sheikah-like eye designs on her dress, and the symbol on her shoulder pads that she shares with General Onox.

Fanon Appearances

PR: Oracle of Seasons/Ages

Unlike the original game and because it was based on Zelda: Oracle series, both villains' roles are Samuel Nakaoka's allies only in Linked Game.

Power Rangers Frontier: Oracle of Miracles

It was revealed that Veran is once as a Great Fairy before becoming evil to good.

The Legend of Zelda: Dark Legacy

Veran appears as one of Ganon's main generals, alongside others such as General Onox, Koume and Kotake, Mazura, and the Necromancer. Depending on the route Dark Link chooses to take, she will either serve as ally or enemy on his quest.

Ultimate Showdown

Veran is one of the thousands of characters to appear in this 2D action battle royale. In the game her character is of the Magician class, with a minor secondary class of Mastermind. Her abilities consist of swapping from her default humanoid form to one of several other forms, including her shadow-like form that allows her to possess other players for a short period of time or until damaged, her true Evil Fairy form, and a turtle, bee, and spider form, each that possess attacks reminiscent of the ones seen in her original appearance in Oracle of Ages. She can also summon four Shadow Links to do her bidding.

The Legend of Zelda: The Strange Journey

Trivia

  • Veran shares the same hair color, eye color, and some of the same skin color as the true form of Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which is interpreted by some as evidence that she is a Twili. Veran is also said to be "extending the reach of the Dark Realm" with her actions. This may also be a simple coincidence, as there is no particular evidence that this refers to the Twilight Realm.