Last time, I mentioned that I needed to take my incomplete Slate to the lab located in the village. There, I met Purah, who obviously remembered Link, though he didn’t remember her…
She was more than willing to help restore the Slate, but there was one problem. The fire in the forge used to power the equipment had burned out. So I was tasked with re-kindling this flame.
I was told that there was a forge in town that burned with a blue flame, and that by taking a torch, I could transfer the fire to the one at the lab. Only, this wasn’t totally accurate. The forge wasn’t actually in town (took me a while to find it), more like on the outskirts of town near the sheep farms.
Once I did find it, though, it wasn’t too difficult to light my torch and carry it back. Purah also hinted that I should light the lamps along the way, which seemed like a solid tactic should my torch go out for any reason. So I did that.
I’ve read about the frustrations of trying to do this when it’s raining outside. Thankfully, the rain held off until I got the forge up at the lab lit!
Once that was done, I went back inside and restored the missing features of the Slate.
These features… oh my gosh! As if this game didn’t give me enough to spend my time on!
So. Now, the Slate can work as a camera, something like your own mobile device. As you take pictures of things – creatures, plants, materials, weapons, items, enemies – they get listed in what’s known as the Hyrule Compendium.
Below is my woefully blank page.
Yet another interesting system that challenges the completionist in you. I didn’t even know I needed (or didn’t need) it until I saw it.
On top of that, the Sheikah Sensor was also unlocked. This allows you to hone in on something, like shrines, and alerts you when you come near one. You can also take a picture of something and track it from the compendium!
And last, but not least, Link discovers that the Slate already had some pictures on it!
Purah suggests Link take these back to Impa, who informs him that these may be tied to memories of his past. So, in visiting these locations, he might be able to start filling in the story of the past.
I’m totally there… if I can find it.
This game just keeps on expanding and going in unexpected directions. Now, I’m left not just gathering everything, but trying to frantically fill my pages with pictures of creatures, weapons, enemies, etc.
This is crazy… in a great way!
I haven’t played a Zelda game since… Oceans of Time I think? This is looking sharp! Between MEA and Horizons, so much good non-MMO gaming right now.
It’s really been a great break from MMO gaming. I’m still playing MMOs, but there’s really not a lot of interesting stuff to blog about right now (I gained a level. I did quests. I gained a level). XD
The Hyrule Compendium is one of my favorite things to try to complete in BotW! The camera system in general is well implemented in this game, whether the pictures in the camera or the ones you take for the compendium. Not to mention, I like having Link pose for a photo.
It’s all very in depth, too. With so many other features in this game, I didn’t expect one this large and sprawling. I haven’t spent as much time with this one as I want to, but I’m looking forward to giving it some attention sometime soon!