- "This is the fortress said to have been built to stop the Guardians. We have it to thank for our lives."
- — Celessa
Fort Hateno is a location from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is a run-down fort on the eastern side of Blatchery Plain on the border separating West Necluda and East Necluda. It crosses the Squabble River. Garill has a campsite close to the fort with a Cooking Pot where Link can cook food dishes, though Link can also cook . Agus, Celessa, and other travelers can be encountered traveling along the path that runs through the fort either coming from the Hateno Village side or traveling to the Hateno Village side. Two Koroks can be found hiding around the Fort itself. Several remains of Guardians can be seen in front and along the wall of the Fort, and one Decayed Guardian is found on the left-most side of the Fort, and will only attack Link if he strays off the pathway.
Background and history
During the Great Calamity, Princess Zelda and Link fled here after the fall of Hyrule Castle and destruction of Hyrule Castle Town. Wielding the Master Sword, Link confronted an army of Guardians in an epic battle to defend himself, Princess Zelda, and inadvertently the fort though ultimately he was overcome by sheer numbers and critically injured. Fortunately just as a Guardian was about to kill the exhausted Link, Princess Zelda shielded him with her body innate sealing powers finally awoke and she used them to shut down the remaining corrupted Guardians. Despite finally awakening her powers, Zelda despaired over having awakened them too late, however in her despair she heard the voice of the ancient spirit of the Master Sword which encouraged her by telling her that her destiny was not yet finished, causing Zelda to regain her resolve. Taking Link and the Master Sword, Zelda sought the aid of her Sheikah allies and entrusted Link to the care of Impa, Purah, and Robbie who took him to the Shrine of Resurrection to heal, while Zelda took the Master Sword to Korok Forest in the Great Hyrule Forest region where she entrusted the sword to the protection of the guardian spirit of the forest, the Great Deku Tree, before heading to Hyrule Castle and using her newly awoken powers to seal both herself and Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle, which held the Calamity at bay for the time being, though effectively made the Princess a prisoner in her own castle for the next one hundred years. Meanwhile, Robbie and Purah used the untested Slumber of Restoration to put Link in stasis while he healed, though they did not know exactly when he would reawaken.
While most people are shown to be aware of Zelda's role in sealing Ganon after the battle, they assume that the hero who fought the Guardians at Fort Hateno had died, though remembered him as a great hero as Hateno Village and the fort survived the Great Calamity largely unscathed.
Unfortunately the true history of the battle has become distorted over time resulting in a popular myth that the hero lead and army of soldiers in defense of the fort and valiantly perished alongside them while managing to halt the Guardian army. Zelda's role in the battle was largely unknown outside the Sheikah and Link upon recovering his memory of it. The myth Link lead an army was likely due to interpretations made by Hyrulean scholars whom likely couldn't imagine anyone person confronting such a large army of Guardians and actually defeating several of them before being overcome by his injuries and sheer exhaustion. As the role Zelda's power played was apparently not common knowledge the myth likely came about to explain how the hero whom was Captain of Princess Zelda's Royal Guard managed to defeat such an army. Additionally Link was widely believed to have perished even by King Dorephan and the Zora who knew him and his capabilities well though rumors and legends of his survival circulated as even Riju had heard whispers of Link's survival and the Yiga Clan had acquired knowledge of the Shrine of Resurrection showing information of his survival had leaked out though ironically few people believed them. Additionally the mythical narrative of the battle implies Link was fighting to defend the fort when in reality he was protecting Zelda when they were cornered on Blatchery Plain by the Guardians near the fort with Link and Zelda inadvertently contributing to its defense. However the Sheikah may have influenced the popular narrative as the true story was presumably seen as too demoralizing than the thought of the Hero fighting valiantly alongside an army in a successful last stand giving their lives to protect the fort and Hateno Village from the Guardian onslaught that decimated much of Hyrule. The myth however provides an example of how quickly historical events can become distorted in Hyrule as it apparently only took only a century for the actual facts to become distorted demonstrating how Hyrulean myths and legends are created especially in the wake of a major catastrophe such as the Great Calamity. Additionally Zelda was believed to have sacrificed her life to seal Calamity Ganon when in reality she sealed herself with him struggling for a century to keep Ganon contained.
The archeologist Calip and his house can be found in the woods on the fort's eastern side, though he tends to leave his house to study a group of guardian deity statues to figure out the mystery of a cursed statue among them. However he will take refuge if it rains as he is scared of the even remote possibility of getting struck by lightning due to the metal framed glasses he wears. His house contains a Bed which Link is free to use. Three trees containing Beehives can be found around his cabin making it a good place to forage for Courser Bee Honey. Link can also find An Ancient Text inside the cabin the meaning of which Calip has been trying to decipher as part of the mystery of the cursed statue. The Adventure Log classifies the cabin as part of Fort Hateno.