|First appearance||Twilight Princess (2006)|
|Kindred||Mayor Bo (father)|
- "But, Link... Can you at least promise me this? No matter what happens on your journey, don't try to do anything...out of your league. Please. Just come home safely."
- — Ilia
Ilia (イリア Iria?) is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The daughter of Bo, the mayor of Ordon Village, she is a close friend of Link's. Although Ilia is the daughter of the mayor, she prefers to spend her time in the wild. According to her official Twilight Princess trading card, she is 16 years old.
Born in Ordon Village, Ilia is extremely close to nature and is fond of Link and his horse, Epona. Ilia heals Epona when she is injured after Link rescues Talo at the beginning of the game, berating Link for his supposed carelessness. Shortly afterward, she is hit with an arrow and kidnapped along with the village children by King Bulblin and his Bulblin riders. She is imprisoned along with Impaz in the Hidden Village. With Impaz's help, Ilia escapes, leaving the Horse Call with Impaz as a good luck charm, as she is charged to remain in the village until a certain person arrives.
Link eventually finds Ilia in Hyrule Castle Town, but when she sees him, it is apparent that she does not recognize him. It is later revealed by Telma that Ilia has lost her memory. Eventually, when she is shown the Horse Call, Ilia recovers her memory and gives Link the Horse Call so he can summon Epona at any time. It is possible that she has romantic feelings for Link, based on the way that the two interact with each other at the beginning of the game and after she regains her memory.
Behind the scenes
It appears that in early production stages of Twilight Princess, Ilia was a member of the Hylian race as opposed to human. This was changed later on, however, perhaps due to the fact that she would blend in with the other human villagers of Ordon Village better if she was one of them.
- ^ This age comes from Nintendo licensed products such as the trading cards and official player's guide. Please do not change it unless you have a more respected source (in-game quote, developer interview, etc.)