- "Lorule was just like Hyrule. So very beautiful. So very...promising."
- — Princess Hilda
Lorule is a location from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It is a dark parallel world to Hyrule, and shares the same basic geography. It is ruled by Princess Hilda. Lorule is accessed through cracks in surfaces that link Lorule and Hyrule together.
Prior to the events of A Link Between Worlds, Lorule was a stable world similar to Hyrule. However, Lorule suffered through its own civil war (similar to the Hyrulean Civil War), and the Lorulean Royal Family was forced to destroy their Triforce, believing it to be a means to end their strife. However, it instead caused their kingdom to crumble and fall apart even more. This became so severe that the bottomless chasms divided Lorule into three major regions with no way to travel between them by land. The citizens themselves have become unruly and left to fend for themselves from monsters that have overrun the land while what remained of Lorule's castle guards defected to the Gemesaur King which resided in the Dark Palace.
Princess Hilda, concerned with the future of Lorule, plotted with Yuga to abduct the Seven Sages as well as Princess Zelda and revive Ganon (then long deceased from his defeat in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) so they could gain Hyrule's Triforce, believing it to be key to saving the kingdom. Ravio, a long time servant of Princess Hilda's, refused to participate and fled. Secretly, however, Yuga had no intention of saving Lorule, but rather use the Triforce to become a god and remake Lorule into his own image.
Yuga manages to abduct the Seven Sages as well as Princess Zelda and use them to revive Ganon, despite Link's attempt to prevent it. Hilda intervenes and tasks the hero to rescue the Sages from the different regions of Lorule. After obtaining the Triforce of Courage, Link enters Lorule Castle and battles Yuga once again, though not before Hilda reveals that she is in league with the sorcerer. After Yuga is defeated, Ravio appears and manages to convince Hilda of the error of her ways. Remorseful for her actions, Hilda uses the last of the magic in Ravio's Bracelet to return Link and Zelda to Hyrule. Taking pity on Hilda for her desire to protect her people, the two use their Triforce to wish for the restoration of Lorule's Triforce, saving the dying kingdom and causing the black clouds covering the sky to part.
Places of interest
The equivalent of Hyrule's Kakariko Village, the town is decaying and overrun with monsters. The townspeople are either wearing masks to avoid being killed by monsters or else hiding in the milk bar, much to the owner's dismay and irritation. The Thieves' Hideout is located here, run by Stalblind.
The opposite of Hyrule's desert region, the mire is as the name suggests. There is a sizeable patch of desert that is walled off in the mire's north-west corner but the only way to access it is from the Desert Palace in Hyrule, which itself can only be accessed through Misery Mire.
Lorule's equivalent to the Lost Woods and the Forest of Mystery. The portrait of Seres is hidden in the depths of the dungeon.
Unlike the volcanic climate in Hyrule, Death Mountain in Lorule is the opposite, a cold snowy mountain with an inactive volcano. Two points of interest here are the Treacherous Tower (where Link battles enemies on a certain number of floors to win prizes) and the Ice Ruins, where the portrait of the Sage Rosso is held.
The Dark Palace is the equivalent to the Eastern Palace of Hyrule. It is where the ferocious Gemesaur King resides and utilises puzzles involving light and dark. The grounds of the palace are patrolled by the Lorule Castle guards who defected from Princess Hilda and now worship the beast.
Lorule's Sacred Realm
Seen briefly during the game's ending, Princess Hilda and Ravio take Princess Zelda & Link to the place that was originally Lorule's Sacred Realm before Lorule's Triforce was destroyed. Princess Hilda explains that Yuga had discovered a large crack on the Sacred Realm's stone slab and was how Yuga & Hilda learned of the existence of Hyrule and its Triforce, causing Hilda to plot with Yuga to steal it to restore Lorule, unaware Yuga had no intentions of saving Lorule and instead wanted Hyrule's Triforce for himself.
In order to atone for her mistakes, Hilda uses the energy remaining in Ravio's Bracelet to send Princess Zelda, Link, and Hyrule's Triforce back Hyrule's Sacred Realm. Shortly after transporting Zelda, Link, and the Triforce back to their proper realm, Hilda and Ravio witnessed the restoration of Lorule's Triforce by Zelda & Link's wish on Hyrule's Triforce, resulting in the Lorule's Sacred Realm and Lorule being restored along with its Triforce.
Like Hyrule's Sacred Realm its appearance presumably based on its Triforce's condition and/or reflects the heart of its wielder. As a result of the Lorulean Triforce's destruction, its Sacred Realm fell to ruins like much of Lorule did in the wake of its destruction.
The name "Lorule" is pronounced as low-rule, which would befit the counterpart of "Hyrule", pronounced as high-rule.