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Malanya is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He is a Fairy, patron and god of horses. He lives in Malanya Spring, in the Lake Hylia region of Hyrule. As the patron deity of horses, Malanya possesses the power to revive any horse that has been killed.

Biography

At the spring Link can find Malanya whose power has weakened over time like those of the four Great Fairies. He requires Link to make an offering of 1000 Rupees to regain his strength. Malanya himself then appears from the fountain within the spring and after playfully joking about eating Link, offers to revive any of his horse companions that have been killed. As a result, the spring acts as a special type of Great Fairy Fountain that Link can visit to revive his horses killed in battle or accidentally.

The first time Link needs a Horse revived, Malanya does it for free out of gratitude for having restored his power. However, afterwards, he will require Link to pay him with an single Endura Carrot. He claims that it takes a lot of energy to revive horses from death.

While most Hylians ignore his existence, Malanya is evoked among certain people. The Lake of the Horse God and Horse God Bridge near his spring were named after him.

Personality and abilities

Malanya is a playful god who takes advantage of his unique and somewhat disturbing appearance to deceive people into thinking he is more malevolent than he actually is. He jokes about eating Link after he revives him only to reveal his humorous behavior by saying "I jest".

He threatens to punish Link if his actions lead to his horse's death, but he will once again pull his leg and will revive Link's horses regardless as to the manner of its death. However, after reviving a horse for the first time, on subsequent visits he explains that he only did so out of gratitude and after joking he is busy, he asks Link to bring him an Endura Carrot as payment for his services. He claims that bringing dead horses back to life takes a lot of energy.

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