Breath of the Wild: Riju

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Link talking to the Riju in LoZ: BotW.

Riju is a character appearing in the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


Riju is the young leader of the Gerudo. She is very capable, well beyond what her young years would have one believe.




Riju: Yet another traveler... How did you get in here? It seems you have something rather interesting there...

Buliara: You stand before Lady Riju, chief of the Gerudo! Declare your business, but come no closer!

Riju: Yet another traveler... How did you get in here? It seems you have something rather interesting there...

Riju: Hold on, Buliara... This one appears to be more than a common traveler. You there - what is your name?

Link: I've come to calm Naboris.

Buliara: You think you have what it takes to subdue something as powerful as a Divine Beast? The only ones who could ever control them were Champions like Lady Urbosa. And all the Champions died in the Calamity 100 years ago.

Riju: Hmm... Buliara, a memory just jumped into my head - something my mother spoke of. When the Calamity happened, the pricess of Hyrule placed a fallen swordsman into a deep sleep. That swordsman, much like our new friend here, was named Link... though it always seemed more legend than fact.

Buliara: But, Lady Riju! Do the same stories not say that the Hylian Champion carried a legendary sword? I see no such weapon in this person's care.

Riju: They do indeed... if I recall correctly, it was called the sword that seals the darkness. The princess of Hyrule supposedly hid it away in a forest somewhere. What of the device on this one's hip? It appears to be a precious relic of the Shiekah. I can't imagine they would give something so valuable to a simple drifter - can you?

Buliara: ... I don't remember ever hearing of a Hylian vai among the Champions. Wait a minute... You're a voe!

Riju: A voe within our walls is a great crime. But a voe who is a champion... Well, we'd never mistreat a friend of Lady Urbosa. And if you're here to help us with Naboris, then we are allies. You saw it on your way to our town. Divine Beast Vah Naboris, cloaked in a massive sandstorm, hurling lighting at any who dare approach. We have to do something to stop it, but we have yet to find any way to appease the Divine Beast on your own. If you truly are a Champion, perhaps you will be able to enter Naboris and calm its anger.

Buliara: Lady Riju! I don't see how you can trust a complete stranger with something as important as this task. Perhaps if this person were first to prove his worth by recovering your stolen Thunder Helm...

Riju: Ah yes... An interesting suggestion. You see, there is only one thing in all of Hyrule that can withstand the lighting from Naboris. The Thunder Helm, a family heirloom and relic of the Gerudo. But as Buliara says, it was stolen from us.

Buliara: You needn't worry, Lady Riju. If he truly is a Champion, this should be an easy task for him. Our soldiers can tell you all you need to know about the thieves who stole lady Riju's heirloom. Head through this arch. It will lead you to the barracks. Then, seek out Captain Teake, and ask for a full report.

Riju: Without my heirloom, you'll never be able to approach Naboris. Heh, you know... I take heart in having such a rare visitor as yourself. Lady Urbosa must be looking out for us.

Buliara: If you are looking for Lady Riju, she's on the second floor. Normally people aren't allowed into her sleeping quarters, but she has given you permission it seems... Be on your best manners. If she deems you a disturbance to her, it will not end well for you.

Riju: I've been waiting for you... Oh, you needn't say a word. As the chief of the Gerudo, I can sense the power of the heirloom flowing from you. I know that you've succeed! I am, as you have no doubt noticed, still but a child. The people look on me with nothing but warmth in their eyes, but even this brings me some pain, I must admit... I'vetried so hard to be worthy of their love, to be a worthy chief... and to prove to myself that I was worthy, too. When my family heirloom was stolen, I felt as though a shadow had fallen over me... Yes, your arrival in the midst of all this must be the work of Lady Urbosa... Now, please give me the helm.

Riju: Um. How do I look? What's wrong? You're just staring... Anyway, what matters now is... is it?!

Link: It looks good!

Riju: I see... The threat of Divine Beast Vah Naboris poses has only grown since we began searching for the heirloom. I believe that Gerudo Town itself may be in danger before too long... As chief, and as a Gerudo, I must find some way to stop that thing before it threatens my people. Will you help me?

Link: Of course!

Riju: Heheh, who would have thought, just before such a momentous battle... hearing a simple, confident pledge of support from you would be what puts me at ease? I'll head out now. Let's meet up at the lookout post south of town. There's only one way to get close to Naboris, and that's with the help of a Sand Seal. The lookout post isn't too far from town, but you should take a sand seal there. You can get some practice in that way. I'll be there waiting for you with my favorite sand seal, Patricia. Still... It really is a little big...

Riju: What a sight. Divine Beast Vah Naboris is pretty intimidating... If we want to get close enough to that thing, we'll need sand seals.

Link: Of course!

Riju: Feeling confident? Good. Let's get going, then! First, we'll use the sand seals to get in really close to that thing. I'll take the lead. I'm counting on you to shoot at its feet with bomb arrows. Naboris draws energy from the ground to keep moving. If you damage the feet, I think you can stop it. Those lightning strikes, though... Getting hit even once could prove fatal. The Thunder Helm can repel the lighting strikes, protecting me from harm. But it can also shield a limited area around me... You'll have to stay close if you don't want to be shocked. And listen... If you're too injured to keep fighting, promise me you'll retreat here, to the lookout post. Don't do anything reckless under any circumstances. Here are some Gerudo Bomb Arrows. There aren't many, so be sure to put them to good use. This is the last time I ask... Are you ready?

Link: Of course!

Riju: Could you give me a bit of room, just for a moment? My Name is Riju, descendant of the royal line and leader of the Gerudo people! Wioth the power of the heirloom passed down in my family, I shall calm the Divine Beast Vah Naboris. Ancestors of the Gerudo! Answer my call! Aid me in this task! Oh, wow! I can feel their power coursing through me! Let's move! Lady Urbosa... Please grant Link and me your protection...

Riju: Unfortunately, I cannot appease Naboris on my own. I have no choice but to entrust the rest to you. Don't let us down, Link.

Thunder Helm[edit]

Riju: Becalm yourself, Buliara. You...desire this helm?

Link: I want it!

Riju: I see... And yet, despite the great debt we owe you, I cannot just give you such a precious thing to you... But you ARE up against the enemy of Lady Urbosa ... And if you truly desire it, then perhaps I can lend it to you...

Link: Yes! Lend it to me!

Riju: Well then, let's see how serious you are. This helm is a cultural treasure. to earn it, you must gain the trust of our people. I want you to address their concerns and bring resolute peace to our town.

Riju: We already know that you are powerful. But you can't solve all of my people's problems with power alone.

Riju: I have heard of your recent actions. You have returned smiles to the faces of my people... On behalf of all Gerudo, I must offer you my heartfelt thanks. Sarqso. You are, from this moment on, a true friend of the Gerudo! And if it can help a true friend in need, we will gladly lend you this sacred treasure. I know that you, more than any other, will be able to use this Thunder Helm to its fullest potential... I believe you can unlock the power of Urbosa that lies within.