|First playthrough commentary: Part 10|
72 hours in so far... 56 shrines and 90-something korok seeds...
There's a lot of birds flying around that sakura tree mountaintop... I think that mysterious light that came from here only shows up at night.
I went to this little plateau with a perpetual thunderstorm cloud overtop of it... solved the orb puzzle to reveal the shrine, and then the shrine itself contains a very hard puzzle with a bunch of bombable blocks and a big metal block... to get the chest (which just has an opal), I tried a bunch of really crazy strats trying to get to it, until finally I managed to get to it by carefully pushing some of the blocks around so that I could barely jump across... doesn't even seem like that was the intended method.
Found Serenne Stable... North of here is some huge snowy plains on, on the west side of the Hebra region.
Northeast of here, past Mount Drena... there's some perpetually dark ruins.
These 3 NPCs have a sidequest where I need to find and take pictures of the 3 Leviathan skeletons found in Eldin, Hebra, and Gerudo Desert.
After doing a few sidequests, I went back to the desert and attempted the Yiga HQ again, and finally figured out just needed to burn the curtains with fire to find the secret entrance... A gerudo is imprisoned here. The Yiga guards patrolling this hideout are very strong... I snuck past them by distracting them with bananas.
After retrieving the Thunder Helm, I went back into the hideout... it's now completely empty, and I can raid the place for a ton of loot/rupees.
I also went to labyrinth that I noticed on the map... I also saw one of these in Akalla, but didn't go to it yet. It's a maze of huge walls that you can just barely climb over... if you wander through the bottom of the maze you find a bit of loot and enemies... This labyrinth feels kind of like the Zelda 1 maze dungeons, except without any locked doors or stairways.
And then I found this really cool area with statues of the 7 Gerudo heroines all arranged in a circle.