Old Wayfarer

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The Old Wayfarer is a character in Phantom Hourglass.[2]


The Old Wayfarer is an old man who resides in a small house at Bannan Island. He is the writer of the "Wayfarer's Words" found on Molida Island, which tells of his adventures to the Isle of Gust.[3][4][5][6] The Old Wayfarer has a wife and a son named Romanos, who both live on Molida Island. However, he had left his family the year before to explore uncharted islands.[7] This angered his son Romanos, which is why he refuses to work.[8] Romanos expresses annoyance towards his father's lust for adventure, and will snap at Link if he asks about the Isle of Gust.[9] Inside his true hideaway, the Old Wayfarer left a message inside his journal for Romanos.[10] He apologizes for how he treated his family,[11] and explains that he has dedicated his life to learning more about the Ghost Ship and its victim's fates.[12] He tells Romanos to care for his mother if he does not return, and asks for his son's forgiveness.[13] The Old Wayfarer can be found inside the S.S. Wayfarer during the game's trading sequence, where he gives Link the Swordsman's Scroll in exchange for a Wood Heart.[14]

The Old Wayfarer seems to have an obsession with mermaids.[15] Link can lead Joanne, a fake mermaid,[16] to the Old Wayfarer, and will be given the Fishing Rod.[17][18] The Old Wayfarer originally had the Fishing Rod to catch a mermaid, but he gives it to Link now that he no longer needs it.[19]


Names in Other Regions
マーメイド・ハンター (Māmeido Hantā)[21]Mermaid Hunter
Vieux Voyageur[25]Old Traveler
The French Republic
Vieil aventurier[23]Old adventurer
The Federal Republic of Germany
Alten Romantikers[22]Old Romantic
The Italian Republic
Latin America
Viejo Aventurero[24]Old Adventurer
The Kingdom of Spain
Viejo trotamundos[26]Old globetrotter
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  1. "Do you know the Old Wayfarer who lives on Bannan Island? He buried something nice in front of his hut! Strange old men do strange things..." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 282
  3. "Wayfarer's Words, No. 1 I tried sailing through the foggy passage to the north sea. Tried and failed. I found myself sailing back to the same point, so I abandoned my voyage..." — Wayfarer's Words (Phantom Hourglass)
  4. "Wayfarer's Words, No. 2 I made my way through the fog to the north sea, where I first spied the island! What a place, ravaged by winds! How could I name it anything but Isle of Gust..." — Wayfarer's Words (Phantom Hourglass)
  5. "Wayfarer's Words, No. 3 But the Isle of Gust was only one of the many islands beyond that foggy passage. I will see them all! It's my life's dream! It's the only way to live!" — Wayfarer's Words (Phantom Hourglass)
  6. "Wayfarer's Words No. 4 What a discovery! On the Isle of Gust, a temple reached into the sky itself! But a temple to what? For whom? My curiosity must be satisfied..." — Wayfarer's Words (Phantom Hourglass)
  7. "...My husband...called that place the Isle of Gust. He used to talk about how he had visited that island. My husband...was once content as a fisherman, until he left this place. He sought uncharted lands. At least that's what he said when he finally left... The last time we saw him was over a year ago..." — Maronie (Phantom Hourglass)
  8. "...But that boy hasn't worked in a long time either. He's peeved at his dad, I think." — Romanos's Mother (Phantom Hourglass)
  9. "What?! You want to travel to the Isle of Gust?!... All this endless babbling about living with a lust for adventure. Can that put food on the table? Can that make your family happy?... Sorry to unload all that on you, kid. It's just that my dad used to say lots about his own way to explore. And I got fed up with him." — Romanos (Phantom Hourglass)
  10. "To my son, Romanos. If you're reading these words, you have found my true hideaway..." — Old Wayfarer's Journal (Phantom Hourglass)
  11. "... Know that I'm truly sorry for putting you and your mother through so much... I'm well aware I'm the world's worst father, leaving you both behind..." — Old Wayfarer's Journal (Phantom Hourglass)
  12. "There's so much about the world I don't understand. Such as why the Ghost Ship appears and steals people. Where do its victims go? I have decided to dedicate my life to finding out the answers..." — Old Wayfarer's Journal (Phantom Hourglass)
  13. "If I fail to return, please take care of your mother. And please forgive me..." — Old Wayfarer's Journal (Phantom Hourglass)
  14. "I recently got my hands on something extremely interesting... Unfortunately, I do not have it with me right now. I left it at home... It is in a large treasure chest, however... You really can't miss it! You may have it as a gift for the wood heart. Use it as you please!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  15. "So, go on... tell me! Did you find...it?... You came to this distant island in search of the elusive beast... The mystical creature that bewitches sailors from the waters of this island... You came in search of the mythical mermaid, right? In my search for the mystical creature, the mermaid... I sacrificed many of life's pleasures...friends, family, good snacks...I gave it all up to search for the mermaid..." — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  16. "Maybe I'm wearing my mergirl costume, but I'm still me." — Joanne (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "Haha! I finally met the mermaid of my dreams! Never would I have dreamed the mermaid would come to ME! You had a hand in this, young man, so I want to give you this!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  18. "You got the fishing rod! Tap Fish from the menu while sailing to use it." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  19. "I had that fishing rod made so I could hook the mythical mermaid, but... I obviously don't need it anymore...so you can have it!" — Old Wayfarer (Phantom Hourglass)
  20. "~Casa del sognatore~" — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, Italian localization)
  21. "~マーメイド・ハンターの家~" — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, Japanese localization)
  22. "~Haus des alten
    " — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, German localization)
  23. "~Chez le vieil aventurier~" — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, European French localization)
  24. "~Casa del
    Viejo Aventurero~
    " — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, Latin American Spanish localization)
  25. "~Maison du
    Vieux Voyageur~
    " — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, Canadian French localization)
  26. "~Cabaña del
    viejo trotamundos~
    " — Sign (Phantom Hourglass, European Spanish localization)