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|“||My, you really are slow. Despite our best efforts, the enemy has only grown stronger. To succeed... we must adjust our strategy. Finally, the two of you can actually be of use - for once in your lives!||„|
|~ Astor betraying the Yiga Clan.|
|“||So, here you all are... All of you despicable pests! I will crush you beneath my heel... That is...MY FATE!||„|
|~ Astor unleashing Harbinger Ganon upon Zelda's forces.|
Astor is the central antagonist of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. He is a mysterious seer in alliance with the Yiga Clan to bring the Calamity to all of Hyrule.
He was voiced by Jonathan Lipow.
Astor has gray skin, purple hair, and brown eyes. He wears a purple cloak with golden outlines on the hood, cape, and belt. He has a circlet on his head resembling a Malice eye. He uses a Malice-infected crystal orb as his weapon.
Underneath his calm demeanor, Astor is a sociopathic sadist who believes himself to be superior to all the other forces of Hyrule. Despite his loyalty to Calamity Ganon, Astor only sees him and his Malice as a tool to make the whole world bow down to him as a god. While allied with the Yiga Clan, he sees them more as dimwitted pawns than actual teammates. After ripping out the souls of a group of footsoldiers for him to take control of the Blight Ganons, he taunts the Yiga for finally having some use to him as blood sacrifices.
Little is known about Astor's origins, other than he grew up in a Hyrule village as a fortune teller. One day, he found a miniature Guardian possessed by the Malice of Calamity Ganon. From the Guardian, Astor learned of the future through a vision it shared, showing Calamity Ganon unleashing the Great Calamity across all of Hyrule. Impressed by the vision foretold to him, Astor joined a cult worshiping Ganon as a god of death that will bring doom to all of Hyrule.
From the Malice leaking from the Guardian, the members of the cult were killed one by one, although Astor showed no concern for his fellow cultists whilst watching Ganon's power in awe. Eventually, he was the only survivor, fueling his belief that he was chosen by Ganon to serve as his messiah. As the pawn of the Harbinger Ganon, Astor allied himself with the Yiga Clan to ensure the future events came true. His goal was to not only bring Ganon back, but also to dispose of all who pose a threat to Ganon's revival according to the prophecy.
In the Yiga Clan Hideout, following the Clan's failed attempt to impersonate Urbosa to seize Zelda, Astor shows Master Kohga and Sooga the future through the Guardian, referring to it as a harbinger, by resonating with it and his magic orb. The image shows Calamity Ganon reforming to spread the Great Calamity. He declares he will not let anything interfere with Ganon's revival. Astor eventually encounters the heroes when they walk through the Lost Woods to reach Deku Forest and seek wisdom from the Great Deku Tree. Astor ambushes them with Malice clones of the Champions called Hollows that defeat Link and were very close to killing Zelda. Fortunately, Link resonates with the nearby Master Sword, and uses it to defeat the hollows and Astor, forcing him to retreat when he saw that he doesn't stand a chance against the warrior possessing the Blade of Evil's Bane.
Back in the Yiga Hideout, Astor observes Zelda repairing the Sheikah Towers. He learns that since the Hyruleans found a way to resonate with the towers using the Sheikah Slate, they would be able to discover the Yiga Clan's hideout and warns Kohga. Kohga asks him what they should do to intercept, to which Astor replies that Ganon will guide them. Using his orb and the harbinger to see another glimpse into the future, Astor tells them that the Harbinger contains the essence of Ganon within it, and boasts that by using it, the whole world will bow to him. Sooga warns him that Ganon is simply a force that cannot be controlled, but Astor ignores his advice.
Eventually, the hideout is exposed and the Yiga are forced to retreat. While Master Kohga and Sooga ponder what else to do by a desert cliff, Astor appears behind them. They are angry that he was not there to assist them. Astor replies that it was simply fate they would eventually be discovered. Sooga lifts the seer by the neck, threatening him that the Yiga could no longer oversee his failures. But Astor warns them that making an enemy out of him will also make an enemy of Ganon. He informs them the Yiga Clan must work with him if they seek to accomplish their goal in the name of Ganon.
Once the Great Calamity arrives, mysterious rifts of time created by Terrako from Princess Zelda's sorrow bring out the future Champions to save the Champions from being killed and the Divine Beasts from falling to the control of the Blight Ganons. Refusing to let the future change, Astor uses his orb to suck out the souls of many Yiga Clan members to revive the Blights, much to Kohga and Sooga's horror. He explains that becoming blood sacrifices would be the best source for the Calamity, mocks the two that they can actually be useful for once in their lives and sends out a hollow Link to take care of them.
While Kohga and Sooga were distracted, Astor ambushes Link, Zelda, and Impa as they attempt to retreat to Fort Hateno. He summons the Blights and orders them to finish them off. Link tries to hold the Blights back, but was quickly overwhelmed. Before they could kill him, Zelda awakens the Triforce within her hand, weakening the Blights enough to defeat them and make their escape, much to Astor's horror.
Knowing they will return, an increasingly desperate Astor takes control over the Malice infected Hyrule Castle in his final plan to take control of all Hyrule. With a final push, Zelda unifies all remaining forces into rallying together to take back the castle, including a redeemed Master Kohga and the Yiga Clan. Astor sends out Harbinger Ganon to destroy them, boasting that stepping his foot in their face was his fate.
Ultimately, both Harbinger Ganon and Astor were defeated. Enraged that they go against his destiny, Astor demands Ganon to devour them all. However, Ganon, fed up with Astor's constant failures, instead consumes him with Malice, absorbing his powers with the Harbinger to grant himself a physical form, an ironic twist to Sooga's warning. By the end, the heroes successfully defeat Ganon and Zelda seals him away.
- Astor bears similarities to the manga incarnations of the Magician and Agahnim as all are followers of Ganon that seek to revive him, but end up being killed by him in the end.
- Astor has a similar appearance to Vaati, another Zelda villain. In fact, before Astor´s name and full appearance were revealed, some fans speculated that Astor was in fact Vaati.