I read the manga a few months ago and it wasn't until then did I actually question this. =P In the manga (even thought it's non-cannon) Zelda was actually working for Ganondorf when she was dressed up like Shiek. It wasn't until the Spirit Temple in the manga when she revealed that she was disguised as Shiek so she could help Link, but actually appear to Ganondorf like she was leading him into his trap. Complicated, i know! XD
But since then, that's my opinion on it. Especially since right as she's captured by Ganondorf after giving Link the Light Arrows, that Ganondorf said he let her walk around like that to bring Link out of hiding.
But before all of this, I was thinking the same thing as you. That it was because of Impa. =)
Who was Zelda's attendent her whole life prior to this incident? Impa.
Who did Zelda escape on horseback with when pursued by Ganon? Impa.
Who did she most likely hide out with for those 7 years? Impa.
What was Impa? A Sheikiah, possibly the last one.
While hiding with Impa, what abilities and ways would Zelda most likely have picked up? Those of the Sheikah, of course.
On top of that, if Impa knew that she was the last of her race, that would probably increase her determination to pass on as much of her wisdom as possible to the one person she might be able to trust. Who also happened to be the holder of the Triforce of Wisdom (which likely increased her ability to make use of the Sheikah's unusual knowledge), though Impa may not have known that.
All of what you said is valid for 'why' she was lead to take on a Sheikah disguise.
What bothers me is that its not really a crowd-blending alias to use when hiding from a pursuer for seven years. But maybe Impa and Zelda were going more for the 'hide out in a cave and in the shadows' sort of thing. I know I'd use the former method.
While I don't think that the game depicts every individual in Hyrule, I agree that her plan was more hiding than blending. But I saw a better answer on ZI: Zelda and Impa went to hide in the Hidden Village (the one seen in TP, founded by Impa). There, Zelda would have learned the ways of the Shiekah and eventually be able to stealthily go out into the world and help Link when he woke up.I think they were, actually. Hyrule's population is actually pretty small. There isn't exactly a crowd to blend into, especially after Ganondorf is done with the place 7 years in the future. All the guards are gone, for instance.Retro Ganon said:What bothers me is that its not really a crowd-blending alias to use when hiding from a pursuer for seven years. But maybe Impa and Zelda were going more for the 'hide out in a cave and in the shadows' sort of thing. I know I'd use the former method.