mysteries-of-hyrule-the-flood

When Wind Waker was first introduced to the fans, the first reaction was wanton outrage over the graphics.  However, a much more subtle debate took the stage not long after that.  It was around this time when it seemed like Nintendo truly started becoming interesting in hooking all of the Zelda titles into some cohesive narrative, most notably because the very existence of this game seemed to contradict the flow of Ocarina of Time’s story leading to A Link to the Past.  Sure enough, the fan speculation of there being two timelines was hinted at by the developers themselves, creating the Child and Adult Timelines (though ironically the Child timeline then is the Decline timeline now).

The flooding of Hyrule, in a single stroke, changed the face of Hyrule in a way that no other story has been able to replicate.  For that matter, the games in the Adult timeline have this marked difference that makes them distinct from every other game in the other timelines.  And yet, there are still so many mysteries about the flood that remain unsolved.  Today, we’re diving down beneath the great blue seas in order to find out what really happened in The Wind Waker.

Defying the Triforce's LegacyThis image was created by Karlen Tam and can be found here.

The Triforce is perhaps the cornerstone upon which most of the Hyrulean legendis built upon.  Those three sacred triangles seem to crop up in so many games, always causing a significant amount of trouble whenever they crop up, and it’s not hard to see why.  The Triforce itself is the very legacy of the golden goddesses, a symbol of the power, wisdom, and courage by which they wrought their newly created land of Hyrule.  It was signed with the essences of their magic, bestowing it the perfect granting of their owner’s wish in kind with the strength of the wish.  And lastly, the Triforce was placed in the most sacred and holiest of places, set atop a pedestal so that it might fuel the world with life and vigor so that the land might never perish.

Who wouldn’t want such a relic for their own?

And yet, it turns out that this was the ever so subtle problem in what otherwise seemed an otherwise beautiful plan.  That the Triforce seemed so very omnipotent made it inherently desirable.  That it was desirable meant that it would only be a matter of time that someone with malevolent intent would reach his or her bony fingers towards it.  And yet, the Triforce was established in such a way so as not to care who it was that touched its golden surface first.

The Triforce will grant the wishes in the heart and mind of the person who touches it.  If a person with a good heart touches it, it will make his good wishes come true.   If an evil-hearted person touches it, it grants his evil wishes.  The stronger the wish, the power powerful the Triforce’s expression of that wish.    (Essence of the Triforce, A Link to the Past)

Well, fine.  Maybe that’s the way the goddesses had intended it to be all along?  That seems a reasonable plausibility, really.  In the real world, religious scholars have for years been struggling to answer and deal with the harsh truth of why bad things happen to good people.  One reasonable conclusion is that, if we were all forced to be good and thus live in a world only capable of providing goodness, life would be meaningless or uninteresting at the very least.  Or perhaps the goddesses were merely curious to see what the various races they created would do when left to bask in the uncaring power of the Triforce.  Perhaps they were like the Greek gods, playing an elaborate game of chess with humans as their pawns, or perhaps they had just dropped the microphone on their way out as they wandered off to go create another world.  Such are things we will probably never know; I doubt we’ll ever see Nintendo penning meta-theological treatises within their Zelda franchise.

No matter the explanation, the Triforce was designed to cut both ways, to allow good to banish evil just as evil could eradicate good.  And surely, as the emblem of the goddesses, it must represent their wishes.

Yet when Ganondorf breaks out of the Dark World née Sacred Realm with the Triforce of Power upon his wrist to besiege Hyrule Castle, pummeling at the walls until their strength is all but spent, something interesting happens.

The goddesses change their mind and answer the prayers of one Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.

Once, long ago, this land of Hyrule was turned into a world of shadows by Ganon, who sought to obtain the power of the gods for his own evil ends.  My power alone could not stop the fiend, and our only choice was to leave the fate of the kingdom in the hands of the gods.  When the gods heard our pleas, they chose to seal away not only Ganon, but Hyrule itself.  And so, with a torrential downpour of rains from the heavens, our fair kingdom was soon buried beneath the waves, forgotten at the bottom of the ocean.  (Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, The Wind Waker)

Now unless you count the three Oracles as direct intervention by the golden goddesses, this single event marks the only time that Din, Farore, and Nayru have directly altered the course of Hyrule’s human history, overriding the influence of their own creation the Triforce and changing the very face of Hyrule with the flood.

Why?  If the goddesses were willing to intervene here and now to save Hyrule, why would they create a Triforce which allowed for the provision that evil might conquer good when one corrupt soul destroys the bearers of the other two crests?

One possibility that’s low-hanging fruit is that the absence of the Hero of Time placed the world in a state of imbalance between power, wisdom, and courage that the goddesses thought it necessary to declare a necessary ceasefire until Farore got her act together and selected a new soul to be the hero.  And while that sounds remarkably legitimate, remember the Triforce is designed such that evil could win, in essence creating an even worse imbalance amongst the three.

Sadly, Hyrule Historia is no use to us here as it merely parrots the events of what happened without explaining any of the rationales.  Ultimately, I think there’s a much more likely idea that might cause the three goddesses to panic, but that requires us to go back in time and figure out what happened in the ending of Ocarina of Time.

The Lost Triforce

If you really think about the three-way split ending of Ocarina of Time for more than five minutes, you quickly come to the realization that it doesn’t make all that much sense.  Or if it does make sense, it’s ultimately pretty pointless.  If Ganondorf manages to kill Link, the Seven Sages go into Plan-B mode and decide that the only way to stop Ganondorf and his now fully operational Triforce-station is to seal him in the Sacred Realm and hope he wished for something stupid.  Yet even if Link manages to beat Ganondorf (followed by Ganon), Ganon’s Triforce of Power doesn’t show any signs of stopping, so they just seal him in the same place anyway.  Thanks, guys.  Maybe you could have done that at the beginning of the boss fight instead?

And following that, when Zelda is talking to Link in their little sacred place after the fight, Zelda decides that she’s going to right all of her wrongs in her effort to maintain control over the Sacred Realm by sending Link back through time in order to regain his lost years.  Unsaid by the original game and Hyrule Historia, it also seems to be a desperate attempt perhaps to undo all of the turmoil Hyrule faced and erase the scar Ganondorf’s evil rule left upon Hyrule.  So when Link gets back, he immediately goes to see Zelda to report what will happen if Ganondorf is not stopped (Hyrule Historia 110).  As a result, Ganondorf is arrested and sentenced to die before he is able to attack Hyrule Castle in order to snatch Zelda’s ocarina.

Yet, as fate would have it, Ganondorf doesn’t actually need to open the Door of Time to gain the Triforce of Power.  Through some mysterious twist of fate, it’s granted to him, allowing him to escape execution at the Arbiter’s Grounds, thus ending up with him being (you guessed it) sealed away.  So much for that wistful idea of going back in time to prevent Ganondorf from getting the Triforce.   Thanks, Zelda.

But how does Ganondorf manage to obtain the Triforce of Power in the backstory to Twilight Princess?  The Sacred Realm was inaccessible, so the Triforce should have been safe, right?  Hyrule Historia, thankfully, opens the only real explanation that makes sense.

Upon his return [to his childhood], Link wasted no time in making for Hyrule Castle courtyard.  There, he found Princess Zelda watching Ganondorf, just as she had been when they first met.

Link warned Princess Zelda of what the future would bring.  Hearing his words, the princess entrusted the Ocarina of Time to Link and instructed him to travel far away in order to prevent Ganondorf from entering the Sacred Realm.

Just then, the mark of the Triforce of Courage on the back of Link’s hand began to glow.  (110)

So there Link is, at essentially the beginning of the first act of Ocarina of Time, practically reliving memories he’s already experienced.  But yet this time there’s this gigantic M. Night Shyamalan-shaped twist that gets thrown into the loop:  Link has the Triforce of Courage already.  Wait a minute!  That didn’t happen seven years ago!  Where did that come from?  What’s going on here?

And if that’s not enough to believe, not three pages later, Hyrule Historia mentions that Ganondorf is in possession of the Triforce of Power.  However, this is despite the fact that “Ganondorf did not enter the Sacred Realm or lay his hands on the completed Triforce” (113).  Well, that means that it’s not Ganondorf’s fault he ended up with the Triforce.  So is this just one big goof up?

Not according to Nintendo; in fact, the truth is all the more sinister.  The explanation of how this all came to be comes in the very next sentence:  “Link returning from the future bearing the Triforce of Courage made it so that Ganondorf was unable to consolidate the omnipotent power of the Triforce within himself” (113).

Let that sink in.  Link, having earned the Triforce from seven years in the future, was sent back in time to his childhood.  But he was sent to his childhood with the Triforce of Courage still in his possession, and he retains control of that Triforce when he gets back.  However, as a result, that means that the one of the Triforces have been divvied up to Farore’s chosen, so it’s only fair if the same happens to Din’s and Nayru’s chosen as well.  And that means, you guessed it, Ganondorf immediately gets the Triforce of Power and Zelda gets the Triforce of Wisdom.  In one instant heartbeat, history has once again repeated.  Zelda, in a moment of naïveté, thinks she has full control of the Sacred Realm and the fate of an alternate timeline as she sends Link back through time.  Not only does she almost cause the ruination of the Hyrule that is yet to be, she almost jeopardizes the entirety of her kingdom in this newly created, separate timeline.

Timeline Transcendence

But there’s a missing piece to the puzzle here, quite literally.  If Link came back with the Triforce of Courage, wouldn’t there be two Triforces of Courage in the Child timeline?  That seems… decidedly not good, I would imagine.  That would also technically leave no Triforce of Courage in the Adult timeline.  That seems even worse.  Also contradictory.

But it’s at this point that all of our evidence is exhausted.  There are no more quotations to really help us uncover the solution to this paradox.  So, all we can do is make some educated conjectures.

We know that a Triforce of Courage eventually has to wind up back in the Adult timeline by the time The Wind Waker rolls around.  But what’s interesting about the Triforce then is that it’s been broken up into eight pieces and scattered around Hyrule (and sealed in nice little chests).  But we never see Link do that before being sent back in Ocarina of Time; for that matter, Link doesn’t actually have the time to do that; and really, Link didn’t do it because he brought the Triforce of Courage back to the past.  So if it wasn’t Link who left his Triumph Forks all over the place, who did?

I’m going to toss out a wild and crazy idea that it was done by the only person who had the power to possibly do it:  Farore herself.

The situation is pretty straightforward; one timeline doesn’t have any Triforce of Courage, while another one has two when it should only have one.  So, the simple answer to the problem is that only someone who had the power to bend reality, space, and time itself could inject a new Triforce of Courage into the Adult timeline while simultaneously solving the duplicate Triforce problem.  And furthermore, the lack of a Triforce of Courage maintaining balance in Hyrule is a perfectly good reason for the goddesses to intervene in human affairs since the Triforce has officially malfunctioned and cannot perform the acts that the goddesses originally created it to serve.

This theory seems to be in harmony with the mission that the King of Red Lions was tasked with during the course of the game.  The King of Hyrule, as Hyrule Historia mentions, “was sealed along with his kingdom” (123).  However, more specifically, he was put into stasis along with the rest of the creatures who were invading Hyrule Castle at the moment of the goddesses’ action.  “King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, ordered by the gods to put an end to Ganondorf’s ambitions, awoke from his slumber…, and he began searching for the new Hero and the descendent of the royal family” (124).  This summarily explains how the King of Hyrule not only has lived so many years despite not having any complete Triforce in his possession; it even explains how he became “unsealed” later on, able to influence the world above the waves (unlike Ganondorf, who must have punctured through the seal with raw power).

It also could explain why the goddesses ordered him to stop Ganondorf machinations, defying the otherwise neutral stance of their own Triforce; if Ganondorf were at risk to conquer the world with only one of the two other Triforces in play, the epic battle could not turn out in a way that favored the goddesses’ ultimate intent.

And the turning point of the whole plot seems to pivot upon Link going to the Tower of the Gods and becoming the new hero and savior of this world as “it is up to the gods to deem whether his courage is true” (Jabun, Wind Waker).  The goddesses’ intervention, the flooding of Hyrule, and the reanimation of the King of Hyrule:  all of it boils down to the goddesses attempting to re-kick into motion the unfinished battle that Ocarina of Time left unresolved while simultaneously fixing the tragic mistake that Princess Zelda made hundreds of years ago.  They needed a hero, and with two of the Triforce’s pieces claimed, they had to find someone worthy of receiving the third in accordance, which had to be chosen by none other than Farore herself.

To Be Continued…

The article I wrote to cover the flood turned out to be so long that I decided it best to split this feature into two separate articles, especially since I ended up covering two very different mysteries from The Wind Waker‘s flood story.  We’ve covered the goddesses’ intervention in the backstory for TWW and also took a deep dive into the nature of the Triforce as seen in the ending of The Ocarina of Time, but next time on Mysteries of Hyrule, we’ll be taking a look at some of the people living in this newly flooded world.  It’s a question of blood and a question of evolution.  We’re going to look the secret mystery behind the Rito.

Until next week, may the way of the Hero lead to the Triforce.

  • I always thought that the Goddesses purposely evolved the Rito into the furthest thing away from the sea so that they couldn't find New Hyrule.

  • Nick

    Personally I like to think that there’s kind of a natural law that happens with the Triforce. In Homestuck, there are things called JuJus that can, even with all sorts of time shenanigans, only be one, as they will always cancel another out. I think what happens is that there can only be one of any Triforce so when Link hopped the timeline, it could not leave with him. So instead it shattered and stayed behind, yet he still had one when he made it to the child timeline, because it was only fair that he’d keep it so he got the Triforce of courage from the new timeline, and because of that the Triforce split itself and went to new owners, which would explain why in Twilight Princess Ganondorf and Zelda have triforce pieces without ever having shown to have been to the Sacred Realm. But, Nintendo isn’t exactly a story company, it’s a game company, so I doubt they spend alot of time discussing fantasy physics from games that were made years ago, unfortunately.

    • The Doc

      I'm surprised at the number of Homestucks on a Zelda site.
      Surprised in a good way, although I feel bad for not adding anything insightful to this post,

  • qguy

    "I doubt we’ll ever see Nintendo penning meta-theological treatises within their Zelda franchise." Yes, but still that would be SO BAD-ASS :D!!!

  • Donny

    I took it as possession of a piece of the triforce transcends the temporal plain. Like, if Link brought the triforce of courage back with him then it only existed with him, not in the sacred realm. Using that logic, Ganondorf and Zelda had their pieces in the past upon Link's arrival because they were never returned to the pedestal in the sacred realm in the future.
    Now, Link and Zelda were not immortal like Ganondorf was, so when they died their pieces took a more corporeal form, which allows one to be dismantled and all that.

  • Invinciburu

    I often fantasize about a Zelda game happening between OoT and tWW in which, at the end, Ganondorf wins and (a new) Link dies. First of all, it seems fair that sometimes, evil wins but it would also explains why the flood happens. However, if Ganondorf gets Link, it makes no sense to find the Triforce of Courage shattered in tWW. Then, one can think that Zelda (or anyone else but she did it with the Triforce of Wisdom in tLoZ so it would be more likely to be her) manage to flee with Link's corpse, shatter his Triforce in eight pieces and hide it so that Ganon never can find the complete Triforce of Courage.
    Also, you write that "Ganondorf is arrested and sentenced to die before he is able to attack Hyrule Castle in order to snatch Zelda’s ocarina" which is not clear at all. Indeed, many theorists think that OoT's Temple of Time and TP's Temple of Time are the same (I don't have HH with me so I can't back up what I say, sorry). And they explain that the ruins around the Master Sword in TP are the ruins of OoT's Hyrule Castle resulting from Ganondorf's raid. So, yes, he did not get Zelda's ocarina but it is believed that he attacked Hyrule Castle.

  • Echon

    I always thought that the Triforce of Courage shattered and spread itself through Hyrule when Zelda sent Link back, but since Link was coming back through time via the Sacred Realm and the Temple of Time, he sort of picked up the Triforce of Courage without knowing it, sending the other pieces to Ganondorf and Zelda.

    • That's not what the King of Red Lions says.

      • Echon

        "Once, long ago, he defeated Ganon and brought peace to the Kingdom of Hyrule… A piece of the Triforce was given to the Hero of Time and he kept it safe, much as Zelda kept hers. That sacred piece is known as the Triforce of Courage. When the Hero of Time was called to embark on another journey and left the land of Hyrule, he was separated from the elements that made him a hero. It is said that at that time, the Triforce of Courage was split into eight shards and hidden throughout the land." — King of Red Lions

        Do you mean this quote? (I'm not really sure here….) If you're thinking of when Link left and ended up in Termina, there's no way the King of Red Lions could've known about the events of another timeline outside of his own. The moment Link "was called to embark on another journey and left the land of Hyrule" was when Zelda returned him to the past. Obviously, Link is known as the Hero of Time to the people of Wind Waker, but the legends says the people waited for the Hero, turning the gods only when he failed to appear. When the King says that the Hero 'left the land of Hyrule', I'm left wondering if Princess Zelda only told people that Link was called to journey elsewhere in the world (in their present) rather than saying that she sent Link back through time to his childhood.

        • johnwordsmith

          On one hand that's a reasonable inferrance, but on the other it says he was seperated from the 'elements that made him a hero'. Elements as in plural, indicating multiple traits within Link that were lost. Courage may have been one of them but it doesn't quite explain the others. I believe this is simply referring to him returning to a childhood state. In terms of what he knows there are different areas of memory and just because Link is aware of what will happen(his past) that doesn't mean Link also keeps the skill and understanding he obtained as an adult. A hero isn't just someone with good intentions and this could merely be stating he lost the capabilites he had as an adult. Meanwhile Ganondorf would have no notable difference on strength or skill and the way the timeline was affected could result in him accelerating his plans. Links memory of the other timeline wouldn't be much help once events have diverted.

    • Guest

      I thought the same; that is implied heavily, I thought, if not explicitly said. Makes me want to play the game again.

  • Nathkt1

    I always thought that in Ocarina of time that the bearers of the triforce crest did not actually have their part of the triforce but were worthy of it and "tied" to its power. The physical possession can only take place once the sacred realm has been breached. This solves the problem of the lost triforce as the triforce was never physically removed from a timeline. This also solves the issue of why the triforce was accessed by Gannondorf. In the original timeline, the triforce was dormant, totally sealed in the sacred realm. In the child timeline, Link had already been deemed worthy of the triforce and as such was tied to the triforce of courage. This link to the triforce stirred the other pieces of the triforce and caused them to be linked to those most worthy.

  • Gapperman6

    I don't really know much about theories for this series, but I honestly don't know where you learned that the Goddesses are able to bend time. I've always imagined that they live in the present much like any mortals. The Triumph Forks may have instead been broken up and placed in the chests by the Goddess of Time. The Goddess of Time has only been mentioned by name a few times in the whole series, but it is entirely possible that she may have been the one to "fix" the problem with there being no triforces in the future.

    • Farore's Wind

      In my mind, since the golden goddesses created the universe, they live outside it, and are thus not affected by time

      • Gapperman6

        If the golden goddesses exist outside of time, then how do they view the events of the series? Would it all be simultaneous, or would they look over the events of different games, one at a time? What if they watch over what's going on in the order of the games that have been released? What if we are the golden goddesses, and we are the ones who, by supporting the first game, allowed the Zelda universe to exist? What if they are hinting at us, the player, the person who is making Link become a hero, being some sort of deity in the game universe?

  • Farore's Wind

    I believe that when link was sent back to his childhood by zelda, the Triforce of courage he held grew unstable and split itself into 8 pieces, and scattered. Once link got back to his childhood, the child timeline's triforce escaped from the closing gate to the sacred realm and reclaimed their individual hosts that their alternate selves had.

    • Farore's Wind

      I also think the triforce of courage's reaperence on link's had symbolises that they were now living in an alternate timeline

  • zelda fan

    This is complicated 🙁

  • some dude

    i dunno, i think a more simple explanation is that the two tri-force of courage worked kinda like a magnet with the same poles being pushed together. since he had "a hold" of one, it pushed the other away back to the other timeline with enough force to shatter it.

    • Triguy123

      Oh, so that's why that red angel symbol is only on the Hilyan Shield in oOt!

  • Craig

    The Triforce isn’t bound by Time – it’s in the Sacred Realm, like it’s own pocket dimension of the same world. So, if Link earned the Triforce of Courage, it will always stay with him.

  • Zeldafan99

    Wait! when link brings the triforce back with him, the already existing one becomes the anti-triforce, aka: the tetra-force! *MIND BLOWN*
    (NOTE: this is a joke, not a real theory!)

  • nice picture. that chirlden was Rito into the furthest thing away from the sea

  • LordBane

    Being that the triforce is an artifact of divine power, i don't think it is unreasonable that its presence inside a person could have very far reaching consequences. When he is sent back at the end of Ocarina, the mark on his hand could possibly be a remnant of the power that once existed inside him, like a scar of sorts. He may still have access to some of its power, but it wouldn't be a fraction of what it once was. Power like that rarely just leaves a person. This is just a personal theory, but it would explain the presence of the triforce shards in WW, while also justifying the triforce glows at the end of Ocarina.

  • linkdude64

    Great analysis, dude. Whether it’s correct or not, at least it’s fun! Just like the games! 🙂

  • johnwordsmith

    Well the triforce of Courage isn't merely a physical item but rather has a physical incarnation which represents its power(otherwise mortals would have a hard time perceiving it's existance). I see no reason to assume that the Triforce itself is bound by time. I think that having earnt it and looping back to the past Link kept the Courage it had given him, but not any artifact that represents it.

    The thing is, even knowing how events should have transpired, Link's intervention in the past could easily have made things go drastically wrong. Isn't there a time in OoT where Ganon coud have killed Link but doesn't bother? Could be that Ganon had been too arrogant in that time line but somehow works out that the Link he is now fighting has travelled back and having this realisation fast tracks his plans in such a way that throws the new timeline on a tangent. Link may not understand the implications of this, expecting certain things to happen, but Ganon uses this to his advantage and thus things get so bad that Link is either defeated or simply unable to stop him.

    Which brings us to how the Triforce of Courage was shattered and scattered. I agree that Farore would be the only one capable of doing this. I don't necesarily think the Triforce was intended for evil as much as for good. I mean it's out of balance, isn't it? Courage and Wisdom are both virtues and Power is simply potential; while it corrupts Ganon it's not an inherantly evil quality. So if anything, the Triforce itself is a force of goodness. While Ganon and the evil he represents may be required to test and to challenge Link, Zelda and other Hyrulians across time. I don't think the Goddess's actually want it to be used to evil. They simply want their creations to protect goodness and earn the fruits of their labour. Saying the Triforce was only able to make good wishes would give no conflict and while conflict can have terrible consequences it is also one the greatest things for building chracter, particularly in regards to traits such as Courage and Wisdom.

  • C.Stevo22

    Separated from all the elements that made him a hero, like in MM when he was turned into a deku? Leaving the world where he became a hero, leaving it to its fate instead of staying as he thought all trouble was over and went searching for his friend, he could not take the triforce with him thus it shattered into 8 pieces across the land. Just my take

  • Bateman.22

    I agree with C.Stevo22. link couldnt have had the triforce of courage in MM. he totally left hyrule and the goddesses in a different world.

  • Nindgod

    This is a solid article, and it raises a question that I believe Nintendo has to answer if it ever hopes to bring credibility to the Zelda timeline — what exactly happened during that flood, and will we get to play it out in a future Zelda title?

  • Peter

    Wow, this is a really interesting article!

  • LSN

    I have always thought that each Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf/Ganon were simply reincarnations of past Zeldas, Links, and Ganondorfs. So if they were true reincarnations, they would each al ways contain the piece of triforce that their former selves ascertained, or it was destiny to ascertain that piece of the triforce. Such as Farore will always guide Link, her piece of triforce (courage) in some way or another. Otherwise I think each game, unless explicitly mentioned as a continuation of some sort, is its own story; they don’t becessarily need to relate, but have a few continuous themes throughout each game (such as the triforce), sort of like Final Fantasy games. Like how would you relate Spirit Tracks to Twilight Pincess? It isn’t going to. Just an offer, I could just need to play more.

  • LoZ Nerd

    Maybe the Triforce is in all timelines at once? Meaning, the Triforce of Courage that Link had was the one from the past, the current and the one he acquired when he awoken after being asleep those 7 years or so. *shrugs*

    Never know if the Triforce can transcend space and time its self.

  • kat

    actually it's already been explained in one of the first 3 games, my brain is a little rusty as to which. The triforce can not leave Hyrule, when the hero leaves he loses it, automatically. So when child link leaves for termina searching for a old friend, the triforce shattered. which i believe nintendo will find a way to put links awakening in that line for it all to make sense.

  • I've always considered the sign of the Triforce on the Chosen as a representation of the attainment of the ideal state of each aspect and proof of being Chosen. While that does grant some abilities its not the same as being in position of the corresponding piece of the Triforce itself. (Going back to LoZ Link has the mark prior to searching for the 8 pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom) Therefore a character channeling some power of their Chosen aspect isn't the same as being in possession of the Triforce piece (or whole)

    Also I would assume that the different timelines are distinct and separate from each other, therefore no contradiction to exist in each timeline as a whole. (Isn't time travel fun!)

  • Cybertoxia

    Maybe the Triforce is just like the Goddesses themselves in wich they aren't tied to time like their creations are as some people stated. With that being said, I accept the idea that when Link left Hyrule in search for his beloved friend, the Triforce shattered. That kinda makes the most sense to me. What I'm curious about is Termina… what if they are anti-Triforce? Since there are stones with Tri-forces on their tongues…Just wondering…