- Note that my choices of singular and plural regarding the chosen ones were done by personal reasoning. It's ambiguous in Japanese.
When one who holds the chosen power appears...
When the chosen ones appear...
Necessarily, one to accomplish the antithesis of that will be born.
They are always born into this world in perfect balance.
That is the fate of those who bear the crests that were awarded by the gods you believe in.
That is the destiny of the chosen. That is the fate decreed by your gods, the only path for those who bear their crests.
Whenever those bearing the crests appear in this world...
When this world brings forth another marked as you are...
An age of bloodshed will come, as often as need be.
Know too, that it shall also be visited by one of my blood.
Do not think everything ends with this...
Do not think this ends here...
Think of this as the beginning of a bloodsmeared history of light and darkness!
The history of light and shadow will be written in blood!
- I think we can safely accept this removed passage as canon. It does nothing but add some more sense to TP.
I haven't come empty-handed though. Here's another passage from TP, what Midna tells the sages before entering the Shadow World:
The Shadow World? they act like it's the otherworld or something? however, that's not so.
Some call our realm a world of shadows, but that makes it sound unpleasant.
In truth it's a beautiful place, calm like the hour of twilight in this world?
The twilight there holds a serene beauty? You have seen it yourself as the sun sets on this world.
住む者は皆 その黄昏の輝きの中で 清らかな心と、穏やかな姿を持っていた?
Everyone living in the glow of that twilight had a pure heart and a gentle appearance?
Bathed in that light, all people were pure and gentle.
But? things changed with the arrival of that evil magic?
But things changed once that power invaded the world.
It was all our fault.
It was all our doing.
Overestimating our power as sages, we attempted to control the evil magic?
We overestimated our abilities as sages and attempted to put an end to Ganondorf's evil magic.
Please, we hope you forgive our carelessness?
I hope you can find it in yourself to forgive our carelessness.
O Twilight Princess.
O Twilight Princess.
What? you knew?
What? So?you knew?
While I am the ruler of my clan, my fleeing disqualifies me to do so!
As a ruler who fled her people, I am hardly qualified to forgive you.
In my world, it has been believed that a hero appears as a divine beast.
In our world we've long believed that the Hero would appear as a divine beast.
That's why when I found Link I thought I could use him.
That's why when I found you I thought I could use you, Link.
So, when I was only going to regain my own world?
And I only cared about returning our world to normal.
I didn't care what happened to the world of light.
I didn't care what happened to the world of light, not at all.
But after meeting Princess Zelda and Link who sacrificed themselves to save the people?
But after witnessing the selfless lengths that Princess Zelda and you have gone to? Your sacrifices?
I now feel, in the bottom of my heart, that I want to save this world.
I now know, in the bottom of my heart, that I must save this world, too. There is no other way.
If only we defeat Zant, we can dissolve the curse cast on me, and return to Zelda her power.
If we can just defeat Zant, the curse on me will dissolve, and we may be able to revive Zelda.
Let's go, Link! For Zelda and the people of this world!
Let's go, Link! For Zelda! For all of this world!
- So that explains why Rusl and Auru (and probably all Hyrulians) think of the Shadow World as being hell - they just don't know any better, with the mirror being kept at an execution place and all.
- Funny how Midna says the Twilis have a gentle appearance... She must be speaking for herself
- The Japanese text shows that the sages only regret abusing the mirror to send Ganondorf into Midna's world, not their attempt at executing him: "control evil magic" vs. "put an end to evil magic".
Firstly this removes any evidence of the divine prank being a punishment for the sages, secondly it is further evidence that the mirror was not used to banish criminals other than the mages and Ganondorf.
- The way the sages address Midna as a princess, 姫君, seems to imply that she does come from the royal family (there have been theories that she was never supposed to be the ruler if it hadn't been for Zant's being greedy).
- Instead of reviving Zelda, they just need to return power to her.