The Triforce mark was not on his hand when he was killed. Then it not only appeared, but it began to resonate. I'd say that's proof. I could take a picture, but I know it happened. I checked before my last post.
That's because he was wearing a glove. Look at Link's hand when he receives the Hero's tunic and you'll see that the mark isn't there either (I could be wrong, I admit). The Triforce mark resonates through the glove.
The gods couldn't stop Ganondorf from enterring the Sacred Realm because they have no power over what they didn't create; Darkness. A virus is never made by the computer itself; it comes from an outside source to attack the computer and destroy what it has made. The computer can only install anti-virus protection software (the power of Light) to fight it when it arises.
Your Jesus analogy presupposes that the gods can do no wrong. We do not know the nature of the gods. However, if they interfered enough to flood the world, then why couldn't they do something stop Ganon from ever entering the Sacred Realm to begin with? These gods aren't holy. Not even close. But there are many explanations which don't involve the gods just handing him the Triforce like you suppose. Besides, I'm not even certain that Ganon has the actual Triforce of Power, although that's another debate. But let's examine the quote for a minute.
For one thing there is nothing in here to even suggest he got his hands on the Triforce. So carefully detailing a scene and leaving out an important part does not help your case. No, Ganon did not get his hands on the Triforce to begin with. That's the spirit of this text. In fact they did not even bring up the Triforce until the end as if it wasn't until that part where they realized that he had it. This is going in sequential order too, so the order is important in this case. And notice how they never say blessed by the gods. The entire game makes allusions that they're chosen by the gods. However, it never entails that the gods simply handed him the Triforce. It seems to say that he was chosen to wield that power, that the power itself was chosen to go to each individual. Again, there are many theories as to why this is the case. Some have even claimed that once Ganon touched the Triforce in the adult timeline, it was meant to go to him in the child timeline. This is interesting because I remember people debating about how in OOT it talked about fate and how Link stopping Ganon in the child timeline stopped what was fated. However, this could simply be fate. There are many theories about it. I'm not really certain that it was the actual Triforce of Power that he received. It would remove all the messiness of him getting the Triforce without touching it, but it would still give him plenty of power.
Link and Zelda are chosen by the gods because it was their destiny to save Hyrule from evil; which has always been their purpose in Hyrule. Ganondorf thought he was chosen because, like you, the other two were chosen so he must have been (it's like Hitler thought he was ordained by god to rule the world).
There is one question that you haven't answered. If the gods (or destiny) were responsible for Ganondorf's empowerment, then why did the Sages blame themselves for the entire event in the sequence when the Twilight Mirror was completed? Surely they could not have known, as you assume, that he would possess the ToP, yet they still blame themselves for their own "carelessness".
Midna is bitter because Zant polluted her world with Ganondorf's power and she was forced to abandon her people. This is stated.
Zant might be an individual, but there seems to be inconsistancies in the game anyway. Zant claims that they knew not anger or hatred or the faintest bloom of desire. However, what is Midna? She is bitter. She is crazy. Zelda claims that there are some horrible pain harbored in her heart. There are two possibilities. Either she had known it her entire life or Zant disrupted the balance of the Twilight Realm and caused much suffering. The latter is what I want to focus on. Suppose Zant was being a bitch. He stirred up many ill feelings amongst the Twili. This eventually awakened Ganon, and it fits with the text.
Besides, if they really did regress and know nothing inside of the Twilight Realm, it wouldn't have been able to help Ganon by the time he was executed. You're supposing that the Twili's banishment was a very recent event by that time, which it could have been, but there's a very big chance that it would've been a memory by Ganon's time.
No, I'm supposing that the sealing of the Twili's ancestors occurred centuries ago and that Ganondorf was forced into the Twilight Realm once all the Twili had lost their malice and hatred for the Light World.
Also of note is that when Zant talks about his ancestors, he says "we". Ths even further blurs the distinction between the ancestors and the present Twili.
Zant has a different perspective of events to Midna. Midna tells us that the tribe became Twili only after they were banished to the Twilight Realm, and that they changed to become different from their ancestors. Zant believes they are the same tribe, which is why he wants revenge on the Light World and to take over.
Edited by jhurvid, 23 January 2007 - 01:26 PM.