Fine. I will answer my own questions to speed this debate up.
Q: How did Ganondorf get the Triforce of Power in Ocarina of Time?
A: He entered the Sacred Realm and placed his hand on it. Since he was not balanced, the Triforce split, giving him the Triforce of Power.
Q: How did Ganondorf get into the Sacred Realm in the first place?
A: Link removed the Master Sword from the Pedistal of Time, which opened the gateway to the Sacred Realm.
Q: How did Link reach the Master Sword?
A: He gathered the Spiritual Stones and the Ocarina of Time, placed the Stones in the shrine in front of the Door of Time, played the Song of Time on the Ocarina, and the Door of Time opened.
Q: Why did Link want to get the Master Sword in the first place?
A: He was going to use it to stop Ganondorf from getting the Triforce.
Q: Whose idea was it for Link to use Master Sword to stop Ganondorf?
A: It was Princess Zelda's idea.
Q: Since all of the information above is true, does that mean that Link and Zelda were ironically responsible for Ganondorf getting the Triforce of Power?
A: Yes, it does.
Q: At the end of the game, we see Link sneaking into Hyrule Castle Courtyard to see Zelda. Aonuma said that they had a talk, and as a result of that talk, Link and Zelda decided to leave Ganondorf alone. Let's say that, theoretically, Link arrived before
he originally met Zelda. If this theoretical scenario is true, what effect would leaving Ganondorf alone have?
A: Ganondorf would not get his hands on the Triforce of Power as easily because Link would not practically lead him to it this time around. Any attempt of Ganondorf to get the Triforce would be stopped, or at the very least, delayed.
Q: How did Zelda and Impa know about the attack on Hyrule Castle?
A: A dying Hylian soldier in back alley of Hyrule Castle Town said that she predicted that an attack would happen, so she took Zelda, hopped on her horse, and rode off.
Q: Could Impa have taken Zelda back to Hyrule Castle after the attack was over?
A: No, Impa says that Hyrule Castle surrendered shortly after being attacked.
Q: Based on the information above, if Impa predicted one attack, and if Hyrule Castle surrendered, do you think that it is very likely that Zelda ever made it back to Hyrule Castle?
A: It is not very likely.
Q: What happens when Link tries to sneak into Hyrule Castle after he see Impa and Zelda riding away?
A: Hyrule Castle is guarded more heavily. The guard at the front gate cannot be bribed to let Link in, as he could earlier in the game.
Q: Can you make it to Zelda at this time (without 73h h@x)?
A: No, Link can only make it so far. He can make it to the first room inside the castle on the path to the courtyard. He cannot actually make it to the courtyard, where Zelda was earlier in the game.
Q: Let's say that, theoretically, Zelda is back in Hyrule Castle after the attack, despite the evidence in a the questions beforehand. Let's also say, theoretically, Link arrives in his childhood after the Triforce had split. How does Link get into Hyrule Castle at the end of the game if he cannot do it in-game?
A: There is no explaination. It is just a plothole.
Q: Despite the evidence above, let's say that, theoretically, Link is able to sneak into the courtyard and see Zelda after the Triforce has split. What, again, did the Aonuma quote say that Link and Zelda decided to do?
A: They decided to leave Ganondorf alone.
Q: Does that mean that they will not interfere with Ganondorf?
A: Yes, leaving him alone means that they will not interfere with him
Q: What happened to Hyrule in the seven years that Link was asleep in the Chamer of the Sages?
A: Ganondorf used the Triforce of Power to take control of Hyrule, as Sheik said.Q: If Link and Zelda decide to leave Ganondorf alone after the Triforce has split, then how will that make the events any different than the 7 years in which Link was asleep in the Chamber of the Sages?
A: The only difference is that Link would be there this time around, but since he and Zelda have decided to leave Ganondorf alone, the events will not happen any differently.
Q: If Link knew that Ganondorf used the Triforce of Power to rise to the top in the adult timeline, then wouldn't he somehow try to prevent it from happening in the child timeline?
A: Yes, he would.
Q: Does it make sense that Link and Zelda would decide to leave Ganondorf alone, even though Link knows that the events of the adult timeline will just repeat if they do not interfere?
A: No, it does not.
Q: Is there a logical reason why Link and Zelda would decide not interfere with Ganondorf's plans if they knew the events of the adult timeline would repeat?
A: No, there is not.
Q: Recalling the earlier set of questions, is there a logical reason why Link and Zelda would decide not to interfere with Ganondorf's plans if they knew what would happen if they interfered
A: Yes, there is.
Q: What is that logical reason?
A: If they interfere, they will ironically help Ganondorf to get the Triforce.
Q: Which idea is more consistent with the idea in Aonuma's quote, in which Link and Zelda leave Ganondorf alone: Link arriving in his childhood before he met Zelda or Link arriving in his childhood after the Triforce had already split?
A: Link arriving in his childhood before he met Zelda is more consistent with that idea.
Q: What plothole is involved if Link arrives before he met Zelda?
A: The Door of Time is open before Link opened it.
Q: Is that it?
A: Yes, it is.
Q: On the one hand, we have an option which has one plothole, but otherwise is consistent with the information in OoT, TP, and Aonuma's quote. On the other hand, we have an option which has trouble getting Zelda back into Hyrule Castle, we have trouble getting Link into Hyrule Castle, and Aonuma's quote is inconsistent and would not make sense in that context. Based on all of the information we have so far, which of the two options is correct?
A: Link arrived before he met Princess Zelda.
Edited by Vertiboy, 02 May 2007 - 06:44 PM.