Actually the end of ST actually references TMC in a way. (spoilers begin here) It mentions that Zelda has a sacred power granted to her people long ago. I think ST's spirits just might be the minish. I shouldn't have to say what this "sacred power" is, but I'll mention it anyways: the light force. considering the triforce isn't even mentioned in ST, as well as the only places TMC can fit due to landmarks (more reliable that geography), after ST is out of the question. Why is it that we keep uncovering more reasons for TMC to be first? So ST supports what Impossible calls the COST.
There are a lot of "sacred powers" granted to the Hylians, it seems. And her people are
Hylians, traditional ones. This power could've been passed to them really early in the timelines, and judging by the "long ago" thing, I'd consider that the case.
I haven't played the game yet, but I agree, from what I've read/heard, that ST references TMC and the other FS games. But it doesn't imply that they have to all happen afterwards or even be in the same timeline. If it's the Life/Light Force that Zelda is referencing, TMC doesn't magically have to be right next to it. I could still have happened early in the timeline and be just as true. All this game implies, to me, is that TMC happened before the adult split, considering that these forces are likely the same thing. The gems are at least in PH, and there isn't a gap between TWW and PH where Hyrule could have had some problems with Vaati. So, I'd say that TMC is before the split.
But I still need to play it. I think I'll be picking it up next week.
Why couldn't it be the Hylians' magic, which was granted to them by the gods? The ability to hear the voices of the gods played a part in TWW's narrative after all, as it allowed the Hylians to escape the flood. The connection there is surely stronger than to TMC.
Right. This power could be different things. The "Light Force" from the Minish. The magic/protection from the Goddesses. Some random other thing. Who knows?
Edited by Altum, 18 December 2009 - 10:22 PM.