When the pieces stayed in Hyrule without a master, they were either specifically placed there by their former master or they were shattered by a strange occurrence (timeline-hopping). As for why the Triforce wouldn't stay in Hyrule in TWW's ending, Daphnes had claimed the entire thing and was done with it. It had no reason to stick around and Daphnes was going to die soon, meaning that the Triforce would be without an owner shortly.
The Triforce has never just went back to the Sacred Realm because it didn't have an owner. In LoZ and AoL, it's held in various places. The ToC is broken and hidden in TWW. If anything, the physical movement of Triforce has largely been by mortal hands, the exception being when the Triforce is split by someone of unbalanced quantities touching it.
Technically there wouldn't have been a Hyrule left at that point. Also, while they might be possible, it's most likely that the Triforce returned to its origin point rather than leaving the world entirely. Unless the Sacred Realm was also destroyed by Daphnes' wish, I don't see why the Triforce would leave the world if it can just return to its now-inaccessible home.
Hyrule the land and Hyrule the realm are two different things.
And personally I think it would be fine if the Triforce went back to the Sacred Realm. We don't know for sure if it did that. We see it shoot to the sky and shatter in completely different directions. Either way, it doesn't matter because the AT makes no use of it anymore. I'm just saying no one knows what happened to it.
It split up in the credits of ALttP too, but nobody's claiming that it actually separated there. It would appear that the Triforce pieces only come together on certain occasions, such as when someone tries to make a wish. Heck, in AoL the Triforce pieces even awakened the sleeping Zelda by splitting up. They do not have to be together to function as one entity.
Don't know what you're getting at there. None of that has anything to do with what I said.
In the scroll, the writer mentions that he has placed a spell over the land that will identify the person who is worthy of obtaining the entire Triforce.
More than that. The characters in TP have Triforce marks on their hands that feature one crest glowing brighter than the others, said marks can seemingly be called upon at will instead of constantly showing, the marks resonate in the presence of each other, and the characters are gifted with incredible powers, most notably Ganondorf's seeming immortality.
I don't think the pieces are ever called upon at will.
The only ALttP-exclusive rule that OoT followed was "touch the Triforce for a wish".
I was thinking ALttP dictated that someone with an unbalanced heart that touched the Triforce would make it split. Perhaps that was just OoT and AoL's backstory (didn't the prince touch it and force it to split?).
What we're discussing I believe is the nature of the divine prank. Are you of the belief that the Triforce returned to the Sacred Realm entirely after TP?
Yes, but seeing as how OoT's ending and TP show us all of the signs of possessing a piece of the Triforce, it's most reasonable for the "divine prank" to just be a splitting of the Triforce.
It is definitely reasonable. I support the idea. I also think it would be odd for the Triforce to randomly end up back in the Sacred Realm post-TP. I'm curious to what extent the rules were broken with the prank.
Actually, the main idea for the "divine prank" split is that when Link was sent across the timelines, the ToC was stripped from him so that there wouldn't be a second presence (CT) and total absence (AT) of the ToC. However, because Link was the rightful, chosen bearer of the ToC when he was sent across the timelines, the CT ToC "filled the gap" left by the AT ToC at the moment he lost the AT ToC. This resulted in an accidental Triforce split that nobody was aware of. The Triforce didn't spontaneously choose to split itself.
Actually, the Hero of Time doesn't have a crest at all when he is in the CT post-OoT. It's gone in MM, I believe. The split seems to have happened when Ganon was being executed, which is entirely random. He was dying, then the crest appeared, and it was very much new information to everyone at that point.
Regarding the Minish stuff, I again agree with Raien. The game itself places importance on the castle gateway and doesn't mention a gateway in the heavens at all. It's also a stretch to say that the Minish chose to move into a neighboring dimension instead of returning to the heavens.
That's fine. I've never seen an instance where what was said in a backstory within this series ended up being an embellishment. I don't think they'd write it at all if it wasn't to be believed. As I said, it doesn't contradict anything. I look at it as an origin for the Minish.
The Lokomo actually say that they don't think they'll be needed anymore, meaning that they presumably won't return to the world.
But do they say they could reincarnate in a different form? I've read this in multiple places but haven't played the game yet, so... yeah. I think that's the main reasoning some people have to think the Minish may be a past incarnation.
It's not a matter of picking and choosing canon, because I accept the quote exists in the canon. What I don't accept is that the statement is true, so much as an expression of a Hylian's (wrong) belief, and that's a matter of context.
Except that it doesn't contradict anything. And that I don't remember anything in the series that was said and not generally true canonically, even in a backstory.
As for the contradiction, it's not so much an explicit contradiction of the events, but a contradiction of the general mythology. Given that the Minish provide a detailed explanation of their relationship with the Hylians, from the nature of the castle gateway to their immigration to Hyrule, the sky reference appears to come the fuck out of nowhere, making no sense with regard to what else is established, and it's never mentioned again by the characters. If you've ever seen Nostalgia Critic, you may recognise this as a "big lipped alligator moment". It just makes no sense.
It's not a contradiction of the general mythology. The Minish's mythology starts in the narration at the beginning of the game, which says they first came from the sky, and that was ages before. Then, in the game's present-day, there's only one known doorway to their realm. Shit of significant nature is lost in Hyrule all the time, and this doesn't damage anything and leaves nothing contradicted at all.