Nice Discussion Part 1: Ganondorf and Jenova
This post is born from a nice, fun discussion I’ve been having for the past four days with a deviant on DeviantART. We started it all off by talking about Samus Aran’s breakdown, due to PTSD, in Metroid: Other M when Ridley appeared and how we both agree it doesn’t make Samus any less of a badass then she always was. The talk just exploded from there into various topics. We’ve talked in depth about Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy VII as well as possible connections between FF7 and FF10. So, if you’ll excuse the overly long title, let’s begin.
Let’s start off with Ganondorf. My correspondent was under the impression that Ganon’s appearances in all the games he was in weren’t the same guy because he dies a lot. That, however, is not true. Word of God (that’s Nintendo, people) says that after Ganondorf received the Triforce of Power, it granted him near-immortality. Thus, he’s like a cockroach. No matter what you do to kill the guy, he keeps coming back. To fully understand how all this works, it’s best you look up the Hyrule Historia, Nintendo’s official answer the question concerning the time line the games are set in.
The Split Timeline Theory proposed by fans as far back as Ocarina of Time seems to be official. There are three arms in the split timeline. The games prior to the split are Skyward Sword, The Minish Cap, and Four Swords. They lead to Ocarina of Time. That’s where the split occurs. After Link is sent back to his own time after OoT, he came back with knowledge of what the future holds. He told Young Princess Zelda what would happen if he opens the Door of Time, thus creating the Child Era’s arm of the split timeline. Ganondorf was executed and when that failed, was sent straight to the Twilight Realm. The games in the Child Era are Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and Four Swords Adventures.
The future Link experienced as an adult didn’t disappear after he was sent back. The actions he did led to Ganon being sealed in the Sacred Realm. He managed to escape in that timeline and since a hero wasn’t there to stop him, the Adult Era led into Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks. The third arm of the timeline occurred in the event the Hero of Time failed in his mission, bringing about Hyrule’s decline. Those games are A Link To The Past, the Oracle series, Link’s Awakening, the original LoZ game, and Zelda II. The Hero of Time’s battle with Ganon managed to split his existence in two. Each of his existences differ slightly in personality but it’s still the same man regardless because he still retains the Triforce of Power and doesn’t stay dead in any of his defeats.
The only real hiccup in the Child Timeline is that the Scared Realm wasn’t opened after Link was sent back, so the Triforce of Power logically never came to Ganon. The only way I can reconcile that would be that one doesn’t have to touch the Triforce in order to receive it wholly or in part. Ganon’s desire for power may have been enough to reach the Triforce and split it in three parts, allowing him to obtain the Triforce of Power, avoid his execution, and get banished directly to the Twilight Realm. That sets up Twilight Princess’s story.
On the subject of Jenova, my correspondent came up with an explanation for Sephiroth’s madness that ruled out Jenova’s influence, mainly saying she was a corpse. Sephiroth’s insanity was his own doing, obviously, but the bit about Jenova being dead is wrong. Jenova was never dead in the truest sense of the word after the Cetra sealed her. I liken her to a super virus with no cure. It’s basic biology that a dead body’s cells aren’t viable and possibly toxic to living cells. Also, a dead virus breaks down and leaves nothing behind. If Jenova was actually dead, SOLDIER was a bunch of glorified regular men. The Compilation itself wouldn’t have happened because, if it were possible to kill Jenova off for real, the Cetra would’ve done so, not merely seal her away. I do agree with my correspondent that Jenova had no direct influence on Sephiroth merely on the grounds that Sephiroth’s will was far stronger than hers. It was he who forced her body to take on his form while he rebuilt his actual body in the Northern Crater.
Part two is about our discussion about the theory that the Spirans of Final Fantasy X became of Cetra of Final Fantasy VII, based on various similarities to FF7 seen in X-2.