"For my part, I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility; the nature of evil and its meanness; and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother, not in the physical sense, but as a fellow creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine. Therefore, none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. Neither can I be angry with my brother, or fall foul of him, for he and I were born to work together, like a man's two hands, feet, or eyelids, or like the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature's law, and what is irritation or aversion but a from of obstruction?"
- Marcus Aurelius
Zelda's last act in this world was to destroy the Triforce, and me with it. Our physical forms were annihilated, and our souls frayed. Hers was doubtlessly rescued by one of the fairer divines.
Mine was claimed by the Prince of Destruction.
"Gerudo. We meet again."
I could only see blackness, and could only plea to it.
"Return me to the world! I have unfinished business with the queen!"
"Yours is an empty hope," The Prince said, "Your soul is mine, for your life was one of hate and an endless wheel of death. Your destiny was one of hate. Your very existence was born of hate."
"I know this. I have always known this. But my destiny was also one of power. My destiny was one of villainy. I was the darker shade to balance the brightness of Zelda and the Hero. My purpose was revenge. My purpose is still revenge. My hate never perishes. Return me to the world. The Triforce should be mine!"
"You are wise. I am impressed. Your Triforce is dead, but there has always been more power in Oblivion than Din's trinket ever had."
"Is this my punishment? For leading a life of hate? For failing to defeat my eternal foe?"
"Punishment? This is your reward. I have many plans that you may assist with. I will give you power beyond your reckoning."
Ganon's Fate is distinctly shorter than most of the lore books written by Ganon, and the conversation contained within it is more disjointed than others, with a long opening quote that is arguably unrelated to the content of the book. It is possible that Ganon wrote the book shortly after arriving in Oblivion to quickly jot down his experiences. Unlike Queen of Twilight, Ganon's Fate does not contain a description of what he saw upon entering Oblivion, nor his transition into the plans of Mehrunes Dagon.
Mehrunes Dagon indicates that he knows of Din and Ganon's origins. Strangely, he also mentions that he has met Ganon before.
The book is unique in that the opening quote is credited within the book itself.
Background and Inspiration Edit
Ganon's Fate was included in version 6.2 of Relics of Hyrule with Ganon's Tomb. It was included to provide an explanation for Ganon's Deadlands. The book was kept relatively vague to incite curiosity.
The phrase "Yours is an Empty Hope" comes from the Nightwish song of the same name.
The quote "my hate never perishes" comes from Demise in Skyward Sword.
The opening quote was included to explore Ganon's eternal feud with Zelda and Link.