There's one glaring issue I take with Ocarina of Time. If Princess Zelda is commonly known as "the child of prophesy" and Princesses of the royal family named Zelda are historically known to have divinations, then why is it that no one believes Zelda when she says Ganondorf is going to betray Hyrule? It makes absolutely no sense that her father, the King, wouldn't believe her. It is apparently common knowledge throughout Hyrule that any ordinary Hylian can "hear the voices of the gods" because of their long ears. A myth or superstition or bit of folklore or good ol Hylian master race nationalism perhaps? But if any old Hylian is capable of it, why not Zelda who is apparently gifted with precognition by divine right? There are three possibilities I can think of. One, is that the king was under a curse or enchantment and effectively under the control of Ganondorf. Ordinarily Zelda's father would have given credence to what she says, even going so far as to take his daughter's divinations seriously, but as Ganondorf's puppet he was made to dismiss them. This wouldn't be the first time Ganon has taken control over his subjects and minions via magical enchantment. The second possibility is that all the stuff about Princesses of the Royal Family having precognitive abilities and premonitions is myth and folklore. Whenever it's mentioned, it appears to be taken literally. But it is actually difficult to discern within context. The guy who talks about Hylians being able to hear the voices of the gods because of their long ears could just be gossiping. Or it's a belief he holds but is not a commonly held belief in Hyrule. The Deku tree takes it literally, but as a primordial being he probably knows better. It could be that princesses of the royal family did and do in fact have precognitive abilities, but by the time of the Era of the Hero of Time they hadn't been witnessed or known of for ages so the fact got relegated to legend and folklore. If the divinations come from the gods, then it could be that the gods once designated the crown princesses as their official spokeswomen, but haven't taken a direct interest in Hyrule in a long time until the situation with Ganondorf got too dire for them to ignore. The third possibility is that diplomacy between Hyrule and Ganondorf may have been of some significant unstated dire importance that the King of Hyrule was aware of but Zelda was not. The king may have even known full well that Ganondorf intended to betray him, but for whatever reason he couldn't call off the proposed alliance lest he risk putting Hyrule in jeopardy. He dismissed his daughter so as not to concern her. After all, what business do children have involving themselves in affairs of state? I like this last possibility the most because it would really play strongly into the themes of the story and make it all the more tragic since Zelda's innocent well intentioned meddling would have been the reason Ganondorf took over. That's the way it is anyway, but consider that if the king expected Ganondorf's betrayal and took measures to prevent it, but then Link and Zelda went and accomplished Ganondorf's objective for him, the best laid plans of the king would have been undone by a couple of dumb kids (and Impa!) and since it's presumed that the king is murdered during the coup, this would make Zelda responsible for her father's death! This also takes into question the matter of the Sheikah. As custodians of the royal family, where were they during all this? If Zelda's divinations aren't just folklore, the the Sheikah should have been all over protecting the king and Hyrule behind the scenes. Impa had inside knowledge of what was going on, and she was directly assisting Link and Zelda on Link's quest. If the Sheikah knew that Ganondorf posed a threat to Hyrule, then why would their chief agent be helping some kids meddle in affairs of state with the purpose of undermining the king? There is, of course, some question as to whether or not the Sheikah other than Impa exist in Ocarina of Time. My head cannon says that they do. They're just hiding in good ninja fashion and making people think they're long gone. But this implicates Impa. As a Sheikah, if she knew about Ganondorf's betrayal then she was either a rogue Sheikah seeking to betray the royal family and Hyrule which would make no sense given that she is revealed as a sage who ultimately takes an active part in ending Ganondorf's reign of terror, or she was working on behalf of the Sheikah to orchestrate the royal family's downfall and Ganondorf's rise to power with the intention of restoring Zelda to the throne eventually anyway. But to what end? This would mean the Sheikah have some serious Hyrule Illuminati stuff going on. Could the Sheikah have foreseen some purpose to giving Ganondorf the Triforce of Power and turning him into Ganon, thus instigating the long history of Hyrule's ongoing conflict with Ganon? It could also simply be that Impa is the last of the Sheikah and she independently made a severe error in judgement.