Eeny, meeny, miny…
You know, I actually don’t know that much about the the Goddesses of Zelda. I never played either of the Oracle games, so I’ve no idea what they’re like in person. I do know the story of when they created the world. To quote the tale as told in Ocarina of Time:
“Before time began, before spirits and life existed, three golden goddesses descended upon the chaos that was Hyrule.
Din, the goddess of power.
Nayru, the goddess of wisdom.
Farore, the goddess of courage.
Din, with her strong flaming arms, she cultivated the land and created the red earth.
Nayru poured her wisdom onto the earth and gave the spirit of law to the world.
Farore, with her rich soul, produced all life forms which would uphold the law.
The three great goddesses, their labors completed, departed for the heavens, and golden sacred triangles remained at the point where the goddesses left the world. Since then, the sacred triangles have become the basis of our world’s providence, and the resting place of the triangles has become the Sacred Realm.”
…and that’s it.
So, we have three goddess who descended from the heavens, created the world, and left never to be seen or heard from again. And, oh, the turmoil the quest for those sacred triangles has caused! Ganondorf is the longest-running example of that, but long before him, it was Demise, King of Demons, who sought the Triforce. We’ve seen what an up-jumped sorcerer became with the Triforce of Power. Demise is already on a whole other level from the King of Thieves, so there’s no telling how powerful he would have become. He probably would have become a veritable god, and kept his promise to conquer the world and kill everyone the original Link loved.
One would think that the goddesses could have put in some sort of safeguard, to keep evil from using such great power, but I guess not. In fact, after creating the world, they seem to have pretty much left it behind forever, sort of like a mother abandoning her child. For that alone, I am disqualifying all three from being my favorite. I like my deities to be somewhat involved in things, ya know?
But wait, does that mean I forfeit this challenge, on Day 21?
There are other goddesses.
There’s evidence to suggest the Gerudo worshiped a sand-snake goddess of some sort. No idea about her.
And then there’s Hylia.
She is the “fourth” goddess, you could say, the one the other three entrusted with protecting the Triforce. When Demise rises, with his horde of demons, to attack the races on the surface of the world, Hylia herself leads the fight against him. She entrusts the key to the Triforce to the Hylians, sending them to he sky on a floating island, with a mystical barrier of clouds protecting them from below. Then she rallies the remaining races, and they defeat Demise. Then, knowing Demise would eventually break free, she crafted a plan to negate him permanently, one which involved forsaking her own divinity and becoming a mortal incarnation, the first Princess Zelda.
Basically, she not only did her duty, she put her life on the line to defeat Demise for good, to protect the people she ruled. I call that good. 🙂
So, I do not pick any of the classic three. Not eeny, not meeny, not miny. I pick moe!
I pick Hylia. 🙂