I like this drawing but I actually have mixed feelings about it because a recurring theme in my fanfic is Ganondorf being unable to accept loss.
We actually see his wish in Wind Waker and, of course, Carock is not mentioned at all. On one hand, it could mean that he’s getting some character development and has accepted Carock’s death. On the other hand, Wind Waker is pretty much the reason why I portray Ganondorf with this characteristic in the first place.
However, the former is reinforced by the fact that he has some very good reasons to at least want Hyrule
unflooded “unsealed” so the “cannot accept loss” characteristic is not needed for him to make the wish to “unseal” Hyrule (and claim it while he’s at it).
But then there’s another plot-hole… Why couldn’t Ganondorf cure Carock?
He has powerful magic and possesses the Triforce of Power. He likely could cure a rare fungal infection in the everything. But he might have to actually know it’s a fungal infection because healing magic would probably only slow down the necrosis and wouldn’t actually get rid of the infection… But it’s still kinda plot holey.
I have two other ideas about how Carock dies in the Adult Timeline but I don’t know if they’re actually any better… Basically, they’re death by old age (like dying peacefully in his sleep) or suicide (I’m not gonna ramble forever about why, some of it’s spoilery and I don’t really feel like it anyway so there).
Old age might work out OK, since you can see it coming so it’s less sudden and what-not. Also, I think it fits with Wind Waker’s mono no aware-ness better? Death by violence, suicide, or sickness feels like an unfair, unnatural cheat while death by old age feels more inevitable and like the natural order of things.
I can’t just have Carock be alive during WW, either, because of reasons… The main one being that he absolutely would not stay on the sidelines this time and I’m kinda trying to make this stuff fit reasonably well in LoZ canon so… Yeah. Not doing that except in an AU.
Incidentally, my headcanon for how the Downfall Timeline exists is that someone loyal to Ganondorf went back in time (either through his or her own methods or by stealing the Ocarina of Time and using it) to change what happened.
I’m not saying who does that in my fanfic (outside of NOT CAROCK) but I will say that Carock fought with Ganondorf that time due to that person’s interference and that Carock goes for the jugular.
Edit: "Why Ganondorf couldn’t cure Carock"
Yay! Plot-hole filled! Thank you, Bonjiro! :D