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RTTP: Final Fantasy VI

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I did love XV actually. :)
I did too, despite its shortcomings. Just finished it this morning :) To keep this relevant to VI, I was pretty hyped to see a
World of Ruin! Shame we didn't get to explore it more.
. Also really loved seeing Edgar's tools making a return finally.
 

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I did too, despite its shortcomings. Just finished it this morning :) To keep this relevant to VI, I was pretty hyped to see a
World of Ruin! Shame we didn't get to explore it more.
. Also really loved seeing Edgar's tools making a return finally.

Chapter XIV was the most disappointing chapter because of what it COULD have been. I had the exact same feelings.
 

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That is not canon because it just a citizen gossip... he could be insane even before the experiment.

Maybe, it's hard to tell the intention of the devs with that NPC chat.

It's not possible to confirm it's not canon either. If anything, blame Square for putting such an important thing on a random NPC.

Maybe they didn't think it was important to know that back then. I mean, all they cared about was showing someone who was batshit crazy, not exactly why he was crazy.

We need an official Ultimania or something here D:
 
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I, uh... I don't think I got it. <_> It must be linked to being dressed as the merchant or -- more likely -- the soldier. I made the "mistake" of swapping Locke's outfit back to his normal gear before approaching Celes' room when the game asked whether I wanted to do so.

Yeah, you have to be in costume to trigger the line
 
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Oh wow, are you a relative newcomer to RPGs at-large, or just 90's Squaresoft fare? Either way, welcome aboard. Would love to hear your thoughts on FFVII, FFX, FFT, and Xenogears someday. :D

just 90s Squaresoft stuff, I had always heard about them as a kid but I didn't have the money to spend on their games considering my family was broke at the time. Now that I can support myself, I've been going through RPGs made by Squaresoft and seeing what I missed out on. Funny enough, I completed FFT earlier this year, have a playthrough in FFIX, and I expect to get through Xenogears one day (currently playing through Xenoblade Chronicles and judging by what themes it tackles, only makes me want to get to Xenogears, even if they're not directly related).
 

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It can be my memory fooling me...but didn't Celes say to Locke what Leia said to Luke when he rescued her? I've never seen star wars in english (sooorry :p) but it should be something like "Aren't you too short to be a StormTrooper"?


Haven't played it for a long long time, but I think she says soldier instead, but of course it's still in reference to the famous star wars line.


Game has a few little things like that you can easily miss. Took a few playthroughs before I found out that if after you get Edgar with you for the first time in the desert, if you use magic as Terra there's a convo that plays out in battle about both Locke and Edgar freaking the fuck out about it.
 

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Maybe, it's hard to tell the intention of the devs with that NPC chat.

It's not possible to confirm it's not canon either. If anything, blame Square for putting such an important thing on a random NPC.

Maybe they didn't think it was important to know that back then. I mean, all they cared about was showing someone who was batshit crazy, not exactly why he was crazy.

We need an official Ultimania or something here D:

That's how we got information from older RPGs.

I tend to believe Cid screwed up Kefka, and the npc saying that makes it canon.
 

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That is not canon because it just a citizen gossip... he could be insane even before the experiment.

Lol what? Do you know what canon means? It appears in game, the very game that stars Kefka... that means it's canon. It's highest tier of canon (versus things like developer interviews, or something mentioned in a novelization, or in a comic book).

That said, we DO have other sources that back it up via developer interviews in one of the (I believe) art books... in fact, they go even more in depth than that. Talking about the relationship that Kefka and Celes had before he went completely bat-shit psycho.
 

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Lol what? Do you know what canon means? It appears in game, the very game that stars Kefka... that means it's canon. It's highest tier of canon (versus things like developer interviews, or something mentioned in a novelization, or in a comic book).

That said, we DO have other sources that back it up via developer interviews in one of the (I believe) art books... in fact, they go even more in depth than that. Talking about the relationship that Kefka and Celes had before he went completely bat-shit psycho.
I only take what is showed that in game because I don't read extra material.

And yes it is a gossip by a citizen in a town... it is not meant to be a fact but just things people spread about Kefka based in his actions.

He could have the same way of thinking before the experiment... the experiment just give him the power to show his true face.

That is Kefka from the game... it is open to interpretations based in rumors/gossips.
 
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Would you recommend this patch for a first-time FFVI player, or would the bugfixes take away some of that original flavor?

It wouldn't take anything away, you'd just get a product closer to what its original creators intended. Speaking strictly about the bugfixes and uncensored graphics, I'm not sure what changes to the script that patch does.
 

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Final Fantasy VI is my absolute favorite Final Fantasy game (with Final Fantasy Tactics coming in a close, close second). I remember playing it on my SNES and then when I got Final Fantasy Anthology I nearly cried when I saw that cinematic they made for it.

This game just blew me away plus it gave me two of my favorite characters of all time: Terra and Celes. I still get goosebumps thinking about the beginning with the march of the magiteks and Omen playing over the narrative.
 

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It wouldn't take anything away, you'd just get a product closer to what its original creators intended. Speaking strictly about the bugfixes and uncensored graphics, I'm not sure what changes to the script that patch does.

Hardly anything crazy

Creator used best parts of multiple great translations including the GBA one and Lina Darkstars(my favorite)
 

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Yeah i played it on release too. no clue why the opera scene is regarded as it is.

Because it is the birth of the interactive cutscene.
You felt like you were playing the role and it was up to you to remember your lines or else end up revealing you were a fraud and losing your chance with getting close to Setzer.

Something Bioware, Naughty Dog, Quantic Dream and others would evolve.
 
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Because it is the birth of the interactive cutscene.
You felt like you were playing the role and it was up to you to remember your lines or else end up revealing you were a fraud and losing your chance with getting close to Setzer.

Something Bioware, Naughty Dog, Quantic Dream and others would evolve.

All that and Aria Di Mezzo Caraterre is just a fantastic piece of music. I don't know how people couldn't love the opera
 

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On tonight's post, we're taking a walk on the wild side with Sabin and his increasing host of friends. We meet half again as many characters in one sitting as we did in the first three. A memorable villain repeats the same line thrice. And the muscular Brother Figaro proves himself a man of the sea. Jump underwater and join me for more penned nonsense -- and if you recognized the Xenogears reference in the previous sentence, please, be my friend!



It's a quaint little house Sabin's washed up near and there's a local merchant dressed like an imperial soldier, probably because Square ran out of money. There's also a certain Shadow, he who has been previously established as a man who might slit his mama's throat for a nickel. In good cheer, Sabin asks for directions, and Shadow offers to show him the way forward. He warns us that he'll ditch class on a moment's notice. Inside the house, an old man thinks we're here to fix his clock. Or mow his lawn. Are there lawnmowers in this world? A curious thought. The old man, of course, is Gau's father. There's actually a lot of tragedy in this little side story, but for now he's just insane in the membrane.

It's a short walk to me (but likely a day's journey in-universe) through to an imperial encampment where two run-of-the-mill troopers are talking trash about Kefka's tyranny. This is a nice moment. Some of the Empire's soldiers are rightly humanized throughout the game. They speak highly of General Leo's character -- Leo's this other dude, you see, and he's not at all like Kefka. Then we see Kefka, and he's readily scheming, and then Leo tells a soldier not to throw his life away in vain.

There's an interesting line here when Leo says Emperor Gestahl wouldn't want that. I wonder... at this point in the story, do you suppose he's deluding himself into actually believing Gestahl cares? Well, anyway, Gestahl sends word by way of carrier pigeon (I want to talk about how rad it is that carrier pigeons factor heavily into plot events in this video game) that Leo is needed elsewhere. Kefka calls Leo a loser. I laugh out loud. Boisterously. "You loser!" Kefka declares. It's like, what is the deal with this guy?

Non sequitur: Leo's avatar is terrifying in Advance.



Near-simultaneously, we're introduced to a certain Cyan Garamonde. This guy has a ponytail and carries around a katana and he's like fifty years old. I have a habit of assigning head-voices to all the characters in text-based video games and this fellow is definitely Barristan Selmy. Have you seen Rogue One yet? Barristan Selmy's actor is in that movie for like two minutes straight. It's surreal. Anyway, Cyan is Selmy and he dispatches the enemy commander. Get wrecked.

With Leo out of the way, Kefka's free to pursue his goals. He pours approximately six ounces worth of poison into the local water source, immediately turning an entire river purple. Suddenly, everyone in Doma not named Cyan is dropping dead, including the king and Cyan's own wife and son. It's a terrible moment and a great depiction of Kefka's depravity but I sure do wonder why everyone took a swig at once. Did Cyan spend years in a foreign land building an immunity to an airborne aquatic virus? Or -- and bear with me, friends -- could it be that I should shut up and roll with the punches in this cutscene?



I don't know what that caption says and I find it funnier this way so be a doll and don't tell me if you do.

Sabin pursues Kefka. Shadow tags along because, you know, frak, why not? Kefka asks if he looks like a waiter. Sabin then pursues Kefka further, to which Kefka again posits the question: "do I look like a waiter?" When Sabin then pursues Kefka still further, Kefka ducks behind a soldier and says, and I quote, "hey, if you know what's good for ya..." and he vanishes. Heath Ledger back from the dead couldn't match this clown's swag.

Sabin teams up with Cyan and the Barristan Selmy voice gig really enhances the flavor of the scene. Trust me. Then they all escape in Magitek Armor. Sabin and Cyan reach Shadow, who's just sort of chilling in his own suit, because he's just that good, I suppose. They're on the road again, and what is hours to them is but seconds to me, and a memorable location pops up on my screen...



If you know where you're going, you're out of this forest in like half a minute, but it's still really pretty and the music fits the bill. I should really include an image of the next place, though, shouldn't I?



That's an iconic shot, right?

We find ourselves on the voyage of the damned. Shadow tags along because, you know, frak, why not? Also, I'm glad he made it this far with me because he's totally here fighting ghosts in one of Anthology's CG cutscene unlockables and it's possible to lose him before reaching the Phantom Train. Anyway, yes, we fight ghosts. Some ghosts join up with us and then possess other ghosts. Some ghosts serve Sabin food while Cyan watches on in disbelief (but still benefits from the HP/MP restoration). There's also this one dude. Let me tell you about this one dude.



We're minding our own business trying to keep the king's peace or whatever and we try to open this chest and I kid you not this plebeian descends upon us and talks smack. Now, we're a pretty chill bunch, but we ain't got time for smack. We head into battle and I can't even input a single command because this fool hits a couple of my mates and one of them counterattacks because he's got the Black Belt equipped. Player goes down like a chump but steal jacks our prize. I ain't even done. He says he's got the last laugh but I use meta knowledge to remember I can beat him up in the coliseum in a couple dozen hours. I'm going to tear him one, you best believe.

Recovering from our blunder, we fight a train. Yes, a train. I mean, you already knew that, but it never gets old just saying it. This is also the first time I've ever remembered to have Sabin suplex said train. Indeed, my friends, I confess I'd never thought to do so before. I usually have Fire Dance already so Suplex seems rather "why bother?" Now I know why bother. I laughed. Yes, I laughed boisterously once again.

The train lets us off, but Elayne and Owain, Cyan's kids, are hopping on to be taken to the afterlife. This scene is legitimately powerful. Not even so much for the family's farewell to a devoted husband and father, but rather, for the presentation immediately afterward. Shadow advises Sabin to leave Cyan alone. I try speaking with Cyan, but he won't respond. The screen fades out as I move around the station and the somber music fades into Terra's Theme, the overworld track. It's incredibly effective.

At Baren Falls, Shadow bids adieu. This is the farthest he can travel, I think, right? Sabin and Cyan take a leap of faith down from the highest cliff, dying instantly upon impact.



No. That doesn't happen. They're rewarded for their lunacy by fighting a series of fish in mid-air during the fall. None of this makes a lick of sense. Baren Falls was nothing but a mistake. I don't know how much you know about diving to your death (I'm an expert) but Sabin just shot himself in the foot. I don't know what to make of this scene at all.

When next we wash ashore, a punk kid from The Land of the Lost flips out and runs away. His name is Gau and he's nothing if not hungry. We fight some battles on The Veldt, which has a really kickin' music track. Gau wants food, but I presently lack food, so I have no choice but to punch him in the face. Good grief, Sakaguchi.



A clever man in nearby Mobliz politely informs Sabin and Cyan that he threw some dried meat (we call this jerky where I'm from, son) into a crowd of wild animals and some kid jumped out. I'm wondering why the man threw the meat but now is not the time for idle speculation. Now is the time for action. We purchase jerky and help a wounded fellow with his letter-reading. (This is a sad beat, by the way. This guy isn't going to make it.) Also, a pair of 16-year-olds is in love, and I can't imagine this will ever impact a major character in any way!



What the hell is going on with this Gau render.

Gau becomes our friend after a comical scene in which he prances about and calls Sabin "Mr. Thou" much to his chagrin. Something clever: Cyan is the one who decides to take Gau along and Sabin's perplexed as to why. "Real talk:" Cyan wants to look after the kid, especially as he's grieving over the loss of his son. Having lost an unborn daughter earlier this year, I can sympathize, and Cyan's loss is on a whole 'nother level, I reckon. It's remarkable the story bits that stick out as we grow older, isn't it? Life's a heck of a thing.

Gau wants to show us something shiny. We build him on The Veldt until he has the claws of a Stray Cat. How into Rage-training do you folks get? Me, I never seem to go all-in on it. Anyway, something shiny is in a nearby cave. It's a single underwater helmet and it looks like a Greek sponge dock headpiece from Tarpon Springs, Florida. There's literally only one of them but the party of three is convinced it's the ticket to a ride on the Serpent Trench's fast-moving current.

I'd use the Chrono Trigger game over image now if I hadn't already played that particular trump card.



Next time.
 

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Excellent update. Top notch marks!

The first time I played this game, it was my friend's SNES copy. I was staying over at his place for the night. I ended up playing it all night as he slept, made it to the segment in Narshe where you're defending the Esper. And then realized I didn't bother to stock up on potions and I wasn't able to keep my HP up during the battles there. Lesson learned. ;)

Fortunately, I got the game for Christmas (it was $69.99, as I recall) and the rest writes itself.
 

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The first time I played this game, it was my friend's SNES copy. I was staying over at his place for the night. I ended up playing it all night as he slept, made it to the segment in Narshe where you're defending the Esper. And then realized I didn't bother to stock up on potions and I wasn't able to keep my HP up during the battles there. Lesson learned. ;)

Oof, haha. I bet that's a damned fine memorable thing, though -- every time you make it through the Battle for Narshe, you're reminded that you surpassed kid-you once again. ;D
 

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Yay new post. On Sabin's path:

- Obviously my favourite of the three scenarios.
- Love the establishing Leo scene. Great foil to Kefka.
- Chills the first time Cyan's music plays - Best character motif in the game? Top 3 at least.
- Remember to get the Beads relic, even though it's useless in the SNES version. (I didn't know this)
- Poisoning scene is rough to watch, even after all these years.
- The face in the Phantom Forest pool is terrifying.
- Good old Phantom Train. Good old ?????? with his possessing skill.
- I love the departure scene with Cyan. There is literally nothing you as the player can do to advance until the game chooses to fade to black. Such an effective storytelling method to convey Cyan's loss.
- I can just imagine Shadow looking at Baren Falls, looking at Sabin, and going NOPE. Always expected him to make off with your cash or something when he leaves.
- Everyone thinks about the zaniness of suplexing the train, but fighting monster fish after jumping off a waterfall because WHY NOT? was always just as hilarious to me.
- Mr. Thou! Mr. Thou!
- I'm so sorry for your loss, JeffZero.
- How does one diving helmet fit three people? Never mind. Remember to come back later with Mog for the only chance to complete his dance set.
 

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What's with the midget frames in the spritesheets? Did they add the "Mini" status effect in the GBA port?
Has to be. I didn't realize they'd changed so much in the gba version. I'd have figured it was only fixes and tweaks.
 

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Isn't the Siegfried a totally different guy than the one you fight in the coliseum?

Oh.

... D:

Yay new post. On Sabin's path:

- Obviously my favourite of the three scenarios.
- Love the establishing Leo scene. Great foil to Kefka.
- Chills the first time Cyan's music plays - Best character motif in the game? Top 3 at least.
- Remember to get the Beads relic, even though it's useless in the SNES version. (I didn't know this)
- Poisoning scene is rough to watch, even after all these years.
- The face in the Phantom Forest pool is terrifying.
- Good old Phantom Train. Good old ?????? with his possessing skill.
- I love the departure scene with Cyan. There is literally nothing you as the player can do to advance until the game chooses to fade to black. Such an effective storytelling method to convey Cyan's loss.
- I can just imagine Shadow looking at Baren Falls, looking at Sabin, and going NOPE. Always expected him to make off with your cash or something when he leaves.
- Everyone thinks about the zaniness of suplexing the train, but fighting monster fish after jumping off a waterfall because WHY NOT? was always just as hilarious to me.
- Mr. Thou! Mr. Thou!
- I'm so sorry for your loss, JeffZero.
- How does one diving helmet fit three people? Never mind. Remember to come back later with Mog for the only chance to complete his dance set.

Great post! I agree with you about Baren Falls being just as funny. Hell, I'd say it's even funnier. Thanks for the heads-up on Beads and Mog, though -- there's a ton I've forgotten. :p (And thanks for the condolences.)

What's with the midget frames in the spritesheets? Did they add the "Mini" status effect in the GBA port?

Naw, I don't think the GBA version had that. I played it a bit and don't remember anything like it or any of the online discussion back then highlighting it. I think it might just be some goofy little addition a fan added in that image. I search Google for all my pics; nothing qualitative about my research. xD
 

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Uematsu was on a rampage during this period and the OST is one of his best.

I've heard of quite a few producers sampling the OST of FFVI for beats in hip hop, R&B.
 

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Oh.

... D:

Naw, I don't think the GBA version had that. I played it a bit and don't remember anything like it or any of the online discussion back then highlighting it. I think it might just be some goofy little addition a fan added in that image. I search Google for all my pics; nothing qualitative about my research. xD

Yeah, it's kind of a weird thing b/c the Siegfried later is a total badass and he says someone's been impersonating him. I think in some translations the names of the two are just slightly different. I saw one theory saying that it could have been Gogo but since Gogo is a badass fighter and doesn't talk at alI I find that unlikely.

Yeah it'd make more sense for the mini image to just be added. Maybe it was part of a mod but the mini sprite is super simple, it's just a recolor using whatever character's palatte.
 

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I only take what is showed that in game because I don't read extra material.

And yes it is a gossip by a citizen in a town... it is not meant to be a fact but just things people spread about Kefka based in his actions.

He could have the same way of thinking before the experiment... the experiment just give him the power to show his true face.

That is Kefka from the game... it is open to interpretations based in rumors/gossips.

By all means, name one thing... Just one thing... A citizen npc says that is contradicted elsewhere in the game.

This is not "oh 2 npcs say different things" or " an npc says one thing, but the story twists later on that shows he's wrong."

Is it clumsy in how it's handled? Yeah, but to say this isn't canon is just silly.
 

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Yeah, it's kind of a weird thing b/c the Siegfried later is a total badass and he says someone's been impersonating him. I think in some translations the names of the two are just slightly different. I saw one theory saying that it could have been Gogo but since Gogo is a badass fighter and doesn't talk at alI I find that unlikely

This reminds me. Isn't there some lulzy fan joke that Gogo is Gestahl?
 

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Oh gawd, favorite music, favorite characters, favorite story, favorite rpg. Leveled everyone to 99. I got my $79.99 worth out of it.
 

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This reminds me. Isn't there some lulzy fan joke that Gogo is Gestahl?
News to me. I mean I guess it's possible technically if he didn't die but he got fried and dumped from the sky so ... I'd love to see the supportive evidence though.
 

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Agreed, incredible game when it first came out. Even though I played FFIV and Mystic Quest 1st, I enjoyed FFVI much more. Incredible story for its time and such a wide variety of characters you could build up.
 

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I only take what is showed that in game because I don't read extra material.

And yes it is a gossip by a citizen in a town... it is not meant to be a fact but just things people spread about Kefka based in his actions.

He could have the same way of thinking before the experiment... the experiment just give him the power to show his true face.

That is Kefka from the game... it is open to interpretations based in rumors/gossips.
You do realize that even though you got the information from a "random" npc, that EVERYTHING in the game is deliberate.

Developers wanted to keep Kefka somewhat of a mystery so you wouldn't emphathize with him, but at the same time they wanted to give you some background info within the game so you would have some context.

The way rpgs were played back in the day was (in no particular order) town - field - dungeon - repeat. These games didnt necessarily hold your hand. If you wanted to know anything about the world and characters you had to talk to NPCs.

NPCs reason for being was to give players information about the controls, the world and the characters.

If you think someone on the dev team on said "lets have this guy say something about a main character" and not have it mean anything. Then i dont know what to tell you.
Especially when memory was so small back then.

FFVI is a complete game, where everything you need to know is in the game.
 

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Oh, I don't buy it either, heh. I'll try to remember to track down the evidence later though.
Well there has to be some reason he/she never talks and wears so much clothes! I like the theory that's it's Daryl, Setzer's missing and presumed dead girlfriend. Just b/c he's a hopeless romantic who otherwise ends up alone after Celes stonewalls him.
 

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Yeah, it's kind of a weird thing b/c the Siegfried later is a total badass and he says someone's been impersonating him. I think in some translations the names of the two are just slightly different. I saw one theory saying that it could have been Gogo but since Gogo is a badass fighter and doesn't talk at alI I find that unlikely.

Yeah it'd make more sense for the mini image to just be added. Maybe it was part of a mod but the mini sprite is super simple, it's just a recolor using whatever character's palatte.

"Ziegfried" is most likely a remnant of the original concept they had for Gogo, who was an imposter travelling around the World of Ruin disguised as your inactive party members.
 

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That was a really cool concept, meeting a random party member of your's in the WoR and not knowing it was an imposter and having them act like a jerk to you would have been a really neat suprise. Shame they couldn't implement it. Having your entire party get eaten by a sandworm to enter a dungeon was a pretty cool alternative though.
 

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Well there has to be some reason he/she never talks and wears so much clothes! I like the theory that's it's Daryl, Setzer's missing and presumed dead girlfriend. Just b/c he's a hopeless romantic who otherwise ends up alone after Celes stonewalls him.

Haha, that's a great one too.
 

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On today's wintry installment, reunions take second fiddle to first impressions between allies quite distrustful of one-another. That clown you keep hearing so much about has a little one-hit wonder he likes to call Ice2, but not before some party combinations prove far better than others. All this and an old man who groans laboriously, so grab some [more] cider and snuggle up for strange pictures of the "Finest Fantasy for Advance" -- only on Sony PlayStation.

Sometimes I don't even know what I'm typing.



Here in Narshe, old friends collide. Terra takes a back seat while Edgar and Banon discuss the imminent need to gather with a man the game rightly calls "Elder." Elder has an issue with throwing away the lives of his people, but more and more, it's becoming obvious he's got to bite the bullet. This conversation is retrospectively ironic considering I don't see a single one of his men on the field when the fighting starts, but hey, I'm sure they were, uh, defending the town or something. Even though Kefka's forces arrive from the south. Ah. Well. We can't all be perfect.

Mid-sentence, Sabin greets his bro and Cyan introduces himself. Gau does, too, after a fashion. Seconds later, Locke and Celes arrive, with Locke delivering the grim news that the Empire's almost on top of Narshe. Cyan draws attention to the fact that Celes Chere is in fact a former imperial general, which goes over swimmingly enough to trigger another panic attack from our resident Barristan Selmy when someone else lists off Terra as a former imperial soldier.



Photographed above, Cyan's reaction to discovering he's in league with two women he'd sooner duel to the death.

There's nothing for it then but to begin the battle in earnest. There's a scene with Kefka rolling up through the desert again and some of his troops aren't clear on the concept of wholesale slaughter so he spells it out to them as best he can. There's been a trend in Western society to depict clowns as closet homicidal maniacs, so it's refreshing to see the hard-working Easterners at Squaresoft making no concealment of the depravity inherent in all clowns, always.

Oh, I want to use this picture before it's too late.



So, yes. The Battle for Narshe. Let's capitalize it to make it all officious-like. On the way to the snowfield, there's a terrific sequence in which Celes and Terra become affiliated and Celes says she's no opera floozy before Cyan vows to keep his eye on her. Locke's hidden past is further alluded-to, and, well, I'm sure some other things happened, too, but I'm still stuck on Celes literally mentioning the opera derisively chapters before performing her #1 hit single.

Everyone lines up like ducks in a row and I equip them accordingly. When I'm ready, I let Ol' Banon know and he lets me hook up my teams. This is where my commitment to trivial plot ideas comes into play in a big way. Cyan goes with Gau, because I dig that he has lost his son and is treating Gau protectively. I throw Terra into the mix to heighten the drama of Cyan not trusting her or Celes; I'd do Celes instead but she's with Locke, because he will protect she and Terra, but Terra's already accounted-for with the Cyan dynamic. Also, Terra will one day discover the concept of love through the birth of a child, and Gau is a child. Edgar and Sabin stick close together and keep careful tabs on Banon, because they're bros, and that's what bros do.

Here's a more streamlined explanation.



The battle goes well for some and "eh" for others. Locke has his Genji Glove, but he's not yet been given access to the Full Moons I'll soon be purchasing, so his damage output is great but not gorgeous. Celes has an Earring, but not two Earrings, because I gave Sabin an Earring, because Fire Dance. So she can multicast Ice, but she'll need to cast it twice to mop up the opposition. Elsewhere, BioBlaster and Fire Dance are enough to make mincemeat of every Magitek mech, and Gau's scratching people as if he were some stray cat, so I really needn't go on.

Along comes a Kefka who we beat up to earn 15 silver points [and the salvation of an entire city].



This isn't the party I used and I don't appreciate Locke being the only one unconscious but whatever you get the point.

Once Kefka's bolted, Terra has this thing where she turns into, ah, Trance Terra, if you will, and her sprite is both lovely and also alien and she flies away, flies away, flies away home as everyone clings to the cliff. Some look awake, some look out like lights, but everyone agrees there's nothing sacred about their final ray of hope turning into a neon pink bipedal ethereal and soaring off into the horizon.



Forget what I said about clowns. This is the real threat to the planet.

Regrouping, the team agrees to leave two people behind to defend Narshe, further destabilizing the notion that Elder's alliance is worth a damn since I guess his guards are now... uh... guarding... the moogles, yes, let's go with that. I choose Locke to helm a party which also sees Celes, Edgar, and Sabin, leaving Gau in Cyan's protective custody for reasons aforementioned. I loot a bunch of treasure chests and trot on over to Figaro Castle, where another memorable scene begins.



Like a boss.

Sabin flops down on a throne and reminisces. He and Edgar were having a rough go of it ten years ago when their father, the king, kicked the bucket most unexpectedly. It's theorized in-script that the Empire had him poisoned, which means that, yes, the Empire had him poisoned. A low-down no-good deal, that Empire. Sabin, despite being Edgar's twin as I understand things, is a more emotionally loose cannon than his twin-bro and calls the castle out on its politically focused demeanor following dad's demise. He tells Edgar they ought to run away together and leave it all behind, but Edgar ensures Sabin gets his freedom. The rest is history.



Gacha history right here waitin' for ya. Please be excited.