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December 1st, 2013Edit
Erutan (real name, Kate Covington, also known by her internet name katethegreat19), is a singer/songwriter who has made several unofficial vocal arrangements of themes from the music of the Final Fantasy series. Erutan performs and arranges her work by herself, able to play the violin, the piano, the lyre, the guitar, several types of drums, and an array of other musical instruments. If the theme she covers lacks lyrics, she writes them herself, keeping in mind the mood and atmosphere of the tune.
Kate Covington started playing music at age two and went on to win many competitions in classical violin. She is an avid gamer and a fan of the Final Fantasy series. At age 16, she decided she wanted to compose music for video games and began practising music composition at the piano; she began producing songs and then turned to singing.
Erutan released her first original album titled Raindancer on November 22nd 2010 on her official website. Her second album, A Bard's Side Quest, was released as an iTunes-exclusive on January 19th 2013. The album featured most of her Final Fantasy covers as licensed, studio-mastered tracks, besides a selection of other tracks featured in different video games. (more...)
November 1st, 2013Edit
- “Please bring the Stellazzio to the queen when you find them. The queen will reward you with a gift when you do.”
- —Queen Stella's servant, Final Fantasy IX.
It refers to the twelve Zodiacal Constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Ophiuchus is also a Zodiacal constellation, though often not counted, but most games in the series that include the Zodiac make note of it in some way. The thirteen signs of the Final Fantasy Zodiac appear on the Ivalice Alliance logo. The summon Zodiark is named after the Zodiac. (more...)
October 1st, 2013Edit
- “The garif people live by the old ways. Magicite Lore is a part of their culture. They may hear it. The cry of the nethicite's power. Whispers of the Stone's menace.”
The garif (ガリフ, Garifu?) are a humanoid, all-male race from Final Fantasy XII, who live in tribes scattered over the Bancour Region of Ivalice. The only tribe encountered by the player is located in the village of Jahara.
Abhorring machinery and material goods such as money, they live off the land, adorning themselves in simple, natural materials, such as leather, grass, wood and stone, and building their houses from the same materials. Despite their intimidating appearance, the garif are a peace-loving people, albeit physically capable of fighting and hunting thanks to their muscular bodies, thick fur and incredible hearing and sense of smell. Many garif become herders, overlooking livestock of creatures known as "Nanna" in the garif tongue. The garif milk these creatures to make Nanna-cheese, a product famous throughout Ivalice.
After Ashe receives the Dawn Shard and witnesses its power, she wishes use the stone's power to protect the Kingdom of Dalmasca. The stone is cold and empty of Mist, however, and Fran tells her of the garif who are known for their worship of magicite. (more...)
September 1st, 2013Edit
- “I speak with passion, from the heart! That's what matters most.”
- —Laguna Loire
Laguna Loire is a temporarily playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. For most of the game the player experiences Laguna through playable flashbacks explained to the player as the main characters' dreams. His weapon of choice is the machine gun. Laguna is said to hail from Deling City, though most of his childhood and early adulthood remain a mystery.
He is cheerful, generous, kind-hearted, and though he hates fighting, he becomes a Galbadian soldier. He is respected among his comrades, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, although they scorn him at times for his impulsive attitude, but ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction.
Laguna is known for making up phrases on the fly whenever he does not know the correct words to a phrase, or just getting it wrong altogether. Laguna's friends laugh at him for his mistakes to which Laguna usually becomes embarrassed and ends the conversation. He is known for his inability to talk to women, though he exclaims it is only "beautiful women" around whom he gets nervous. When Laguna gets nervous his left leg cramps up. (more...)
August 1st, 2013Edit
- “The war between the East and the West was growing more violent by the day...Draco, a soldier from the West, thinks of his love, Maria, back at home...”
- —Impresario's narration
The Opera Maria and Draco is an event in Final Fantasy VI and the collective name of a set of four tracks, written by Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshinori Kitase, featured in the game's original soundtrack, later released as a single track in multiple album compilations.
The four tracks that play during the sequence are "Opening," "Aria di Mezzo Carattere," "The Wedding," and "Grand Finale?". The "Aria di Mezzo Carattere," one of Final Fantasy's most famous musical themes, is performed within the opera.
In order to establish contact with Setzer, the owner of the only functional airship in the World of Balance, the Blackjack, Celes impersonates the opera singer Maria, with whom Setzer is in love. Although Celes successfully poses as Maria for the majority of the opera, Locke discovers during the performance that Ultros is planning on dropping a weight on Celes from the rafters.
The opera is mostly in the game for one's enjoyment but also features a small game element. Three times during the opera the player has to pick the correct line for Celes to sing. Failing to do so will stop the opera and the player must do a new attempt; it is easy to guess which line is the correct one, however. (more...)
July 1st, 2013Edit
- “A legendary knight who rides his beloved horse Sleipnir to deliver a crushing blow, the "Zantetsuken."”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Most commonly, Odin will appear and slice though enemies with his sword, cleaving them in two and inflicting Instant Death. His ability in most Final Fantasy games is called "Zantetsuken". Other games give Odin the ability to damage enemies normally as well, should they be immune to instant death.
Odin is a demonic-looking knight with horns, a long, curved scimitar and a cape. This progressed to include a lance-type weapon called Gungnir. Odin is always seen on his horse, who takes on demonic attributes as well, such as red eyes and body armor. Sleipnir, Odin's steed in Norse mythology, has eight legs; in some games in the series, Odin's steed has six legs. In Final Fantasy III Sleipnir can be encountered as a six-legged enemy, while Odin's steed is a normal horse. (more...)
June 1st, 2013Edit
The Wild Rose Rebellion, also referred to as the Rebel Army, is a resistance organization fighting against the Empire of Palamecia in Final Fantasy II. Its name comes from the symbol of the Kingdom of Fynn, the Wild Rose.
Formed out of the remnants of the Kingdom of Fynn after it was conquered by Palamecia, the Wild Rose Rebellion was forced to move to Altair following the Empire's capture of the city and castle. Princess Hilda of Fynn leads the resistance movement, along with her right-hand and Royal Mage of Fynn, the White Wizard Minwu.
The group uses its name as a key term which can unlock important information and serve to identify those who are members of the group. The Wild Rose is the crest of Fynn.
The legacy of the Wild Rose Rebellion lives on in Dissidia Final Fantasy through a literal wild rose carried by Firion and the dream it inspires in him, to fight to end war and create a peaceful and free world where the flowers can bloom openly. (more...)
May 1st, 2013Edit
Dali (ダリの村, Dari no Mura?) is a small village near the geographical center of the Mist Continent, in the world of Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. It is located in the territory of Alexandria, near South Gate and above the Mist.
Dali was primarily a farming community, but after Queen Brahne began manufacturing black mages, the villagers abandoned farming in favor of the more profitable black mage production. The children and elders are responsible for running the town and keeping the secret.
Zidane, Steiner, Garnet, and Vivi arrive in Dali to rest and find a way to travel to Lindblum. They stay the night at the inn, but the innkeeper notices Vivi, and how he is similar in appearance to the black mages being produced.
Dali is a small village and most areas can be accessed from the Village Road. Underneath the village is an underground factory, a linear cavern system, which can be entered only once in the game from the inside of the Windmill. (more...)
April 15th, 2013Edit
The Shinra Electric Power Company (神羅電気動力株式会社, Shinra Denki Dōryoku Kabushiki-gaisha?), also known as Shinra Inc. (神羅カンパニー, Shinra Kanpanī?, lit. "Shinra Company") and sometimes spelled Shin-Ra, is a company in the world of Final Fantasy VII. It is primarily a power company, supplying Mako energy to the world and making electricity efficient and easily available. Shinra also operates in genetic engineering, space exploration, and has a strong military power including the elite group SOLDIER. This military power, combined with their monopoly of Mako energy, gives Shinra a measure of control over the world populace.
Nearly every central character in the entire Compilation of Final Fantasy VII has been negatively affected by Shinra's tyrannical rule, even many who work under its banner. The main characters of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- work for the company.
Shinra was originally a small weapons manufacturer known as the Shinra Manufacturing Works. When they discovered how to refine Lifestream into Mako energy as an electrical energy source, they exploded in power. The company spread power to the entire world, setting up Mako Reactors, quietly taking over every aspect of the Planet. With their ever-increasing finances, they expanded into many areas, including space exploration. (more...)
April 1st, 2013Edit
You Spoony Bard! is a quote from Final Fantasy IV, and is one of the most well-known and recognized quotes in the entire Final Fantasy series. Famous for its outright silliness and used as an example of poor translations, it has even entered popular culture and been referenced outside the Final Fantasy fandom. The line itself is spoken by Tellah as an insult to Edward Chris von Muir.
The original English translation of Final Fantasy IV for the SNES is often misattributed to Ted Woolsey. Woolsey is well-known for his work translating Final Fantasy VI, where similar silly and nonsensical lines, such as "son of a submariner!" were used. However, the translation of Final Fantasy IV was actually credited to Kaoru Moriyama, K. Okahisa, and H. Takahashi. The word "spoony" means "enamored in a silly or sentimental way." Thus, Tellah's usage of the word to refer to Edward is actually apt, but the term is considered archaic, and Tellah's use of such a mild insult given his anger is somewhat unlikely. (more...)
March 15th, 2013Edit
- “An ancient weapon imbued with a sacred power.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Alexander (アレクサンダー, Arekusandā?) is a summoned creature in the Final Fantasy series. It is a gigantic robot, often appearing as a fortress-type entity. Its attack, Divine Judgment, otherwise known as Judgment or Justice, deals Holy-based damage to all enemies.
Alexander first appears as an esper in Final Fantasy VI. It is obtained by defeating the Wrexsoul in Doma Castle with Cyan in the World of Ruin, and checking the throne in the King's Room. Its summon is called Divine Judgment (Justice in earlier translations). (more...)
March 1st, 2013Edit
The Iifa Tree (イーファの樹, Īfa no ki?), read as iifa Tree and sometimes mistaken as the Lifa tree, is a location on the world of Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. It was planted long ago by Garland as a gigantic soul filter, filtering the souls of Gaia. It is located on the Outer Continent.
The dwarves of Conde Petie refer to the Iifa Tree as the Sanctuary, because after going through a ceremony, not unlike being married, the happy couple journeys to the Iifa Tree to inscribe their names.
The Iifa Tree first originated from Terra and is over 5,000 years old. It was transplanted to Gaia by Garland after the Terrans' failed attempt at fusing the two planets into one. As a result of the failed fusion, Gaia's landscape was left in ruin, and in order to oversee the world's recovery, Garland moved Terra's magical tree Iifa to Gaia. Garland could use the Iifa Tree's roots to stabilize the environment, but it still took thousands of years for the planet to recover from the disaster. (more...)
February 15th, 2013Edit
The Seventh Umbral Era is a cataclysmic event that happened in Final Fantasy XIV and caused mass destruction on the continent of Eorzea. The entire Seventh Umbral Era subplot was used by the development team to explain in-lore several updates that happened after Naoki Yoshida was appointed to game producer - such as enlarging monsters and other events, and will culminate in the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, as the cataclysm reshaped Eorzea itself, justifying the new version's updated maps. The last umbral era happened 1,500 years ago.
This part of the game's history, along with the servers, has come to a climactic end as of midnight (PST) of November 11th, 2012. The climax, a cinematic video of the destruction called End of an Era, was launched just after the servers went down.
The Eorzeans believe the land is always shifting from periods of abundance followed by catastrophes that bring scarcity, and sometimes destroy entire civilizations. These periods are know as the Astral (abundance) and Umbral (scarcity) eras.
Information on periods prior to the Fifth Umbral Era is hard to come by, and little is known about the other eras beyond their elemental alignments and the destruction of the Allagan civilization on the Fourth Umbral Era. Because all the six previous Umbral eras are based on the six elements, the people of Eorzea have believed that there will be no more. But since the discovery of the 7th Verse of Mezaya's prophesy, they have come to believe in an impending 7th Umbral Era. (more...)
February 1st, 2013Edit
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a strategy role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. Contrary to what its name implies, it is not a remake or a direct sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics, although it does share its setting, Ivalice. The gameplay is similar with a few exceptions. The player is free to put together their own group of fighters known as a "clan", and control their actions over grid-like battlefields. For the most part, players are free to decide the classes, abilities, and statistics of their characters, which grow throughout the game. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance spawned a sequel, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.
The game begins in a modern world, in a city called St. Ivalice, and in the initial stages controls and actions are explained. The main character, Marche, his brother Doned, their friend Ritz, and fellow classmate Mewt find a strange book which transports them to the world of Ivalice, where the game truly begins. (more...)
January 15th, 2013Edit
- “The whole mess started with the Garment Grid... That's the invention that lets us harness the dresspheres' power.”
Dresspheres (ドレスフィア, Doresufia?) are an integral part of Final Fantasy X-2 's battle system; each character has to choose a dressphere to use in battle, which roughly translates into a Job System from previous Final Fantasy games; however, dresspheres are a little more encompassing than previous job systems.
Dresspheres determine the character's weapon, base stats, and appearance and there is no equipment to control these choices. Consequently, and perhaps fittingly, all of the equipment in Final Fantasy X-2 are some form of accessories.
Dresspheres need to be equipped in the character's Garment Grid to be used, and the player is able to change between dresspheres mid-battle by moving to a different node on the Garment Grid. Due to the game's New Game Plus function, it is possible to gain several of the same dressphere and equip them to the same Garment Grid, allowing gates to be activated while keeping the same job class.
During battle, a spherechange can be implemented at any time to change the current dressphere. This can be done to gain extra abilities from the Garment Grid, to activate the special dressphere, or just switching to a different job more suited for the particular enemy. Switching of dresspheres can be stopped by Status Effects. (more...)
January 1st, 2013Edit
- “A young man who appears in Serah's village after the meteorite strike. He is straightforward and direct, but is unwilling to talk much about his mysterious past. He carries two swords into battle, an elaborate great sword and a smaller stabbing sword, and he likes to use them up close and personal.”
- —Booklet Description
Noel Kreiss is a playable character and the male protagonist in Final Fantasy XIII-2. He is the last remaining human from 700 years in the future, and has traveled into the past hoping to change that fate. After meeting Lightning by chance, he saves Serah Farron from monsters and accompanies her on her quest to find her sister.
Noel is a young man with shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. He wears a black V-neck shirt designed with tribal patterns and a pair of angel wings on the back, along with a simple pendant. He wears a metal bracer on his left arm, a ring on his right hand, and wraps his right arm with cord. He wears large blue sirwal-style pants with decorated hems, and low-cut sandal-like leather shoes. A green pouch and hunter's knife are attached to his belt in the back, which itself is adorned with small lavender ties made of cloth. Under the angel wings on the back of Noel's shirt and on his dagger, there are lines of Etro script. The script on his shirt translates to: Seeker of Miracles at History's End -- Walker of the Realm Unseen, and the text on the dagger reads: Travel the desolate wasteland in search of hope's past. (more...)