- “Mysidia...the place where all this madness began.”
- —Cecil Harvey
Mysidia (ミシディアこく">ミシディア国, Mishidia Koku?, lit. Country of Mysidia) is a town in Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Mysidia is inhabited by wizards, and is ruled by an Elder. It is the hometown of Palom and Porom, and is one end of the Devil's Road, which connects Baron and Mysidia. The Tower of Prayers is located in Mysidia, and is where the Elder prays for those he cares about.
According to the Settei Shiryuu Hen guide book, it was founded by the Sage Mingwu (alluding to Minwu from Final Fantasy II), who drifted ashore 500 years before the events of Final Fantasy IV, although this idea has seemingly since been discarded. Practicing magic was initially a benevolent hobby accessible to everybody, but people became corrupted by power and competition. Mingwu was enraged and sealed away magic, and the Old Age of Magic came to an end. He later restored magic but made it so that only certain persons could use it, and this became the start of the New Age of Magic.
The Dark Knight Cecil raids Mysidia with the Red Wings airship fleet to steal the Crystal of Water for the King of Baron. Later he washes ashore near Mysidia after being attacked by Leviathan, but the inhabitants of Mysidia, unforgiving of his actions, cast spells on him such as Toad, Pig, and Poison when he returns.
Mysidia's theme, "Mystic Mysidia", features some peculiar elements not found in many town themes throughout the series. Its fast tempo and the inclusion of a cuckoo bird's chirp within the rhythmic section are but a few of these. A rearranged version of the theme was included in Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon album. In The After Years, when the blue planet invaded in chaos by the True Moon in The Crystals chapter, the track "Castle Damcyan" is played instead. (More...)
Screenshot of Edda from Final Fantasy XIV. A female Midlander Hyur, Edda is part of an adventuring company that travel Eorzea seeking fame and fortune, and the player's character runs across them several times in their adventure. Her fiancé and the leader of the company, Avere, died on a past mission and Edda is still in mourning for him, carrying his severed head in memory of him. The group breaks apart without his leadership, blaming Edda for his loss. Edda later sends out invitations for her wedding to Avere, and the player and Paiyo Reiyo discover the wedding is a ritual to resurrect a demonic incarnation of Avere. The player stops the ritual, Edda's robes catching on fire as she plunges into an abyss, smiling.
However, when the player reports her death to Paiyo Reiyo, he sees an apparition of Edda smiling at him over a brazier, and flees in horror. The player's character looks and sees nothing.