World A (I)
Nova Chrysalia (LR:FFXIII)
- “Nova Chrysalia, a world diseased by Chaos. Made up of four regions, a monorail provides transportation for travel throughout this realm. Lightning, the protagonist, begins her final adventure in this plague-ridden land devoid of hope. However, her journey won't be long, as the Chaos has bled through the soil, drawing near the world's end.”
- —Official description
Nova Chrysalia (called Novus Partus (ノウス゠パルトゥス, Nousu Parutusu?) in the Japanese version) is the main setting of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. After the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the chaos of Valhalla flows into the mortal world through Etro's Gate as a result of the goddess's death. Gran Pulse and Valhalla blend together to form Nova Chrysalia.
Over the next five centuries, the land that makes up Nova Chrysalia slowly decays as a result of Valhalla's chaos, until only four continents are left. After Lightning awakens from crystal stasis, the world faces Armageddon in thirteen days.
Located in the Sea of Chaos, Nova Chrysalia is comprised of four continents connected by monorail. Nova Chrysalia is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon whose waters fall into an endless abyss. Two of its continents are urbanized with cities, and the other two have natural terrain. Nova Chrysalia features plains, deserts, wilderness, rocky terrain, and ruins, as well as sites originally seen on both Gran Pulse and in Valhalla.
Since Gran Pulse is the original form of Nova Chrysalia, the last remaining bit of land makes up the world. The architecture of the urban areas of Nova Chrysalia have gothic, mechanical, and fantasy elements.
Other than the world decaying, another side effect of Valhalla's chaos is the disruption of the cycle of life itself. People cannot age, they can suffer unbearable illnesses and new children cannot be born. People can't die naturally from age, though they can die unnatural deaths from things such as murder, and anyone who questions the phenomenon or tries to discover the truth behind it is silenced. Most people are also unaware that five centuries have passed and the world is coming to an end since each day feels like a blur. Another side effect of chaos infecting the world is that people's hearts have become burdened and hopeless, or been corrupted by chaos.
Each of the four continents has an individual theme:
- Luxerion has the theme of "mystery-suspense", as Lightning has to use stealth and detective skills to solve the recent string of murders plaguing the city.
- The Dead Dunes' theme is "labyrinth exploring", since there are dungeons and ruins to explore throughout the desert.
- Yusnaan has a "spy" theme as Lightning's main goal is to infiltrate Snow Villiers's palace with guards anticipating her attempts to do so, while players will have to use careful time management.
- The Wildlands has the theme of "grand nature", as it's a vast area filled with forests and small villages that invokes the "open world" feel where the player can easily get lost and not have to complete missions in a linear progression.
List of Areas in Nova ChrysaliaEdit
As revealed in the secret DLC ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the Dying World is among the areas of Gran Pulse that became integrated in Nova Chrysalia's design.
- Luxerion, the "divine city of light", the gothic religious center of Nova Chrysalia, and the world's largest city.
- Yusnaan, the "city of revelry", the world's center of entertainment.
- The Ark, a structure within Bhunivelze, Hope Estheim's new Cocoon that temporarily floated above Gran Pulse in 500 AF, from where Hope watches over Lightning and Nova Chrysalia.
- The Dead Dunes, a desert region filled with ancient ruins.
- The Wildlands, a region full of natural terrain which was originally Gran Pulse and Valhalla, containing forests, and wildlife roaming free.
"Nova Chrysalia" is the eighteenth track on the third disc of the game's soundtrack.
Nova Chrysalia's Japanese name, Novus Partus, means "New Offspring" in Latin.
Nova Chrysalia is made an alternate Latin word for "new", and an invented name stemming from "Chrysalis", the cocoon a caterpillar forms around itself while metamorphosing into a butterfly.
- The concept artwork of Nova Chrysalia present on the official Japanese site has animated water.