The balance was broken. Those who answered Chaos's call created an inexhaustible force. And under vicious attack without relent, the warriors fighting for Cosmos started to fall one by one. The conflict that has been continued for eons is now about to end in Chaos's favor. The world has been torn asunder, sinking into a vortex of disorder. As for the few surviving warriors...
The Prologue, titled The Shattered World(砕かれた世界, Kudakareta sekai?), is the first level available on Story Mode in Dissidia Final Fantasy. It features several simple stages intended to let the player learn the controls and aspects of the game and therefore is not difficult to defeat. The Warrior of Light is controlled. Upon completion, the ten Destiny Odyssey levels are unlocked. This acted as the tutorial in the Japanese version, but in the Western releases, there is a shortened tutorial that is separate from the prologue, which covers only the action-fighting aspects of the gameplay; this new tutorial was shortened from about one hour to just ten minutes.
The level starts with the opening FMV where the ten Warriors of Cosmos fight against the Warriors of Chaos.
The Warrior of Light finds himself in the Order's Sanctuary. Upon hearing Cosmos's voice stating that she had been defeated and seeing a light in the distance, the warrior decides to walk up and investigate it.
After defeating all the manikins, the Warrior of Light finds Cosmos. Appearing to all the Warriors of Cosmos, Cosmos asks them to obtain the crystals as they can be used to save the world.
"Only those with the courage and wisdom to know their own strength can triumph over the greatest of foes..."
The third stage consists of a normal Battle Piece, a treasure chest containing a Broadsword, and the Stigma of Chaos. This stage also introduces the Skill Maser Eye. The player begins with three Destiny Points.
"Battle follows upon battle, yet the power to overcome countless foes is within reach..."
In this stage the player must confront two Battle Pieces. Upon defeating one of them the other will achieve a Berserk state and attacks the player. Both may award DP as long as certain conditions are met. The player begins with two Destiny Points.
"Only those whose will to overcome all trials never falters may secure a brighter future..."
The final stage contains a treasure chest containing a Power Ring. The Stigma of Chaos is replaced by a Chaos Piece. Normally these are boss pieces that must be defeated to complete the stage. However, this is just another manikin. The player begins with two Destiny Points.