A city located south of Dollet in the forest area. It was an independent country before neighboring country Galbadia invaded 18 years ago. There are numerous resistance groups fighting for independence to this day.
Timber is a city in Final Fantasy VIII. It is under martial law by the Galbadian Army, and has many resistance groups struggling to regain Timber's independence. Notable features include its many train lines and its television broadcasting studio. It is also the home of Timber Maniacs, a publishing company.
The city's name was derived from the surrounding woods. The town has four train stations, but due to the citizens' disobedience with the current government the town has never really prospered under Galbadian regiment. For a long time Timber's mass media reflected local political ideology, but was later heavily censored by the government. An atmosphere of new and old blends in the city, with houses and stores having a stone-made look, while the TV station has a futuristic appearance. The mixture of Timber and Galbadia's crests within the city allude to the town's complicated history. Timber used to have its own military troops while an independent nation, but following Galbadian occupation that body was largely dissolved and Galbadian soldiers serve as the peace-keeping force. To give its government a firmer presence, the Galbadian army has some of its troops stationed in Timber.
According to Anarchist Monthly, Galbadia, under the new leadership of President Vinzer Deling, invaded the area following the "2nd Sorceress War". This is the only part in the game where it is implied there would have been more than one Sorceress War, and elsewhere the term Sorceress War is used to refer to the war Galbadia waged against Esthar reigned by Sorceress Adel.
Under Galbadian occupation the woodland decreased dramatically. Prior to its occupation, those in the resistance were hunted down, and many citizens were killed and imprisoned leading to the deep-seated hostility in the local consciousness. Many of Timber's citizens have, or presently belong to, the resistance, although the resistance remains largely inactive owing to the strong Galbadian occupancy.
The newly graduated SeeD members are sent to Timber as their first mission to help the Forest Owls, a subversive group resisting the Galbadian occupation. During the mission Squall Leonhart meets Rinoa Heartilly for the second time, following their dance at Balamb Garden. Squall and his party are to aid the Forest Owls in kidnapping of the Galbadian President, Vinzer Deling, but the mission fails when it is discovered that the president they were attempting to kidnap is only a body double called Gerogero.
It is discovered that the president's business in Timber is to broadcast the announcement of a sorceress becoming Galbadia's new ambassador. During the broadcast Seifer Almasy appears, and holds the President hostage, until he is lured away by Sorceress Edea. In the incident's aftermath the G-army searches the town and destroys the Forest Owls' base. Squall and his teammates lay low and avoid capture, and escape to the Galbadia Garden.
- Timber Railroad Station
- Timber Maniacs Office
The Timber Maniacs office is the central administration for most magazines circulating the globe. They publish "battle series" magazine,s such as Weapons Monthly Magazine, and photobooks, such as "Jacket Over Skin: The Beautiful Women Edition". They also published Timber Maniacs that focused on freelance writings.
- Items - Timber Maniacs Magazine in the backroom and a The Girl Next Door magazine in the pile of books next to the information counter.
- Draw points - Blizzaga (hidden, never refills, in the left room of the building)
- Lady's House
Located to the right of Timber Maniacs' offices, the party can view the back alley behind the pub from the second floor window. Doing so is not required to gain access to the TV station.
- Old Man's House
When the hotel is inaccessible right after the train mission, the party can drink from the faucet to restore HP. Checking the cupboard repeatedly can find the old man's stash of 500 gil. There is no option to return it, but no penalty for taking the money either. The house is to the right past the Lady's House and into the section with train tracks; the old man's house is located on the left platform.
- Eastern Train platform
Two screen east of the Timber Maniac's building, two train platforms are located here along with the Old Man's House. After returning to Timber in disc 2, you can find a girl playing on the train tracks. If you choose to save her before the train comes, the screen fades to white and you got a free stay at the hotel. A model train will roll into the room, and examining it gives a news bulletin saying that a young girl was rescued from the train tracks by a brave young man.
- Aphorora Pub
A prominent bar located near the Railroad Station. Patrons can walk through the pub into a back alley to access the Timber TV Station. The drinks for sale are named after greens found in other Final Fantasy games.
- Timber Hotel
The hotel features a scaled train model in the foyer as well as an actual rail-crossing bar that prevents people from entering without paying first. The party can stay here for free if they rescue a girl from an oncoming train at the train station.
- Items - Timber Maniacs Magazine
- Timber TV Station
All forms of communication now use HD cables. No radio transmissions are used. Timber TV Station keeps its radio systems, waiting for the day radio transmission is restored.
Before the Sorceress War's end radio transmission broadcasts were broadcast from Timber's TV Station. Now, 17 years after all transmissions became static, the station still stands ready for use.
Timber Store Edit
Timber Pet Store Edit
|HP-J Scroll* Needs Tonberry GF's Familiar||10,000|
|Str-J Scroll* Needs Tonberry GF's Familiar||10,000|
|Vit-J Scroll* Needs Tonberry GF's Familiar||10,000|
|Mag-J Scroll* Needs Tonberry GF's Familiar||10,000|
|Spr-J Scroll* Needs Tonberry GF's Familiar||10,000|
|Pet Pals Vol. 3||1000|
|Pet Pals Vol. 4||1000|
Souvenirs Shop Edit
|Owl's Tears||Out of stock|
|Model Train||Out of stock|
|Map of Timber||Out of stock|
|Naughty Magazine||Out of stock|
Aphorora Pub Edit
Junk shop Edit
Weapon remodeling can be done at the junk shop, located next to the hotel.
Train hi-jacking Edit
During the mission to capture the president's train car Squall, Selphie, Zell, and Rinoa jump over to the presidential train, and the player has to input three codes. The player should go down when there are no guards, and go back up if a guard gets near. In the next segment the player must input five codes and won't get a warning for the guards.
During the train mission, if Squall is never detected by the guards he gains a SeeD rank. Being detected fewer than 10 times has no effect on Squall's rank, but if the guards spot him the tenth time, his rank will drop.
Drifter in Aphrora PubEdit
When the player defeats the Galbadian soldiers outside the pub during the event they try to get to the TV Station, they will obtain a Buel card. This card can be shown to a drunk man in the pub and he gives the player a Tonberry card. If the player modifies/loses the Buel card before talking to the drunk man, he will give the player the Forbidden card instead.
The player can also get him to move by buying him the drink he is currently drinking, yielding a Forbidden card. Talking to the guy at the table learns the combinations of drink names, label colors, and tastes. The player can then check which color label the drunk man has. The bartender will say the drifter prefers bitter ones. If the drifter has a sweet drink, he says it "stinks" but the correct option is to still buy him the drink he already has. If the player buys him the wrong drink he says "Hey hey hey, I may be no connoisseur, but I got my favorite. I wanna drink more of the same thing I'm drinking right now." If the plater buys him the correct drink he says "Hey, punk, you got good manners! I ain't the rude type either. Here, take some o' this! Ha ha ha...(hic)", moves and gives Squall the Forbidden card.
Triple Triad Edit
Timber plays with Galbadia region rules, where Same is the sole starting rule.
Musical themes Edit
"Martial Law" is the theme song played in Timber. This song uses percussion and has a jazzy feel to it. "Timber Owls" is the song for the Forest Owls resistance group.
Other appearances Edit
Squall and his party make their way toward Timber, site of their first assignment. Once there, they are to assist the Forest Owls resistance in abducting President Deling.
Timber is a term common in the United Kingdom and Australia for wood materials. The term Lumber is common in the United States of America and Canada.
- On Squall's first visit to the Timber TV Station, several repeating phrases are shown on the huge screen, including "IAMALIVEHERE" (I am alive here), "IWILLNEVERLETYOUFORGETABOUTME" (I will never let you forget about me), and "BRINGMEBACKTHERE" (Bring me back there). These are believed to be the thoughts of sorceress Adel confined in space.
- A guy near one of the stations will continually give Squall's party a Potion if either Rinoa or Quistis is in the party.
- The Timber soldiers' weapons and uniforms are similar to that of American Civil War era soldiers, tying into the antiquated, industrial-era appearance of the town.
- In Timber, a sign near the Timber TV Station says "Bropaganda Tower".
- There is a woman on the Timber train station who talks about Laguna having once saved her.
- If the player watches the train abduction demonstration in the Forest Owls' base twice, Selphie will suggest they derail the president's car instead, to which Zell points out it would be pointless to kill him before abducting him.
- All known resistance groups fighting for Timber's independence are compound terms and all have the word "Forest" as their first word in their names, e.g.: Forest Owls, Forest Fox, and The Forest Duck.
- During a Laguna dream Laguna Loire, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac trek through the burning woods during Galbadia's invasion of Timber. The area is actually revisited as Squall's present day party when the party is on their way to G-Garden and Squall and his friends fall asleep in the woods leading to the Garden, implying the Timber woods would have encompassed a large chunk of Galbadia.