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In ancient times there was a mighty spell that could summon meteorites and cast them upon the heads of foes. The meteorites had crystalline cores, grown abnormally large in another spacetime. The attributes of the meteorite would differ depending on the nature of its core crystal. Some meteorites even held within them rare, otherworldly crystals knows as 'artefacts,' which in special circumstances might be used to open portals to other places—and other times.
A Time Gate (時間ゲート, Jikan Gēto?), more commonly called a gate, is a gameplay and story element from Final Fantasy XIII-2. The Time Gates are connected via the Historia Crux and by stepping into a Time Gate, one can travel through time to a specific location. In order to activate a Time Gate, one must possess the necessary artefact. Some require a specific artefact, while others can only be activated using a Wild Artefact, which is consumed when used.
In a fragment entry for Chaos Crystal, it is said that Chaos Crystal is a shard of twisted time, frozen in crystal formed by spacetime singularities, and is believed to be the seed substance that causes Time Gates to manifest. Only those for whom a Time Gate is intended may pass through it, otherwise, they will be blocked upon approach. It is said that only those with an affinity for chaos may make use of the Time Gates. When a Time Gate is activated, writing in Etro Script circles the gate in a sequence of repeating letters, however, it doesn't spell out anything intelligible, merely a sequence saying: "MLFMHBPEC".
Multiple Time Gates can appear in each location, but each leads to a different world. This can allow access to the same world in several different time periods, and each one contains many different features: flora, fauna, and most importantly, storyline elements. Returning to places at different times is the key to unlocking the story, as some information and items can only be attained in certain times.
There are two types of Time Gate: golden gates, "blessed by the goddess and shine like the sun", and blue gates. Golden gates require special artefacts to open them, each gate needing a different artefact. Blue gates, however, can only be opened by using Wild Artefacts, which can be found scattered across the timeline.
Time Gates appear as strange glowing portals, and each requires a specific 'artefact' to activate it. By passing through these gates and traveling outside the timeline, it is said one can eventually arrive in Valhalla.
List of Time GatesEdit
|New Bodhum -3 AF-||Meteor Impact Site||Giant's Artefact||The first Time Gate appears near New Bodhum. Artefact needed is found in a mirror in Serah's room in NORA house. Leads to Bresha Ruins -5 AF-.|
|Bresha Ruins -5 AF-||Excavation Site||None||A gate from New Bodhum -3 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Bresha Ruins -5 AF-||Echoes of the Past||Eclipse Artefact||One of three Time Gates in Bresha Ruins -5 AF-. Artefact can be found after beating Atlas. Leads to Yaschas Massif -10 AF-.|
|Bresha Ruins -5 AF-||Echoes of the Past||Reunion Artefact||One of three Time Gates in Bresha Ruins -5 AF-. Artefact can be found after beating Atlas. Leads to Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-.|
|Bresha Ruins -5 AF-||Echoes of the Past||Wild Artefact||Leads to Bresha Ruins -300 AF-.|
|Temporal Rift||Temporal Rift||No artefact needed||Time Gates located in Temporal Rift anomalies are always open, but various puzzles must be completed in order to reach the Time Gate. Going through the Time Gate resolves the anomaly and the rift disappears.|
|Bresha Ruins -300 AF-||Echoes of the Past||None||A gate from Bresha Ruins -5 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Bresha Ruins -300 AF-||Echoes of the Past||Wild Artefact||Blue Time Gate in the section that is blocked off in previous eras; opened with a Wild Artefact. Leads to the Yaschas Massif -110 AF-.|
|Yaschas Massif -110 AF-||The Paddraean Archaeopolis||None||A gate from Bresha Ruins -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Yaschas Massif -10 AF-||The Pass of Paddra||None||A gate from Bresha Ruins -5 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Yaschas Massif -10 AF-||The Pass of Paddra||Hollow Artefact||The second gate found in Yaschas Massif -10 AF-. Leads to Oerba -200 AF-.|
|Oerba -200 AF-||The Ashensand||None||A gate from Yaschas Massif -10 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Oerba -200 AF-||Village Proper||Artefact of Origins||Leads to Yaschas Massif -01X AF-.|
|Yaschas Massif -1X AF-||The Pass of Paddra||None||A gate from Oerba -200 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Yaschas Massif -1X AF-||The Pass of Paddra||Wild Artefact||Leads to Augusta Tower -300 AF-.|
|Yaschas Massif -1X AF-||The Pass of Paddra||Illusionary Artefact||Leads to The Void Beyond -??? AF-.|
|Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-||Lush Woodland Path||None||A gate from Bresha Ruins -5 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-||Forest Crossroads||Restoration Artefact||Leads to Academia -400 AF-.|
|Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-||Base of the Crystal||Thundering Artefact||Leads to The Archylte Steppe -??? AF-.|
|Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-||Bow Isle||Combat Artefact||Leads to Coliseum -??? AF.|
|The Archylte Steppe -??? AF-||Plains of Eternity||None||A gate from Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|The Archylte Steppe -??? AF-||Grave Ridge||Wild Artefact||Leads to Vile Peaks -200 AF-.|
|Coliseum -??? AF-||Coliseum||None||A gate from Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Serendipity -??? AF-||Temptation Plaza||None||A gate from Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Vile Peaks -200 AF-||Dismal Dunescape||None||A gate from The Archylte Steppe -??? AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Augusta Tower -300 AF-||12th Floor||None||A gate from Yaschas Massif -1X AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Academia -400 AF-||Central Bridge||None||A gate from Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Academia -400 AF-||Newtown||Tower Artefact||Artefact received from Yeul after defeating Zenobia. Leads to Augusta Tower -200 AF-.|
|Academia -400 AF-||Newtown||Wild Artefact||Leads to Yaschas Massif -100 AF-.|
|Yaschas Massif -100 AF-||The Paddraean Archaeopolis||None||A gate from Academia -400 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Yaschas Massif -100 AF-||The Pass of Paddra||Wild Artefact||Leads to Sunleth Waterscape -400 AF-.|
|Sunleth Waterscape -400 AF-||Bow Isle||None||A gate from Yaschas Massif -100 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Augusta Tower -200 AF-||50th Floor||None||A gate from Academia -400 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Augusta Tower -200 AF-||AI Nucleus||Artefact of Rebirth||Leads to Academia -4XX AF-.|
|Augusta Tower -200 AF-||49th Floor||Wild Artefact||Leads to Oerba -300 AF-.|
|Oerba -300 AF-||Village Proper||None||A gate from Augusta Tower -200 AF-. Used to return to Historia Crux.|
|Oerba -300 AF-||Village Proper||Wild Artefact||This gate leads to Oerba -400 AF-.|
|Oerba -400 AF-||Village Proper||None||A gate from Oerba -300 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Academia -4XX AF-||Central Bridge||None||A gate from Augusta Tower -200 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|Academia -4XX AF-||Central Bridge||Vagabond Artefact||Time Gate is located in the city, but is inoperable until five Graviton Cores are given to Alyssa and an artefact is received. Leads to Void Beyond.|
|Academia -4XX AF-||Grand Avenue||Wild Artefact||Leads to Vile Peaks -10 AF-.|
|Vile Peaks -10 AF-||Another Man's Treasure||None||A gate from Academia -4XX AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|A Dying World -700 AF-||Abyssal Fissure||None||A gate from Academia -4XX AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|A Dying World -700 AF-||The Black Sands||Wild Artefact||Leads to Bresha Ruins -100 AF-.|
|Bresha Ruins -100 AF-||Lamentable Rest||None||A gate from A Dying World -700 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|
|New Bodhum -700 AF-||Town Square||Artefact of the Ark||Final Time Gate appears off the coast of New Bodhum -700 AF-. Artefact needed is received during a cutscene. Leads to Academia -500 AF-.|
|Academia -500 AF-||None||A gate from New Bodhum -700 AF-. Used to return to the Historia Crux.|