When the Empire invaded Tzen, they killed off their royal family. Young men of appropriate age were conscripted and taken away to serve in the military, leaving the town populated by women, children, and the elderly. Imperial troops roam the streets making some reluctant to venture outside.
In the World of Ruin, Celes comes to Tzen from Albrook, following rumors of a man searching for his friends. As she arrives at the town, Kefka attacks Tzen with the Light of Judgment. The mansion on the north end of town begins to collapse, and Celes finds Sabin holding up the structure. Celes races inside the building to find a child trapped in the basement, and the two narrowly escape the home before it crumbles. Sabin joins Celes, the discovery of his survival filling her with hope that the other members of the group are still alive.