The war against Cocoon—it was inevitable. The army of Gran Pulse was annihilated by the overwhelming power of the fal'Cie. Countless lives were lost.
Several hundred years ago, the armies of Pulse attempted to invade Cocoon in a conflict known today as the War of Transgression. The Sanctum's fal'Cie were able to repel the lowerworld forces before they breached Cocoon's interior, but not before they managed to seriously damage areas lying near the world's outer rim.
Details surrounding the clash remain shrouded in mystery, but the government's swift and decisive response to this violent Pulsian transgression minimized casualties and greatly boosted public faith in both the Sanctum and their fal'Cie.
Fragment of InvincibilityEdit
The War of Transgression that pitted Cocoon against Pulse took place 700 years before the catastrophe. The common wisdom on Cocoon is that the war was sparked by a Pulse invasion; however, Pulse records claim that the culprit was a 'demon from Cocoon.' Historians remain divided to this day.
The people of Pulse had always feared invasion from the sky, and made preparations accordingly. These included 'immortals', war machines of immense strength and durability that were able to fight fal'Cie even when half-destroyed. The ancient weapons were designed for a defensive war on the ground, not offensive airborne assaults. Some historians claim that this proves it was Cocoon that instigated the war.
It was thought by the inhabitants of Gran Pulse that Cocoon was created by the deity Lindzei, the Maker of the Cocoon fal'Cie. Numerous resources were stolen from Gran Pulse and some of its people lured to Cocoon with sweet promises of paradise, giving those who remained on Gran Pulse the impression that Cocoon was a source of evil that must be destroyed. Similarly, the inhabitants of Cocoon were made to believe that Gran Pulse was a primal, hellish world filled with unknown terrors and monsters. Cocoon's plundering of Pulse's resources ignited the wrath of the Pulse fal'Cie Anima, and caused it to wage war on the floating world.
The Cocoon fal'Cie wish for Cocoon's destruction so that the expiring human souls from the countless extinguished lives would reveal Etro's gate, the gateway to the unseen realm. The fal'Cie thus hope to call their Maker back into the world of the living so that the world could be reborn. Unable to destroy Cocoon themselves because they have been crafted for the purpose of its maintenance, the fal'Cie Barthandelus plans to have Pulse l'Cie destroy Orphan, the fal'Cie that sustains Cocoon by lending its power to all the rest of the fal'Cie.
Two Pulse l'Cie from the northern village of Oerba were chosen by Anima to destroy Cocoon: Oerba Yun Fang and Oerba Dia Vanille. Their Focus is to destroy Cocoon by transforming into a being known as Ragnarok. Due to Vanille's fear of the beast's power, she ran off and left Fang to carry out the task on her own.
Fang's incomplete Ragnarok cracked Cocoon's outer shell. The goddess Etro, knowing that Cocoon's destruction and the resulting deaths would disrupt the natural order, transformed both Fang and Vanille into crystals before they could complete their Focus.
Cocoon suffered considerable damage during the war: its shell was cracked open and the Sanctum fal'Cie had to salvage components from Pulse to mend it. The War of Transgression spread fear of Pulse among the citizens of Cocoon, which lasts for centuries.
Almost the entire human population of Pulse was wiped out with those who survived being outnumbered by the monsters patrolling the underworld. Exactly how this happened is unknown, but it was likely a combination of many things. The Cie'th Stone's mention of Pulse fal'Cie turning people into l'Cie with vague Foci, and many Pulsian ruins are left swarming with Cie'th. Anima was the protector of Oerba, but after the war, the Pulse Vestige containing Anima and Vanille and Fang's crystal forms was taken into Cocoon by Barthandelus, leaving Oerba defenseless.
- In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Hope says that records that described this conflict were found in an Oracle Drive. He confirms Serah's recollection of what would appear to be a commonly known historical date (at least by grade school teachers), with the war occurring 680 years before the catastrophe (the events of Final Fantasy XIII). A Fragment entry (Fragment of Invincibility) from Archylte Steppe ??? AF in Final Fantasy XIII-2 makes the same time frame seven hundred years, and the Final Fantasy XIII Scenario Ultimania suggests the war broke out approximately 600 years before.