The Warring Triad (三闘神, Santōshin?, lit. Three Warring Gods), also known as the Statues and Goddesses, are, according to legend, collectively the gods of magic, and the beings that created the espers in Final Fantasy VI. They are named Demon, Fiend, and Goddess.
Three gods descended from the heavens and fearing one another's power, began to war. The mortals caught among their fighting became espers and were forced to fight as slaves to the gods. The gods realized the chaos their fighting was causing and agreed to seal away their power. With the last of their fading magic the gods returned the espers' free will, and turned themselves to stone. The last words they left to the espers were: "Never must we be woken." After the War of the Magi, the espers fled the world to a new realm and took the Warring Triad's petrified remains with them. The Triad were placed in a delicate balance of power, and it was said catastrophe would occur if they were moved out of position.
A thousand years later a man named Gestahl rediscovered the secrets of magic. He built up an Empire and invaded the esper world, kidnapping espers and draining their powers to be used in Magitek technology. Kefka Palazzo knows of the Warring Triad and plans to reawaken them. After discovering magicite, the true power of the espers, Gestahl invades the Esper World with Kefka, raising the Floating Continent with the Warring Triad's power at his fingertips. Kefka seizes the Triad's power for himself and uses it to murder Gestahl. Kefka moves the statues out of alignment, releasing their power, shifting the face of the world, and conquering the world.
Kefka uses the power of the Triad in the World of Ruin to exert his destructive will on any city that resists him, using a ray of energy called the "Light of Judgment" to burn anyone who opposes him, or destroy entire towns. When the party raids Kefka's Tower they destroy the Triad to get rid of Kefka's power source. This worries Terra, who is half-esper and half-human. The Triad are the source of magic, and thus the espers' life force. If the Triad were destroyed espers would die, possibly including Terra. By this point Kefka had drained most of the Triad's power into himself and thus become the source of magic. After Kefka is defeated Terra survives as a human without the espers' innate magical abilities because of her strong feelings for the children in Mobliz.
The Warring Triad are fought as bosses in Kefka's Tower.
According to the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, the final battle sequence against the Statue of the Gods is supposed to be a rematch of the Warring Triad; the first tier being Demon, the second tier being Goddess, and the third tier being Fiend. No official material support this, however; the idea was created by Nintendo of America.
"Catastrophe" is the name of the musical piece that plays when the party confronts Kefka and Gestahl before the Warring Triad, and is also used when the Floating Continent rises. During the three battles with the Warring Triad, the music used is "Battle to the Death".
Three statues that appear in the Desert Palace appear to be an allusion to the Warring Triad. The outer statues are demonic creatures titled "Promise of the Evil God" and "Truth of the Devil". The middle statue is angelic, and is named the "Illusion of the Goddess".
The Japanese name of the "Ruthless" paradigm may be a reference to the Triad — the Japanese name for the Paradigm is "撃滅の戦鬼", translating as "Warring Demons of Destruction" and consists of a Commando, a Ravager and a Saboteur.
Kefka's EX Burst is titled Warring Triad. The input sequence to power up the attack features three controller commands appearing over Kefka in a triangle formation in the same positioning as the Triad's statues. The circles surrounding the commands when they appear are colored in the same pattern as the Triad's color scheme: the top circle (Goddess) is blue, the left circle (Fiend) is yellow, and the right circle (Demon) is red.
Warring Triad is mentioned in the Mognet letter sent by Kathy, who tells the player of their luck for the day. Kathy describes the Warring Triad as their nemesis for always being able to keep the 'battle-relationship' "fresh".
- Your Luck Today: Bomb
- “Enjoy toying with an opponent's weak spot? "Warring Triad" is your nemesis, kupo! The myriad of forms it takes to appear to you will always keep the relationship fresh! Today's lucky weapon is "Fixed Dice," kupo!”
Kefka's Dissidia EX Mode card refers to his draining of the Triad's power with its effect. Instead of paying Kefka's cost to play him from the hand, the player may instead send three Backup or Forward cards of different elements to the Break Zone.
Etymology and SymbolismEdit
A triad is defined as a "group of three". The number three occurs with great frequency in countless mythologies and religions found across the globe.
The Warring Triad may be loosely based on the Japanese gods Amaterasu, Susano'o, and Tsukuyomi. The storm god Susano'o and the moon god Tsukuyomi are male, while the sun goddess Amaterasu is female and the strongest of the three siblings. According to myth, when Izanami, one of the first gods and wife to Izanagi, died and went to the underworld, Yomi, Izanagi attempted to retrieve her but she was unable to follow. Izagani returned to Earth and bathed to purify himself, washing out Amaterasu, Susano'o, and Tsukuyomi, from his eyes and nose. Though the three are siblings they are opposed to each other, Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi having a falling out when he killed the food goddess Uke Mochi, while Amaterasu and Susano'o were always locked in a feud.
In the original concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, the Warring Triad are named beyond their basic titles: The Goddess is Sophia, the Demon is Zurvan, and the Fiend is Sephiroth. "Sophia" is the Greek word for "wisdom", and is commonly represented as a goddess, as well as being a primary deity in Gnosticism. Zurvan is a primary creation god of Zoroastrianism. The sephiroth is the pathway leading to God, also known as the tree of knowledge, in kabbalism (and would go on to be the name of the villain from Final Fantasy VII). Each of the three names represent the highest levels of knowledge and power in their respective religions.
- The triad is linked to the three basic elements. Fiend corresponds to Ice, Demon to Fire, and Goddess to Lightning.