The World of Ruin was created when Kefka Palazzo moved the Warring Triad out of alignment on the Floating Continent. This delicate balance was the key to sealing the World of Balance in place. When Kefka moved them out of this balance, they went haywire and began destroying the world. The result was the World of Ruin.
At the center of the former imperial continent, a monument to destruction was formed with all of the debris, and it was at the top of this monument that Kefka used his Light of Judgment to exert his will on the world and destroy those who disobeyed him. Many monsters of legend were also released at this time, including Humbaba, Deathgaze, and the Eight Dragons, and they were invited to wreak havoc on the world at will. Lastly, many of the weaker monsters had mutated into stronger, more violent beasts.
The World of Ruin is characterized by barren wastelands, deserts, burnt forests, and polluted water. It consists of a series of small islands that dot the world, and those islands are where most people live.
List of Locations in the World of RuinEdit
The World of Ruin serves as the background for the Field Music Sequence for Searching for Friends. Narshe and the northern mountains and Figaro Castle and the outlying desert appear as specific features in the scenery. Reflecting the World of Balance that serves as the background for Terra's Theme, where the World of Balance background featured the Phantom Forest, in the World of Ruin it is replaced with a desert.
The World of Ruin appears in a Field Music Sequence.
The overworld theme for the World of Ruin is "Dark World" until the party acquires the Falcon, after which the theme turns into "Searching for Friends".
A live recording of "Dark World" is included on the A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy album.