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Ever wonder how Ayla defeated Azala on her own?
If Crono and company had never visited 65,000,000 BC, how would Ayla have done it? The thought of Ayla defeating that giant dinosaur, Nizbel, and Azala on her own is baffling, but very impressive.
Who says she did? The Reptites were doomed either way. Obviously Ayla had to survive past that point, but it was possible she never went to Tyrano Lair in the first place.
Good point, that is certainly possible. But I feel like, given the temperament that the Reptites and humans shared, a brawl was inevitable and would have taken place at the soonest possible chance.
Then again! The catalyst behind the fight that Crono and company partook in was the stealing of the gate key, which obviously never would have happened had Crono never shown up, and the timing on Lavos's entrance to Earth was uncannily right after Crono won the battle.
That being said (assuming Lavos was the reason behind the Reptites' demise and not Ayla), would it be logical to assume that the Reptites would have taken over the planet and defeated Ayla and the other tribesmen had Crono / Lavos never interfered? Crazy.
Yup, I believe the Reptites would have won out if not for Lavos. A weighty catch-22. The party members even sort of mention it just before the final battle with the Lavos Core. I think Lucca says something like: "You mean IT'S the reason we're all here?" It's referring to Lavos's DNA altering the DNA of human beings over the millenniums, speeding up their advancement and whatnot. But perhaps also referring to the more direct effect - instantly wiping out those that would have otherwise wiped out the "apes".
"Why is it so hard? ... Why can't you just take me? ... I don't have much to go... before... I fade completely..." - Kelly Clarkson
Well, the repitites would have died anyway, seeing as how lavos fell on thier lair.
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How Ayla would've done it.
Bronze Fist and a lucky string of crits.
That'll get 'er done.
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There's also the possibility Kino and others might have been her party members if she did decide to take the fight to Azala.
She might have always gone because that was what she was doing when Crono and Co. catch up to her at the Dactyl Nest.
But then, she might only have been taking to fight to Azala in order to rescue Kino, who may never had been caught had he not attracted Azala's attention when he stole the gatekey during Crono's first visit.
So many possibilities...
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MASSIVE SPOILERS WARNING:
To start with, Time Loops only conceptually function if you think of them as a Mobius Strip: there is no "beginning point," nor is there an "end point." You can pick a point where you "begin" to trace on it, and you can pick a point where you end your tracing, but the Strip itself does not begin, nor end.
That's why the End of Time area, if you'll recall, was originally literally nothing when that guy was sent there. The dude had to create that space using his own willpower/magical power. It's why he doesn't age, and it's also why Spekkio exists there (because he's essentially the physical manifestation of War, which is itself a symbolic creation of violence, which is itself an utterly timeless concept - so long as humans have emotions and free will, violence will always exist regardless of how much time elapses).
That area exists entirely outside of time, because it is an END, and time - at least in this game - is a loop. The "end" serves only to perpetuate the "beginning" which serves only to facilitate reaching the "end," etc. ad infinitum.
The reason this is relevant is because the question "how did she beat them on her own" can be interpreted to mean "the first time." But that question isn't relevant to a time loop, because you're implying a singular, linear concept of time when you talk about "original events." It's the time-continuum equivalent of comparing apples to oranges.
There CAN'T be a "first time" because if there WAS, the entire premise of the game literally could not exist. She beats the reptites only with help from Crono and co., and Crono and co. are only human because she beats the reptites. It's a closed loop. Linear thinking does not apply.
Now, WITHIN the conceptual acceptance of time being a loop, meaning whether you help her or not Crono will still exist in some fashion, and will still get sent back in time to choose to help her or not, you DO have a choice of whether to actually help. After you beat Magus in his lair and get sucked into the Gate, Ayla will wake you up in the Prehistoric era. What you can choose to do is immediately go to the Mystic Mountains and use the Gate there to go to the End of Time. Then use the bucket Gate to beat Lavos without ever helping Ayla beat the reptites.
If you do this, the ending you get is Crono being woken up by his mother, who tells him to go to the Millennial Fair (in other words, the beginning sequence of the game)... but with one key difference:
Everyone is a reptite. Because you didn't go help Ayla beat them. So humans lost the human-reptite war, and the reptites were the ones who got to benefit from Lavos' alien DNA mutation stuff.
It's still a loop, because Crono is still going to meet Marle and they're still going to get sucked into the Gate and EVENTUALLY Crono's going to get to choose whether to help the humans win all over again. But it does answer at least a portion of the original question:
Ayla cannot beat the Reptites on her own, which means humans cannot exist in this game if Time is treated linearly.
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Yes, what Gaspar up there said.
"The bitter black wind begins to howl... Very well..."
"The black wind begins to blow.. Okay..give me your best shot..."
What a fantastic post! Great read, very interesting and well put.