A history of Kefka

#1fascistcrusaderPosted 3/5/2009 11:51:56 PM
I found these translation of an Ultimania like book for FF VI that give us a whole lot of new information on Kefka. Enjoy.

Age: 35 year old
occupations: Large demon derived loyal retainer
height/weight: 167cm/48kg
date of birth: November 19th (Scorpio)
Blood type: AB
birthplace: Unclear
likes: Mirror
hates: General Leo
hobbies: Playing with Dolls

For reasons unknown, Kefka is abandoned at birth. He is raised in a local orphanage where is he is physically abused, and develops autistic traits, growing into a taciturn child.

At a young age, Kefka graduates from the imperial academy at the head of his class, and is brought to the Magitek lab in Vector, where he becomes the first Magitek knight. The process warps Kefka’s mind, and he realizes he exists only to kill. He worships the emperor, and by the age of 23 is promoted to commander of one of Gestahl’s troop battalion.

At the age of 25, Kefka encounters the second ruin knight, an eight year old child by the name of Celes. He takes a keen interest in her, and trains her to become a hardened runic knight.

At the age of 30, Kefka is promoted to prime minister of the empire, second only to the emperor himself. A year later, he is promoted to the position of chief of staff of the entire imperial troop. As one of the empires most brilliant minds Kefka accomplishes much in the name of the emperor, conquering foreign lands in his name.

It is around this time that Kefka becomes interested in espers; this interest grows into an obsession with magic and the demonic, and Kefka eventually has a nervous breakdown. The breakdown is part of a long term effect of the Magitek process, which was unrefined during Kefka’s augmentation.

Due to Kefka’s mental decline, he is demoted. This happens, ironically enough, just around the time his protégé Celes Chere, now 15, is promoted to Admiral. The collapse occurs at the start of the 3rd imperial campaign. Kefka loses all good sensation in his body, and forgets his fondest memories, leaving with him only memories of his childhood abuse.

Kefka begins to play with dolls, and his behaviour becomes increasingly eccentric; he begins to adorn himself with garish robes, and feminine embellishments, and his speech patterns and behaviour change appropriately. He becomes increasingly more violent, and has fits of anger, where he uses his magical abilities to attack soldiers who make fun of him. He gradually becomes the most feared man in the empire, a man who only finds beauty in death and destruction.

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#2fascistcrusader(Topic Creator)Posted 3/5/2009 11:53:00 PM
Timeline:

-35: Kefka Palazzo is born. His parents abandon him at an orphanage where Kefka is beaten physically. Kefka develops an autistic personality, and withdraws from the world.

-17: Kefka graduates from the imperial academy at the top of his class.

-12: Kefka is promoted to the head of his platoon.

-10: Kefka takes an interest in Celes Chere, the 8 year old daughter of a slain General and noble woman. Kefka uses his influence to shape her into one of the finest ruin knights in the empire.

- 5: Kefka is promoted to the position of Chancellor of the Empire, second only to Gestahl.

- 4: In addition to his social promotion, Kefka is promoted the very top of the imperial army, as the commander supreme.

- 3: Around the time his ward Celes ascends to the rank of Leuitenant, Kefka has a nervous breakdown, and developes many personal eccentricities. He is deemed unfit for his position in empire and is demoted. However, due to his many years of service, The emperor sees it fit to keep Kefka around to do the jobs no one else is willing to do. 26 year old Leo Chirstophe is promoted, and Kefka develops a deep hatred for him.

- 0: An esper is discovered in Narshe; Kefka sends Biggs, Wedge, and a half-esper Girl named Terra to recover it.


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The Magitek Knights of Emperor Gestahl

- As the right hand man of Emperor Gestahl, a Magitek knight participates in various military campaigns.
- Kefka is imbued with the power of the Espers by Cid.
- But because of the expirement, Kefka fell ill.
- Now he is a dangerous member of the empire.
- The Magitek facility siphons magical power from the Esper, and
uses it to augment humans.
- The test subject gains mighty power, but it creates discord in the mind, emotional stability, and quirks in speech patterns and behavior.


Childhood

- Kefka is thrown away at birth, and is raised in an orphanage on the edge of Thamasa.
- Kefka is beaten severely as a child. He develops into a taciturn individual. (The word autism is surrounded by two words I am unable to translate.)


Young adulthood

- Kefka graduates from the imperial academy at the head of his class, and enters the Magitek facility. With Doctor Cid, he studies espers and magically derived experiments.
- Kefka finds purpose in his Magitek experiments. Due to his blind loyalty to emperor Gestahl, he receives much power.
- At the age of 23, Kefka is promoted to commander of the Magitek Knight platoon.
- At the age of 25, Kefka encounters Celes, and takes an interest in her. He uses his political pull to make sure she develops into a Rune Knight.


Adulthood

- At the age of 30, Kefka is appointed to the position of Prime minister.
- At the age of 31, Kefka is named General of the whole imperial army.
- As the brains behind the Imperial army, Kefka accomplishes much. He is particularly intrigued by the possibilities of magic power, and thus grows into his role as head of Gestahl’s Magitek army perfectly.
- Unfortunately, Kefka’s madness deepens, his affection for his charge Celes being the last remnant of his humanity.


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#3fascistcrusader(Topic Creator)Posted 3/5/2009 11:53:27 PM
Nervous Breakdown

- Kefka’s mental began around the time he was appointed Prime Minister. The cause of the collapse being a side-effect from the Magitek augmentation process.
- Kefka’s collapse becomes visible around the time Celes is promoted to the position of Rear Admiral, during the Third Imperial campaign.
- All of Kefka’s pleasant memories begin to deteriorate. He loses his ability to experience pleasant sensations, and his ability to appreciate beauty. The only desire left is the desire to destroy the world.
- After spiraling into insanity, Kefka starts to wear makeup and garish clothing, acting like a complete buffoon. His behavior changes and his patterns of speech deteriorate.
- Kefka begins to act conspicuously, and his motives come into question.


Character Reputation

- It is debated whether Kefka is autistic or his taciturn nature is due to abuse and assault.
- Kefka’s reputation among his co-workers is not good; he is viewed as eccentric, and not trusted by those who participate in imperial campaigns.
- Kefka is prone to temper tantrums, where he destroys property with his great magical abilities.
- When around Celes, Kefka acts as a kind older brother.

Before his nervous breakdown

- Kefka lived in a tower connected to the Magitek research facilities with Celes.

After the nervous breakdown

- Kefka is placed under house arrest, let out for work related activities only.
- In his home he gathers many jewels, and plays with dolls.

Combat Efficiency

- Kefka is a tremendously powerful mage, but his aptitude for hand-to-hand combat is low.
- His powers as a mage are increased by his nervous breakdown.
- The Spirit of the Esper that imbued Kefka acts through him. (Editor’s note: Maybe this demon Maria is actually the Esper that Kefka was augmented with?)

Change in goals due to Magitek side effects

- Before his nervous breakdown, the existence of magic was the only thing that confirmed Kefka’s own existence to himself.
- After the side effects emerge, Kefka’s only goal is to find the highest power in the world, that which can destroy anything.


Dolls (more a section on androgyny)

- Kefka adorns his dolls the same way he adorns himself, with makeup and garish clothing
- When Kefka is in a bad mood, he destroys his dolls for fun.

Mirror

- Kefka is fascinated by the phenomena of the mirror image.
- Kefka dresses up for himself solely for the purpose of seeing himself in the mirror.


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#4fascistcrusader(Topic Creator)Posted 3/5/2009 11:57:04 PM
Relationship with Celes before nervous breakdown.

- Stemming from their common experience of Magitek augmentation, Kefka viewed Celes as the love of his life; He viewed her as his daughter and his sister.
- Celes was the only person Kefka was able to care about.
- Kefka would essentially die for his young ward.


Relationship with Celes after the Nervous breakdown

- Kefka begins to view Celes as a play toy; strong and weak, beautiful and submissive, his perfect doll (editor’s note: EWW creepy.)
- Kefka finds beauty in the fact that Celes is mentally damaged, since he too, has suffered.


Relationship with Dr. Cid

- In his early adulthood, Kefka served as part of Cid’s research staff, and was his subordinate.
- After becoming Prime Minister, Kefka forced Cid to make the research the creation of an ultimate magical based weapon.


Relationship with Leo Christophe

- Because Leo, a consummate soldier, is opposed to the use of magic, he and Kefka clash in ideology often.


Relationship with Emperor Gestahl

- Kefka views Gestahl as the absolute master who gives his existence meaning.
- Kefka and Gestahl have a heavy reliance on each other; Kefka is given the nickname “The Shark of the Emperor.”


Relationship with Terra Brandford

- Before his Nervous breakdown, Kefka viewed Terra as a valuable research test subject.
- After his nervous breakdown, Kefka viewed Terra as a magically powered toy.
- Kefka fears Terra for her natural power.
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#5MetricTroutPosted 3/6/2009 3:57:33 AM
This has been posted before. Unfortunately, it is all bullcrap.
#6SpanettonePosted 3/6/2009 3:59:37 AM
fortunately this stupid facts are not present in the game
#7MeepleLardiclePosted 3/6/2009 6:21:03 AM
This stuff isn't true, beyond the Timeline early on.

Basically, all that stuff regarding character relationships and what not? THAT'S entirely fabrication.

That info came from a KefkaxCeles Doujinshi site. Its worth noting that Celes has info spread out EXACTLY LIKE THIS somewhere on the internet, but no other character. Its also worth noting the FF Wiki does *NOT* have the entire back story of Figaro which *IS* fully explained in the Settei Shoyu, proving that they got this from some other source.

The Doujinshi Site states it used the Settei Shoyu for some info and *THEN* openly admits to adding a lot of PERSONAL INTERPRETATION. Note that KefkaxCeles thing is stated to be its own personal ALTERNATE PAIRING.

So yeah, its been debunked. The Timeline is relatively accurate, by which I mean it still fumbles some facts. Big one being "Kefka grew up in Thamasa." There's a lot wrong with this statement for starters, and all the Settei Shoyu actually does say is "Kefka grew up in an Orphanage" and that's it.

The Timeline is accurate, but keep in mind that there's some embellishments there,mainly the "He was beaten in the Orphanage" thing and how it tries to link Kefka to Celes.

Again, as I noted, a big thing that smacks this is the Settei Shoyu is NOT as in depth about this stuff as Ultimania is, and as I noted, they ONLY have Celes written in this manner as well somewhere on the internet, and go figure, its from the EXACT SAME SITE where her info comes from. Its a lot smaller and covers general details; the only thing it did in depth about is Figaro's back story, cause a lot of it got cut in FF6 itself due to space reasons (there are some interesting things, but you could live without them. For example, Sabin was always training himself physically BEFORE leaving Figaro, due to an incident of running into an Antlion when he was younger, where he almost got seriously hurt, which he blames on himself for being weak. Helps flesh Sabin's character out a bit, but not largely important.)

So yeah, sorry to say, that info has been proven not true. The people who found and translated it from its original source completely overlooked the "Its from a Doujin Site where the author openly admits to personal fan interpretation!"
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#8fascistcrusader(Topic Creator)Posted 3/6/2009 8:51:14 AM
So none of this came from an official Square source, its all from a fan pairing site?

What parts of it are 100% legit.
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#9MeepleLardiclePosted 3/6/2009 2:47:58 PM
Kefka growing up in an orphanage is legit, but the town of said orphanage wasn't mentioned I believe. Someone said based on simple deduction, it was probably in Albrook, since it sounds like it was in proximity to Vector (though, Maranda and Tzen are probably equally likely.)

Kefka being an officer/general/whatever who got demoted to Court Mage when he went insane is also apparently true.

The vital statistics are also true, I believe, such like he likes Mirrors cause he's a narcissistic freak (though, pretty sure Kuja has him beat there, considering FF9 goes OUT OF ITS WAY to call Kuja a narcissist at some point!)

From what I know, here's the list of stuff not mentioned in FF6, but mentioned in Settei Shoyu, regarding characters; some of it is merely confirmation of expectations, others are things that just sort of got cut due to lack of space, leaving the stuff that was outright changed:

-There is almost no info on Terra cause her entire life was spent in the Factory until a little before the events of the game (and implied she was, in fact, raised as a weapon, in an attempt to destroy her human emotions and make her into a biological killing machine. This is BEFORE the Slave Crown)
-Celes is apparently the daughter of a Vector Noblewoman and a General, both of whom are deceased. Celes is also one of the few people who actually knew of Terra's existence before she got "publicized" through the 50 Soldier Massacre.
-Lots of random Figaro Backstory. Of note, the Antlion thing with Sabin, and Edgar's lecherous days actually started with his lusting after his aunt, of all people. There's lots of other stuff going back to Edgar/Sabin's ancestors as far as like 3 generations back, but its mostly just padding
-Relm controls monsters by calling out their names! Yeah, they actually gave a plot explanation to Control <.<
-Sabin, Cyan, and Gau are suppose to have formed a familial like bond; FF6 eluded to this slightly through Gau's father sequence in how Sabin is required there.
-Strago does in fact know Shadow's identity, cause Shadow revealed himself; this was even going to be a scene in FF6 but got removed; he doesn't tell anyone cause Shadow made him promise not to (and I wanna say there was an extra "Especially not Relm" tossed in there)
-Mog feeds Umaro, so Umaro's loyalty to Mog is essentially equivalent to that of a Pet to its Master.
-Setzer's scars are a result of a crash during one of his test flights, *NOT* battle scars.

Really, the meat of what isn't there is from the Figaro Backstory. Most of the other stuff is minor tibits, at least, as far as what they have mentioned in the Settei Shoyu.
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#10Starloving_FoolPosted 3/6/2009 5:45:24 PM
-There is almost no info on Terra cause her entire life was spent in the Factory until a little before the events of the game (and implied she was, in fact, raised as a weapon, in an attempt to destroy her human emotions and make her into a biological killing machine. This is BEFORE the Slave Crown)

That should go without saying as Gestahl raised her from a baby after he took her from her mother and Maduin. Gestahl even alluded to this in every version of the game and by the time Kefka put the Slave Crown on Terra's head, she was already fully grown.

-Celes is apparently the daughter of a Vector Noblewoman and a General, both of whom are deceased. Celes is also one of the few people who actually knew of Terra's existence before she got "publicized" through the 50 Soldier Massacre.

Celes being the daughter of a Vector Noblewoman and General is new. Kinda makes that one *bad* fanfic I once read where she was the daugher of a Merchant and a Prostitute and a practical sex slave until being sold to a Jidoor master and freed before the Empire claimed her to shame. xD

-Lots of random Figaro Backstory. Of note, the Antlion thing with Sabin, and Edgar's lecherous days actually started with his lusting after his aunt, of all people. There's lots of other stuff going back to Edgar/Sabin's ancestors as far as like 3 generations back, but its mostly just padding

I never knew that Edgar lusted after his Aunt, but after his attentions to Relm, one wonders if he would hit on anything female, including monsters. He'd've made a nice "Dancer" class, that's for sure. xD

And Sabin with the Antlion was a surprise. O_o;

-Relm controls monsters by calling out their names! Yeah, they actually gave a plot explanation to Control <.<

I know something similar was in Eragon, but I wonder if it was originally in the Lord of the Rings too.

-Sabin, Cyan, and Gau are suppose to have formed a familial like bond; FF6 eluded to this slightly through Gau's father sequence in how Sabin is required there.

I hope that means Cyan is like a brother to Sabin as opposed to a lover. xD

Then again, it does kinda explain how Sabin was unaffected by "Humpty and Dumpty". >_>;

I knew Sabin kinda treated Gau like a son, though... that much seemed evident in the game.

-Strago does in fact know Shadow's identity, cause Shadow revealed himself; this was even going to be a scene in FF6 but got removed; he doesn't tell anyone cause Shadow made him promise not to (and I wanna say there was an extra "Especially not Relm" tossed in there)

I'd like to think that, even originally, that I knew Strago would have known Shadow's identity... otherwise, he might be seen as a pretty poor father for not knowing who his daughter sleeps with. >_>;

-Mog feeds Umaro, so Umaro's loyalty to Mog is essentially equivalent to that of a Pet to its Master.

Uh, yeah... that was painfully obvious when Umaro called Mog "Master" xD I figured pretty much along those lines - that Mog helped Umaro survive where he was so Umaro thought of him as a Master...

-Setzer's scars are a result of a crash during one of his test flights, *NOT* battle scars.

I didn't know that, but figuring that Setzer was an Airship Designer alongside Daryl, it does kinda make sense that he'd crash once in a while.

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