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    By ToastyFrog (J. Parish, tfrog@camalott.com)
    Revision 1.0
    21 December 2000
    1. Do not email me for help or information about the game. There are plenty of
    FAQs out there which will explain the game's secrets to you. I have neither
    the time nor the desire to be a hint line. If you can't find an answer in a
    FAQ, try the message boards at GameFAQs.com where dozens of fans of the game
    will eagerly pounce at any opportunity to help someone in need of aid (just
    watch for unmarked spoilers).
    2. Speaking of spoilers, this guide has 'em in abundence. This FAQ exists for
    the benefit of people who have completed Chrono Cross and have also finished
    Chrono Trigger or do not mind having the older game's story spoiled. If this
    guide ruins your game experience don't come crying to me; you've been warned.
    Anything beyond this point if SPOILER CITY (where you can go for all your
    spoiler needs!).
    3. This guide is copyright 2000 J. Parish and may not be reproduced for any
    commercial or public purpose. This guide may only appear online at Game FAQs
    (gamefaqs.com) and ToastyFrog: PSI (toastyfrog.com); if you see it anywhere
    else, please let me know so I can hunt down the offending party and slay them
    LIKE A DOG. You may copy, print and minimally redistribute this guide in
    electronic form for your own personal use, but you may NOT post this guide on
    the web, nor may you create a derivative work for public use.
    4. This is all that's left of my old CC FAQ; please don't ask to see the whole
    shebang make a return, because it won't. There are more and better FAQs out
    there already, and there's no need for further redundancy. This guide
    encompasses a unique feature from my old FAQ that merits being reposted, which
    is why I've put it together. If you're dying to see my old, sloppy,
    overwrought, disjointed excuse for a FAQ, I'm sure you can find it easily at
    some of the less reputable/conscientious FAQ sites around. They never clean
    out their dead files. 
    I. CONTENTS (which you are in fact currently reading)
    III. FAQs
    The purpose of this guide is to point out the various connections between
    Chrono Cross and its predecessor, Chrono Trigger. One of the great strengths
    of the game is the way it integrates CT's story into its own (and one of its
    great weaknesses is the way it plays holy hell with the continuity of rather
    straightforward events in the original game). However, not everyone has played
    Chrono Trigger, so the nuances are often lost. For you, this guide exists as a
    lamp to thy darkness (yadda yadda). I've even included a few tidbits of the
    "lost Chrono chapter," Radical Dreamers, although that information is rather
    minimal as I haven't played the game myself.
    I've probably missed a few connections. I'm OK with that. Don't write in with
    corrections unless you have something REALLY good to say, OK? No need to waste
    your time and mine with inane or previous-mentioned tidbits.
    So here they are, listed in alphabetical order. This is your last chance to
    avoid spoilers, chump!
    - BELTHASAR -----------------------------------------------------------------
      Belthasar is the Prophet of Time whom you meet early in the game inside of 
      the Viper Manor library. Late in the game, he holds the key to the 
      completion of your quest (or at least, the key to getting a non-sucky 
      Belthasar was one of the three Gurus from the kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. 
      When Lavos destroyed the magic kingdom after being awakened by Queen Zeal's 
      Mammon Machine, Belthasar was flung far into the future - to A.D. 2300, in 
      fact. There he continued the research into the nature of time which he had 
      begun in Zeal and constructed a time machine called Epoch (based on the 
      timewarp technology he had experimented with in the form of the pendant 
      which Schala and later Marle wore), which he granted to Crono and his party 
      in their effort to stop Lavos. Though he seemingly died shortly after 
      crafting Epoch, it seems this was not the case, as he appears to be aware of 
      Crono's efforts. Or maybe this is before he originally met Crono, as Epoch 
      appears to be incomplete. Ack, time travel sucks.
    - THE BEND OF TIME ----------------------------------------------------------
      The Bend of Time is clearly patterned after the "End of Time" from CT. Crono 
      and co. discovered the End of Time quite by accident; when they arrived, 
      they were informed by a man named Gaspar that the EoT existed beyond time, 
      and that they had reached the place by trying to travel through a Time Gate 
      with more than three people at once. The EoT featured 9 light portals which 
      led to different time eras, as well as a room where the characters could 
      battle Spekkio, the delightful Master of War. This is not quite the same as 
      the End of Time. For one thing, there are no time portals, and Gaspar is 
      nowhere to be seen. Instead, you can use this opportunity to fight, pilfer 
      and mimic enemies. And of course, once you finish the game, you can fight
      some tone deaf, evil fiends and win a pair of underwear and a vest with 
      prosthetic breasts. Yeah!
    - BUMS ON THE BEACH ---------------------------------------------------------
      BeachBums look remarkably similar to Nus, strange creatures in Chrono 
      Trigger who were often found in unsual places throughout time. Nus, however, 
      were a heckuva lot tougher than BeachBums. All life begins and ends with Nu! 
      This is what I believe... at least for now.
    - THE BURNING ORPHANAGE -----------------------------------------------------
      This house belongs to Lucca Ashtear, one of Crono's closest friends, and one 
      of the heroes of Chrono Trigger (as well as an accomplished inventor). Of 
      course, her house was never a burning battlefield in the original game. 
      After the end of her adventure to destroy Lavos, Lucca found a young child 
      abandoned in the woods and decided to found an orphanage. In the meantime, 
      she also continued to research robotics, based on her knowledge gleaned from 
      encountering Robo and the Mother Brain-dominated world of A.D. 2300, which 
      allowed her to create technology far beyond what would normally be possible 
      in A.D. 1000. Incidentally, it seems as though Lucca was responsible for the 
      technology used to create Grobyc.
      The burning orphanage probably best exemplifies the wanton disregard the 
      creators of Chrono Cross had for the elements of Chrono Trigger which many
      frothing, rabid CT fans hold entirely too dearly. I say, job well done. 
    - CHRONOPOLIS' SECRET MESSAGE -----------------------------------------------
      The text in the side chamber on the top floor of Chronopolis may seem 
      familiar if you know much about this game's pre-history - it's the opening 
      text of "Radical Dreamers," which, apparently is an alternate reality 
      version of the events of Chrono Cross. And if you're wondering, "Magil" is 
      "Magus" in disguise. Magil. Not Guile, Magil. Can we please kill the rumors 
      about Guile and Magus now? Thankupo.
    - DEMIHUMANS ----------------------------------------------------------------
      A major subplot in Chrono Trigger involved a race of demihuman creatures 
      called Mystics, who live in the village of Medina and disliked humans. I'm 
      not certain if the Marbule demihumans are related to the Mystics, but 
      they're quite reminiscent. Except they don't look like baby DragonBall 
      characters, Allah be praised.
    - DENADORITE ----------------------------------------------------------------
      The name Denadoro, as you'll recall, was a mountain in Chrono
      Trigger with hella tough goblins... or rather, wimpy goblins with hella 
      tough hammers. You can use Denadorite in Chrono Cross to make your own 
      hella tough weapons (which, fortunately, don't disintegrate when touched by
    - GRENN OR GLENN, DUH? -------------------------------------------------------
      Glenn was the real name of the CT character Frog. CT's Glenn was an aspiring 
      knight whose closest friend Cyrus was killed by the then-villainous Magus, 
      and Glenn himself was transformed into a man-sized frog. Frog's speech was 
      characterized by extremely formal and archaic English; while CC's Glenn does 
      not speak with the same medieval tongue as CT's Frog, the two characters  
      actually have quite a bit in common. Glenn's relationship with Dario is very 
      similar to Frog's relationship with Cyrus: both are young but noble spirits 
      standing in the shadow of their heroic elder. However, the two Glenns are 
      NOT the same character, so if you go around saying they are, I will beat you 
      with a stick.
    - GUARDIA KINGDOM -----------------------------------------------------------
      Guardia Kingdom was the focal point of much of Chrono Trigger. It was the 
      land of which Marle was princess, and the land whose queen Frog protected in 
      the past. At the end of Chrono Trigger '99, the marriage of Crono and Marle 
      is shown, presumably meaning Crono would become King in the future. Guardia 
      seems to have suffered some unknown, unhappy fate in the time of Chrono 
    - GUILE ---------------------------------------------------------------------
      Guile is extremely reminscent of CT's Magus, though the two are not the same 
      person. For more about the history of Guile and Magus, check the FAQs 
      section near the end of this guide.
    - HECKRAN BONE --------------------------------------------------------------
      The Heckran was a powerful monster whose body was highly resistant to 
      physical damage but weak to magic. Crono, Lucca and Marle battled it in 
      order to reach their home after a bit of a mishap. Here it's just a tasty 
      bit of scooby snax.
    - THE HERO'S MEDAL ----------------------------------------------------------
      The Hero Medal you give to Pierre played a small role in Chrono Trigger as 
      well - it was formerly Cyrus', was but taken by a young lad named Tata who 
      thought himself a hero despite being a bit of a wuss. Sort of like Pierre, 
      actually. When equipped along with the legendary sword Masamune, the Hero 
      Medal gave Frog a power boost. Pierre doesn't use anything nearly as cool as 
      Masamune, though, so the badge just boosts his Evade % a bit. Incidentally, 
      the similarity between Tata and Pierre is not coincidental; Pierre was 
      created to intentionally resonate with the false bravado of Tata.
    - I HAVE METAL JOINTS -------------------------------------------------------
      Gato, the crispy fried speaker in the burning orphanage, was a robot 
      sparring dummy designed by Lucca and her father, Taban. During the 
      Millennial Fair, you could fight Gato to earn tokens to be spent at the 
      fair. (My name is Gato/I have metal joints/Beat me up/And earn 15 Silver 
      Points) Oddly, there were also Gato-like robots in the Ocean Palace, 13,000 
      years before Lucca built hers. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. 
      Sadly Lucca's scientific genius was made hollow by a palette-swapped sprite, 
      reducing the fruits of her creativity to a Mortal Kombat-esque dupe.
    - JANUS ---------------------------------------------------------------------
      The "Janus" to whom Lucca refers in her letter to Kidd was Magus' real name. 
      Why would Magus, the heroic villain of Chrono Trigger, be interested in 
      Kid's welfare? Some people think it's because Serge is actually Magus, 
      despite all evidence to the contrary. Some people also think the earth is 
      flat. You never know.
    - LARA ----------------------------------------------------------------------
      The code sequence used to acquire Kid's L.7 tech is similar to the LARA code 
      from Chrono Trigger. During one of the game's many subquests, Lucca 
      discovered a Time Gate leading to the night where her mother was crippled by 
      one of Taban's machines. By inputing the code LARA (Lara was the name of 
      Lucca's mother), Lucca could save her mother from being crippled. She could 
      also fail, which was one of the more depressing things to be seen in a 
      16-bit RPG.
    - LAVOS ---------------------------------------------------------------------
      Lavos was the true villain of Chrono Trigger. Although its true nature is 
      not entirely clear (monster? alien astronaut? parasite? god?), the creature 
      Lavos smashed into the planet 65,000,000 years prior to CT, in an era where 
      man was a primitive race and demi-human dinosaurs were poised to take the 
      lead of evolution. Living beneath the planet's crust and feeding on its life 
      for tens of millions of years, Lavos manipulated the world's development in 
      various ways (and when Queen Zeal tried to manipulate Lavos in 12,000 B.C., 
      it destroyed the floating nation of Zeal and plunged mankind into a new ice 
      age). Magus tried to destroy Lavos in A.D. 600, but was interrupted by Crono 
      and Frog and flung into the past as an act of defense by Lavos. By traveling 
      into the future, Crono and his comrades discovered that Lavos would destroy 
      the world in A.D. 1999 (thereafter spawning children to travel to other 
      hapless worlds), and - determined to save the world - stopped Lavos before 
      it could annihilate mankind. The ruined computer displays data on Lavos 
      because it is a relic of the lost future, a fragment which ended up in the 
      Time Crash.
    - LUMINAIRE -----------------------------------------------------------------
      Serge's skill Luminaire was seen in Chrono Trigger as Crono's ultimate magic 
      attack. Kid's RedPin was originally a combo Tech shared by Lucca and Frog; 
      although it's different here, it's interesting to see skills carry over. For
      those who played the Japanese version of Chrono Cross, these skills were 
      called "Shining" and "Red Needles" respectively; those were in fact the 
      original Japanese skill names in Chrono Trigger as well, so the 
      inconsistency is consistent.
    - THE MASAMUNE --------------------------------------------------------------
      The Masamune was a major component of the Chrono Trigger tale. Originally 
      forged in 12,000 B.C. by the Guru Melchior, the Masamune was a living weapon 
      whose two spirit components, Masa and Mune, would serve only one whose 
      strength of body was matched by his strength of heart. Eventually weilded by 
      Frog in his fight against Magus after being reforged by Melchior in the year 
      1,000 (where Melchior had been flung after the destruction of Zeal in 12,000 
      B.C.), the blade was stolen several years after the marriage of Crono and 
      Marle, and disappeared to whereabouts unknown. The sword itself is not 
      inherently evil, but its power is such that it amplifies the emotions of 
      those who control it. Someone without the strength of will to master it 
      would become overwhelmed by their own spiritual weaknesses as they're 
      enhanced by the sword.
    - MIGUEL'S LAST STAND -------------------------------------------------------
      The battle in the center of the Time Crash vortex with Miguel transpires in 
      the ruins of Nadia Square near Nadia's Bell, a monument erected by King 
      Guardia to honor his daughter Nadia (Marle's real name) at the end of the 
      Millennial Fair. The children are images of Crono, Lucca and Marle, the main 
      characters of Chrono Trigger.
    - MOTHER BRAIN AND PROMETHEUS ------------------------------------------------
      The Mother Brain program upon which FATE is based was a program which 
      achieved sentience in the Lavos-devastated future and decided to annihilate 
      humanity (very Skynet-like). Robo (aka Prometheus), one of the main 
      characters of Chrono Trigger, was one of the normally peaceful RY-series 
      robots reprogrammed by Mother Brain to destroy humanity. After being 
      reactivated by Lucca, Robo fought with Crono and his party to destroy Lavos 
      as well as the Mother Brain. Incidentally, Robo had a cyber-sweetie named 
      Atropos, although I don't know for a fact that the Atropos aspect of VITA is 
      related. Eventually, Mother Brain was destroyed, and Lucca apparently 
      installed Prometheus into Mother Brain's second incarnation as FATE as a 
      sort of safety precaution, in case FATE went on a rampage.
      Once again, the termination of Prometheus is another of those things I'm 
      pretty sure the creators of the game added just to piss off the gamers who
      worship Chrono Trigger as part of the sliced bread pantheon.
    - OPENING DIALOGUE ----------------------------------------------------------
      The opening dialogue in the ancient fort is remarkably similar to the 
      opening dialogue from Radical Dreamers, though the third character (who was 
      Magil in Radical Dreamers) is chosen randomly.
    - PORRE ARMY ----------------------------------------------------------------
      Porre was a small town in Chrono Trigger at the southernmost point of Zenan. 
      The mayor of Zenan was a greedy, heartless man, but Crono was able to alter   
      his personality by traveling back in time and teaching the mayor's ancestors 
      the value of sharing. Hooray for moralizing! Apparently, though, that lesson 
      didn't stick, as Porre seems to have developed into quite a fearsome 
      military power.
    - RAINBOW SHELL -------------------------------------------------------------
      In Chrono Trigger, the most powerful weapons and accessories could be forged 
      from a rare item called the Rainbow Shell. However, it could only create a 
      very limited number of items (a sword, Sunglasses, and your choice of 
      helmets or vests), and acquiring the Shell was a subquest in itself (which 
      involved the Guru Melchior, a trip through a hidden cave, and a rigged 
      criminal trial intended to do away with King Guardia). Prism equipment is a 
      LITTLE easier to come by in Chrono Cross... but not by much.
    - SCHALA KID ZEAL ------------------------------------------------------------
      Kid's true identity, Schala Kid Zeal, is incredibly significant. As a matter 
      of fact, it's the crux of the game. If you haven't played Chrono Trigger, 
      you'll probably be cheesed off to learn that the point of the whole quest is 
      to restore a minor character from the previous game to her true self. So 
      here's the deal.
      Schala was the princess of Zeal. Her brother, Janus, went on to become the 
      man known as Magus. Her mother was a power hungry ho-bag who used Schala as 
      a tool (HELLO BRAHNE) to acquire control over the ancient primal force known
      as Lavos. When Schala's mother summoned Lavos to the Undersea Palace, the 
      beast raged out of control and killed Crono; it was only through Schala's   
      intervention that Crono's friends (and Magus) were able to survive. Schala 
      herself was thrown into a time vortex as she subdued Lavos; everyone else 
      was flung into distant periods of time, but Schala was never seen again. 
      Magus made it his quest in life to find and rescue her, although apparently
      he did a pretty lousy job of it since the deed was done by Serge. And don't
      give me that "Serge is Magus reincarnated!" crap. 
      One bit of inconsistency; Schala in Chrono Trigger had teal hair, while both
      Kid and CC's Schala have blonde hair. Personally I don't think it's any big 
      deal; Terra's hair wasn't supposed to be green in Final Fantasy VI, nor was 
      Faris' supposed to be pink. Sprites is sprites. But some people get bent out 
      of shape over the most anal things, so for those of you whose enjoyment of 
      the game was utterly destroyed by this hair color thing, allow me to give
      you the ability to reclaim your joie de vivre by mentioning the fact that
      I've read in several places that the original Japanese version of CT 
      mentioned the people of Zeal dyed their hair to make themselves stand apart 
      from the magic-less wretches of the Earthbound Village. I didn't notice that
      when I played the Japanese version, but then my Japanese literacy is what 
      you might call "piss-poor," so don't take my word for it.
    - SCYTHES -------------------------------------------------------------------
      Just as Lynx looks ready for a quick game of harvest Moon, the "villain" of 
      Chrono Trigger, Magus, also used a scythe.
    - THE TIME EGG ----------------------------------------------------------  
      The first Time Egg (aka Chrono Trigger) was created by Belthasar and given 
      to Marle to let her travel back in time to prevent Crono from dying in 
      battle against Lavos in 12,000 B.C. Though Lavos destroyed Crono (whose 
      death saved the rest of his party) when awakened by Queen Zeal, Marle was 
      able to use the Chrono Trigger atop Mt. Death to travel to the moment of 
      Crono's death and save him from Lavos' power by replacing his body with a 
      life-sized doll. Yeah, yeah, it's sort of silly. Anyway, the Time Egg works 
      a bit differently here, but the concept is still the same. (Technically, the 
      first Time Egg is part of Schala's pendant, but the first fuly functional 
      Egg seen in the series was used for the purpose described above. Argh, never
    - TIME'S GRASSLANDS ---------------------------------------------------------
      The overworld music, and several other themes in the game, include the 
      "Chrono Main Theme" motif from the original game's opening.
    - TOMA XIV ------------------------------------------------------------------
      Toma XIV is presumably descended from Toma Levine, an errant adventurer from 
      the year 600. Toma encountered Crono and his party at various places and 
      offered useful advice (in exchange for having his sake, errr, SODA poured 
      over his gravestone).
    - TONE DEAF, EVIL FIENDS ----------------------------------------------------
      Ozzie, Flea and Slash were the three Mystic-race lieutenants of Magus in 600 
      B.C. Slash was a consummate swordsman, Flea a gender-confused mage, and 
      Ozzie was, uh, sorta worthless. After Magus was thrown into the past by 
      Lavos, Ozzie took charge and continued the Mystics' fight against humanity 
      by converting Magus' castle into "Fort Ozzie." When defeated, the three 
      apparently were lost in the timestream, and the Mystic race eventually 
      learned to get along with humans.
    - VICTORY THEME -------------------------------------------------------------
      The victory theme in Chrono Cross is a more boisterous rendition of Lucca's 
      Theme from Chrono Trigger.
    - VIPER INVASION ------------------------------------------------------------
      The excursion into Viper Mansion is the part of the game most clearly lifted 
      from Radical Dreamers. In RD, Serge and Kid and a fellow named Magil (whom 
      Guile closely resembles - see FAQs at the end of this guide for more info) 
      planned to infiltrate Lynx's mansion to reclaim the Frozen Flame. Of course, 
      in Chrono Cross, the manor doesn't belong to Lynx but rather to General 
      Viper, and there's a bit more to the game than just the infiltration...
    - WAKEY-WAKEY ---------------------------------------------------------------
      The game Chrono Trigger opened with a very similar scene: Crono's 
      mother woke him up, opened the shades and gave him an allowance of 200G.
    - ZENAN MAINLAND ------------------------------------------------------------
      The Zenan Mainland (and surrounding area) was where the events of Chrono 
      Trigger transpired. The only actual mention of "Zenan" in the game was a 
      large bridge that connected Guardia to the southern area of the continent 
      (which was the site of a major battle for Crono and co.), but apparently the 
      entire landmass has retroactively been dubbed in honor of the bridge.
    III. FAQs
    These FAQs are also culled from my original guide; I'm only focusing on story
    elements. The main reason I'm reprinting these is because they directly
    contradict other FAQs out there, and the more chaos I can sow the better.
    And if you give me any crap about spoilers, I will personally slaughter you
    and use your intestines as a non-feathered boa for my next social engagement.
    About a month before Chrono Cross was released in Japan, Square reissued
    Chrono Trigger for Playstation. Like Final Fantasy Anthology, it's largely
    emulated rather than reprogrammed, but unlike FFA it has barely any slowdown
    and battle transitions are extremely quick. Additionally, there are several
    anime scenes added to the beginning, the end and - gasp! - throughout the
    game. This MAY be released in America, possibly, but untile Square EA makes up
    its collective glacial mind you can see the new endings at:
    http://www.thegia.com/snes/ct/ctmedia2.html. These anime endings tie into
    Chrono Cross, so you may want to give them a look.
    Mine too. Here's the best explanation I can come up with. This incorporates
    both Chrono Trigger's and Chrono Cross's stories. (No guarantees on accuracy
    here, the plot wrinkles leave me a bit overwhelmed at times)
    In 65,000,000 B.C., an advanced civilization of humanoid dinosaurs called
    Reptites was destroyed by the combined efforts of a young man named Crono and
    the leader of the human's Ioka Village, Ayla, as well as the timely (?)
    arrival of a space-borne beast called Lavos. Lavos' influence allowed the
    fairly primitive forest-dwelling humans to evolve at an accelerated rate over
    the next tens of millions of years, until mankind grew to be the species that
    the Reptites had been destined to become. However, humanity evolved less in
    harmony with nature than the Reptites would have, disrupting the planet in an
    almost parasitic way.
    In 12,000 B.C., a young man named Crono and his friends fought Lavos in the
    skyborne kingdom of Zeal. Zeal was a land founded upon science and magic and
    was ruled by a queen who sought to establish herself as an eternal despot by
    utilizing the power of the slumbering Lavos. Crono and his allies disrupted
    the queen's plans, causing Lavos to awaken briefly and destroy Zeal (and
    Crono, for a while). In his battle with Lavos, Crono was assisted by Schala,
    daughter of Queen Zeal. Schala was lost into the Time Stream and never again
    found, despite the efforts of her younger brother Janus (who was, along with
    the Enhasa Gurus Melchior, Belthasar and Gaspar, flung into the far reaches of
    time by Lavos). Schala in fact was absorbed by Lavos and became the benevolent
    half of the TimeDevourer, but even her kind nature slowly became corrupted by
    Lavos' hate over the centuries. The ocean palace, where Queen Zeal hoped to
    tap into Lavos' power, rose from the sea as a skyborne fortress called the
    Black Omen.
    In approximately 9000 B.C., Lavos drew the future research city Chronopolis
    from the year A.D. 2400 into the past as insurance of its own personal welfare
    in the event that Lavos were ever to be destroyed. At the same time, the
    forces of the planet pulled a Reptite-based city from an alternate future
    (where the Reptites survived and became dominant) into the past to serve as a
    balance against Lavos' scheme. After an intense battle between Chronopolis and
    Dinopolis, Chronopolis was victorious and sealed away Dinopolis (which would
    later come to be known as Terra Tower) beneath Sky Dragon Island. Fate, the
    supercomputer which controlled Chronopolis, also captured the TimeDevourer and
    divided it into six Elemental Dragon Gods and an artifact of power called the
    Frozen Flame, thus allowing it to manipulate both Lavos and the Reptite forces
    to suit its whims. At the same time, Fate created the El Nido Archipelago in
    the midst of the Sea of Eden, an artifical land which it populated with the
    former workers from Chronopolis. Using its power over the Elements and human
    genetics through devices known as Records of Fate, the supercomputer managed
    to maintain close control over the development of the area and its people.
    In A.D. 600, Janus (now known as Magus) tried to exact his revenge on Lavos by
    summoning him (with the pretense of destroying humanity in order to tap into
    the support of the Mystic race, which was at war with mankind). Crono
    interfered and he and Magus were thrown back in time to 12,000 B.C. by the
    partially-awakened power of Lavos. Glenn (aka Frog) later defeated Magus and
    returned to his human form with the aid of the Masamune (Grandleon) sword,
    which was stolen by an unknown party once Glenn was finished with it.
    In A.D. 1000, Crono became introduced to time travel when the pendant worn by
    Marle (passed down through the descendants of Queen Zeal) reacted with a warp
    device. Some time later, Lucca discovered an abandoned child in the woods,
    bearing the same blue pendant worn by Schala and Marle; she took the child in
    and founded an orphanage.
    A few years later, a three-year-old boy named Serge who lived in Arni Village
    on the El Nido archipelago fell deathly ill. During a raging storm, Serge's
    father Wazuki and Wazuki's friend Miguel took a small boat to Marbule in the
    hopes of finding a mystic healer there who could help Serge. Though they
    survived the storm, they were thrown off course and ended up in the Sea of
    Eden where they discovered Chronopolis. The electrical power in Chronopolis
    was deactivated for 10 minutes by the storm; in that brief time, Fate's
    control was weakened and two important things happened: first, the Frozen
    Flame sought out the young Serge and healed him, but also bonded with him,
    foiling Fate's control over the Flame. Fate was further thwarted by the
    activation of a secret circuit which had been installed in its program by
    Lucca Ashtear (a friend of Crono) and Belthasar, who had developed Fate and
    Chronopolis to begin with. At the same time, the six Dragon Gods were freed
    from Fate's yoke briefly and managed to create a seventh dragon, a Dragon God
    of the second moon which bore a human form - Harle, whose mission was to ally
    herself with Fate and manipulate events in the Dragon Gods' favor. Miguel
    became trapped in a timeless void of paradox called the Time Crash which
    resulted from Serge's interference with the Flame; Wazuki managed to get Serge
    back to Arni, but was eventually corrupted and transformed by Fate (which
    could control the bodies and minds of the humans of El Nido) into a servant
    called Lynx. Wazuki - now Lynx - effectively became a human vessel for Fate,
    and sought to undo the setbacks it had suffered.
    Four years later, Lynx tracked down Lucca Ashtear to her home, which had been
    converted into an orphanage, and abducted the scientist in the hopes of
    forcing her to set right the havoc she had wrought on Fate. Thanks to the
    power of the Mastermune (an advanced form of the Enhasa Guru Melchior's
    Masamune), a future version of Serge was able to step back in time and save a
    girl named Kid, though he could not prevent Lucca's abduction and eventual
    murder. Around this same time, Lynx also tracked down Serge, the boy who had
    bonded with the Frozen Flame, and attempted to kill him with a poisonous cat
    demon. Serge's cries of pain as he lay dying on the beach reached the ears of
    Schala and touched her heart. Using the power of her pendant (an incomplete
    but nevertheless potent Time Egg crafted by Belthasar in 12,000 B.C.), she was
    able to create a clone of herself and sent it into the world as Kid, the child
    who had been found in the woods by Lucca. At this point, reality split into
    two alternate worlds where Serge lived and died. In the "Home" world, Serge
    lived and went on with his life, but in "Another" world where Lynx and Fate
    existed, Serge perished from the demon's poison. However, the Frozen Flame was
    still out of Fate's control. Thus they began to bide their time until Serge
    could be pulled through the dimensions.
    Ten years after that, Schala's influence caused Serge to cross the boundaries
    between dimensions and into Another world where he had been killed by Lynx's
    demon. By warping between the dimensions with the use of Kid's "astral amulet"
    (Schala's pendant), Serge was able to set things right and re-stabilize time
    and reality. However, his efforts were dogged (oddly enough) by Lynx, who
    sought to gain control of Serge's body to help re-synch Fate with the Frozen
    Flame. Under the guise of "challenging" Serge, the Dragon Gods gave him the
    means to destroy Fate (which eventually happened as an act of revenge by Kid),
    which in fact freed the seven Dragon Gods to reunite into the TimeDevourer in
    order to detroy humanity. Ultimately, Serge was able to free Schala's mind
    from the TimeDevourer, allowing her to merge with her "Kid" self, and causing
    the split realities to be healed and restored as one. This neatly thwarted the
    plans of Fate, Lavos and the TimeDevourer and allowed mankind to develop
    In A.D. 1999, Lavos destroyed the world, leaving humanity as a decimated race
    much like the Reptites had become. Alternately, Lavos was destroyed by Crono
    and co. who traveled through the Black Omen in an earlier time period to stop
    Queen Zeal and Lavos before they could annhilate the planet.
    In A.D. 2300, Crono, Marle and Lucca learned of Lavos' actions 301 years
    before and vowed to stop the beast in the past, before mankind could be
    destroyed. Unfortunately, by defeating Lavos before it destroyed the world,
    Crono and co. created a time paradox - since they were prompted into action by
    witnessing events in a future that never happened, how could they have been
    motivated to act in the first place? Thus rather than changing events, Crono
    simply created an alternate timeline in which The Day of Lavos never happened.
    In a disastrous timeline dominated by Lavos and the computer Mother Brain, the
    Guru of Time, Belthasar, gave Crono and friends a time machine called Epoch to
    combat Lavos; in a more peaceful reality, Belthasar helped establish a time
    research center called Chronopolis, run by the supercomputer Fate (which was
    based on the design of the Mother Brain). 
    In A.D. 2400, Chronopolis was pulled back through time by Lavos to arrive at
    9,000 B.C.
    Or at least... I think that's how it goes. Don't sue me if I'm wrong.
    NOOOOOOO! Let me stress that now: CC's Glenn and CT's Glenn are NOT one and
    the same. Yes, they both have the same name, and they both can perform an
    X-Strike with the hero. They both are knightly swordsmen. But beyond that,
    they are NOT alike. But if you need more tangible proof, CT's Glenn lived in
    A.D. 600; CC's Glenn was born 400 years later. CT's Glenn and CC's Glenn are
    both shown as children speaking to characters from each respective time
    period, meaning they grew up in the eras in which you meet them, so there's no
    time-travel involved. Furthermore, CT's Glenn was transformed into a frog
    during his late teen years (you can tell, 'cause he was a CT generic male
    teenager sprite when he was changed) and stayed that way for 10 years; CC's
    Glenn is 20, meaning if he were Frog-Glenn, he'd be amphibian at that age.
    CT's Glenn had green hair (check the anime clips in the CT remake), CC's does
    not. CT's Glenn spoke a formal medieval dialect; CC's is a serious and
    somewhat formal person, but his speech is not archaic - merely polite. And
    while CT's Glenn wielded the Masamune, CC"s Glenn wields Einlanzer, the
    nemesis of the Masamune. So NO. They're not the same. Now stop spreading dumb
    rumors or I will kill you.
    Probably not. However, according to Andrew Vestal (andrewv@thegia.com),
    in Radical Dreamers (the text-adventure from which Chrono Cross derives some
    of its story) the Guile character was named "Gil." He was a masked mage with
    long white hair and at the end of the game, you discovered he was actually
    Mahou (Magus) looking for Sara (Schala). Obviously, this was changed for the
    revised game for a number of reasons; but Guile does indeed resemble Magus - a
    powerful black mage with long white hair who floats as he moves. Their
    personalities seem a bit different, though, with Guile seeming much more
    gregarious than Magus. Additionally, their ages don't seem to match up - Guile
    is 27, and Magus would probably be older by this point. Good guesswork,
    though. As a side note, Guile was called "Alf" in the Japanese game - similar
    to Janus' (Jacky's) cat Alfador. I think it's a mind game by Square. (A NOTE:
    Radical Dreamer's Gil character is officially named "Magil" in English, based
    on the text in Chronopolis from the alternate-reality memoirs. Further means
    by which to debunk the myth)
    Yes, several. Some you'll recognize, some you won't. Here they are:
     - Crono, Lucca, Marle: These appear as child-like apparitions with Miguel and 
     - Belthasar (aka Gash): The creator of the Wings of Time is now the 
       "Prophet of Time" at Viper Manor. And here you thought he was dead.
     - Schala (aka Sara): You'll see her both as Schala and as her other self.
     - Slash, Flea and Ozzie (aka Soy Sauce, Mayonnaise and Vinegar): They appear 
       as a bonus fight in the Bend of Time once you've finished the game.
     - Masa and Mune (aka Gran and Leon): They never appear as the sword kids, but 
       they still play a pivotal role. And their sister Doreen shows up. The fused 
       Masamune beast shows up in a Tech skill, too.
    In Another world, yes, it seems so. Oh yeah, and when Fate terminates the
    Prometheus program? Prometheus was Robo's original name. Massive suckage.
    Looks like the only characters who didn't get the shaft were Frog, Magus and
    Ayla. And if Leah is Ayla's daughter, then Kino and Ayla may have been killed
    as well (apparently Leah's village was destroyed, but the game never
    elaborates. Hello sequel!). But it's quite possible that when Serge restores
    time in the "proper" ending, he erases Lynx's meddling. Quite likely, this
    action undoes those deaths along with many other tragedies caused by Fate and
    the time split (in addition to restoring Kid's true self, of course).
    The only clue I saw regarding their fate is that Guardia was referred to as a
    peaceful kingdom - in the past tense. It's possible that Porre's adventurism
    caused some sort of war that resulted in the deaths of the heroes and monarchy
    of Guardia. This too could have been eradicated by the Frozen Flame, seeing as
    the Flame was a major factor in Porre's actions. I suspect more details will
    be made known in future installments of the series; they can't just kill off
    heroes and not explain why. OK, they can, but it sucks.
    Leah is an enigma. She refers to some sort of disaster that wiped out her
    village, and she's looking for her parents, but nothing really comes of it.
    It's possible Leah may somehow be Ayla's mom, which is amazingly stupid, but
    if you finish the game with her in your party she decides to name her kid
    "Ayla." Someone deserves a punch in the mouth for this one...
    Ah yes, that's an interesting question. When you choose to take the "Glenn"
    path of the game, you find that despite your inability to find Hydra Humour, a
    mysterious stranger from the Zenan continent came and gave Doc the necessary
    medicine to save Kid while you were beating up on Fargo. Apparently the
    "mysterious stranger" was Norris, who was actually in disguise in Viper Manor
    the whole time. Why did he have Hydra Humour? How did he know to help Kid? Who
    knows. But, this is elaborated upon in one of the extra endings - thanks to
    ManaElf@aol.com for pointing this out.
    No, her departure is an important aspect of the story. Ah, poor Harle.
    Here's a chart of who is where in each world, when accounted for. An asterisk
    indicates recruitablility. Some of these I had to interpolate based on various
    scraps of dialogue, so if you've found more definitive information, please let
    me know.
     CHARACTER        HOME                           ANOTHER
     ---------------  ----------------------------- 
     Serge            *Main character                Died 10 years prior
     Kid              A member of Radical Dreamers   *Lone wanderer
                      (according to M. Kato)
     Poshul           *Arni                          *Arni
     Leena            Arni                           *Arni
     Radius           *Arni Chief                    Hermit's Hideaway
     Marge            Lives with Serge               Moved after Serge's death
     Peppor           Entertainer on S.S. Zelbess    Acacian Dragoon
     Solt             Entertainer on S.S. Zelbess    Acacian Dragoon
     Mojo             Unknown                        *Arni
     Guile            Unknown                        *Termina
     Pierre           Unknown - probably dead!       *Termina
     Nikki            Indebted to Fargo              *Traveling musician
     Zappa            *Blacksmith in Termina         Blacksmith in Termina
     Zippa            Married to Zappa               Married to Zappa
     Greco            Unknown                        *Priest
     Van              *Cynical artist                Mopey artist
     Gogh             Impoverished artist            Wealthy trader
     Miki             *Tours with Nikki              Tours with Nikki
     Lisa             Shoptender in Termina          Shoptender in Termina
     Funguy           *Camping in Shadow Woods       Living in Termina
     Skelly           Unknown                        *Deceased, more or less
     Glenn            Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Acacian private
     Riddel           Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Lady of Viper Manor
     Lord Viper       Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Lord of Viper Manor
     Marcy            Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Acacian Deva
     Karsh            Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Acacian Deva
     Zoah             Died in Dead Sea expedition    *Acacian Deva
     Lynx             Died in Dead Sea expedition    Humanoid conduit for FATE
     Luccia           Whereabouts unknown            *Viper Manor's scientist
                      Guardian of Nikki & Marcy      Guardian of Nikki & Marcy
     Harle            Does not exist                 *Enigmatic Jester
     Orcha            Barkeep, Guldove               *Chef, Viper Manor
     Macha            Guldove                        *Guldove
     Korcha           Guldove                        *Guldove
     Mel              Guldove                        *Guldove
     Doc              Guldove                        *Guldove
     Steena           *Shaman in Guldove             Assistant shaman in Guldove
     Deria            Deceased                       Shaman in Guldove
     Orlha            Unknown                        *Barkeep in Guldove
     NeoFio           Does not exist                 *Luccia's experiment
     Pip              Does not exist                 *Luccia's experiment
     Razzly           *Lost faerie                   Unknown, presumed dead        
     Fargo            Embittered extortionist        *Fiesty pirate
     Sprigg           [Exists as a creature of the Dimension Vortex]
     Wazuki           Became Lynx                    Became Lynx
     Miguel           [Bonded to the Dead Sea at Nadia Square - transcends worlds]
     Norris           *Leader of 'Black Wind'        Porre spy in Viper Manor
     Starky           *Lost alien                    Unaccounted for
     Draggy           Unaccounted for                *Nothin' but orphans!
     Janice           *Grand Slam champion           Presumed dead or enslaved
     Dario            Living on Forbidden Isle       Died on Isle of Damned
     Sage of Marbule  Indebted to Fargo              Marbule Chief
     Irenes           *Seeking to restore Marbule    Unknown
     Sneff            *Indebted to Fargo             Unknown
     Grobyc           Unknown                        *Hired by Porre
     Leah             *Lives in Gaea's Navel         Dead for millions of years
     Turnip           Sleeping solider in V. Manor   *Worthless vegetable
     - Erm, none really. I wrote all of this crap on my own, so the only real 
       benefactor here is my miserable lack of a life. You're welcome.
     - Well, thanks to CJayC for his nifty work at GameFAQs and for respecting the 
       work of his contributors. Top class operation all around, pip pip.
     - And thanks to all the swell people like Peter Bartholomew, Ed McGlothlin 
       and my favorite human CB! for all the cool additions they made to the old 
       CC guide. It may be dead, but their memories live on. As do they, come to 
       think of it.
     - Also, thanks to the FBI for not cracking down on me despite the fact that I
       have a website featuring pictures of a sexy underaged girl named "Rorita."
     - That's all. Finis.  

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