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    Chrono Cross
    The Dead Sea/Sea of Eden (and Other Story) FAQ
    Version 1.1
    23 May 2001
    compiled by bubblebobby2000
    i.    Contents
    i.    Contents
    ii.   Revision History
    iii.  Notices and Credits
    iv.   Abbreviations
    1.    Introduction
    2.    Timeline
    3.    Serge and The Destruction of The World
    4.    Time Split and Science
    5.    Perpetuating Time Loops
    6.    Dead Sea
    7.    Salt for the Dead Sea
    8.    Dead Sea Evaporated
    9.    In The Unified Timeline
    10.   Other Theories
    11.   Other Discussions
    12.   A Proposed Story Outline
    13.   Conclusion
    ii.   Revision History
    23 May 2001    Minor changes to the introduction.
                   Also changed the title to reflect the focus of this
                   FAQ. It's now been named 
                     "The Dead Sea/Sea of Eden (and Other Story) FAQ."
                   I've also added several other theories that were brought
                   up and have not been included in the FAQ:
                     Kid/Lucca theory by "Miguel"
                     Lavos and Serge by "One That Was"
    01 May 2001    First version released.
    iii.  Notices and Credits
    This FAQ would not have been possible without the contributions of the 
    following people.
    "Halbarad", especially for starting of the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread,
    all the others who took part in the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden discussion (in 
    alphabetical order): "Captain Pmp", "CygnusZ", "jason79", "Gilbes," 
    "Leebot", "Miguel", "One That Was", "skane" and all the others that I 
    might have left out.
    "Sheamon", for the complete game script that allowed us to pick up the 
    necessary evidence as an when needed,
    "Terrageist", "Crono228", for the first ever story guide on Chrono 
    Chrono Cross, the plots, and the quoted scripts found in this FAQ are 
    copyright of Squaresoft.
    I only claim credit for my own theories and the compilation of this 
    FAQ. The other theories belong to their respective owners. 
    iv.   Abbreviations
    Here are some of the abbreviations used in the discussions on the Dead 
    Sea / Sea of Eden thread on GameFAQs.
    AW      Another World
    CCU     Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide
    CP      Chronopolis
    DOL     Day of Lavos
    DP      Dinopolis
    EXPLAIN Explanation
    FF      Frozen Flame
    HW      Home World
    POST    Posting on the Dead Sea / Sea of Eden thread
    PROM    Prometheus
    QU      Quantum Universe
    SCENE   Scene from the game as evidence
    SCRIPT  Script from the game as evidence
    TD      Time Devourer
    1.    Introduction
    There are many reasons why Chrono Cross has such a convoluted plot, 
    which I will not dwell into. But the loose ends in Chrono Cross led to 
    a couple of interesting threads on the GameFAQs messageboard. In 
    particular, it was the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread which had over 460+ 
    posts on fantastic ideas and theories and minimal flaming. Most of the 
    discussions focused on how and why the Dead Sea in Home World in 
    But because it had grown so large, it was becoming quite impossible for 
    anyone who just joined the discussion, or anyone who wishes to 
    understand the discussions, to sieve through every single post without 
    getting confused in the end. Hence, there's the motivation for this 
    FAQ, which promises to sort out the discussions and analysis. But I do 
    not make promises that you will not have headache after reading this. 
    This FAQ does not attempt to give a definite answer to the loopholes in 
    the game. The FAQ is merely a compilation of the discussions and 
    theories in the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread, and also possibly in some 
    other threads. 
    >From here on, the reader is encouraged to read with an open mind. =)
    PS: Oh... and you should really stop reading now if you do not want to 
    be spoiled. There is nothing but complete SPOILERS here!
    2.    Timeline
    Before I go into the theories, let us take a look at the timeline of 
    the major events that occurred before the game of Chrono Cross.
    I have also included script evidence from the game itself to explain 
    the timeline. From here, you can see what I meant when I said that the 
    plot was not revealed in order. The plot revelation was scattered 
    throughout the entire game. If we piece together and rearrange the 
    various clues in chronological order, we can actually see that the 
    story of Chrono Cross is fairly easy to understand.
    Enough talk, here goes the timeline. And no, you don't need aspirin. 8)
    1999AD      SCRIPT: Miguel:
                        "But in saving our planet from the death Lavos was
                        going to bring about, they also changed the course
                        of history..."
                * No Day of Lavos (bright future)
    before      SCRIPT: Chronopolis Specter:
    2400AD              "After we discovered an unusual gravitational field
                        in this barren sea of El Nido, we build several
                        artificial islands and established Chronopolis."
                * Unusual gravitational field detected in El Nido seas
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "Well, that researched to the creation of
                        Chronopolis and to the Time Crash..."
                * Belthasar builds Chronopolis
                SCRIPT: Dark Serge/Lynx:
                        "I'm sure the first curator of this research
                        center, a man named Belthasar, had a hand in it,
                * Belthasar oversees the operation of Chronopolis
    2400AD      SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "Well, that researched to the creation of
                        Chronopolis and to the Time Crash..." 
                SCRIPT: Kid:
                        "In the year 2400, during a counter-time 
                        experiment, the Flame goes out of control... This
                        causes the dimensions to rip apart, resultin' in
                        the Time Crash." 
                * Belthasar's research led to the Counter-Time experiment
                * Counter-Time experiment fails
                * Time Crash occurs
                                  TIME CRASH 
    7600BC      SCRIPT: Kid:
                        "Perhaps it was the awakenin' Lavos who pulled the
                        Frozen Flame back through time to it. [snipped]
                        Perhaps our planet beckoned Dinopolis into the
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "Dinopolis was drawn into this dimension's past
                        about ten thousand years ago... This was done so
                        that it would serve as a counter-balance against
                        Chronopolis, which Lavos pulled here." 
                * Chronopolis, Dinopolis ends up here
    		SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "a fierce battle ensued... In the end, Chronopolis
                        emerged as the victor, and the Reptite's fortress
                        was sealed away by FATE..." 
                * Battle ensues
                * Chronopolis wins
                * FATE seals Dinopolis
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "In order to control the natural energy itself,
                        FATE divided the one Dragon God entity up into 6
                        weaker plasma life-forms..." 
                * FATE splits up Dragon God into six weaker parts
                * FATE creates six elements to control the natural energy
                  Of the Dragon Gods
    SCRIPT: Chronopolis Specter
            "The El Nido Archipelago is purely artificial,
                        created by FATE. It was a remodeling plane that
                        took place 10000 years ago." 
                * FATE creates El Nido
                SCRIPT: Chronopolis Specter
                        "The distortion of memory terminal devices called
                        the Records of Fate that could survey and guide
                        people's lives... The research center staff, who
                        had their memories erased, left the center, and
                        began a life outside amidst nature." 
                * Researchers leave El Nido
                * FATE installs records of FATE to guide El Nido people.
    1003AD      Serge age 20 in Chrono Cross, year 1020AD
                * Serge born to Wazuki and Marge
    1006AD      SCRIPT: Miguel:
                        "According to the time outside, it's been about 14
                        years since the night of the storm..." 
                SCRIPT: Marge:
                        "It may have all started 14 years ago... On the
                        night of the storm..."
                SCRIPT: Dark Serge/Lynx:
                        "14 years ago, on the night of a terrible storm,
                        the cogs began to turn. That night, Wazuki and
                        Miguel set out to sea carrying a sick, young child
                        in their boat. That child was you, Serge, after you
                        had been attacked by that panther demon."
                * Serge bitten by panther demon
                * Wazuki+Miguel sailed out with Serge to seek medical help
                SCRIPT: Lucca:
                        "Led by the pitiful crying the young Serge made as
                        the panther demon's poison took hold of him...
                        Princess Schala traveled ten thousand years in time
                        to try and make contact with this dimension! This
                        caused a raging magnetic storm that resulted in
                        FATE's system malfunction, which led Serge to the 
                        Frozen Flame." 
                * Schala hears Serge's crying voice
                * Schala interferes and creates Kid
                * Schala's interferance causes electro-magnetic storm.
                * FATE's systems down.
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "The child the others created on the night of the
                        electric storm that temporarily caused FATE to
                        loosen its hold on them... I believe you knew her
                        as... Harle." 
                * Seal of Dragons disrupted
                * Dragons create seventh dragon, Harle.
                SCRIPT: Lucca:
                        "This caused a raging magnetic storm that resulted
                        in FATE's system malfunction, which led Serge to
                        the Frozen Flame."
                * Storm pushes Wazuki+Miguel+Serge to Chronopolis
                SCRIPT: Dark Serge/Lynx:
                        "Contact with the Flame healed your young body."
                * Frozen Flame heals Serge
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "It is now up to you, the one whom the Frozen Flame
                        has chosen as its 'arbiter'..."
                * Frozen Flame chooses Serge as Arbiter
                SCRIPT: Crono:
                        "Although Wazuki managed to escape from Chronopolis
                        with you, he later succumbed to FATE."
                * Wazuki+Serge leaves Chronopolis back to Arni
                SCRIPT: Miguel:
                        "Yes... I've been here in this very place... For 14
                * Miguel stays behind in Sea of Eden
                SCRIPT: Dark Serge/Lynx:
                        "But that was not all... Once the security card
                        system was rebooted, it would only grant access to
                        you... the 'arbiter.'"
                * FATE's systems rebooted
                * Serge's DNA reconfigured as password
                * FATE locked out from Frozen Flame by Prometheus
                SCRIPT: Crono:
                        "FATE turned Wazuki into a biological interface,
                        modelling him after your worst fear at the time  
                        a panther. Although Wazuki managed to escape from
                        Chronopolis with you, he later succumbed to FATE."
                * Wazuki becomes Lynx.
    1010AD      SCRIPT: Crono:
                        "Ten years ago, it was Lynx who tried to kill you
                        at this beach." 
                * Lynx kills Serge at Opassa Beach
                SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "10 years ago, something happened that put your
                        very soul teetering on the balancing scales of
                        fate... with a fifty-fifty chance of life or death!
                        This is when your future was split in twain."
                * Time Splits
                                   SPLIT (ANOTHER WORLD)
                SCRIPT: Another Leena:
                        "That boy... died...... He drowned... When he was
                        very young...  This all happened 10 years ago."
                * Serge drowns
                                     SPLIT (HOME WORLD)
                SCRIPT: Lucca:
                        "Further in the future, Kid is meant to travel back
                        ten years in time from now to save Serge from
                * Serge saved by Kid from drowning and lives
                SCRIPT: Miguel:
                        "It wasn't like this when I got here, though... An
                        incident that occured 10 years ago, transformed it
                        into the Dead Sea." 
                * Dead Sea forms in Home World
    1020AD      SCRIPT: Belthasar:
                        "I used it to time warp to this age to learn of
                        Chronopolis and FATE's plans, and to see how things
                        were turning out."
                * Belthasar time-travels to 1020AD
                Events in Chrono Cross
    3.    Serge and The Destruction of The World
    The Chrono Trigger, The Assassin of Time
    SCRIPT:  "We... No... Everyone worked to save the planet's future for
             nothing... It's all because of you! You killed it!" - Lucca
    SCRIPT:  "How could you? How could you do such a thing...!? It's all
             your fault that the world is going to end up like this! It's
             all your fault, Serge!!! Murderer!!!"  Marle
    SCRIPT:  "But the future that was supposed to have disappeared is about
             to be restored here... The future destruction of our planet is
             going to become a reality in this world once again..."  Marle
    SCRIPT:  "The vengeance of the future we killed is about to begin...
             With Serge serving as the trigger..." - Crono
    When the player reaches the Dead Sea in Chrono Cross, the Chrono 
    Trigger kids will hint that Serge is actually the trigger for the dead 
    future. But exactly how does Serge trigger the end of the world? This 
    was not properly explained in the game. 
    This point was brought up for discussion in the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden 
    thread. And there are three main lines of thoughts:
        Theory                             Author in the Thread
    1.  Descendants in Home World          "bubblebobby2000"
    2.  Contact with the Frozen Flame      "jason79"   
    3.  Lavos and Serge                    "One That Was"
    4.  Binding with the Time Devourer     Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide
    Let me summarize them here.
      Theory 1: Descendants in Home World (by "bubbblebobby2000")
    When Serge survived in Home World, his actions there could have 
    unconsciously caused some major repercussions down the timeline into 
    the future in 1999AD, nullifying Crono+co's effort in defeating Lavos.
    Let me just state an example. Albeit its silliness, it does get the 
    point across.
    In Home World:
    Serge lives. One day, he unintentionally match made Kiki + Lolo in Arni 
    village. Kiki + Lolo eventually got married and spawns off descendants. 
    And one of their descendants name, Nono, was a general in 1999AD. When 
    Lavos appeared in 1999AD, Crono+co time time warped to it and fought 
    it. But before Crono+co could kill it, General Nono, descendant of Kiki 
    + Lolo, made a silly decision to fire some weapons straight at Lavos. 
    The weapons killed Crono+co, but not Lavos. Now that Lavos had no one 
    to kill it, went on to destroy the world like it did in Chrono Trigger. 
    Hence the bleak future reigned in Home World.
    In Another World:
    Serge died. Since he did, he never match-maded Kiki + Lolo. Nobody 
    matchmade them. So they never got married. And General Nono was never 
    born. And the silly decision of firing weapons to kill Lavos was never 
    made, and Crono+co never died. So Lavos was successfully destroyed. And 
    the bright future reigned in Another World.
    Weak Areas
    This theory actually depends on the very fact that Crono+co will be 
    there in 1999AD to defeat Lavos. But for those who have played Chrono 
    Trigger knows that this is an unwarranted assumption. Lavos could have 
    been beaten at anytime from 12000BC  1999AD.
      Theory 2: Contact with the Frozen Flame (by "jason79")
    The game also blames [the Dead Sea's] creation on Serge, although we 
    know it's rather a sequence of events now made possible due to his 
    living presence. So, the question is, what possible events could have 
    been precipitated by his living that would result in the Sea of Eden 
    turning into the Dead Sea?
    The obvious first event would have to be that the Flame can now be 
    unlocked. Serge was made the arbiter of the Flame in 1006, when he 
    first came into contact with and was healed by it. Unfortunately, we 
    don't have enough information to extrapolate at this point exactly how 
    the unlocking of the Flame would lead to the pre-emption of Crono's 
    defeat of Lavos. But that will wait. Let's just go with the idea for 
    now that Lavos' defeat had suddenly been nullified." 
    Weak Areas
    We are not sure exactly how the unlocking of the Flame would lead to 
    the destruction of the world.
      Theory 3: Lavos and Serge (by "One That Was")
    (editor's notes:
    This theory was added in very late. So it did not spark off a lot of 
    discussions for "One That Was" to be able to refine it. I will post 
    exactly what he posted on the GameFAQs message board.)
    Here are the events as they happened in each world, and an explanation 
    on how it effects Serge and Lavos's survival. 
    Another World 
    7600BC Chronopolis/Dinopolis Appear. 
           Battle ensues, Chronopolis Wins. 
    1000AD Crono and Crew Time Travel into the future, 2400AD 
    1003AD Serge is Born 
    1006AD Serge Bitten By Panther Demon, Healed by FF, 
           Becomes "Arbiter"/ Chrono Trigger 
           Lynx Created to Kill Serge 
    1010AD Serge Drowned - Time Split Occurs 
           Sea of Eden still exists. 
    1999AD Crono and Crew Kill Lavos. 
    1999AD (Day of Lavos occurs) 
           Guardia Dome is first to react to the coming of Lavos. 
           Arris Dome is under Gaurdia Rule. (THEORETICAL) 
    2300AD (Original CT Timeline)
           Crono and Crew View Day of Lavos on Computer in Arris Dome. 
    2400AD (New Future)
           Chronopolis Thrown Back in Time to 76,000 BC 
    Now in this Dimension, Because Serge Died in 1010, The Frozen Flame is 
    Stabilized and doesn't cause the Formation of the Dead Sea. Also, 
    because Serge is Dead, the Immediate Death of Crono and Crew isn't 
    necessary. Because Crono and Crew haven't been killed yet, they still 
    may have an impact on Future events. For example, they might lead the 
    rebellion against Porre and Reinstate Guardia Kingdom, which allows 
    Guardia Dome and Arris Dome to exist in the Future. Which in turn, 
    allows Crono and Crew to see the coming of Lavos on the Arris Dome 
    Computer. No Gaurdia Kingdom, No Arris Dome. So, Because of Serge's 
    death, Lavos Gets killed and isn't allowed to exist, period. All this 
    happens in the "True" Dimension, Another World.
    Home World 
    7600BC Chronopolis/Dinopolis Appears. 
           Battle ensues, Chronopolis wins. 
    1000AD Crono and Crew Time travel to the future, 2400 AD 
    1003AD Serge is Born 
    1006AD Serge is bitten by Panther Demon, Healed by FF, 
           Becomes "Arbiter"/Chrono Trigger. 
           Lynx Created to Kill Serge. 
    1010AD Serge Almost Drowns. 
           Lavos/Schala Intervenes, Serge is saved. 
           Time Split occurs. 
           Frozen Flame goes Haywire (THEORETICAL). 
           Dead Sea is formed. 
    1999AD Crono and Crew DO NOT kill Lavos. 
           Day of Lavos occurs. 
           Gaurdia Dome/Arris Dome Don't exist. 
    2300AD Crono and crew arrive here, but DO NOT see the coming of Lavos.
           Arris Dome does not exist. 
    2400AD Chronopolis doesn't exist. 
           Natural time gets messed up, 
           Formation of Dead Sea occurs in 1011-1019 (THEORETICAL). 
    Now in this Dimension, Because Lavos intervenes and causes Serge to 
    live, The Frozen Flame becomes unstable and causes the Dead Sea to Form 
    by taking parts of the "REAL" future as well as the "Dead" future and 
    clashing them together. Also, The formation of the Dead Sea Causes Lynx 
    to Try getting in by aiding in the death of the CT crew, and Killing 
    the Acacia Dragoons as well. In the Attempt, Lynx Dies, so Serge is 
    still able to live. Because Crono and Crew are no Longer Present, Porre 
    Takes over, Guardia is Never Reinstated, and Arris Dome never exists. 
    Which causes Crono and Crew of 1000 AD to never see the Coming of Lavos 
    in 2300 AD, and so, Lavos is allowed to Live in the Home World 
    Dimension. In this way, Serge acts as The "Chrono Trigger", and causes 
    the natural Flow of time to change, allowing Lavos to exist, even if 
    it's only between the Dimensions.
    1.  Crono and Crew defeated Lavos in the year 1999.
    2.  Crono and Crew have a big Impact on future events, after 1020 AD.
    3.  Crono and crew are not Dead in Another World.
    4.  Guardia Kingdom Become Guardia Dome in 1999 AD, and Arris Dome is
        Ruled By Guardia.
    Here I'm going to list any inconsistencies that I can see in my own 
    theory, and arguments to defend against them, if any. 
    1.  How Can Chronopolis exsist in Home world 7600 BC, and yet not exist 
        in 2400? 
        Well, because in the "REAL" dimension, or Another World, 
        Chronopolis does exist, and the Dead Sea Only exsists after Lavos' 
        intervention in Another World, Chronopolis exists up until the 
        Time Split actually occurred. The Time split created a few 
        inconsistencies in time, and soon after it occurred, The Dead Sea 
        Formed because of one of these inconsistencies.
        (editor's notes:
        refer to Section 6 Dead Sea for some theories on the formation of
        the Dead Sea.)
    2.  If Crono and Crew are alive in Another World after 1020 AD, then 
        Why Does Lynx Say they're Dead. And Why Do the Ghost Children Say 
        they are Dead? 
        Lynx can say all he wants to say. It doesn't Change the Fact that 
        He's the bad Guy, and can we really trust him? About the Ghost 
        Children. They only appear in 3 places. 
        A - The Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is in home world, and according to 
            the Theory, they are in fact Dead in Home World.
        B - Opassa Beach. Also in Home World.
        C - Terra Tower, Another World. Keep in Mind that they Only appear 
            in Belthasar's Library in Terra Tower. Belthasar says himself 
            that the "Library" is actually a space out of time, ie a 
            separate Dimension from Another World. So in truth, they are 
            appearing in a 3rd Dimension, Not Home World. 
    3.  Chrono and Crew MAY not have defeated Lavos in 1999 AD. But then 
        again, they may have.... 
    4.  Guardia Dome Might Not Have been an actual Place in CT. I'm Basing 
        this off of memory, so unless someone Knows For sure whether or not 
        it is, this is THEORETICAL. 
    5.  Crono and Crew may not play an important role in the natural Flow 
        of Time, ie Reinstate Guardia Kingdom. This is ENTIRELY 
        THEORETICAL. It relies on future events that we can't possibly know 
    6   The Formation of the Dead Sea is something that nobody knows for 
        sure about. This is merely a theory on how it may have formed, not 
        fact. Again, THEORETICAL.
    (editor's notes:
    But as I read it, I found some small problems with it. "One That Was" 
    states that in 2300AD, in Another World, Crono+co gets to see Day of 
    Lavos in the bright future, yet in Home World, Crono+co do not get to 
    see the Day of Lavos. I am not sure if this is an inconsistency here. 
    Secondly, it was not Lynx who said Crono+co were dead. It was Miguel 
    who did.)
      Theory 4: Binding with the Time Devourer
                (by Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide)
    SCRIPT: "The one who connects with the Frozen Flame, in effect, links
            with Lavos itself. As the mediator between Lavos and living
            things, that one will gain extraordinary powers! By binding
            with the new seed of destruction... the "Devourer of Time!"
    SCRIPT: "In the far-off future, when the fusion becomes complete, IT
            will awaken... Then, the Devourer of Time will begin to consume
            all space-time continua..." - Belthasar
    What did Belthasar mean when he said "binding" with the Time Devourer? 
    This is what is said in the Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide, under the 
    section that explains the story:
    "Home World is the irregular world that FATE was unable to control. In 
    this world, the Dead Sea exists instead of the Sea of Eden. This is 
    because, in the future on the time axis which Serge survived, is the 
    other future where Chronopolis does not exist. That is to say that the 
    scene that one can see in the Dead Sea is just waiting to happen. That 
    is the meaning it portrays. And the scene that was developed in the 
    Dead Sea, is the true form of the future that Crono and company should 
    have avoided (=killed), the future that was destroyed. In other words, 
    it is indicated in this place that, in the case if Serge were to 
    survive, the world will probably be destroyed. 
    "This is related to Serge being and "Arbiter." At the point in time 
    when Serge continues to survive, and at the point in time when Serge 
    visits the Dead Sea, because the possibility of him being absorbed into 
    the Time Devourer and landing the world to destruction is high, this 
    vision of the future is born. But, the future that is shown in this 
    place is a fluid-like and highly unstable. The Dead Sea's form will 
    transform to what form the future takes, according to Serge's actions 
    "The fusion of the Time Devourer becomes complete, when the one who can 
    free the Time Devourer, the body of the Arbiter is absorbed into in. 
    Because of this, when Serge survives and does not free the Time 
    Devourer, the world will lead to destruction in the near future. But, 
    even if Serge dies, the Time Devourer nesting at the darkness of time 
    continues its fusion, the world will still be eventually destroyed in 
    the far off future. As long as Serge does not free the Time Devourer 
    with the Chrono Cross, there will be no future."
    Weak Areas
    POST:    "Miguel":
             "We know that Serge defeats (or at least seperates) the Time
             Devourer at the end. If this is so, he didn't merge right?
             Therefore this means no bad future. Therefore, how was the
             Dead Sea even there if the future it came from didn't exist?"
    As we all know, Serge did NOT merge with the Time Devourer at the end 
    of the game. (Who in the right mind would do that? =P) If that's the 
    case, that means the future should not be devoured by the Time 
    Devourer. And the Dead Sea should not appear as it is.
    4.    Time Split and Science
    When did Time Split?
    Conflicting evidences. In the face of three pieces of conflicting 
    evidence in the game, the exact point in which time split is highly 
    SCRIPT:  Belthasar:
             "10 years ago, something happened that put your very soul
             teetering on the balancing scales of fate... with a fifty-
             fifty chance of life or death!  This is when your future was
             split in twain."
    Here, Belthasar says Serge's future was split in twain in 1010AD.
    SCRIPT:  Chronopolis Specter:
             "Two worlds that are so close, and yet so far in nature, exist
             in different dimensions. [snipped] Under the surveillance of
             the main computer of Chronopolis... "FATE." In other words,
             FATE, has always been observing the 2 parallel worlds, and
             guiding them. An instruction to the young girl in Arni 01 to
             give up going to the main continent as a poet. An instruction
             to the man in Arni 02 to give up becoming a fisherman. A plan
             to avoid any point of contact with the main continent, so as
             not to affect history. However.... Ever since the formation of
             the Dead Sea 10 years ago... FATE has been unable to intervene
             directly with World 01."
    The key statement is: "Ever since the formation of the Dead Sea 10 
    years ago... FATE has been unable to intervene directly with World 01."
    This little phrase actually suggests that time might have split long 
    before 1010AD, and the two worlds were actually vastly different even 
    before Serge lived/died.
    SCRIPT:  Lucca:
             "As Schala fell through the time gate in this condition, she
             heard your crying echoing through time... That is when her
             story and yours began to intertwine... It is also when the
             past and the future began to intersect, and when the world
             became divided into two..."
    This muddies everything again. Was it in 12000AD when Schala fell into 
    the time gate? Was it in 1006AD when Serge's pitiful crying touched 
    Schala's heart? 
    Granted, only one the three pieces of evidence has a specific stated to 
    it. That is Belthasar's who specifically mentioned that some splitting 
    occured in 1010AD. And most of us on the Dead Sea / Sea of Eden thread 
    agree that time did split in 1010AD. In other words, there were two 
    worlds, Home World and Another World. The difference between these two 
    worlds started only after 1010AD.
    Time Splits and Quantum Mechanics
    Are there finite or infinite parallel universes? In any case, quantum 
    mechanics have been brought up in the Dead Sea / Sea of Eden thread. So 
    I think it's worth to put those information here.
    POST:    "CygnusZ":
             "Well, I guess alternate timelines could fall into two 
             theories. One is that one of the entities is delibratly 
             causing branching events into alternate realities so that they 
             can interact and create a certain desried outcome by mixing 
             and matching the realites... I don't really like that theory 
             because it hurts my head :) I'd have to say that an infinite 
             number of realities exist, and thus no one creates them, all 
             possibilties can exist at any time."
    POST:    "jason79"
             "Actually, you guys are speaking of the Many Worlds 
             Interpretation of quantum mechanics. Basically, it states that 
             for every possible outcome of an event, each outcome occurs 
             but in separate dimensions. In other worlds, if this 
             interpretation is correct (obviously, it has yet to be 
             proven), then we truly live in a multiverse, in an infinity of 
             "But I digress. The dimensional splits in Trigger and Cross 
             are caused by temporal divergeances. In other words, a new 
             universe is created whenever someone screws with history. The 
             best example is Kid rescuing Serge. History records that Serge 
             drowned, but Kid rescued him anyway; ergo, we have two 
             universes, Home and Another, the duplicate and the original."
    In a later post, "halbarad" and later "jason79" brought in quantum 
    mechanics to explain the difference universes caused by the temporal 
    divergences. I will include "jason79"'s post here because his 
    explanations contained some drawings that made it easier to understand.
    POST:    "jason79":
             "Crono sees 2300AD. Crono goes and defeats Lavos, changing
             history, so a parallel dimension has to split off to prevent a
             paradox. That's the first major branch. 
                 1000AD------1999AD-----2300AD (QU1, CT Universe)
                 1000AD------1999AD-----2300AD (QU2, New Universe, )
                           (No Lavos)          (     saved by Crono)  
             We have to make the assumption that Square wasn't really
             thinking, and that Crono didn't actually save his world's
             future, although he and the others are now a part of this new
             parallel world.  
             We know now that 2300AD will actually continue on into at
             least 2400AD, a peaceful future [in QU2]. At some point
             between the two years, Chronopolis is created, and in 2400AD
             the Counter-Time Experiment takes place. Chronopolis is
             [pulled] from 2400AD and banished to the year 7600BC, 10,000
             years ago.
              (no CP, DP)                    (No Lavos) 
               7600BC---------------1000AD-----1999AD-----2400AD (QU2) 
               7600BC---------------1000AD-----1999AD-----2400AD (QU3) 
              (CP, DP)                       (No Lavos)
             Since Dinopolis is apparently pulled back at the same time, to
             the same time, we can disregard another branching of universes
             due to its appearance; we can combine the two cities' arrival
             as a single event.  
             To summarize, in QU3, [in 1006AD] Serge is poisoned and
             becomes the Arbiter; Prometheus seals the Flame, while Wazuki
             is infected by Lynx; and four years later, Serge drowns on
             Opassa Beach, cause unknown (there's conflicting evidence).  
             Sometime outside of the normal passage of time, Schala was
             able to disrupt FATE in 1006AD, allowing Serge to be healed by
             the Flame, and was able to create Kid. Presumably, Kid's sent
             back to 1004AD at that very moment; if not, it's irrelevant.
               (CP,DP)   (No Kid)   (No Lavos)
               7600BC-----1004AD------1999AD---2400AD (QU3)
               7600BC-----1004AD------1999AD---2400AD (QU4, Another World)  
               (CP,DP)    (Kid)     (No Lavos)
             If I'm not mistaken, QU4 is where we finally meet Another
             World, because now all the elements are in place for the
             events of Chrono Cross. Assuming that Serge's rescue of Kid
             either affected history or else was truly an optional
             sidequest, that leaves us with exactly one more timesplit:
             Kid from Another World travels back to 1010AD sometime after
             CC's events and rescues Serge from drowning. This splits the
             universe again, resulting in QU5, or Home World, the timeline
             that was never meant to be. According to CC, Serge's presence
             somehow indirectly prevents the defeat of Lavos, resulting in
             the return of the destroyed 2300AD.  
               (Kid)   (No Serge)(No Lavos)  (Good Future) 
               1004AD---1010AD----1999AD-----2400AD (QU4, Another World) 
               1004AD---1010AD----1999AD-----2400AD (QU5, Home World)  
               (Kid)    (Serge)   (Lavos)    (Bad Future)
             We know from CC that this new, revived dead (oxymoron?) future
             will be summoned into the past by Lavos, just as Chronopolis
             was. There's two ways now of looking at this split: A. Another
             and Home have identical yet separate histories (as quantum
             mechanics would indicate), or B. Another and Home have the
             exact same history, that their universe literally splits in
             two in 1010AD. Either way, the fact that the dead future is
             summoned to the past is a problem. If this dead future slice
             lands on top of Chronopolis before El Nido is created, we get
             stuck in a paradox."
    Confusing yet? Let's review the timeline again:
             QU1      QU2        QU3           QU4           QU5
             CT                             CC Another     CC Home
              |        |          |             |             |
    7600BC    |        +-------CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN
              |        |          |             |             |
              |        |          |             |             |
    1003AD    |        |       CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN
              |        |        Serge         Serge         Serge
              |        |          |             |             |
    1004AD    |        |       CP+DP+EN------CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN
              |        |        Serge       Serge,Kid     Serge,Kid
              |        |          |             |             |
    1006AD    |        |       CP+DP+EN------CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN
              |        |     (Serge dies)   Serge,Kid     Serge,Kid
              |        |          |             |             |
    1010AD    |        |       CP+DP+EN      CP+DP+EN---DeadSea+DP+EN
              |        |          |        (Serge dies)     Serge
              |        |          |             |             |
              |        |          |             |             |
    1999AD  Lavos ----+          |             |            ??? 
              |        |          |             |             |
              |        |          |             |             |
    2400AD    |       CP         CP            CP            ???
              |        |          |             |             |
              |        |          |             |             |
    "CP+DP+EN" = Chronopolis + Dinopolis + El Nido"
    QU1           Chrono Trigger Universe
                   Where the events in the game Chrono Trigger occured.
    QU1 -> QU2   - After Crono+co defeats Lavos
    QU2          - Timeline with a new future, Crono+co returns here.
    QU2 -> QU3   - Result of the Time Crash
                   Chronopolis and Dinopolis pulled back in time.
    QU3          - Timeline with El Nido in place.
                   Serge was born in 1003AD, but dies in 1006AD,
                   without Schala's intervention.
    QU3 -> QU4   - Schala interferes.
                   She creates Kid and at the same time saves Serge.
    QU4          - Chrono Cross's Another World
                   Serge was chosen as the Arbiter
                   But Lynx kills him in 1010AD
    QU4 -> QU5   - Another Kid jumps back in time to save Serge in 1010AD.
    QU5          - Chrono Cross's Home World
                   Serge lives from 1010AD
                   Future??? Uncertain  different theories interpret
                   The future differently.
    5.    Perpetuating Time Loop
    One point brought up during the discussion in the Dead Sea / Sea of 
    Eden thread was the existence of Chronopolis in a continuous time loop.
    POST:    "bubblebobby2000":
             "dun forget CC was never scientifically correct to begin with.
             If Chronopolis was drawn back in time to 10000 years ago, and
             it exists till 2400AD and then it gets drawn back again in an
             infinite loop, Chronopolis can never exist at all. (the
             Chronopolis walls will rot, decompose, and crumble so fast,
             you'll never get to see it exist for even a nanosecond)"
    Assuming that Chronopolis existed in the Sea of Eden in 2400AD, and 
    Lavos pulled it back to the exact same spot in 7600BC, then the 
    timeline would look something like this.
                            Lavos pulls Chronopolis
            |                                                    |
            |                                                    |
            V          Chronopolis exists in Sea of Eden         | 
          7600BC                     1020AD                    2400AD
    And Chronopolis would keep going round and round and round. But since 
    Chronopolis is a physical building, there was no way that it could 
    exist in an infinite loop without it dilapidating under climate 
    However, a very good argument was put up to resolve this perpetuating 
    time loop paradox.
    POST:    "jason79":
             "Something else that some people apparently are still confused
             on: Chronopolis is not in a self-perpetuating timeloop.
             Chronopolis is built sometime between 2300~2400AD; it is NOT
             found in the Sea of Eden where it landed in the past. This is
             as old a paradox as the Grandfather Paradox. Chronopolis is a
             physical building; given enough time, it will decay to
             nothing. If it were in such a loop, where it's summoned to the
             past, survives from 7600BC back up to 2400AD, and gets
             summoned again, the rest of the world would see Chronopolis
             instantly turn to rubble and ash, because for the world, that
             period of 10,000 years only happens once; but for Chronopolis,
             it lives that 10,000 years over and over and over. But that
             would result in a paradox, which we know did not happen.
             Therefore the only logical conclusion to draw is that sometime
             after Chrono Cross, something happens to wipe out any possible
             evidence of Chronopolis's fate so that the scientists in
             2400AD perform their actions exactly as they did the first
             time. If they decide to do something different, because they
             saw what would happen to the city, then they might not perform
             the experiment, and then we're really in a paradox. Or, if you
             like, imagine that Chronopolis is built in an entirely
             different area in 2400AD, somewhere away from the Sea of Eden,
             so that there's no way they could find out about their fate;
             then there's no chance of a paradox, even if Chronopolis still
             existed there. But the point is that the Chronopolis we see in
             Chronopolis has already been summoned once; whatever else
             happens, it cannot be summoned to the past again, period."
    If, like what "jason79" mentioned, Chronopolis was originally built in 
    an area far away from the Sea of Eden, then no perpetuating time loop 
    will occur. But even if it was built and drawn back to the same spot, 
    the loop can be easily resolved by annihilating Chronopolis and 
    rebuilding it later, as shown in the diagram below.
                            Lavos pulls Chronopolis
            |                                                    |
            |                                                    |
            | Chronopolis            Chronopolis      Chronopolis|
            V    exists              annihilated         built   |
          7600BC                     1020AD                    2400AD
    6.    Dead Sea
    Year of Formation of the Dead Sea
    Three pieces of conflicting evidence:
    SCRIPT:  Marge:
             "Back then, that place wasn't called the Dead Sea...Yes, I
             believe they called it "Sea of Eden" ... That was 14 years
    Was it 1006AD (14 years ago)? 
    SCRIPT:  Radius:
             "The Dead Sea... That ocean was called the Sea of Eden until 3
             years ago..."
    Or was it 1017AD (3 years ago)?
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "For 14 years... It wasn't like this when I got here,
             though... An incident that occured 10 years ago, transformed
             it into the Dead Sea."
    Was it 1010AD (10 years ago)?
    Most of us on the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread agree that the Dead Sea 
    was formed exactly 10 years ago, immediately when time split into 
    Another and Home World. The reason being, Miguel, who lived in the Dead 
    Sea for 14 years, actually knows what happens in there, and hence his 
    credibility is the highest.
    What Led to the Formation of the Dead Sea?
    One question that was not very well answered in the game how the Dead 
    Sea actually formed. And why it was actually focused into one single 
    point in the Sea of Eden. And why did it only form in 1010AD? 
    Coincidence? Nature? Or intervention? This is a major point of contend 
    in the Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread on GameFAQs. Since this FAQ aims to 
    compile the discussions, it is also a major discussion in this FAQ.
    All theories, however simple, or complex, however fantasy or 
    scientific, all tries to address these problems:
    1. How did the Dead Sea form?
    1. Why does the Dead Sea only occupy as large as the Sea of Eden?
    2. Why did it form in 1010AD and not any other time?
    Here's a rehash of the Quantum Universe 4 and 5 (QU4, Another World; 
    QU5, Home World), considering only the important epochs in time.
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
                           |                      |
    7600BC      +------ CP+DP+EN               CP+DP+EN
                |          |                      |
                |          |                      |
    1010AD      |       CP+DP+EN------------DeadSea+DP+EN
                |     (Serge dies)              Serge
                |          |                      |
                |          |                      |
    1999AD      |          |                     ??? 
                |          |                      |
                |          |                      |
    2400AD      +--------- CP                    ???
                           |                      |
                           |                      |
                    peaceful future              ???
    There are five theories that I have compiled here, and they are 
    arranged in order of difficulty (to understand). 
        Theory                             Author in the Thread
    1.  The Prometheus/Day of Lavos        "Miguel"
    2.  Floating Chronopolis               "Halbarad"
    3.  Time-tunnel                        "bubblebobby2000"
    4.  Prometheus's Time-net              "jason79"
    5.  Space-Time Fold                    "bubblebobby2000"
    The theories that will be discussed will be presented in the following 
    1.  Description
    2.  Assumptions
    3.  Supporting Evidence
    4.  Contradictory Evidence and Counter Explanations
    5.  Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    6.  Discussions
    7.  Timeline
    Most of the theories are somehow based on the QU4/QU5 timeline as shown 
    In addition, I will also include the nature of the theory presented. 
    There are two basic natures.
    1.  Natural.
        It means that the result of the Dead Sea was a naturally occuring
    2.  Intervention by mindful entity.
        It means that the result of the Dead Sea involved the intervention
        of some entity (other than Serge or the Time Devourer).
      Theory 1: The Prometheus/Day of Lavos (by "Miguel")
    Nature of Theory: Intervention by a mindful entity.
    Okay, as we can see the Dead Sea is in a bit of a mess. It is clear 
    that it comes from sometime in the future. It is also clear that it 
    does not belong in the eastern part of El Nido, that someone/something 
    has pulled it back. Now... I believe this is part of 1999AD and it was 
    Prom who pulled it back. This "pulling back" only applies to Home, 
    since it is Home's past which is threatened by the Serge/wrecked future 
    Naturally Prometheus (or Robo if you want to call him that) would want 
    to prevent the ruined future, as well as the resulting paradox. 
    (Because he is "buddy buddy" with mankind) How could he accomplish 
    this? He would snag "Lavos/unspecified threat" before it surfaced in 
    1999AD (accidently pulling some of the surroundings with it - hence 
    Leene's Square and the city) back to the Sea of Eden in 1010AD, at the 
    point when it became a threat to history (due to the division of the 
    timelines happening at that point), which would of course destroy 
    Home's CP as short change in the bargain. And seal the Flame off for 
    good in Home... 
    Hence the Dead Sea is part 1999AD Truce City, part 1010AD Chronoplis.  
    1.  Serge's survival causes Chrono Trigger's Crono+co's effort against
        Lavos to be nullified.
    2.  Prometheus has control over the Flame to pull the Day of Lavos
    Contradictory Evidence and Counter Explanations
    SCENE:   The "Company 2400" Sign
    EXPLAIN: Inconclusive evidence. 
             The '2400' may not indicate the year. Furthermore, this sign
             may just have been part of Chronopolis.
    SCRIPT:  Computer in Dead Sea:
             "Lithosphere Investigation Report" 
             "- Report no. 27 " 
             "[Unknown Life Force, Parasitic to the Planet]"  
             "Geologic Stratum Result - 65,000,000 B.C."  
             "Code  'Lavos'" 
             "2300 A.D.? You mean... a ruin from the future?"
    EXPLAIN: Inconclusive evidence. 
             Even if 2300AD report appeared in one of the towers, it
             could have been part of Chronopolis. Note that Belthasar
             has the ability to travel across dimensions, so it is
             possible that have might have obtained the report from the
             dimension with the bleak future.
             It could also have been an easter egg. =)
    Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "why Prometheus drew Day of Lavos back during or after it 
    ANSWER:  No. Prometheus drew Day of Lavos before it occured to prevent
             the timeline after 1999AD to turn into a bleak future. Hence
             Chronopolis can still exist in Home World 2400AD, and it can
             still be drawn back in time to 10000 years ago. No chance for
             scientific fallacies here.
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "why Prometheus chose to smash DOL on top of itself, and not
             any other places outside of El Nido?"
    POST-A:  "Miguel":
             "Technology from 1999AD is WAY MORE advanced than technology
             in 1010AD. Or at least... It would be if Porre hadn't risen
             due to Lynx supplying them with hi-tech weaponry... 
             "Anyhow, bringing Lavos back through time to a populated area
             would not be a good idea, c'est ne pas?"
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "Why not just bring Lavos back when he wakes, and is just
             about to shoot his 'fire needles' (cant remember what they are
             called). Prom could bring Lavos bring and freeze him in time.
             only by doing it this way, Prometheus can ensure that Day of
             Lavos will not happen in 1999AD. Lavos frozen and stuck there,
             so it can't do anything anyway."
    POST-A:  "Miguel":
             "Maybe he did. Maybe Prom snagged Lavos just when he was about
             to wake, and some of the surroundings got caught up with him.
             And yes, OF COURSE the Day of Lavos will be prevented by this
             happening! That is the WHOLE POINT of Prom doing this." 
             "Maybe Lavos did partially wake in 1010AD, and that could be
             an explanation as to why the landscape looks as it does."
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "why bring it back to 1010AD? he could have brought back to
             1998AD and freeze it there. or he could even have frozen Lavos
             in 1999AD in mid air, since he had that much power with the
             Frozen Flame to even bring him back in time. he could even
             have sent it to 2500AD, then that would definitely ensure
             Chronopolis is built in 2400AD, right?"
    POST-A:  "Miguel"
             "No-one in 1998 would be able to manage Lavos, same as No-one
             in 1999 could manage him. FATE has a pretty good arsenal, so
             it can take Lavos." 
             "As to why Prom didn't move it to 2500AD, we can only presume
             that there a justifiable reason for him doing this. I have a
             idea, but I don't want us to sink even further into this
             swamp. Prom sent Lavos back to 1010AD, as that was the precise
             moment the timelines split and Lavos thus became a danger once
             more. I believe that Prom had to act fast to use the CP
             equipment, before the Lavos side of the FF cancelled out his
             actions and erased him from the picture."
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000"
             "How about the 2300AD records of Day of Lavos? And the company
             2400 sign?"
    EXPLAIN: They could very well be part of Chronopolis smashed together
             with the Day of Lavos ruins.
    POST-A:  "Miguel":
             "Why would Prom take the "threat" to the sea of Eden in
    POST-A:  "Miguel":
             "A truckload of reasons for that. There are three basic ones:
             1) 1010AD was the moment Serge survived in Home and became a 
                threat. Prom may have acted on the spot.
             2) The Sea of Eden is very far from the surrounding 
                population. Hence, the "threat" would have little time to 
                cause damage before Another's FATE sealed its doom. 
             3) Prom may have also intended to use the Dead Sea as a 
                "vanguard" for the Frozen Flame. Certainly all this 
                "merging of cities" and "apocalyptic power" would have made 
                the Flame darn hard for Lynx and Harle to find, which could 
                have been a bonus for Prom."
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
                           |                      |
    7600BC      +-----> CP+DP+EN               CP+DP+EN <---------+
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
    1010AD      |       CP+DP+EN------------DeadSea+DP+EN <-+     |
                |     (Serge dies)              Serge       |     |
                |          |                      |         |     |
                |          |                      |         |     |
    1999AD      |          |                     DOL >------+     |
                |          |                      |  Prom         |
                |          |                      |  pulls DOL    |
                |          |                      |  to 1010AD    |
                |          |                      |               |
    2400AD      +--------< CP                     CP >------------+
              CP pulled    |                      |         CP pulled
              by Lavos     |                      |         by Lavos
                           |                      |
                    peaceful future        peaceful future
      Theory 2: Floating Chronopolis (by "Halbarad")
    Nature of Theory: Natural.
    POST: "Halbarad":
          "My own personal theory (not supported by much in the game,
          (unfortunately) is that Chronopolis originally existed in both
          worlds simultaneously; in other words, if you knew exactly how to 
          enter and leave Chronopolis correctly, you could enter from Home 
          and leave into Another. After Serge contacted the Frozen Flame 
          (of which there is only one, not two), Prometheus locked out all 
          access to the Flame, except to the Arbiter (Serge). FATE became 
          frantic at this point, as its power source was disrupted. 
          However, it had enough resources still at this point to 
          'maintain the status quo' in both worlds. When a moment of 
          quantum uncertainty occurred involving the Arbiter (Serge's 
          death/near-death by drowning 10 years ago) occurred, the 
          imbalance created threw Chronopolis and the Flame totally into 
          Another (leaving Miguel in Home, probably through the actions of 
          FATE). The gap left by the departing Chronopolis in Home was 
          filled by random bits of space-time -- from the 'darkness beyond 
          time' perhaps -- which happened to be from the nullified timeline 
          in which Lavos destroyed the world in 1999 AD. These components 
          solidified into what became known as the Dead Sea. (This is the 
          event 10 years ago that changed the Dead Sea, which Miguel 
          mentions). With the Flame and Chronopolis (and FATE) on one side 
          of the dimensional rift and the Arbiter on the other, an 
          imperfect balance was created that held both worlds steady for 
          another 10 years, when the actions of Kid at Opassa Beach in 
          Another, coinciding with Serge's presence there in Home, caused 
          the formation of the Angelum Errare and the rest, as they say, is 
          history (or is it?)
    1.  One single Chronopolis overlooks both worlds. The Chronopolis
        shifts into Another World in 1010AD.
    Supporting Evidence:
    None for the moment.
    Contradictory Evidence and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
                           |                      |
                           |                      |
    7600BC      +----->  DP+EN  >---- CP ----<  DP+EN <-----------+
                |          |     CP overlooks     |               |
                |          |     both  worlds     |               |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |  CP shifts           |               |
                |          |  here in 1010AD      |               |
                |          | /                    |               |
    1010AD      |       CP+DP+EN            DeadSea+DP+EN         |
                |     (Serge dies)              Serge             |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
    1999AD      |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |               |
    2400AD      +--------< CP                     CP >------------+
              CP pulled    |                      |         CP pulled
                           |                      |                   
                           |                      |
                    peaceful future        peaceful future
      Theory 3: Time-tunnel (by "bubblebobby2000")
    Nature of Theory: Natural.
    This theory, the Prometheus's Time-net, and the Space-Time-Fold theory 
    makes a very important assumption that explains why the Dead Sea only 
    occupies the area as big as the Sea of Eden was. The assumption is that 
    in 2400AD, when the Counter-Time Experiment failed and the Flame went 
    out of control, a circular dimensional vortex was created. The size of 
    this dimension vortex was equivalent to the size of the Sea of Eden and 
    the Dead Sea, like that:
               |                  |
               |            +++++ |
               |           +     +|
               |           +  CP +|
               |           +     +|
               |            +++++ |
               |                  |
    Let's reduce the size of the huge map above to this:
         [  o]
    The '[   ]' represents the Chrono Cross map, and the 'o' represents the 
    size of the small Sea of Eden.
    When the dimension vortex was opened up, it created a time-tunnel that 
    connected itself back to 7600BC allowed Chronopolis to slip backwards 
    to that time. The size of the time-tunnel, was of course only as large 
    as the small Sea of Eden was.
                                   Time tunnel
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]----
                 7600BC             1010AD             2400AD
    Time splits in 1010AD. The time tunnel was duplicated up to the point 
    where it splits. So we should have something like this:
                                   Time tunnel
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]---- (Another)
                 7600BC             1010AD             2400AD
                                     [  o]--------------[  o]---- (Home)
                                        ^                  V
    Rightfully, everything should have been duplicated at 1010AD. The 
    Dragon Gods, Chronopolis, Dinopolis, even Kid, Harle and Lynx. But 
    Serge's survival actually nullified Crono+co's efforts, in effect 
    causing Day of Lavos to occur in 1999AD.
                                   Time tunnel
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]----[  o]-----[  o]---- (Another)
                 7600BC             1010AD   1999AD    2400AD
                                        o      DOL      Ruins
                                     [  ?]----[  X]-----[  X]---- (Home)
                                        ^                  V
    Because everything was duplicated in 1010AD, Chronopolis, in the small 
    Sea of Eden was also duplicated. And the time-tunnel that was 
    duplicated in Home World drew a chunk of the ruins back from 2400AD. Of 
    course the size of the ruins drawn back was only as large as the small 
    Sea of Eden was. 
    Now then, we have a paradox. Chronopolis was being duplicated in the 
    small Sea of Eden in 1010AD, and the ruins were getting pulled back to 
    the small Sea of Eden in 1010AD. This causes the two different slices 
    to smash together, causing the 'Time Crash', messing up everything 
    together to form the Dead Sea.
    1.  Serge's survival causes Chrono Trigger's Crono+co's effort against
        Lavos to be nullified.
    2.  The time-tunnel connected back to as far as when time split in Home
        in 1010AD.
    Supporting Evidence:
    SCENE:   "COMPANY 2400" sign outside of Tower of Geddon.
    It actually hints that the ruins belong to the year 2400AD.
    Contradictory Evidence and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    1.  There's no reason for the time-tunnel to have ended at 1010AD. If
        time was truly duplicated, then the entire history of Another World
        must be duplicated into Home World. This also means that the time-
        tunnel that was duplicated must end up at 7600BC. If that is so,
        then El Nido would not even exist in the first place. (Recall that
        Chronopolis MUST land at 7600BC before El Nido is built).
    POST-Q:  "jason79":
             "The only problem is when Chronopolis is pulled from Home's
             2400AD, what makes it land in 1010AD rather than 7600BC?" 
    POST-A:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "When Chronopolis was pulled, a 'time gate' or 'time tunnel' 
             which started in 2400AD forms (IMO), and Chronopolis fell back 
             in time. In Another world, CP ended up in ~9000BC because the 
             'time tunnel' ended there. At Home, when the time duplicated, 
             the duplicated 'time tunnel' was ''severed'' and ended in 
    POST-Q:  "jason79":
             "Your picture has Home starting at 1010AD, but that's just not 
             true. It has a past, which is identical to Another's up until 
    POST-A:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "yes, Home has a past that connects back to Another's past. 
             the only scientific fallacy (which i conveniently but 
             purposefully threw away ;) ) is that the 'time tunnel' 
             connected back 1010AD only and not all the way back to 
             "the scientific truth of it is that, if the Day of Lavos 
             really did occur in Home World, basically CP, DP, Serge, El 
             Nido will never exist at all, and the Dead Sea will or will 
             not be there. if the Dead Sea is there, then it must exist 
             from ~9000BC onwards, and not from 1010AD onwards."
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
    7600BC      +-----> CP+DP+EN
                |          | 
                |          | 
                |          | 
                |          | 
                |          |      1010AD CP     (Time CRASH!!!)
                |          |      duplicated    CP+Ruins=Dead Sea
                |          |    in Sea of Eden    
                |          |   +---------------> (+) <---------+
                |          |  /                   V            |
                |          | /                                 |
    1010AD      |       CP+DP+EN------------DeadSea+DP+EN      |
                |     (Serge dies)              Serge          |
                |          |                      |            |
                |          |                      |            |
    1999AD      |          |                     DOL           |
                |          |                      |            |
                |          |                      |            |
    2400AD      +--------< CP                2400AD Ruins >----+
              CP pulled    |                      |      'time-tunnel'
              by 'time-    |                      |       duplicated:
              tunnel'      |                      |      Ruins pulled
                           |                      |     back to 1010AD
                           |                      |
                    peaceful future     post-apocalyptic future
      Theory 4: Prometheus Time-net (by "jason79")
    Nature of Theory: Part Natural / Part intervention by a mindful entity.
    This theory is the merging of theory 1, Prometheus/Day of Lavos and 
    theory 3, Time-tunnel.
    There are some slight differences though. In the original world 
    (Another World), instead of the time-tunnel being in effect, what 
    happens is that Lavos pulls Chronopolis back from 2400AD.
                             Lavos pulls Chronopolis
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]----
                 7600BC             1010AD             2400AD
    Time split in 1010AD. Remember that Home split off from Another, so 
    they have identical pasts up to 1010AD, but I think I'm safe to say 
    that Home's Chronopolis is no longer dependant upon a Chronopolis being 
    summoned from the future, because it's in effect a duplicate; only 
    Another's Chronopolis is dependant upon being summoned, because it's 
    within a self-perpetuating timeloop governed by the limits I stated 
    above concerning the lack of knowledge on the scientists' parts. Think 
    of Home's Chronopolis as a temporal orphan, if you will.
                             Lavos pulls Chronopolis
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]---- (Another)
                 7600BC             1010AD             2400AD
              |                     |
              |      duplicated     | 
              V                     V
              ----[  o]---------[  o]                                      
    However, the problem comes in when Home's Lavos tries to summon as 
    well. He's pulling from the same space-time coordinates as his Another 
    counterpart, but he's gonna get a devastated chunk of the future 
    instead. The logic continuance of this line of thought is that, when 
    that chunk of future hits, it's going to be in 7600BC, at the same time 
    as the duplicate of Chronopolis. This is indeed the Time Crash, because 
    we have two separate slices of time literally crashing together, the 
    result being the Dead Sea.  
    The problem with this is that we now have a paradox. Home's Chronopolis 
    is no longer dependant upon whatever's summoned from the future, but 
    Serge and the rest of El Nido are dependant upon Home's Chronopolis 
    creating the islands, populating them, and surviving long enough for 
    Serge to come into contact with the Flame; that last is necessary in 
    order to remain temporally consistent with what we know Home's future 
    will become. Obviously that's a problem, and equally obviously we know 
    it didn't happen. The game explicitly says the Dead Sea formed 10 years 
    ago, i.e. 1010AD.  
    Let's say Prometheus somehow has control of some power (we'll say it's 
    the Flame for now). Let's also assume that somehow, Prometheus can 
    detect the slice of future that's being summoned to the past by Lavos. 
    It's then plausible that he extrapolated the likely outcome 
    (Chronopolis and the dead future resulting in the Time Crash), realized 
    that this would create a serious paradox, and decided to use the Flame 
    in order to snag the slice of future on its way to the past. We can 
    assume that Chronopolis in 2400AD was built in the same place as it 
    appeared in 7600BC, that it never moved around physically. So, when the 
    city is summoned by Lavos, it only moves through time, not space. All 
    Prometheus would have to do is effectively throw out a time net (or use 
    the Flame as a temporal magnet, or whatever explanation floats your 
    boat) and catch the slice of dead future before it can continue on to 
                             Lavos pulls Chronopolis
                     V                                     ^
              ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]---- (Another)
              |  7600BC             |1010AD            2400AD
              |                     |
              |      duplicated     | 
              V                     V
              ----[  o]---------[  o][  X]--------------[  X]---- (Home)
                                        ^                  V
                                          Lavos pulls ruins
                                    Caught by Prometheus in 1010AD
    1.  Serge's survival causes Chrono Trigger's Crono+co's effort against
        Lavos to be nullified.
    2.  Home's Chronopolis in 7600BC is duplicated from Another, and no
        longer requires one to exist in Home 2400AD for it to exist.
    3.  Prometheus intervenes by casting a time-net.
    Supporting Evidence:
    SCENE:   "COMPANY 2400" sign outside of Tower of Geddon.
    It actually hints that the ruins belong to the year 2400AD.
    Contradictory Evidence and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "you argue that history was duplicated. but if history was 
             really duplicated, then it must follow that chronopolis was 
             already pulled back in 7600ad from somewhere, and el nido 
             rebuilt and everything runs the same way. the future ruins 
             will not be pulled back again. i am repeating myself, but i'd 
             say again, lavos pull was already done in home world."
    POST-A:  "jason79":
             "The problem here is that we don't know the nature of the 
             splitting of dimensions. As I see it, there's two 
             possibilities, identical from a certain point of view, but 
             different in their actual implementation." 
             "The first possibility is the branch. This is the idea that 
             Another and Home share the exact same 'physical' history or 
             timeline. In essence, Another is a single timeline until it 
             physically branches into two separate branches in 1010. In 
             this case, my time-net theory has to come into effect. We have 
             a single Lavos pulling on the future, but there's two futures, 
             so both answer the call and a slice from each comes flying 
             back to 7600. Another's Chronopolis has to be allowed to land, 
             but Home's Geddon cannot. Ergo, Prometheus intervenes, casts a 
             time-net, the Dead Sea is formed, Home's FATE is killed, the 
             paradox is averted, and the timeline is preserved." 
             "The other possibility is a complete duplication of Another's 
             history up until 1010, followed by a separation of the 
             diverging timelines. Rather than a single trunk and two 
             branches, we have two completely separate 'physical' 
             timelines, each now independent of the other. There's an 
             uncertainty here, that of how Lavos's summons is treated. If 
             it's treated as I've been thinking of it, then Chronopolis 
             will already be there but his summon will still pull part of 
             the future, and we're back to my time-net theory. However, if 
             it's treated as I believe Miguel's been thinking it has, then 
             Home's Lavos also has to pull a Chronopolis back in order to 
             keep Home's history identical to Another's. Ergo, Home's 
             future must end up identical to Another's."
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
                           |                      | 
    7600BC      +-----> CP+DP+EN ============> CP+DP+EN
                |          |      duplicate       |
                |          |=====================>|
                |          |      duplicate       |
                |          |=====================>|
                |          |      duplicate       |
                |          |=====================>|
                |          |      duplicate       |
                |          |=====================>|
                |          |      duplicate       |
                |          |=====================>|
    1010AD      |       CP+DP+EN------------DeadSea+DP+EN  <----Time CRASH
                |     (Serge dies)              Serge             |
                |          |                      |               |
                |          |                      |        Prom detects and 
    1999AD      |          |                     DOL       catches ruins to
                |          |                      |             1010AD
                |          |                      |               |
    2400AD      +--------< CP                2400AD Ruins >-------+
              CP pulled    |                      |        Pull by Lavos
              By Lavos     |                      |         duplicated
                           |                      |
                           |                      |
                    peaceful future     post-apocalyptic future
      Theory 5: Space-Time Fold
    Nature of Theory: Natural.
    Imagine El Nido as a flat slice of pancake and you look at it from the 
    side view. You should be able to see something like this:
        |                  |
        |            +++++ |
        |           +     +|
        |           +  CP +|
        |           +     +|
        |            +++++ |
        |                  |
        --------------------  <- El Nido sea (sideview)
    Imagine this plane and flat pancake representing a point in time in the 
    Chrono Cross universe. Then if we stack up several slices of El Nido 
    pancakes of different times on top of each other, we get to see a 
    'timeline' like this:
        --------------------  past
        --------------------  future
    The Sea of Eden or the Dead Sea is at one same place in the El Nido 
    seas. They exist in different dimensions, but they exist in the very 
    same location.
        |                  |
        |            +++++ |
        |           +     +|
        |           +  CP +|
        |           +   <-++----- Sea of Eden (circular area)
        |            +++++ |
        |                  |
                     Sea of Eden (circular area)
    Now let's imagine that we have the timeline from 7600BC up to 12400AD. 
    And let's draw it out by laying many slices of pancakes on top of each 
    other. Let's also mark out some of the major events in the timeline 
    necessary to explain this theory. For convenience sake, I have marked 
    out the areas inside and outside the Sea of Eden with a numbered label.
        -01---------+01---+-  7600BC
        -07---------+07---+-  1010AD
        -11---------+11=C=+-  2400AD    Chronopolis established.
        -20---------+20=C=+-      =C= indicates Chronopolis
    Once you can convince yourself that you can look at the timeline this 
    way, we can pretty much start discussing the gist of the theory:
    In 2400AD, a counter-time experiment fails, Chronopolis (and Dinopolis) 
    was hurled back into the past. The counter-time experiment did 
    something to warp time and space, causing Chronopolis to appeared to 
    have been yanked back into the past.
        -01---------[01---]-  7600BC
        -07---------[07---]-  1010AD
        -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
        -11---------(11=C=)-  2400AD    Chronopolis established.
        -19---------(19=C=)-      --- indicates ocean
        -20---------+20---+-      =C= indicates Chronopolis
                              [] Space-Time Fold 1
                              () Space-Time Fold 2
    Anytime before 2300AD, when someone from outside the Sea of Eden walks 
    into the Sea of Eden, he/she will go 10000 years into the future. When 
    someone from inside the Sea of Eden walks out from the Sea of Eden, 
    he/she will go back 10000 years into the past. 
    Anytime after 2400AD, when someone from outside the Sea of Eden walks 
    into the Sea of Eden, he/she will go 10000 years into the past. When 
    someone from inside the Sea of Eden walks out from the Sea of Eden, 
    he/she will go back 10000 years into the future.
    Say for example, you are a research in Chronopolis 2400AD. If you walk 
    out of the Sea of Eden, you go back into 7600BC. If you live in 1010AD 
    and you walk into the Sea of Eden, you walk into 11010AD.
    This applies to light, sound, and molecules and any other particles. 
    This is the formula:
                       Outside     Inside
       If X<2300AD     X           X+10000 years
       If X>2400AD     X           X-10000 years
    Since the space-time-fold affects light, then it 'appears' that 
    Chronopolis was pulled back in time this way:
        -01---------+11=C=+-  7600BC    
        -07---------+17=C=+-  1010AD    Serge dies
        -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
        -11---------+01---+-  2400AD    Chronopolis. Counter-Time Exp.
        -19---------+09---+-      --- indicates ocean
        -20---------+20???+-      =C= indicates Chronopolis
    As you can see, it looks as though the slices 01-09 inside the Sea of 
    Eden were 'exchanged' with the slices 11-19.
          ^           ^
          |           +---------- year inside Sea of Eden = 2400AD
          +---------------------- year outside Sea of Eden = 7600BC
          ^           ^
          |           +---------- year inside Sea of Eden = 7600BC
          +---------------------- year outside Sea of Eden = 2400AD
    As I have said, the space-time-fold affects every smallest particle in 
    the world. So if an earthquake occurs here at slice #15,
    it will affect slice #05 inside the Sea of Eden. The original 
    Chronopolis inside the Sea of Eden slice #15 is left unharmed.
    In other words, no one from the future can 'see' Chronopolis existing, 
    except after slice #20. But this is beyond the discussion here.
    Now, the above figure actually shows the Another World timeline. Let's 
    look at Home World's timeline. In Home World, Serge is killed by Lynx 
    but saved by Kid. Serge's survival is the key to the destruction of the 
    world. In particular, Serge wakes the Frozen Flame and binds or merges 
    with the Time Devourer. The Time Devourer completes its form, and 
    awakes somewhere in the future to devour time. In order to avoid 
    paradoxes of Serge not being able to live and hand the Frozen Flame 
    over to it, Time-Devourer awakes after 11010AD and swallows everything 
    into nothingness.
    The key thing here is that space-time-fold does not affect the Time-
        -01---------+11=C=+-  7600BC    
        -07---------+17=C=+-  1010AD    Serge supposed to die.
        -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
        -11---------+01---+-  2400AD    Chronopolis. Counter-Time Exp.
        -17---------+07---+- 11010AD    Time Devourer wakes here.
        ?19?????????+09---+?      --- indicates ocean
        ?20?????????+20???+?      =C= indicates Chronopolis
                                  ??? indicates non-existent future
    Thus, when the Time-Devourer consumes everything from 11010AD onwards, 
    all slices that belong after 11010AD (slice #18 onwards) disappears.
    No more time exists after the year 11010AD. In addition to that, the 
    Time-Devourer also consumed the space after 11010AD. This should have 
    caused the slices #18-19 inside the Sea of Eden to be empty (Darkness 
    Beyond Time). But by some form of unexplained unstableness that 
    disallow the existence of 'emptiness' in the Sea of Eden, parts of what 
    the Time-Devourer swallowed gets sucked back into it, forming a mess of 
    things fused together to give us the Dead Sea.
    1. Chronopolis is not physically pulled back. It only appears as though
       it is pulled back, by means of a space-time-fold.
    2. Serge merges with the Time Devourer and awakes in 11010AD to destroy
       the world.
    Supporting Evidence:
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "It's because this is a future that was eliminated!"
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "A future that was destroyed even before it was born rests
             here... condensed into the Dead Sea."
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "This lost future is about to disappear into the darkness
             beyond the dimensions again..."
    SCRIPT:  Marle:
             "The future destruction of our planet is going to become a
             reality in this world once again..."
    SCRIPT:  Crono:
             "With Serge serving as the trigger..."
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "But instead they became salt for the Dead Sea... You see,
             only the chosen one can approach the Flame..."
    SCRIPT:  Radius:
             "They were swallowed up by a terminated time line... and have
             perished along with the Dead Sea..."
    SCRIPT:  Harle: (or any other character)
             "It appears zat ze dimension itself iz more unstable here zan
    SCRIPT:  Belthasar:
             "As the mediator between Lavos and living things, that one
             will gain extraordinary powers! By binding with the new seed
             of destruction... the "Devourer of Time!" [snipped] The
             Devourer of Time is a new life-form... Born out of the fusion
             of a life-form from this planet with Lavos, who nests on the
             far side of the dimensional void. In the far-off future, when
             the fusion becomes complete, IT will awaken... Then, the
             Devourer of Time will begin to consume all space-time
    Contradictory Evidence and Explanations:
    SCRIPT:  Kid:
             "Engulfed in an enormous dimensional vortex, Chronopolis was
             hurled ten thousand years back in time."
    EXPLAIN: The Chronopolis was 'hurled' back in time. It looks as
             Though it was pulled back. In actual fact, it is still
             where it was. But with the space-time-fold in effect,
             it 'looks like' Chronopolis was yanked backwards in time.
    SCRIPT:  Kid:
             "Perhaps it was the awakenin' Lavos who pulled the Frozen
             Flame back through time to it."
    EXPLAIN: 'Perhaps' is the keyword. Kid is only speculating. It might
             have been true, it might have been otherwise. In either case,
             it does not affect the basis of the space-time-fold theory.
    Scientific Fallacies and Counter Explanations
    None for the moment.
    POST-Q:  "jason79":
             "Your idea would require that the ruins of CP in Home and the
             intact CP in Another both exist up until at least 11020 (to
             explain FATE's intervention in Home, to prevent the awakening
             of Home's Flame), which is not very likely at all."
    POST-A:  "bubblebobby2000":
             "i understand ur concerns about chronopolis existing from
             2400ad to 11020ad. but we do not know what happens from 2400ad
             to 11020ad. for all we know, either two things could have
             happened. the area in 2400ad to 11020ad maps back into the
             empty sea of eden, so this means that the people in the future
             outside of the sea of eden will walk into the empty lagoon in
             7600bc to 1020ad. as what my diagrams depict. or... the people
             in the future outside of the sea of eden walk into the future
             10000 years from where they were, into 12400ad to 21020ad. In
             this theory it is not necessary to stick to either. because in
             either case, the people in the future has no possibility of
             interacting with the area inside sea of eden from 2400ad to
             11020ad. i have repeated this a number of times, the only
             entry point to 2400ad to 11020ad lies in 7600bc-1020ad.
             photons, light, particles, and any other physical object
             within the timeline will be affected by the space-time-fold.
             even if there's anything they decide to build or destroy,
             there's no way they can interact the true chronopolis from
             2400ad-11020ad. everytime people from the future enter into
             the sea of eden, they get mapped elsewhere. everytime light
             enters from the future 2400ad-11020ad into the sea of eden, it
             goes somewhere other than 2400ad-11020ad chronopolis, and
             reflects off whatever that is inside, bounces back off back
             into 2400ad-11020ad. they do not even see the real chronopolis
             which is there."
    POST-Q:  "Miguel":
             "We know that Serge defeats (or at least seperates) the Time
             Devourer at the end. If this is so, he didn't merge right?
             Therefore this means no bad future. Therefore, how was the
             Dead Sea even there if the future it came from didn't exist?" 
    POST-A:  "I understand your concerns with the Time-Devourer and Serge
             finally not merging, and hence the dead sea should not be
             there at all. I am going to go a little off here and making a
             daring assumption. How many of us actually used the chrono
             cross correctly on the time-devourer the first time round in
             the game? Most of us will just kill it. There was *no*
             indication in the game as to how the chrono cross should
             specifically be used. None of the other characters even voiced
             out any opinions on how the damn chrono cross worked. Not even
             Belthasar. If there was an explanation, we can be sure that
             the time-devourer will definitely be defeated. But there were
             none. Therefore, the chances of serge merging with the time-
             devourer is extremely high, in fact it almost certain, because
             Serge/the player did not know how to use it..."
                          QU4                    QU5
                      CC Another              CC Home
                           |                      |
    7600BC      +------< DP+EN                  DP+EN >--------+
                |          |                      |            |
                |          |                      |            |
    1010AD      |  +---< DP+EN--------------DeadSea+DP+EN >-+  |
                |  |  (Serge dies)              Serge       |  |
                |  |       |                      |         |  |
                |  |       |                      |         |  |
    1999AD      |  |       |                      |         |  |
                |  |       |                      |         |  |
                |  |       |                      |         |  |
    2400AD      +--+-----< CP                     CP >------+--+
                   |       |                      |         |   
                   |       |                      |         |   
    11010AD        +-----< CP                  TD wakes >---+   
                           |                      ?             
                           |                      ?             
                    peaceful future       non-existent future
    7.	Salt for the Dead Sea
    Was there ever a Frozen Flame in the Dead Sea or not?
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "It looks like Fate has made its decision and has started to
             carry it out now... FATE doesn't want the Frozen Flame to 
             awaken in this place at this time... It would choose to 
             destroy the Flame along with the whole Dead Sea, than to allow 
             its enemies to take hold of the Flame..."
    According to Miguel in Chrono Cross, it appears that the Frozen Flame 
    does exist in the Dead Sea. Because the FATE would have plausible 
    motive of destroying the Flame before Serge could get hold of it.
    What happened when the Acacia Dragoons from Termina went into the Dead 
    Sea? Why did they become apparitions? 
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "Three years ago, members of the Acacia Dragoons from Termina 
             visited here... Those knights were after the Frozen Flame, of 
             course. But instead they became salt for the Dead Sea... You 
             see, only the chosen one can approach the Flame..."
    So far only a couple of theories have been proposed as to how the 
    Acacia Dragoons disappeared.
      Theory 1: The Dead Sea Absorbs Adventurers (by "Miguel")
    It is also possible that Robo wanted to protect the Flame from Viper, 
    Lynx and Porre. What better way to protect Home's Flame than to hide it 
    in a sea that slowly absorbs any adventurers that enter it?
      Theory 2: Fluidity of the Dead Sea (by "bubblebobby2000")
    This theory assumes that Serge indirectly causes the Day of Lavos, or 
    the Time Devourer to awake somewhere in the future.
    The Dead Sea is a highly unstable place. Call it 'fluid' if you wish. 
    If Serge decides not to approach the Frozen Flame, then the bleak 
    future will be unable to exist. And the Dead Sea will revert back to 
    the way it was, ie. Chronopolis.
    Three years ago, in Home World, the Acacia Dragoons decided to approach 
    the Frozen Flame (remnants of the swallowed up Chronopolis ruins) in 
    the Dead Sea, they unconsciously was trying to prevent Serge from 
    accessing the Frozen Flame in Home World, in effect reducing the 
    chances the Time-Devourer from awakening in Home World. Hence the 
    dimension in the Dead Sea might have reverted to Chronopolis for a 
    while, crushing the bodies of the Acacia Dragoons with whatever that 
    came into existence for that short period of time. Once they were dead, 
    the Dead Sea reverts itself back to the dead future form.
    8.	Dead Sea Evaporated
    Why did the Dead Sea evaporate? Did FATE destroy it? Or was it because 
    the watchman Miguel was killed?
      Theory 1: FATE destroyed the Dead Sea purposefully
    FATE simply summoned its three forms, Past, Present, Future to tear 
    through time into Home's dimension to obliterate the Dead Sea. And 
    there's actually evidence to support this:
    SCRIPT:  Miguel:
             "It looks like Fate has made its decision and has started to
             carry it out now... FATE doesn't want the Frozen Flame to 
             awaken in this place at this time... It would choose to 
             destroy the Flame along with the whole Dead Sea, than to allow 
             its enemies to take hold of the Flame..."
    SCRIPT:  Dragon Gods:
             "The 3 mutual powers that obliterated the Dead Sea. They are 
             none other than the God who decides the world's fate, the god 
             that rules mankind. 'FATE' For mankind to be mankind, for the 
             planet to be the planet. Thou who is bound by FATE, go now to 
             the Sea of Eden."
    FMV:     In the FMV where the Dead Sea disappears, you see three flames
             bursting from the ground at three different points and
             converging towards the center. The three points where the
             flames come from are most likely the points of the three fate
      Theory 2: Miguel as a Guardian (by "Halbarad")
    When Serge died/lived, the space-time continnum in Home World was 
    changed; the Dead Sea, which was filled with a bit of space-time from 
    2400 AD/Another. When the future was changed by Serge's survival (to 
    the destroyed timeline of pre-defeat CT), that bit of space-time was 
    still drawn from 2400-the only problem was that instead of Chronopolis, 
    it drew bits of the ruined world of 2400 AD pre-defeat into Home World-
    this would also explain why it was composed of random fragments of 
    buildings thrown together. I'm guessing that the draw would have been 
    temporary; it says that Miguel was set as the guardian of the Dead Sea 
    (he had previously been located in Chronopolis) with difficulty. I 
    admit it does not say what the difficulty was, but it could be that the 
    Dead Sea would dissipate without some sort of influence to hold it in 
    place. (pure speculation I know, but so is some of y'all's stuff.) Thus 
    when Miguel dies, there is no longer any influence holding the Dead Sea 
    together (remember, FATE still can't directly interact with Home, as it 
    has no access to the Flame yet); when Miguel dies, the Dead Sea 
    disperses as it would have done 10 years previously had it not had a 
    9.    In The Unified Timeline
    What happens after Serge frees the Time Devourer with the Chrono Cross? 
    Will the time heal and unify? Or it won't? What happens after it 
    unifies? Will the future be saved from Lavos or the merged Time 
    Devourer? Or Lavos will still awake in 1999AD to destroy the world? Or 
    is there any other interesting things that might happen after that?
    So far, there's not much theory floating around on the thread regarding 
    the unified timeline, except one.
      Theory 1: Unified Timeline (by "skane")
    Yes, Serges' existence would have brought about the day of Lavos as he 
    enabled FATE access to the frozen flame, but remeber that after he does 
    this he became irrelevant to FATEs plan (she tries to kill him after 
    all). From this point on Serge existence ensures that Lavos will be 
    Also, in the original time line (i.e. crono trigger), Schala was not 
    merged with Lavos (that only happened because stupid crono shoved a 
    sword in Lavos' eye). The entity threating the Chrono Cross world is 
    not Lavos but the Schala/Mammon Machine entity, so the ''Day of Lavos'' 
    itself is no longer a threat because the creature responsible no-longer 
    exists. The references to it in Cronopolis come from Belthasars own 
    memory (as he says in Terra Tower he rbought knowledge of the past into 
    the future).  
    So the situation now is Lavos has become a different entity, and the 
    Day of Lavos had been replaced by the threat of the Time Devourer 
    destroying the timeline itself. Since Serge and co defeat the being in 
    the Tesseract, outside of time, the only affect it has on the timeline 
    is to remove the threat of the Time Devourer. Now, with FATE the 
    Dragons, and Schala/Mammon entity gone, there is nothing left to 
    threaten El Nido.  
    What does this have to do with the unified time line?  
    the worlds split because Schala reached out to Serge before she was 
    consumed by the Mammon Machine. By destroying that being Serge has also 
    destroyed the split in time, if Schala was rescued she didn't need to 
    call out, but she only called out because she needed rescuing... a 
    self-refrancing cycle starts. The two time lines will converge now much 
    like what was seen in the sea of Eden with a destroyed time line. Since 
    Serge is alive it must be Another World which is destroyed, but since 
    half his party came from there the destruction of that time line would 
    kill them. That cannot happen so the only other alternative is for a 
    new line to start (from the point where Kid saves Serge, 1010) which 
    includes everyone recruited into the party. So in this line, the 
    Dragoons will not be dead, BUT Dario will still have been possessed by 
    the Masamune in place of Garai, who will have died just as he did in 
    the original home time line. The only people who would have any clue 
    that the changes were there would be those who fought alongside Serge 
    and each one of them would have a place in the new time-line.  
    For ewxample, Orlha may go home to find Tia still alive or the faerie 
    village would not have been destroyed by the dwarves etc. This also 
    means that the Dragon gods would still exist in thier split forms 
    though. That happened before the timeline was first split.
      Theory 2: Radical Dreamers Timeline (by "Miguel")
    I believe that the timeline that results from Another and Home merging 
    is the world of Radical Dreamers. Now this has been dismissed before, 
    due to the following reason: The diary in Chronopolis mentioned RD, yet 
    it was written before the RD world would have taken place.  
    However, I believe otherwise. That diary? I think it was Belthasar's. 
    This is possible - he lived in 2300, and the diary (from 2400AD) 
    mentions "grandfather's closet." Now, all we heard of the diary was a 
    little bit of RD's opening text but I have a sneaking suspicion that 
    Belthasar had written "instructions" of some sort within that journal 
    that wasn't included in the computer records. These "instructions" 
    would naturally involve his descendant going to CP and direct/influence 
    the order of things within Cp to lead up to the world which Belthasar 
    could only have envisioned...  
    Now I know there is a lot of controvosy over whether B can see the 
    future or not, but remember - He has been in contact with the Flame. 
    And Schala (with the powers of Lavos) is within the Flame. Use your 
    imagination people...! Surely Belthasar couldn't have pulled off this 
    whole escapede without help from other sources?
    None for the moment.
    10.   Other Theories
    There were also some other theories brought up in the Dead Sea / Sea of 
    Eden threads that area not related to the Dead Sea and might be too 
    wasteful to let them go deleted. So I put them up here.
      Temporal Inertia (by "jason79")
    We all know what inertia is, right? It's the tendency of an object to 
    remain either at rest or in motion. But this is a little bit different 
    a notion. Current physics, relativity, and quantum mechanics have given 
    us a much better view of the universe itself, and have revealed a few 
    peculiar aspects of our universe.  
    We live in what's called a space-time continuum, three 'dimensions' of 
    space, one 'dimension' of time. I don't remember the exact details, and 
    I certainly don't want to try to get into them here, but there is 
    evidence that space and time are like two sides of the same coin. There 
    are certain aspects of space which have a corresponding temporal 
    equivalent, and vice versa. This gave me the idea that, if we have 
    spatial inertia, why not temporal inertia? With that question in mind, 
    let's re-examine the sequence of events I fondly call 'The Marle 
    1000AD: Crono meets Marle. Marle has pendant. Pendant messes with 
    Telepods, opens a Time Gate, and Marle lands in 600 AD.  
    Let's follow her for a moment. Sometime after she arrives, Guardia 
    soldiers find her, mistake her for the missing Queen Leene, call off 
    their search for the queen, and take Marle back to the Castle. This is 
    the catalyst for the paradox, because the moment the soldiers find 
    Marle and call off the search, history has been changed. We can easily 
    conjecture the outcome: Leene is not found, Leene dies before bearing 
    children, thus no descendants, and thus no ancestors for Marle.  
    Thus no Marle. Uh oh. Which now means Crono doesn't meet her, her 
    pendant doesn't interfere with the Telepods, Marle doesn't travel back 
    in time (since she no longer exists at this point), the search for 
    Leene is then not called off, and we're back to the original history in 
    which Leene is found and eventually bears children. This is an infinity 
    loop; because of its very nature, this sequence will oscillate back and 
    forth between past and present forever. Not good.
    Fortunately, this is not how things worked out. We know from playing 
    the game that Crono and Lucca work to restore the original history, and 
    they are successful.  
    The problem, though, is the logic here. All three of the children 
    landed in 600 AD as a direct result of Marle's pendant. Keep in mind 
    that had the pendant not been involved, none of them would have ever 
    seen 600 AD. But when history is suddenly changed, only Marle is 
    Some people have argued that this is because only Marle was a 
    descendant of Leene. This is logically unsound. We're dealing with time 
    travel here, not genetics, and until we have evidence to the contrary, 
    logic is the only way to approach this.  
    That in mind, logic dictates that not only should Marle disappear from 
    600 AD, but so should Crono and Lucca! Yet they don't. Why not? It's 
    because of Marle that they're there in the first place. If she's no 
    longer born in the future, then the pendant would never have been 
    brought near the Telepods, and the Gate would never have formed.  
    Obviously, Crono and Lucca don't disappear. So, working from the 
    assumption that this is a valid story, there has to be some explanation 
    for why they didn't disappear.  
    The answer is temporal inertia. Remember that Marle arrived before 
    Crono, who arrived before Lucca. Also, remember that Marle was born in 
    approximately 984 AD, while Crono and Lucca only recently were affected 
    by her presence. This means that, when Marle accidentally changes 
    history, she will be affected by the time change sooner than Crono and 
    My theory is that Crono and Lucca would have disappeared, but they 
    restored history before that happened. Temporal inertia explains how 
    they were able to remain in 600 AD long enough to correct the timeline.  
    If we were to witness Marle's departure from 1000, after however long 
    it took for the soldiers to find her and call off their search, we 
    would see an instantaneous change in 1000, because as far as 1000 is 
    concerned, 600 is done and gone. But from 600's point of view, the time 
    change is yet to occur. Because Crono, Marle, and Lucca are in the 
    past, they are not affected by the time change right away. But as I 
    said above, they will be affected, and Marle is affected first, because 
    she is directly related to Leene.  
    Imagine the time change as a linear event, passing through the four 
    centuries between 600 and 1000. We would see it reaching Marle's birth 
    before it reached the moment her pendant influenced the Telepods. This 
    explains why Crono and Lucca didn't disappear right when Marle did. Of 
    course, if we waited around long enough, we'd see Crono disappear too, 
    and a moment later Lucca.  
    However, while the time change is changing history, Crono and Lucca 
    have however long it takes for the change to travel from Marle's birth 
    to when she met Crono to restore history. Otherwise, they'll get stuck 
    in an infinity loop. If we're vague enough about the amount of time 
    Marle spent in 600 before Crono arrived, and about the amount of time 
    it takes for Crono and Lucca to find Marle and then rescue Leene, they 
    have enough time to find Leene and restore history before the time 
    change erases Marle's influence in 1000 AD. Once the timeline is 
    restored, the paradox is no longer a threat, which means neither Crono 
    nor Lucca will disappear, and which means Marle should reappear, just 
    as she did in Trigger.  
    The idea of Crono, Marle, and Lucca lasting for an unspecified amount 
    of time and then disappearing, as opposed to disappearing 
    instantaneously, is my idea of temporal inertia. They effectively 
    resist the change in their temporal momentum, but they ultimately can't 
    resist the change.
      The True Use of the Dragon Emblem (by "One That Was")
    At the part where Harle is just about to leave your party, when she's 
    talking to you at the Pearly Gates (or the entrance to the Sea of 
    Eden), she says that You can't get into the Sea of Eden in Lynx's body. 
    She also says that the "Real" entrance to the Sea of Eden is through 
    the Dead Sea. So then Harle says that in order for you to get in, you 
    should seek the Dragon Gods' blessing. 
    Now, this is My own take on the matter: 
    You need Each Artifact from the 6 Dragons, the Dragon Emblem, And the 
    Dragon Tear In order for you to get Your own body, which is the REAL 
    key to get into the Sea of Eden. 
    The Dragon Tear looks suprisingly like the floor plan of the topmost 
    Room in Fort Dragonia. Each Artifact you get from a Dragon corresponds 
    to a Dragon Statue in Fort Dragonia. If you have all these, and you 
    have the Dragon Tear placed on the central Pedestal, then WOW, you have 
    some funky Dragonian Magic which transforms you into Your real body, 
    which in turn, is the Key to the Sea of Eden. 
    So Harle is basically sending you on a quest to get your real body 
    back, she just doesn't let you know it from the start. The Dragon's 
    Blessing isn't really the key to the Sea of Eden, they're just the Key 
    to getting your body back and YOUR the key to the Sea of Eden.
      Kid/Lucca in Home Theory (by "Miguel") 
    I do not believe that Kid is dead in Home. Instead I believe that she 
    and Lucca are quitely continuing their lives on the Zenan Mainland 
    without ever meeting an El Nidian. The same holds for the unified 
    dimension, since Serge is alive. (This a good reason for Kid's 
    existence straight off, because the ghost said that Kid will travel 
    back from the future -1030AD- to save Serge by split the timelines in 
    the first place. How could she do that if she wasn't alive? I'm talking 
    about the unified world here BTW) 
    Okay, in Another Serge died. Accidently, because no way would Lynx kill 
    off the Arbiter in his own body. When Serge died, Lynx decided to try a 
    different method and that was the interragation of Lucca.  
    But in Home, Serge survived. So Lynx may not have had to resort to such 
    means, he may just have been planning to snatch Serge's body. 
    Reasons why he didn't and left in 1017 on a suicide mission to the Dead 
    #1. Wazuki's good side may have been fighting back, much like Khan with 
    #2. He may have decided not to go adventuring in Serge's body until it 
    was more muscular and less weak. 
    #3. Harle may have stopped him. Remember, it is not in her interest to 
    see Lynx gain control of the Flame. (she's a Dragon God) 
    #4. Maybe after that first attempt, the Dead Sea was created 
    instantaneously. Thus Serge's body wouldn't help anymore (Dead Sea 
    would absorb it). And in any case? Home's FATE is destroyed, meaning 
    Home's Lynx has lost his purpose. (No, I do not believe he knew about 
    the dimensions. The only way he could know is if he went to Chronopolis 
    and that is off-limits in Home.)  
    My point being: 
    If any of the above is true/bearing resemblance to CC, then there might 
    be no need to Lynx to shanghai Lucca. 
    And as Serge is alive in the unified world, what holds in Home holds in 
    Lucca is alive... That'll make the vets happy...  
    11.   Other Discussions
    There are many little, little discussions popping up all over the Dead 
    Sea / Sea of Eden thread relating to the story of Chrono Cross. Let's 
    organize them neatly.
      The Two Moons
    - "Miguel":
      "What's all this about a Dark Moon?"
    - "skane":
      "The Dark Moon was created by the Dragon gods when Schala broke FATES 
      link with the flame. The created it so that they could directly 
      influence events (since no-one outside of Guldove believes in the 
      much anymore)."
    - "bubblebobby2000":
      "I seriously*3 believe that the Dark Moon was not created in 
      1003AD/1006AD/1010AD. for the very simple reason that it's gonna 
      scare the hell out of every one who lived in El Nido and in the 
      entire world! and everyone would talk about it! but no... no one in 
      the game ever mentioned the Dark Moon suddenly appearing 17/14/10 
      years ago. it was as though, it was a part of life! only Belthasar, 
      he only mentioned that there were two moons, but he never mentioned 
      when it was created.  
      "but yes, Harle, the Dark Moon Dragon, (not the Dark Moon) was 
      created when the Dragons seal broke off for a while in 1006AD. She 
      became the ''moon-reader'' (Tsukuyomi, her japanese name), to free 
      the dragons from FATE's bondage.  
      "my guess is that the Dark Moon was created long long ago, by when 
      Dinopolis was pulled over from the Reptites timeline, the dimension 
      merging spawned off another moon. this was said by the scenario 
      designer... personally, i have to believe him."
      The Dreamstone
    -- "Captain Pmp":
       "In conclusion, the Dream stones or Red Rocks or whatever are also 
       splinters of Lavos.."
    -- "Miguel":
       "Captain Pmp, as far as we know, Dreamstone was at least found on 
       the planet in 65,000,000BC, before Lavos landed. If they are 
       splinters of Lavos, how exactly do you explain this?"
    -- "Miguel":
       "couldn't we SEE LAVOS, the red star, from Tyrano Lair and where the 
       Pteradactyls are? Couldn't the, um, Dreamstones FALLEN from Lavos, 
       like Meteors fall?"
    -- "jason79":
       "We're talking about a creature that naturally warps spacetime, in a 
       universe with time travel at that, so there's always the obvious 
       copout of saying the Dreamstone traveled back in time."
      The "Entity"
    -- "jason79":
       "Considering the circumstances surrounding the discussions of the 
       'Entity' and the fact that Schala has merged with Lavos to form a 
       powerful entity called the Time Devourer outside of time, it's 
       possible that Schala is now the Entity."
    -- "bubblebobby2000":
       "i am inclined to believe that the Entity is the Planet. considering 
       the developer's point of view, they did not take into consideration 
       Schala's disappeared when they finished CT, so in their minds, the 
       TD never existed. secondly, the catch-phrase penned by squaresoft 
       saying that the ''planet's dream has not yet ended'' convinces me to 
       think that the Entity was the Planet."
    -- "jason79":
       "As for the Entity, the evidence points more towards Schala/TD 
       rather than the Planet. Remember, the planet 'views' humans in a 
       negative light, yet if the Entity is somehow responsible for Crono's 
       travels through time, as Robo speculated, then the Planet makes no 
       sense. It does make sense, however, if the Entity is Schala. She 
       would have a clear reason for helping Crono and friends; it also 
       adds a twist to Lucca's red portal, sort of Schala's way of saying 
       thanks ahead of time for raising Kid in the future." 
       "Of course we could all be wrong. It could just be the gamer, a joke 
       thrown in by Square, but if that's all it was, what was the point? 
       Anyway, I'm saying the Entity is far more likely to be Schala than 
       either Lavos or the Planet."
    -- "Magnus210":
       "btw, I have a feeling the ''entity'' meant to be the player...with 
       a secondary meaning of being the planet, and not the TD merge 
       w/Schala, simply because that being wasn't created by the Square 
       developers yet and they didn't know about that being."
    12.   A Proposed Story Outline
    Even with the numerous discussions and theories raised, there are still 
    many questions that have been left unanswered in the game of Chrono 
    Cross. So I have come up with this little outline with the detailed 
    descriptions of what I think really happened along the way. This 
    outline has undergone many revisions before coming to this version you 
    see here.
    Please note that this is only a theory! I might have just brought up 
    more questions that I tried to address. So, read with an open mind!
      The Outline (by "bubblebobby2000")
    Day of Lavos. When Lavos emerged from the face of the earth, he was 
    destroyed by Crono and company. And a piece of him subsequently fell 
    into the El Nido seas. After Lavos was destroyed, he fell through the a 
    dimensional vortex into Darkness of Time. There, Lavos found Schala and 
    merged with her, forming the Time Devourer.
    Belthasar, the sage of reason arrived here, the bright future after the 
    Ocean Palace disaster in Zeal Kingdom in 12000BC. A piece of the Frozen 
    Flame was discovered by Belthasar in the El Nido sea after he detected 
    a strong gravitational pull in that area. He came into contact with the 
    Frozen Flame and consequently connected with the Time-Devourer. Through 
    this connection, he learnt that the Time-Devourer is a combination of 
    Schala and the Lavos that was defeated in 1999ad by Crono. He also 
    learnt of the intention of the Time-Devourer to destroy everything and 
    return it to nothingness. But he also learnt that Schala did not want 
    that to happen and wanted to world to be saved.
    >From there, Belthasar created the Neo-Epoch and jumped around in time 
    to search for a way to defeat the Time-Devourer. He needs a weapon to 
    destroy the Time-Devourer, and if possible, release Schala from it.
    He finally chanced upon an alternate dimension, the Reptites dimension 
    and heard of this technology called the Chrono Cross. It had the power 
    to transfer memories, and heal enmity and hatred. In summary, it was 
    the perfect weapon to be used against the Time Devourer. The Chrono 
    Cross was under the possession of the Dragon God, the living bio-
    machine that resided in the Reptites future city, Dinopolis. Granted, 
    Belthasar could have just stolen the Chrono Cross back into this world, 
    but he could not. The reason was that the Chrono Cross required the 
    powers of the Dragon God to work properly.
    Through the Flame, Belthasar connected to Time-Devourer and told Schala 
    of the Chrono Cross. But he would be unable to use it unless the Dragon 
    was also present. Through it, he was advised to make use of the power 
    of the Frozen Flame to pull Dinopolis over. Unknown to Belthasar, 
    however, was that the Lavos part of the Time-Devourer also wanted 
    Belthasar to make use of the power of the Flame, so that it could pull 
    the Frozen Flame back in time towards its awakening self in 12000BC. If 
    it succeeds, that Lavos in 12000BC would have much more power than it 
    originally had, and be able to completely destroy the world then, and 
    not have to wait until 1999AD.
    So Belthasar came up with a plan. But to use the power of the Frozen 
    Flame to pull Dinopolis into the humans' dimension, he would need a 
    machine to be able to control the flame without supervision.
    Hence, the building of Chronopolis, the Time-Fortress research center, 
    and a superpower computer, the artificially intelligent machine whose 
    sole purpose was to control the flame was planned. 
    Belthasar also made sure that Chronopolis would be properly equipped to 
    handle Dinopolis when it arrives, so he arms it with firepower and 
    high-tech weaponry. He intends to bring down Dinopolis, but without 
    killing the Dragon God. The AI supercomputer was also programmed such 
    that it would not kill the Dragon God, maintain their presence so that 
    the Chrono Cross can be used.
    Chronopolis is established and the supercomputer is built completely. 
    Belthasar time-skips into from 2300AD here and organizes experiments to 
    test the control of the Flame. The final one, under the guise of a 
    time-counter experiment was meant to do one thing: to rip across 
    dimensions and pull Dinopolis from 2400AD Reptites line over to 2400AD 
    Humans line.
    However, as the Flame rips through the dimensions into the Reptite's 
    timeline, Chronopolis itself became entangled in the vortex. Both 
    Schala's and Lavo's wishes were acting through the Flame. Dinopolis 
    gets yanked to the human's timeline, Chronopolis gets yanked from where 
    backwards towards the Lavos in 12000BC. At the same time, the Planet 
    also exploited the dimensional vortex and yanked the Dinopolis 
    backwards to counter-balance Chronopolis. Fortunately, the dimensional 
    vortex was switched off by the AI supercomputer before Chronopolis 
    could even end up in 12000BC. Hence both Dinopolis and Chronopolis 
    ended up in 7600BC in the human's timeline. The yanking was beyond 
    Belthasar's expectations.
    A huge battle between Chronopolis and Dinopolis ensued. Chronopolis 
    obviously won because it was prepared. The Dragon God was defeated. The 
    AI supercomputer was designed not to kill the Dragon God completely, so 
    instead it divided them up into six smaller Dragon Gods to weaken them. 
    The supercomputer borrowed the Frozen Flame's power and sealed the 
    Dragons to prevent them from completely merging again. If the AI 
    supercomputer dies, or its system's are disrupted, the seal can get 
    Unknown to FATE or Belthasar, the seal of the Frozen Flame consumed the 
    weakened Dragon God, assimilating with the Time Devourer. Fortunately, 
    its will still survived and it extended from the Time Devourer, and it 
    projected itself as a physical form, although it was really a quasi-
    existence. Hence, the Dragon God was really a will, whose judgment and 
    mind were partially influenced by the Time Devourer.
    The researchers do not know the real motive of Belthasar. And now, 
    realizing that they were now caught up in the past, decided to move out 
    and build El Nido, to ensure Chronopolis's safety. The AI supercomputer 
    was renamed FATE, specifically so that it would guide the El Nidons the 
    way that would benefit Chronopolis's own survival. A religion was 
    created to allow the El Nidons to worship FATE as a goddess, but in 
    actual fact, theirs lives were constantly influenced and guided like 
    pawns. Chronopolis was sealed behind Death's door by FATE's power.
    Survivors in Dinopolis came out also to cultivate their own Dragonian 
    race. The real Chrono Cross was shattered in the fierce by Chronopolis. 
    But the pieces were picked up and a weaker version of it was formed. 
    Then on, it was known as the Dragon Tear.
    The bringing of Dinopolis over also brought the red moon from that 
    dimension over. Hence the world has two moons since 7600BC.
    At this point in time, the Lavos part of the Time Devourer failed; the 
    Frozen Flame could not reach the awakening Lavos in 12000BC. So the 
    Time Devourer could only wait.
    In some unspecified time, the Dragonians built Fort Dragonia and other 
    structures. The Dragonians also forged the legendary sword, Elranzer.
    But FATE, fearing a rebellion from the much hi-tech Dragonians, ordered 
    a massive war between the humans and the Dragonians. The Dragonians 
    were consequently wiped them out from existence. FATE erased memories 
    of the war from the humans to hide its true purpose, hence there was no 
    such record in history. The Dragon Tear was passed down to the Guldove 
    Shamans before the last of the Dragonians died.
    Soon after, most of the Dragonian ruins were also purposefully 
    destroyed. The only one that remained was Fort Dragonia, which no 
    humans could go through as it was protected behind the volcanic Mount 
    Pyre. Hence it remained intact after many years.
    Serge was born to Wazuki and Marge. Kid/Harle created here.
    Serge was bitten by a panther demon. Wazuki, Miguel brought Serge in 
    their boat and searched around El Nido for help. But they could find 
    none. Schala, who heard Serge's cries through time, interferes across 
    time through the Frozen Flame. Her interference caused a magnetic storm 
    that shuts off FATE's system. In addition, the seal on Death's door 
    opened, and Wazuki, Serge and Miguel entered Chronopolis. There, Schala 
    and Lavos, through the Frozen Flame called out to Serge. Wazuki then 
    brings Serge to the Flame, and his body was healed from the bite. 
    With this, Serge inherited the powers of the Frozen Flame and became 
    the Arbiter. From then on, he was the chosen one who could decide who 
    wins, Schala or Lavos. In order for Lavos to win, Serge would have to 
    merge his body (holding the powers of the Flame) with the Time-
    Devourer. In order for Schala to win, Serge would have to use the 
    Chrono Cross against the Time-Devourer.
    At this time, too, Wazuki's mind began to corrupt under the influence 
    of the Flame. Part of FATE started to reboot and exploited Wazuki's 
    weaknesses and transferred part of itself in. Before FATE could 
    entirely get back online and seal them behind Death's Door in 
    Chronpolis, Wazuki left Chronopolis and send Serge home. But after a 
    while, his mind completely gave way and became consumed by FATE. FATE 
    turned him into Lynx, a cat demihuman to model after Serge's panther 
    At the same time, Kid was created by Schala and sent to 1003AD. The 
    Dragons (Time Devourer) also took the opportunity opened up by the 
    temporary disruption on FATE's seal to create the seventh dragon based 
    on Schala's DNA. The seventh dragon, was named Harle.
    This is where time splits into two. The entire timeline becomes split 
    up into two. And consequently, the histories of the two worlds were 
    completely duplicated.
    In this world, FATE has full control of the events happening in the 
    Serge was killed by Lynx. And the Sea of Eden remains as Chronopolis.
    Unspecified gates appeared in the world.
    FATE peered through the gates and discovered that a duplicate of this 
    world existed. It discovered that FATE in the other did not exist there 
    anymore. FATE bound Miguel to overlook the events in the other world. 
    The Dragons also peered through the unspecified gates to find out what 
    was on the other side of the world. They discovered that FATE on the 
    duplicate world disappeared and their seven Dragon counterparts 
    disappeared into the Dead Sea. 
    Both FATE and the Dragons knew one thing. A copy of Frozen Flame was 
    still in the Home World Dead Sea, and both of them wanted it. FATE 
    could not act because it had no control of the world. The Dragons could 
    not act because they knew that from their counterparts that approaching 
    the Flame would kill them. So they wait.
    Belthasar jumped here to overlook events.
    Serge crossed dimensions.
    Lynx switches bodies with Serge to try to unlock the Flame. Lynx sacked 
    Another Harle. Another Harle approaches Serge. There was still another 
    way to obtain the Frozen Flame, albeit being dangerous. It was to bring 
    Serge into the Home Dead Sea.
    In this world, FATE had no control of the events happening in the 
    world. Home FATE was dead. Another FATE could only look at Home World 
    through the eyes of watchman Miguel.
    Serge was almost killed by Lynx. Kid jumps back in time from Another 
    World from 1020AD to save Serge. Then she jumps back to Another World 
    Here, the Sea of Eden becomes the Dead Sea.
    The seven Dragons, including Harle, without FATE's seal to hold them 
    back merges together and heads to the Sea of Eden to steal the Frozen 
    Flame. But as they approached the Flame in the Dead Sea, they become 
    swallowed up by the Dead Sea and got completely assimilated into the 
    Time Devourer.
    Soon after, half the Dragons from Another World crossed over and lived 
    there. And Miguel was placed Guardian of the Dead Sea to overlook 
    events in Home World and report them back to FATE in another world. 
    FATE has no control of events in this world.
    Both Another FATE and the Another Dragons knew one thing. A copy of 
    Frozen Flame was still in the Home World Dead Sea, and both of them 
    wanted it. FATE could not act because it had no control of the world. 
    The Dragons could not act because they knew that from their Home 
    counterparts that approaching the Flame would kill them. So they wait.
    Lynx and the Acacia Dragoons got swallowed up by the Dead Sea.
    Serge crossed dimensions.
    Harle leaves Lynx after being sacked and leads Serge into the Dead Sea.
    Soon after, Serge reconstructed his body based on the form he lost to 
    Lynx. And once again, his body became that of the Arbiter.
    Finally, holding the six Dragon Relics and the powers of the Frozen 
    Flame, only Serge could control the Chrono Cross. Using these powers, 
    he destroyed the Time Devourer and freed Schala.
      Points Addressed
    There are several points that I have addressed in this theory.
    1.  This outline explains why Belthasar knew so many things, especially
        matters pertaining to the Time Devourer.
    2.  Belthasar planned the whole thing so that he could get the Chrono 
        Cross. But he did not do it at the expense of using El Nidons as 
        pawns. The pulling back of Dinopolis and Chronopolis was 
    3.  Coincidence. The Time-Crash caused the dimensions to rip apart. And
        the Planet pulled Dinopolis back and Lavos pulled Chronopolis back.
        Then the Dragonians created the Dragon Tear. And time split,
        Forming two Dragon Tears, thus Serge is able to get the Chrono
        Cross. There's too much coincidence here for Belthasar to have
        'planned' the Time Crash. This outline neatly does away with the
        coincidences, yet still keeps in line with game evidence.
    4.  If Belthasar planned everything, that only means he did know that
        the Chrono Cross existed in the Reptites line. Why did he not just
        steal the Chrono Cross over using his Neo-Epoch? This outline also
        answers that.
    5.  How the Dragons were consumed by the Time Devourer. The Frozen
        Flame's seal did it.
    6.  The origin of Fort Dragonia, and how the Dragonians were pushed to
    7.  Harle's appearance/fortune. Harle was copied of the Time Devourer,
        ie. Schala's DNA.
    8.  How Wazuki+Miguel+Serge got into Chronopolis through Death's door.
        This was not addressed in the game, but addressed in this outline.
    9.  How the six dragons and Harle in one world disappeared.
    10. How Lynx disappeared.
    11. How only Serge is able to control the Chrono Cross.
    12. Why Harle left Lynx and joined Serge midway during his journey.
    13.   Conclusion
    The numerous theories only show how much loopholes were left opened in 
    the game in Chrono Cross. Chrono Cross is still a good game. While it 
    has been interesting discussing them on GameFAQs, there were just too 
    many things to cover. Let's hope that the next Chrono game will be 
    Until then, I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as all of us on the 
    Dead Sea/Sea of Eden thread have enjoyed discussing it. It was more fun 
    than playing the game itself.
    I apologize if I have made this FAQ look like a thesis and too boring 
    to read. But that's how I write. :) 
    Finally, no one is obligated to believe any of the theories presented 
    in this FAQ. If you have any better theories or suggestions, you can 
    always post them up the GameFAQs for public discussion.