Chrono Cross
The Dead Sea/Sea of Eden (and Other Story) FAQ
Version 1.1
23 May 2001

compiled by bubblebobby2000
bubble@singmail.com




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i.    Contents
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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




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ii.   Revision History
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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.




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iii.  Notices and Credits
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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 
Cross.

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. 




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iv.   Abbreviations
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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




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1.    Introduction
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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 
formed.

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. 
8)

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!




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2.    Timeline
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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)

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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)

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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,
                    too."

            * Belthasar oversees the operation of Chronopolis

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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

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                              TIME CRASH 
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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
                    past..." 

            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

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            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

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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

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            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.

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1003AD      Serge age 20 in Chrono Cross, year 1020AD

            * Serge born to Wazuki and Marge

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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

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            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.

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            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.

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            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

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            SCRIPT: Dark Serge/Lynx:
                    "Contact with the Flame healed your young body."

            * Frozen Flame heals Serge

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            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

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            SCRIPT: Crono:
                    "Although Wazuki managed to escape from Chronopolis
                    with you, he later succumbed to FATE."

            * Wazuki+Serge leaves Chronopolis back to Arni

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            SCRIPT: Miguel:
                    "Yes... I've been here in this very place... For 14
                    years..."

            * Miguel stays behind in Sea of Eden

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            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

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            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.

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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

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                               SPLIT (ANOTHER WORLD)
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            SCRIPT: Another Leena:
                    "That boy... died...... He drowned... When he was
                    very young...  This all happened 10 years ago."

            * Serge drowns

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                                 SPLIT (HOME WORLD)
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            SCRIPT: Lucca:
                    "Further in the future, Kid is meant to travel back
                    ten years in time from now to save Serge from
                    drowning."

            * Serge saved by Kid from drowning and lives

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            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

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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

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            Events in Chrono Cross




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3.    Serge and The Destruction of The World
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The Chrono Trigger, The Assassin of Time
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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.


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  Theory 1: Descendants in Home World (by "bubbblebobby2000")
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Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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.


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  Theory 2: Contact with the Frozen Flame (by "jason79")
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Description
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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.


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  Theory 3: Lavos and Serge (by "One That Was")
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Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

(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 
1007AD-1009AD 
       Lynx Created to Kill Serge 
1010AD Serge Drowned - Time Split Occurs 
1011AD-1019AD 
       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. 
1007AD-1009AD 
       Lynx Created to Kill Serge. 
1010AD Serge Almost Drowns. 
       Lavos/Schala Intervenes, Serge is saved. 
       Time Split occurs. 
1011-1019AD 
       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.


Assumptions
~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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.


Inconsistencies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 
    of. 
 
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.)


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  Theory 4: Binding with the Time Devourer
            (by Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide)
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Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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!"
         Belthasar

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 
hereafter.

"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.




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4.    Time Split and Science
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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 
arguable. 

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 
         dimensions.  
 
         "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. 
 
                         (Lavos)
             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:
         1010AD.  
 
         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         | 
     ---o>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>+>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>o----
      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 
influences.

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   |
     ---o>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>+>>>>---------------->>>>>o--->
      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
         ago."

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 
format:

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 
above.

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
    event.

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.
 
Description 
~~~~~~~~~~~ 
 
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 
paradox. 
 
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.  


Assumptions
~~~~~~~~~~~

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
    back.


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:
         "2300AD" 
         "Lithosphere Investigation Report" 
 
         "- Report no. 27 " 
 
         "[Unknown Life Force, Parasitic to the Planet]"  
         "Geologic Stratum Result - 65,000,000 B.C."  
         "Code  'Lavos'" 

         Norris:
         "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.


Discussion
~~~~~~~~~~

POST-Q:  "bubblebobby2000":
         "why Prometheus drew Day of Lavos back during or after it 
         occured?"

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
         1010AD?"

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."


Timeline
~~~~~~~~

                      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.
 
Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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?)


Assumptions 
~~~~~~~~~~~

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.


Discussion
~~~~~~~~~~




Timeline
~~~~~~~~

                      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.
 
Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 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
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 V                                     ^
          ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]---- (Another)
             7600BC             1010AD             2400AD
                                 [  o]--------------[  o]---- (Home)
                                    ^                  V
                                    oooooooooooooooooooo

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
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 V                                     ^
          ----[  o]--------------[  o]----[  o]-----[  o]---- (Another)
             7600BC             1010AD   1999AD    2400AD
                                    o
                                    o
                                    o
                                    o      DOL      Ruins
                                 [  ?]----[  X]-----[  X]---- (Home)
                                    ^                  V
                                    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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.


Assumptions 
~~~~~~~~~~~

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).


Discussion
~~~~~~~~~~

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 
         1010AD."

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 
         1010AD."

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 
         ~7600BC." 
 
         "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."

Timeline
~~~~~~~~

                      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.
 
Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 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
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 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 
7600BC.

                         Lavos pulls Chronopolis
                 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
                 V                                     ^
          ----[  o]--------------[  o]--------------[  o]---- (Another)
          |  7600BC             |1010AD            2400AD
          |                     |
          |      duplicated     | 
          V                     V
          ----[  o]---------[  o][  X]--------------[  X]---- (Home)
                                    ^                  V
                                    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
                                      Lavos pulls ruins
                                Caught by Prometheus in 1010AD

Assumptions 
~~~~~~~~~~~

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.


Discussion
~~~~~~~~~~

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."


Timeline
~~~~~~~~

                      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.
 
Description:
~~~~~~~~~~~~

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
    -02---------+02---+-
    -03---------+03---+-
    -04---------+04---+-
    -05---------+05---+-
    -06---------+06---+-
    -07---------+07---+-  1010AD
    -08---------+08---+-
    -09---------+09---+-        
    -10---------+10---+-
    -11---------+11=C=+-  2400AD    Chronopolis established.
    -12---------+12=C=+-            
    -13---------+13=C=+-
    -14---------+14=C=+-
    -15---------+15=C=+-
    -16---------+16=C=+-
    -17---------+17=C=+-
    -18---------+18=C=+-
    -19---------+19=C=+-
    -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
    -02---------[02---]-
    -03---------[03---]-
    -04---------[04---]-
    -05---------[05---]-
    -06---------[06---]-
    -07---------[07---]-  1010AD
    -08---------[08---]-
    -09---------[09---]-
    -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
    -11---------(11=C=)-  2400AD    Chronopolis established.
    -12---------(12=C=)-            
    -13---------(13=C=)-
    -14---------(14=C=)-
    -15---------(15=C=)-
    -16---------(16=C=)-
    -17---------(17=C=)-
    -18---------(18=C=)-
    -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    
    -02---------+12=C=+-
    -03---------+13=C=+-
    -04---------+14=C=+-
    -05---------+15=C=+-
    -06---------+16=C=+-
    -07---------+17=C=+-  1010AD    Serge dies
    -08---------+18=C=+-
    -09---------+19=C=+-
    -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
    -11---------+01---+-  2400AD    Chronopolis. Counter-Time Exp.
    -12---------+02---+-            
    -13---------+03---+-
    -14---------+04---+-
    -15---------+05---+-
    -16---------+06---+-
    -17---------+07---+-
    -18---------+08---+-
    -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.

    -01---------+11=C=+-
      ^           ^
      |           +---------- year inside Sea of Eden = 2400AD
      |
      +---------------------- year outside Sea of Eden = 7600BC

    -11---------+01---+-
      ^           ^
      |           +---------- 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,

    -15---------+05---+-

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-
Devourer.

    -01---------+11=C=+-  7600BC    
    -02---------+12=C=+-
    -03---------+13=C=+-
    -04---------+14=C=+-
    -05---------+15=C=+-
    -06---------+16=C=+-
    -07---------+17=C=+-  1010AD    Serge supposed to die.
    -08---------+18???+-
    -09---------+19???+-
    -10---------+10---+-  2300AD    Chronopolis starts to build.
    -11---------+01---+-  2400AD    Chronopolis. Counter-Time Exp.
    -12---------+02---+-            
    -13---------+03---+-
    -14---------+04---+-
    -15---------+05---+-
    -16---------+06---+-
    -17---------+07---+- 11010AD    Time Devourer wakes here.
    ?18?????????+08---+?
    ?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.


Assumptions
~~~~~~~~~~~

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
         elsewhere."

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
         continua..."


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.


Discussion
~~~~~~~~~~

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..."


Timeline
~~~~~~~~

                      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.


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  Theory 1: The Dead Sea Absorbs Adventurers (by "Miguel")
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Description
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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?


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  Theory 2: Fluidity of the Dead Sea (by "bubblebobby2000")
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Description
~~~~~~~~~~~

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.




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8.	Dead Sea Evaporated
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Why did the Dead Sea evaporate? Did FATE destroy it? Or was it because 
the watchman Miguel was killed?


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  Theory 1: FATE destroyed the Dead Sea purposefully
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Description
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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
         distortions.


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  Theory 2: Miguel as a Guardian (by "Halbarad")
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Description
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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 
guardian.




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9.    In The Unified Timeline
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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.


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  Theory 1: Unified Timeline (by "skane")
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Description
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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 
beaten.  
 
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.


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  Theory 2: Radical Dreamers Timeline (by "Miguel")
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Description
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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?


Discussion
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None for the moment.




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10.   Other Theories
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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.


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  Temporal Inertia (by "jason79")
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Description
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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 
Paradox.' 
 
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 
affected.  
 
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 
Lucca.  
 
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.


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  The True Use of the Dragon Emblem (by "One That Was")
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Description
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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.


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  Kid/Lucca in Home Theory (by "Miguel") 
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Description
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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 
Sea? 
 
#1. Wazuki's good side may have been fighting back, much like Khan with 
Grahf. 
 
#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 
there. 
 
Lucca is alive... That'll make the vets happy...  




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11.   Other Discussions
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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.


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  The Two Moons
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- "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."


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  The Dreamstone
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-- "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."


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  The "Entity"
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-- "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."




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12.   A Proposed Story Outline
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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!


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  The Outline (by "bubblebobby2000")
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1999AD

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.


2300AD

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.


2400AD

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.


7600BC

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 
disrupted.

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.


????AD

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.


1003AD

Serge was born to Wazuki and Marge. Kid/Harle created here.


1006AD

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 
fear.

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.


1010AD

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.

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  SPLIT ANOTHER
----------------------

In this world, FATE has full control of the events happening in the 
world.

1010AD

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.


1020AD

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.


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  SPLIT HOME
----------------------

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.


1010AD

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 
again.

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.


1017AD

Lynx and the Acacia Dragoons got swallowed up by the Dead Sea.


1020AD

Belthasar?

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.


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  Points Addressed
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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 
    unexpected.

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
    extinction.

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.




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13.   Conclusion
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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 
better. 

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.