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Final Fantasy IV: Plot Analysis
GameBoy Advance, Super Nintendo, Sony PlayStation, WonderSwan Color
Written by CVXFREAK
Version 3.0
January 3, 2006
E-mail: fireemblempride@gmail.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. INTRODUCTION
2. FINAL FANTASY IV: Names, Types and Texts
3. A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT OF FINAL FANTASY IV
   A. Cecil Returns to Baron
   B. A Talk with King Baron
   C. Exploring Mist Cave
   D. Kaipo and the Water Cavern
   E. The Fall of Damcyan and the Sea Ruby
   F. Journeying to Fabul
   G. Cecil Defends Fabul
   H. Lost at Sea
   I. Mysidian Elder's Quest
   J. Sneaking into Baron
   K. Magnetic Cave
   L. The Tower of Zot
   M. Journey into the Underworld
   N. Meeting with Dwarven
   O. The Tower of Babel- Underground
   P. Airship Solutions
   Q. The Tower of Babel- Surface
   R. Sylvan Cave, Summon Cave and Sealed Cave
   S. Mysidian Prayer
   T. FuSoYa and the Moon
   U. Stopping the Giant of Babel
   V. Journeying to the Core of the Moon
   W. Battle with Zeromus
   X. Aftermath of Zeromus
   Y. The Wedding
   Z. CONCLUSIONS ABOUT FINAL FANTASY IV
4. CHARACTERS
   A. Cecil Harvey
   B. Kain Highwind
   C. Rosa Farrell
   D. Rydia 
   E. Sage Tellah
   F. Edward Chris von Muir (Gilbert)
   G. Yang Feng-Leiden
   H. Palom
   I. Porom
   J. Edge (Edward Geraldine)
   K. FuSoYa
   L. Cid Pollendina
   M. Elder
   N. Golbez
   O. Zeromus
5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
6. INTERESTING POINTS
7. THEORIES
8. VERSION UPDATES
9. CONCLUSION

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Final Fantasy IV is the only Final Fantasy game I've finished, and 
that's for a reason. It's easy to play, fun to watch and has an 
absorbing storyline. It's probably true that Final Fantasy VI and VII 
are more popular to some players, but FFIV always holds a special place 
in my gaming collection.

Before I begin, I would like to state that I own nothing related to the 
rights of Final Fantasy IV, or the U.S. SNES version of Final Fantasy 
II, and that goes for each Final Fantasy game in existence right now. 
The only thing I own are the actual games themselves and the media in 
which they've been put onto, whether it be CD-ROM or SNES cartridge. 

There are a few Final Fantasy-based websites out there that may want to 
host this document. If that's the case, just send me an e-mail and I'll 
more than be happy to let you. But if you assume that you can use it 
whenever you want and in the event you do post it on your website 
without my permission, consider yourself the victim of an impending 
lawsuit  (well maybe not a lawsuit, but a piece of my mind). 

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2. FINAL FANTASY IV: Names, Types and Texts
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Well, the original version of this document had a description that was 
what I felt way too long for a plot guide. So, in the interest of 
saving time, I'm just going to run down every version that exists in 
the U.S. and Japan for your viewing pleasure. 

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Japan
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1. Final Fantasy IV
Platform: Super Famicom
Release Date: July 19, 1991

Note: This is the original version of FFIV and the first one ever 
released. It contains every spell, an uncensored plotline and a harder 
difficulty. Many Japanese gamers thought the game was too hard, but 
FFIV is the second FF game to sell over a million copies in Japan (I'm 
not sure if that's when combined with the Easytype, though). 

2. Final Fantasy IV Easy Type
Platform: Super Famicom
Release Date: October 29, 1991
A version of FFIV that's even easier than the original. Some spells 
were removed, enemies needed less damage and leveling up was easier. 
This is the version Final Fantasy II was based off of, with the 
exception of the Zeromus sprite used at the end of the game, which is 
exclusive to this version and Final Fantasy IV Advance.

3. Final Fantasy IV
Platform: PSone
Release Date: March 21, 1997; March 11, 1999 (Final Fantasy Collection)
Note: A port of the Super Famicom FFIV for PlayStation owners that was 
released right after Final Fantasy VII in Japan. As far as I know, this 
release contains everything from the Super Famicom version and wasn't 
the Easy Type edition. The PSone edition adds FMV videos retelling 
certain sequences from the game, such as the unveiling of the airship, 
and Palom and Porom's sacrifice.

4. Final Fantasy IV
Platform: WonderSwan Color / Swan Crystal
Release Date: March 27, 2002
Note: The first portable SFC FF game available for Japanese gamers. I 
own this one personally, and thought it was vastly inferior due to the 
SC's limited sound speakers and lack of a backlit screen. It seems to 
be largely the same as the Super Famicom version with some graphical 
tweaks to work around the WSC system.

5. Final Fantasy IV Advance
Platform: Game Boy Advance / Game Boy Advance SP / Game Boy micro
Release Date: December 15, 2005
Note: I believe the port is based on the WonderSwan Color edition but 
has a lot of extras. For one, this is the first of the Square Enix 
project, 'Finest Fantasy for Advance' which brings the three Super 
Famicom Final Fantasy titles to the GBA with an "Advance" subtitle. The 
GBA edition in Japan was released alongside a Game Boy micro bundle 
with a unique faceplate featuring Cecil's Paladin and Dark Knight 
artworks. This is also the first and probably only version of FFIV in 
Japan to feature Kanji text as well as added face profiles for when a 
character speaks. It brings back the Easy Type Zeromus sprite as an 
extra feature for the Lunar Ruins, a dungeon of special trials for each 
of the characters. Other extras include the Cave of Trials in Mt. 
Ordeals, which grants weapons to Edward, Palom, Porom, Yang and Cid, 
who in this version are able to rejoin the party after the destruction 
of the Giant of Babel. The GBA edition also features a new introduction 
video that introduces the world of FFIV to gamers.

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United States
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1. Final Fantasy II
Platform: Super Nintendo
Release Date: 1991
Note: The first version of Final Fantasy IV to hit the U.S. It's called
Final Fantasy II because in Japan, there were three Final Fantasy games 
released for the Famicom (Japanese NES). And since the Famicom versions 
of Final Fantasy II and III never made it to the US (until the PSone 
release of Final Fantasy Origins and later the GBA release of Final 
Fantasy I & II Advance/Dawn of Souls), Final Fantasy IV was the second 
FF game brought to the U.S., and hence has the name Final Fantasy II. 
This version contains many of the same alterations as the Japanese Easy 
Type in terms of difficulty, but uses the original FFIV Zeromus sprite. 
It's translation is also laughably bad. 

2. Final Fantasy IV 
Platform: PSone 
Release Date: July 21, 2001 (Final Fantasy Chronicles)
Note: This was released for the PSone in 1991. It's based on the 
Japanese PSone version, which was the original, non-easy type FFIV. So 
the US release restores the difficulty and spells removed from the SNES 
version, and features a new translation that fixes or rewrites parts of 
the plot that were significantly altered in the SNES release. It 
contains the FMV from the Japanese edition as well.

3. Final Fantasy IV Advance
Platform: Game Boy Advance / Game Boy Advance SP / Game Boy micro
Release Date: December 12, 2005
Note: I believe the port is based on the WonderSwan Color edition but 
has a lot of extras. The script for the US edition, which interestingly 
enough was released before the Japanese one, was redone yet again, 
fixing up a few errors still present in the US version and renaming 
spells and some characters to match their Japanese counterparts. It 
brings back the Easy Type Zeromus sprite as an extra feature for the 
Lunar Ruins, a dungeon of special trials for each of the characters. 
Other extras include the Cave of Trials in Mt. Ordeals, which grants 
weapons to Edward, Palom, Porom, Yang and Cid, who in this version are 
able to rejoin the party after the destruction of the Giant of Babel. 
The GBA edition also features a new introduction video that introduces 
the world of FFIV to gamers.


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3. A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT OF FINAL FANTASY IV
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This is a summary of Final Fantasy IV's basic plot. I've tried to be as 
specific as possible without going overboard on the details. After all, 
you should really play the game to see the storyline for yourself.

I'm basing most of this on the GBA version of FFIV as it's the most 
recent and probably closest, plot wise, to the original Japanese 
version. 

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A. Cecil Returns to Baron
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Airships fly over the landmasses and vast ocean below. Commanding the 
ship is Dark Knight Cecil, leader of the Red Wings. Cecil is thinking 
about what he just did to the Mysidian Kingdom not long ago. Cecil 
marched onto the army-less, thus defenseless, Mysidia, home to the 
mages, people or creatures that have command over the elements. Cecil 
walks in on the Town Elder and steals his Water Crystal, a crystal that 
seemingly contains a lot of special power and properties. Cecil's men 
immediately murder those who put up opposition. Cecil isn't the type to 
do this, but he's doing it as an order from the king of the most 
powerful kingdom, Baron, King Baron. As Cecil leaves the crystal room 
with the crystal in hand, he looks down on the ground, wondering what 
he just did.

After shaking the thought out, some monsters attack Cecil's ship. But 
Cecil, being the powerful knight he is, quickly disposes of them with 
his sword. Cecil then wonders why there are so many monsters around 
these days. Pretty soon after, the airship makes its landing outside 
the castle-city of Baron.

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B. A Talk with King Baron
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Inside, Baigan, the king's advisor, greets Cecil. When Cecil meets the 
king, he gives King Baron the Water Crystal, and tells him that the 
Mysidians didn't put up much of a fight. King Baron dismisses Cecil, 
now that his work is done. Walking out of the room, Cecil turns around 
all of a sudden, the king wondering why. Cecil then asks why the king 
wanted Cecil to capture the crystal at all costs. The king is sourly 
offended. Baigan notices suspicion in Cecil. King Baron then tells 
Cecil that he was the one who raised him into what he is now, and is 
still offended in a sense that King Baron feels defied.

The king then revokes Cecil's position as commander of the Red Wings, 
his military fleet. Instead, Cecil is thrown down into a Delivery Boy, 
and his first package is to deliver a box to the Village of Mist, a 
land with people who are summoners. Summoners are people who can summon 
mythical creatures in battle. Suddenly, Kain, Cecil's best friend, a 
Dragoon, tries to make the king change his mind. Unfortunately, this 
only agitates the king and the king makes Kain deliver the package with 
Cecil.

[Note: In Final Fantasy IV Advance, the package's anonymity is 
completely removed by calling it a Bomb Ring from the get go. I choose 
not to do it this way because the plot makes much more sense if it's an 
anonymous package.]

Leaving the king's throne room, Kain leaves Cecil to prepare for the 
journey the next day. Cecil tries to head to his room but his 
girlfriend, Rosa, interrupts him. Rosa seems worried about Cecil, and 
wants to see Cecil later that day. Cecil walks to his room, but is 
interrupted by Cid. Cid is really annoyed by the way Cecil has been 
using his (Cid's) airships. Cid also warns Cecil that if he makes Rosa 
cry, Cid won't let Cecil use his airships. Cid then runs home to his 
daughter. 

Cecil reaches his bedroom after the maid cleans it. Cecil lies in bed, 
and then Rosa comes in. They talk about what Cecil did to the 
Mysidians, and how Cecil regrets what he did. After a long 
conversation, Cecil finally goes to sleep and Rosa leaves. The next 
day, Cecil and Kain leave the castle to deliver the package to the 
Village of Mist nearby. 

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C. Exploring Mist Cave
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Outside the castle, Cecil and Kain wander through the deserts to get to 
Mist Cave, the cavernous area blocking the path to Mist. Unfortunately, 
with Cecil's Red Wings position revoked, he cannot just fly an airship 
there, which would take him there in mere seconds. Because of that, it 
will take them a little bit of time on foot.

Through the desert are monsters, though they aren't very powerful; 
Cecil and Kain use their weakest attacks to defeat them. They finally 
reach the Mist Cave. Inside, the name is not deceiving at all. The cave 
is full of mist which somewhat impairs their line of sight, and as they 
wander, more monsters confront them. Disposing of them, they gain more 
experience as warriors. 

As they wander, an ominous voice tells them to go away. Ignoring it, 
they proceed to the near end of the cave. The voice again asks if Cecil 
and Kain will get out. Refusing, a Mist Dragon suddenly attacks Cecil 
and Kain.

Tougher than any monster Cecil and Kain have ever faced, the dragon 
launches power mist attacks at them, hurting Cecil. Luckily, Kain is 
able to use his dragoon jump tactics to avoid the attacks and damage 
the Mist Dragon greatly. On the ground, Cecil uses his sword attacks. 
As tough as the dragon is, it cannot compete with what Cecil and Kain 
dish out, and despite launching super-powerful mist attacks, Cecil and 
Kain slay the Mist Dragon, but they're fairly injured.

Outside the cave is the small Village of Mist. When they reach the 
place, the package the king gave them releases several bombs!!! The 
bombs, live ones, circle the town, and explode, causing the entire city 
to catch fire. Cecil and Kain are outraged at what the king wanted to 
do; the king wanted to eliminate the summons, the people of Mist, 
because he thought they were a threat to Baron's security.

Nearby, they hear a little girl crying. She is next to her dead mother. 
Cecil and Kain wonder how the woman's mother died. The little girl 
explains that her mom's summon dragon was murdered, so the woman in 
charge of the Mist Dragon, the little girl's mom, ends up dying, too. 
Shocked, Cecil and Kain tell the girl that they were the ones who slain 
the Mist Dragon and apologize. 

With the city about to fall to the ground, Cecil volunteers to take the 
little girl away to save her. Kain objects, noting that they must kill 
the little girl as an order from Baron. Cecil objects. After an 
argument, Kain agrees with Cecil, reluctantly, and that they're 
essentially betraying Baron. Cecil thanks Kain for going with him, but 
Kain tells Cecil to save it, Kain doing what he's going to do not for 
Cecil's sake. As they mark their leave, the little girl gets very angry 
and summons a creature called Titan, which injures Kain and Cecil by 
causing an earthquake. The creature is out of the little girl's 
control, and causes the entire village to explode.  

Cecil suddenly blacks out. Some time later, Cecil and the little girl 
are found in a field outside the Village of Mist. The little girl is 
unconscious. Unfortunately, the earthquake caused by Titan causes a 
landslide, thus Cecil cannot return to the Village of Mist, or the 
ruins of it. Kain is also nowhere to be found.

The situation cannot be helped, so Cecil decides to head somewhere 
where the little girl can be safe. He's sure Baron will be on their way 
to find the little girl. Cecil wanders the desert in front of him, but 
runs away from monsters as he passes. In the distance is the small 
lakeside town of Kaipo. 

He enters town, hoping to find a place where the little girl can rest.

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D. Kaipo and the Water Cavern
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The town of Kaipo luckily has an inn. As he approaches the place, the 
townsfolk speak of a Sage Tellah, and how his daughter ran off to marry 
a bard. Not caring, Cecil runs to the inn, and the owner gladly lets 
Cecil stay for the night once he sees the little girl's condition.

Once they settle into their beds, Cecil tries to tell the little girl 
thathe is only trying to protect her, and that he's really sorry for 
killing her mom's Mist Dragon. Suddenly, a few Baronian soldiers come 
to take the little girl away. Cecil protests, and a battle ensues. 
Cecil fights every soldier off, until the general is all that's left. 
The soldier runs away before Cecil can finish him off. 

The little girl is happy that Cecil protected her, and the little girl 
finally trusts Cecil's protection. The little girl introduces herself 
as Rydia, a summoner. The next day, Cecil and Rydia leave the inn with 
gratitude. The townsfolk talk about a Prince Edward and how wimpy he 
is, but, like earlier gossips about the old sage, Cecil doesn't seem to 
care. 

Words from a townsfolk meets his eye, saying that a white mage is 
somewhere in town, sick. In the house where the white mage is, Cecil is 
shocked to discover that it's Rosa! Cecil asks the house owner how he 
can cure Rosa's desert fever, and the owner tells him that the Sand 
Ruby from the Antlion in Antlion's Cave will cure her. 

Cecil purchases some supplies and decides to journey to Antlion's Cave 
to find the Sand Ruby. Leaving Kaipo, Cecil and Rydia head for the 
Water Cavern. To get to the Antlion's Cave, which is east of Damcyan 
Castle, Cecil must pass through Water Cavern.

Inside the Water Cavern, Cecil and Rydia battle a few monsters. Rydia's 
black spells prove useful, as her Thunder attacks dispose of the water-
based creatures easily. Wandering around, they meet an old man. He says 
that a bard deceived his daughter and now he has to get to Damcyan 
Castle to find and rescue her. Remembering what the people in Kaipo 
said, Cecil thinks this man is Sage Tellah. Tellah is a famous sage, 
which is basically a combination of a black mage and white mage.

Tellah was really famous, but he forgot his spells over the years, so 
he's really only as powerful as a new mage. Still, he thinks Cecil and 
Rydia can help him defeat a monster called Octomamm. Octomamm is the 
creature blocking the cave's exit to Damcyan. The trio wander through 
the caves fighting off a couple of monsters. Luckily, with the added 
power of Tellah, they get through them very easily. In a room sealed 
off from the monsters, they stay in Tellah's tent. 

As they rest for the night, Rydia immediately falls asleep. Rydia 
reminds Tellah of Anna, his daughter. Tellah also knows that Rydia will 
become a powerful summoner one day. Tellah wonders why Cecil is heading 
to Damcyan Castle, and Cecil explains Rosa's situation. Tellah explains 
what Cecil already knows, that Cecil must go to Antlion's Cave to find 
the Sand Ruby.

The next day, Cecil and co. wander through the cave. They battle 
monsters endlessly, gaining combat experience as they travel. After 
walking through lakes, jumping down waterfalls and battling even more 
monsters, they're rewarded with treasure: Cecil finds new armor. 

They eventually reach the exit of the cave and Octomamm is guarding it. 
The trio attack Octomamm, and like the Mist Dragon, it doesn't put up 
much of a fight Cecil, Rydia and Tellah can't handle. Luckily, Rydia 
and Tellah's Thunder attacks are powerful against the water based 
creature, so the creature eventually dies. 

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E. The Fall of Damcyan and the Sea Ruby
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Eager to reach Damcyan, the trio runs out of the water cavern. As they 
approach Damcyan Castle, Baronian ships fly over the castle and drop 
bombs!!! The attack is somewhat short, and when it's over, all that 
remains is the ruin of Damycan Castle. They all enter the castle and 
see dead people all over the castle. 

In the throne room, Tellah is outraged to see the body of her daughter 
on the ground, wounded. Tellah knows Anna is about to die and his fury 
erupts when he sees a bard come out of hiding. This bard was the bard 
Anna eloped. Tellah is outraged and blames the bard for Anna's 
condition. Tellah gets into a fight with the bard, and after the bard 
screams in pain, Anna, still conscious, tells her father to stop. Anna 
explains that the bard, Edward, is the prince of Damcyan. Anna tells 
Tellah that she loves Edward, and that she protected Edward from dying 
by blocking him from arrows. Afterwards, Anna dies. 

Tellah is furious, and Edward, as a sensitive prince, is crying. Tellah 
tells Edward that crying won't bring her back. Edward explains that 
Golbez, the new leader of the Red Wings, was responsible for the attack 
that not only killed Anna, but Edward's parents as well. Golbez also 
took the kingdom's Fire Crystal, like how Cecil took Mysidia's Water
Crystal. Tellah vows to kill Golbez and have his revenge. Cecil tries 
to stop Tellah, noting that they should fight Golbez together, but 
Tellah pushes Cecil back, saying that he needs no one.

Cecil and Rydia talk to a crying Edward. Rydia tells him the story of 
her mother, surprising Cecil. After Rydia tells Edward not to cry 
anymore, Cecil approaches the new King of Damcyan. Cecil tells of 
Rosa's sickness and that he and Rydia need his help. Edward 
understands, comparing Cecil's love for Rosa to his love with Anna, and 
decides to help out Cecil and Rydia. Joining them, Edward offers them a 
hovercraft which can transport them to places faster than on foot, and 
that they can return to Kaipo without having to pass through the Water 
Cavern again. They leave the throne room, Anna's body still on the 
ground. Edward runs back and and looks at her one last time, before her 
body vanishes.

After they leave Damcyan, they drive the hovercraft east of Damcyan. 
Crossing over shallow water and searocks, they reach a forked path. One 
leads to Antlion's Cave and the other leads to Mt. Hobs. The entrance 
to Mt. Hobs is blocked by ice, but they don't need to go up that path. 
They take the path to Antlion's Cave instead, and enter the cave.

The cave, like the Water Cavern, is swarmed with monsters. 
Unfortunately, Edward's contributions as a warrior are fairly limited: 
he barely damages the monsters but luckily he can give them status 
ailments. He runs away from battle whenever his vitality is low, so 
Rydia and Cecil make it a habit to heal him every so often. The cave is 
similar in structure to the Water Cavern. Luckily in the cave they find 
a new harp for Edward, which increases his power. The cave is nowhere 
near as long as the Water Cavern. 

At the bottom, they find Antlion. Edward is educated about Antlions, 
and knows that they don't hurt people. He tries to get the Sand Ruby 
from it, but Antlion suddenly claps its pincers, nearly killing Edward. 
For Rosa's sake, without any other choice, Cecil, Rydia and Edward 
decide to attack it. The creature launches powerful attacks when 
physically hit. To counteract this, Cecil and Edward go into a 
defensive position while Rydia uses her summon, chocobo. Because it 
isn't a physical attack, Antlion's can't launch any powerful 
counterattacks. After using Chocobo so many times, Rydia runs out of MP 
(magic points), but Edward uses an Ether to restore her MP. After a few 
more chocobos, Antlion finally dies.

Following the battle, they pick the Sand Ruby up. Edward is surprised 
that the Antlion attacked him, noting how monsters have changed from 
gentle creatures to creatures more vicious. Using an Escape Rope, the 
trio gets back to the entrance of the cave instantly. Using the 
hovercraft, they ride back across the desert, passed Damcyan Castle. 
Using shallow water rocks, they manage to bypass the Water Cavern to 
the lower area of the desert. 

They finally return to the oasis, Kaipo. Inside the house Rosa is 
resting in, Cecil uses the Sand Ruby on her to heal her. Rosa wakes up, 
feeling better and recovering from her sickness. Cecil introduces Rydia 
and Edward to Rosa. After getting acquainted, Rosa explains why she 
went to Kaipo. She followed Cecil to the Village of Mist because she 
found about Golbez and his plan to steal the crystals. 

Rosa says that Golbez is out to get the crystals, and she warns that 
Damcyan Castle is next after Mysidia's crystal was captured. Edward 
notes that Damcyan Castle has already fallen victim to Golbez and that 
the Fire Crystal was taken. Rosa then notes that Fabul and Troia are 
next. Thinking Fabul is the next target, Rosa asks Cecil to go to Fabul 
to warn them.

Edward remembers that Mt. Hobs was blocked by ice, and since Tellah 
left the party, Rydia is the only one with a fire attack good enough to 
melt the ice. Rydia, however, doesn't know a fire attack. Rosa asks 
Rydia to learn it, but Rydia's afraid because fire is what destroyed 
her town, the Village of Mist. 

Cecil decides to rest for the night. During the night, Edward wanders 
to the lake to play his harp. Suddenly, a monster appears and attacks 
Edward! Edward is too afraid to battle, but Anna's spirit comes and 
guides him. Edward battles the monster and, miraculously, kills it. 
Anna tells Edward to watch over his people and give them the love 
Edward shared with Anna. After Anna's spirit vanishes, Edward promises 
to fight for Damcyan.

The next day, Cecil, Rydia, Edward and Rosa leave Kaipo and get on the 
hovercraft. They ride around the Water Cavern once again and pass 
Damcyan Castle to the fork in the road again. This time, they take the 
path to Mt. Hobs instead of Antlion's Cave. They park the hovercraft at 
the entrance. At the base of Mt. Hobs, Rydia, with help from Edward and 
Rosa, overcomes her fear of fire and melts the ice, and learns a new 
attack!   

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The path up Mt. Hobs isn't too long, but it's full of creatures. 
Monsters attack them, but they are all more than strong enough to 
battle them. Rosa's white mage contribution is that she can heal the 
party whenever someone is seriously injured, a vital key to surviving 
the scaling of the mountain. She can also accurately aim with a bow and 
arrow, making her physical attacks stronger and more reliable than 
Rydia and Edward's. Rydia's newly learned Fire attack also proves to be 
a devastating alternative to her summons.

At the summit, they see a showdown going on. Apparently, a lone monk is 
fighting off a squad of bombs, similar to those that destroyed the 
Village of Mist. Cecil and the others are only eager to help the monk 
and join the battle on his side. 

The battle is explosive, no pun intended. All five of the warriors 
attack the bombs endlessly, the bombs putting up a very, very strong 
fight before they morph into one bomb. The battle is so intense that 
the heroes are injured, while some faint.

The monk, however, is a strong warrior and, after meditating a short 
while, launches one hell of a claw punch. Edward, as usual, is hiding 
from the battle and launches shots with his harp whenever he can. Rydia 
is using her chocobo summon, which proves effective and Cecil is using 
his sword, while Rosa is busy curing everyone. In the end, after a long 
and fierce battle, Cecil and the monk triumph over the bomb.

After the battle, the monk from Fabul, who introduces himself as Yang, 
is grateful for the help. Cecil fills Yang in on Golbez's quest for the 
crystals, Edward noting that Damcyan has already been attacked. Cecil 
also tells Yang that the bombs were probably sent by Golbez to wipe out 
Fabul's monks, who were all the best when it came to defending Fabul 
from an attack. They had been at Mt. Hobs training.

Cecil offers to help Yang out by going to Fabul, informing its king of 
Golbez and then properly defending it. Yang refuses on the basis that 
it's really his problem alone, but Cecil convinces him otherwise 
because Rydia and Edward too are enemies of Golbez. With Yang in the 
party, the party is strong and balanced, with two powerful warriors, a 
summoner, a healing white mage and a bard who can cause status 
ailments. Before they continue down the other side of the mountain, 
Rosa cures everyone's injuries.

Proceeding down the mountain, they go through an ominous forest until 
the seaside castle and seaport of Fabul comes into view. 

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G. Cecil Defends Fabul
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Entering the castle, Yang leads the team into the throne room where the 
king of Fabul greets them. Cecil, Rosa, Edward and Yang fill the king 
of Fabul in on Golbez's quest for the crystals, the attack on Damcyan 
and the need to defend Fabul before Golbez attacks. Edward has 
obviously met the king of Fabul before, and his presence substantiates 
Cecil's claims in his eyes.

Cecil is more than happy to help out the defense of Fabul, along with 
Edward and Yang. After a kind request from the king, Rydia and Rosa 
decide to assist Fabul's nurses. Sometime later, Golbez's forces, 
creatures who our team have been running into, attack the castle. The 
attack is almost blitzkrieg-like, with aerial support from above 
bombing the castle and foot soldiers swooping in on the ground. Some 
Fabulian soldiers are wounded in the initial onslaught. 

After finishing off a few monsters, Cecil, Edward and Yang eventually 
get retreated into the throne room. Along with a few guards, they lock 
the throne room with hopes of keeping them out. But suddenly, a monster 
disguised as a soldier unlocks the door and attacks the trio. They 
easily defeat the imposter, but with more enemy troops coming, they 
retreat into the throne room.

There, a familiar face shows up: Kain. Cecil is flattered to see Kain, 
and asks him to fight alongside Yang and Edward. Kain asks if it's 
three on one or one on one, stunning Cecil. Kain suddenly attacks 
Cecil, stunning him. Ever since they last met, Kain for whatever reason 
became stronger than Cecil. Kain uses jump in order to avoid Cecil's 
sword, causing him to faint. Cecil is in shock and disbelief as he is 
defeated. 

Kain is just about to finish Cecil off permanently when Yang rushes 
forward and attacks Kain, stunning him momentarily, saving Cecil from 
death. Golbez then enters the room, stunned that Kain couldn't kill 
Cecil. Golbez attacks Yang and Edward, knocking them out. Rydia and 
Rosa show up, disgusted at Kain's betrayal. After Kain takes the 
crystal, he vows to kill Cecil. Golbez then kidnaps Rosa, with plans to 
use her for bait and switch in the near future.

After Kain and Golbez run off with Fabul's Wind Crystal and Rosa, Rydia 
uses her white magic to heal Cecil, Yang and Edward. Once everyone is 
up again, they are devastated by the losses endured. The situation 
can't be helped, and thus Yang suggests everyone rest to completely 
heal their wounds. At a nearby inn, they have a discussion on how to 
get Rosa back. 

Cecil tells everyone of Baron's engineer, Cid and his airships. To 
defeat Golbez, they're going to need an airship to travel between 
places faster than the pace they've been going at. Unfortunately, Baron 
is the only kingdom with command of airships, and with the landslide 
blocking the path to the Village of Mist, the only way back to Baron, 
they have to get there by ship, especially since Baron's navy is weak. 
Yang wonders who that dragoon was, and Cecil tells everyone that the 
dragoon, Kain, used to be his best friend and a good warrior, but 
now...

They all rest for the night and see King Fabul the next day, informing 
him of their plan to sneak into Baron and seize an airship. King Fabul 
grants Yang permission to use the water ship in Fabul Bay, and the king 
gives Cecil a Deathbringer sword, to help increase his combat strength 
and damage capablities (couldn't you have given that to him *before* 
the attack, King Fabul?). King Fabul notes that it is still a weapon of 
darkness, a title Cecil must one day overcome and eradicate from his 
inner self.

Thankful, the party stocks up on supplies and leaves Fabul Castle. At 
the bay, they all get on the ship, Yang's Wife offering encouragement 
to the team as they part for Baron. 

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As the ship sails through the vast ocean, Edward gets a chilling 
feeling, but Rydia comforts him, keeping him warm against the sea 
breeze. As the ship sails, an earthquake suddenly begins to rock the 
ocean and the ship. Suddenly, from a whirlpool in the sea, a Leviathan 
sea creature emerges from the depths below, causing rough waves that 
rock the boat tremendously. Near the edge of the ship, Rydia falls off 
the boat into the sea, and Yang frantically jumps off to save her! 
Cecil screams Yang and Rydia's names, wondering what's happening to 
them.

The ship continues to shake, Cecil trying to get to Edward. Edward 
falls on the floor flat on his face, knocking him unconscious. 
Suddenly, the shaking becomes too much for Cecil to bear, and he blacks 
out...   

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Cecil wakes up on a beach, not knowing where he is. He calls out to 
Rydia, Edward and Yang, but they're nowhere to be found. Cecil sees a 
familiar town nearby, a town that is all too familiar to him: Mysidia. 
Cecil has no choice but to enter the city, so he heads in that 
direction. Outside the city, he is attacked by monsters but his new 
Deathbringer that King Fabul gave him proves to be a powerful sword, 
instant killing aerial monsters coming his way. 

Inside Mysidia, he is stared at by the town folk. One Mysidian turns 
him into a pig, while another turns him into a frog. Luckily speaking 
to them again reverses the spells. Scared, Cecil runs to the Tower of 
Prayer where the Elder of Mysidia resides. Cecil reluctantly speaks to 
the Elder, and apologizes for stealing his crystal and killing innocent 
Mysidians. 

He fills the Elder in on what happened to Rydia, Edward and Yang, but 
even then, the Elder still doesn't seem to believe in Cecil's cause or 
trust his sincerity. As a result of his suspicions, he makes Cecil 
journey on a mission to Mt. Ordeals to the east to become a Paladin, a 
warrior of light that no other has been able to acquire. Elder knows 
that monsters inhabiting the mountain will be invincible against 
Cecil's dark powers, so Elder calls in two twin mages to assist him: 
Palom (the boy) and Porom (the girl). 

Porom enters at the call of Elder, respectfuly greeting herself to 
Cecil, while Palom enters by teleporting in, a run upsetting Porom and 
the Elder. Cecil is surprised that they're so young, but the Elder 
knows they'll be of some assistance. Sending them on their way, the 
twins accompany Cecil outside Mysidia. As they journey, Palom and Porom 
help Cecil in defeating the monsters with their bow and arrows. Palom 
also proves useful with his black spells, like Rydia and Tellah, and 
Porom proves useful with her white spell capabilities, like Rosa did. 
Despite being very young, they're clearly powerful and Cecil is glad to 
have them along.

They eventually cut through a forest and battle more creatures, but the 
three easily defeat them. At the base of the Mt. Ordeals, a wall of 
flames is blocking the trail, just like how Mt. Hobs was blocked by ice 
before Rydia melted it. Without any traumatic experiences to retard his 
development of magic spells, Palom puts out the wall of fire blocking 
the path with a well-placed ice attack. Palom is happy of how well he 
executed the attack.

Meanwhile, at the Tower of Zot, Golbez discovers that Cecil is at Mt. 
Ordeals. Golbez sends one of the infamous, and powerful Four Elemental 
Lords, Scarmiglione (Milon in the SNES and PSone versions), after 
Cecil. Scarmiglione is more than happy to kill Cecil, knowing that 
Cecil wouldn't stand a chance with his dark power. Unfortunately, they 
don't seem to know that two mages are accompanying Cecil and that 
another powerful magic wielder inhabits the mountain, about to run into 
Cecil. 

Cecil and the twins continue up the mountain. It is similar to Mt. Hobs 
in structure; in fact, it provides a little deja vu. Undead monsters 
and zombies attack the party, making Cecil basically useless against 
them. Since he's a dark knight, he can't do much against zombie-type 
monsters. Palom and Porom pick up the slack, however, and easily 
dispose of them with black magic and healing spells. As they battle 
more enemies, the twins learn new spells that prove to be valuable to 
the cause.

As they wander up the mountain, they see a familiar face: Sage Tellah. 
Cecil is glad to meet Tellah, and so are Palom and Porom. Palom and 
Porom greet Tellah and introduce themselves as kids from Mysidia, 
noting how great and famous Tellah is, which even Palom finds to be 
impressive. Tellah is intrigued by the fact they're from Mysidia. 

Tellah speaks to Cecil, wondering where Rydia and Edward are. Cecil 
tells Tellah about the Leviathan at sea, and that he thinks they're 
dead. Tellah finds it unfortunate, and asks why Cecil has come to Mt. 
Ordeals.

Cecil tells Tellah that he came to Mt. Ordeals to become a Paladin. 
Tellah notes that he came here to learn Meteor (Meteo in the SNES and 
PSone versions), since his normal spells wouldn't do much of anything 
against the likes of Golbez. Meteor is a powerful attack that unleashes 
a flurry or meteors onto a target, inflicting the highest amount of 
damage any black magic summoner can conjure up. Tellah is still after 
Golbez for killing his daughter, Anna, at Damcyan Castle. 

Porom notes that a man of of Tellah's age wouldn't have the vitality to 
live through summoning something such as Meteor, but Tellah tells the 
twins that he must avenge his daughter. Palom only criticizes Tellah, 
generalizing his stubbornness as something all adults do, but Porom 
tells Palom to hush, since Palom, as a kid, wouldn't know how adults 
think. 

Not convinced otherwise, Tellah decides to accompany Cecil and the 
twins as they have the same goals in mind. They continue to the summit 
of the mountain, getting close to where Cecil needs to be in order to 
become a Paladin. On their way, on the ground they see the bones of 
some who have tried to become a Paladin and failed. On their way to the 
top, Porom expresses irritation with her brother because apparently he 
poked or pinched her. Palom tells Porom that he didn't do anything to 
her. This happens a few more times. 

At the top, a monsters stops them from proceeding! Apparently this 
monster was the one who had bothered Porom earlier. The monster is 
Scarmiglione, a hooded undead Lord and a gang of zombies is 
accompanying him. Scarmiglione attacks our four heroes, but Tellah and 
Palom retaliate by using their fire attacks to drive the zombies away 
rather quickly. Cecil concentrates on Scarmiglione himself, while Porom 
cures any injuries with her white magic. When Scarmiglione is the only 
one left, he easily cannot compete with the assault being inflicted on 
him. Palom and Tellah's well-placed fire attacks eventually put the 
creature down.

With that threat gone, the party rests in a tent in a nearby pure zone 
to cure their wounds. The next day, they cross the bridge toward the 
highest point, when, suddenly, Scarmiglione returns and attacks the 
party once again. However, having gotten some rest, and having learned 
newer spells, Palom is able to unleash more powerful Fira fire spells 
on Scarmiglione, while Tellah continues to use Fire. Eventually, 
Scarmiglione is finally overwhelmed and dies. Before he dies, however, 
Scarmiglione notes that the other Elemental Lords are still alive. 
Cecil is sure to run into them in the future.

They reach the mirrored tomb at last, and suddenly a light shines on 
Cecil, turning him into a Paladin, with a new suit and Sword of Light! 
An image of the older version of Cecil suddenly attacks the transformed 
Paladin Cecil! Cecil has learned a lot on his travels with his friends, 
and doesn't bother attacking aggressively. The mirror image tells Cecil 
that Paladins fight for law and justice. The mirror image of the older 
Cecil vanishes, giving Cecil full control of Paladin powers. Before it 
disappears, it calls Cecil its son, something that puzzles Cecil. 

Palom and Porom are amazed and proud of Cecil's achievement. In the 
corner, Tellah seems to have been stunned. He reveals that the light 
caused him to learn all of the spells he forgot over the years, as well 
as the key to defeating Golbez: the Meteor spell! After all their 
fortune, they rush down the mountain. The monsters that attack them are 
no use against Cecil's new Paladin powers! Nearly invincible, the crew 
develops their strengths and abilities by wiping the floor with every 
creature that comes their way. By the time they leave Mt. Ordeals, they 
are more than a match for the challenges that have yet to come. 

At the base of Mt. Ordeals, they see a Chocobo forest nearby and go 
there. They ride a Chocobo back to Mysidia and get there in only a few 
seconds. Once they enter, the Mysidians are amazed that Cecil has 
become a Paladin. Some have found it in their hearts to forgive Cecil, 
while one Mysidian is unable to. At the Tower of Prayer, the Elder is 
stunned at what Cecil has found, and is stunned by the presence of Sage 
Tellah as well. Apparently old friends, the Elder and Tellah exchange 
friendly criticism and then let Elder know of their next plans. Tellah 
tells the Elder about what happened to his daughter, and how he plans 
to avenge her, but the Elder tells Tellah that he shouldn't be filled 
with hatred and vengeance. 

Cecil decides to return to the goal he outlined in Fabul: to return to 
Baron and acquire an airship to gain an advantage against Golbez. After 
hearing them out, the Elder tells Palom and Porom to return to their 
studies, but Porom and Palom ask if they can go with Cecil. Cecil is 
surprised and doesn't know what to say, but Tellah agrees that they can 
be helpful. The Elder tells them to the use Devil's Road (or Serpent 
Road in Final Fantasy II) to return to Baron. They do just that, and 
they use the Devil's Road, which morphs them to Baron.    

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The Devil's Road takes them to a building in the town of Baron. When 
our heroes approach the castle doors, the guards don't let them in, so 
they have to use a roundabout way to get inside the castle. That 
roundabout way a series of tunnels beneath Baron that take them to the 
moat of the castle. Unfortunately, the door to the tunnels is locked.

They check the inn out, and to their surprise, they find Yang, who 
seems uninjured by the shipwreck. Cecil attempts to speak to Yang but 
Yang, oddly, sends his guards to attack the party. Is Golbez now 
controlling Yang, too? The guards, like the ones that attacked Cecil 
and Rydia in Kaipo, try to assault Cecil and his team, but they 
overcome then rather easily.

Yang is stunned and annoyed by his guards dying, so he attacks the 
party. Yang has gotten more powerful since the shipwreck, and seriously 
injures Tellah and the twins with his fierce claws. Not wanting to kill 
him, Cecil attacks Yang with his swords moderately. After a few hits, 
Yang regains his memory and is surprised to see Cecil. Apparently the 
shipwreck caused him to have amnesia, and Baron took advantage of that. 
The party heads to a hotel room, where they stay for free because the 
innkeeper is grateful that Cecil killed the guards that were bothering 
the owner.

When they converse, Yang lets Cecil know that Rydia was swallowed by 
Leviathan, but he doesn't know what happened to Prince Edward. Cecil 
introduces Tellah, Palom and Porom to Yang. Cecil tells Yang that 
Tellah is the father of Anna, Edward's wife. Tellah informs Yang of his 
plans to revenge, and Yang apologizes for his loss. Lying down in one 
of the beds during the whole conversation, Palom expresses his 
displeasure with Yang's attack on them, and while Porom tries to get 
Palom to apologize for saying that, Yang says that Palom is right and 
apologizes to everyone and rejoins the team. They go over the plan they 
made in Fabul which is to find Cid and gain control of an airship. Cid 
is probably holed up in the castle somewhere. 

Yang suddenly finds a key on his person, wondering what it's used for. 
Apparently Baron gave it to him when he was working with them. It 
unlocks the armor and weapon shops, and the door in the northwest 
corner of the town, which leads to the tunnels that connect to the 
castle moat. They rest for the night and then set out to continue their 
mission. 

Entering the subterranean tunnels, the team runs through them, eager to 
reach the castle. In structure it is a lot like the Water Cavern 
between Damcyan and Kaipo. Palom and Tellah's electric attacks defeat 
any monster that attacks them. Yang also finds a set of Thunder claws 
that with very little effort take out aquatic monsters. After a bit of 
walking, they end up in the castle's moat. 

They decide to get a little rest in Cecil's bedroom, to recharge 
themselves. Sneaking into the actual castle itself, they proceed to the 
throne room to confront the king. On their way, Cecil's friend, Baigan, 
joins the party. Palom and Porom immediately notice something peculiar 
about Baigan, which gives Baigan a nervous breakdown. 

Baigan is really a monster and attacks the party. The monster Baigan 
isn't very tough at all; its only advantage is its wall attack, which 
deflects magic attacks Tellah and Palom try to throw at it. Cecil's 
newfound power proves to be powerful, and after well placed physical 
attacks from all the members of the team, they manage to destroy 
Baigan's arms. 

A few more hits to the body finally destroy all of Baigan. Following 
the battle, Cecil feels a little stressed in the fact that Baigan was a 
monster the entire time, but Palom and Porom cheer him up and note that 
Baigan was a terrible imposter either way. They continue through an 
empty room to the throne room.

Immediately Cecil confronts the king. The king is amazed and angered 
that Cecil is not a Dark Knight anymore and has become a warrior of 
light. Cecil defies the king even more, criticizing him of his zeal to 
acquire the crystals and spread evil and hatred. Suddenly the king lets 
the cat out of the bag. The king is really a creature, and the real 
king was killed sometime back. The creature turns out to be Cagnazzo 
(Kainazzo in the SNES version), the second of the Four Elemental Lords.

Cagnazzo talks about the Four Elemental Lords, criticizing the one they 
ran into at Mt. Ordeals, Scarmiglione. Cagnazzo feels that Scarmiglione 
was a weakling who didn't deserve to be an Elemental Lord. Cagnazzo 
decides to finish Cecil off, and attacks his team.

Luckily, Cagnazzo is extremely easy to defeat. Ironically he's easier 
to defeat than Scarmiglione, who Cagnazzo had just criticizes. As a a 
water creature, he is extremely weak against Palom's Thundara attack, 
and especially against Tellah's Thandaga attack. A few well placed bolt 
shots from Tellah and Palom, as well as Yang's thunder claws kill the 
Cagnazzo before it is able to unleash a devastating tsunami attack on 
the team.

Caganazzo dies, leaving a warning to the team that the other Lords are 
still around, and that it's not the end of Cagnazzo himself either. Cid 
comes into the room, ready to pretty much kick Cagnazzo's ass for 
imprisoning him. Luckily for him, the team has already killed Cagnazzo. 
Cid reunites with Cecil, and introduces the rest of the party to him. 
Tellah and Cid nearly get into a fight, with Cid amusingly saying that 
Tellah is probably twice his age, but Porom settles the confrontation 
before it breaks out. Palom makes fun of his sister's positive 
attitude.

Cid decides to take the team to the airship, passing through that empty 
room. Suddenly, the spirit of Cagnazzo seems to still be in contact 
with the real world. Cagnazzo causes the walls to cave in, just moments 
away from smashing the team (think Star Wars: A New Hope). 

Palom and Porom, who are closest to both sides of the walls 
respectively, start thanking everyone for all the adventures they have 
been through.No one understands what they mean, however, until the 
twins press themselves against the wall and turn themselves into 
stone!!! The tactic works, and the stone twins are strong enough to 
hold the walls back so it doesn't crush the party, thwarting Cagnazzo's 
plan. Everyone is extremely sad about the twin's sacrifice. Tellah 
tries to undo their petrification with a white spell called Esuna, 
which cures all status ailments. However, because the twins became 
stone at their own will, Esuna is useless. Tellah is frustrated, saying 
that as an old man he should have sacrificed himself instead. Yang, Cid 
and Cecil apologize to Palom and Porom, thanking them for their 
sacrifice. 

Unfortunately the mission has to go on without the twins, as Rosa is 
still in Golbez's hands...

At the Tower of Zot, the team learns of Cagnazzo's defeat. They decide 
to use Cecil to get the Earth Crystal, which remains a problem for them 
to get. They decide to use Rosa as a pawn... 

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Cid fiddles with a wall in a room of the Baron castle. It leads to a 
small tunnel that takes them to an amazing ship. Cecil, Tellah, Yang 
and Cid board the ship, which Cid calls the Enterprise, and launches it 
in the airspace above Baron. Before they can proceed at their leisure, 
another ship with an enemy flag greets them.

It's Kain, and he proposes to Cecil a plan to get Rosa back. Tellah, 
Yang and Cid mock Kain as he tells Cecil that to get Rosa back, he must 
acquire Troia's Earth Crystal for Golbez. Cecil tries to convince Kain 
to stop, but Kain ignores the suggestion. Kain's ship flies off, 
leaving Cecil extremely discomforted. Cecil decides to set course for 
Troia. 

Before heading for Troia, Cecil decides to get a feel for the skies 
around the world map. He flies south of Baron, and encounters a 
mountainous island with a small town. East of that is Mysidia. Cecil 
lands the Enterprise near Mysidia, and informs the Elder of Palom and 
Porom's sacrifice. The Elder says that he is very proud of them. They 
fly east of Mysidia, and see the Tower of Babel, a tall tower that 
seems to poke out from underground into the sky. Near it is Elban 
Castle, but since Elban doesn't possess a crystal, they decide not to 
stop by.


They fly the Enterprise northwest of Baron. Overhead they see the 
Village of Mist. It's been rebuilt, but it's really empty, since all 
the summoners have died. Northeast of the Village of Mist is Kaipo, 
where Rosa was when she got sick. To the north are the ruins of Damcyan 
Castle where Tellah's daughter, Anna died and where Cecil met Edward. 
The fly east over Mt. Hobs where Cecil first met Yang and at the base, 
see the Hovercraft they left it. Passed Mt. Hobs is Fabul and across 
the ocean of Fabul is Troia. 

It's relatively difficult to land in the forested area of Troia, but 
they manage to land on a small plot of land in front of the castle. 
Like Baron, the town resides just beside the castle. Inside the castle, 
they are greeted. They speak to some folks, and they say that a Damcyan 
man was washed up on sea. Who could be it be?

They see the eight clerics who run Troia. Unlike the other three big 
kingdoms, eight clerical sisters govern Troia. They ask each of them if 
they can use the Earth Crystal, but unfortunately, some elf creature 
took it and is now hiding out in Magnetic Cave. If Cecil gets it back, 
he's free to use it.

Looking around the castle, they see Edward, resting in bed, wounded 
with a fever. According to the caretakers, he's naturally frail, so he 
takes quite a while to recover. Edward comments about Cecil's new 
powers. Edward attempts to get up to rejoin the party, but 
unfortunately he isn't fit for battling yet.

Tellah is only reluctant to see Edward. Edward asks Tellah for his 
forgiveness. Tellah doesn't grant it. Once he sees Yang, Edward 
believes that everyone survived the shipwreck, but he doesn't see 
Rydia around. Yang tells Edward that Leviathan swallowed her. Cecil 
lets them know of their mission to go after the Dark Elf and the Earth 
Crystal, and the word Elf strikes Edward's mind. He gives him a copy of 
his harp, saying that they'll need it.

The party wishes Edward farewell. In the city of Troia, they stock up 
on ammo that isn't metallic. Apparently, no one is willing to go after 
the Dark Elf, including Golbez himself, because anyone with metallic 
armor is instantly killed upon entry to the Magnetic Cave. Arming the 
strongest leather armor and the strongest non-metallic weapons, the 
party sets out for the isolated Magnet Cave. 

Unfortunately, the Enterprise is too big to land anywhere near the 
Magnetic Cave, so they opt to take a Chocobo instead. Using a Chocobo 
from a nearby Chocobo forest, they fly to the cave. They enter, and the 
magnets hold them down, but Tellah says that his magic can defeat any 
creatures. Yang says that his claws are unaffected, so he'll remain 
powerful for the duration of the journey.

The cave is eerie and haunting, but the party keeps progressing. The 
cave is somewhat long, and the creatures that keep appearing give them 
trouble. Luckily Tellah was right about his magic; Tellah's special 
attacks easily dispose of any of the monsters that come their way.

At last they reach the crystal room where the Dark Elf resides. The 
Dark Elf has some speech problems, but regardless the party challenges 
it to a fight. They all attack the creature but their non-metallic 
weapons are useless and do very little damage. Tellah manages to land a 
powerful spell but afterwards he is attacked and faints. After a few 
fire attacks, the team is down.

Back in Troia, Edward somehow knows that Cecil is in trouble, so he 
gets up. His body is still too weak and he's about to fall down, but he 
keeps going. He plays his harp, playing the melody that he always 
plays, the music that attracted that Water Hag in Kaipo.

Back in the Magnetic Cave, the Dark Elf is agitated by the music and 
his control of the cave's magnetism is broken. The party is also cured 
by the melody! The party equips their stronger, metallic arsenal and 
attacks the creature. Their weapons and Tellah's spells are too 
powerful for the Dark Elf to handle. Pretty soon, the Dark Elf morphs 
into another creature, but still, it is no match for what Cecil, 
Tellah, Yang and Cid dish out. Eventually the creature dies, with the 
party victorious, thanks to Edward's help. 

The Earth Crystal is nearby and they are more than eager to get it, and 
get out of the ominous place. Tellah morphs them out of the cave, and 
they ride the Chocobo back to the forest. Using another Chocobo, they 
quickly fly back to Troia. Proceeding to Troia's clerics, they tell 
them of their success in obtaining the Earth Crystal. The clerics grant 
Cecil permission to use the Earth Crystal. Suddenly, they hear Kain's 
voice somewhere. He tells them to board the Enterprise and follow 
Kain's ship to the Tower of Zot, where Rosa is waiting.

Before going to the Tower of Zot, they pay Edward a visit. Cecil, Cid 
and Yang give thanks to Edward for helping them. Edward explains that 
the song he learned when he was traveling as a minstrel apparently 
neutralizes elves. He's flattered that it worked. Tellah finally steps 
forward and gains some respect for Edward, and sees the love and 
courage Anna saw in him. Tellah tells Edward to rest, and that he'll 
avenge Anna for the both of them. Edward thanks Tellah for his 
understanding and vows to one day fight by Cecil's side again.

Outside, they board the Enterprise and follow Kain's ship to the Tower 
of Zot.      

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Our heroes arrive in a blue-tiled tower. There are neon lights 
everywhere and monsters that resemble a lot from Greek mythology. There 
are only a few floors in the tower, but the tough monsters are 
difficult to get through, and the tunnels are labyrinthine. Luckily 
there is a supply of weapons lying around for just about everyone, 
making everyone more powerful than before.

Before they can reach the top, three weird creatures block their path. 
They are the Magus Sisters. They're three tough creatures who work 
under an Elemental Lord named Barbariccia (Valvalis in the SNES and 
PSone versions), and Cecil and co. battle them. The Magus Sisters use 
the same trick as Baigan did: the Wall spell. If Tellah attacks one 
creature, the Wall defense repels the attack to someone else. After a 
long battle, the healer of the Magus Sisters is destroyed, making them 
vulnerable to defeat. After Cecil and Yang launch a few more strong 
attacks, Tellah finishes Mindy, the little sister. The tall sister, 
Sandy, is all that's left and Cid launches a hammer attack which 
finishes her off too. .

Tired and wounded, the team finds a shelter area where they rest in a 
tent for the night, recovering all their wounds. The next day, they 
continue for the top and through a door, they see Golbez at last. Cecil 
immediately forfeits the Earth Crystal to Golbez. Golbez then says that 
Rosa isn't around, angering everyone.

Tellah is the first to react. He challenges Golbez to a battle, and 
Tellah takes the first moves by using his Bio (Virus in Final Fantasy 
II), Firaga, Thundaga and Blizzaga attacks against Golbez, but they 
barely scratch him, let alone damage him. 

Tellah then realizes that he has no choice but to summon Meteor. Cecil, 
Yang and Cid try to get Tellah to reconsider, but Tellah refuses, bent 
on avenging his daughter and Edward. Trying his absolute best, Tellah 
launches a flurry of meteorites at Golbez, defeating him in battle. 
Despite being defeated, Golbez has managed to survive Meteor, but he's 
still shocked that Tellah was able to use it. Golbez shakes the effects 
off, but Tellah collapses. 

Golbez, with Troia's Earth Crystal in hand, is about to leave the room. 
Cecil goes after him but Golbez attacks Cecil with that same lightning 
he used on Edward and Yang in Fabul. This hurts Cecil and causes him to 
collapse. Golbez is about to finish him, but some thought rushes his 
mind and it almost causes Golbez to go mad. Hesitant, he decides to 
kill Cecil another day. 

Golbez is close to leaving but then he calls Kain. Kain is in the 
corner, unconscious. Golbez realizes that Tellah's Meteor removed his 
spell over Kain. Having all the crystals, Golbez doesn't seem to care 
and leaves. Cecil recovers from Golbez's blow and rushes over to 
Tellah's body, Yang and Cid standing over him. Tellah's dying, but Yang 
and Cid tell him to hold on. Tellah talks to Cecil, saying that he 
failed to avenge his daughter (as well as everyone else he's promised 
to avenge, mainly Edward, Palom and Porom). Tellah asks Cecil to avenge 
his daughter for him. Tellah loses consciousness. After a few moments, 
Tellah's body vanishes.


Cecil vows to follow Tellah's wish and avenge him and Anna. After his 
vow, the party regroups, sad about their loss. They see a slumped Kain 
in the corner and try talk to him. Kain regains consciousness and then 
is ashamed to see Cecil. He regrets betraying the team, noting that 
while Golbez controlled him, his inside self knew what he was doing was 
wrong and did nothing to stop himself. But, he knows where Rosa is and 
everyone follows him. Taking the team through a door, Kain leads them 
to Rosa. Cecil frees Rosa from captivity seconds before a big 
guillotine falls down onto the spot where she was being held. After 
hugging and kissing each other, Cecil and the others decide to escape 
the tower. Suddenly, the tower starts shaking and someone speaks to the 
team.

It's Barbariccia, the third of the Four Elemental Lords. With Tellah 
and his Meteor gone, she's confident that she can defeat the team with 
her aerial capabilities, but Kain says that he can attack in the air as 
well. The team starts attacking Barbariccia, who starts off by wrapping 
herself in a tornado, which makes the party's attacks ineffective. Kain 
reverses this by using his powerful jump attack. Once she's 
defenseless, the party attacks her. Barbariccia is the strongest 
Elemental Lord they've encountered so far, launching wind-based 
attacks, which weaken the party. Rosa luckily uses white magic to cure 
the wounds of the party, which makes Tellah's departure less 
destructive to the team's power.

Every few attacks, Barbariccia defends herself with the tornado, but 
Kain keeps jumping on her, removing her from her defense. Eventually, 
the party becomes too strong for her to handle, and Barbariccia finally 
dies. After the party defeats her, Barbariccia lets the team know that 
the last of the Elemental Lords is still alive, and performs some 
afterlife torture on the team like the other two Lords. Barbariccia 
starts shaking the tower and is about a few seconds to destroying it. 
Unable to get back to Enterprise, Rosa decides to teleport everyone 
out. She aims for Baron and warps everyone out before the tower is 
finally destroyed... 

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Cecil, Kain, Yang, Cid and Rosa end up in Cecil's bedroom in Baron, 
ready to discuss their current situation. With Troia's Earth Crystal in 
Golbez's hands, they think his plans for the world are about to come 
into fruition. 

Luckily, Kain reveals some information about another set of crystals in 
the "underworld." Kain says that there are actually eight crystals 
instead of only four; the other four are underground. Kain realizes 
that he has a Magma Rock in his hand, but doesn't know what it's for. 
The team decides to travel around to find the Underworld, but the 
Enterprise was lost with the Tower of Zot. Cid fills them in, stating 
that the Enterprise was remote controlled back to Baron. Outside the 
castle, that statement is true.

The team boards the Enterprise and travels around to see how they can 
get into the Underworld. They stop in basically every town they've been 
to; Baron, Mist, Kaipo, Damcyan, Mysidia, Fabul and Troia, but they 
can't seem to find any Underworld. They tell Mysidia's Elder about what 
happened to Tellah, and the Elder expresses his disappointment, noting 
that Tellah was indeed filled with hatred after all. When they stop in 
Troia, they inform the clerics that the Earth Crystal was taken. They 
tell Cecil to get it back at all costs. Visiting Edward once again, 
they let him know of Tellah's death, which saddens Edward. 
Unfortunately, he's still ill and is still unable to rejoin the team.

They decide to visit the city on the island south of Baron, at the base 
of a mountain range, called Agart. The citizens speak of an underworld, 
which piques Cecil's interest. They see a bottomless well in the center 
of town. Cecil drops the Magma Rock into the well. This causes uproar 
in the mountains nearby. Boarding the Enterprise, they see a huge hole 
in the mountains, which clearly leads into the Underworld. Deciding to 
explore it, they ride the Enterprise down the hole...

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The crater brings them into the Underworld. As the ship travels over 
the solid ground, they see a few tanks and airships fighting each 
other. Golbez has already somehow gotten into the Underworld. 
Unfortunately, the Enterprise is caught between the attacks and is hit 
several times. After being hit enough times, the Enterprise crashes 
onto the ground. Cecil, Yang, Cid, Kain and Rosa manage to survive.

They crash onto a nearby castle, where the team goes afterwards. 
Inside, the weird looking people greet them. "Lali-ho!" (In the PSone 
version, it's "Rally-ho.") They go to meet King Dwarven and his 
daughter, Luca. They fill King Dwarven in on Golbez and the crystals_
and King Dwarven lets the team know that two of the four Dark Crystals_
were stolen. However, one is behind the throne room of Dwarven Castle, 
and another locked away safe from Golbez's reach. Cid leaves the party 
to repair the Enterprise and to put some new armor on it, while Yang 
notices something weird going on behind the throne room.

The team goes into the crystal room behind the king's throne chair to 
see what's going on. There, they see a few dancing dolls making threats 
on the four team members, and mentioning Golbez. Suddenly the dolls 
attack the team. They initially start out as three dolls: three Cal, 
and three Brena. The team manages to destroy four of them with their 
powerful attacks, but the two remaining form to create a new, gigantic 
doll, Calbrena. Calbrena is tough to fight but a few jump attacks from 
Kain and a few Power attacks from Yang destroy the creature easily. 

Just as they celebrate their victory, Golbez arrives! He tries to take 
the crystal when the team battles him. Kain jumps into the air as they 
other three try to attack. Suddenly Golbez immobilizes them, making 
them unable to see or move. Then, Golbez summons a Shadow Dragon 
creature, which uses an attack that knocks both Yang and Rosa out. Kain 
completes his jump attack on Golbez but he misses. The Shadow Dragon 
focuses on Cecil and is about to finish him off when suddenly, the Mist 
Dragon that Cecil and Kain fought in the Cave of Mist arrives, 
launching an extremely powerful mist attack, which injures Golbez and 
defeats the Shadow Dragon! 

Cecil's immobilization is suddenly cured, and a voice Cecil recognizes, 
a woman's voice, tells him he can see now. A woman then shows up. 
Cecil, Kain and the mysterious woman then attack Golbez. Cecil revives 
Rosa, who in turns revives Yang with her white magic. Kain launches a 
jump attack while Cecil attacks Golbez with his sword. Golbez launches 
some Bio attacks, but Rosa knows some powerful spells, which cure them 
easily. Kain's jump attack connects, injuring Golbez. Yang then uses a 
power attack, which nearly finishes him off. Golbez is still up, ready 
to just about kill the entire team. Suddenly, the mysterious woman 
summons a very powerful summon, Titan, like the one Rydia had used on 
Kain and Cecil. Titan causes an earthquake and delivers a fatal punch 
to Golbez, knocking him to the ground! Golbez's been defeated!

Rosa recognizes the mysterious woman as Rydia! Rydia says that 
Leviathan brought her to the Land of Summons via swallowing her (how? 
Nobody knows...). The Land of Summons is a place where time passes by 
much faster, which is why Rydia is an older girl now. While she can no 
longer use white spells, her strengths as a summoner have grown, and 
clearly if it weren't for her, Golbez would not have been defeated. 
Rydia says that she will help the team confront any enemies up ahead 
and joins the party. Golbez's body twitches and all but his hand 
survives. His hand quickly grabs the Dark Crystal before the team can 
stop it. It seems Golbez has survived, and has taken the third Dark 
Crystal...

Back in Dwarven throne room, King Dwarven reassess the situation and 
decides to send the team on a mission to the Tower of Babel (Bab-il in 
the SNES version, Babil in the PSone version). Dwarven says that the 
crystals that were taken were to there and that the final Dark Crystal 
is safe in a cave somewhere. King Dwarven says that he will send his 
tanks to the Tower of Babel to destroy the guards guarding it. The team 
recovers from their injuries at the inn and then they leave Dwarven 
Castle through the underground exit.  

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The team travel for awhile northwest. On their way, pyro-like monsters 
attack them but with Rydia and her Mist Dragon on board, they're easily 
defeated. They eventually reach the Tower of Babel. Before they can  
enter, Dwarven's tanks attack the entrance, killing all the guards, 
leaving the tower open to trespassing. Taking advantage of this, the 
team enters. The tower is pretty much like the Tower of Zot (recurring 
theme among FFIV dungeons eh?).

With that in mind, the hallways are as labyrinthine as ever. They 
travel up and see a lot of mythological monsters, like Flamesman. The 
ice-based weapons Cecil and Kain find throughout the tower easily 
defeat them. They traverse up the tower for quite awhile until they see 
an insane guy and Rubricante (Rubricant in the PSone version), the 
final Elemental Lord, and the most powerful one. The weird man, who is 
apparently a doctor, teleports Rubricant out of the tower using a 
special teleportation device. With the insane doctor alone, the team 
confronts him. He reveals himself as Dr. Lugae, who admits to being the 
genius behind Golbez's plans. 

He vows to destroy the team by using a machine creature named Barnabas 
against them. Luckily, Rydia uses her summons, which almost instantly 
kill Dr. Lugae. All that is left is Barnabas, and while destructive, 
the team destroys it in a matter of time. Just before Dr. Lugae dies, 
he mentions that a few cannons down below will target and destroy the 
Dwarves soon. After Dr. Lugae dies, the team runs to the cannons, which 
are being controlled by monsters. The team easily destroys them, but 
before they die, they manage to activate the cannons.

Yang suddenly moves forward and decides to stop the cannons from 
firing. Despite heavy opposition from everyone else, Yang pushes Cecil 
away from the room, locking it. Seconds later, Cecil and his team hear 
an explosion in the room, and then there's silence everywhere... 

They try to go through the door but alas the explosion broke it. The 
team still has to complete King Dwarven's request, so in sorrow, they 
return to the area where Dr. Lugae was. Unfortunately, it leads them to 
a dead end and they can't get any further up. 

It looks like they have to continue scaling the Tower of Babel by 
entering it through the Surface via Cave Elban, so the team returns to 
the bottom of the tower. On their way out, Golbez rigs a trap, which 
causes them to fall off the Tower of Babel! Luckily a familiar airship 
catches them in time! It's Cid, and he's managed to repair the 
Enterprise as well as make it equipped to fly over magma. 

Unfortunately, Cid's repairs are going to be undone as enemy ships are 
chasing the Enterprise. He tries to dodge them, but apparently, Cid 
thinks the airships chasing them were upgraded and Cid can't outrun 
them. He then decides to sacrifice himself by attaching himself to a 
bomb near the hole to the Surface. The team opposes, but he does it 
anyway. Cid commands everyone to head for Baron when they get to the 
surface. Just as they reach the crate and rise, Cid jumps off and a 
bomb explodes as he falls. The ship makes it to the surface but the 
bomb causes a rockslide, closing the hole once again. However, Golbez's 
airships can't harass them anymore.  

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The team emerges above the now closed hole over Agart. The team is sad 
that Cid sacrificed himself, with Kain noting that everyone seems to be 
choosing death very quickly. After what Yang, Tellah and now Cid did, 
his statement bears some truth. However, the team still has to complete 
the mission King Dwarven had assigned them: scale the Tower of Babel 
and recover all the crystals. Before he died, Cid told them to go to 
Baron immediately, and that's what they do. Flying there immediately, 
they meet up with one of Cid's assistants in the castle. There, the 
assistants install a hook onto the Enterprise, which in turn will be 
able to take Edward's hovercraft so it can be transferred to other 
locations on the world map.

The team flies off to find the Hovercraft. They find it just where they 
had left it: the fork between Antlion's Cave and Mt. Hobs, east of 
Damcyan Castle. They hook it on effortlessly, and transport it south. 
They see the Tower of Babel poke out of the Underworld. Nearby is the 
ruined and deserted Elban Castle, in which the causes of destruction 
are unknown. Laying the Hovercraft down at the base of the overworld 
Tower of Babel, they drive the Hovercraft over some shallow water and 
rocks to Cave Elban, the entrance to the surface half of the Tower of 
Babel...

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Inside the damp and murky caves are monsters, but they pass through 
them easily. Then, they see civilization: it's the Elban people! 
Someone tells Cecil that that Rubricante destroyed their castle and 
their King and Queen so the prince went after Rubricant. After a little 
bit of wandering further into the caves, they find that prince fighting 
Rubricante. The prince is a good fighter, but no match for Rubricante 
alone. The prince, Edge, loses the battle and Rubricant enters the 
Tower of Babel. 

Cecil, Kain, Rydia and Rosa look over Edge's fallen body. The team 
wants to help Edge but unfortunately, Edge wants to go at it alone. 
Cecil fills him in on Rubricante, and Rydia then starts to cry, 
remembering what happened to Tellah, Yang and Cid. She doesn't want 
anyone to die anymore. Edge feels pity for Rydia, not wanting her to 
cry anymore. Kain instructs Rosa to recharge Edge, and she does just 
that. Edge joins the party, flattered that there are two "babes" in the 
team (whom we all know). Suddenly Kain isn't so sure bringing Edge 
along is a good idea, but they decide to move forward anyway. The team 
follows Rubricante into the Tower of Babel's surface half.

Inside, the Tower is just like the Underground portion. The same 
monsters reside, but the team is experienced enough to defeat them. 
More treasure chest monsters appear, as do those Greek-mythology 
monsters. After some time of traveling up and through the labyrinthine 
hallways, they eventually reach two people Edge are too familiar with: 
King and Queen Edge. They turn into monsters and attack the party. Edge 
cries out in sorrow for his parents, and his parents suddenly regain 
consciousness. The King and Queen Elban cry out to Edge, saying that 
Rubricante turned them into these two creatures. King and Queen Elban 
say that they love edge and must then depart the world. Edge tells them 
to stop and not go, but the two creatures leave, hurting Edge 
emotionally. Like Edward and Rydia, he too has lost his parents. 

Suddenly, Rubricante appears. He is the last of the Elemental Lords. 
Edge gets furious at Rubricante, but Rubricante says that he feels 
sorry for Edge's parents, since it was that freak, Dr. Lugae, who 
turned his parents into those monsters. Edge still finds Rubricante at 
fault for all that's happened, and suddenly learns two new Ninjitsu 
attacks out of his anger. Rubricant, for a fair fight, recharges the 
team. The team attacks Rubricante, and Rubricante puts up a strong 
fight. Luckily, Kain and Cecil have ice-based weapons and Rydia knows 
some Blizzaga attacks. Edge's new attack is a water-based attack, 
Flood, and it easily hurts the fire Lord. Rosa is busy healing 
everyone's injuries. Eventually, Rubricante becomes weakened and then 
loses the battle. 

Before he dies, Rubricante says that he was defeated because he was 
alone, but he will return one day for a quantitatively fair fight. What 
could that mean? The team is happy at their latest victory. Suddenly, 
Edge's grandfather and soldiers from Elban come in, ready to take on 
Rubricante. However, Rubricante's already been defeated. Edge tells his 
grandfather to go back to the caves and watch over the people, and Edge 
promises to be careful in his travels ahead. 

After Edge's grandfather leaves, Cecil's team proceeds into the crystal 
room. Inside, they see all the crystals that were taken and they move 
forward to seize them. Cecil's foot triggers a trapdoor on the floor 
which sends them back all the way down the tower. Golbez had been 
expecting them and properly prepared for their arrival. Unable to get 
back to the crystal room, the team wanders into a cool looking airship. 
It's red in color and Edge decides to steal it. Rydia objects to theft, 
but Edge ignores her statement and activates the ship, naming it the 
Falcon.

Obviously a Red Wings ship, Edge starts the Falcon up and they end up 
in the airspace of the Underground, next to the Tower of Babel. Because 
Cid closed the hole between the underworld and Surface, they have_
nowhere else to go for now, except for Dwarven Castle. The Falcon is a 
lot like the Enterprise except that it cannot fly over magma yet (no 
wonder Golbez just left it there...). Since it has no armor, the magma 
will vaporize the ship. They fly and then land outside Dwarven and 
speak with the king.

The team tells the King of their failure at the Tower of Babel, and so 
the king decides to send them on a mission to the Sealed Cave. Inside 
is the final Dark Crystal. The King gives Cecil the appropriate key, a 
necklace that belongs to Luca and sends the team on their way. 
Unfortunately, the Sealed Cave is beyond lava, and with the Enterprise 
stuck on the Surface, and the Falcon unable to fly over magma, the team 
seems unable to get there. They need to hurry too, because Golbez is 
attempting to seize the final crystal.

In the basement, they see Cid in bed! Cid's survival surprises 
everyone, and Cid is surprised to see the team. After a bumpy 
introduction to Edge, Cid is told of the Falcon and the Enterprise 
being stuck on the Surface. Cid, commenting that the team can't live 
without him, decides to attach armor to the Falcon so it can fly over 
magma. Cid, after getting help from Edge, does just that. 

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The team flies the newly equipped Falcon from Dwarven Castle west of 
the Tower of Babel, where they see not one, not two, but three caves a 
fair distance from each other.
 
Playing a pick and choose game, Cecil picks one cave first. Inside, 
there are traps on the floor. If Cecil sets his foot on one of them, he 
loses power. Luckily, Rosa equips everyone with the Float spell so they 
can float over the traps. The end of the cave leads them to a room! 
Inside are Sylph summons, and a familiar person: Yang! Yang is in bed, 
unconscious or dead, and the Sylphs inform them that he was found in 
the mouth of the cave and hasn't woken up since. The Sylphs won't let 
the team take Yang back, so the team leaves, hoping he'll wake up...

They try the next cave, and Rydia recognizes it as Summon Cave, as she 
passed through the cave earlier. The traps from Sylvan Cave are also in 
this cave, so Rosa applies Float once again. They emerge in the Land of 
Summons and Rydia is immediately recognized. They meet King Leviathan 
and Queen Asura, who are glad to see Rydia again, proud of her 
achievements as a summoner. Queen Asura challenges the party of a 
battle. If Asura is defeated, she will become one of Rydia's summons. 
The team defeats Asura after using her own techniques against her. 
Asura can heal herself often,but Rosa casts a Wall spell on Asura, so 
she ends up healing the party instead. Asura is eventually defeated, 
and Rydia is able to use her to heal the party if necessary. 
 
Leviathan on the other hand is extremely tough for the team to fight, 
but thunder based attacks from Edge and Rydia defeat it after a long 
and harsh battle. With Leviathan on Rydia's summon arsenal, she's 
become a much more powerful summoner.

They try the final cave, which turns out to be Sealed Cave. They unseal 
it with Luca's necklace. Inside the Sealed Cave are monsters and 
monsters that are disguised as doors, which lead virtually everywhere 
throughout the cave. After a while of guess and check, they finally 
find the Crystal Room and take the final Dark Crystal.

On their way back, a very familiar event occurs. The walls are begin to 
cave in on the team, just like what happened in Baron! This time, 
however, the wall is alive and Palom and Porom aren't around to try and 
petrify themselves to stop it. 

The team attacks it relentlessly as the wall approaches. Attack after 
attack hit's the wall, but it keeps on moving toward them. Just when 
all look hopeless for them, Rydia uses her newly acquired Leviathan 
summon on the wall, weakening it greatly! The team continues to attack 
and just as it is about to smash the team, the wall dies! With the wall 
destroyed, the tired team rest in a tent for the night and continue out 
of the cave. 

At the entrance they unlocked with Luca's necklace, they hear Golbez's 
voice! He then takes control of Kain, and although Kain resists, he 
falls under Golbez's control once again, and steals the final Dark 
Crystal from Cecil! Kain walks out, with everyone saddened. With all 
the crystals taken, Cecil realizes that he needs to hurry back to 
Dwarven Castle. The team returns to the Falcon and flies it toward 
Dwarven Castle. 

As they pass the Tower of Babel, they see that the tower is now glowing 
brightly, and nothing can go near it. Apparently, Golbez has inserted 
the final crystal into its slot in the Crystal Room at the Tower of 
Babel.

They arrive at Dwarven. The King is informed of their continued 
failure, but the King then remembers something. He recites the Mysidian 
legend and Cecil recognizes it as Mysidia's legend. Dwarven is amazed 
that Mysidia actually exists. King Dwarven tells the team to go to 
Mysidia. 

Unfortunately, Edge knows that the hole is blocked and that the Tower 
of Babel can't be approached. Cid appears and decides to attach a drill 
into the Falcon so they can unlock the crater. Edge and Cid attach the 
crane, and after working together for awhile, Edge and Cid gain respect 
for each other. Cid gets back to bed, and the team flies the Falcon to 
the hole.

They drill a hole in it easily, and they reemerge onto the Surface. 
With no time to lose, Cecil, Rydia, Rosa and Edge fly for Mysidia 
immediately...   

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Cecil and company lands the Falcon outside Mysidia. Upon entering 
Mysidia, Elder greets them as if he knew Cecil was coming back. In the 
Tower of Prayer, the Elder and his servants pray for a little while 
after the legend of Mysidia is told once again. Eventually, the ocean 
around Mysidia begins to shake and from the depths of the water comes a 
giant airship, called Lunar Whale. According to Elder, it was built on 
the moon. Elder instructs Cecil that the crystal can take them to the 
moon while the control panel will let them fly it across Earth.

Cecil and his team enter the beautiful ship and fiddle with the crystal 
inside. Suddenly, the ship rises above Mysidia, leaves Earth and lands 
on the moon, near a Crystal Palace...

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The team is in awe at the moon, and they get off to look around. After 
a bit of wandering through the crater-filled surface and two eerie 
caves, as well as a bunch of lunarian monsters that resemble tougher 
versions of creatures seen on earth, they find a place called the 
Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace is made of, you guessed it, crystal 
and is shiny blue in decoration. Inside, a few steps in, something, or 
someone, rather, greets the team.

An old man appears in the room and introduces himself as FuSoYa. 
Somehow he knows Cecil. FuSoYa tells of a planet between Mars and 
Jupiter that was on the brink of collapse. People from there got on a 
moon, this moon, and flew to Earth. Earthlings were still evolving so 
the more advanced civilization from the moon slept for some time. 
FuSoYa talks about Zemus, a Lunarian who only wanted to take over 
Earth. He mentions that a man named, his brother, KlUyA married a woman 
from Earth and had many children; Cecil is one of them. FuSoYa also 
notes that KlUyA introduced the concept of airships and Devil's Road 
(Serpent's Road in Final Fantasy II) to Earth. KlUyA was also 
responsible for creating the Lunar Whale.

Cecil and the team are amazed at Zemus and all the facts presented 
before them. FuSoYa also says that Zemus is trying to capture all the 
crystals to reactivate the Tower of Babel so summon a creature, the 
Giant of Babel, to destroy Earth. Cecil notes that all the crystals 
have been taken already, so FuSoYa decides to join the party and 
directs the team to return to the Tower of Babel near Elban before it 
is too late.

The team takes FuSoYa back to the Lunar Whale KlUyA built, where they 
fiddle with the crystal once more. They fly above the Crystal Palace to 
return to Earth...

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The Lunar Whale flies across space back onto Earth, landing just 
outside of Elban Castle. The Enterprise and the Hovercraft are still 
parked nearby, but won't be for very long because suddenly the glowing 
Tower of Babel shakes until a gigantic creature emerges out of it. Its 
first target of destruction is definitely Elban Castle. In awe, Cecil, 
Edge, Rydia, Rosa and FuSoYa look out in disgust. 

Suddenly, an explosion hits the Giant of Babel. Nearby, a couple of 
Dwarven tanks approach the tower. Controlling them is King Dwarven and 
Luca, who vow to fight for Mother Earth! In another tank is Yang, who 
managed to recover from his injuries, and the Sylph summons! Yang vows 
to not rest until the crisis has passed. They continue to fire at the 
Giant of Babel, but their tanks aren't enough to stop it.

However, to the east, a couple of airships arrive. The leader of the 
pack of airships is none other than Cid and his assistants! They decide 
to steal the show and start firing cannons at the Giant of Babel. In 
the second ship is Mysidia's Elder, and to everyone's surprise, Palom 
and Porom! Mysidia's Elder says that the battle is not theirs alone and 
that they will assist Cecil. Palom greets Cecil, asking if he missed 
him, while Porom explains that Elder reversed the petrify spell. In the 
third ship is Prince Edward of Damcyan, who managed to recover from his 
injuries. Along with the Troians, Edward decides to use the courage 
Cecil has taught him to fight the Giant of Babel.  

The tanks and the airships assault the Giant of Babel, stopping it 
momentarily. However, to fully destroy the thing, they must destroy its 
core. Cecil calls Cid who has our five heroes board the ship. After a 
bumpy conversation between Cid and FuSoYa, Cid flies to the mouth of 
the Giant of Babel and he, Rydia, Edge, Rosa and FuSoYa jump in.

The Giant of Babel spans many body parts and monsters are everywhere. 
However, the heroes are eager to get to the core, so they run away from 
the monsters. As they approach closer and closer to the core, they are 
stopped suddenly by a voice. It's the four Elemental Lords! They 
surround Cecil and co. and tell them that Zemus has breathed new life 
into them. They will not let Cecil destroy the Giant of Babel. The team 
is weakened, but Rubricante recharges them, like their previous battle 
at the surface Tower of Babel, in order to have a fair fight.  

Our heroes battle Scarmiglione first. Luckily, like the battle atop Mt. 
Ordeals, he is still the weakest of the four; so, a few Firaga attacks 
from Edge and Rydia easily defeat him. Rubricante follows, and is much 
tougher, weakening most of the team with his fire attacks. Cecil and 
Edge use their ice-based weapons to weaken the creature, and FuSoYa 
launches and ultra powerful Blizzaga attacks. Rydia launches an Ice2 
attack, which defeats Rubricante for good. Barabariccia returns, and 
uses her tornado defense again. Unfortunately, with Kain gone, no one 
can jump to remove the defense. Luckily, FuSoYa is around to use 
Blizzaga, and a couple of well-placed hits from Cecil and Edge finish 
her off. Caganzzo (Kainazzo) is the last to battle them. Like the 
previous battle at Baron, Caganzzo is weak against lighting elements, 
so Rydia uses her Blitz summon to defeat the creature easily, 
effectively avenging Palom and Porom's sacrifice. The four Elemental 
Lords are finally destroyed forever!    

Rosa quickly heals everyone and they proceed down the Giant of Babel to 
the core itself. As the heroes try to destroy the core, the core 
attacks them. They are really more annoyed than hurt. FuSoYa launches a 
few powerful Meteor attacks, which finish the entire core off. Without 
its core, the Giant of Babel is going to explode in a few minutes.

Suddenly, a really pissed off Golbez runs into the room, ready to just 
about kill everyone. Suddenly, FuSoYa recognizes Golbez, runs up to 
him, and applies a spell onto the Golbez. Golbez, after a moment of 
thinking, realizes that he was being used by Zemus for evil purposes. 
It is then revealed that Golbez is Cecil's brother! Angered by what he 
was coerced into doing, Golbez decides to confront and destroy Zemus, 
but FuSoYa thinks that he must go with Golbez in order to help defeat 
Zemus. Bidding farewell to Cecil, Golbez and FuSoYa run off to confront 
Zemus. 

The team is in awe when the Giant of Babel starts breaking up, but they 
need to find a way out before they're caught in its explosion. 
Suddenly, Kain appears in the room. When FuSoYa removed Golbez's spell, 
he must've removed the spell over Kain as well. Everyone stares at 
Kain, obviously distressed from his second betrayal, but Kain decides 
to talk later, and leads everyone out of the Giant of Babel. Outside, 
the tanks and the airships watch as the Giant of Babel explodes... 

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Cecil, Edge, Rosa and Rydia talk with Kain about the current situation 
inside the Lunar Whale. FuSoYa and Golbez ran off to confront Zemus, 
and Cecil and Edge decide to follow. Kain decides to tag along, 
although not without opposition; Edge thinks that Kain will end up 
being controlled again. After things settle, Cecil decides that Rydia 
and Rosa must stay on Earth. Rosa and Rydia oppose, but Cecil insists 
that they stay on Earth. Rydia and Rosa have no choice but to get off 
the ship.

They fly the Lunar Whale above Earth and onto the Moon. Just as Cecil, 
Kain and Edge exit the Whale, Rosa appears! She didn't exit the ship 
after all. Cecil says that they're going back to Earth, but Rosa says 
that she feels best when she is with Cecil. Cecil approves, 
reluctantly, and vows to protect Rosa with his life. Rydia appears too, 
glad that Cecil changed his mind. She wants to defeat Zemus as well. 

Cecil returns the Lunar Whale to Earth, and lands next to Mysidia. He 
visits Mysidia's Tower of Prayer where all of the allies on his 
adventure that survived, Edward, Palom, Porom, Yang and Cid, along with 
others, such as the Troian Clerics, Cid's assistants, King Dwarven and 
Luca, and Mysidia's elder, have convened. At this point, Edward, Palom, 
Porom, Yang and Cid are willing and able to go with Cecil to fight 
Zemus. However, only five of them can go and the other five must stay 
behind.

Cecil decides to take Edward, Yang, Porom and Palom with him. Cecil 
feels that Edward should be able to exact revenge on Zemus in order to 
avenge Anna and Tellah, that Yang is the most powerful warrior that can 
come, and that Palom and Porom have learned more spells than Rydia and 
Rosa have at this point. 

(Okay, I made this part up just for the fun of it. Read the FAQ section 
on why I chose this particular party.)

After Cecil gathers his new, but ill-equipped party, someone comes in 
to inform the elder that a new entrance has formed in Mt. Ordeals, 
called the Cave of Trials. Cecil boards the Falcon and flies over to 
Mt. Ordeals to see this new Cave of Trials.

The Cave of Trials is a dungeon that, for some reason, contains armor 
and weapons to give Cecil's party the strength and defense it needs to 
journey to the moon. Although monsters guard Yang, Edward, Palom and 
Porom's ultimate weapons, they all manage to harness their powers and 
defeat the guardians. Yang earns the Hand of the Gods, Edward earns 
Apollo's Harp, Porom earns a Seraphim Mace and Palom earns Triton's 
Dagger. 

Returning to the Crystal Palace where Cecil met FuSoYa, the new party 
finds a room behind that area. Each of the 8 crystals lets the team 
know a little bit of information. The fall of the Tower of Babel has 
opened up the core to the moon. They also let them know that FuSoYa and 
KlUyA's son (Golbez of course) entered the core before them.

Setting his foot onto the core, Cecil teleports everyone to the moon's 
core, where their journey to destroy Zemus begins...

They appear in a cave-like area. There are monsters everywhere and as 
they travel, they fight off a lot of them. Many monsters are evil 
versions of Rydia's summons. They injure the team a lot, but luckily 
Porom has gained enough experience to heal the team of their wounds. 
They also gain much needed experience for the upcoming battle. 

For what seems like a long time, the team travel across long, monster 
filled hallways. In a small, secluded area, they find where they can 
rest in a cottage. After resting for a while, the team continues to 
look around for Zemus. Eventually, after traveling for a long time, 
they arrive in the room where Zemus is staying. FuSoYa and Golbez have 
gotten there before them.  

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FuSoYa and Golbez charge in and battle Zemus. They use black magic to 
weaken him, and then they finish him off with a super powerful W. 
Meteor. Suspiciously easily, Zemus dies with a threat, saying the body 
dies but the mind lives. Zemus falls on his face to the ground, with 
Cecil happy about Zemus' defeat, and Porom celebrating with words of 
her own, complimenting Cecil. FuSoYa compliments Golbez on his power, 
wondering how Golbez could have been controlled.

Suddenly, Zemus' body is engulfed in flames. 

Suddenly, a new creature arrives, Zeromus. He attacks and knocks Cecil, 
Yang, Edward, Palom and Porom out. FuSoYa notes that killing Zemus 
unleashed his own hatred, so he Golbez attacks Zeromus individually 
with Meteor, and when that actually *heals* Zeromus, Golbez tries using 
a crystal to stop him. Unfortunately, Golbez's hands of darkness aren't 
compatible with the crystal. Zeromus retaliates by using Meteor on 
FuSoYa and Golbez, knocking them out. Zeromus brags about evil taking 
over, as Cecil and co. lay unconscious...

In Mysidia's Tower of Prayer, the Elder knows that something bad has 
happened. He decides to send everyone's prayers to Cecil. Kain, Edge, 
Rydia, Rosa, Cid and his assistants, 2 of the Troian Clerics, King 
Dwarven and Luca are there, and they send their prayers to Cecil.

Back on the moon, Cecil manages to regain consciousness, and a hurt 
Golbez hands his crystal to Cecil. Cecil battles Zeromus. Rosa and 
Kain's spirits show up, putting everyone back on their feet. Rydia and 
Tellah's spirits arrive and revitalize Palom and Porom. Cid and Edge's 
spirits show up as well, giving power to Edward and Yang. FuSoYa and 
Golbez appear, and give what's left of their energy to Cecil.

Cecil uses the crystal, causing Zeromus to reveal his true self. The 
team attacks Zeromus for a really long time, attack after attack. 
Zeromus uses attacks like Big Bang against the team, but luckily Porom 
is there to cure those wounds. Palom uses black magic spells such as 
Firaja, while Yang uses his hands to give Zeromus the beatdown. Cecil 
uses his powerful sword, and Edward uses Apollo's Harp to dish out a 
surprising amount of damage. When the party is healed, Porom 
surprisingly dishes the final blow, with a devastating white magic Holy 
attack, very effective against a creature of darkness like Zeromus. 
Zeromus has finally had enough suffering, and begins to collapse and 
die.

He explodes in a big ball of flames, ready to return one day because 
hate still exists with everyone. FuSoYa and Golbez recover, glad to see 
Zeromus gone. FuSoYa notes that Zeromus probably will return one day, 
because there are always two sides to everything, like the Dark and 
Light Crystals of the Underworld and the Surface. Porom says that 
everyone's willpower defeated Golbez, while Yang, surprisingly, thinks 
that there is little hope for humanity and evil. 

Golbez decides to stay on the moon with FuSoYa to learn more about his 
people. FuSoYa notes that Golbez is half Lunarian, and tells him that 
it'll be a long slumber. Golbez does not object and says goodbye to 
Cecil. Cecil hesitates, but after encouragement from his team, he says 
goodbye back, acknowledging that Golbez is his brother. Golbez, 
thanking Cecil, and FuSoYa leave to sleep on the moon, while Cecil and 
the others decide to head back to Earth.

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The Lunar Whale is brought back to the bottom of the sea. In Mysidia, 
Porom begins her next class with the Elder, but Palom isn't present. 
Porom finds her brother bragging about how he unleashed Blizzard on the 
undead creatures inhabiting Mt. Ordeals. Porom promptly hits Palom and 
takes him back to the Elder. The Elder, saying that Palom will never 
become a sage like Tellah without practice, punishes Palom by making 
him work twice the effort his sister does today. Palom says the 
punishment isn't fair, but Porom disagrees. Palom looks down in 
sadness. 

In Elban's throne room, Edge's grandfather lectures Edge about his new 
dutiesas a king. Very uninterested in what his grandfather is saying, 
Edge can only think about Rydia, whom he loves and feels that there is 
no other woman like her. His grandfather scolds him again, and Edge 
feigns interest as they both leave the throne room.

In the Land of Summons, Rydia teaches a small summon how the 
differences of man and summon aren't really that important, that they 
are all living creatures that need to live in harmony. Queen Asura and 
King Leviathan compliment Rydia, amazed at her maturity, intelligence 
and compassion. After Rydia explains her lesson to the small summon, 
she, to herself, asks Cecil if he agrees.

In Fabul, Yang's wife complains about the formalities of being a queen. 
Yang confesses that he hates being called hon, and runs off to train 
some new monk soldiers. The former king of Fabul speaks to Yang's Wife, 
drilling in the reality that he is now a king. 

In Damcyan Castle's throne room, Edward decides to rebuild the castle 
withthe assistance of both Troia's clerics and survivors of Damcyan. A 
few people from Damcyan ask Edward to play his paladin song to them, 
but Edward promises to only after the castle is rebuilt. He silently 
speaks to Anna, promising to take her advice and love the people of 
Damcyan. He prays that he and Tellah are enjoying the afterlife.

In Dwarven, the king and Luca are fascinated that Cecil and Rosa will 
marry and rule Baron together. They're going to be at the wedding. They 
also talk about rebuilding Dwarven castle using scraps from the now 
unneeded tanks. A Dwarven scolds the king for not helping rebuild, but 
Giott says that he's the kind and can do whatever he pleases.

Atop Mt. Ordeals, an unmasked Kain vows to train to become a Dragoon 
like his father, but he says he can't return to Cecil and Rosa until 
he's a powerful Dragoon, especially after all the trouble he'd caused.

Meanwhile, in an observatory, a scientist named Corio and his assistant 
are observing the two moons of the Earth with their telescope. One of 
the moons flies away... 

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Cecil and Rosa are in Cecil's bedroom, taking long to prepare for the 
wedding. An impatient Cid comes into the room nagging them about taking 
long. Rosa asks Cecil what's wrong, and then Cecil says that he heard 
his brother's voice call out to him. Cecil says that he probably just 
heard things, and Rosa leaves to start the ceremony. Cecil talks to 
himself, saying that he did hear his brother's voice, saying "So long."  

Later that day, The wedding begins in the throne room, with the aisle 
scheduled to be lined up with Cecil's allies. Edge is the first to walk 
in and glances a look at Rosa before Cid pulls him into the aisle. Yang 
and then Luca and King Giott come in, and greet Cecil and Rosa. Palom 
runs in with his twin sister, Porom right behind him. Palom and Porom 
greet Cecil and Rosa, before Palom decided to sit on the throne. Porom 
hits her brother once again, and pulls him off the throne before the 
Elder comes in and greets Cecil. Palom, Porom and the Elder take their 
side of the aisle after Palom decides to glance at Luca (because Luca 
isn't human, so Palom finds her interesting). Edward, in all is 
formality, walks in, greets Cecil and Rosa, walks down the middle of 
the aisle, bows to Cid and Edge and takes his place. Rydia is the last 
to join, and after greeting Cecil and Rosa, notices that Edge is turned 
away. Rydia tries to talk to Edge, but Edge can only flex his muscles 
before Rydia takes her place.

Cecil and Rosa are officially married, and everyone celebrates by 
waving their arms.

The credits roll, and the fourth installment of the Final Fantasy 
series comes to a close... well, sort of, if you're playing Final 
Fantasy IV Advance for the GBA. After the credits and the ending, a new 
place on the Moon opens up, called the Lunar Ruins, and presents a new 
challenge for every character to overcome.

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-Cecil married Rosa and is now ruling as the King of Baron. 

-Kain is in Mt. Ordeals training to become a better dragoon. He regrets 
betraying Cecil and his friends and vows to return to Baron one day as 
a great dragoon like his father.

-Edward is now the King of Damcyan and what looks like survivors of the 
Damcyan onslaught and Troia are helping rebuilt his kingdom. He still 
misses Anna and Tellah dearly, but promises to watch over his kingdom. 
He actually becomes a warrior that can easily destroy undead creatures. 

-Rydia is now living in the Land of Summons with Queen Asura and King 
Leviathan. She teaches many pupils about how differences among living 
things don't matter in life.

-Palom and Porom are still training under Mysidian Elder's teachings. 
Palom, obnoxious as usual, aspires to be as powerful as Tellah, and 
Porom is as gentle, kind and compassionate as always. 

-Cid is still an engineer with a lot of energy. He's the only one who 
really doesn't change much throughout the whole story. 

-Yang and "Yang's Wife" are now ruling Fabul as King and Queen, 
respectively. Yang hates being called "hon" and trains his students to 
become powerful soldiers. 

-FuSoYa went back to sleep on the moon that flew away from Earth, 
waiting for the day his people can wake up again.

-Sage Tellah and Anna are dead, and exist in spiritual form only. 

-Edge now rules Elban as King... with no one to be queen. Largely 
uninterested in his new role, he still has a crush on Rydia. Maybe 
she'll be the queen one day.

-Zeromus's literal incarnation has been destroyed, but his spirit still 
lives on. He'll return one day because hatred still exists in everyone. 
When he'll return, however, is up for the creators to work with, but in 
all likelihood, Zeromus' return will be thousands of years after the 
time of Final Fantasy IV, when Cecil and co. are likely dead. 

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4. CHARACTERS 
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This section analyzes the characters and their relation to the plot. 
It's basically a retelling of their contributions, fears and 
relationships to other characters and the changes they go through as 
the plot is carried out.

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A. Cecil Harvey
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Cecil starts out in the game as a Dark Knight. The game implies that he 
has no goodness left in his heart, but Cecil himself says otherwise. 
Cecil is really the serious type and begins to question himself from 
the get go. Unlike Cid or Palom, he's never open to any joking around 
and doesn't seem to have a sense of humor. He's obviously a nice guy 
though; he's well respected by the kingdom of Baron. When a mission to 
Mysidia makes Cecil kill innocent people and steal their Water Crystal, 
Cecil then suspects his king is up to no good, and betraying the king 
leads Cecil on a quest to save the world. 

Eventually, confronting his dark side makes him a Paladin. While his 
personality is the same, his spirit is now in light instead of dark 
when he was a knight. He gains the powers of an intermediate white 
mage. With his Paladin powers, he then stands a chance to defeat 
Golbez. Cecil loves and is the boyfriend of Rosa, has a best friend 
named Kain and a close friend whom we all know as Cid. His relationship 
with Rosa gets him into feuds with his best friend Kain, be he and Kain 
get along pretty well.

Cecil is half Earthling and half Lunarian. His mother was from Earth 
and his father was from the Moon. His brother is Golbez and uncle is 
FuSoYa. During his childhood, he somehow fell under the care of King 
Baron; what happened to his parents is still a mystery. Eventually he 
marries Rosa and rules Baron as king.

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B. Kain Highwind
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Kain is Cecil's best friend, and Kain is a dragoon knight. From what is 
presented in the game, Kain is the jealous type, especially toward's 
Cecil's crush on Rosa. He likes Rosa, too, and that love easily lets 
Golbez take control of him, twice. Kain is more powerful than the Dark 
Knight Cecil; he's probably one of the stronger warriors in the game. 

When Tellah kick's Golbez's ass in the Tower of Zot with Meteor, 
Golbez's control over Kain is gone. He helps the team out, valuably, by 
giving an item crucial to getting into the Underworld. When Golbez 
controls him, yet again, he snatches Cecil's final Dark Crystal in the 
Sealed Cave entrance. When FuSoYa removes Golbez's spell, Kain rejoins 
the team once again to aid Zeromus' defeat. 

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Kain, in some scenarios, stays 
behind in Mysidia and when Cecil is in trouble against Zeromus, he 
provides his energy to help revitalize the party.

Although not really that relevant, Kain is known as Cain in Japan 
(pronounced KINE). 

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Note: I assume she's taken on Cecil's last name now that they're 
married. So, her name may now be Rosa Harvey or Rosa Farrell-Harvey.

Rosa is a white mage. She's not very good in actual combat but in 
healing, she's invaluable. She becomes a nuisance throughout the entire 
game. Against Cecil's will, she follows him to Mist only to get sick, 
forcing Cecil to go on an extra journey into Antlion's Cave just to 
heal her. Then, she gets kidnapped, forcing Cecil to go an yet another 
extra journey through Magnet Cave, nearly getting killed by an elf, 
just to get Troia's Earth Crystal. She's a very calm person throughout 
the game, and loves to disobey Cecil whenever she gets the chance. 
However, without her, the team would never be able to recover from 
their wounds, making her a valuable ally. Once she's rescued, she 
sticks with Cecil for almost the entire time, and after Zeromus is 
defeated, she marries Cecil to rule Baron is queen. She's a very calm 
person throughout the game, and loves to disobey Cecil whenever she 
gets the chance. 

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Rosa, in some scenarios, stays 
behind in Mysidia and when Cecil is in trouble against Zeromus, she 
provides her energy to help revitalize the party.

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In the beginning of the game, Rydia starts out as a little girl who 
just lost her mommy because of an accidental monster murder committed 
by Cecil and Kain. When Cecil rescues her from a fire in her hometown 
of Mist, she hates him to death, but when Cecil saves her from Baronian 
guards, she gives her trust to Cecil. After Rosa gets kidnapped in 
Fabul, the team tries to head back to Baron to find Cid. The ship ride 
is a disaster, and Leviathan swallows Rydia. As Cecil becomes a 
Paladin, sneaks into Baron, captures the Earth Crystal and journeys 
into the underworld, during this time Rydia stays in the Land of 
Summons where she ages a lot faster than normal.

When Cecil's in trouble in a battle with Golbez, she uses her new 
powers to virtually kick Golbez's ass. She then stays with the team the 
entire way. At first, Rydia was quite naive but she learned to mature 
more. 

When she made her return, she was quite knowledgeable and mature, but 
still had that touch of young in her, always weeping when something 
goes wrong, and always childishly objecting to things, like when Edge 
tries to steal the Falcon ship in the Tower of Babel.

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Rydia, in some scenarios, stays 
behind in Mysidia and when Cecil is in trouble against Zeromus, she 
provides her energy to help revitalize the party.

She's a summoner, and knows how to summon spells as well as summon 
black and white magic. When she starts out, she isn't too powerful. 
When she returns to the team much later, she is much stronger and much 
more valuable to the team, although she loses her ability to use white 
spells. After Zeromus' defeat, she retires to the Land of Summons to 
teach young summons. She probably has notice but hasn't said anything, 
but Prince Edge of Elban has a crush on her. Rydia probably likes him 
back, because she attempts to speak to him during Cecil's wedding. 

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E. Sage Tellah
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Tellah is the most stubborn character in the game. He joins Cecil early 
on when his daughter, Anna, ran away from home to marry a bard. Tellah 
got to Damcyan to take Anna back when Golbez attacked Damcyan, getting 
Anna killed in the process. After that, he despises Edward, who loved 
Anna and was married to, and ran off to Mt. Ordeals near Mysidia to 
learn Meteor, the only move that can destroy Golbez. 

He meets up with Cecil again during the mission, and aids in getting 
Cecil to become a Paladin. Tellah also finally learns Meteo and the 
spells he forgot during his travels, and uses them to aid the team in 
future encounters. Tellah is a Sage, and knows what both white and 
black mages know. 

When the team is about to get crushed by Cagnazzo (Kainazzo) Palom and 
Porom sacrifice themselves, which gives Tellah a sense of appreciation, 
and thus vows to avenge them. When Tellah sees an injured Edward in 
Troia, he scolds him, but when Edward assists in the capture of the 
Earth Crystal, he gains his respect for Edward. When he finally 
confronts Golbez, Tellah uses Meteor but isn't strong enough to kill 
Golbez. Tellah dies, unable to avenge Anna, Edward and Palom and Porom.

He is last seen when Cecil is battling Zeromus. Tellah's spirit appears 
and recharges the characters in the back row. 

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Edward started out as the prince of Damycan. He married Anna, Tellah's 
daughter. After Golbez kills Anna and his parents and his Fire Crystal 
is stolen, he helps Cecil cure Rosa, and helps Yang and Fabul during 
Golbez's raid. During the trip from Fabul to Baron, Edward is taken by 
the sea and washes up in Troia, where doctors treat him for his 
injuries. He becomes useful to Cecil's quest for the Earth Crystal by 
playing his harp to immobilize the Dark Elf. Later, after recovering 
from his injuries, he leads Troia's airship in fighting off the Giant 
of Babel. 

Edward lends a final hand when he gives his energy to Rydia and Rosa 
when they battle Zeromus. 

Edward becomes the King of Damcyan at last, starting the job by 
rebuilding the castle. Edward is one of those prince-types, who is so 
formal. He's a wimp, and that lack of courage got Anna killed. As he 
progresses through the game, Edward gains more and more courage, and 
unleashes it on the Giant of Babel. He gets Tellah's respect after 
immobilizing the Dark Elf. He vows to watch over his kingdom.  

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Edward returns to battle 
alongside Cecil as he promised, and in some scenarios, participates in 
the defeat of
Zeromus. 

Though not too relevant, he is known as Gilbert in Japan. That's why it 
might seem odd that there are two Edwards in FFIV (Edge's real name is 
Edward Geraldine). Japanese gamers don't run into a doubling of names 
like this one.

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Yang is a monk from Fabul who trains his students to become powerful 
warriors. He has a wife who calls him 'hon' a lot, and he has a 
trademark battle cry, 'HYAH!' (It's 'ACHOOO' in the SNES version and 
'KIAI' in the PSone and Japanese versions). Cecil saves Yang when 
Golbez's monsters ambush him. Yang also falls under Golbez's control 
much like Kain, but since he has no jealousy against anyone, Yang is 
reversed quickly. He becomes really useful when Dr. Lugae is about to 
destroy the Dwarves in the Tower of Babel. He sacrifices himself to 
save them. Somehow, he survives thanks to the Sylph summons and becomes 
useful again when the Giant of Babel attacks Earth, by piloting a 
Dwarven tank. 

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Yang returns to battle alongside 
Cecil and in some scenarios, participates in the defeat of Zeromus.

In the end, Yang becomes king of Fabul and his wife becomes queen. Yang 
is a very strong type of person. He is also a very powerful warrior. 
He, like Cecil, doesn't seem to have a sense of humor, because he hates 
being called 'hon'. Yang also cares about others a lot, as he 
sacrifices himself to save the Dwarves, helps block Kain from killing 
Cecil and jumps off the ship to rescue Rydia.  

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Palom is the boy twin of the Mysidian mages. He is a young boy, but 
shows a lot of potential in learning a lot about black magic. He has a 
sister, Porom, his twin sister, always nags him about being polite. 
Palom is very immature. Though Palom has a sketchy attitude, his battle 
skills are awesome for a young boy. Even though he's immature and rude, 
at heart, he's a good kid with tons of potential. He learns black magic 
faster than Rydia does.  

Palom joins Cecil after the shipwreck. Palom basically aids the team 
until the defeat of Caganzzo. Right when the wall is about to crush 
them, Palom and Porom stone themselves to stop the wall from moving. 

They don't return until much later, when Elder cures them for the good 
thing they did. They help stop the Giant of Babel. After Zeromus' 
defeat, he continues his studies under Mysidia's Elder.

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Palom returns to battle 
alongside Cecil and in some scenarios, participates in the defeat of
Zeromus.

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Porom is the girl twin of the Mysidian mages. She is a young girl, but 
shows a lot of potential in learning a lot about white magic, like 
Rosa. 

She has a brother, Palom, his twin brother, and she always nags him 
about being polite. Porom is very mature for her age. Though Porom has 
a polite, mature attitude, her battle skills are sketchy; however, like 
Rosa, she's better at healing wounds. She learns white magic faster 
than Rosa does. 

Porom joins Cecil after the shipwreck. Porom basically aids the team 
until the defeat of Caganzzo. Right when the wall is about to crush 
them, Porom and Palom stone themselves to stop the wall from moving. 

They don't return until much later, when Elder cures them for the good 
thing they did. They help stop the Giant of Babel. After Zeromus' 
defeat, he continues his studies under Mysidia's Elder.

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Porom returns to battle 
alongside Cecil and in some scenarios, participates in the defeat of
Zeromus.

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J. Edge (Edward Geraldine)
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Edge whose full name is Edward Geraldine (Ed from Edward, Ge from 
Geraldine) is probably the most macho character in the game. Despite 
getting his ass kicked by Rubricante, he still acts tough like he won 
the battle. 

Edge loves his parents, and when they get killed by Rubricante, his 
rage teaches him new moves. He also has a crush on Rydia. Edge joins 
Cecil when he gets defeated by Rubricant. He follows the team 
afterwards to help defeat Golbez and Zeromus. He knows a lot about 
airships. In the end, Edge rules over Elban as king after the ordeal 
with Zeromus.

Edge is a ninja who wields 2 weapons, has a throwing ability and can 
use ninja-fied (tm) versions of black spells. He's a pretty strong 
character in the game, and is one of the best overall characters to 
have in the game because of his spread out abilities. When he first 
meets Cid, they don't get along that well, but later on, they settle 
their differences and earn respect for each other. 

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Edge, in some scenarios, stays 
behind in Mysidia and when Cecil is in trouble against Zeromus, he 
provides his energy to help revitalize the party.

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K. FuSoYa
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FuSoYa doesn't appear until late in the game. He presents his knowledge 
of Cecil's family, and the moon, as well as Zermous, Zemus and Golbez. 
FuSoYa aids in the destruction of the Giant of Babel. He also removes 
Zemus's spell over Golbez. He leaves Cecil with Golbez and goes to the 
moon. There, he destroys Zemus, but fails to destroy Zeromus. During 
Cecil's battle with Zeromus, he gives his energy to Cecil to fight. 

FuSoYa is an old Lunarian, and is similar to Tellah in ability. He 
knows black and white spells, but isn't very good at physical 
attacking. 

However, he knows a lot of spells, and unlike Tellah, he can summon 
Meteor at almost any time he wishes. FuSoYa eventually goes back to 
sleep with Golbez on the moon, wishing Earth well.   

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Cid is one hyper character. Cid excels in building airships for Baron, 
though he dislikes the use of them for Baron's purposes. He aids the 
team in getting them an airship, and joins them for awhile until he 
leaves to service the Enterprise. Cid makes returns later when he 
sacrifices himself to save Cecil from the Red Wings in the Underworld. 

He somehow survives the encounter and services the Falcon several 
times. 

When the Giant of Babel approaches Earth, he lends and leads a pack of 
airships that prevent the Giant of Babel from destroying Elban. 

Cid is a weird character, and very mature. He talks in somewhat slang, 
but he is still very intelligent. He treats Cecil and Kain like the son 
he never had. Whenever he meets people, like Tellah, Edge and FuSoYa, 
he starts off kind of choppy with them, but makes their friendship 
later on. He is way passed his prime. 

After the Giant of Babel is destroyed, Cid returns to battle alongside 
Cecil and in some scenarios, participates in the defeat of Zeromus.

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M. Elder
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The Elder of Mysidia has both knowledge and wisdom. He spends his time 
teaching Palom and Porom but also constantly praying. When Cecil 
returns to Mysidia, he offers Cecil a chance at reconciliation by 
becoming a Paladin, though he wasn't very trusting; he sent Palom and 
Porom to spy on Cecil. He is proud of Palom and Porom's sacrifice to 
save the team, and revives them. The Elder is also responsible for 
summoning the Lunar Whale ship. When Zeromus is battling Cecil, he 
sends everyone's prayer to the moon to help recharge them. After the 
battle, he continues to teach (and punish) Palom. He also continues to 
teach and praise Porom.  

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Golbez's is KlUyA's son, Cecil and Rosa's brother and FuSoYa's nephew. 
Golbez easily gets controlled by Zemus to kill people, manipulate his 
brother's best friend and gets on Tellah's bad side. Golbez is a 
powerful warrior, a force to be reckoned with. When FuSoYa reverses his 
spell, Golbez aids in defeating Zemus. After Zeromus is destroyed, he 
goes with FuSoYa to live on the moon to learn more about his people. 
Interestingly enough, after his spell is reversed, he instantly 
develops a liking and respect for his brother Cecil, even though of the 
two Harvey sons, he is the one shrouded in darkness, while Cecil is a 
Paladin of light. 

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Zeromus is one evil Lunarian. He is so full of hatred that he went 
through all the trouble of building the Giant of Babel just to destroy 
earth. He is also such a powerful warrior. During the game, he controls 
Zemus' body and uses Zemus to manipulate good people like Golbez, to 
kill people and capture the crystals. How he ever became evil is 
unknown. 

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5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
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DISCLAIMER: Before e-mailing me, know that anything answered in this 
FAQ will be ignored. I welcome any theory, ready to be shot down or 
written down. Please e-mail me only about Final Fantasy IV, as I 
haven't written an analysis for any other Final Fantasy game yet. 

DOCUMENT QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: Why did you write this document?

ANSWER: I love Final Fantasy IV so much, and it's the only Final 
Fantasy title I've finished. It deserved a plot guide even if it's 
story is simplistic.

QUESTION: Which version of Final Fantasy IV is this based on?

ANSWER: It's a mixture of the PSone and GBA versions. I use the PSone 
version for some plot elements, while I use the GBA version for other 
plot elements, spell names and character names. 

QUESTION: Will you write a Plot Analysis for any other Final Fantasy 
games? 

ANSWER: I don't think so, because I haven't beaten any other Final 
Fantasy games.


FINAL FANTASY IV QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: Where can I buy the original Final Fantasy II for SNES?

ANSWER: That game, new or used, sells for a lot these days, but I found 
my copy of Final Fantasy II at GameStop for $39.99. Ebay is also an 
excellent option. 

QUESTION: Which version should I get? Should I get the SNES version, 
the PSone version, the GBA version or the WonderSwan Color version? 

ANSWER: The SNES version would be worth more, but then for a lower 
price (and sometimes cheaper) you can get the harder, but better 
version of the game along with Chrono Trigger for PlayStation as part 
of the "Final Fantasy Chronicles" package. The SNES version has no 
loading times but the PSX version has extra FMV and better 
translations. The WSC version is only in Japanese, and the system 
really isn't that great. The GBA version has slightly rearranged and 
inferior sound but contains swappable characters at the end and new 
dungeons. It's much easier, though. I'd go with the GBA version, 
really. 

QUESTION: Why all those versions?

ANSWER: As far as I'm concerned, people in Japan thought that Final 
Fantasy IV for the Super Famicom was too hard, so they dummied it down. 
Squaresoft and Nintendo thought the game would be too hard to Americans 
so they only released the Easy Type in the U.S. Then, since Square 
Enix, with the popularity of Final Fantasy peaking with Final Fantasy 
VII, wants to introduce fans to the original roots of the series, they 
ported the Super Famicom Final Fantasy games to the PSX. And since 
Square Enix supports the GBA, it gets a version of FFIV as well. 

QUESTION: Does Yang have a cold?

ANSWER: In Final Fantasy II, Yang always says "ACHOO!" And we all know 
that sneezing makes that sound, but as a reader below notes, it's a 
translation error as Japanese people do not say Kiai when they sneeze. 
In the PSone version of Final Fantasy IV (and all Japanese versions), 
Yang says "KIAI!" Perhaps "ACHOOO!" seemed too weird. In Final Fantasy 
IV Advance, Yang says "HYAH" instead. A reader named Jeffrey Ehlers 
writes in to note that, "the proper and correct term is "Kiai", which 
is generally yelled by a martial artist as they perform a strike (such 
as the typical "breaking bricks" you often see in martial arts movies), 
and is pronounced "Key-yai" or "Key-yah".  "Hyah" is an Anglicized 
version of this battle cry (Kiai is how it's spelled in Japanese), but 
both are ultimately the same.  "Achoo" is a mistranslation that was put 
into the US Final Fantasy 2 release... those are Yang's battle cries, 
which he uses to focus his "ki" (thus why he says "kiai" in Japanese - 
one meaning of "ai" is "shout")." 

QUESTION: Whatever happened to KlUyA?

ANSWER: We know he's dead but we never actually find out what happens 
to him. He could have died trying to fight Zemus, died of old age, or 
something else. 

QUESTION: So how did Golbez get into the Underworld before Cecil did?

ANSWER: My guess would be that they used the Tower of Babel. It, as you 
know, connects the Underworld with the Surface (although that 
pathway/door/teleport is locked up by the time Cecil reaches the top of 
the Underworld portion). 

QUESTION: Whatever happened to Cecil's mother, Rosa's father, Cid's 
wife, Edward's family and Tellah's wife?

ANSWER: We don't know what happened to Cecil's mother, Rosa's father, 
or Cid's wife, but we know that Tellah's wife died at some point after 
Anna was born. The OFFICIAL FINAL FANTASY IV STRATEGY GUIDE, which I 
used to beat the game first, says that, so I'm inclined to believe it. 
Edward makes it clear that his parents were killed in Golbez's attack 
of Damcyan. 

QUESTION: Why does Edward mourn only for Anna and not his parents?

ANSWER: Good question. You think he'd be a little sad about them as 
well. See Theories for more information. 

QUESTION: How were Golbez and Cecil separated?

ANSWER: My theory is that the king had something to do with it.

QUESTION: How long has Cagnazzo (Kainazzo in Final Fantasy II) been 
impersonating the king? 

ANSWER: I don't know, but it might be as far back as when Cecil started 
training to become a Dark knight. It was the king of Baron, after all, 
who convinced Cecil to become a Dark knight. We all know that Cagnazzo 
killed the king, since the king admits as much if Cecil embarks on an 
optional question to fight Odin, a summon with the soul of the king. 

QUESTION: What is a Chocobo?

ANSWER: A Chocobo is a Final Fantasy-brand "animal" that does several 
things in Final Fantasy IV. It transports you faster, and sometimes 
overseas as well. Fat Chocobos also store your food. They seem to be 
mystical in the Final Fantasy world, as the Dwarves worship them. They 
have their own game on the PlayStation, called "Chocobo Racing" but I 
do not know if they have been released outside Japan, as I've never 
seen them.

QUESTION: How did Golbez survive Tellah's Meteor? How did he survive 
against Zeromus?

ANSWER: There isn't a concrete answer in the game, but Kefka Krazy came 
up with a better answer than me: "I theorize that the Crystals have 
nothing to do with Golbez surviving. I believe that it's merely his 
innate dark power, bolstered by Zemus, that allows him to survive these 
attacks. One other possible explanation is that the Golbez in the 
Underworld is merely a simulacrum-that Golbez, weakened from what may 
very well have been a near-death experience at the hands of Tellah, 
decided to send a magical copy of himself. That certainly explains why 
the copy's hand was able to drag itself to the Crystal and escape.

"Also, we can explain Golbez's survival (both from Tellah and Zemus's 
Meteors) with the fact that he is, indeed, the son of KluYa. Lunarian 
blood flows within his veins, the same blood that empowers Cecil, and 
without knowing the limits of the power of lunarian blood, we can't 
dismiss the possibility that that blood allowed Golbez to survive, not 
one, but TWO Meteors."

QUESTION: How did Yang survive that explosion? He was high up on a 
tower!

ANSWER: This one bugs me. A lot. I honestly do not know. He might have 
been hit by the blast, but didn't get hurt much. He could have used a 
Potion! My theory is that he was conscious enough to give himself a 
small dose of Potion and then made his way down to the bottom of the 
tower where he fell unconscious and where he was found by the summons 
in Sylvan Cave.

QUESTION: So how did Cid survive an exploding bomb while falling 
thousands of meters deep?

ANSWER: He could have been wearing protective armor, mythril, which 
supposedly protects from lava/fire effects. He then could have had a 
parachute. He seems to have been _planning_ suicide. Maybe he planned 
ahead.  

QUESTION: Why would Leviathan swallow Rydia?

ANSWER: My best guess is that Leviathan sensed Rydia's arrival, so he 
swallowed her to find out more about her. (Thanks for all the trouble 
you caused, Leviathan. You added a few hours' worth of extra game time, 
although I admit the Paladin quest is one of my favorites).

QUESTION: What prevented Golbez from killing Cecil at the Tower of Zot?

ANSWER: My best guess is that he had a flashback of his brotherhood 
with Cecil, and couldn't kill his own brother.

QUESTION: How did all the other kingdoms get hold of ships to fight the 
Giant of Babel if Baron is the only one who has them?

ANSWER: I assume that Cid provided them with the ships. 

QUESTION: How did the Dwarves' tanks get up to the surface? 

ANSWER: I don't know either. They could have been airlifted by one of 
the airships or they crawled up the side of the Tower of Babel, or the 
tanks have flying capabilities we don't know about. 

QUESTION: How old are Tellah, FuSoYa, etc?

ANSWER: Tellah is actually 60, but we don't know FuSoYa's age. 
I doubt they're related. :p

QUESTION: What's up with Cecil's battle with himself?

ANSWER: Well, to see if Cecil qualifies for becoming a Paladin, he has 
to not attack his father's spirit and not be aggressive like he was 
when he was a Dark Knight. He also has to fight for law and justice. If 
you don't attack, then Cecil will earn his Paladin qualities.

QUESTION: Who is the guy Cecil battles on top of Mt. Ordeals in the 
shrine?

ANSWER: The spirit of his father. FuSoYa makes that clear when they 
meet him on the moon.

QUESTION: What's the point of the whole crystal hunt if we can just use 
the Lunar Whale to get to the moon?

ANSWER: Good question. Golbez might not have known about the Lunar 
Whale, and assumed that the Tower of Babel was the only way to the 
moon. Kefka Krazy has his/her own answer: "It certainly appears that 
the Whale is sealed away, and not only would Golbez not know about it 
(as you mention) he would likely not be able to get or use it... hmm."

QUESTION: Why did you use Edward, Yang, Palom and Porom for the ending?

ANSWER: The GBA version of FFIV allows the final party to be switched 
around. Well, because everyone knows how the ending with the original 
party of Kain, Edge, Rydia and Rosa goes. In my humble opinion, Edge 
and Cid have the least stake in the final battle because Edge kills 
Rubricante and avenges his parents that way, and Cid is just there to 
back the team up. I brought Edward along so he could actually avenge 
Anna and Tellah. I brought Palom and Porom in order for them to avenge 
their petrification thanks to Cagnazzo (Kainazzo). And Yang is tough 
and probably would want have his revenge on Zeromus for the raid on 
Fabul. 

However, there are several combinations you can use. You can use the 
original team consisting of Cecil, Kain, Edge Rydia and Rosa. You can 
replace Edge with Yang and Rydia with Cid. You can use Cecil, Edward, 
Yang, Rydia and Rosa as they've all met each other and were a team at 
one point during the game. Cecil, Palom, Porom, Yang and Cid also 
function as a team pretty well. For a challenge, place Cecil, Edward, 
Palom, Porom and Cid into a team. Or go for a powerhouse, no healing 
group with Cecil, Kain, Yang, Edge and Cid. Or go for a magic group 
with Cecil, Rydia, Rosa, Palom and Porom. 

It was hard to choose which one to go with, so I went with my favorite 
characters. 

QUESTION: Well, who are your favorite characters?

ANSWER: I've always liked Edward, Palom, Porom, Tellah and Yang. If 
FuSoYa were able to join the final battle, I'd use him and pretend he 
were Tellah. :p

QUESTION: What was added to the GBA version of the game?

ANSWER: The GBA version contains two extra dungeons, the Cave of Trials 
in Mt. Ordeals and the Lunar Ruins on the moon. In my opinion, only the 
Cave of Trials counts towards the storyline because it takes place 
before the game ends. The Lunar Ruins are unlocked only after Zeromus 
is defeated. The Lunar Ruins has nine separate gates for each character 
who has participated in Zeromus' defeat. But, we have to remember that 
the Lunar Whale goes back into the ocean after Zeromus' defeat, whereas 
the Lunar Whale is needed to visit the Lunar Ruins. Hence I only count 
the Cave of Trials in the storyline.

For more questions, feel free to e-mail me about them.

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6. INTERESTING POINTS
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E-mail me if you have an interesting point you'd like to share.. 

-Final Fantasy IV might be the most head-spinning game when it comes to 
versions it's available in.

-YOU SPOONY BARD!!! *dies* That line still gets me every time.

-Although the Super NES and Super Famicom are less powerful than the 
PlayStation, the PlayStation port of the game, in game-wise, is a lot 
sloppier. This isn't the console's fault, but the people who handled 
the port in the first place.

-The Magus Sisters appear in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X: 
International. 

-Final Fantasy IV is the third Final Fantasy game to feature a 
character named "Cid." Since then there have been Cids in future Final 
Fantasy games.

-Golbez goes from being very big as an enemy to very small as a good 
guy. He can also survive extreme amounts of pain, from Meteor to 
Rydia's summons. 

-Edward is known as Gilbert in Japan. Gilbert, IMHO, is more "prince 
like." Why they would change the name is beyond me.

-FuSoYa is known as Fuu-suu-ya (Fusuya) in Japan. For once, the U.S. 
gets the better name. 

-FuSoYa is Cecil's uncle, making him Rosa's uncle in law and Golbez's 
uncle, which makes Golbez Rosa's brother in law. Talk about family 
ties.  

-The game recycles so many sprites and overall aesthetics of certain 
areas that if you came back to the game a year after saving at Mt. 
Ordeals, you'd think you were in Mt. Hobs. 

-The FMV in the PlayStation version of the game doesn't really do much 
to the game at all. It's basically a retelling of events in the game in 
FMV format. It's definitely not a needed feature.

-Palom and Porom are one of my favorite characters in the game. It's 
amusing to see their relationship unfold from when you meet them to 
when they sacrifice themselves. They're only _5_ years old, too, and 
they know a lot of magic.

-When Rydia becomes an adult, the game implies that she's the young 
Rydia in an older body. Is she the young Rydia in an older body or is 
she completely grown up, emotionally and physically? Kefka Krazy, a 
reader, has his/her own theory: "I'm 90% certain she mentions time 
flowing differently in the Land of Summons, so I doubt that she is a 
child in a woman's body-from all the evidence I see, and considering 
her statement about time flow, I'd say that she actually lived those 
years of her life among the Summoned Monsters. Her childishness can be 
explained as well: while her mind and body matured during a relatively 
real-world time frame, she would have had no interaction with non-
Summon Monsters, and this could explain her lingering childish nature."

-The Tower of Babel in Final Fantasy II is spelled "Tower of Bab-il." 
How utterly pointless. The same goes for "Troia" in Final Fantasy IV 
and "Toroia" in Final Fantasy II. 

-The little scene where the earth spins makes it seem like two years 
has passed from when Cecil defeats Zeromus to the wedding. Is that 
true? 

-A Game Boy micro and Final Fantasy IV Advance bundle exists in Japan.
The Game Boy micro comes with a special faceplate with Cecil's Paladin_
and Dark Knight artwork. 

-I think FFIV has very, very ugly artwork. With that in mind, the 
Japanese GB micro faceplate is still pretty cool.

-Show your parents some love, Edward, sheesh. They died, too. Kefka 
Krazy has his/her own answer: "I don't read too much into Edward 
grieving more for Anna than for his parents. Not only was she his 
fiancee, but she died right in front of him. Not ONLY that, but she 
died INTERCEPTING the attack that would have killed Edward. His parents 
are a loss, to be sure, but to lose his beloved, and at the same time 
feel responsible for her death? Anna may very well have survived the 
Damcyan attack if she hadn't shielded Edward with her own body, and I'm 
certain Edward feels some guilt over that fact. In fact, I'm not 
surprised at all he seems to grieve for Anna far more than for his 
parents..."

-The developers' room has a porn book in it.  

-The Four Elemental Lords all have Italian names as of the GBA version 
of the game. I believe they had Italian names since 1991, but were 
renamed due to character limits in the SNES and PSone US versions. I 
use their GBA names in this guide.

-To elaborate on the fact, it takes a bit of knowledge of the Japanese 
language, Italian and creating their English equivalents. The change 
from Milon to Scarmiglione makes sense, since you can sort of see where 
Milon fits in there. 

-For Kainazzo to Cagnazzo╔ well, I can't really explain why they 
changed it, but it reflects the original Japanese. 

-For Valvalis to Barbariccia, you have to note that the original 
Italian word was put into Japanese Katakana. Most of the time, the 
Japanese language uses their B sounds (BA, BI, BU, BE, BO) to pronounce 
the foreign V sound. For this case, an American looked at the Japanese 
script and thought the Japanese was spelling out a V. In Japanese, 
there is no difference between an L sound and an R sound for them, so 
the same American probably thought the Rs in Barbariccia was meant to 
be an L (as in VaLvaLis). To put in shortly, Valva = Barba, Lis = 
Ricc[ia].

-Rubricante, if I remember correctly, was actually Rubricante in the 
original FFII version, which is correct. It was changed to Rubricant in 
the PSone version, and back to Rubricante in the GBA version. 
Rubricante is definitely something Italian.

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7. THEORIES
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Here are a few theories I've heard while visiting boards for Final 
Fantasy II/IV and here are some theories.

-Golbez survives attacks because he has the crystals with him. 

-Tellah dies from Meteor because he drew his own HP to summon it. 
(UPDATE: This is true. After I looked at a copy of the SNES Final 
Fantasy II instruction booklet, it clearly says Tellah does turn his HP 
into MP to create the attack.)

-Zemus murdered Cecil's father, KlUyA.

-FuSoYa and Tellah are brothers. (Not really a serious theory)

-The planet between Mars and Jupiter that was destroyed (where KlUyA 
and FuSoYa were from) is what we all know now as the Asteroid Belt.  

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8. VERSION UPDATES
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January 3, 2006
Thanks to the contributions Kefka Krazy and Jeffrey Ehlers, I added 
information about Yang's battle cry, Edward's mourning of his parents, 
Golbez's constant surviving of Meteor, and the Lunar Whale! Thanks you 
two!

December 26, 2005
I lied about being done with the document. Made a few more additions 
and decided to do this in a word document. Happy holidays again!

December 25, 2005
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! Today, I redid the 
Names, Types and Texts section since my initial revision done yesterday 
was way too long, and confusing. The new one just analyzes each FFIV 
version separately and is much more streamlined. And with that, I think 
I'm done with this update of the document. 

December 24, 2005
Wow, it's been over three years since I touched this document. A lot 
has changed since then, my love for FFIV not being one of them. Since 
the last update, I was able to acquire a WonderSwan Color and a copy of 
its version of FFIV as well as play through FFIV Advance. Since I last 
updated, my writing skills have developed five-fold. I never realized 
how relatively poorly written this document was, with tons of spelling 
errors, and confusing statements. I even left out a few details that I 
recollected by playing the GBA port. I've since restored this document 
to meet my writing standards of 2006. Think of the old version as FFII 
on the SNES and this as the GBA version of FFIV.  

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9. CONCLUSION
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This Plot Analysis was really enjoyable to make for my favorite Final 
Fantasy. And I have people to thank, of course. 

-CJayC for posting this at GameFAQS.
-Peter Judson for posting this on NeoSeeker.
-Steve McFadden for telling me that Cid first appears in the FC FF2.
-Kefka Krazy for interesting opinions on Edward's grieving, Golbez's 
survival, Rydia's age and the Lunar Whale.
-Jeffrey Ehlers for information about Yang's battle cries.

CVXFREAK
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