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                         Final Fantasy XIII Plot Analysis                    
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                                *****************       
                                |   written by  |
                                |     ximaus    |
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    Introduction and acknowledgements
    ==============================================================================
    The following guide is primarily meant to be a translation of the plot 
    information present in the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega. So far I have
    chosen to exclude information that can be easily learned from reading the
    datalog as there is already a guide for that and less of a need to explain
    it. 
    
    This guide covers detailed story elements so there is obviously a SPOILER 
    warning for the entire guide from this point on. I won't mention it again
    so be warned.
    
    First and foremost, I'd like to acknowledge that although the wording is 
    my own translation, most of the information was obtained from the Final 
    Fantasy Ultimania Omega Guide by Studio BentStuff. I'd also like to make the 
    acknowledgement that the layout and formatting of this FAQ took inspiration 
    from the Final Fantasy Tactics Battle Mechanics Guide by Aerostar.
    
    Although the majority of this guide will be information present in the
    Ultimania Omega, there will be more than one occasion where I will supplement
    the information with my own personal commentary. In order to distinguish
    between what the Ultimania says and what I am saying, I will separate out
    any personal commentary by surrounding it with #-signs.
    
    
    Please email comments and questions to ximaus@hotmail.com
    
    
    Version History
    ==============================================================================
    Ver 1.00 - December 26 2011      First submitted FAQ. The FAQ is complete
                                     as far as I am concerned at this point. I
                                     will debate whether or not to add in some of
                                     the dialogue commentary or even interview
                                     translations in the future. I may also change
    				 or delete speculations as more detailed
    				 plot information about FFXIII-2 is revealed.
    
    
    General Translation Notes
    ==============================================================================
    
    Focus = Mission
    ---------------
    In Japanese, the term used for a l'Cie's task is not nearly as particular as
    in English. In Japanese, the term itself is simply "shimei" or "mission." The 
    problem is that the Ultimania uses the word a lot including in reference to
    the orders given to the fal'Cie by the gods. Because I do not want to have to
    guess whether or not the fal'Cie received Foci from the gods I am simply
    translating everything as "mission." You can decide for yourself if "mission"
    means "Focus" or just plain "mission."
    
    
    Etro's World = Imperceivable Realm
    ----------------------------------
    Etro's World is called "Fukashi Sekai" which literally means "Invisible 
    World." Given the context, "world" in this case means "realm" or "plane of
    existence" much as you might say the "realm of the dead". "Fukashi" is
    fairly straightforward in its meaning as it is literally "unseeable" or
    "invisible." However, again given story context, this world exists parallel
    with the world of the material and is associated with the world of the
    spiritual so I prefer the term imperceivable to invisible.
    
    To aid in this I have decided to translate it as Imperceivable Realm instead 
    of Invisible World. Just to note, the game itself never actually uses the
    term "Fukashi Sekai." The only reference to Etro's World in the game is
    "Fukashi no Jigen" which means "Invisible Dimension."
    
    
    English Version References
    --------------------------
    Wherever possible, when the Ultimania references a line or term from the game
    I will try to use the English version line or term. The exception to this is
    mission instead of focus.
    
    ==============================================================================
    *********************************** CONTENTS *********************************
    ==============================================================================
    
    1.	The Fabula Nova Crystalis Legend			{001}
    
    2.	The Analects						{002}
    
    3. 	The Crystal Legend					{003}
    
    4.	Barthadelus' Plan					{004}
    
    5.	Missions and Crystal Transformation			{005}
    
    6.	The Ending						{006}
    
    7.	The Progression of the l'Cie Brand			{007}
    
    8.	Frequently Asked Questions				{008}
    
    
    									{001}
    ==============================================================================
    *******************THE FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS LEGEND**************************
    ==============================================================================
    This information is what is given by the "FNC legend" revealed at the SE 
    conference in Jan 2011. It also includes speculation based on information 
    given by Final Fantasy Versus 13 trailers.
    
    +----------------+
    | The FNC Legend |
    +----------------+
    There was once a god who ruled all in this world. 
    That god was called Bunibeelze.
    
    Bunibeelze defeated Mother Goddess, Muin, and gained control of this world.
    Muin disappeared to the realm invisible to the eye: The Imperceivable Realm.
    
    Bunibeelze was a god with many troubles.
    Troubles rooted in the fact that the world was limited,
    and everything within it was fated to perish.
    He thought this was a curse from Mother Muin in The Imperceivable Realm.
    
    In order to undo this curse of destruction, 
    Bunibeelze thought he should defeat Muin.
    In order to go to The Imperceivable Realm where Mother lied in wait, 
    he needed to search for the entrance.
    
    Drawing out from his own will, Bunibeelze created fal'Cie.
    The first one to be made was fal'Cie=Pulse.
    Pulse's mission was to excavate the land, 
    in order to find the door to The Imperceivable Realm.
    
    Next to be made was fal'Cie=Etro.
    Bunibeelze had made a mistake; 
    he had brought forth Etro in the image of Muin.
    Fearing her appearance, Bunibeelze did not grant Etro any powers.
    
    In her place, he made fal'Cie=Lindzei.
    Lindzei's mission was to protect Bunibeelze from various threats.
    Bunibeelze, ordering Lindzei to awaken him when the time came, 
    became a crystal to sleep eternally.
    
    Pulse, in order to expand the world, made fal'Cie and l'Cie.
    
    Lindzei, in order to protect the world, made fal'Cie and l'Cie.
    
    As for Etro, however, there was nothing she could do.
    Lonely Etro thought of the one who looked just like her: Mother.
    Etro injured herself, shedding her own blood, and vanished.
    
    From the blood that Etro shed, was born humanity.
    Humans were an existence born only to die.
    
    The destruction of the world that can be seen, The Perceivable Realm, 
    was not a curse but rather fate.
    The world was shared between The Perceivable Realm and The Imperceivable 
    Realm.
    
    If that balance was lost, before long, the world itself would collapse.
    
    Mother Muin had no means of stopping fate.
    The chaos of The Imperceivable Realm had tried to swallow her up.
    
    Etro arrived at the side of Muin as she was about to disappear.
    Muin told Etro to maintain the balance of the world as she was swallowed up 
    by the chaos.
    
    However, Etro was foolish and did not comprehend the meaning of Muin's words.
    
    Lonely Etro sympathized with humans whom the chaos would only swallow whole.
    As humans were dying, she smiled and conferred chaos upon them.
    
    Humans named the chaos that she gave them heart. 
    
    Heart was supposed to grant them power of their own, 
    but humans were still unaware of that fact.
    
    Before long, humans thought of Pulse as the almighty ruler, 
    Lindzei as the divine protector, and Etro as the goddess of death. 
    As such, they tucked away The Imperceivable Realm known as heart, 
    and lived on with their lives.
    
    By tucking away the chaos, 
    humans were able to barely maintain the balance of 
    the world.
    
    The crystallized Bunibeelze continues to sleep.
    Until the end of eternity.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # Muin's title does not actually mean that she is Bunibeelze's mother. This  #
    # term is used for things such as Mother Russia or Mother Nature and is      #
    # often used to imply more of a characteristic than a biological tie. It is  #
    # possible she is his mother, but it is not definite; especially since Etro  #
    # uses the same term to reference her and Etro was created by Bunibeelze.    #
    #                                                                            #
    # The term "heart" means heart but it doesn't have the same context. Whereas # 
    # the mind in western terms is usually centralized in the head, the mind in  #
    # Japanese terms is centralized in the heart. Without a heart, you have no   #
    # mind and possibly no spirit.                                               #
    #                                                                            #
    # world does not just mean planet. It means realm or plane of existence.     #
    # There can be multiple worlds that could be akin to multiple dimensions     #
    # or realities. It can also just mean planet. In the context of this fable   #
    # it almost undoubtedly means realm                                          #
    #                                                                            #
    # This "legend" was the original concept mythology meant to inspire the game #
    # directors of the various FNC titles. Each director was allowed to take     #
    # their own interpretation of the legend to shape their own tale. This was   #
    # stated at the FNC conference where they revealed the legend.               #
    #                                                                            #
    # I repeat: THIS LEGEND IN NO WAY CONTRADICTS ANYTHING IN THE GAME AS THIS   #
    # LEGEND IS NOT MEANT TO BE THE CANON OF ANY ONE GAME IN THE FNC. It can     #
    # only be used to understand what the director might have meant.             #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    									{002}
    ==============================================================================
    ***************************** The Analects ***********************************
    ==============================================================================
    I will post the text of the US version plus a translation of the original
    Japanese for a better understanding of the context. Underneath each 
    translation I will post an analysis of the script. As a note, the Japanese 
    version had no authors listed for the analect entries.
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 01                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +===================+
    | The Vanished Gods |
    +===================+
    Luminous lamented,
     for creation spiraled unto doom.
    Stout fashioned earth,
     that future might take root.
    Sage turned mind's eye inward,
     seeking truth profound.
    Fool desired naught,
     and soon was made one with it.
    Maker forged fal'Cie,
     from fragments Maker's own.
    Maker forged Man,
     from traces once Divine.
    In time the gods departed,
     leaving all by their hands wrought.
    Fal'Cie were as Man forsaken,
     orphans of Maker absconded.
    
    -Author unknown
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +===================+
    | The Vanished Gods |
    +===================+
    The luminous god lamented that creation was bound for destruction.
    The strong god, looking to the future, cultivated the world.
    The wise god, seeking truth, obtained wisdom unmatched.
    The foolish god, seeking nothing, merely vanished.
    God is the one who made fal'Cie from fragments of itself.
    God is the one who made humans from fragments left by the god who vanished.
    
    In time, all the gods departed; abandoning the world.
    Humans and fal'Cie, both abandoned by their creators, became orphans.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry lists the 4 gods who were present at the world's construction:
    The strong god refers to Pulse who built Gran Pulse. The wise god refers to 
    Lindzei who built Cocoon for fal'Cie. The foolish god refers to Etro who 
    departed this world before all the other gods. The only thing that is unknown
    is who is being referrenced by the term "luminous god."
    
    Also, the fact that humans and fal'Cie were abandoned by the gods is the
    meaning behind the name of fal'Cie=Orphan.
    
    "Maker forged fal'Cie" is meant to refer to both Lindzei and Pulse.
    "Maker forged Man" is meant to refer to Lindzei.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # For starters, the English leaves out the term "god" so that it is not as   #
    # obvious that each of the "virtues" listed is actually describing a god. As #
    # well, the English version uses the term "Maker" in place of the term       #
    # "god". This was likely done in an effort to avoid an almost impossible to  #
    # properly translate line; however, it still causes too much confusion due   #
    # to people believing "Maker" to be a separate entity.                       #
    #                                                                            #
    # The lines to which I am referring, the 5th and 6th line in the             #
    # translation, are hard to accurately translate. The first term of each line #
    # actually says either "one of the gods" or "some of the gods." In  both     #
    # instances is it impossible to know because Japanese does not distinguish   #
    # between singular and plural as readily as English does.                    #
    #                                                                            #
    # The actual wording, based on plot context, should be:                      #
    #                                                                            #
    #  Some gods made fal'Cie from fragments of themselves.                      #
    #  One god made humans from fragments left by the god who vanished.          #
    #                                                                            #
    # However, this is not meant to be obvious so I left it ambiguous in the     #
    # translation. The fact that "god" is capitalized in my translation is       #
    # purely because it is the first word in the sentence.                       #
    #                                                                            #
    # Keep in mind the term "god" in Japanese is gender neutral. While           #
    # "goddess" definitely means female, the term "god" does not necessarily     #
    # mean male.								     #
    #									     #
    # Implied in the wording is that Etro left the visible world before either   #
    # Pulse or Lindzei and she had no hand in the creation of the world.         #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    +----------------------+
    | Speculative Analysis |
    +----------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # The luminous god refers to Bunibeelze from the original FNC legend. He is  #
    # not ever mentioned in FF13 and considering FF13 promoted Pulse, Lindzei,   #
    # and Etro to gods; it is unknown what his role would be in the mythology of #
    # FF13.									     #
    #									     #
    # According to the FNC legend, humans were born from the blood of Etro.      #
    # According to the Ultimania, Lindzei created humans. Tying these two        #
    # seemingly contradicting things together is this analect entry. It states   #
    # that one of the gods created humans from the fragments left by the god who #
    # vanished. Etro is without a doubt the god who vanished so it is likely     #
    # that Lindzei actually created humans from the blood of Etro after she      #
    # left.                                                                      #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 02                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +================+
    | Lindzei's Nest |
    +================+
    And lo, the viper Lindzei bore fangs into the pristine soil of our Gran Pulse;
    despoiled the land and from it crafted a cocoon both ghastly and unclean.
    
    Lies spilled forth from the serpent's tongue: within this shell lies
    paradise Men heard these lies and were seduced and led away.
    
    O cursed are the fools who trust a snake and turn their backs upon the bounty
    of Pulse's hallowed land! For those who dwell in that cocoon are not Men, but
    slaves of the demon Lindzei.
    
    Ye who honor Pulse: rise unto the heavens, and cast down the viper's nest!
    
    -Author unknown
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=============+
    | Demon's Den |
    +=============+
    The family of the sly Demon carved up the beautiful land of Gran Pulse
     and made with it an unsightly cocoon in the sky.
    
    The Demon took people away,
     tempting them with the lie that the cocoon was paradise.
    Abandoning the bountiful land of the hallowed god Pulse,
     curse the fools who were taken in by the seduction.
    
    Though those embraced by the cocoon may be human,
     they are the servants of the Demon.
    Those who worship the hallowed god Pulse,
     let us challenge the heavens and destroy the cocoon.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry was recorded around the time the Lindzei fal'Cie established
    Cocoon and relocated many Gran Pulse citizens there.  This entry is written
    with the bias of people who have just had their neighbors and resources
    stolen. "Demon" is a name people gave Lindzei without realizing that Lindzei
    is actually a benevolent god. The "family of the Demon" refers to the
    Lindzei fal'Cie.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # This entry does not technically say "Lindzei". I capitalized demon because #
    # it is meant to be a reference to Lindzei but that is not obvious by        #
    # reading this entry alone. In the Japanese version of the game, Lindzei is  #
    # sometimes written with the characters meaning "demon."                     #
    #									     #
    # The wording of the verb makes it seem like these people mitgrated to       #
    # Cocoon not entirely of their free choosing. The likely case is that they   #
    # were tricked but the wording could mean anything from being tricked to be  #
    # forcefully relocated.                                                      #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 03                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +============+
    | The Chosen |
    +============+
    Two l'Cie are they, the chosen, and from the North they hail. Endowed are they
    with fal'Cie Focus, to bear the burden of the Beast.
    
    My brothers and sisters of Gran Pulse: Honor the Chosen in your prayers!
    
    Let the blade forged of their will be tempered by your faith, that it might
    sunder that devilish cocoon's facade!
    
    -A Call to Arms
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=================+
    | The Chosen Ones |
    +=================+
    There are two l'Cie from the far North.
    What they have received from the fal'Cie is a mission to defeat evil.
    Becoming the Beast they will defeat the Demon.
    
    My brothers and sisters of Gran Pulse; offer up your prayers.
    
    That the chosen l'Cie will forge the power of their hearts into a blade,
    and tear asunder the cocoon of the Demon and fell it from the heavens.
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    Ths is a record of Vanille and Fang from Oerba, a village in the far north 
    of Gran Pulse, being chosen as l'Cie with the mission of destroying Cocoon.
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # The term "majuu" means monster, demon beast, etc, and is used to refer to  #
    # Ragnarok. The English version simply calls it the Beast which is actually  #
    # more specific and gives better context for what the analect entry is       #
    # saying. I left it as Beast but just know that in Japanese it was not as    #
    # obvious that "Beast" was a proper term.                                    #
    #                                                                            #
    # Heart in Japanese holds a different context than heart in English. In      #
    # English, the heart is mostly the center of emotions while the brain is     #
    # considered the location of the mind and the will. In Japanese, however,    #
    # the heart is considered the location of the mind and the will. I say this  #
    # because "will" in the English version is not actually a mistranslation.    #
    # However, I left it heart because "will" in English, while not wrong, would #
    # be misleading to someone who didn't know the original Japanese term.       #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    +----------------------+
    | Speculative Analysis |
    +----------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # Remember the FNC legend actually speaks of the power of the heart and how  #
    # it was the power given to humans by Etro. This analect entry refers to the #
    # power of the hearts of the l'Cie, possibly implying that the power of      #
    # their heart is required for Ragnarok. Humans are chosen to become l'Cie    #
    # because they are capable of exceeding their abilities; this is due to the  #
    # power of their heart.                                                      #
    #                                                                            #
    # Assuming Toriyama kept that part of the FNC legend in his story, then the  #
    # power that comes from Etro and the power inside of every human is the same #
    # type of power; it is all the power of chaos. Ragnarok in that context      #
    # would be the very manifestation of this power. It would also come as no    #
    # surprise that Etro held the power to stop it. Remember, however, that this #
    # is speculation and may very well be incorrect.                             #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 04                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +=====================+
    | The Heavenly Deceit |
    +=====================+
    Ragnarok took wing; made to smite Cocoon, and thereby deliver us our
    everlasting peace. But Her Providence would not let it be.
    
    The Goddess pitied the fools who so blindly bowed to Lindzei's will, and so 
    She robbed Ragnarok of power, putting the l'Cie to an early crystal sleep, 
    Focus yet incomplete.
    
    -Sermons of the seeress Paddra Nsu-Yeul
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=============================+
    | The War of Heaven and Earth |
    +=============================+
    Written like a sermon of the seeress Paddra Nsu-Yeul
    
    Ragnarok took wing, flying through the heavens to destroy Cocoon;
    all to try to bring eternal peace to Gran Pulse.
    
    However, the goddess prevented the destruction.
    She pitied the foolish citizens of Cocoon who obeyed the Demon.
    Stealing the power of the l'Cie who had become Ragnarok, 
    she turned them into crystals; 
    placing them to sleep before they could finish their mission.
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry refers to the event of Etro forcefully sealing Fang's Ragnarok
    transformation, placing her and Vanille in a deep crystal sleep. Entries 4, 
    5, and 6 were all written by people from Paddra.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # It says "the war of heaven and earth" but in this case, heaven probably    #
    # refers to Cocoon while earth refers to Gran Pulse. Quite literally: "The   #
    # conflict betwen the sky and the ground".                                   #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 05                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +=========================+
    | The Age of Fading Glory |
    +=========================+
    How long now, since the demons of Cocoon violated this land? Where once the
    peoples of Gran Pulse stood as one, united against a common foe, today we 
    stand divided, at war amongst ourselves.
    
    We walk on the edge of a knife, teetering, ever but one step from our demise.
    How tired a species, that we must rob our own of the necessities for life lest
    we succumb to the fate to which we so willingly subject others!
    
    Even Haeri, at the height of its glory, laid to ruin by a menace greater 
    still! Surely the vipers within that floating nest look down upon us with
    self-righteous scorn, to see this decline of our once-great civilization.
    
    -Criticisms of a Pulsian People
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +====================+
    | The Age of Decline |
    +====================+
    How long has passed since the demons of Cocoon violated this land?
    At one time the people of Gran Pulse united to fight Cocoon,
    but now we fight amongst ourselves.
    
    Humanity, long tired of having their resources stolen, walks down the path
    of ruin as we succumb to a natural threat.
    
    Even the city of Haeri, the zenith of glory, has become nothing more
    than ruins after being assailed by giant beasts.
    
    The demons of Cocoon must surely be laughing at our decline.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This is a record of the declination of the civilizations of Gran Pulse after
    the War of Transgression. As an aside, the Haeri mentioned in this entry is
    the same as the abandonded ruins located on the Archylte Steppe in the main
    game.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # It is possible that Haeri was assailed by 1 large beast rather than by     #
    # many. As Japanese does not make a singular / plural distinction in this    #
    # term, it is impossible to know for sure. The point is that the "greater    #
    # menace still" actually refers to a giant beast of some sort.               #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 06                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +=================+
    | The Age of Ruin |
    +=================+
    The fal'Cie of Hallowed Pulse offer us no salvation. Populations dwindle, and
    still they but make more of us l'Cie, dealing out one incomprehensible Focus
    after the next as they drive us toward our end.
    
    Men take up arms against their brothers now. We, who should be joining hands 
    to survive in the face of nature's trials, turn on one another to secure what
    few of her blessings remain.
    
    I suspect that even the city of Paddra, this last bastion of civilization, 
    will not long stand against the evils we now perpetrate. Human life on Gran 
    Pulse has passed the point of no return.
    
    -Criticisms of a Pulsian People
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=================+
    | The Age of Ruin |
    +=================+
    The fal'Cie of the great god Pulse will not save us.
    The population continues to decrease yet they relentlessly make more l'Cie.
    Doling out incomprehensible missions, they are driving us toward our end.
    
    As well, men take up arms against one another.
    Even though we should be joining hands against the natural threat,
    people turn blade on one another just to secure what little blessing
    this land has left to give.
    
    Even this last remaining city of Paddra will one day fall
    by the hands of man.
    
    There is no means of salvation.
    The end of humanity on Gran Pulse is not long off.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    Much like 5, this was also written by a citizen of Pulse who was faced with
    the ruination of civilizations. It was meant to show that the people of
    Pulse considered the fact that fal'Cie continued to make more l'Cie as
    contributing to their decline. 
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # It is not as though that is the only reason for their decline, however,    #
    # this entry seems more to be questioning why the fal'Cie have not lessened  #
    # the number of people they make into l'Cie given the declining population.  #
    # It is not as though the people of Pulse wouldn't have eventually brought   #
    # themselves to ruin as they were doing, it is simply that the fal'Cie were  #
    # speeding up the process.    				                     #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 07                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +=================+
    | Hallowed Pulse  |
    +=================+
    It was the Great and Hallowed Pulse who seeking to expand divine domain, 
    parted the chaos and fashioned realm within; made fal'Cie, and charged them 
    with this world's completion.
    
    The fal'Cie, anxious to please the hand that shaped them, labored devotedly at
    the task they had been given. They made l'Cie of men so that they, too, might
    be able to aid the greater cause. Men, in turn, offered praise and prayer to
    Hallowed Pulse, naming their great land in honor of its architect.
    
    Yet still the architect departed.
    
    -On the Nature of Fal'Cie
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +====================+
    | Hallowed God Pulse |
    +====================+
    The hallowed god Pulse, who sought to infinitely expand the world, 
    parted the chaos and fashioned the realm.
    
    The hallowed god created fal'Cie and charged them with the mission
    of completing this world.
    
    The fal'Cie, in order to please the hallowed god, strive to cultivate the 
    world, as well, they make humans into l'Cie in order to aid in the great plan.
    
    Humans worship the hallowed god, and so have named this land Grand Pulse.
    
    However, the hallowed god vanished.
    Abandoning this world, he departed.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This is an explanation of the god Pulse by those who follow him. The fact
    that the fal'Cie of Pulse were charged with cultivating the land is merely
    the conclusion of humanity. The truth, as outlined by Analect entry 11, is
    that they are searching for the door to god: the door to the Imperceivable
    Realm.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # Pulse is referred to as Ookami which is the same title as in the PS2 game. #
    # That is, Pulse is considered the greatest of the gods by the people of     #
    # Gran Pulse. Because I couldn't think of an equivalent term in English, I   #
    # just used the English version's "Hallowed".                                #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 08                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +==============+
    | Fell Lindzei |
    +==============+
    As our fal'Cie are the children of Hallowed Pulse, so are the fal'Cie who lurk
    within Cocoon the brood of Lindzei.
    
    But all gods are not alike.
    
    Lindzei is cunning and false; sovereign to snakes and fiends; an anathema to 
    be abhorred.
    
    Cocoon fal'Cie are of Fell Lindzei's line, yet that did not spare them.
    
    They were betrayed all the same; left orphans when their Succubus fled this
    earthly realm.
    
    -A Call to Arms
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +==================+
    | Fell God Lindzei |
    +==================+
    Just as our fal'Cie are the children of the hallowed god Pulse,
    so too are the fal'Cie of Cocoon the children of a god.
    
    However, their god is not benevolent.
    
    A lord of demons who excels at cunning.
    A detestable fell god.
    
    The fal'Cie of Cocoon are the brood of fell god Lindzei.
    When the fell god left this world,
     those abandoned became orphans.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry concerns the hatred the people of Gran Pulse have for Lindzei.
    Using terms like "Fell God" and "lord of demons" is indication that the
    author was not portraying Lindzei objectively.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # Lindzei is referred to as a "Jashin" or an evil god. I couldn't think of   #
    # a more appropriate term in English so it remained "Fell." One note is that #
    # just like the Pulse entry, the English version leaves out the word "god"   #
    # in the title.								     #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 09                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +================+
    | Her Providence |
    +================+
    Her Providence sought nothing.
    Her Providence made nothing.
    She but looked on, silent in Her sorrow.
    
    The Goddess pitied mortals, destined as they were to die, and so She deigned 
    to intervene in the hour of their greatest peril. She averted cataclysm that 
    was to be, and put to rest the ones who would have robbed so many of what 
    time fate had ordained.
    
    Her compassion did not end at this.
    
    The Goddess pitied also those subjected to that fate of Focus, crueler still
    than death. To them She sent Her messengers, to deliver hope when all was 
    lost.
    
    -Sermons of the seeress Paddra Nsu-Yeul
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=============+
    | The Goddess |
    +=============+
    The goddess sought nothing.
    The goddess made nothing.
    The goddess only pities.
    
    The goddess pities those destined for death and so she placed those who were
    to take countless lives to sleep and prevented the destruction.
    
    Even more so than those bound for death, she pities those bound to a cruel
    mission. To those who become worn by despair and lose sight of their path, 
    she sends her messengers; to guide them towards hope.
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    Etro is also known as a Shinigami, or death god(ess). This entry concerns the 
    governing principle behind Etro's pitiance of others. Etro taking pity on the
    people of Cocoon and saving them from certain death. Etro taking pity on the
    l'Cie who fall into despair and sending them an Eidolon from the
    Imperceivable Realm as a means of granting them hope. Etro's actions are, in
    part, revealed (through this entry).
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 10                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +===================+
    | The Menace Beyond |
    +===================+
    They say the fal'Cie made the Arks in preparation for battle against the 
    menace that lurks beyond. Where is this Beyond of which they speak? Do they 
    mean Cocoon, and the demons that dwell within? If so, they are mistaken. The 
    legends of the Arks date far before that sphere was even crafted; whispers
    even hint at Arks displaced around the time of Cocoon's creation, spirited
    away to be hidden in its shell.
    
    What, then, is the Menace? What distant threat confronts us, and to what
    purpose? The gods vanished from this place. Are they now residents of the
    Beyond?
    
    -On the Nature of Fal'Cie
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=======================+
    | The Enemy from Beyond |
    +=======================+
    The fal'Cie made numerous arks in preparation for war with a foreign enemy.
    Could the foreign enemy mean the demons of Cocoon?
    But then the legend of the Arks was born before Cocoon.
    There also seem to be legends that many Arks were stolen and hidden within 
    Cocoon around the time that the Demon made it.
    
    Just what is the enemy from beyond?
    Is something from "Beyond" planning to come here?
    Or rather, was the plan to invade the "Beyond"?
    
    Did not the departed gods go to the "Beyond"?
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry concerns the Arks which were built to prepare for battle with
    an enemy from beyond by the fal'Cie who feared invasion from beyond. Whether
    or not the beyond is to where the gods departed and whether or not the
    fal'Cie planned to invade it are all left up in the air by this entry.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # The term is simply "Soto" which means outside. It is the term used in the  #
    # word foreigner and commonly means "external." I could think of no better   #
    # way to translate it so I left it as Beyond. In Japanese, the word "Beyond" #
    # is in brackets on the last 3 lines so I left it in parenthesis and         #
    # capitalized it. 							     #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    +----------------------+
    | Speculative Analysis |
    +----------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # The FNC legend states that Bunibeelze wanted to assail The Imperceivable   #
    # Realm in order to find Muin and stop the curse of mortality. It can be     #
    # assumed that the Arks in FF13 were built for a similar purpose. Pulse is   #
    # the only one who ordered his fal'Cie to build Arks so only the Pulse       #
    # fal'Cie built the Arks.  						     #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 11                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +========================+
    | Hypothesis of the Hunt |
    +========================+
    We've long held the goal of the fal'Cie's endless excavations to be the
    expansion of our world's inhabitable space -- the creation of new lands with
    which to honor the gods. But I contend this to be false. Their methods lack 
    the order one would expect if that were their purpose, and what's more, the 
    gods they would honor have long since departed this world.
    
    I propose a different explanation: the fal'Cie are hunting. Whether they seek 
    a way to recall the gods or to journey to their side I cannot say, but I do
    believe the fal'Cie seek their lost deities. They search the earth, the skies,
    the waters, and even the deep places, seeking a gateway to the Divine.
    
    -On the Nature of Fal'Cie
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +=============================+
    | Hypothesis of their Pursuit |
    +=============================+
    It was long believed that the fal'Cie's cultivation of the land was for the
    purpose of expanding their domain and paying homage to their god.
    
    However, such cultivation would not be so disorderly.
    
    Not to mention, the god to whom they would pay homage,
    has already departed from this world.
    
    I would propose one hypothesis: the fal'Cie are searching.
    The land, the underground,
    In the water, and in the sky, they are searching.
    
    They are pursuing the gateway that will take them to god.
    Whether to call god back to this world,
    or whether to go to god's side I wonder...
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    This entry is denying that the aim of the fal'Cie, as stated by Analect
    entry 7, is to cultivate the land. It comes to the conclusion that their
    true purpose is in searching for the door that leads to god (The door to
    the Imperceivable Realm). As explained, the goal of all fal'Cie is to call
    back their god as proven by Barthandelus' actions.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # It literally says "Hypothesis of Pursuit / Hunt." In order to give it      #
    # proper context I added the word "their" referring to the fal'Cie.          #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 12                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +===================+
    | The Door of Souls |
    +===================+
    When our earthly vessels meet their end, the souls they housed must leave this
    world. Would the path of their migration not be the same one taken by our
    departed gods? Must they not pass through the same doorway the Divine employed
    to reach that place that lies beyond?
    
    If this is the case, it stands to reason that, should a great many lives at
    once be cut short, a flood of souls would surge through the aforementioned
    portal. The Door would be thrown wide, and perhaps we might even glimpse the
    gleaming light of Divinity beyond.
    
    -On the Nature of Fal'Cie
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +======================+
    | The Gateway of Souls |
    +======================+
    When the vessel of this body meets it's end, the soul leaves this world.
    Would not the soul take the same path as god?
    To come through the same gateway the gods once did when they left this world?
    
    If a great number of bodies were to perish at the same time,
    a great number of souls would pass through the gate at the same time.
    
    Would the gateway not be thrown wide open?
    Would the light of god not be seen on the other side of the gateway
    as it welcomes these souls?
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    "The gateway that will take them to god" from the previous entry is further
    talked about in this entry. According to this entry, the gateway to the World
    of the Dead (also known as The Imperceivable World) is related to the gateway
    to god. This entry is actually explaining Bart's plan: to kill countless 
    people all at once in order to open the gateway to god.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # As speculated by the 11th entry, it is actually never properly explained   #
    # if Bart merely wanted to be able to see god, wanted god to appear in his   #
    # world, or if he wanted to go to god's side. The English translation seems  #
    # to imply the middle option so that is the one I will assume as well.       #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    *                                 Entry 13                                   *
    ******************************************************************************
    
    English:
    --------
    +========================+
    | Fabula Nova Crystallis |
    +========================+
    Children of Hallowed Pulse scour earth, searching substance for the Door. Those
    of Fell Lindzei harvest souls, combing ether for the same. So have I seen.
    
    The Door, once shut, was locked away, with despair its secret key; sacrifice,
    the one hope of seeing it unsealed.
    
    When the twilight of the gods at last descends upon this world, what emerges
    from the unseeable expanse beyond that Door will be but music, and that devoid
    of words: the lamentations of the Goddess Etro, as She sobs Her song of grief.
    
    -Author unknown
    
    
    
    Translation:
    ------------
    +==============+
    | A New Legend |
    +==============+
    The children of the great god Pulse, scour the earth, 
     searching the material domain for the gateway.
    The children of the evil god Lindzei, take lives, 
     searching the spirit domain for the gateway.
    
    So I have seen.
    
    The gateway;
     once concealed with despair it's secret key, will surely be opened.
    The only hope; 
     by sacrifice alone will the path be made clear.
    
    When the twilight of the gods arrives, 
     on the other side of the shinning gateway,
    from that without color, the imperceivable dimension, 
     a song without words will surely resonate.
    
    The lament of the goddess Etro as she takes pity on the passing lives.
    
    
    
    +--------------------+
    | Ultimania Analysis |
    +--------------------+
    The first 4 lines are referring to the plans of the two fal'Cie factions.
    The Pulse fal'Cie believed that the gateway to their god could be found
    by searching the physical world. Dahaka, for instance, believed that the
    gateway lay somewhere in the sky, while, Atmos believed that the gateway
    lay somewhere underground.
    
    The Cocoon fal'Cie, on the other hand, believed that the gateway could only
    be found by searching the meta-physical; specifically, the spirit world.
    Bart believed that human souls were the key to finding the gate.
    
    "By sacrifice alone" is a reference to Vanille and Fang's sacrifice.
    It is by their sacrifice that the party is able to save the people of
    Cocoon and fulfill that which they had originally set out to do.
    
    "With despair it's secret key" is a reference to the fact that despair is a 
    way to get Etro to open the door to her world.
    
    
    The "twilight of the gods" is a reference to Ragnarok from Norse mythology.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # The "gateway" is the door to Etro's realm; The Imperceivable Realm. Etro   #
    # is said to react to 2 distinct events: 1) The loss of a human life, and    #
    # 2) An insurmountable despair. In either case, Etro takes pity on the       #
    # person and opens the door.                                                 #
    #                                                                            #
    # The part "So I have seen" and onwards is meant to be the record of a       #
    # prophecy made by a shrine maiden or seeress. It actually only says "I have #
    # seen it" but considering the context, "So I have seen" is more informative #
    # as this is a prophecy, not an eye witness account.                         #
    #                                                                            #
    # One thing the English version leaves out is the word "dimension". Without  #
    # this term, the phrase "unseeable expanse" is not descriptive enough. These #
    # lines are referring to what will emerge from that dimension once the door  #
    # is opened.                                                                 #
    #                                                                            #
    # In contrast to what the previous entry speculated; that the light of god   #
    # might be seen on the other side of the gateway, this entry is outright     #
    # stating that Etro's "song" is what comes through from the other side.      #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    									{003}
    ==============================================================================
    *****************************THE CRYSTAL LEGEND*******************************
    ==============================================================================
    
    
    _________________________________The Gods
    
    I. Pulse and Lindzei
    ==============================================================================
    In the Fabula Nova Crystallis legend, there are many gods, but the 3 gods 
    mentioned in this game are: "The god who created Gran Pulse and carried out 
    its cultivation, Pulse," "The god who created humans and established Cocoon 
    along with the fal'Cie, Lindzei," and "The goddess of death, Etro." Among 
    them, Pulse and Lindzei created the fal'Cie, and after giving them a mission, 
    departed this world. The Pulse fal'Cie actively work towards finding Pulse 
    while the Lindzei fal'Cie actively work towards finding Lindzei.
    
    	[Caption Under a Picture of the Branding in Chapter 2]
    	------------------------------------------------------
    	The one who brands Lightning and crew is the god Pulse. 
    	The fal'Cie may choose the l'Cie but branding is solely the job of 
    	the god.
    
    
    
    +----------------------+
    | Speculative Analysis |
    +----------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # I've been reading the illustrations a lot and it seems to me that Lindzei  #
    # might actually be a goddess. First of all, Lindzei's crest is depicted by  #
    # a goddess statue (the statues in the hall before the final battle are      #
    # actually Lindzei's Crest). Secondly, when referring to the drawing of      #
    # Orphan, the comment states that the Mother and child image is meant to     #
    # represent Lindzei and the orphaned fal'Cie. Lastly, the original FNC       #
    # legend says that Bunibeelze created Lindzei as a replacement for Etro.     #
    # This one might be more of a stretch, but if Lindzei was created in Etro's  #
    # stead, it's likely Lindzei was also female.                                #
    #                                                                            #
    # Just to keep in mind, the term "god" in Japanese is gender neutral (unlike #
    # English). There is nothing that directly refers to Lindzei being a         #
    # goddess, but more points to that than not.                                 #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    II. The Goddess Etro
    ==============================================================================
    The one referred to as a Shinigami (Death God) in the Gran Pulse legend, Etro,
    departed this world before either Pulse or Lindzei. Unlike the other gods, 
    whose location is unknown, it's been established that she resides in another 
    dimension called "The Imperceivable Realm".
    
    On rare occasion, Etro will use the door to her world as a means to intervene 
    in the affairs of humans. What causes her to intervene is something that 
    causes her to feel pity; for example, when a human dies, she feels pity, and 
    through the opened door (to her world) her power flows into the human realm. 
    Also, the summons are things sent by Etro when the l'Cie has expressed a 
    despair that she can't help but notice.
    
    	[Caption under a Picture of Crystal Shards]
    	-------------------------------------------
    	Etro's interventions are characterized by the appearance of the 
    	crystal light as a result of the door to The Imperceivable Realm 
    	opening.
    
    
    Etro's Intervention towards the l'Cie
    -------------------------------------
    During the Apocalypse War, when Fang changed into Ragnarok and tried to 
    destroy Cocoon, Etro took pity on the people of Cocoon and forcefully canceled
    Fang's transformation along with turning her and Vanille into crystals. In 
    addition, Etro placed fal'Cie Anima into a deep sleep. Even in Chapter 13 of 
    the game, for the same reason, Etro canceled the transformation of Fang who 
    tried to destroy Orphan. These interventions by Etro are denoted by the 
    scorched brands. When Lightning and crew returned from becoming cie'th and had
    their brands scorched, that was also evidence of Etro's intervention.
    
    	[Caption under a Picture of Fang's Brand]
    	-----------------------------------------
    	l'Cie who have had their transformation sealed will bear a scorched 
    	brand; a brand which will no longer progress.
    
    
    
    III. The Invisible Realm / The Imperceivable Realm
    ==============================================================================
    The Imperceivable Realm, where the goddess Etro resides was created by the 
    gods and exists as a completely separate dimension from this world. Its 
    location remains unknown. The fal'Cie, all believing that the gods who created
    them reside in that realm, are searching for the door (gateway) to the 
    Imperceivable Realm.
    
    The Imperceivable Realm is also the place to which the souls of the dead 
    depart; as such, whenever a human dies, the door to that world opens for an 
    instant. Consequently, Barthandelus wanted to open the door a great deal by 
    killing a large number of humans in Cocoon at the same time and force god to 
    descend to their world.
    
    	[Caption under a Picture of the Giant Eye of Light]
    	---------------------------------------------------
    	The door to the Imperceivable Realm which takes the form of an eye. 
    	When the door appears in Chapter 13 (during the final battle), it
    	means Etro's power is moving (flowing into this realm).
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # It is also called "the world without color". While this would technically  #
    # be a world of absolute darkness; in this case, I think the authors might   #
    # have meant it to be a world of pure light. When the door opens, the only   #
    # thing that can be seen is a bright white / colorless light. I say          #
    # "technically" because white is the presence of all colors and hence about  #
    # as far from "colorless" as you can get.                                    #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    _________________________________The Fal'Cie
    
    I. The Limits of the fal'Cie
    ==============================================================================
    In the main story, there are two types of fal'Cie: the ones made by Pulse, the
    Pulse fal'Cie (The fal'Cie of Gran Pulse), and the ones made by Lindzei, the
    Lindzei fal'Cie (The fal'Cie of Cocoon or the Sanctum fal'Cie). All of them
    have been awarded a mission from their god and all of them were given the
    power to complete that mission. However, as they are incapable of bringing
    forth more power than they were given, they make humans into l'Cie and use
    them instead.
    
    
    
    II. The Aim of the fal'Cie
    ==============================================================================
    The fal'Cie each have their own missions, however there is one aim they all
    share above and beyond their individual missions. That aim is the gate that
    leads to the god that made them. Specifically, their aim is to open the door
    that leads to the Imperceivable Realm.
    
    Believing the door to be located somewhere in Gran Pulse, the Pulse fal'Cie
    scour the land in an attempt to find it. This is indicated by Analect entry
    number 13 where it says "searching substance for the door." For instance,
    Atmos searches the subterranean and Dahaka searches skies for the door. Anima
    even believed that having l'Cie defeat monsters would provide clues as to the
    door's location. On the other hand, Barthandelus and the Lindzei fal'Cie
    believe that sacrificing a large number of humans lives simultaneously will
    cause the door to appear. This is indicated by Analect entry number 13 where
    it says "combing ether for the same."
    
    The fal'Cie believe they can meet Pulse and Lindzei if they open the door, but
    whether or not that is the case is unknown. It may very well be the case that
    the gods themselves are searching for the door and are manipulating the
    fal'Cie.
    
    
    
    _________________________________The L'Cie
    
    I. L'Cie Brands
    ==============================================================================
    Just as fal'Cie are separated into Pulse and Lindzei types, so too are the
    l'Cie divided based on which type of fal'Cie turned them into a l'Cie. Pulse
    and Lindzei l'Cie have different brands but both brands both advance in 13
    stages towards completion.
    
    
    
    II. Crystal Transformation and Reversion
    ==============================================================================
    When a l'Cie completes a mission for the fal'Cie that made him a l'Cie, he 
    becomes a crystal. That crystal transformation can be reversed at the command 
    of the same fal'Cie and the l'Cie will be given a new mission; this is the 
    guiding principle of l'Cie. However, in the course of the game, that principle
    was undermined a number of times. Vanille and Fang's crystal transformation 
    during the War of Transgression was the result of Etro's influence, and there 
    are any number of possible explanations for Sera and Lightning and co's
    crystal transformations and reversions.
    
    
    									{004}
    ==============================================================================
    *************************** BARTHANDELUS' PLAN *******************************
    ==============================================================================
    
    
    
    _______________________Cocoon's Construction and History
    
    Barthandelus, the leader of the Lindzei fal'Cie, was given the mission of
    building Cocoon and ensuring the propogation of humanity. In order to carry
    out an even grander scheme of bringing god back to this world by opening the
    door to the Imperceivable Realm, Barthandelus plotted on his own to destroy 
    Cocoon and sacrifice the large number of humans he had guided to it.
    
    The information below summarizes the events between the construction of Cocoon
    and the beginning of the main story.
    
    
    
    1) The gods create fal'Cie and humans and then depart.
    ==============================================================================
    The Pulse fal'Cie decide to make humans into l'Cie and use them to find the 
    Door. Humans, thinking the Pulse fal'Cie were merely cultivating the land, 
    tried to follow them.
    
    At the same time, receiving the order "prepare to fight a menace from beyond 
    our world", the Pulse fal'Cie built countless Arks.
    
    
    
    2) Lindzei fal'Cie Bart builds Cocoon, relocates a portion of Pulse's 
       population and begins cultivation.
    ==============================================================================
    After having abided by his orders to build and maintain Cocoon, Bart decides 
    to use the people he has propogated as part of his mission as a means to open 
    the Door. However, such a plan would directly interfere with his orders.
    Deciding instead to instigate a civil war, Bart steals countless Arks from 
    Gran Pulse. 
    
    Having stolen their friends and resources, the citizens of Pulse begin to see 
    the Cocoon fal'Cie as enemies. They began to hate them and called them 
    "Brood of the Demon".
    
    The people who were brought to Cocoon began to rejoice at being able to live 
    easily and safely. The people of Cocoon begin to revere the Cocoon fal'Cie.
    Time passes and the people of Cocoon eventually forget the memories of Pulse.
    Due to this and the guidance of the Cocoon fal'Cie, they begin to fear Pulse; 
    calling it hell.
    
    
    
    3) Over 600 years ago, the Pulse fal'Cie, Anima, gives l'Cie a mission
       to destroy Cocoon and starts the War of Armageddon (Transgression)
    ==============================================================================
    In general, Pulse fal'Cie are indifferent towards Cocoon. However, there was 
    an instance of resource plundering which sparked Anima's wrath causing Anima 
    to decide to attack Cocoon. A great number of l'Cie and humans were gathered 
    to fight among whom Vanille and Fang fought at the forefront.
    
    Believing that Cocoon's population was not yet sufficient enough to open 
    the Door, Bart defended against the attack. 
    
    Fang turned into Ragnarok and tried to destroy Cocoon whereby the goddess 
    Etro interfered. In addition to crystallizing Vanille and Fang, Anima was 
    placed into a deep sleep. The War of Armageddon ended.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # It literally says "there was a specific instance of plundering." It could  #
    # mean the first time or any subsequent time. There were a lot of l'Cie      #
    # apparently, not just Vanille and Fang. Bart defended the people this time  #
    # because any loss in population would set back his plan a great deal.       #
    # The War of Transgression is called The War of Armageddon in Japanese.      #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    4) Barthandelus brings the Anima ruins, within which slept Vanille and
       Fang, into Cocoon.
    ==============================================================================
    In order to one day use Ragnarok to destroy Cocoon, Barthandelus brings
    Vanille and company into Cocoon. Barthandelus, having stolen more resources 
    from Pulse to repair the outer shell and create more land within Cocoon,
    waits for the human population to reach an amount sufficient for his plan.
    At the same time, it is conveyed to the citizens of Cocoon that they were
    saved from a Pulse lead attack by the fal'Cie of Cocoon. The citizens
    believed it and it became a part of their recorded history.
    
    Since the other Pulse fal'Cie, unlike Anima, had no concerns about Cocoon,
    they continued to "cultivate".
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # "Cultivate" is in quotations in the original likely to indicate that,      #
    # rather than cultivating, they were actually continuing to look for the     #
    # door to Etro's World.      						     #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    5) With the rise of power struggles, monsters, and constant making
       of l'Cie by the fal'Cie, the people of Pulse were facing extinction.
    ==============================================================================
    The fal'Cie of Pulse have no regard for protecting humans so they continued
    to use them up as l'Cie. The result was that they ended up contributing to
    the extinction of the people of Pulse. Also, it should be noted that there
    is no definite confirmation as to whether or not humans on Gran Pulse were
    completely extinguished.
    
    
    
    6) The human population having reached a sufficient amount, Barthandelus
       begins to carry out his plan.
    ==============================================================================
    ---Barthandelus' actions in accordance with his plans---
    
    i)   A few years before the start of the main story, he assumes office
         as the head of Sanctum in the form of Dysley.
    
    ii)  He makes Raines, the one who founded the anti-Sanctum forces
         called Cavalry, into a l'Cie and gives him the mission of guiding
         the Pulse l'Cie to destroy Cocoon.
    
    iii) In order to reawaken Vanille and Fang as l'Cie, he awakens the
         sleeping Anima. He then informs PSICOM high command that an
         invasion from Pulse is underway.
    
    iv)  He begins monitoring Vanille and Fang who have just awoken from
         their crystal sleep.
    
    v)   Realizing that Vanille and Fang were not going to execute their
         mission, he turns his attention towards the newly made l'Cie, Serah.
    
    vi)  The main story of the game begins.
    
    vii) Thinking Lightning and co. were given the mission of destroying 
         Cocoon, he forces them to fight Sanctum soldiers in order to temper
         their abilities and guide them towards destroying Cocoon.
    
    
    
    _______________________Barthandelus' Miscalculation
    
    At first, Barthandelus planned to have Vanille and Fang continue their efforts
    from the War of Transgression and destroy Orphan and Cocoon along with him.
    However, knowing Fang to be "broken," he instead thought of another way to
    cause the deaths of a large number of citizens. Hoping to instigate the death
    of countless by inciting a civil war, he began executing the Purges. Somewhere
    along the way, he came to the realization that Lightning and co. had become
    l'Cie and attempted to have them destroy Orphan.
    
    In actuality, although the l'Cie acted in accordance to his calculations, they
    refused to transform into Ragnarok and killed Orphan who should not have been
    able to be defeated without their transformation. This was something outside
    of Barthandelus' calculation which can be thought of as one reason for the
    miracle that happened at the end.
    
    
    									{005}
    ==============================================================================
    ******************** Missions and Crystal Transformations ********************
    ==============================================================================
    
    
    
    _______________________Serah's Mission and Crystallization
    
    This section is meant to ponder on                 Known Facts
    some of the mysteries surrounding   +----------------------------------------+
    Serah's mission and her crystal     | @A  As a general rule, Pulse l'Cie     |
    transformation that even the game   |     are the enemies of Cocoon; there   |
    did not fully explain. The table to |     is no way a Pulse l'Cie would have |
    the right lists known facts which   |     a mission meant to aid Cocoon.     |
    will be used to analyze the various |                                        |
    possibilities.                      | @B  Serah saw a vision of something    |
                                        |     like Ragnarok.                     |
    At first, having learned of @B,     |	      				     |
    Vanille uses that evidence combined | @C  Serah wished for the protection of |
    with the logic of @A to conclude    |     Cocoon. After conveying that wish  |
    that Serah's mission must be the    |	  to the party, she became a crystal.|
    same as her own: Destroy Cocoon.    |					     |
    However, in Chapter 2, @D drew this | @D  Serah became a crystal without     |
    conclusion into question. In the    |     destroying Cocoon.                 |
    end, taking into account her        |					     |
    interaction with Raines in Chapter  | @E  Serah became a crystal after       |
    10 and the events of Chapter 11,    |     gathering the l'Cie to be.         |
    she concludes that Serah's mission  *----------------------------------------*
    was originally to destroy Cocoon 
    but she somehow overcame it and, entrusting them with the protection of
    Cocoon, becomes a crystal.
    
    On the other hand, Dysley concludes, based on @A and @E, that Serah's mission
    was to gather the l'Cie who would destroy Cocoon. In such a case, @B can be
    explained with the reasoning that, since in the end Cocoon was to be 
    destroyed by Ragnarok, her task would still be related to Ragnarok. 
    Nevertheless, it could also simply be that Dysley was intentionally lying to
    the party to drive them towards the task.
    
    Then there is Snow, who completely ignores @A and uses @C as the basis for
    believing that her mission was to protect Cocoon. In Chapter 9 this claim is
    refutted by Dysley. In Chapter 10, Snow begins to consider that no matter 
    what the mission is, they need to protect Cocoon and he eventually comes to
    the same conclusion as Vanille.
    
    Each and every one of these explanations is lacking in some regard. In
    theory, Dysley's explanation is the most persuasive but, taking into
    consideration the theme of "bringing about a miracle," Vanille's explanation
    might be the most appropriate.
    
    
    
    +----------------------+
    | Speculative Analysis |
    +----------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #									     #
    # Unfortunately, the Ultimania does not give any definite explanations       #
    # concerning the subject. My personal input will simply be the explanation   #
    # that makes the most sense to me.                                           #
    #                                                                            #
    # First of all, Fang still had her Focus of destroying Cocoon so her Focus   #
    # is a known fact. Vanille, on the other hand, started over again with a new #
    # Focus. It is highly unlikely that Anima would give Vanille a Focus that    #
    # did not relate to destroying Cocoon so it can be assumed that her Focus    #
    # was related to that. It should be noted that Vanille received her Focus    #
    # as soon as she woke up; she did not receive it when the rest of the party  #
    # did.                                                                       #
    #                                                                            #
    # The question then is why did Anima need Serah at all? My guess is that     #
    # Fang and Vanille were always meant to destroy Cocoon as far as Anima  was  #
    # concerned. When Anima realized they were running from their duties, it     #
    # branded Serah instead. Assuming she didn't have "outside" help, the most   #
    # likely task Serah was meant to complete is the one she did complete. That  #
    # is, Serah was meant to guide Vanille and Fang along on their way towards   #
    # completing their mission; a task she completed when she brought the group  #
    # together.                                                                  #
    #                                                                            #
    # This is entirely speculation but it is the only explanation that I find    #
    # fits all of the pieces and doesn't require a plot device like "overcomming #
    # your Focus."                                                               #
    #									     #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    _______________________Raines' Crystallization
    
    The table to the right list the 3                  Known Facts
    factors surrounding Raines' crystal +----------------------------------------+
    transformation. The party, placing  | @A  Raines' mission was to guide the   |
    great importance on @B, thinks that |     l'Cie in accordance with Bart's    |
    he became a crystal even though he  |     plan.                              |
    went against his mission due to his |                                        |
    willpower bringing forth a miracle. | @B  In order to hold on to his human   |
    In this way, Raines becomes a ray   |     will, Raines harbors thoughts      |
    of hope to the party. However,      |	  counter to his mission and fights  |
    taking the party's reaction to this |     the l'Cie.                         |
    into account, the party obtained    |					     |
    the power (and desire) to fight     | @C  After fighting the party, Raines   |
    Orphan. Taking this fact in         |     becomes a crystal.                 |
    combination with @C and it would    *----------------------------------------*
    seem likely that Raines' crystal 
    transformation was not a miracle but an obvious result. Nevertheless, the fact
    that Raines retained his sense of self after becoming a Cie'th and then became
    a crystal is unmistakably a miracle.
    
    
    
    _______________________The Party's Mission and Crystallization
    
    That Lightning and co's mission                    Known Facts
    from Anima was to destroy Cocoon    +----------------------------------------+
    is more or less determinable by     | @A  As a general rule, Pulse l'Cie     |
    factors @A-@D in the table to the   |     are the enemies of Cocoon; there   |
    right. What is harder to explain is |     is no way a Pulse l'Cie would have | 
    their saving of Cocoon in the end   |     a mission meant to aid Cocoon.     |
    with their crystal transformation   |                                        |
    as stated in @E. It is certainly    | @B  Anima ordered Vanille and Fang to  |
    the case that a fragment of the     |     destroy Cocoon during the War of   |
    vision in @C occurs but that only   |	  Transgression.                     |
    deepens the mystery.                |	      				     |
                                        | @C  The party saw a vision that seemed |
    Anima did not care about the lives  |     like Ragnarok destroying Cocoon.   |
    of the people of Cocoon so as soon  |					     |
    the party destroyed Cocoon's power  | @D  The party crystallized after       |
    mechanism, they fulfilled Anima's   |     defeating Orphan.                  |
    intentions. Thinking about it that  |					     |
    way makes the most sense. However,  | @E  Vanille and Fang, as Ragnarok,     |
    the best explanation given by the   |     broke through Cocoon's outer wall  |
    story is what Hope states before    |     and save it by supporting Cocoon   |
    the final battle:                   |     with their crystal transformation. |
                                        *----------------------------------------*
       "If it can be the power to 
       destroy it can also become
       the power to protect."
    
    The party believed this to be the case and although their mission should have
    been to destroy Cocoon, this could be called a miracle; overcoming the mission
    they were given. It could also be possible that Vanille and Fang's mission was
    ever so slightly different from the mission of the other 4 party members.
    
    
    									{006}
    ==============================================================================
    ******************************** THE ENDING **********************************
    ==============================================================================
    
    
    
    _______________________Hints at the Details of the Ending
    
    There are 4 factors which give                       Factors
    insight into understanding the      +----------------------------------------+
    ending of the game. The table to    | @A  The vision the party witnessed in  |
    the right lists those factors and   |     Chapter 2.                         |
    @B and @C are further detailed      |                                        |
    below while @D is further detailed  | @B  The song which Barthandelus was    |
    in the Analects section.            |     singing in Chapter 11: The Song of |
                                        |	  Ragnarok.                          |
    @A vaguely reveals the mission of   |	      				     |
    the party. @C and @D are prophecies | @C  The prophecy of the goddess which  |
    made by Etro's oracle(s). Hoping    |     was found in Oerba.                |
    for the death of countless people,  |					     |
    Barthandelus and the other Lindzei  | @D  Analect Entry 13.                  |
    fal'Cie broadly interpreted this    *----------------------------------------*
    and came up with @B, the Ragnarok
    Poem.
    
    @C and @D are both prophecies of the goddess, which are absolute so it would
    seem as though protecting Cocoon was a hopeless matter to the party. However,
    the only thing these prophecies confirm is that Ragnarok brings down Cocoon.
    Whether or not the people of Cocoon are saved is not addressed. This aspect 
    hinged on the will and actions of the party.
    
    
    
    +---------------+
    | Ragnarok Poem |
    +---------------+
    This is the poem that Barthandelus is singing at the end of chapter 11 when
    he is disguised as Serah. The game only includes so much of it and it would
    normally be impossible to figure out the entire poem on your own. The poem
    itself appears in the game in Cocoon script letters and is actually in Latin.
    What Barthandelus sings at the end of chapter 11 is a translation.
    
    The Ultimania includes the original poem (in Cocoon script), a
    transliteration into Latin, and a translation into Japanese. Since I don't 
    exactly trust the accuracy of the game programmers' Latin, I will only 
    translate what the Japanese lyrics say. That is basically what they wanted 
    the Latin to say anyway so it would be more accurate.
    
    The following is based on a translation of the Japanese lyrics:
    
                   ________________________________________
                  |                                        |
                  |              Ragnarok,                 |
                  |      Day of Wrath, Pulse l'Cie,        |
                  |       As it has been ordained,         |
                  |          Destroy paradise.             |
                  |                                        |
                  |              Ragnarok,                 |
                  |     The lord of judgement comes,       |
                  |    The souls of the dead as light,     |
                  |  Guiding the eternally sleeping god,   |
                  |     Pitiful lost child, Ragnarok.      |
                  |                                        |
                  |              Ragnarok,                 |
                  |     Day of Lament, Pulse l'Cie,        |
                  |      As it has been ordained,          |
                  |      Send the world into ruin.         |
                  |                                        |
                  |              Ragnarok,                 |
                  |      The merciless lord comes,         |
                  |    The souls of the dead as light,     |
                  |  Guiding the eternally sleeping god,   |
                  |     Pitiful lost child, Ragnarok.      |
                  |                                        |
                  *========================================*
    
    
    
    +-----------------+
    | Etro's Prophecy |
    +-----------------+
    Taken from the cie'th stone at the end of chapter 11.
    Translated from the Japanese:
    
    The nest built by the servants of Lindzei, Cocoon, is the enemy of all living
    things embraced by Gran Pulse. Our fal'Cie, sensing the will of Pulse, chose
    l'Cie and gave them a focus. He ordered them to turn into Ragnarok and destroy
    Cocoon. Ragnarok took flight, fought the fal'Cie of the demon, and tried to
    bring down Cocoon. However, the goddess betrayed the l'Cie and sealed the 
    power of Ragnarok. The l'Cie, who were sleeping mid-focus, were taken away to
    Cocoon by the abhorent Barthandelus. The goddess then gave a prophecy:
    
                   ________________________________________
                  |                                        |
                  |   The sleeping l'Cie will be revived   |
                  |      after a long time has passed.     |
                  |                                        |
                  |   Ragnarok will awaken once again and  |
                  |    Cocoon will fall from the heavens.  |
                  |                                        |
                  *========================================*
    
    The goddess' prophecies are absolute.
    
    
    
    _______________________The Chosen Path of Vanille and Fang
    
    The circumstances under which Vanille and Fang were l'Cie differs from the
    rest of the party. Fang continued to harbor the mission assigned to her
    during the War of Transgression: destroying Cocoon. Vanille, however, was
    awarded a new mission after awaking from her crystal sleep. Because of this,
    there the possibility that theirs differed slightly from the other party
    members. In either case, Vanille and Fang becoming Ragnarok at the end had
    nothing to do with their mission.
    
    In order to atone for having brought on the downfall of the people of Gran
    Pulse and for involving the citizens of Cocoon in the current operation, they
    brought forth that form. In the end, Vanille and Fang become crystals and
    save the people. However, the fact that Lightning saw the two of them in her 
    new vision is tied to her hope that one day in the future, the two of them 
    will once again return to human form.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    | Translation Notes |
    +-------------------+
    ##############################################################################
    #                                                                            #
    # By "return to human form" it probably means awaken from their crystal      #
    # slumber.                 						     #
    #                                                                            #
    ##############################################################################
    
    
    
    _______________________The Different Types of Miracles
    
    Within the story, miracles are divided into two major categories:
    
    	1) The miracles produced (manufactured) by Barthandelus
    	2) The miracles which happen because of Etro
    
    Number 2 is further divided into 2 subcategoried:
    
    	A) The ones which happen due to the pure power of Etro
    	B) The ones which happen due to the l'Cie mixing their
    	   willpower with Etro's power.
    
    Vanille and Fang's reversion during the War of Transgression is an example of
    A. Lightning and co. reverting from Cie'th status back to human is an example
    of B. Vanille and Fang using Ragnarok's power, which should have invited 
    ruination, to save the people of Cocoon is also an example of B. In other
    words, the ending events did not simply happen at the whim of the goddess
    Etro. The party placed all of their power into saving Cocoon so Etro lent them
    some power and a miracle happened.
    
    
    									{007}
    ==============================================================================
    ******************* THE PROGRESSION OF THE L'CIE BRAND ***********************
    ==============================================================================
    The l'Cie brand has 13 stages and progresses in accordance with time. Upon
    reaching the 13th stage, if the l'Cie has not completed their mission, they
    will turn into Cie'th. Stress can also induce an advancement in the stage of
    the brand. As noted by the datalog, there are l'Cie who instantly transformed
    into Cie'th upon being branded so the progression can widely vary from person
    to person.
    
    The following table depicts the progression of the brands of the party as
    events in the game pass. The number listed is the stage of the brand.
    
    Lg = Lightning		Sn = Snow	Va = Vanille
    Sa = Sazh		Ho = Hope	Fa = Fang
    Se = Serah		Da = Dajh
    
    [] = Crystallization
    {} = Scorched Brand
    () = Cie'th Transformation
    
     ____________________________________________________________________________
    | Ch |             Event             | Lg | Sn | Va | Sa | Ho | Fa | Se | Da |
    |============================================================================|
    | 01 | Day 01: Vanille Awakens       |    |    | 01 |    |    |{12}|    |    |
    |    | Day 03: Serah Becomes l'Cie   |    |    | || |    |    | || | 01 |    |
    |    | Day 05: Dajh Becomes l'Cie    |    |    | 03 |    |    | || | || | 02 |
    |    | Day 07: Serah Tells Snow      |    |    | || |    |    | || | 04 | || |
    |    | Day 09: Vanille Meets Serah   |    |    | 04 |    |    | || | || | || |
    |    | Day 11: Fireworks Festival    |    |    | || |    |    | || | || | 05 |
    |    | Day 12: Lightning's Birthday  |    |    | || |    |    | || | 05 | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|----|----|-||-|----|----|-||-|-||-|-||-|
    | 02 | Serah Crystallizes            |    |    | || |    |    | || |[12]| || |
    |----|-------------------------------|----|----|-||-|----|----|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 03 | Arrive at Lake Bresha         | 01 | 01 | || | 01 | 01 | || |    | || |
    |    | Snow Fends Off Against PSICOM | || | 03 | || | || | || | || |    | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 04 | Odin Appears                  | 02 | || | || | || | || | || |    | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 05 | Arrive in Gapra Whitewood     | || | || | || | || | 02 | || |    | || |
    |    | Hope Decides Plan Nora        | || | || | || | || | 03 | || |    | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 06 | Arrive in Sunleth Waterscape  | || | || | || | 02 | || | || |    | || |
    |    | Sazh Talks About Dajh         | || | || | 05 | || | || | || |    | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 07 | Snow and Hope Flee the City   | || | || | || | || | 04 | || |    | || |
    |    | Hope Attempts Plan Nora       | || | 04 | || | || | 05 | || |    | || |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|-||-|
    | 08 | Dajh Crystallizes             | || | || | || | || | || | || |    |[09]|
    |    | Jihl Tells Sazh About Vanille | || | || | 07 | 04 | || | || |    |    |
    |    | Brynhilde Appears             | || | || | || | 05 | || | || |    |    |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|----|
    | 09 | While Leaving Lindblum        | 03 | || | || | || | || | || |    |    |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|----|
    | 10 | Arrive at Fifth Ark           | 04 | 06 | || | 07 | 07 | || |    |    |
    |    | L'Cie Power Fully Unlocked    | 08 | 08 | 08 | 08 | 08 | || |    |    |
    |    | After Speaking to Cid         | || | || | || | || | || | || |    |    |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|----|
    | 11 | During Vanille's Monologue    | 09 | 10 | 11 | 11 | 11 | || |    |    |
    |    | After Hope Falls Over         | || | || | || | || | 12 | || |    |    |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|----|
    | 12 | Arrive in Eden                | || | || | 12 | || | || | || |    |    |
    |----|-------------------------------|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|-||-|----|----|
    | 13 | Fang Attacks the Party        |(13)|(13)| || |(13)|(13)| || |    |    |
    |    | Fang Becomes Ragnarok         | || | || | || | || | || | 13 |    |    |
    |    | Fang Returns to Normal        |{13}|{13}| || |{13}|{13}|{13}|    |    |
    |    | Van&Fang Become Ragnarok      | || | || | 13 | || | || | || |    |    |
    *============================================================================*
    
    
    									{008}
    ==============================================================================
    *********************************** FAQS *************************************
    ==============================================================================
    Most of these questions are ones I have seen on more than one occasion on the
    message boards while a few of them are simply questions that I felt needed to
    be addressed.
    
    
    
    Why could Bart not simply destroy Cocoon by himself?
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Bart was ordered by Lindzei to build and maintain Cocoon. As a fal'Cie,
    he cannot go against that order. Neither can any of the Cocoon fal'Cie,
    who all must maintain Cocoon. As such, Bart cannot take an action or
    issue an order that directly results in the destruction of Cocoon. In
    fact, he must actively try to defend Cocoon as must all of the Cocoon
    fal'Cie; whether they want to or not.
    
    He found a small way around that fact in that he is allowed to goad
    others into attacking; but should they do so, he will have to defend
    Cocoon with his life.
    
    From this, it could be reasoned that Bart stole all of the Pulse ruins
    precisely to entice Anima into attacking Cocoon. While that would be
    consistent with everything the game tell us; unfortunately, the 
    Ultimania states that Bart defended the attack during the War 600 years
    ago because he felt he did not have enough human lives to carry out
    his plan. If he knew that fact, then it would have been incredibly
    pointless to try goading Anima at that time.
    
    
    
    What are the Arks and why are they in Cocoon?
    ---------------------------------------------
    Bart moved the Arks from Pulse to Cocoon; an act which helped to anger
    Anima enough to attack him 600 years ago.
    
    
    The rest of this is speculation based on what we know:
    
    The Arks were built by the Pulse fal'Cie for the purpose of war with
    the "menace beyond". Analysing the 10th analect entry tells us that
    the "menace beyond" is likely the Imperceivable Realm. In other words, the
    Arks were built for the purpose of war with the Imperceivable Realm.
    
    Now if you think about where Bart thought he would find Lindzei, it
    stands to reason that Bart might have thought he would need the Arks
    if his plan succeeded.
    
    This is, of course, going based on the idea that Bart would not
    have stolen the Arks merely for the purpose of angering Anima if Bart's
    plan was not ready yet. Otherwise, the most likely reason for Bart
    stealing the Arks was simply to gain Anima's attention.
    
    
    
    What is Orphan?
    ---------------
    To answer properly, the relationship between Orphan and Eden needs to
    also be explained.
    
    It's mentioned by the datalog, but since I don't think many people realize it,
    I will mention that fal'Cie Eden is actually Orphan's Cradle. Meaning, most
    of the final dungeon takes place inside fal'Cie Eden. Although it seems
    like those 3 goddess statues are Eden, in actuality, the the very fabric of 
    the space called Orphan's Cradle is Eden. Those 3 statues are merely used 
    to interact with humans. Eden is a vast network that keeps Cocoon together
    and links the Cocoon fal'Cie to one another and it requires a power source 
    to maintain its function.
    
    Orphan is quite literally the reservoir of power fueling Eden.
    
    Orphan is a lake of power residing in Orphan's Craddle which is located
    inside Eden. Eden acts as the force which powers all of Cocoon including
    the Cocoon fal'Cie (with the exception of Bart). 
    
    Orphan is basically the battery to the generator called Eden.
    
    
    Here is a diagram:
    
                  ____________             
                 |   Orphan   |            
                 *------------*            
                    |       |
                    |       |
     Resides inside |       | Gives power to
                    |       |
                   \ /     \ /
        __________________________________
       |               Eden               |
       *----------------------------------*
            |                          / \
            |                           |                    
            | Gives power to            |
            |                           |
           \ /                          |
      ________________                  |
     | Cocoon fal'Cie |                 |
     *----------------*                 | Gives orders to
           / \                          |
            |                           |
            |                           |
            | Gives orders to           |
            |                           |
            |                           |
        __________________________________
       |               Bart               |
       *----------------------------------*
    
    Unlike the other Cocoon fal'Cie, Bart is not powered by Orphan or Eden,
    and this may explain his ability to freely leave Cocoon where the other 
    Cocoon fal'Cie cannot. In fact, it seems as though all of the other 
    Cocoon fal'Cie serve a specific purpose towards the maintainence of 
    Cocoon. It is highly likely that these fal'Cie were built as part
    of Cocoon whereas Bart was around before Cocoon came about.
    
    Although the datalog calls Orphan a "mysterious being" the game and 
    Ultimania all imply (but do not explicitly state) that Orphan is a fal'Cie.
    
    Eden itself could be a reference to Cocoon or rather the seeming paradise 
    that Lindzei left them before departing while Orphan refers to the fal'Cie who
    were abandoned by their creator.
    
    
    
    What is Ragnarok?
    -----------------
    According to the analect entry number 3, Vanille and Fang were meant to forge
    the power of their heart into a blade / weapon. It is possible this was
    referencing Ragnarok.
    
    If you also check the FNC, you will see that hearts are what was given to
    humanity by Etro; their own little power of chaos. If that's the case for
    FF13 as well, then Ragnarok might represent the power given to humans by
    Etro. It could be that Ragnarok has no set form and that each person is
    capable of using that power.
    
    The fal'Cie choose humans to become l'Cie because they are capable of 
    surpassing their limits. This is likely thanks to the power they received
    from Etro.
    
    According to the Ultimania, Ragnarok has some relation to Etro (it does not
    specify more than that unfortunately) so it's quite possible that "Ragnarok"
    is the epitome of the power given to humans by Etro. 
    
    The idea that Ragnarok is a being of "wrath" is a bit of a misnomer.
    The "wrath" part actually comes from the term "Day of Wrath".
    
    Day of Wrath refers to Dies Irae which is a thirteenth century Latin 
    poem. The poem basically details the day of judgment as the author thought
    it would be. It speaks of literal judgement where souls are presented
    before God who then decides to save or condemn them.
    
    This is placed into better context with the "Ragnarok Poem" which
    is a poem that appears in the game itself. It refers to "Day of Wrath."
    
    Ragnarok, IS, however, referred to as the bringer of ruination but this
    is also something propogated by Barthandelus and the other Cocoon fal'Cie
    who believe that Ragnarok will bring the end to Cocoon and all its people.
    
    
    
    Who branded the Party?
    ----------------------
    In the English version, Anima's entry says that it branded the party while on 
    the other hand, the story summary for that event says that a mysterious entity
    branded the party.
    
    This apparent contradiction is actually due to a slight mistranslation.
    
    The Japanese entry states that Anima cursed the party, changing them into
    l'Cie. It is likely the translators saw no harm in what they thought to
    be clarification and, this time around, they simply got it wrong.
    
    In actuality, Pulse himself brands the party. He is the strange apparition 
    that appears during the branding scene of chapter 2. The Ultimania confirms
    that this is the god, Pulse.
    
    
    
    Who is the Maker?
    -----------------
    As explained in the analysis of the first analect entry, "Maker" is a term
    that was made up for the English version to translate an overly ambiguous
    Japanese term.
    
    
    
    If Etro was given no powers of her own, how does she intervene?
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    The FNC legend is distinctly separate from whatever myth each game maker
    decided to create for their stories. The FNC legend is supposed to stand
    as the basis while the individual games pick and choose what to incorporate
    into their story.
    
    Even still, it is quite possible that Etro actually has no power of her
    own. The world in which Etro resides is a world of chaos. Muin warned Etro
    not to overtip the balance of chaos and order but as Etro was foolish, she
    did not understand this fact.
    
    I would propose that the "power" Etro lends is not actually her own power.
    Rather, each time she "intervenes" or lends her power, she is actually
    just disturbing the balance of order by adding more chaos to their world.
    
    According to information given by Final Fantasy Versus 13 trailers, those
    who see the "light" of Etro's world, are capable of obtaining power. If
    FF13 employs this same idea then those who see the light of Etro's world
    can probably make it's power their own.
    
    How that would work or how anyone would be able to control it so well I 
    couldn't even begin to guess.
    
    
    
    Why did the party decide to destroy Orphan?
    -------------------------------------------
    According to the Ultimania, the vision that the party had after turning
    back from cie'th showed them a desirable outcome. They took this to
    mean that they had made the right choice and that even after destroying
    Orphan, things would work out.
    
    I do not pretend to understand their reasoning, but that is the
    reason given for why they decide to destroy Orphan. Oddly enough, they
    did not even need Ragnarok to kill Orphan.
    
    
    
    What was the focus given by Anima?
    ----------------------------------
    The only possibility I see is that the party's focus was to destroy Cocoon.
    After that there are 2 different outcomes that Anima could have been 
    expecting: The first is, plain and simple, that Cocoon was completely 
    destroyed. The second, however, is that the people of Cocoon were freed 
    from the rule of the Lindzei fal'Cie.
    
    Because the focus "Destroy Cocoon" is not mutually exclusive with 
    saving everyone in Cocoon as long as Cocoon itself was destroyed, it is
    impossible to know what Anima's intent was.
    
    Yes the vision you see is of Ragnarok at the end where Cocoon is saved,
    however that vision is not absolute. For starters, all l'Cie have visions
    whether or not they are destined to complete their focus. Perhaps that
    vision still would have been true had the party destroyed Cocoon along
    with everyone inside of it. Because the vision is so minimal in detail,
    it could have just as easily been Ragnarok destroying Cocoon.
    
    
    The real questions that would need to be answered to figure that out are:
    1) Did the Pulse fal'Cie know about Bart's intent to sacrifice the people?
    2) Would Anima have cared?
    
    Because the Pulse fal'Cie do not care for human lives, I find it really hard
    to believe that Anima would have given a focus to save Cocoon. Anima may
    have known that Cocoon would be saved as a result, but I don't think
    it would have cared if everyone in Cocoon perished.
    
    
    
    How does Bart know Lindzei is in the Imperceivable Realm? 
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    The simple answer is that he doesn't.
    
    The more complex answer, as hinted by the Ultimania, is that he was
    tricked into believing such. According to the FNC legend, it is actually
    Pulse and Lindzei who are trying to reach The Imperceivable Realm. It
    is quite possible that Pulse and Lindzei tricked their fal'Cie into
    believing that they had departed to The Imperceivable Realm in order
    to get their fal'Cie to find the gateway for them.
    
    
    
    Why wasn't Vanille's brand scorched like Fang's?
    ------------------------------------------------
    A scorched brand is only evidence of Etro sealing the progression of a
    l'Cie's brand. Etro's interference alone does not cause a scorched
    brand. Etro sealed Fang's brand in order to turn her back human and
    prevent Ragnarok from destroying Cocoon. She did not stop Vanille's
    brand; she only placed her into crystal stasis. The part that never
    gets explained is why Vanille's loses her mission and has her brand
    revert back to stage 1 while Fang keeps her mission. It is likely tied
    to the fact that Fang's brand was scorched but it seems odd that Etro
    has the power to override a mission given by the fal'Cie of another god.
    
    
    
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