Ending guide
Version 0.1 as of 12/27/04
Game: Final Fantasy 5
System: SNES and PSX
By: Kurtis "Fragnarok" Seid
Contact E-mail: Fragnarok@hotmail.com

-Table of content-             -Search-
   1. Updates                   [!UPD]
   2. Intro                     [!INT]
   3. Ending changes table      [!TAB]
   4. Ending mechanics          [!MEC] 
        A. Escaping the Void    [!VOI]
        B. Letter to Cid        [!CID]
        C. Master Tree          [!TRE]
   5. Credits and legal         [!CRE] 


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Section: Updates                                                 [!UPD}
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Version 0.1 (12/27/04) - Guide is made

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Section: Intro                                                   [!INT]
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This guide is for the mechanies to the ending of Final Fantasy 5. Final
Fantasy 5 is one of the few games of the main Final fantasy series to
actually have a varation of its ending. FFVI and FFIX also have ending
changes, but not to the degree of FFV. FFX-2 has actual different
endings, but I don't like to call that cash cow part of the main
series.
    
There is only 1 real ending to this game. However, there are so many
combinations that you end up with 15 variations of this 1 ending. The
ending you get is based on who is alive at the end of the battle with
Neo X-Death.

Also, I first used the PSX version, then switched to the SNES version
of this game to write this guide, so total consistance of names isn't
one sided. You'll note that I use names like "Bartz" over "Butz", and
some others.

If you want to contact me I can be reached via E-mail. Send your
complaints to Fragnarok@hotmail.com
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Section: Endings changes table                                   [!TAB]
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A simple table which shows the basic changes of the ending. 


|   Escapes   |Writes letter|  Flashback  | Visits tree | Is revived  |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|Bartz, Lenna,|             |Bartz, Lenna,|             |             |
|Faris, Cara  |    Cara     |Faris, Cara, |    Cara     |    None     |
|             |             |    Galuf    |             |             |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|Bartz, Lenna,|    Bartz    |    Cara     |Bartz, Lenna,|    Cara     |
|     Faris   |             |             |    Faris    |             |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|Bartz, Lenna,|    Bartz    |    Faris    |Bartz, Lenna,|    Faris    |
|    Cara     |             |             |    Cara     |             |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|Bartz, Faris,|    Bartz    |    Lenna    |Bartz, Faris,|    Lenna    |
|    Cara     |             |             |    Cara     |             |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|Lenna, Faris,|    Lenna    |    Bartz    |Lenna, Faris,|    Bartz    |
|    Cara     |             |             |    Cara     |             |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Bartz, Lenna|    Bartz    | Faris, Cara | Bartz, Lenna| Faris, Cara |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Bartz, Faris|    Bartz    | Lenna, Cara | Bartz, Faris| Lenna, Cara |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Bartz, Cara |    Bartz    | Lenna, Faris| Bartz, Cara | Lenna, Faris|
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Lenna, Faris|    Lenna    | Bartz, Cara | Lenna, Faris| Bartz, Cara |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Lenna, Cara |    Lenna    | Bartz, Faris| Lenna, Cara | Bartz, Faris|
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Faris, Cara |    Faris    | Bartz, Lenna| Faris, Cara | Bartz, Faris|
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|    Bartz    |    Bartz    |Lenna, Faris,|    Bartz    |Lenna, Faris,|
|             |             |    Cara     |             |    Cara     |
--------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|    Lenna    |    Lenna    |Bartz, Faris,|    Lenna    |Bartz, Faris,|
|             |             |    Cara     |             |    Cara     |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|    Faris    |    Faris    |Bartz, Lenna,|    Faris    |Bartz, Lenna,|
|             |             |    Cara     |             |    Cara     |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|    Cara     |    Cara     |Bartz, Lenna,|    Cara     |Bartz, Lenna,|
|             |             |    Faris    |             |    Faris    |
+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
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Section: Ending mechanics                                        [!MEC]
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The fallowing section shows each of the changes to the Ending depending
on who lived through the final battle.

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Part: Escaping the Void                                          [!VOI]
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After defeating Neo X-Death a message will scroll over a sea of stars:

"In the beginning, there was Void
Then four Spirits came
Together in this Void...
The Crystals were born
And the world was created

Thus,

Hope gives Earth blessings,

Courage lights the flame,

Kindness makes water the source of life

And...

Pursuit lets wisdom ride the wind

When the day comes that Void 
Shall again envelop the world... 
If within people live the four spirits, 
Light shall again be born. 

Four Spirits, 
Wandering through Void 
Shall once again, 
Give birth to light..."

The four heroes will wake in a field of stars. After a short talk about
why the Void still exists, Cara is shot upwards and the fragments of
the Earth Crystal fly from her. The same happens with the Fire
fragments and Faris, the Water fragments and Lenna, and finally the
Wind fragments and Bartz.

The fragments return to their origins and form into the Crystals. The
world is whole again.

As the four heroes talk about the victory, Dorgan, Galuf, Tycoon,
Kelgar and Zeza show up. They tell the heroes their work is not done
yet, and they must return to the world. Hiryu is summoned, and it flies
down to pick up the heroes. This is where the Ending changes...

Any hero who was dead at the end of the battle with Neo X-death will
not have enough strength to ride Hiryu, and will slip into the void.

The heroes will tire and fall into the void in this order:

Bartz
Lenna
Faris
Cara

As Hiryu flies away with the living heroes, the last Crystal forms.

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Part: Letter to Cid                                              [!CID]
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Mid enter's Cid's lab and shows him a letter written by one of the
heroes. Who it's from is based on who escaped the Void. If everyone one
lived it's written by Cara, however if even one person was lost in the
Void, the letter will instead be written with this priority:

Bartz
Lenna
Faris
Cara

The letter talks about how the writer arrived at Bal castle and what
they did after the adventure: Going from town to town and seeing how
the people are doing. In the scene with moogles, they dance around Cara
if she escaped, otherwise they just sit in a circle.

The scene then goes to castle Tycoon throne room, what happens depends
on what happened to Lenna and Faris.

-If both escaped the Void:

The Chancellor of Tycoon is happy that both princesses are safe and
sound. Faris is worried about the priates and slips out of the castle.

-If only Lenna escaped:

The Chancellor is happy that Lenna is back. He doesn't seem to care
that Faris is gone. Lenna hopes that Faris will return some day.

-If only Faris escaped:

The Chancellor is sad that Lenna did not return. Faris hopes Lenna will
come back some day.

-If neither escaped:

The Chancellor is very busy, and hopes Lenna and Faris will return.

~~~

We then go to a scene at Bal castle, which changes depending on Cara's
fate.

-If Cara escaped:

There is trouble due to no one to succeed the throne. Cara jokes with
a moogle that she will be the next queen.

-If Cara didn't escape:

There is trouble due to no one to succeed the throne. A moogle hopes
Cara will return.

~~~

Now the next scene only happens if Bartz didn't escape, but either
Lenna or Faris did. If only Cara escaped then no scene is played.

-As long as Lenna escaped, and Bartz didn't:

At the roof of Tycoon castle, Lenna knows that her father watches over
her.

-If Faris escaped, and neither Bartz nor Lenna did:

At the roof of Tycoon castle, Faris recalls the memories of her father.

~~~

The next scenes depend on what happened to Bartz.

-If Bartz escaped:

In Lix, Bartz stands over his parents' grave and tells them that he
will stay with them until he continues his journey.

In the Pirate cave Coco gives birth to her and Boco's children.

-If Bartz didn't escape:

In the Pirate cave Coco gives birth to her and Boco's children.

However, outside the cave Boco is sad that he could not celebrate this
moment with Bartz.

~~~

Now the scene on North Cliff changes depending if everyone lived or not.

-Everyone escaped:

Cara and Hiryu sit on the mountain. Now that everyone is well, Cara is
going to go to where Galuf rests in peace.

-Even one person didn't escape:

The remaining party, Boco, and Hiryu sit on the mountain. Now that
the adventure is over the party is going to visit the resting place
of their lost friends.

~~~

Back in the lab, Cid finishes the letter. If everyone escaped he thinks
of all the party memebers in the form of flash backs. If someone didn't
escape he will only think of them, and not those who actually made it
out of the Void. The flash backs play in the stanard order:

Bartz
Lenna
Faris
Cara
   
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Part: Master Tree                                                [!Tre]
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We come to the final scenes at the Master Tree. They of course depend
on who escaped the Void.

-If everyone made it out of the Void:

Cara lays flowers for Galuf, and recalls memories of her Grand father
in the form of flash backs.

Just as she finishes speaking with herself, Bartz, Lenna, and Faris
jump from the Master Tree and cheer Cara up. They talk about how they
must now protect and maintain the world.

As they speak, a group of birds fly by and flowers grow.

-If anyone didn't make it out of the Void:

The letter writer lays flowers for Galuf, but is still sad that not 
everyone made it out of the Void. But in the distance Galuf's voice can
be heard. As the letter writer stares around confused, flowers grow
and beams of light shine down, those that did not escape the Void float
down.

The person who was revived speaks of how they were trapped after the
battle with X-Death, and how they were summoned back. If multiple people
were revived, Bartz will take priority in saying this, unless either
princess was revived, and the other was the letter writer.

~~~

Now with everyone together, the four set out on their way. Bartz,
Lenna, and Faris ride chocobos, while Cara rides on Hiryu.

The credits roll, and your job and ability status scrolls. It is
finally:

THE END
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Section: Credits and legal                                       [!CRE]
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Thanks to:

- Who ever translated the SNES version of FFV

- Zophar.net for a few FFV saves

Legal:

This document is copyright 2004 by Kurtis Seid
Fianl Fantasy 5 is copyright 1992 by Squaresoft (Square-Enix)

Distribution or plagiarism of this document without the consent of the
author could result in legal action. You can rewrite this information
in your own words if you wish, but DO NOT copy and paste it in order
to pass it as your own work.
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~End Fragnarokment