Final Fantasy 13 Backstory Summary ver 0.2 (SPOILERS)
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Final Fantasy 13 Plot Analysis FAQ
The Divine is the home of the gods. There are three confirmed
gods: Hallowed Pulse, Fell Lindzei, and Her Providence (The
Goddess Etro). The gods sometimes expand the boundaries of the
Divine by going out into the universe and "parting the chaos"
by crafting worlds where there was only darkness.
Hallowed Pulse* crafted Gran Pulse, the Pulse fal'Cie, and
humans as part of this effort. He charged the fal'Cie
with the task of finishing and protecting the world, and the
fal'Cie enslaved humans as l'Cie to help. At this time, the
humans did not mind; the fal'Cie and humans lived in harmony,
and they offered great praise to Hallowed Pulse. [*According
to Analect I., there were 4 other entities who accompanied
Hallowed Pulse during the creation of Gran Pulse. These
entities were Luminous, Stout, Sage, and Fool. The Analect
states, "Stout fashioned earth," implying that Stout was the one
who physically created the planet of Gran Pulse, not Hallowed
Pulse. Luminous, Sage, and Fool are said to have not
participated in the creation of Gran Pulse. It is possible that
all 4 of these entities are gods, but they are never mentioned
again outside of Analect I. I believe that they are either
metaphors to express Hallowed Pulse's powers, or that they are
demigods, similar to the fal'Cie; slaves of Hallowed Pulse's.]
Over the course of thousands of years, the fal'Cie begin to grow
jealous of humans. The humans were crafted from the fabric of
the Divine, while fal'Cie were merely fragments of Hallowed
Pulse; crystal and machine, unable to grow, change, or die.
The humans had access to infinite power, but the fal'Cie were
The fal'Cie came up with a secret plot to access the Divine via
giant mobile "arks". These arks, filled with monsters and
machines, would be ready to force their way into the Divine if
the gods refused them access. By accessing the Divine, the
fal'Cie would be able to obtain limitless power, and perhaps
they could even be born anew as humans, gods, or greater.
One day, Fell Lindzei appeared. After hearing so much about
Hallowed Pulse's success, she decided to create her own small
world, right above Gran Pulse. She created her own fal'Cie,
the Sanctum fal'Cie, and together they dug a sphere out of the
surface of Gran Pulse. Lindzei wanted her world, Cocoon, to
be more organized and technologically advanced than Gran
The advent of Cocoon was celebrated by all, but the celebration
didn't last for very long. The Pulse fal'Cie quickly convened
with the Sanctum fal'Cie, and they told the Sanctum fal'Cie
about the arks, and their plan to force their way into the
Divine. The Sanctum fal'Cie, with their lust for advancement
and discovery, agreed to help with the invasion of the Divine.
The Pulse fal'Cie began to transport some of their arks to
Cocoon. The gods noticed the arks, and quickly realized what
the fal'Cie planned on doing. Shocked, threatened, and offended,
Hallowed Pulse, Fell Lindzei, and Her Providence left the worlds
Tensions rose between the fal'Cie. Barthandelus, a Sanctum fal'Cie,
proposed that instead of panicking and bickering amongst each
other, they could simply search for the gods. Atomos could search
underground, Dahaka could search the skies, and Bismark could
search the seas. Every fal'Cie and their l'Cie could help find the
So they searched and they searched. Both worlds searched, and
Barthandelus quickly realized that the gods would not be found. They
had left Gran Pulse and Cocoon completely, never to return. There
was no other choice: They would have to force the gods to return.
Barthandelus lured humans from Gran Pulse to Cocoon, promising them
paradise and freedom. When they arrived in Cocoon, he slaughtered
them; he killed them one by one, for he knew that the gods treasured
humans more than they did fal'Cie. Their screams would draw the gods
back. But no matter how many humans Barthandelus killed, the gods did
Barthandelus began to noice that when humans died, their bodies
released flakey flickers of light. Sensing the magical properties
of the flakes, Barthandelus realized that it was ether--pieces of the
Divine! The flakes of ether always drifted upward, as if they were
returning to the Divine. Barthandelus was convinced that that had to
be the case. If enough ether were to rise all at once, the "Door" to
the Divine would be forced wide open. The fal'Cie could follow the
trail of ether, or rise upon it, to reach that Door--and their
Barthandelus explained his plot to the other fal'Cie: He would lure
as many humans as he possibly could to Cocoon, and coddle them for
many generations, so that their population could grow to excessive
size. He would spread anti-Cocoon propaganda on Gran Pulse, in
preparation for the "war" that would knock Cocoon out of the sky,
and he would spread anti-Pulse propaganda on Cocoon, to ensure
that they remained as ignorant as possible about the real situation
at hand. Finally, when the time was right, Cocoon and all of its
people would be crashed into the ground, killing millions of human
The majority of the fal'Cie, in their desperation, agreed with
Generations later, the time had come. Fang and Vanille were chosen by
the fal'Cie to war against the "evil", according to the propaganda,
Cocoon. Together, Fang and Vanille took on the form of Ragnarok and
attacked Cocoon. But before Cocoon could be seriously harmed, Her
Providence, the Goddess Etro, appeared*. She stopped the assault by
turning Fang and Vanille into crystal early, ruining Barthandelus' plans.
The Goddess Etro intervened because she sympathized with humans' plight.
[*Whether Etro appeared physically is unknown. Whether the fal'Cie
realize or believe that Etro was what stopped Ragnarok is unknown.
Whether the fal'Cie realize that Etro is a god is unknown. Note that
Etro is a god, but she is not a Maker; she has never made worlds or
species, and she is not interested in making any.]
Barthandelus realizes that two l'Cie are not enough to take Cocoon down.
He must create an entire team to infiltrate the very center of Cocoon and
destroy Orphan, Cocoon's power source. He and Anima keep Fang and Vanille
frozen in Bodhum until the time is right, and then the game begins.
At the end of the game, the characters ultimately defy their Foci by saving
Cocoon instead of destroying it. Whether it is their will that allowed them
to do this or a blessing from Etro is up for debate.
Note that the preceding is heavily based on the Analect's mention of "Twilight
of the Gods", and the game's mention of "Ragnarok". Both of these terms
deal heavily with incredibly large-scale wars between gods, and versus gods.
I quote Analect XIII., entitled "Fabula Nova Crystallis", the name of the
entire Final Fantasy 13 series:
"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."
Many, many Final Fantasys have relied on the "I want to kill (the) god(s)" or
"I want to become god" themes. Xenogears and Xenosaga, which share an unusual
amount of similarities with FF13, also rely on these themes. I believe FF13 is
no different. The fal'Cie initially revered their gods, the Makers--but that
reverence quickly became jealousy and hatred. They wanted to get inside of the
Divine, and if they had to kill their Makers to do that, they were willing to
lol @ the game needing a post-game plot analysis to understand the story
You don't need it to understand the story, and if you lol @ this then go take a look at FF7/8/9's sections.
this is what's strange.. i'm pretty sure in the datalog i remember it saying specifically, that all cocoon fal'cie were of pulse, same as pulse fal'cie
but if cocoon fal'cie are of fell lindzei's line.. therein lies another contradiction.. unless lindzei herself was from pulse.. but i highly doubt that
which further leads me to believe that these god names were fabricated as part of different religions to exploit humans all the more
Find the quote, moogy:
lol, let me look at the datalog
i wasn't able to find it yet.. but i found something interesting
in ch 11's datalog it states.. could this be the very reason for the sacrificial altar, to revive the desolate land of pulse reunited with the maker?
so cocoon falcies intentions weren't to ever stay in that floating shell, regardless of if lindzei built it to live a more modern lifestyle.. cocoon falcie wanted pulse's land revived just like pulse fal'cie.. it seems to imply
IMO, I still don't really buy a lot of this. It's interesting sure, but it seems like a lot of conjecture to me. Here's a quote from the datalog, for example, that implies fal'Cie are responsible for Cocoon's construction and using the it as a sacrifice was always Cocoon's intention:
"Now, the beings who built Cocoon as a place to nurture their
‘tribute’ seek to manipulate Pulse l’Cie in the final stages of their grand
Not to mention the quote moogy mentioned in the other topic, that says something like "this is the reason Barthandelus built Cocoon" or something like that.
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