Previous Part: Poison

Storyline text and attempted translations from...

Final Fantasy VI

迷いの森  Misleading Forest  | | .  PHANTOM FOREST

"The Phantom Forest" plays here, which explains the track's name. The forest is haunted and fairly confusing, but there's a recovery spring partway through, and the party finds their way to a train platform with a steam train. The music stops.

{カイエン}「プラットホームに列車!?
 未だに戦火にまき込まれていない
 ドマ鉄道がのこっていたとは…
{マッシュ}「生き残りがいるかも
 しれない。調べてみよう。
{Cayenne}: A train at the platform!?
 I can scarce believe that a Doma rail line yet
 remaineth, not swallowed in the flames of war...
{Mash}: There might be survivors.
 Let's try taking a look.
{CYAN}: A train's there!?
But I thought Doma's railway had been destroyed...?
{SABIN}: May be survivors inside. Let's take a look.

Mash heads for the entrance to the nearest car. Cayenne, after looking around, looks suddenly horrified.

{マッシュ}「おっ!
 ここから中に入れそうだ。
{Mash}: Hey!
 Looks like we can get in here.
{SABIN}: Hey!
We can get in right here!
{カイエン}「{マッシュ}殿! {Cayenne}: Sir {Mash}! {CYAN}: Sir {SABIN}!
{マッシュ}「このまま外を
 うろついているだけじゃ、ダメだ。
 中を調べてみなきゃ。
{Mash}: No good just loitering
 around outside like this.
 Gotta try checking inside.
{SABIN}: We can't just wander
around out here!
We have to go on board!
{カイエン}「{マッシュ}殿! {Cayenne}: Sir {Mash}! {CYAN}: Sir {SABIN}!
{マッシュ}「心配するなって。 {Mash}: I'm telling you, don't worry about it. {SABIN}: Don't worry!
{カイエン}「{マッシュ}殿! {Cayenne}: Sir {Mash}! {CYAN}: Sir {SABIN}!

Ooh, another triple use of a single line!

Mash ignores him and goes inside. It's clean, empty, and rather fancy, but otherwise unremarkable.

{マッシュ}「なんだ、ここは? {Mash}: What's with this place? {SABIN}: What on earth...?
{カイエン}「出るでござる!
 これは魔列車ですぞ!!
{Cayenne}: Disembark!
 This be the Grim Train!!
{CYAN}: Let me off!
This train's haunted!

魔 (ma), particularly when used as a modifier like this, doesn't translate well. Basically, it gives a sense of the supernatural, usually with dark connotations. It's magic, and while not necessarily evil as such, it's at least not rainbows and sunshine. Referencing the Grim Reaper also seems appropriate here.

The train whistles and begins to move, startling everyone.

{マッシュ}「動き出した!?
{カイエン}「はやく出なければ!
{Mash}: It's started moving!?
{Cayenne}: Needs we must leave quickly!
{SABIN}: I...it's moving!
{CYAN}: If we don't get off now...

Mash leads the way to the door they came in. 1-16 "Phantom Train" begins playing.

{マッシュ}「開かねえ! {Mash}: It won't open! {SABIN}: Won't open!
{カイエン}「おそかったでござるか。 {Cayenne}: Then we be too late. {CYAN}: We're too late.
{マッシュ}「この列車は? {Mash}: What's up with this train? {SABIN}: What's with this train?
{カイエン}「これは魔列車…
 死んだ人間のたましいを、霊界へと
 送りとどける列車でござる。
{Cayenne}: This be the Grim Train...
 the train that delivereth the souls of
 those who died unto the spirit world.
{CYAN}: This is the Phantom
Train...
It carries the departed to...the
other side.
{マッシュ}「…待てよ。
 ってェ事は、俺達も霊界とやらに
 案内されちまうって事か?
{カイエン}「このまま乗り続ければ、
 そういう事になるでござる。
{Mash}: ...hold on.
 So does that mean we're gonna be
 guided to that spirit whatever too?
{Cayenne}: An we continue on riding,
 such will come to pass.
{SABIN}: Wait a sec...
I don't want to go THERE!
{CYAN}: We all have to go sometime...

Despite what the NA version sounds like, Cayenne isn't being philosophical here. He's simply stating that if they stay on the train, they're headed there.

{マッシュ}「そんなのごめんだぜ!
 おりられないとなれば
 列車を止めるしかないだろう。
 とりあえず最前両の機関車へ!
{Mash}: No thanks to that!
 If we can't get off, I guess there's
 no choice but to stop the train.
 So, to the locomotive up front!
{SABIN}: I have things to do HERE.
We have to stop this thing.
Let's make for the engine.

Note that if Shadow is currently in the party, he won't leave during the train ride.

There are now ghosts all over the train. Most are hostile, but a some sell supplies, and a few will even help with the fighting.

Though not very well. The first ghost to join starts two levels above the party average and at least has mediocre stats, but the weaker second ghost, which can only join if Shadow isn't in the party, starts three levels behind and is rock-bottom in everything. They're more useful as meat shields than anything else. They do at least have the ability to eliminate enemies instantly by Possessing them, but this may fail, and will remove the ghost from the party when it succeeds.

Head right to the caboose for some more information.

車掌「わたしがこの列車の車掌です。
 どのようなご用事でしょう?
Conductor: I am this train's conductor.
 What brings you here?
IMPRESARIO: I manage this train! What business have you here?
車掌「魔列車は、死んだ人のたましいを
 霊界に運ぶために運行しています。
 魔列車に乗ったたましいは霊界に
 運ばれた後永遠の安息を得るのです。
Conductor: The Grim Train runs to carry
 the souls of the dead to the spirit world.
 Once the souls on the Grim Train are
 carried there, they gain their eternal rest.
IMPRESARIO: This train ferries
the dear departed to the
other side. There they can take their eternal rest.
車掌「列車の止めかたですか?
 機関室をくまなく調べれば
 おわかりになりますよ。
Conductor: How to stop the train?
 Look around the engine room
 and you'll figure it out.
IMPRESARIO: Wanna stop the train? Just use the controls in the engineer's compartment!

There's a book on a nearby desk.

{カイエン}「時刻表でござるか?
{マッシュ}「どれどれ…
 なんだ、ぜんぶ白紙じゃないか。
{Cayenne}: A timetable?
{Mash}: Let's see...
 Huh, it's all blank.
{CYAN}: Be these time schedules?
{SABIN}: Hmmm...
They're all blank!
車掌「この列車は、死んだもの達を
 霊界に案内する魔列車です。
 争いに満ちた今の世の中では、
 時刻表など、とても作れません。
Conductor: This is the Grim Train that
 guides the dead to the spirit realm.
 There's too much war in the world these
 days to possibly draw up a timetable.
IMPRESARIO: The Phantom Train
guides "the departed ones" to
the spirit world. They have no need of schedules!

That's fairly disturbing, actually. So many people are dying in the war that the transport to the afterlife is too busy to stay on a regular schedule.

And a switch in the corner provides an amusing scene, though it does nothing useful.

{マッシュ}「なんだ、これ?
 引っ張ってみようか。
{Mash}: What's this?
 Let's try flipping it.
{SABIN}: What's this?
Let me just give it a...
{カイエン}「{マッシュ}殿!
 いじり回さないほうがよいでござる。
{Cayenne}: Sir {Mash}!
 Best not to tinker with anything.
{CYAN}: Sir {SABIN}!
Maybe we shouldn't fumble with that!

Mash just laughes, and with a quick hop, flips the switch anyway.

{マッシュ}「引っ張っちゃったもんね~。 {Mash}: There, flipped it! {SABIN}: Gave it my best shot.
{カイエン}「な、なんと!? {Cayenne}: Wh-what!? {CYAN}: How can you...!?

He storms over and puts the switch back the way it was.

{カイエン}「まったく、もう… {Cayenne}: Good grief... {CYAN}: How could you...
{マッシュ}「……、{カイエン}。
 もしかして怖いのか?
{Mash}: ...{Cayenne}.
 Don't tell me you're scared?
{SABIN}: {CYAN}...
You're not...scared, are you!?
{カイエン}「な、なにをおっしゃる!
別にせっしゃが機械が苦手なもんで、
なるたけ機械とは関わりたくない、
などと考えているワケではござらぬゾ。
いや、ホントに。
{Cayenne}: Wh-what speakest thou!
'Tis not as if I wish to avoid getting involved
with machinery whenever possible because
I cannot cope with it or any such nonsense.
Nay indeed.
{CYAN}: How dare you?!
Just because I respect other beings' property doesn't mean I'm not mechanically minded!
{マッシュ}「{カイエン}…
 おまえ、機械が苦手だったんだ。
{Mash}: {Cayenne}...
 You're no good with machines, huh.
{SABIN}: {CYAN}...
You're a total klutz when it comes to machines.
{カイエン}「うっ!
 な、なぜわかったのでござるか!?
{Cayenne}: Urk!
 H-how coudst thou tell!?
{CYAN}: SILENCE...!
H...how could you tell?

Cayenne's ineptitude with machines comes up again later on several occasions.

Head left toward the locomotive when ready. Things go fairly smoothly, until one car turns out to be a dead end, and a ghost blocks the exit.

…に、が、さ、ん……   ...won't... let... you... escape...       N.o...e.s.c.a.p.e...!

But the party fights their way out easily enough.

『ハアハア…
 なんだったんだ、いったい。
"*pant*, *pant*...
 What was that all about?"
Ha, ha ha...
What ever did you think you
were doing?

Ghosts begin to pour out of the far end of the car.

…に、が、さ、ん……   ...won't... let... you... escape...       N.o...e.s.c.a.p.e...!
「ん? : Hm? Huh!?
『なんだ、この声は? "What's up with these voices?" Who's there!?
『こっちから聞こえてくるぞ "I'm hearing them from over here." It came from this direction.

As the party sees the ghosts coming out of the car, more begin to pour out of the other end.

…に、が、さ、ん……   ...won't... let... you... escape...       N.o...e.s.c.a.p.e...!
『げっ! 追ってきやがった。 "Geh! Dammit, they're following us." Whoa! They're coming...!
…に、が、さ、ん……   ...won't... let... you... escape...       N.o...e.s.c.a.p.e...!
『こっちにも! "Over here too!" This way too!
  逃がすな…… 
    逃がすな…… 
      逃がすな……
  Don't let them escape...
    Don't let them escape...
      Don't let them escape...
  You can't escape...
    Nowhere to run...
      Nowhere to hide...

The party retreats the only way they can, onto the roof, but the ghosts just keep coming.

『しつこいやつらめ! "They're damn stubborn!" Bloody persistent...!
{カイエン}「いきどまりでござる! {Cayenne}: 'Tis a dead end! {CYAN}: I believe we're stuck!

Mash takes a look around, then seems to come to a decision.

{マッシュ}「よし!
{カイエン}「何かよい考えでも?
{Mash}: Okay!
{Cayenne}: A good notion, mayhap?
{SABIN}: I know!
{CYAN}: You have an idea?
{マッシュ}「おうよ!
 今こそ、しゅぎょうのせいかを
 みせるとき!
 こい、{カイエン}!
{Mash}: Oh yeah!
 Now's the time to show
 the fruits of my training!
 Come on, {Cayenne}!
{SABIN}: Okay...
The time has come to see if all my training has paid off. Come, {CYAN}!

Mash, with the rest of the group, walks to the rear end of the roof.

{マッシュ}「うおおおおお! {Mash}: Graaaaah! {SABIN}: Yahoooo!!

Looks like "graaaaah" is turning out to be my Generic Warcry Noise.

He dashes forward, and, presumably carrying the others, leaps from car to car, until one roof collapses beneath him. The familiar chant is heard again.

…に、が、さ、ん……   ...won't... let... you... escape...       N.o...e.s.c.a.p.e...!
『おい… 
『もしかして…
"Hey..."
"Could they be...?"
Hey...
Uh, oh...?

The ghosts are indeed still coming.

『しつこいやつらめ! "They're damn stubborn!" Bloody persistent...!
『後ろの車両を切りはなさなくては。 "We must detach the rear cars." We have to detach the rear train cars!

As it happens, there's a switch just inside this car that does exactly that.

『これならもう追ってこられないな。 "Now they can't follow any more." Can't follow us now.

Don't miss the Oversoul monster in this car if you want it to show up on the Beast Plain later.

Further up the train, they come to a dining car. Mash sits at one of the tables and starts making a fuss.

{マッシュ}「メシだ、メシだ!
 山ほどもってこ~い!
{Mash}: Food, food!
 Bring me mountains of it!
{SABIN}: Food! Food!
Bring me everything ya got!

A ghost walks over with food, sets it on the table, and leaves wordlessly.

{カイエン}「こ、こんなもの食べて、
 だいじょうぶなのでござろうか?
{Cayenne}: W-wilt be all right,
 eating such things?
{CYAN}: A...are you going to be okay if you eat THIS?
{マッシュ}「心配なのか?
 ま、いいんじゃないの。
 ハラがへってはイクサはできんよ。
{Mash}: Worried?
 Hey, it's no big deal.
 Can't wage war on an empty stomach.
{SABIN}: Worried?
Can't wage war on an empty stomach!
{カイエン}「うーむ…
 せっしゃは、どうもこういう話は
 苦手でござる。まったく…
{Cayenne}: Hmm...
 Such talk as this is no strong
 point of mine. Confound it all...
{CYAN}: Hummm...
Sir! I won't hear any more of this kind of talk!

They dig in, and the food causes full recovery, just like a healing spring or inn.

{マッシュ}「さて!
 たらふく食ったし、行くとするか!
{Mash}: Now!
 We've eaten up, so how about we get going!
{SABIN}: Well!
I've stuffed down all I can...
Let's go!

Eat again with Shadow as the party leader to see him feeding his dog. Thanks to kahran042 for figuring out how to trigger this.

{シャドウ}「……
 インターセプター、お前も食べるか?
{Shadow}: ......
 Interceptor, will you eat too?
{SHADOW}: ......
Interceptor...are you hungry?

Or with Mash as the party leader for an alternate line.

{マッシュ}「さ~て! メシだ、メシだ!
 たらふくたべるぞ!
{Mash}: Come on! Food, food!
 I'm gonna eat my heart out!
{SABIN}: Food! Chop!
Let's go slop the hogs!

Cayenne just reuses his line questioning whether it's safe to eat this stuff.

Things get interesting again when they approach a treasure chest in one of the cabins.

男の声「ちょいと待ちな! Male Voice: Just a minute! VOICE: Stop where you are!

A man drops from the ceiling. He looks like some sort of warrior.

ジークフリード「オレさまは、世界一の剣士
 ジークフリード。
 そこにあるお宝はオレさまのもんだ。
 さ、ジジイとキンニクだるまは、
 帰った、帰った!
Siegfried: I am Siegfried, the
 world's greatest swordsman.
 The treasure there is mine.
 Now, geezer and musclehead,
 get lost, get lost!
MAN: I am Ziegfried, the world's greatest swordsman! That treasure chest is mine.
If I were you, Ox, I'd grab grandpa, here, and run!
{マッシュ}「世界一の剣士様?
 そっちこそケガしないうちに帰りな。
ジークフリード「なにっ!
 キンニクだるまのぶんざいで!
 オレさまの剣のサビにしてくれる!
{Mash}: World's greatest swordsman?
 Get lost yourself before you get hurt.
Siegfried: What!
 How dare you, musclehead!
 I'll turn you into rust on my sword!
{SABIN}: You look more like a manicurist. Now SCRAM!!!
ZIEGFRIED: Aha!
The ox bellows!
Allow me to introduce my blade!

Battle time. Siegfried gets boss music for some unfathomable reason.

いくぞ! こわっぱども!!
 うりゃりゃりゃーー!!
Here we go! You little twerps!!
Uryaryaryaa!!
Go! Guys!!

He strikes eight times (as if with Genji's Bracer + Proof of Initiation) before anyone else can act (except possibly counterattacks), but with laughable damage.

ぜえ ぜえ ぜえ
 ど、どうだ! まいったか!!
*gasp* *gasp* *gasp*
H-how's that! Give up!?
Ha, ha, ha!
Give up?

Now that the party has a chance to attack, he goes down with humiliatingly little effort.

『くちほどにもないヤツだな。 "His bark's worse than his bite." What a bag of wind...
ジークフリード「く、くそ!
 しかーし!
 最後にわらうのはこのオレだあ!
Siegfried: C-crap!
 However!
 The one who laughs last is me!
SIGFRIED: Impossible!
I...I'm the greatest...
But I'll still laugh last!

He runs past them, grabs the chest's contents, and races to the door.

ジークフリード「ふはははは。
 このお宝はオレさまがいただくぜ。
 アディオス アミーゴ!
Siegfried: Huhahahaha.
 I'll be taking this treasure.
 Adios, amigos!
SIGFRIED: Uwa, ha, ha!
This treasure is mine!
Ta ta, cretins!

Whatever.

Another chest not long after contains a monster. It's stronger than the usual random encounters, but shouldn't be too much of a problem.

More specifically, the Specter may attack with ○ Blizzard and the more bothersome Absorb in addition to normal attacks, and may counter with Thunderflash (double damage physical attack). Fortunately, this party has no shortage of powerful single-target attacks, and Mash's Aura Cannon in particular will take advantage of one of the usual undead weaknesses. Win for a Hyper Wrist.

Not long after that, any ghosts helping the party walk away just before a small car with a save point.

『行ってしまうのか? "You're leaving?" Shall we be off?
『ここからは、俺達だけか… "Guess it's just us from here..." Guess we're on our own now...

Inside the locomotive just ahead are several switches, plus directions for stopping the train.

『ここが機関車の制ぎょ室か。
 はやく列車を止めないと…
"This is the engine control room.
 Gotta stop the train quick..."
This is the engineer's room.
Gotta stop this thing...!
『ん? なにか書いてあるな。
なになに? 
機関車を止めるには、第一、第三番
圧力べんを止め、えんとつの横にある
ていしスイッチをおしてください?
"Hm? Something's written here.
What's this?
To stop the engine, shut off the first and
third pressure valves, then press the
kill switch next to the smokestack?"
Something's written here!
What? What?
To stop the train, shut the first and third pressure valves, and operate the switch outside, near the smoke stack.
『このスイッチをおせば、列車は
 止まるはずだ。
"The train should stop if we
 push this switch."
Press this switch and the train'll stop.

The party plays around with the controls until the train brakes, but...

魔列車「私の走行を邪魔するのは
 お前達か!
Grim Train: So, you're the ones
 who are hindering my travels!
PHANTOM TRAIN: So! You've been slowing my progress!

The Grim Train attacks. Time for one of the strangest boss battles in the game... The party runs along the tracks as the train pursues them. It has a variety of unusual attacks, at least one unique to this battle, but you never have to see them, since a single Phoenix Tail will finish it off, as is usual for the undead.

If you'd rather fight fair, at least switch your party's rows before battle, since you'll always be attacked from behind. The train absorbs Poison and is weak against Flame, Thunder, and Holy, so use Mash's Aura Cannon as often as possible. Cayenne's Tiger will knock off half its health, and Shadow can toss Shuriken for good damage as well. For laughs, try having Mash use Meteor Strike, which actually works somehow. Interestingly, this is also the only enemy in the game to use the Holy-based Saint Beam, which means many players will never see that attack.

Either way, the music stops after the battle.

魔列車「お前達はおろしてやろう…
 だがその前に、やらねばならぬ
 事がある…
Grim Train: I shall let you off...
 But there is something I must
 do before that...
PHANTOM TRAIN: I will let you go...
...but first there is something I must do...

The party retires to an empty cabin until it's time to disembark.

{カイエン}「ついたようでございる。 {Cayenne}: We seem to have arrived. {CYAN}: Gulp...where are we?
{マッシュ}「やーれ、やれ。
 やっとおりられたぜ。
{Mash}: Yeesh.
 Finally made it off.
{SABIN}: Hoo, boy!
Finally got off...
{マッシュ}「こんな列車とは、
 はやいとこ、おサラバしようぜ。
{Mash}: Let's hurry up and say
 good riddance to this train.
{SABIN}: We shouldn't be here. Let's go NOW!

The others nod their agreement. And then a large group of people, presumably dead spirits, begin boarding the train. "The Mines of Narshe" plays for mood. Cayenne reacts rather strongly...

{カイエン}「あれは……!?
 ミナ! シュン!!
{Cayenne}: There...!?
 Mina! Shun!!
{CYAN}: No!!!
Elayne! Owain!!
{マッシュ}「{カイエン}!
 お前の奥さんと息子さんか!?
{Mash}: {Cayenne}!
 Are those your wife and son!?
{SABIN}: {CYAN}!
Is that your wife and child?
『出発するのか!?
"Departing!?" Departing!?

Cayenne rushes past Mash, knocking him off the platform, then keeps chasing after the train as far as he can. The music stops.

{カイエン}「まってくれ!  {Cayenne}: Wait! {CYAN}: Please, wait!
{カイエン}「ミナ!!  {Cayenne}: Mina!! {CYAN}: Elayne!
{カイエン}「シュン……  {Cayenne}: Shun... {CYAN}: Owain...

Voices drift back from the train.

 あなた……
 しあわせだったわ。
 ありがとう……
 Darling...
 I had every happiness with you.
 Thank you... 
My love...
You made me so happy.
Don't forget me...

幸せ (shiawase) is a pain to translate, since English doesn't have a good equivalent. "Happy" is fairly close, but it sounds too shallow. Happiness is a fleeting emotion; 幸せ is more of a lasting satisfaction with life, like in "they lived happily ever after".

 パパ!
 ぼく、がんばって剣のけいこをして
 ママを守るよ!!
 Daddy!
 I'm gonna keep at my sword
 training and protect mommy!!
Dad!
I'll make sure Mom's all right!

The train passes out of sight. Cayenne stands downcast on the edge of the platform, and won't move for several minutes. Surprisingly, Shadow has something to say, if present.

{シャドウ}「そっとしておいてやれ。 {Shadow}: Leave him be. {SHADOW}: Leave 'em alone.

Eventually, Cayenne pulls himself together enough to continue the journey.



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