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Storyline text and attempted translations from...

Final Fantasy VI

ゾゾ  Zozo  . . . . . . .  ZOZO

The first things newcomers are likely to notice about Zozo are that it's always raining and that 2-5 "Slam Shuffle" plays instead of the usual town music. Zozo also has several high towers, and, more to the point, random battles, while all the townspeople lie except the one who says it's dangerous.

ここはデンジャーだ!
気を付けな……
となりのビルに飛びうつろう
なんてバカな考えはよしな。
This is a dangerous place!
Be careful...
Forget any crazy ideas like jumping
between neighboring buildings.
This place is dangerous!
And don't you dare think about jumping between buildings!

A brief unused conversation might have belonged with him, too:

「女の子が最上階へとんでいったよ
『とんだ?
 {ティナ}か…?
「一番上には行かないほうが……
 怪物は住んでいないけど。
: A girl flew to the top floor.
"Flew?
 {Tina}...?"
: It's best not to go to the very top...
 though no monsters live there.
"Some woman flew up to the top floor!"
"Did you say..."flew..."?
That must be {TERRA}!!!!"
Creepy monster's live up there. Look out fer 'em!

Many people make some reference to the time, and all their lies about it serve as clues for how to set a broken clock to open a passage to Edgar's Chainsaw. Other notable treasure includes the Thief's Bracelet accessory for Lock, found high in the main tower. A man blocks the stairs to the very top.

こんなはれた日に何の用だ?
ワシはマジメな人間じゃ。
ケンカも弱いからすんなりここを
通してやろう。
What did you want on such a sunny day?
I'm a hard-working person.
I'm no good at fighting either, so
I'll let you through with no trouble.
Good day, gentle folks.
Can I be of service?
I hate fighting, so I'd better let you pass!

And since Dadaluma is, of course, lying, it's time for another boss battle. He can heal himself a bit and boost his defense after taking some damage, as well as calling for backup and tossing an occasional knife, but doesn't really have very many hit points, considering.

He calls for backup after a certain amount of time passes, but is unable to do so when under 'silence' status. He'll throw a weapon and then Jump on his next turn if hit by Magic twice, but not if he's in 'slow' status. Unfortunately, 'silence' is completely unavailable as far as I can tell, but Gau can inflict 'slow' status through the Paupolium (Poplium) Rage. However, 'stop' also works, so Alacrán and Acrophies are better options, as in the earlier battle against Cefca.

Dadaluma also has a chance to hit back when attacked normally, and will throw two weapons for massive damage after being hit with four normal attacks. Avoid his various counters by relying on skill attacks like Machines. When his health gets low enough (under 1920 out of 3270), once per battle, he heals himself with three items (each is randomly either a Potion or a High Potion) and casts ◎ Protect on himself, which is another reason to use skill attacks, since many ignore defense to begin with. Alternately, Celes can absorb his spell if you brought her. He also counters Steal with Steal, but that's pretty pointless, since you get back the money he takes when you beat him anyway. On that note, Lock can steal either a Jewel Ring (common) or a Thief's Bracelet (rare).

In other interesting notes, Dadaluma is weak against Poison, so Gau's Terrarium Rage (casts ○ Bio) will rough him up nicely. He's also susceptible to 'kappa' status, so you can also have Celes cast ◎ Kappa on him, but it's only questionably useful. Though it will stop his ◎ Protect spell and turn most of his attacks, including the knife throws, into normal attacks, he's one of those monsters that keeps full attack power and always gets critical hits under 'kappa' status, instead of dropping to 1 attack like most do. The net result is that his deadliest attacks are sealed, but everything else hurts more. Your choice.

There's also an unused line of text for this battle. While Dadaluma does whistle for backup, it's just a sound effect, with no text displayed.

ダダルマーは くちぶえをふいた! Dadaluma whistled! Dadaluma whistled!

The party beats him and continues to the top floor. Unlike the rest of the town, the room here is rather tidy, with no sign of monsters, and on top of that, Tina's here, lying on a bed and still transformed into... something. The party goes to check on her, and the music stops.

Much of the following dialog is generic and doesn't depend on who's in the group. As for what does depend on group members... well, it should be obvious that a character who isn't there can't say a line, but other than that, I'm not sure which version takes precedence.

「ウ……グゥルルル…… : Ungh... grrrrr... Oooooh...gurururu...

The music changes to "Awakening".

『{ティナ}? "{Tina}?" {TERRA}?

Suddenly, they hear a voice...

ラムウ「おびえているのじゃよ。 Ramuh: She's frightened. RAMUH: She's scared, you know.

...and an old man with a very long white beard appears in the chair nearby, holding a staff.

ramuh
『あなたは? "Who are you?" Who're you?
ラムウ「お前達
 この娘の仲間か?
Ramuh: You are companions
 of this girl?
RAMUH: This girl is your friend?

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『{ティナ}は
 だいじょうぶなのか?
"Is {Tina} okay?" Is {TERRA} all right?
{セリス}「{ティナ}は
 だいじょうぶなの?
{Celes}: Is {Tina} okay? {CELES}: Is {TERRA} okay?

Celes's line is gender-neutral but otherwise identical to the more masculine generic one (for Lock, Edgar, Mash, or Shadow).

{カイエン}「{ティナ}は
 だいじょうぶでござるか?
{Cayenne}: Be {Tina} well? {CYAN}: Is Miss {TERRA} okay?
{ガウ}「{ティナ}……
 ダイジョウブ?
{Gau}: {Tina}...
 she okay?
{GAU}: {TERRA}...she ok?
ラムウ「{ティナ}と言う
 名前じゃったか。
 ……{ティナ}??……はて?
Ramuh: So {Tina} is her name.
 ...{Tina}?? ...can it be?
RAMUH: You call her {TERRA}...
...{TERRA}?? How odd...

There's no time to wonder about that cryptic remark, though, since Tina suddenly starts moving erratically. She falls out of bed, lurches across the floor, and runs into the wall, then collapses. The music fades out.

ラムウ「命には別状はない。
 普段使いなれない力を
 一気に使ったために体が言うことを
 きかないだけだ。
私はラムウじゃ。幻獣ラムウ。
Ramuh: Her life is in no danger.
 Her body simply won't listen to her
 due to abruptly using a power she isn't
 normally accustomed to handling.
I am Ramuh. The Genjuu Ramuh.
RAMUH: She is undamaged. But I fear she can't understand you. As for me, I am Ramuh. The Esper, Ramuh.

Wow... so much so far off... While she's not in any danger or badly hurt, she's not necessarily "undamaged" either. There's no reason to believe she can't understand them, just that she can't control herself. The fact that using a power she's unaccustomed to caused this is lost completely.

That's enough to give everyone pause. "Another World of Beasts" plays...

『幻獣!? "Genjuu!?" ESPER!?

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『幻獣は
 別の世界の生き物ではなかったのか?
"Weren't Genjuu creatures
 of a different world?"
But don't Espers live in another world?
{セリス}「幻獣は
 別の世界の生き物ではなかったの?
{Celes}: Weren't Genjuu creatures
 of a different world?
{CELES}: But don't Espers live in another world?

Celes's line is again identical to the generic one except that it's not masculine.

{ガウ}「幻獣…
 別の世界の生き物……
 チガウのか?
{Gau}: Genjuu...
 creatures of different world...
 That wrong?
{GAU}: Espers...from other world?

"Wrong" here, in Japanese (chigau), has Gau's name in it. For what it's worth.

ラムウ「別にこの世界で生きて行けないと
 言うわけではない。
 幻獣にもいろんな姿の者がおる。
たまたまワシは人間の姿とあまり
変わらないからここに住んでいると言う
わけだ。
幻獣と気づかれる心配もないからな。
Ramuh: That doesn't particularly
 mean we can't live in this world.
 Genjuu don't all look the same.
I happen to have a form little different from
that of a human, and so I am living here.
I have no fear of being recognized as a Genjuu.
RAMUH: That doesn't mean we don't live here, too.
Espers take a variety of forms.
Sometimes we live here, taking the shape of humans.
You have nothing to fear from us.

There's a big difference between "my form happens to resemble a human" and "we sometimes take the shape of humans". There's no indication that Genjuu are shapeshifters. Ramuh simply looks enough like an old man to blend in with relative ease. The only mention of fear is the risk Ramuh is potentially taking.

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『なぜ幻獣であることを
 かくすんです?
"Why do you hide that you're a Genjuu?" Why do you hide the fact that you're Espers?
{ガウ}「なぜ幻獣 アルこと……
 ……かくす?
{Gau}: You Genjuu...
 ...why hide that?
{GAU}: Why hide fact you Esper?
ラムウ「人と幻獣は相いれないもの。 Ramuh: Humans and Genjuu cannot coexist. RAMUH: Humans and Espers can't survive together.

We'll be seeing a lot of that line... but that doesn't necessarily mean it's true.

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

{ロック}「でも
 ばあちゃんは言ってた。
 昔は人と幻獣がこの世界に住んで
 いたと。
……おとぎ話だけどな。
{Lock}: But grandma used to say that
 long ago humans and Genjuu
 lived together in this world.
...though it was a fairy tale.
{LOCKE}: But my grandma told me that Espers and people once lived side by side!
Was that just a fairy tale?
『でも、昔母上は言ってた。
 昔は人と幻獣がこの世界に住んで
 いたと。
……おとぎ話だと思っていたが。
"But mother used to say that
 long ago humans and Genjuu
 lived together in this world.
...though I thought it was a fairy tale."
But grandmother once told me that Espers and people once lived side by side.
Was that just a fairy tale?

The above line sounds slightly stiff and is used for Cayenne. However, it's also used for Edgar and Mash, despite the fact that their mother died in childbirth and couldn't have told them stories about anything, though they could always have heard secondhand that she spoke of such things.

『昔は人と幻獣がこの世界に住んで
 いたと聞いた事ある。
 おとぎ話と思っていたけど…
"I've heard that long ago humans and
 Genjuu lived together in this world.
 Though I thought it was a fairy tale..."
I heard that Espers and people once lived side by side.
Was that just a fairy tale...?

The above line is used for Celes, who probably didn't have much of a childhood, and Shadow, whose past is shrouded in mystery.

{ガウ}「{ガウ}
 おとぎ話……しってる。
 昔、人と幻獣……同じ住んでいた。
{Gau}: {Gau} knows... fairy tale.
 Long time ago, humans and
 Genjuu... lived same place.
{GAU}: {GAU} hear fairy tale. People...Esper once live together peacefully...
ラムウ「ふァふァ、おとぎ話ではない。
 本当の事じゃ。
 人と幻獣は仲よくいっしょに
 くらしておった。
魔大戦が始まる前まではな。
Ramuh: Fwa hwa, it's no fairy tale.
 It's the truth.
 Humans and Genjuu lived
 together amiably.
Before the Great Magic War began, at least.
RAMUH: No, that was no fairy tale. That was true.
We started out as friends.
Then along came the War of the Magi...
『魔大戦…… "The Great Magic War..." War of the Magi...
ラムウ「はるか昔…魔大戦。
 幻獣達、そして幻獣から取り出した
 力で作られた魔導士達の戦争。
Ramuh: Long, long ago... the Great Magic War.
 A war of the Genjuu, and of sorcerers
 created with power extracted from Genjuu.
RAMUH: It took place...long ago. Espers fought humans who were infused with magical power extracted from Espers...

Ramuh keeps talking, but the view changes to show what looks like a small town, full of caves.

そのむなしい戦いの後で、幻獣の力を
再び利用されることを恐れた幻獣達は
 自ら結界を作りそこに移り住んだ。
   ……それが幻獣界。
The Genjuu feared, after that pointless war, that
Genjuu power would again be abused, so we made
ourselves a separate realm and moved there.
...that is the Genjuu World.
Fearing our magical powers would once again become a target, we fashioned a new realm, and moved there.
   そこに20年前のある日
   人間達が迷い込んできた。
  幻獣、そして魔導の秘密を知った
      人間達。 
One day twenty years ago
humans stumbled across it.
Humans who knew about the Genjuu,
and also about the secret of sorcery.
About 20 years ago, humans stumbled upon it...humans who knew about Espers, and the secret to Magitek power.
   そしてはじまった幻獣狩り。
  幻獣から魔導の力をとりだし
  その力を使って無敵の軍隊を作る
      ガストラ。 
Thus began a Genjuu hunt.
Gastra extracted the power of sorcery
from Genjuu and used that power
to build an army without rival.
Thus began a hunt for Espers. Only in this way could Emperor Gestahl create his invincible army.

Ramuh keeps talking as the view shows the outside of a large cave, with the opening covered by a massive door. The cave is somewhere dark and otherworldly.

 それに気づいた幻獣達は大きな扉を
   作り人間達を追い出した。
Realizing that, the Genjuu erected
a great door and drove the humans out.
In response to this, we erected a doorway, and threw the humans out.

The scene shifts back to the room, where Ramuh continues talking.

ラムウ「その時に捕えられた幻獣達は
 今でも帝国の魔導研究所につかまり
 魔導の力をとりだされている。
ワシは危うくなんを逃れここに
こうしているって言うわけだ。
Ramuh: The Genjuu captured then are even now
 held in the Imperial Sorcery Research Laboratory,
 the power of sorcery being extracted from them.
I only barely managed to escape,
and that how I came to be here.
RAMUH: Even as we speak, many of my kind are trapped in the Empire's Magitek Research Facility, being...
...drained of their powers...
I fled here to avoid a similar fate.

The party members nearest Tina help her back into the bed.

ラムウ「おちついたようだな。 Ramuh: She seems to have settled down. RAMUH: That's right, relax.
ラムウ「{ティナ}が暴れているのを
 見つけ、ここに呼びよせた。
 私の魔導の呼びかけにあの娘が
 応じたのだ。
Ramuh: Finding that {Tina} was out of
 control, I summoned her here.
 That girl responded to the call of my sorcery.
RAMUH: I sensed that {TERRA} was in trouble.
My magic...summoned her here.
『{ティナ}も幻獣…? "{Tina}'s a Genjuu too...?" {TERRA}'s...an Esper?
ラムウ「いや、我々とはどこか違う…
Ramuh: No, she differs from us in some ways... RAMUH: No, she's actually quite different.
『{ティナ}は苦しそうだ。
ラムウ「自分の存在に
 不安をいだきだしている。
 苦しんでいるのもそのせいじゃ。
"{Tina} looks like she's suffering."
Ramuh: She's begun to harbor an
 uneasiness over her own existence.
 That is also why she's suffering.
{TERRA} looks like she's in pain.
RAMUH: Her very existence strikes fear into her own heart.
『どうすれば{ティナ}を
 助けることができる?
"What can we do to help {Tina}?" How can we help her?
ラムウ「あの娘が自分の正体をはっきりと
 さとった時、不安は消えるだろう。
Ramuh: Once she clearly understands what
 she really is, her unease should vanish.
RAMUH: When she accepts this aspect of herself, I think she'll be all right.
『どうすれば……?
ラムウ「ガストラの魔導研究所に捕え
 られているわしの仲間なら
 {ティナ}を救えるかも
 しれない。
"How can we...?"
Ramuh: One of my colleagues held in
 Gastra's Sorcery Research Laboratory
 might be able to save {Tina}.
We have to do something!
RAMUH: Then free those of my kind imprisoned in Gestahl's Magitek Research Facility. One of them can surely help her.

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『魔導研究所に行けば
 あんたの仲間がいるんだな?
"If we go to the Sorcery Research Laboratory
 your colleague will be there?"
If we find the Magitek Research Facility, you're sure we'll find your people?
{セリス}「えっ?魔導研究所?
 あそこに……
 あなたの仲間がいるのか?
{Celes}: What? The Sorcery Research Laboratory?
 There...
 Your colleague is there?
{CELES}: The Magitek Research Facility...?
Your people are still there?!
{ガウ}「魔導研究所……?
 アンタ 仲間イル?
{Gau}: Sorcery Research Laboratory...?
 You have colleague there?
{GAU}: Magitek Research Facility...?
There...your people?

If Celes is in the current party but did not just speak, she follows whoever did.

{セリス}「魔導研究所…
  あそこに……?
{Celes}: The Sorcery Research Laboratory...
 There...?
{CELES}: Magitek Research Facility...
Your people are...
ラムウ「仲間を見すてて自分一人だけ
 逃げ出しここにかくれ住んでいた。
 だがそれももうおしまいじゃ。
Ramuh: I abandoned my colleagues
 and fled alone, living here in hiding.
 But that too ends now.
RAMUH: Like a coward, I escaped leaving the others there.
It'll be the end of them...
『どう言う事だ? "What do you mean?" What do you mean?
ラムウ「ガストラの方法は間違っておる。
 幻獣から力を無理に吸い出した
 ところでその魔導の力は完全には
 ならない。
幻獣は魔石化してこそ魔導の力が
生かされる。
Ramuh: Gastra's methods are mistaken.
 Even should you forcibly extract the power
 from a Genjuu, that sorcerous power will
 not be complete.
It is when a Genjuu turns to magicite that
the power of sorcery is fully realized.
RAMUH: Gestahl's methods are incorrect. You can't drain a live Esper of all its power.
It is only when we are reduced to Magicite that our abilities can be transferred in total...

The music fades out.

『なにを!?
ラムウ「自ら魔石となりお前達の力と
 なろう。
「魔石!?
ラムウ「幻獣が死す時
 力のみをこの世に残したものが魔石…
『!?
"What!?"
Ramuh: I shall become magicite and
 assist you personally.
"Magicite!?"
Ramuh: The raw power that a Genjuu leaves
 behind in this world upon dying is magicite...
"!?"
Pardon?!
RAMUH: When we transform into Magicite, our power can be relocated.
Magicite...?!
RAMUH: That's what's left of us when we...pass away.

That's interesting to note: Magicite is crystallized power. Incidentally, that presumably ought to be a hard 'c' ('k' sound rather than 's'), combining "magic" with the "-ite" suffix that often appears in mineral names, like hematite and malachite.

Ramuh raises his staff, and three stones (magicite) slowly fall from above.

ラムウ「これは帝国から逃げ出すときに
 死んだ仲間達……
 そして私の力も……
Ramuh: These are my colleagues who died
 when escaping from the Empire...
 And take my power as well...
RAMUH: These are my comrades who fell while escaping the Empire. And I will give you my power, as well...

A crackling sound and bright flash of light occur as he raises his staff. The force shoves the party away, and he is reduced to a piece of stone, like the others.

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『じいさん…
 死んじまったのかよ…
"Old man...
 are you dead...?"
Old man...
Are you really gone...?
{セリス}「ラムウ…
 死んだの…
{Celes}: Ramuh...
 he's dead...
{CELES}: Ramuh...
Why...?
{カイエン}「死んでしまったで
 ござるか?
{Cayenne}: Art thou dead? {CYAN}: He's...gone...
{シャドウ}「じいさん…バカだぜ
 死んじまったのかよ…
{Shadow}: Old man... you idiot.
 Now you're dead...?
{SHADOW}: You old fool...
Why throw it all away?
{ガウ}「ラ…ム…
 シヌ……ダ?
{Gau}: Ra... mu...
 he... dead?
{GAU}: R.a.m.u.h...
You leave...?
『魔石…? "Magicite...?" Magicite...?

Line chosen based on the first of these who is in the current party: Lock, Edgar, Celes, Mash, Cayenne, Shadow, Gau.

『自分の命と引きかえに
 俺達に力を…
"He gave up his own life
 to help us..."
He traded his power, so that others might live...
{セリス}「自分の命と引きかえに
 私達に力を…
{Celes}: He gave up his own life
 to help us...
{CELES}: He traded his power, so that others might live...

...and as elsewhere Celes just says it in a way that isn't specifically masculine.

{カイエン}「自分の命と引きかえに
 せっしゃ達に力を…
{Cayenne}: He gave up his own life
 that he might help us...
{CYAN}: He traded his power, so that others might live...
{ガウ}「ガウゥ……… {Gau}: Gauu...... {GAU}: Awoooo...!
『どうして、そこまでして… "Why would you go so far...?" Why are you doing this...?
ラムウ「我等を力として用いれば
 星は死に命はとだえる……
 とめるのじゃ。
 魔大戦を再びおこしてはならぬ…
Ramuh: The planet is bound for death
 if they make use of us as power...
 Stop them. We can't afford
 another Great Magic War...
RAMUH: We few can help save many. The War of the Magi must not be repeated...

 「魔石ラムウ」を手にいれた。

 Got the Ramuh Magicite.

    Received the Magicite
             "Ramuh."

 「魔石セイレーン」を手にいれた。

 Got the Siren Magicite.

    Received the Magicite
             "Siren."

 「魔石キリン」を手にいれた。

 Got the Qilin Magicite.

    Received the Magicite
             "Kirin."

 「魔石ケットシー」を手にいれた。

 Got the Cait Sith Magicite.

    Received the Magicite
             "Stray."

All characters now have magic points and can learn spells through magicite, though the natural magic users tend to have better casting strength.

『{ティナ}……待ってて。
 必ずむかえに来る。
"{Tina}... wait for us.
 We'll come get you for sure."
{TERRA}...wait for us.
We'll be back!

The characters who had been left behind in Narshe appear at the entrance to the room after the party takes Ramuh's magicite.

『みんな来ていたのか。
 実は……
{エドガー}「とりあえず
 戻りながら話そう。
"So everyone's here.
 What happened is..."
{Edgar}: Let's talk on the
 way back for now.
Everyone here?
I was thinking, ...
{EDGAR}: Let's talk on the way!

And so, they start to leave, talking along the way...

{エドガー}「帝国が幻獣から
 魔導の力を…… 
{Edgar}: The Empire got the power
 of sorcery from Genjuu...
{EDGAR}: The Empire's trying to drain magic from Espers...
{マッシュ}「本当なのか?
 {セリス}?
{Mash}: Is it true?
 {Celes}?
{SABIN}: This can't be true...
{CELES}...?
{セリス}「私達は眠らされたまま
 魔導の力を注入されたので
 はっきりとは覚えていない。
でも、そういううわさは
聞いた事がある。
{Celes}: We were kept asleep when we
 were injected with the power of sorcery,
 so I don't have any clear memories.
But I've heard such rumors.
{CELES}: I don't remember because I was asleep when they...augmented me.
But I've heard rumors to that effect.
{カイエン}「では
 乗り込むのですな。帝国へ。
{エドガー}「二手に別れた方が
 よいだろう。
 ナルシェの守りもかためなければ
 いけない。
{Cayenne}: Then we set forth
 for the Empire.
{Edgar}: It's probably best to
 split into two groups.
 We have to fortify Narshe's
 defenses too.
{CYAN}: Then we're going in...
{EDGAR}: We'd best split into 2 groups.
We still need to beef up our defenses in Narshe.
{カイエン}「そうでござるな。 {Cayenne}: Indeed. {CYAN}: Indeed.
{セリス}「私が帝国に行きます。
 帝国内部の情報はくわしいから。
{マッシュ}「しかし一人では……
{Celes}: I'll go to the Empire.
 I have extensive inside information.
{Mash}: But by yourself...
{CELES}: I'll go to the Empire. I know it well...
{SABIN}: But alone...?
{ロック}「心配なら俺も
 ついて行くぜ。
{Lock}: I'm going too, in case
 you're worried.
{LOCKE}: Don't worry, I'll go with her.
{セリス}「{ロック}! {Celes}: {Lock}! {CELES}: {LOCKE}!
{カイエン}「もう少し人手が
 いるだろう?
{Cayenne}: A few more helpers
 be needed, do they not?
{CYAN}: You need a hand?

If currently in the party, Shadow leaves now.

{シャドウ}「俺はこれ以上
 お前たちにつきあってられないね。
{Shadow}: I can't stick around
 with you any longer.
{SHADOW}: There's no need for me to remain with you.

The player now chooses which characters, if any, will accompany Celes and Lock.

{ロック}「ナルシェで
 待っていてくれ。
 帝国から必ず戻ってくる。
『メンバーを入れかえたくなったら
 とにかくナルシェへ…
{Lock}: Wait for us in Narshe.
 We'll come back from the Empire for sure.
"If you want to switch members,
 just come to Narshe..."
{LOCKE}: Please wait for us in Narshe. We'll find our way back safely.
If you wish to change group members, head for Narshe.
{セリス}「とは言うものの。
 帝国は南の大陸。
 船も出ていないし……
 一体どうしていいものやら。
{ロック}「南のジドールの
 貴族さん達なら、何かいい方法教えて
 くれるかもしれないぜ。
 何てったって金持ちだしな。
{Celes}: In any case.
 The Empire's on the southern continent.
 No ships go there...
 Just what are we supposed to do?
{Lock}: It's possible the aristocrats
 in Jidoor to the south could give
 us some ideas about that.
 They're rich, after all.
{CELES}: So...how we gonna get there? The Empire's on the continent to the south. No boats go there...
{LOCKE}: The people of Jidoor, a town to the south, can probably help us.
{セリス}「{ロック}。
{ロック}「ん?
{セリス}「なぜ私といっしょに?
{Celes}: {Lock}.
{Lock}: Hm?
{Celes}: Why go with me?
{CELES}: {LOCKE}.
{LOCKE}: Yes?
{CELES}: Why are you coming with me?

Lock looks away as he replies.

{ロック}「ん?
 秘宝の事もあるしな。
 ちょっと帝国をのぞいて見たかった
 だけだ。
{Lock}: Hm?
 Well, there's always treasure.
 I just wanted to try taking a
 little peek into the Empire.
{LOCKE}: Well...
There're bound to be treasures there.
And besides, I've always wanted an inside look at the Empire!

There's now someone wandering around near the entrance of Zozo who looks like a ghost and wasn't there before.

魔石を手に入れたようだね…
それなら幻獣の説明を聞くかい?
You seem to have some magicite...
Want an explanation of Genjuu, then?
Seems you have a piece of Magicite.
Want to learn more about Espers?
幻獣は、メニューの「とくしゅ」で
「げんじゅう」を選んで、装備しないと
使うことができません。
戦闘中に「まほう」で上をおせば
幻獣がでてくるので(A)で
使うことができます。
ただし、幻獣は1度の戦闘で
1人1回しか使えません。

     魔法の覚えかた
幻獣を持っている人は、魔法を覚えて
いきます。覚える魔法は幻獣によって
ちがいます。
「おぼえるスピード」が大きいほど
はやく覚えられます。
またレベルアップした時に
「ちから」や「まりょく」、HPや
MPの最大値をあげてくれるものも
います。
You can't use Genjuu without first
selecting Genjuu under the Special
menu and equipping them.
You can use a Genjuu in combat
by pressing up in Magic to make
it appear and then pressing A.
The catch is that you can't use each
Genjuu more than once per battle.

    How to learn magic:
Those who hold Genjuu progressively
learn magic. What magic they learn
varies depending on the Genjuu.
The greater the Learning Speed is,
the more quickly they can learn.
Also, there are some that will raise
strength, magic power, and so on,
or maximum HP or MP values,
upon gaining a level.
To use an Esper it must be equipped. Choose "Skills" from the menu, then select "Espers."
During battle, select Magic, and press up on the Control Pad. Press the A Button to use the Esper.
Remember, an Esper can only be used once per battle.

        Learning Magic
Learn new spells by equipping Espers. Switch Espers to learn different sets of spells.
The higher the "Learning Speed" the faster a spell is learned.
When equipped, some Espers will raise qualities (Strength, HP, MP etc.) to their maximum limits at the next "level up."

And that's Genjuu usage in a nutshell. Each character may equip only one Genjuu at a time, and only one character at a time may equip any given Genjuu. Equipping a Genjuu allows the character to learn the spells it provides, summon it in battle, and gain any listed attribute bonus at level up.

Level-up bonuses can be earned repeatedly as long as the character continues to gain levels. However, max HP has a 9999 cap and max MP has a 999 cap. Because of the algorithms and variable sizes used, raising strength above 128 provides no additional benefit, and very high magic power may cause damage overflow for the stronger spells (particularly ○ Ultima). There is also only one Genjuu that raises agility, and only by one point per level (which means that agility over 235, which would result in extreme slowness, is normally unreachable... was this done deliberately?). Also note that if you're maxing out levels anyway, each of the 14 final party members reaches at least 9783 max HP and 989 max MP (961 in the NA version; why the difference?) at level 99 without any extra help, so the usefulness of extra HP/MP gains is minimal if you max levels, unless you insist on having straight 9s. Then again, you're pretty overpowered at level 99 anyway, so if you're interested in any actual challenge...

With things taken care of here as well as they can be for now, the party heads back south. In addition to the usual experience points and gil, most battles will now provide Magic Learning Points (魔法修得値, carelessly translated as "Magic Point(s)" in spite of that already being what the MP used to cast spells conceptually stands for), which I will abbreviate to LP as needed.

If you didn't recruit Shadow in Kohlingen before, you can do so now, but be aware that he'll leave shortly after reaching the Opera House, if not sooner.



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