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Final Fantasy VI

サマサの村  Village of Thamasa  | | | |  THAMASA

Everyone assembles in the village square, though Shadow remains missing in action. "Kids Run Through the City" plays.

{ロック}「レオ将軍。
レオ「おお、{ロック}か。
 幻獣達に会えたようだな。
 手間をかけた。
{Lock}: General Leo.
Leo: Ah, {Lock}.
 It seems you were able to meet with
 the Genjuu. I appreciate your efforts.
{LOCKE}: General Leo.
LEO: {LOCKE}...you're back! And you've made the Espers understand our desire for peace!
レオ「私は、帝国の将軍、レオ。
 あなたの名前をうかがいたい。
ユラ「私は、ユラ。
Leo: I am Leo, an Imperial general.
 I would ask your name.
Yura: I am Yura.
LEO: I am General Leo.
May I have your name, please?
YURA: I am called Yura.
ユラ「われわれはあなた方に
 とんでもない事をしてしまった。
 許してくれなどと言えた立場では
 無いかもしれないが……
Yura: We have done horrific
 things to you all.
 Perhaps we are in no position to
 request that you forgive us, but...
YURA: We have done something inexcusable to your people.
YURA: This probably isn't the time or place to ask for your forgiveness, but...
レオ「わかっている。
 おかした過ちを責める気はない。
 逆にあなた方を戦争のための力として
 しか考えていなかった自分をはじる。
 魔大戦の過ちを再び引きおこそうと
 していた自分達を……
ユラ「そう言ってくれるとありがたい。
Leo: We understand. We have no interest
 in condemning you for mistakes made.
 On the contrary, we are ashamed for thinking
 of you as no more than a power for war.
 For nearly repeating the mistakes of the
 Great Magic War all over again...
Yura: We are grateful for your words.
LEO: Speak no further.
It is we who owe you an apology. We hungered for your power...
How close we came to reenacting the War of the Magi!!!
YURA: We must put this all behind us.

Lock and Celes approach each other.

{ロック}「これで俺達の役目も終わる。
 本当の平和が訪れるかもしれないな。
{セリス}「もどりましょう、ベクタへ。
{Lock}: And now our duty is done.
 Maybe true peace will come.
{Celes}: Let's go back to Vector.
{LOCKE}: I believe our job is finally over! I, for one, could use some peace and quiet...
{CELES}: Let's return to Vector.
{ロック}「{セリス}…… {Lock}: {Celes}... {LOCKE}: {CELES}...
{セリス}「なにも言わないで。 {Celes}: Don't say a thing. {CELES}: Please, not another word.
{リルム}「おあついね…
{ストラゴス}「若さ、じゃのお。
{Relm}: Hubba hubba...
{Stragus}: Ah, such is youth.
{RELM}: I'm too hot, Grandpa.
{STRAGO}: Kids!!

More or less. Relm's definitely making a smart-alecky comment.

The music starts to fade out. Celes and especially Lock look awkward, while Stragos and Relm have a good laugh, which Leo, Tina, and the soldiers join in on after a moment. However, just when it's looking like everything is wrapped up, an obnoxious laugh interrupts. "Kefka" begins playing as the loon himself bursts onto the scene, followed by several soldiers on mechs, who "accidentally" knock him over on the way in.

ケフカ「ひょっ ひょっ ひょっ
 ぼくちんの魔導アーマー隊の力を
 見せてやるぞ!
Cefca: Hyo, hyo, hyo!
 I'll show you the power of my
 little old Sorcerous Armor squad!
KEFKA: Hee, hee...!
How 'bout a little Magitek mayhem!

Cefca repeatedly refers to himself throughout this scene using ぼくちん (boku-chin), which helps give his remarks a mocking and childish tone.

He beckons forward a soldier, who starts knocking people out indiscriminately. Leo somehow avoids the havok, and rushes forward to confront Cefca.

レオ「ケフカ! 何をする!
ケフカ「ヒヒヒ…皇帝の命令です。
 幻獣達を魔石化して持ってこいとね。
見よ!幻獣を魔石化させる秘技を!!
Leo: Cefca! What are you doing!?
Cefca: Hee, hee, hee... emperor's orders.
 Bring back the Genjuu as magicite.
Behold! A secret technique to magicitize them!!
LEO: Kefka! What ARE you doing?!
KEFKA: G'ha, ha, ha! Emperor's orders!
I'm to bring the Magicite remains of these Espers to his excellency! Behold! A Magicite mother lode!!

He fries Yura and gathers up the magicite remains. Leo is aghast, but Cefca just laughs and repeats. The last Genjuu present has the sense to (finally) make a run for it, but to no avail.

ケフカ「つまらん!! Cefca: How stupid!! KEFKA: Idiots!

Cefca walks over to his escort.

ケフカ「おもしろくないから
 こんな村なんて焼きはらっちゃいな!
Cefca: This village is no fun,
 so burn it all to ashes!
KEFKA: I don't care for the appearance of this pitiful little hamlet...
So burn it!!

They start burning. Cefca laughs some more.

レオ「ケフカ! やめるんだ! Leo: Cefca! Stop it! LEO: Kefka! No!
ケフカ「うるさい! Cefca: Shut up! KEFKA: Shut up!

He signals a soldier forward to zap Leo. Fade to black. Some time later, as Cefca continues to laugh, General Leo regains consciousness. The others remain out of commission, so it's up to him to deal with the problem.

You can try attacking the soldiers or leaving the village, but trying just results in an unwinnable battle against the invincible Guardian. Though apparently too afraid of Cefca to defy him openly, the soldiers at least seem reluctant to attack Leo...

アーマー兵「レオ将軍、おかくご! Armored Soldier: General Leo, prepare yourself! M.TEK TROOPER: General Leo, prepare yourself!

...and make no effort to prevent him from retreating (Guardian's in-combat text is as in Vector).

レオ「ダメだ! いったん引こう。 Leo: No good! Let's pull back for now. LEO: No.
I won't let this happen!

Cefca is the real problem anyway.

レオ「ケフカ!
 おまえのおこない
 もう許すわけにはいかぬ!
Leo: Cefca!
 I cannot overlook your actions
 any longer!
LEO: Kefka!
Your behavior is dishonorable!
I can't allow this!

Combat ensues, though with "Battle Theme" as the music. Leo's equipment is fixed, but he has some pretty good items. The Gold Armor and Gold Helm are the best heavy armor currently available, the Crystal Sword and especially the Aegis Shield are better, and the Proof of Initiation is one of only two to appear in the game, with a Giant's Bracer complementing it for an extra damage bonus. In addition to an impressive attack that hits four times, Leo also has a Shock command that inflicts powerful unblockable magic damage on all enemies, even when surrounded (refer to his character entry for details).

Cefca has a number of spells available, including ○ Figa, but Leo has a good change to dodge, and it should come as no surprise after past encounters that Cefca falls without much of a fight. Except... something doesn't seem quite right.

ケフカ
「さすがは、レオ……
私をこのような目にあわすとは……
Cefca:
That's Leo for you...
putting me through all this...
KEFKA:
Ah......Leo......always the
consummate soldier......

"The Empire "Gestahl"" plays as Leo looks around in confusion.

レオ
「どこだ…… ケフカ……
姿を見せろ!!
Leo:
Cefca... where are you...?
Show yourself!!
LEO:
Where are you, Kefka......
Show yourself!!
ケフカ
「ガストラ皇帝……
おいでください……
ムニャ ムニャ
Cefca:
Emperor Gastra...
Come here, please...
mumble mumble
KEFKA:
EMPEROR GESTAHL......
I need you here......

Gastra appears in a puff of smoke.

ガストラ皇帝
「レオよ……
Emperor Gastra:
Leo...
EMPEROR GESTAHL:
Leo......
レオ
「皇帝!
Leo:
Emperor!
LEO:
My liege!
ガストラ皇帝
「レオ。おまえまでだまして
すまなかった。
 これも、魔石を手に入れるた
め。わしの真意、わかってく
れるであろうな
Emperor Gastra:
Leo. I apologize for having
deceived even you.
This, too, was to obtain magicite.
You do understand my motives,
don't you?
I'm sorry I deceived even
you, Leo. My purpose has been
to gather Magicite, and grow
powerful......
Please understand me......
レオ
「皇帝。が、しかし……
Leo:
Emperor. B-but...
LEO:
But, Emperor...!
ガストラ皇帝
「言うな、レオ。お前の気持ち
解からぬでもない
Emperor Gastra:
Don't say it, Leo. It is not as though
I do not understand your feelings.
GESTAHL:
Don't say anything.
I understand how you feel.
ケフカ
「ヒッヒッヒッ
皇帝のおっしゃる通り!
今は、魔石を集めるのが先決な
のだよ
Cefca:
Hee, hee, hee,
just like the emperor says!
First priority now is collecting
magicite.
KEFKA:
Uwee, hee, hee......
That's right!
What we have to do now is
to collect Magicite!
レオ
「皇帝、では、私はいったい……
Leo:
Then Emperor, what have I...?
LEO:
But my liege......what have I
been fighting for...?
ガストラ皇帝
「レオ、お前には、少し休んで
いてもらおう。
それも、ずーっと長ーくだ!
ヒッヒッヒッ
Emperor Gastra:
Leo, I would have you take
some time off.
A veeery loooong time!
Hee, hee, hee!
GESTAHL:
Leo, I'd like you to take a
nice, long snooze...!
Very long! Uwa, ha!

The emperor vanishes in another puff of smoke, to be replaced by Cefca.

レオ
「!!!
Leo:
!!!
LEO:
!!!
ケフカ
「お前が倒した私……
それは私の幻影なのだよ!
 そして、意気地なしのガス
トラ皇帝も、もちろん、幻影!
 それくらいの違いがわからな
いヤツが将軍だなんて、それも
 いつも、いつも……
Cefca:
The me you beat...
that was an illusion of me!
And that spineless Emperor
Gastra was illusion too, of course!
How can you be a general if you
can't even tell the difference?
And you're always, always...
KEFKA:
So......you think you hit me?!
That was simply my shadow!
And how did you like my
Gestahl? I should've been on
the stage! Well, General......

He pounces.

「いつもいつも、いいこぶりや
がって!
Always, always, acting like such
a fucking goody two-shoes!
You're such a goody
two-shoes!
レオ
「ケ、ケフカ……
お前というやつは……
Leo:
C-Cefca...
you little piece of...
LEO:
Shut up, Kefka!
I oughtta......
ケフカ
「ヒッヒッヒ…
皇帝には、レオは本心で裏切っ
たと、報告しておくよ!
Cefca:
Hee, hee, hee...
I'll report to the emperor that
Leo betrayed him at heart!
KEFKA:
Oh! A threat...? You're such a
violent little brute!
I'll tell your "liege" I had to
exterminate a traitor...!

He pounces again, laughing, and the screen turns red.

ケフカ
「死ね 死ね 死ねー!!
Cefca:
Die, die, DIE!!
KEFKA:
Hate......hate......HATE!!

Oh, that's not good. Leo's not moving, and the others have yet to recover. The music stops, as Cefca tosses Leo aside for extra rudeness points. Just then, a smattering of strange noises and colorful screen flashes interrupt, and the screen starts shaking.

ケフカ「な、なんですか?
 すさまじい魔力を感じますね。
 と、とってもはげしい魔力の
 波動なんだな。
Cefca: Wh-what's this?
 I sense dreadful magical power.
 W-waves of terribly fierce
 magical energy.
KEFKA: Whoa! Yes, I feel some incredible magic power here, today! Wave after wave of pure, magical energy...

The remaining Genjuu have apparently sensed that something's wrong, and burst through the rockslide over the Mystic Barricade. "Metamorphosis" plays.

「まってろ! 今たすけに行く!! : Hang on! We're coming to save you!! Wait! We're here to help!
「いそげ!! : Hurry!! Hurry!
「いそぐんだ!! : Hurry up!! Get going!
「時間がないぞ! : There's no time! We've no time to lose!

After taking some time to gain their bearings, I suppose, they fly to the village. The soldiers on mechs are running around in a panic, but Cefca just stands there and laughs.

ケフカ「これは、これは。
 幻獣の方々ではありませんか。
 突然のおこしでおどろきましたが
 かんげいいたしますよ。
 ぼくちんに、もっと魔石をプレゼント
 してくれるというのですから。
Cefca: Well, well.
 If it isn't the Genjuu.
 I was surprised at your sudden arrival,
 but allow me to welcome you.
 After all, it means you're giving little
 old me more magicite presents.
KEFKA: I'd say you're all charged up, boys and girls...or whatever...
Say, remind me to show you my Magicite collection someday! You might see a few familiar faces!!!
ケフカ「お望みどおり、魔石と
 化してあげましょう!
Cefca: I'll turn you to magicite
 just like you're asking for!
KEFKA: Now for a little Magicite hocus-pocus...!
ケフカ「まずは、そのじゃまっけな
 魔力を中和するとしましょうか。
Cefca: First off, why don't we neutralize
 those troublesome magical powers.
KEFKA: First, let's neutralize your abilities.

Cefca does something fancy. Whatever it is, it sacrifices the soldiers he brought with him, mechs and all.

ケフカ「さあ、幻獣達よ。
 楽しませて下さいな。
Cefca: Now, O Genjuu.
 Please do let me enjoy myself.
KEFKA: Now, little Espers...
Let's see whatcha got!

He starts tossing his magic death sparkle into the air and gathering magicite, laughing at every pause. More screen flashes and noises interrupt.

ケフカ「ぼくちんと戦うつもり?
 いいでしょう、お相手しましょう。
Cefca: You intend to fight little old me?
 Very well, let's take you on.
KEFKA: Eh?!
You wanna take me on?
Fine. Here I am...

An Ifrit-like Genjuu attacks Cefca, casting ○ Fire, ○ Fira, and even ○ Figa. However, Cefca blocks or absorbs all of it.

Internally, he has absurbly high stats for this battle: 80 strength, agility, stamina, magic power, and base attack power, 180 defense and MDef, and 60 evade and MEvd. On top of that, he's also using a Hero's Shield, which provides the absorption and gives him a total of 239 MDef and 100 MEvd. This gives him about a 67% chance to dodge against the 150 hit rate of these spells, reduces the damage to roughly 1/16 even on a hit, and turns that into healing anyway.

ケフカ
「そのようなものでは、この私
を倒すことなどできませんよ!
ヒッヒッ
Cefca:
You couldn't possibly beat
ME with something like THAT!
Hee, hee!
KEFKA:
Imagine! Thinking you could
defeat ME!!
This is rich! Mwa, ha, ha!
ケフカ
「さあ、魔石となって、私と
共に、魔導帝国「ケフカ」を造
ろうではありませんか!!
Cefca:
Now, turn to magicite,
and together we will forge the
Sorcerous Empire of Cefca!!
KEFKA:
Now, my little Magicite
pretties......come, and help me
build the magical empire of
Kefka!

He uses something sparkly that turns into a spell resembling ○ Dejon and reduces his attacker to magicite.

ケフカ
「おほほほ!
なんと、あたたかい手ざわり!
みたされていくー!!
Cefca:
Oho ho ho!
Oh my, warm to the touch!
How gratifying!!
KEFKA:
G'haw, haw......
Ooh! They're warm to the
touch! What treasures!

After that, Cefca seems to get bored, though it doesn't stop him from laughing insanely.

ケフカ「たあいのない。
 幻獣がこんなに弱い存在だとは。
 こんなのと戦っても楽しくないし
 さっさときりあげましょうか。
Cefca: Pathetic. Who'd have guessed
 Genjuu were such weak creatures?
 It's no fun fighting if you're like this,
 so why don't we finish things off?
KEFKA: This is ridiculous!
I had no idea you were such wimps! Time to put a stop to all of this.

Another unknown shiny spell zaps the rest of them.

ケフカ「ひょっ ひょっ ひょっ
 魔石はこれでもうじゅうぶんですね。
 あとは、封魔壁の奥にある最後の宝を
 手に入れるだけです。
Cefca: Hyo, hyo, hyo!
 This makes plenty of magicite now.
 The only thing left is getting the final
 treasure inside the Mystic Barricade.
KEFKA: Phew...
I think I have plenty of Magicite for the time being...
that is, until I make my way through your precious sealed gate!!
ケフカ「シンジラレナーイ!!! Cefca: I can't BELIEVE it!!! KEFKA: I don't believe this!

At least he decides to leave at this point rather than killing anyone else, but that's still not good. Dozens of Genjuu have died, and worse, been added to the Empire's magicite collection. General Leo didn't survive either, but he deserves a decent burial, so our would-be heroes give him at least that, in a previously unreachable clearing on the east side of the village. "Awakening" plays.

{ティナ}「レオ将軍…… {Tina}: General Leo... {TERRA}: General Leo...

She places flowers on the grave.

{ティナ}「人はみな力が
 欲しいのね…
 私みたいになりたいのかしら…
{Tina}: Everyone wants power...
 Do they want to be like me...?
{TERRA}: People only seem to want power. Do they really want to be like me?
{ティナ}「もっと…
 あなたからいろんな事を教えて
 もらいたかった……
{Tina}: I wanted...
 wanted to have you teach me
 about so many more things...
{TERRA}: I...I wanted to learn so much more from you...

Interceptor hobbles up to the group. There's no sign of Shadow.

『どうした、インターセプター!
 そのケガは!?
"What's wrong, Interceptor!?
 Those wounds!?"
Interceptor!?
That's a nasty wound!
{ロック}「レオ将軍だけでなく
 味方のはずの{シャドウ}
 までも……
 帝国め!
{Lock}: As if General Leo wasn't
 enough, even {Shadow}, who
 was supposed to be their ally...
 Damn the Empire!
{LOCKE}: We not only lost Leo, but {SHADOW}, too...
Curse the Empire!

Lock treats Interceptor's wounds, possibly using a spare bandana as a bandage.

{ロック}「これでよし。 {Lock}: That should do it. {LOCKE}: This'll have to do...
{セリス}「やさしいのね。 {Celes}: You're so kind. {CELES}: He was so gentle...

"He was"? With this context, that sounds like Shadow... ninja assassin mercenary equals gentle?

Relm sits by Interceptor.

{リルム}「{リルム}が
 ついていてあげる。
{Relm}: I'll stick with you. {RELM}: I'll go with you.
{ロック}「しかし、こうなると
 帝国に残る{エドガー}達が心配だ。
{ティナ}「無事だといいけど…
{Lock}: But the way things are, I'm worried
 about {Edgar}'s group in the Empire.
{Tina}: I hope they're all right...
{LOCKE}: Now I'm worried about {EDGAR} and the others...
{TERRA}: I wish I could say they were safe...

"Under Martial Law" plays as the the Blackjack flies in shortly after. Setzer leads Cayenne, Mash, and Edgar into the village.

{セッツァー}「帝国が裏切った。
 あやうく罠にはめられる
 とこだった。
{Setzer}: The Empire betrayed us.
 We were this close to being
 caught in a trap.
{SETZER}: We've been had!!
The Emperor is a liar!
{カイエン}「事前に脱出できもうした。
 {エドガー}殿の情報のおかげ
 でござる。
{Cayenne}: We managed to escape ere then.
 Sir {Edgar}'s information is to thank.
{CYAN}: Thanks to {EDGAR}, we escaped before anything bad happened...
{ロック}「さすが一国の王。 {Lock}: He's a king for a reason. {LOCKE}: Way to go, {EDGAR}!
{エドガー}「お茶を運んで来てくれた
 レディにごあいさつしたら
 ていねいに教えてくれたよ。
{Edgar}: I was nice to the lady
 who brought us tea, and she
 politely told me all about it.
{EDGAR}: I got to know the gal who brought us tea.
After a while, she just blurted out the whole crooked plan.

He laughs, but Mash is not amused.

{マッシュ}「……べんりな特技だな。 {Mash}: ...such a handy trick. {SABIN}: So...you finally hit pay dirt, eh?
{エドガー}「女性がいるのに口説かない。
 そんな失礼な事ができると思うかね?
 れいぎだよ。 れ・い・ぎ。
{Edgar}: Not flirt with a woman present?
 Do you really think I could be so rude?
 It's simple courtesy. Cour-te-sy.
{EDGAR}: Watch your mouth!
There're ladies present!
I was a perfect gentleman.
{ロック}「レオ将軍が殺された。
 ケフカにな!
{Lock}: General Leo was killed.
 By Cefca!
{LOCKE}: General Leo's gone...
Kefka did him in...
{カイエン}「レオ殿が!?
 無念……
 帝国にいる数少ない理解者が…
{Cayenne}: Sir Leo!?
 Such a shame... one of the few
 sensible men in the Empire...
{CYAN}: Sir Leo?! Gone?!
What a waste...
He was their finest soldier...
{エドガー}「とにかく作戦のたて直しだ。
 飛空艇にもどろう。
{Edgar}: Regardless, we need to rethink
 our tactics. Let's return to the airship.
{EDGAR}: We need to rethink our plans. Let's return to the airship.
{ストラゴス}「わしも
 行ってもいいかの?
{Stragus}: May I come with you? {STRAGO}: May I accompany you?
{エドガー}「あなたは? {Edgar}: And you are? {EDGAR}: Who're you?
{ロック}「この村の人だ。 {Lock}: He's from this village. {LOCKE}: He's one of this town's citizens.
{ティナ}「魔導士の血を引く人なの。
 力になってくれるわ。
{Tina}: He's descended from the
 sorcerers. He can help us.
{TERRA}: He's descended from the Mage Warriors of yore...
I think he can be a big help.

Edgar looks puzzled.

{ストラゴス}「力の使いかたをあやまった
 帝国をほうっておくわけには
 ゆかんしの。
{Stragus}: I can't just leave the Empire
 be with the way it's misusing power.
{STRAGO}: We must expect the Empire to flex its new-found muscle soon.
{リルム}「{リルム}も! 
{ストラゴス}「だめじゃ。
{Relm}: Me too! 
{Stragus}: No.
{RELM}: Me too!
{STRAGO}: I don't think so.

Relm keeps waving her arms, but Mash laughs.

{マッシュ}「子供は足手まといだしな。 {Mash}: A kid would just slow us down. {SABIN}: Yeah, right kid!
{リルム}「なにをー!このキンニク男!
{マッシュ}「はっ! 口だけは
 たっしゃだな。じょうちゃん。
{Relm}: What the hell, muscle man!
{Mash}: Hah! You've at least got
 a good mouth on you, missy.
{RELM}: What?
Who is this puffed up aerobics instructor, anyway?
{SABIN}: Kid's got quite a lip!
{リルム}「くーっ
 似顔絵かくぞ!
{Relm}: Grrrr,
 I'm painting your portrait!
{RELM}: Aaack!
I'm gonna paint your portrait!

Tina, Lock, and Stragus react strongly to this...

『うわーー! やめ ヤメ! "Whoa! No, stop!" Uwaaa! S...stop!

...but Mash just seems confused.

{ストラゴス}「わかったわかった。
 しょうがないやつじゃ。
{リルム}「やったー!
{Stragus}: Fine, fine.
 I don't have much choice.
{Relm}: Oh yeah!
{STRAGO}: All right all ready!
If you insist...
{RELM}: That's better!
{マッシュ}「じゃあ、行くぜ! {Mash}: Then here we go! {SABIN}: Let's go!

Edgar hesitates as the others leave. Relm walks back to talk.

{リルム}「どしたの? 色男。
{エドガー}「君、いくつだい?
{リルム}「10さいよ。
{Relm}: What's the matter, lech?
{Edgar}: How old are you?
{Relm}: Ten.
{RELM}: What's wrong, lover boy?
{EDGAR}: How old are you?
{RELM}: 10...why?

He scratches his head awkwardly, but she just looks puzzled.

{リルム}「変なの。先行ってるよ。 {Relm}: You're weird. I'm going on ahead. {RELM}: I'm coming along, too.

She runs off.

{エドガー}「さすがに犯罪か……
 やめとこう。
{Edgar}: I guess it would be criminal...
 I'd better not.
{EDGAR}: You've grown up entirely too fast!
Lighten up, okay?!

That's right, he was thinking about hitting on her, but ten is a little too young even for a shameless womanizer like Edgar.

Incidentally, there's a small side event in Thamasa, where "Under Martial Law" now plays, after returning there once all the scenes are done.

One with painfully awkward translation, though part of it is understandable given that one of the lines is used as third-person in one case and second-person in the other. I've compensated by avoiding a subject, which works well enough in a conversation.

わしは、ガンホー。
サマサで一番のりょうし。
I'm Gungho,
the best hunter in Thamasa.
I am Gungho.
Warrior extraordinaire from the town of Thamasa.
久しぶりに帰ってきたら
村がボロボロになっとる。
いったい何がおこったんじゃ?
I'm back for the first time in ages
and the village is in shambles.
What on earth happened?
First time I've been back in a while, and the village looks trashed.
What on earth happened?

Without Stragus in the active party:

{ストラゴス}をなかまにしたらしいが
あいつはどうもこしぬけでな。
I hear you've added {Stragus} to your
number, but he's quite the coward.
I've got {STRAGO} on my side now, but what a monumental bag of hot air!
若いころは、伝説のモンスター
ヒドゥンを狩ろうとがんばっとったが
途中であきらめてしまいおって…
Strove to hunt the legendary
monster Hidden when younger,
but gave up partway through...
When you were younger you hunted Hidon, the legendary monster. But you quit before you found it...

With Stragus in the active party:

{ストラゴス}「ガ、ガンホー!? {Stragus}: G-Gungho!? {STRAGO}: G...Gungho?!
ガンホー「なんじゃ、{ストラゴス}か。
 ヒドゥンを狩りに戻ってきたのか?
Gungho: Oh, it's {Stragus}.
 Come back to hunt Hidden?
GUNGHO: Is that you,
{STRAGO}?
Have you come back to hunt Hidon?

Stragus just stares at the ground.

ガンホー「その性格、変わっとらんの。
 昔もそうじゃった。
Gungho: Your personality hasn't changed.
 You've always been like that.
GUNGHO: He'll never change.
That's who he is!
若いころは、伝説のモンスター
ヒドゥンを狩ろうとがんばっとったが
途中であきらめてしまいおって…
Strove to hunt the legendary
monster Hidden when younger,
but gave up partway through...
When you were younger you hunted Hidon, the legendary monster. But you quit before you found it...
{ストラゴス}「いや、別にあきらめた
 わけでは…… ゴニョゴニョ
 それに、あのモンスターはエボシ岩に
 しかいないし、そのエボシ岩は
 海に沈んじまって…
ガンホー「そうやって、いいのがれする
 ところが、おぬしの悪いところじゃ。
{Stragus}: I, uh, didn't exactly give
 up... mumble, mumble...
 And besides, that monster's only
 found on Eboshi Rock, and Eboshi
 Rock sank into the ocean, and...
Gungho: Making excuses like that
 is the trouble with you.
{STRAGO}: I didn't really quit!
It's just that, well, the monster lives only on Ebot's Rock, which has been submerged for some time.
GUNGHO: You never could give me an honest answer.
ガンホー「なさけないやつじゃ… Gungho: How pathetic... GUNGHO: What a buffoon!!

Largely irrelevant for now, but it's there. A small bit of land, presumably Eboshi Rock, is visible north of the village, but there's no room to land there.


The Airship Blackjack  . . . . . . . . . . .

The party assembles on deck. "Terra" continues playing as the scene begins.

{セッツァー}「帝国は封魔壁へ
 向かったぞ。
 何かの像を見つけたとか……
{ストラゴス}「もしや!
{Setzer}: The Empire headed
 for the Mystic Barricade.
 Said they found some statues...?
{Stragus}: It couldn't be!
{SETZER}: The Empire's after the sealed gate! They're looking for some statues or something.
{STRAGO}: No!!!

Meanwhile, Gastra and Cefca are heading into the Mystic Barricade. The music stops to be replaced by wind noises.

ガストラ「バカな幻獣どもめ!
 みずから封魔壁を開いてくれるとは。
この扉の先に三闘神が……
それさえ手に入れればわしの夢は
完全なものとなる!
Gastra: Idiot Genjuu! To think they opened
 the Mystic Barricade for us themselves.
Through this door, the Three Warring Gods...
once they are mine, my dream will be complete!
GESTAHL: Oh, those silly Espers! To think they opened the gate themselves! The Statues should be just ahead.

Cefca stops to laugh as Gastra continues on.

ガストラ「はやく来い。 Gastra: Hurry and come. GESTAHL: Come quickly!

Cefca looks rebellious, but follows. Back on the airship...

{セリス}「どうしたの{ティナ}?
{ティナ}「島が…!?
 大地が……
 さけび声をあげている……。
{Celes}: What's wrong, {Tina}?
{Tina}: The island...!?
 The earth...
 is crying out...
{CELES}: What's wrong, {TERRA}?
{TERRA}: The island...
The world is groaning in pain...

The wind fades, and a great rumbling begins. Evidently, Gastra has reached his objective. The camera pans across the large island with the Mystic Barricade, then shows some random townspeople in a grassy area. 3-02 "Catastrophe" begins playing as the ground splits apart and one side rises, dumping several people into the crack formed. A huge shadow passes over Jidoor, even though it ought to be Alburg given the locations of everything involved. The island rises high into the sky. We see Gastra and Cefca gloating atop it, standing before three large stone statues that have sparks of energy passing between them.

ガストラ「ファファファ!
 これが三闘神の力か!
 この力、そして魔石の力!
 世界は我がものじゃ!!!
Gastra: Fwa hwa hwa!
 So this is the power of the Three Warring Gods!
 This power, and the power of magicite!
 The world is mine!!!
GESTAHL: Fuwa, ha, ha!
Now THIS is power!
This, and my Magicite...
now nothing can stop me!

On the airship again...

{ストラゴス}「魔導の始まり…
 三闘神……
{ティナ}「あれが?
{ストラゴス}「石化せし3人が
 向かい合い力を中和させることで
 自らを封じたと言われておる。
{ストラゴス}「3体の石像の視線が
 そらされた時バランスがくずれ
 その力は世界を滅ぼす……
{ティナ}「え?!
{Stragus}: The beginning of sorcery...
 the Three Warring Gods...
{Tina}: Those?
{Stragus}: The petrified three are said to
 have sealed themselves by canceling
 out their opposing powers.
{Stragus}: If the stone statues looked away
 from each other, the balance would crumble,
 and their power destroy the world...
{Tina}: What!?
{STRAGO}: The beginning of all magic...
{TERRA}: Those?
{STRAGO}: It is said that they somehow neutralized each other's power, then sealed themselves away...
{STRAGO}: If the 3 statues should ever be moved out of alignment, the resulting inbalance of power would...
...rearrange the face of our planet...
{TERRA}: What?!

Clearly, this must be stopped. In any case, Vector is now abandoned (with no sign of what happened to the rest of the Returners and Narshe guards), and Alburg is covered in darkness as the Mystic Continent, as it comes to be called, blocks out the sun in the area. Definitely not good.

Character lines revert to what they were before the airship crashed. Those who weren't available then have lines too, of course:

{セリス}「私は……
 帝国の将軍だった。
 だが、悪は悪。
{Celes}: I...
 was an Imperial general.
 But evil is evil.
{CELES}: I was one of the Empire's generals, but I still know evil when I see it.
{ストラゴス}「わしにも
 世界中をかけめぐったころが
 あったわい…。
{Stragus}: I roamed the world
 too back in my day...
{STRAGO}: In all my travels, and in all my years...
{リルム}「ねーねー。
 似顔絵かいてあげるよー
{Relm}: Hey, hey!
 I'll paint you a portrait!
{RELM}: I know.
Let me draw their portraits!


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