Previous Part: Sky-High Hijinks

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Final Fantasy VI

魔大陸  Mystic Continent  . . . . . . . . . . .  THE FLOATING LAND

Everything is about to change. If you've forgotten any treasures, missed collecting any monsters for the Beast Plain, or have anything you want to stock up on, this is your last chance, so do it now. More detailed information follows in the next section, but basically, don't assume that any locations, monsters, or items will necessarily remain available. Buy anything you might want, fight every type of monster you can, and collect all the treasures you can lay your hands on. In particular, I suggest stocking some extra Sakura Fubuki (the best throwing weapon for Wind damage), and a supply of rods if you like breaking them, especially the Poison Rod, which doubles as the only weapon that can be thrown for Poison damage.

Also, it helps a bit to make sure that Celes is equipped and ready to go, but not actually in your current party.

Ready? Walk five steps ahead to find Gastra and Cefca with the petrified Three Warring Gods. "Catastrophe" plays.

ガストラ「よく、きたな… Gastra: How good of you to come... GESTAHL: Well, well...

If Celes is not in the active party, she arrives now.

『{セリス}!
 来たのか?
{セリス}「帝国との決着を
 付けたくて後を追って来たの!
"{Celes}!
 You're here?"
{Celes}: I wanted to settle things with
 the Empire, so I followed you in!
{CELES}!!
Welcome back!
{CELES}: I came to stop you!

The only way I can make sense of that translation is to assume that the party's line was mistaken for a continuation of what the emperor says, and her line is then being taken to mean she came to stop him. Also note the NA version doesn't flow well if Celes was already in the party, skipping this bit.

ガストラ「ファファ
 仲よく死にに来たか。だがここまで…
 見よ!この三闘神を!!
Gastra: Fwa hwa.
 Here to die together? But this ends now...
 Behold! The Three Warring Gods!!
GESTAHL: Fwa, ha, ha...
Then you're just in time to perish. Behold! The Statues!!

Gastra does something to siphon off some of the power flow.

ガストラ「おおっ! 血がさわぐ!
 これぞ三闘神の力!!
{セリス}「ガストラ皇帝!
 やめてください!
Gastra: Ahh! My blood is racing!
 Yes, the power of the Three Warring Gods!!
{Celes}: Emperor Gastra!
 Please, stop!
GESTAHL: Ooh! I've got goose bumps! What power...
{CELES}: Emperor Gestahl!
Please, stop this madness!

Gastra raises his arm, and bolts of energy fly out, knocking Celes to the side and paralyzing the others.

ガストラ「{セリス}よ。
 さあこい。お前だけは特別だ。
我がガストラ魔導帝国をきずくために
ケフカとお前に新しい子孫を残す使命を
与えようではないか!
Gastra: {Celes}.
 Come here. You alone are special.
I shall grant you and Cefca the mission
of leaving your descendants to build up
my Gastra Sorcerous Empire!
GESTAHL: {CELES}...
Come to me, my pretty!
You and Kefka were given life to serve me!!
It is your birthright to rule the world with me!!

Wait... is he telling Celes to breed with Cefca? Eww. That's even worse than the NA version's pedolicious "my pretty" line.

ケフカ「その手でヤツらを殺せば
 裏切ったこと許してやるよ。
Cefca: If you kill them yourself,
 we'll overlook your betrayal.
KEFKA: Kill the others and we'll overlook your treachery!
ケフカ「この剣をとれ!
 そしてやつらを殺せ!
Cefca: Take this sword!
 And kill them!
KEFKA: Take this sword!
Take care of them. Immediately!!
ガストラ「さあ {セリス}よ
 いっしょに世界を
 支配しようではないか!
Gastra: Now, {Celes}.
 Let us rule the world together!
GESTAHL: {CELES}...together we can rule an entire world!
Think of it...!

Celes almost looks like she's going to do it... but doesn't.

{セリス}「力とは争いを生むもの…
 ならば存在しないほうが!
{Celes}: If power just gives birth to conflict...
 then it would be better if it didn't exist!
{CELES}: Power only breeds war...
I wish I'd never been...born.

She suddenly lunges at Cefca.

ケフカ「いたーい!!! Cefca: Ouuuuch!!! KEFKA: Ouch!!
ケフカ「血が…血が!!! Cefca: Blood... blood!!! KEFKA: B...blood!?
ケフカ「ちっくしょ…… Cefca: Dammit... KEFKA: You...vicious brat!
 ちくしょう… ちくしょう…  dammit... dammit... Grrr... Aargh...
ちくしょう ちくしょう ちくしょう

ちくしょう ちくしょう ちくしょう
 
ちく ちく ちく ちく ちく

ちく ちく ちく ちく ちく
 

  ちっっっっくしょーーーー!!
dammit dammit dammit

dammit dammit dammit

dam dam dam dam dam

dam dam dam dam dam


  DAMMMMMIT!!
I
hate hate hate
hate hate hate...
hate hate hate hate hate
hate hate hate hate hate

     HATE YOU! Grrr...

Huh. I think the rant about hate is actually more eloquent.

Instead of striking back at Celes like a more rational person might, Cefca approaches the stone gods.

ケフカ「戦うために生まれてきた
 神達よ!
 今こそ、その力を見せるときだ!!
Cefca: O gods, who were born and live to fight!
 It's now time for you to show me your power!!
KEFKA: Goddesses...you were born only to fight.
I implore you...show me your power!!

He's knocked away, but just tries again immediately.

ケフカ「ぼくを受け入れろ!!
 くそっ!
Cefca: Accept me!!
 Dammit!
KEFKA: I command you!
Give me your power!
Arrrgh! Curses!

They seem to react, but nothing interesting happens.

ケフカ「言うことをきけー
 ぼくちんをバカにするなよ。
 力を見せてみろー!!
Cefca: Listen to me!
 Don't mock little old me.
 Show me your POWER!!
KEFKA: Listen to me,
or you'll regret it!
Give me...POWER!
ガストラ「ケフカ!やめろ!
 三闘神を復活させれば世界は消える…
 それでは意味がない!
Gastra: Cefca! Stop it! Revive the Three
 Warring Gods and the world is done for...
 and then it's all meaningless!
GESTAHL: Kefka, stop it!
Revive those statues, and you'll destroy the very world we're trying to possess!

We switch to a combat screen, with Gastra confronting Cefca.

ガストラ皇帝
「ケフカ! 乱心したのか!!
Emperor Gastra:
Cefca! Are you mad!?
GESTAHL:
Kefka! Are you nuts?!

Do you really need to ask?

ケフカ
「乱心……?
皇帝!、何をおっしゃっている
のですか、三闘神の力をやつら
に見せつける時なのにっ!!
Cefca:
Mad...?
Emperor! What are you saying?
It is time to show them the power
of the Three Warring Gods!!
KEFKA:
Nuts...?!
Emperor! Don't disturb me!
I'm showing them the
meaning of power!
ガストラ皇帝
「ええい、仕方のない、ケフカ
お前はもう役にはたたぬ、残念
だがここまでだ!
Emperor Gastra:
You leave me little choice, Cefca.
Your usefulness is through, so I'm
afraid this is the end for you!
GESTAHL:
I don't think so, friend.
Your days are now over.
ガストラ皇帝
「悪く思うな……
 さいごのなぐさめとして、お
まえが自ら産み出した魔法で眠
らせてやろう……
Emperor Gastra:
Don't think badly of me...
As your final consolation, I shall
put you to sleep using the magic
you yourself brought forth...
GESTAHL:
Now relax......I'm simply going
to put you to sleep with the
very power you unleashed......

Cefca just laughs.

ガストラ皇帝
「何がおかしいのじゃ!
Emperor Gastra:
What's so funny!?
GESTAHL:
What's so funny?!
ガストラ皇帝
「ふっ、まあよい……、わらい
ながら眠るのが、お前にとって
一番お似合いじゃろう!
Emperor Gastra:
Hmph, very well... I suppose
going to sleep laughing suits
you better than anything!
GESTAHL:
Very well. It is only fitting
that you go to sleep laughing!
 ファイガ!!!!!  Figa!!!!! Fire 3!!!

Nothing happens, other than Cefca making excessively dramatic poses.

 フレアー!!!!!  Flare!!!!! Flare!!!

Again, nothing happens beyond Cefca's theatrics.

ガストラ皇帝
「ば…… ばかな……
なぜ魔法が撃てぬ!!
Emperor Gastra:
R... ridiculous...
Why won't my magic strike!?
GESTAHL:
N......noooo!!
Why isn't my magic working?!
 メルトン!!!!!  Melton!!!!! Merton!!!

Nothing happens, except more insane clowning.

ガストラ皇帝
「ケ ケフカ お前
いったい…… ……
Emperor Gastra:
C-Cefca, how did
you...? ......
GESTAHL:
K......Kefka!!!!!
H......how...?!
ガストラ皇帝
「なぜだ ???
Emperor Gastra:
HOW???
GESTAHL:
How are you doing this?!

Cefca knocks him to the ground.

ケフカ
「なぜなら、ボクちんが三闘神
の、まんなかに立っているから
なのでした!
 すべての魔法の力は三闘神に
吸い取られてしまうのだ!
 お気づきになってませんでし
たか……?うふふふふ
Cefca:
How? Because little old me is
standing right in the middle of the
Three Warring Gods!
All the magical power just gets
sucked up by them!
Had you perhaps not noticed...?
Uhu hu hu hu
KEFKA:
How? Simple! I'm standing
within the field of the
Statues! Their strong field
absorbs all magic sent their
way! Or didn't you notice?!
ガストラ皇帝
「…………!
Emperor Gastra:
............!
GESTAHL:
............!!!
ケフカ
「三闘神よ、どうやら、最初の
えものが、大決定したのだ!
 役たたずになった、皇帝に、
お前のその力を、見せつけてや
るのだ!!
Cefca:
O Three Warring Gods, it seems
your first prey has been chosen!
Show the emperor that power
of yours, now that his usefulness
is through!!
KEFKA:
And now, Statues!
You've shown me a sign!
It is time you show this old
man your true power!

^ throwing Gastra's words back at him

ガストラ皇帝
「よせ!ケフカ!!
ばかなまねを…………
Emperor Gastra:
Cefca! Stop!!
This is madness...
GESTAHL:
No! Kefka!!
Don't do something stupid......
ケフカ
「やるのだーっ!!
Cefca:
Sic him!!
KEFKA:
I command you, Statues!!!

A bolt of energy lands nearby, but doesn't strike anything but the ground.

ケフカ
「しゅごい……
Cefca:
Whoaaaa...
KEFKA:
I......incredible!
ケフカ
「へたくそ!!へたくそ!!
どこをねらっているのだ!!
Cefca:
You suck!! You suck!!
Where're you aiming!?
KEFKA:
You're way off!!!!
Where're you aiming?!

Another bolt of energy hits nothing in particular.

ケフカ
「もう!、もっと右、右!!
Cefca:
Oh, please! Further right, to the right!!
KEFKA:
Whoa! More to the right!

Another bolt of energy hits nothing in particular.

ケフカ
「にげろ! にげろ!
でないと、黒コゲだじょー!!
Cefca:
Run! Run!
Or you'll be well done!
KEFKA:
Run! Run!
Or you'll be well done!

I can't argue with this line. The meaning is essentially accurate, and the mocking tone fits perfectly.

Another bolt of energy falls, this time striking Gastra, who collapses.

ケフカ
「あったりー!!!
Cefca:
Gotcha!!!
KEFKA:
YES!!!

Cefca walks over and gives him a few kicks.

ケフカ
「ジジイが……
 さっきの、役たたずと言った
のは取り消してあげましょう
なぜなら、皇帝、あなたは!
 役たたず以下、だからだー!!
Cefca:
You old geezer...
I'll take back what I said before
about you being useless.
And the reason, emperor, is that you!
Are worse! Than useless!!
KEFKA:
Poor old......
Oh well, what a worthless
excuse of an Emperor!!

Back to the normal screen.

ガストラ「恐怖が世界をおおうぞ… Gastra: Terror will engulf the world... GESTAHL: There'll be no one to worship us...

Cefca ignores him and tosses him off the edge of the landmass. Then he starts playing with the gods.

{セリス}「だめ!ケフカ!! {Celes}: Cefca! Don't!! {CELES}: Snap out of it, Kefka!

He just hits her off the platform, then starts pushing the statues around.

{セリス}「だめ……ケフカ……
 3人の力のバランスが破れたら……
 力が暴走する……
{Celes}: Cefca... don't...
 If their balance crumbles...
 their power will run wild...
{CELES}: Oh, that's really smart, Kefka!
Disturb their delicate balance, and they'll go haywire...!

He ignores her and keeps rearranging them. Just then, someone whistles...

ケフカ「誰だ?! Cefca: Who's there!? KEFKA: Who're you?!

...Shadow springs out of nowhere, rescues Celes, and pins Cefca between the stone statues.

ケフカ「うきゅ! Cefca: Urk! KEFKA: Noooo!

The others are finally released from paralysis.

{シャドウ}「行け!世界を守れ! {Shadow}: Go! Protect the world! {SHADOW}: Go!
There are people counting on you!

They try to rush in and help, but the statues flash and shove them away to another section of the continent.

{シャドウ}「俺にかまうな。
 早く行け!
 もう暴走は止まらない!
 ふっ……必ず戻ってみせるさ。
 心配するな。
ケフカ「逃がしゃん……
{Shadow}: Don't worry about me.
 Hurry and go! It's too late to stop
 them from going out of control!
 Hmph... I'll be back, I swear it.
 Don't worry.
Cefca: I won't let you escape...
{SHADOW}: Don't worry about me! Run!!
I can't stop this chain reaction!
I'll see you again.
Count on it!
KEFKA: You can't escape me!!

The sky darkens. A bolt of energy flies out, landing off to the right, undoubtedly to block the way in the upcoming escape.

「{シャドウ}……
「急げ!脱出する!
: {Shadow}...
: Hurry up! We're getting out of here!
{SHADOW}......
Get outta here on the double!

There's nothing to be done for Shadow at the moment, and only six minutes available to escape. Celes is now in the party, whether she was before or not, so not bringing her to the confrontation means a party of four now instead of three. The previous monsters are gone, replaced with Naudé after Naudé showing up periodically, more to waste time than pose a true threat. Kill them with fire.

No, really. Their weaknesses include Flame, along with Thunder and Holy. They may retaliate with 'silence' in response to magic, so physical attacks may be your best bet, especially since their defense is fairly low. Alternately, they run away when hit with 'kappa' status, but after a delay, which doesn't help things.

The continent will start falling apart along the way. Don't panic. It's mostly for show. The only exception is the one chest along the way. Heading straight toward it causes the path there to collapse, so circle around and approach it from the other side to get the Elixir within.

The sparkle blocking the way is a mandatory battle. Nelapa talks big and kicks off the battle with a Death Sentence for everyone...

くくく……逃がさぬぞ……! Ku ku ku... won't let you escape...! Mwa ha ha......You can't run!

...but is hardly any worse than the random encounters, to be honest. Besides, there's already a timer running anyway.

The weaknesses are Ice, Thunder, and Holy. Nelapa may counter normal attacks with a normal attack, and casts Death Roulette if attacked six times, but the battle should be won well before then. Nelapa also has 'reflect' status, so don't cast any reflectable spells directly at it.

Thunder Blades and Thunder Rods work quite well through this entire area.

Okay, so the party has reached the edge of the continent, the airship flies into place to catch everyone, there's still time on the clock...

『この下に飛空艇が。
 (飛びおりる)
 (そのまま)
"The airship is below."
 (Jump off)
 (Stay here)
The airship's below.
 (Jump!!)
 (Wait!!)

Usually, if there's an option, it's there for a reason. Back off and try again?

 (飛びおりる)
 ({シャドウ}が気になる)
 (Jump off)
 (Worried about {Shadow})
 (Jump!!)
 (Gotta wait for {SHADOW}...)

Yeah, maybe giving the poor guy a chance to get out of that mess would be the nice thing to do.

After seeing the above prompt and choosing to wait for Shadow, wait here until the time is about to expire. On reaching five seconds, the timer disappears and Shadow arrives. You must reach the exit point, be given the option to jump off, and choose to wait at leaast once, otherwise Shadow will not appear.

『{シャドウ}!
{シャドウ}「ほうしゅうを
 もらわないうちは死んでも
 死にきれないからな。
"{Shadow}!"
{Shadow}: Even dying can't kill me
 dead before I collect my pay.
{SHADOW}!!
{SHADOW}: I'll be blown to bits before I can even collect my pay...

When Shadow arrives, or as soon as the player chooses to leave without him, the party jumps to the relative safety of the Blackjack.



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