Previous Part: Mages and Mercenaries

Storyline text and attempted translations from...

Final Fantasy VI

Characters collected in this section: Lock

Bosses covered in this section: Red Dragon

フェニックスの洞窟  Phoenix Cave  | | | . . . . . . . . . .  PHOENIX CAVE

As the Emperor's Letter indicates, this cave is in the center of a star-shaped mountain range, found north of Tzen on the southern continent. The same mountain range was visible in the World of Balance, but lacked the opening in the middle. Information gathered elsewhere suggests that Lock has come here in search of a legendary secret treasure said to be able to restore life, so let's start looking.

Incidentally, text in the game data that isn't typically displayed suggests that an extra step in the quest was removed during development, involving seeing the old man living north of the Beast Plain about a map the emperor had, so presumably the letter would have mentioned him and this map somehow instead of leading you to the mountains directly. The text hasn't been completely removed, however, which can make for some confusion if you happen to see it.

『よし。
 乗り込むぞ!
"Okay.
 We're going in!"
Right.
We're going in!
 2つのパーティーに分かれます。
 (Y)ボタンでパーティーを
  きりかえることができます。
 You'll split into two parties.
 You can switch between
 parties with the Y button.
Split up into 2 parties.
Use the Y Button to switch between groups.

Inside the cave, "Another World of Beasts" plays. Unlike most locations, the game requires the use of two separate parties here. Make sure both are capable of fighting off the enemies (or use Mog and Moruru's Charm to keep one safe). Both parties share inventory, allowing equipment to be swapped between them as needed. The monsters are some of the more troublesome ones in the game, but most are quite vulnerable to Ice, so freeze them to death. Most also absorb Flame, but few actually attack with it, so resistance is not a priority. Try not to walk on the spikes, since they inflict 400 damage to each character per step.

Don't approach the treasure chest near the entrance immediately. Instead, take the party downstairs and up another stairway to the south, then step on the switch to extend a bridge to the chest, thus avoiding a hidden pitfall.

Explore, alternating parties frequently, since each will need to do things to let the other progress. My favorite is the switch that drains water from one area to cool lava in another, opening paths in both. Empty chests litter the area, but a few treasure chests still contain treasure. The interesting ones are a Wing Edge, a Ribbon, and a Wyvern's Horn.

The rare Gharypdes deserves special mention due to having the godly Three Stars as a rare steal. You'll usually just get Phoenix Tails, though.

There's also a dragon roaming around near the Wyvern's Horn.

Using Flame protection and avoiding levels divisible by 4 will protect from all of the Red Dragon's dangerous attacks, until it loses about two thirds of its health and starts using ○ Flare more often than not. Counter with Magicseal Sword, or just burn off its relatively few magic points. Trying to use ◎ Reflect won't work as well, since, similar to King Behemoth, it will targer characters with 'reflect' status and use Eraser to remove it.

リフレクを消しさる Eliminates Reflect. Remove "Rflect"

It won't use that more often than once every third turn, and is just as incapable of removing 'reflect' from a Reflect Ring as the King Behemoth. Other than that, the Red Dragon uses ○ Fira (67%) or Fireball (33%) normally, switching to ○ Flare (67%) or ○ Figa (33%) after losing 19,760 (of 30,000) health. It will also use a random selection of Southern Cross, Level 4 Flare, or Flare Star every 40 seconds. Then there's the chance of a counterattack, but that's insignificant.

Also, 'poison', 'slip', 'slow', and even 'confusion' work. Nothing to steal. Win an Ame no Murakumo, the second-strongest but otherwise unremarkable katana.

     8竜 あと4ひき Eight Dragons: Four more left       4 dragons left.

Unused combat text for this dragon:

レッドドラゴンは仲間を呼んだ!
フリーズドラゴンしょうかん!
Red Dragon called an ally!
Summoned the Freeze Dragon!
Red Dragon called its pal!
Ice Dragon summoned!

Moving on, the two parties will meet up shortly after this. Beyond one last cooperative button press is a familiar character opening a chest...

『{ロック}!! "{Lock}!!" {LOCKE}!!
{ロック}「みんな!! 
 やっと…
 見つけたんだ。
 魂をよみがえらせる伝説の秘宝…
{Lock}: You guys!!
 Finally... I've found it.
 The legendary secret treasure
 that restores souls to life...
{LOCKE}: You're all safe! Behold...
A legendary relic that can restore life...
『それは… 
 魔石…?
{ロック}「そうだ…
 はるか昔、フェニックスは自らを
 石にかえたという伝説がある。
 やはり本当だったんだ…
 しかし…
 ヒビがはいっている……
 これでは、きせきの力を起こす
 ことはできないかもしれない。
"That's...
 magicite...?"
{Lock}: Right...
 There's a legend that long ago,
 Phoenix turned itself to stone.
 It was true after all...
 The thing is...
 it's cracked...
 It might not have enough power
 like this to cause a miracle.
That looks like...
Magicite...
{LOCKE}: Correct!
Legend has it that ages ago the Phoenix was turned to stone...
And many legends are based on facts...
This has some major cracks in it though...
I fear it may have lost its power over time...

If present.

{セリス}「{ロック}…
 レイチェルを……?
{Celes}: {Lock}...
 For Rachel...?
{CELES}: {LOCKE}...
That's for Rachel, isn't it...?
{ロック}「俺はレイチェルを守って
 やれなかった…
 真実をなくしてしまったんだ…
 だから、それを取り戻すまで
 俺にとって本当の事は何もない…
{Lock}: I couldn't protect Rachel...
 I've lost my truth...
 So nothing's real for me
 until I take it back...
{LOCKE}: I wasn't able to save Rachel...
I've lost all sense of purpose...
My life will have no meaning until I can right this terrible wrong...
『行くのか?
 コーリンゲンまで…
"Shall we be off?
 To Kohlingen..."
Will you come with us?
Only as far as Kohlingen...

Everyone automatically leaves. The sparkle beyond Lock just acts as an exit in case of a second trip here.

The hook dangling from the airship at the very beginning is the only other exit, since you cannot use Teleport Stones or cast ◎ Teleport outside of combat in this location... which means the only alternative to the sparkle is working all the way back though all the tricks in reverse. Regardless of how you leave, you'll end up on the airship deck with Setzer as the sole active party member, so head below deck to regroup before going anywhere else.

The chest Lock opened also appears closed on any repeat visits, but there's no significance to this; it's just an oversight.


コーリンゲンの村  Village of Kohlingen  | | | | . . . . . . . . . .  KOHLINGEN
コーリンゲンの村… The Village of Kohlingen... The village of Kohlingen...

Lock enters the basement where Rachel's body lies preserved. After exchanging looks with the old man, he places the magicite atop her, but nothing seems to happen.

ジーサン「やっぱりヒビがはいって
 いちゃあ、魂をよみがえらすことは
 できないねっ ねっ ねっ!
 ざんねん ざんねん!
Old Man: It just can't bring a soul
 back to life with those cracks.
 Can't, can't, can't!
 Too bad, too bad!
PATRIARCH: If only the Magicite didn't bear those deep cracks...
I think you've been wasting your time, young man!

The stone glows, then rises into the air and manifests a large red aura in the shape of a bird, but then shatters.

ジーサン「うわあー
 魔石が くだけ くだけ…
 くだけちったよー!!
Old Man: Waaaaah,
 the magicite sha-sha...
 shattered!!
PATRIARCH: Uwaaaaaa!
The Magicite's gonna shatter!

Lock appears downcast, but then Rachel opens her eyes.

レイチェル「{ロック}…… Rachel: {Lock}... RACHEL: {LOCKE}...
{ロック}「レイチェル!! {Lock}: Rachel!! {LOCKE}: Rachel!!!

"Forever Rachel" starts playing, and the phoenix aura appears again.

レイチェル「{ロック}…
 会いたかった。
 お話したかった…!
{ロック}「レイチェル…
レイチェル「フェニックスが最後の力で
 少しだけ時間をくれたの…
 でも、すぐに行かなければ
 ならない…
 だから…
 あなたに言い忘れたことを
 いま…
Rachel: {Lock}...
 I've wanted to see you.
 Wanted to talk to you...!
{Lock}: Rachel...
Rachel: Phoenix has given me just a
 little time with the last of its power...
 but I'm going to have to go soon...
 So...
 I'm telling you now what I forgot
 to say...
RACHEL: {LOCKE}...
I've dreamed of seeing you.
I wanted to hear your voice.
{LOCKE}: Rachel...
RACHEL: The Phoenix has given me so little time...
I have to leave again soon...
But I have something I must tell you...
{ロック}「……
レイチェル「{ロック}… … 
 私 しあわせだったのよ…
 死ぬ時、あなたのことを思い出して
 とても… 
 とても、しあわせな気持ちで
 ねむりについたの。
 だから…
 あなたに言い忘れた言葉… 
 {ロック}… ありがとう。
{Lock}: ......
Rachel: {Lock}... ...
 I was happy with you...
 When I remembered you at the
 time of my death, I felt so...
 I went to sleep feeling
 so contented.
 So...
 the words I forgot to say...
 {Lock}... thank you.
{LOCKE}: ......
RACHEL: {LOCKE}... ...
With you I was so happy...
In the instant that the accident occurred, I thought only of you...
And about the joy you brought me. Thank you, {LOCKE}...
I'll never forget you...

Accident? I thought she was killed in an Imperial raid. Or maybe it was somehow taken to mean her fall in the cave that caused the memory loss.

She closes her eyes, and the aura fades.

{ロック}「レイチェル!!
レイチェル「もう行かなきゃならない… 
 あなたがくれた、しあわせ…
 ほんとうに、ありがとう…
 この私の感謝の気持ちで、あなたの
 心をしばっている、そのくさりを
 たち切ってください…
 あなたの心のなかの、その人を
 愛してあげて。
 ……  フェニックスよ…
 よみがえり
 {ロック}の力に!
{Lock}: Rachel!!
Rachel: I have to go now...
 Thank you so much...
 for making me happy...
 Please use my feelings of
 gratitude to cut away those
 chains binding your heart...
 Love that person who is
 in your heart.
 ...... O Phoenix...
 Be reborn, and give
 {Lock} your power!
{LOCKE}: RACHEL!!!!
RACHEL: I have to go now...
...I'll always love you...
You must now cast off the anguish you've been harboring inside for so long...
Today I set your heart free.
You must learn to love yourself again, and regain your self respect.
...... Phoenix!
Be reborn again!!
And give your power...to {LOCKE}!!

Rachel rises into the air.

{ロック}「レイチェル!! {Lock}: Rachel!! {LOCKE}: Rachel!!!

She flickers and disappears, to be replaced with a few sparkles that fly into a formation that fits the phoenix aura that appears again. The aura glows brighter and flies off, and the music fades as the scene does.

Lock returns upstairs, where Celes is waiting for him.

{セリス}「{ロック}… {Celes}: {Lock}... {CELES}: {LOCKE}...
{ロック}「だいじょうぶ。 
 レイチェルが俺の心に光をくれた。
 もう… 
 だいじょうぶだ。
 行こう!
 俺達には、やらなければならない
 事がある!!
{Lock}: I'm okay.
 Rachel gave my heart light.
 I'm...
 fine now.
 Let's go!
 We've got things we have to do!!
{LOCKE}: Thanks, I'm okay...
I feel lighter than air...
From here on...
I'll be all right.
Let's go!
We have work to do!!

He turns to her, and "Locke" starts playing. They leave the house together, but Lock stops.

{セリス}「どうしたの? {Celes}: What is it? {CELES}: What's up?

Lock runs into the house, leaving Celes confused, then runs back out again.

   「エクスポーション」!
   「フェニックスのお」!
   「エーテルスーパー」!
   「エリクサー」!
   「フレイムシールド」!
   「バリアントナイフ」!
   X-Potion!
   Phoenix Tail!
   Ether Super!
   Elixir!
   Flame Shield!
   Valiant Knife!
       "X-Potion"!
       "Fenix Down"!
       "X-Ether"!
       "Elixir"!
       "Flame Shld"!
       "ValiantKnife"!
{ロック}「フェニックスの
 洞窟のお宝だ!
{Lock}: Treasures from the
 Phoenix Cave!
{LOCKE}: The treasures of the Phoenix Cave!
{ロック}「さあ、行こう!
 ケフカを倒し、世界に光を
 取り戻す!!!
{Lock}: Now let's go!
 We'll beat Cefca and bring
 light back to the world!!!
{LOCKE}: Right, let's move out! We have an appointment with Kefka!

They nod to each other, and the scene concludes there, with Lock and Celes as the active party. Fortunately, the airship will be parked just outside of town.

Enjoy powerful healing and revival magic, plus ○ Figa at an unusually rapid learning rate, from Phoenix. The Valiant Knife, meanwhile, inflicts much more damage than the attack power suggests, since it ignores defense and additionally gets a damage bonus based on how badly hurt the user is.


炭坑都市ナルシェ  Coal Mine City Narshe  | | | | . . . . . . . . . .  NARSHE

Remember the locks only a treasure hunter could possibly open? Lock has that covered. Most of the houses are abandoned, but a few still have occupants. Open the weapon shop and head to the basement to find the owner still there.

おまえさんたちを待っていたよ… 
これを渡そうと思ってな。
I've been waiting for you all...
I thought I'd give you this.
I've been waiting for you!
I wanted to give you this.

The screen flashes blue as he produces a piece of magicite.

武器屋をやって70年。
この石からは不思議な力を感じる
たぶんこの石をけずり、剣をつくれば
すばらしいものになるじゃろう…
どうじゃ?
この石を剣に変えてみないかね?
 魔石「ラグナロック」のまま
 剣「ラグナロク」にしてもらう
I ran a weapon shop for seventy years.
From this stone I sense a mysterious power.
I'll bet we'd get something amazing if I
carved this stone into a sword...
Well?
Can I try turning this stone into a sword?
 Leave it as the magicite Ragnarök
 Have him make the sword Ragnarök
I ran a Weapon Shop for 70 years!
This stone gives off an eerie aura!
If I melted it, and forged a sword, it'd be powerful!
Well?
Make this stone into a sword?
 Leave it the stone "Ragnarok"
 Make it the sword "Ragnarok"
よし、わかった。 Okay, got it. Right.

Unfortunately, it's only possible to get one or the other, not both. The magicite teaches the game's most powerful spell and can (sometimes) turn enemies into items, while the sword is one of the game's most powerful weapons and is necessary to get a (usually) even more potent one.

You can also steal the Ragnarök sword during the next to last stage of the final battle, but that only does any good for the rest of that battle, unless playing a remake that allows saving after clearing the game.

Incidentally, the owner refuses to leave.

わしは、ここに残る。
ナルシェの民じゃからな。
I'll stay here.
I'm a man of Narshe.
I'll stay here.
This is my home.

Unlock the house over the accessory shop to find a man sick in bed.

ゴホッ…
これを… これを…
*cough*...
Take... this...
Cough...
Take...this...

The screen flashes an ominous red.

「血ぬられた盾」…
もしその、のろいがとければ
最強の盾となるのだが…
The Ensanguined Shield...
If its curse were broken, it would
become the ultimate shield...
Cursed Shld...
If we could break its curse...
Imagine its defensive power!

The shield is worse than useless, as it inflicts multiple status effects, causes multiple weaknesses, and lowers all stats, but if equipped on a surviving character (except Gogo) for a total of 256 battles...

血ぬられたたての呪いがとけた The Ensanguined Shield's curse broke. Dispelled curse on shield

The transforms it into the almighty Hero's Shield, which has superior defense and blocking, nulls or absorbs every element, and even teaches ○ Ultima.

Anyway, that's all 14 party members. Time for some sidequests...



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