"One myth, countless stories. The New Tale of the Crystal. Like the light that shines through the Crystal, the universe shines with multicolored content."Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy (roughly translates to "New Tale of the Crystal") is a collective series of games and stories made under the label and mythology established in Final Fantasy XIII. Similar to the Compilation Of Final Fantasy VII and Ivalice Alliance of games, the games in Fabula Nova Crystallis each feature their own unique characters and settings, but nevertheless share a common theme and mythology, much in the same vein of a shared mythology found in the "Nintendo era" of Final Fantasy games: the original Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy V.
List of Fabula Nova Crystallis games:
Mythology and themes of Fabula Nova Crystallis:
In the beginning, the god Bhunivelze had killed his mother, Mwynn, to take full control of the Mortal World for himself. As a result, Mwynn was sent into the Unseen World. Despite achieving his goal of total control of the Mortal World, Bhunivelze became troubled. He believed that Mwynn had placed a curse on the realm of the living so that it would one day be destroyed. To put a stop to the curse Bhunivelze sought to destroy his mother once and for all, but was unable to reach the Unseen World without giving up control of the Mortal World. To find the entrance to the realm of the dead, Bhunivelze created the fal'Cie Pulse, tasked with searching the world for the door to the Unseen World.To assist Pulse, Bhunivelze soon after created the fal'Cie Etro, but became distraught to discover that he unknowingly created her in the likeness of Mwynn. Bhunivelze gave Etro no powers and to replace Etro, Bhunivelze created the fal'Cie Lindzei, tasked with protecting the world and Bhunivelze himself. With the fal'Cie at work, Bhunivelze put himself into a deep crystal sleep, to be awoken only when the door to the Unseen World was found.When Pulse and Lindzei were given a task to fulfill by their creator, Etro became distressed over her lack of power and purpose in the world. Etro killed herself and disappeared from the Mortal World and from Etro's spilled blood, humanity took root and grew.note Etro felt a bond with these creatures she unknowingly helped create, as they, like her, were destined to die.In the Unseen World, Etro discovered Mwynn being consumed by a strange energy known as chaos. With her last breath, Mwynn tasked Etro with protecting the balance of the universe, for if the balance between the Visible and Unseen Worlds was to be disrupted, the universe itself would collapse. The death of the Mortal World was not a curse, but in fact, fate.Despite this, Etro did not understand what Mwynn had asked of her as she was consumed by the chaos. Etro became lonely, though she felt affection toward humans, who lived only to die. Etro placed a piece of chaos within each human being, which came to be known as the "heart". So long as humans continue to be born and die, then the universe will remain in balance.Pulse continued to craft the world as he saw fit, while Lindzei protected the world and crafted the floating paradise of Cocoon for the humans. One day, Pulse and Lindzei absconded from the world, never to be seen again. Many of the humans, in turn, worshiped – and some abhorred – these fal'Cie as gods. Etro, meanwhile, became known as the Goddess of Death, who waited to greet each human as they passed through the door to the Unseen World.And Bhunivelze continues to sleep until the end of time.
Tropes present across the series: