Video Game: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
aka: Crystal Chronicles
"Come, let us record your adventures in this journal. It shall be known as the Crystal Chronicles."
The first game in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
series, this was also the first installment of the boil-lancingly popular Final Fantasy
franchise made for a Nintendo system since the SNES
. It was release on the Gamecube
as an action RPG, but also famously required Gameboy Advances
for multiplayer. The game sold well, but the requirement is considered a big reason it didn't sell better.
The basic plot is as follows: Hundreds of years ago, the whole world became covered in a toxic miasma. If you breathe too much of it, you die. So how do the people survive? Turns out that special crystals have the power to repel the miasma. However, their power isn't endless: they must be replenished with myrrh about once a year. In order to survive, each town sends our their own "crystal caravan", to collect myrrh from myrrh trees (all inconveniently placed at the end of a dungeon) and then return home. Lather, rinse, and repeat indefinitely.
The player is from a small village, called Tipa by default, but it can be renamed whatever they want. Characters can be any of four tribes/races:
- Selkie: Appearing as humans with oddly colored hair, they are thieves from the isle of Leuda. They use racquets as weapons, and are the fastest of the four.
- Lilty: A short race with reddish skin and leafy hair, they are proud warriors from the city of Alfitaria. They wield spears, and are the strongest race.
- Clavat: The most human looking tribe, they are generally peaceful, and hail from the Fields of Fum. They use a sword/shield combo in combat, and have the highest defense stat.
- Yuke: A mysterious race from Shella who never remove their helmets, so no one knows what their faces look like, or if they have faces at all. They fight with hammers, but are primarily spell casters.
The story is told in a non-linear fashion, with information given to the player as their caravan runs into others on the road, or talks to people in town.
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