Terra dies at the beginning of the game.The entire game is a dream she is having while dying.
The old man you talk to outside of Sabin's Cabin is Duncan in disguise.Trickster Mentor, anyone?
Clyde murdered Baram.If I were wandering around killing people for money because it was all I thought I was good at, it would have to be for a pretty dang good reason. All we're given as a means of knowing about what happened between them are Shadow's nightmares, and who's to say he's being honest with himself during a nightmare?
Celes succeeded in her suicide attempt.Kefka succeeded in destroying all sapient life, and starts to use his God powers to evolve into a full-blown Eldritch Abomination. Only Cid and Celes survived the Apocalypse. However, after Cid dies Celes is the last woman on earth, and all that takes place after her suicide is actually in Purgatory.
Kefka is the Joker's Great Grandfather
Kefka IS The Joker
Kefka deliberately threw the final battle.When the party confronts Kefka at the end of the game, Kefka is practically a god. In the cutscene prior to the battle, Kefka toys with the party, throwing them around, and generally showing that they don't stand a chance against him. Yet, the final battle is generally regarded as one of the easiest in the Final Fantasy series, almost to the point of being a joke. Why? There's only one good explanation (aside from Gameplay and Story Segregation, of course) - Kefka decided to lose. Let me explain. At the game's halfway point, Kefka manages to achieve every Evil Overlord's dream. He plots to gain ultimate power, and actually gets it. He doesn't just dream about destroying the world, he actually does it! As the Cult of Kefka would say, he succeeded where Sephiroth failed. You are now his slave forever and ever. Kefka won. End of story. Game over. Only it's not over. Having achieved everything he ever wanted, Kefka has nothing left to do that's worth doing, nothing left to gain that's worth gaining, and nothing even left to destroy that's worth destroying. Everything is pointless, and what's even worse is that there are still people out there that don't realize it! They have nothing left to live for, and they still fight! Kefka doesn't understand this, and that makes him angry. Killing their bodies would be an empty victory; only killing their spirit, killing their hope, and making them feel the same despair that he does would be enough to satisfy him. Hence why he didn't just blow up the Falcon with his all-powerful Light of Judgement despite having plenty of time to do so, or actually let Celes die of despair in Solitary Island, instead he allowed her to live and have a hope spot just for his plan to send her to Room 101 and stamp her face with a boot for ever. What would satisfy the God of Despair himself more than creating Despair Event Horizon right there in the heroes' highest hopes? However, as the final cutscene makes clear, no matter how much power Kefka has, no matter what Kefka does, the party will never, ever give up their hope. Faced with something that can't be destroyed, Kefka's hatred turns inward; rather than live with the memory of something more powerful than he can ever be, he gives up and commits suicide by allowing the party to kill him.
Edgar is gay.He's handsome, a genius inventor, and a king, yet no girls over the age of 12 will go near him. His outrageously inept flirting must be a trick to drive women away. I suspect that, once upon a time, a woman actually tried to take him to bed, found out the truth, and then told everyone else in Figaro Castle, which would also explain why all the girls stay away from him.
Sabin is gay.While pretty much the whole party gets in on purchasing new clothes for Gau, Sabin is the only one who seems to venture a discerning opinion about what Gau should actually wear, and refers to the whole process as a "make-over". Plus it was his idea. He also never expresses any interest in any of the female party members, or in any girls at all, and is the only adult male human in the cast who doesn't at least have SOME obvious hetero interest; Edgar is a womanizer, Locke arguably has Terra and/or Celes (and definitely had Rachel), Cyan had a wife and son and had a correspondence-courtship with Lola, Shadow had at least a female lover. His lack of open interest in the ladies might just be because he's a monk, but still...
Gogo is Daryl/Gestahl/Adlai Stevenson.He can't just be a plotless reference to FFV! Because...uh...hey, look behind you! A three-headed monkey!
The Eight Dragons were not evil.Think about it. What did the Eight Dragons ever do that was evil? Aside from holding up an opera, none of the Dragons really did anything other then wander about their home. Humbaba and Death Gaze were menaces; attacking orphanages and raining death from the skies, but there was no indication that the Dragons planned to do anything other then sit around their homes. The party always made the first move, always chose to start the fight. Especially with Earth Dragon: if he was hostile to begin with, why did he wait for the party to pick themselves up before attacking? The party doesn't kill them to defend anyone, or because they were attacked; the only reason they have to fight them is because they were released on the Day of Ruin like Humbaba and Deathgaze, so they must be evil menaces that have to die, right? But it's all OK, because once they're all dead, you get a shiny new piece of magicite, and that justifies everything, right? And then in the remake, the party hunts them down to their afterlife and slaughters them again. Kaiser Dragon pretty much spells it out for you when you face him: the party have been slaughtering his people for no reason, and then continued to defile their resting place. Oops.
Crusader is Sealed Evil in a Can.Related to the above theory, the Esper Crusader is actually an evil force that was sealed away by the Dragons for good reason. The esper is morally sketchy to begin with; a move called "cleansing" that deals extreme damage to friend and foe alike. The esper is most likely a Knight Templar that sought to eliminate all of dragonkind because they believed them to be evil that must be eradicated. The Eightfold Seal was the dragons' attempt to seal this danger away, with Kaiser personally entering into a Sysiphus Vs Rock deal to keep the Crusader in check after the two of them were sealed. Over time, Crusader eventually died and became magicite, but the danger of the magicite was deemed enough for the dragons to continue guarding the seal. Until the party released it by killing them. All of this makes the party's actions even more damning in Kaiser's eyes: these filthy bloodthirsty humans slaughter his brethren and release the dangerous Esper, and then they have the gall to come into their sanctuary and kill them all over again? They're no better then Crusader itself.
Gau is a Half-Human Hybrid. He is half-whatever Gogo is.Gau's sprite and character art show him to have pointed ears, fangs, and (in the Amano art, at least) a little bit of FUR on his elbows and knees; while it could be that this is the result of being in near-constant Rage mode for twelve or so years, it's more likely that he was born with them, leading his father to throw him onto the Veldt. Living so close to the Veldt, Gau's mother could well have come into contact with any number of creatures— after all, monsters from all over the world naturally migrate to the Veldt. She met Gogo, and living alone with a mentally unstable husband, she was lonely and wanted some affection from this mysterious stranger. Gogo Mimed her Seduction ability, and she got pregnant with Gau as a result; sometime afterward, Gogo was swallowed by a Zone Eater on the Veldt, which returned to its natural habitat on Triangle Island. When Gau was born, he looked entirely normal for someone of Gogo's species, prompting his father to abandon him. Gau's Rage ability is an overly-developed and highly-specialized Mime ability that he inherited from his biological father.
Most Espers had their emotions sealed/dampened.There was some discussion on the Bugs Me page about whether Espers are capable of love, and some showing, at least in some translations, a lack of emotion. We know they were originally used as weapons by the three Goddesses, and whether they have an innate love for destruction is a key plot point in Dissidia. Having been weapons for so long, and by this theory naturally drawn to violence, many espers either chose to, or forcibly, sealed or reduced their emotions, in order to ensure such urges wouldn't endanger their new peace.
Terra is gay.She seems confused by Edgar's flirting and even says "I guess a normal girl would have found him charming, but I'm hardly normal", she never hits it off or even shows interest in Locke and then there's the Les Yay with Celes.
Celes and Maria are really the same person.Celes apparently looks exactly like Maria, sounds exactly like Maria, and is able to sing opera well enough to pose as Maria. Further, the real Maria never shows up, and nobody claims to have even heard from her while Celes is with your party. Celes agrees to the impersonation plan rather quickly, after seeming to resist for all of a few seconds. Opera isn't something a beginner can just take up and instantly master. To be able to perform that well during the opera scene, Celes must really be a professional opera singer with years of training. Due to her genetic augmentation and magitek infusions, Celes may not have needed much combat training to perform her military duties, which may have allowed her enough free time during her off-duty hours to pursue a secondary career as an opera singer. Perhaps she has a teleport spell that lets her get to and from the opera house quickly. But she may be embarrassed about her passion for opera, fearing it may clash with the "tough chick" image she tries to project among her military comrades, so she hides this side of herself by taking on a different name and pretending to be someone else.
Kefka was still firing the Light of Judgment during the final battleIn the event that the "Kefka threw the battle" theory above isn't true, then this was probably why he lost. The heroes give their "World of Cardboard" Speech, which causes Kefka to lose whatever modicum of restraint he has left and fires the Light of Judgment upon the world, seeking to eliminate the heroes' remaining sources of hope (and everything that happens to be in between them), prompting the heroes to attack. When they get to the top of the tower, Kefka's still using Light of Judgment as he fights, thinking that once everything's destroyed, the heroes will have no other option than to succumb to dispair (or the Light will cause an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, whichever comes first). Kind of a Weaksauce Weakness, since it basically boils down to Kefka trying and failing to multitask, but it makes sense.
Terra, Kefka, and Celes are sterile.Think about it. None of them has any kids, two of them constantly run from any feelings of connection, and all of them are magic-users through unusual circumstance. This leads me to believe that the Magitek infusion process leaves the subject completely sterile. Celes copes with this by insisting she cannot love someone. This is why she hurls herself off the cliff when she believes she's the last person alive. Even if there was another male, she wouldn't be able to further the race. Terra, being half-esper/half-human, is sterile simply by being a hybrid, much like a mule. She also copes by insisting she cannot feel love. This slowly grows into her becoming a motherly figure to the orphaned children at Mobliz, til Duane and Katarin have their own child and assure her they can take care of the kids. Kefka, on the other hand, does not take this as well. He copes by being a complete sociopath, hiding his misery with a facade of insanity and glee in causing pain. He kills others without mercy or honor, when he becomes a God-like being he does his best to leave children parent-less. Whereas the first two hid from their problem, Kefka embraces it as an excuse to hurt and kill. To contrast, Relm and Strago are both Magic-users, and Strago obviously had kids who eventually had Relm.
The Esper whose power was used to infuse Kefka was evil, while the Esper whose power was used on Celes was good.It isn't that the operation was imperfect in Kefka's case, it's just that the Esper's personality affects the subject's. Therefore, Celes' decision to turn against the empire was fueled by a conscience given by her operation just like how Kefka's decision to destroy the world was fueled by madness gained from his.
Banon and Duncan were the same person.Think about it, we get no backstory for Banon, none at all. And he and Duncan share the same sprite, Duncan just has a different color palette. Sure, you could chalk it up to being lazy, but remember that when Edgar was using the alias Gerad, he used the same sprite as normal with a different color palette. So why not pull the same trick with Duncan and Banon, use the same sprite but different palettes to hint they're the same guy? Think about it, if they were the same person, then Duncan would easily be found by the Empire as a famous martial arts master. So he makes up an alias, and whenever the Returners refer to their leader, they use his alias "Banon" to keep his identity secret. When Vargas "killed" Duncan, he took the chance to drop out of sight and devote his full energy to the Returners - remember that the timeframe when Vargas killed Duncan more or less lines up with Locke rescuing Terra, so if we assume he sent word to Banon of this young woman who could use magic, it makes sense Duncan would use the "death" excuse to vanish and take on the Banon persona full-time. This is why Banon vanishes in Vector when the Floating Continent rises, he's going back to hide under the Duncan persona again. This is also why, despite the fact he's supposedly alive the whole time, we never see Duncan in the World of Balance - because we do see him, as Banon. This would also explain Banon's Pray/Health ability which seems to be magic, Duncan would naturally have the ability to harness the same type of energy that powers Sabin's Blitzes.
Celes and Maria are twins.We know that the two of them look amazingly alike and we have no idea of who Celes' parents are. So how about this, the Chere family objects to what Gestahl is doing so he sends troops to arrest them for treason. Not all of them are able to escape and when Celes is captured they decide to use her to test the Magitek infusion process.
Clyde and Baram were lovers.In a case of Bi the Way, as Clyde seems to like ladies too if he banged Relm's mom. Anyway, Shadow's last line in the ending is translated different ways depending on release, but the literal translation from Japanese was "I don't need to flee anymore. Embrace me warmly."
Lone Wolf is really Baram.After Clyde abandoned Baram at the foot of Baren Falls, Baram was brought back to full health in an act of mercy by the Esper Fenrir using his own power, which is why Lone Wolf is a talking wolf. Fenrir lived on the Veldt, but was killed when the world was ruined, leaving behind only his Magicite in Mobliz.
Celes is a Figaro.The reason why Sabin and Celes look so much like each other is not just a passing resemblance, but because Celes was genetically engineered from the King and Queen of Figaro during a time of war, wanting to humiliate Figaro by using the ruler's seed against him. This would make Celes the younger sister of Edgar and Sabin.
Edgar is not a Figaro.Edgar is not related to Sabin or their parents at all. In a time when the Empire was at war with both Figaro and Doma (who were allies), Cyan (who was in his 20s) lost his first wife during an Imperial raid. She was never found or identified, but was actually a vegetative pregnant Jane Doe who came into Figaro's care from out of the war zone. She gave birth on the same day as the pregnant Queen, and since the woman would never wake up, the King and Queen of Figaro adopted her baby and raised their own son and the other boy as twin brothers. Sabin resembles their father much more than Edgar does. Cyan later married Elayne and had another son, Owain. Yeah, this one is a real Epileptic Trees, I admit. But I've been Wild Mass Guessing Final Fantasy VI since 1994.
There are two Kefkas.Kefka was described as a good man before his experimental Magitek infusion, and then turned abruptly into a Monster Clown. What if this was because there was a piece of Magicite lodged inside his brain? Then, what if, once he seized control of the Goddesses and assumed his One-Winged Angel form, he disposed of his old body as having served its purpose? (I admit this sounds Naraku-like, but I seriously thought of this before ever seeing InuYasha.) Then, no longer caring, this body got up of its own will and wandered off. It is the old good Kefka, with no more Magicite in his brain. So even as the True Companions fought against the One-Winged Angel Kefka who ruled from Kefka's tower, there's a second non-evil human Kefka wandering around somewhere in the world. Yay, a theory that's both Epileptic Trees and Fan Wank!
Shadow lives.My honest original Alternative Character Interpretation, before arriving on the Internet and discovering most other people believed differently. In the end, when Shadow abandons the party and says he doesn't want to run away anymore, he doesn't commit suicide, but rather takes off his mask and settles down somewhere to start over with an honest life. He may or may not have ever returned to Relm.
Kefka created the Void.In his quest to create his Monument To Nonexistence, Kefka created (or became) the Void, but it was sealed in the Interdimensional Rift, and harnessed by Enuo and Exdeath on another world.
Banon is Gestahl's son.Banon was originally Gestahl's son, but stole much of Vector's wealth and defected to Doma where he founded the Returners as a combined rebel/resistance group against Gestahl's regime. The Returners would later remove to the Sabil Mountains after prolonged warfare between the Empire and Doma.
Locke is Banon's son.Locke was born in Doma to Banon and a Returner woman from Kohlingen (who may or may not have also been Banon's wife), but the mother and child returned to Kohlingen. As war with the Empire became drawn out, the Returners left Doma for the Sabil Mountains. Locke was originally indifferent to the Returners (and to Banon), but after Rachel was killed in an Imperial attack on Kohlingen, Locke joined the Returners.
Kefka is the son of Locke and Celes.Sometime after the events of Final Fantasy VI, Locke and Celes bear a son, and Cid gives him the name Kefka, after the good man (and friend to Cid) who Kefka originally was before the botched Magitek experiment turned him into a Monster Clown. Later, toddler Kefka is pulled into the Void and is luckily quickly thrown out, but the Time Compression dropped him in the vicinity of Vector decades in the past. He grows up as Kefka Palazzo, a man two decades older than Locke. No, I had never read Marvel Universe at the time I came up with this particular WMG.
The Magi are Half Human Hybrids.The Magi of 1000 years before (and their descendants the Mages of Thamasa) were originally much earlier Half Human Hybrids of humans and Espers, which explains their secret ancient ability to use magic even without the assistance of Magitek or Magicite. Though the Thamasans were primarily endogamous to maintain their secret, their magical ability was gradually diluted through occasional intermarriage with ordinary human outsiders. Both the dilution of blood and the discipline of generations of experience made it possible for Thamasans to keep from losing control of their magical sides — but even then, no modern Thamasan is as powerful a half-Esper as Terra is.
The World of Balance has continental drift margins.At the western edge of the western-most continent, and at the eastern edge of the eastern-most continent, the shapes of the lands are such that they just about fit together, like South America with Africa.
Kefka is Baram.Kefka grew up in a crappy orphanage, where he learned to steal and fight to survive. As he grows up, he is noticed by someone in the Empire, and is taken in to become a soldier. He grows up more and becomes a general, etc etc. When the Espers were discovered, he was prepared to become the first Magitek knight. However, it seems unlikely that Cid and the Emperor Geshtal hadn't experimented at all before trying it on one of the best soldiers, so they probably tried weaker Espers on weak animals or criminals, and Kefka got to see the results, which were likely filled with Body Horror and insanity. The esper he was to be infused with was also probably out of control. It freaked him out badly and he ran away, hoping to escape the experiment. Government propaganda covered his escape as him going on a mission or something. Kefka drew upon his past experience of thieving and fighting, and became a robber with the name of Baram. He met Clyde, etc etc., until he gets injured. He begs to be killed, because he remembers what the Esper infusions did to the subjects, and wants to escape that fate. Clyde leaves him behind, and he gets brought to the Empire, where he is forced to become a Magitek knight. His anger and feelings of betrayal are amplified by the Esper's anger, causing him to snap and become permanently hatefilled and angry, as well as insane. Also, both Baram and Kefka lose self-control when they see their blood: Baram breaks down when he's injured, and Kefka goes berserk when Celes stabs him. note
Narshe is a hydrothermal field.I always believed that all those clouds rising from the buildings in Narshe were not smoke, but hydrothermal steam from heated water underground. Narshe uses it much the way they do in Japan, Iceland or New Zealand, as both a heat and energy source, which is especially useful since it always seems to be winter there. The Narshe area may be partially volcanically active, with Hailfire Peaks. The more active volcanic areas would be useless (and unsafe) for mining, but adjacent extinct volcanoes might be lucrative areas of geothermally-placed ore deposits, with just enough geothermal activity to heat some of the water table and provide a steady source of hot water that can be piped where it's needed. The anachronism of burning fireplaces in Narshe buildings however either suggests that they're part of the overall abstraction of the available tiles in limited graphical tilesets (and the fireplaces look awesome), or that much of that steam is in fact...smoke (from either wood or fossil fuels). What do you think, steam or smoke?
Wrexsoul orchestrated Kefka's rise to Godhood.Remember Wrexsoul? The being who craved despair, who positively fed on ones with no hope? Well, he craved more despair than existed in the world at the time. But what could he do? He had no power in the material world. Only in people's psyches could he do anything of note. Now, he could manipulate others, by a method similar to mind control. However, it only worked on those whose minds had fallen so far as to provide no resistance to Wrexsoul. Now, who could this work on? Kefka! Wrexsoul could force this mad clown to usurp the powers of the Gods, telling him what to do. Then, when Kefka became a God and destroyed half the world, Wrexsoul would feed on the despair of those eking a wretched existence in this World of Ruin. It was a brilliant plan, but unfortunately, fourteen adventurers put a stop to it.
Kefka is an evil clone of the Sixth Doctor.At some point in his sixth incarnation, The Doctor came to the world where the game takes place, and, long story short, Emperor Gestahl got ahold of some of his DNA, created a clone, and fused it with magic. The end result was pretty much an exaggerated version of the Sixth Doctor, with magical powers.
Tritoch is Terra's distant ancestor.Maduin, her father, teaches Bolt2, Ice2, and Fire2. Tritoch teaches Bolt3, Ice3, and Fire3. Tritoch's magic is stronger because he was a soldier in the War of the Magi, and Maduin wasn't quite as martial. Tritoch is a bird-dragon-thing and Maduin is a Final Fantasy V-style gigas, but who knows how appearance gets determined with Espers?
Terra is, as of the ending, a clone of her motherHer esper nature vanished when magic did, leaving only her human nature. Her human side came entirely from her mother. Ergo, with everything she inherited from her father gone, she should be 100% identical to her mother, or at least functionally a clone.
Mog will have a single son......named Worf.
The empire had a number of genetic experiments in operation.After Kefka's less-than-perfect magical infusion, the empire started experimenting with various orphaned or unwanted infants, modifying their genes to make them more receptive to the process. Maria and Celes were originally part of the same test group. At some point, Maria was found unsuitable, and shunted off into some side project for imperial cannon-fodder before escaping and capitalizing on her looks and singing talents. This is why Maria and Celes not only look uncannily similar, but also have the same singing voice (or at least one similar enough to fool an audience). They were both bred to be weapons AND symbols for the empire, beautiful, deadly, good public speakers, etc. Someone who could look inspirational and captivating as she gave the emperor's orders. Expanding on the idea, some of the genes they were modified with were actually Terra's, as Terra, being a hybrid, provided the perfect example of a body capable of handling the Espers' magic. Maybe Daryl was even part of the same project, before she made her own escape - it would explain why Setzer developed such a fast and hard fixation on Maria and Celes, and seemed rather fond of Terra, too. Though that could also just be Setzer.
Clyde is Freddie Mercury.Just looks at that face and tell me it isn't so.◊ Also, this supports the Clyde/Baram ship mentioner earlier on this page.
There WILL be a Sequel.It's just trapped in Development Hell. Everyone has idea's about it, and surely Square realizes it's one of (apart from VII) their most well-loved game. So why not? Okay, first things first. It will be set eight-yrs-later, after the Party defeats Kefka (the eight years is mostly owning to Edgar's comment about Relm). It will start (and possibly stay) in Terra's POV. The world is being un-Crapsacked. Terra awakens in Mobliz one day, and has to save Duain and Katherine's child. However something weird happens in the battle. She can cast Fire! How? The Triad has been destroyed? Who knows where the other Espers have gone? And so, with Celes (the only other part of the main party that could use magic...until you get Strago) and the others, the Player sets out to find out why Magic has returned... C'mon, Squeenix, give us a good sequel! (I'd like it to be for the PS3 or the Wii).
The world of FFVI is the very last Gilgamesh visits.Considering Espers only turn into Magicite upon death...
Kefka actually proceeded to create his own monument to destruction: The Instrumentality Sequence from Neon Genesis EvangelionBut because the party defeated him, Shinji survived. Both series are also set in worlds of ruin after Eldritch Abominations devastated them, and Eva-verse could represent Kefka's despair. Why not?
The Mayans predicted that 12/21/2012 will be the day of Kefka's return! On that day, he will complete his monument to non-existence!What the title says. Prepare for the Second Coming of Kefka!!!
Ultros wants to become a legitimate villain and is trying to achieve this by copying other villainsHe admits when he's first seen that he's doing it for no reason and asks if that makes him a villain. In his second appearance, he learned Setzer was going to kidnap Maria and informed the opera house ahead of time. Ultros thought telling the victim ahead of time would make for a good calling card and tried to repeat it. In his third encounter, he attempts to steal the Warring Triad, items that the party would later seek. He mentions being rivals with Siegfried, a thief who stole an item the party sought earlier. Finally, he joins the Gestalt army, probably in the hopes of gaining rank and eventually usurping the emperor, which Kefka does not even an hour later.
Origin of the ReturnersThe first Returners were originally part of Maranda's military, and when their country was taken over by the Empire they fled to their ally, Doma. This first group managed to pool together refugees from Albrook and Tzen, and find supporters in other nations as well. The name obviously means that they shall "return" to their homeland and defeat the Empire. This is why Doma "gave rise to the Returners" because it gave the exiles a place to lick their wounds and gather strength, and why Cyan specifically points out that Celes lead the attack against Maranda. The base in the Sabil Mountains was meant as a secret fallback position, but it was found out when agents of the Empire tracked Terra, Edgar, Locke, and Sabin there.
Cyan is troubled by his past because of the townspeople.Cyan's wife looks the exact same as most/all of the young female townspeople, so it could be that every time the party wanders into a village, Cyan's PTSD is triggered by the girls walking around. The same goes for his son, seeing all of the kids running around doing nothing.
Madeline is the most badass character in the gameShe made it through the Cave to the Sealed Gate, apparently alone and without weapons, certainly without magic, and somehow opened the gate to the Esper realm and got inside, something that on the two other occasions it is down needs the magic force of multiple Espers to be done. Even the Espers don't know how she managed to get into their realm, so clearly her ability surpasses even them. It's fortunate for the Empire Madeline isn't a playable character or she'd probably be able to take out the Guardian and storm the palace on her own.
Everyone in the world has a bit of Esper heritage.After the War of the Magi, some Magi and Espers remained behind with 'regular' humanity instead of going to the Esper World or Thamasa. Their magical power diluted through the generations to the point of uselessness, but it still remains in small amounts, as evidenced by the various party members; either extensive training (Sabin's Blitzes, Cyan's Bushido techs, Gau's Rages, General Leo's Shock ability) or extreme desperation (Edgar's Royal Shock Limit Break; the other Desperation Attacks run off the Magic stat, but Edgar - who has no magical talent otherwise - summons a huge pillar of light from the ground with his) allows one to draw on it. In addition, MP growth is still calculated under the hood when leveling up, it's just hidden in the menu before getting magicite; in-universe, everyone has MP, they just don't have any magicite to use it with.