Storyline - FF10
1000 Years Ago:
- A huge war rages between the cities of Bevelle and
Zanarkand. The war is fought with high-technological weapons, or "machina".
Bevelle's machina is far superior to that of Zanarkand. The war lays waste
to a large area of land, later known as the Calm Lands (see below). The
leader of Zanarkand, the summoner Yu Yevon, fears the worst.
- At Yevon's behest, many of the people of Zanarkand
give up their lives and turn themselves into fayths. (Fayths are souls
trapped in statues, whose dreams manipulate a phenomenon called pyreflies.
This phenomenon can result in making real that which is not: for example,
calling aeons, beings of great power.) Yu Yevon himself merges with the life
energy (pyreflies) of the rest of the people to build an invincible armor
called Sin. Using Sin, he decimates the army of Bevelle; however, the
creation of Sin destroys Zanarkand as well. From within Sin, Yevon uses the
fayth to summon a dream Zanarkand: Zanarkand as it was before its
destruction, to keep it in its pristine state forever.
- Yu Yevon's daughter, Lady Yunalesca, pioneers a plan
to punish Bevelle and honor her father as well. She creates a technique
called the Final Summoning, wherein a summoner who trains her aeon-summoning
abilities can call the Final Aeon. The Aeon is created from a guardian of
the summoner, who has a close bond with her; the guardian is killed and
turned into a fayth, who then controls the aeon. Summoning the Final Aeon
destroys Yevon's armor Sin, but Yevon then merges with the new aeon and Sin
is reborn anew after a time. The summoner also cannot withstand the energy
caused by this phenomenon, and dies as well. Yunalesca proclaims that this
rite can defeat Sin for a time and give Spira hope for a short while, but
unless the world embraces the teachings of Yu Yevon and atones for their
sins, Sin will never disappear completely. (This isn't true, but she wishes
to give the world hope for a final salvation.)
- Yunalesca uses her husband Zaon as the first Final
Aeon. She is then killed by the Final Summoning, but refuses to be Sent to
the Farplane. She remains in the ruins of Zanarkand to guide future
summoners in the rite of the Final Summoning.
- Bevelle remains in terror of Yevon and Sin, and to
appease Yevon begins circulating his teachings (received through Yunalesca).
Mainly these revolve around the Final Summoning and a ban on machina (Yevon
wishes that the machina war should never happen again). He allows certain
non-martial machina (blitzball machines, for instance) to survive. Bevelle
disseminates these teachings (along with Yunalesca's plan involving the
Final Summoning) and sets up temples throughout Spira. Each temple holds a
fayth, whose aeons summoners can train themselves with.
- The Al Bhed, a tribe speaking a foreign language,
are unimpressed with Yevon and remain steadfast in using machina. They are
labeled traitors by Bevelle and their machina is destroyed whenever possible,
or lost (as in the fabled airship). Eventually the Al Bhed lose the
knowledge of how to make machina and are forced to use whatever they can
salvage without knowing the actual workings of it.
- A song later known as the Hymn of the Fayth (originally
sung in Zanarkand) is taken up by those who defy Bevelle, including the
fayth inside the temples. At first Bevelle prohibits the use of the song,
but after realizing that this isn't working, they instead spread a story
about it being sung in defiance of Sin, instead. Eventually it is adopted as
a holy song by the Yevonites.
- The lands made uninhabitable by the machina war are
later adopted by summoners as the place to complete the Final Summoning; the
location is ideal because it is uninhabited. Because the time between Sin's
destruction and his rebirth is known as the Calm, the place becomes known as
the Calm Lands.
(From this point forward, "Yevon" will refer
to the church of Yevon, not the person Yu Yevon.)
Some Time In The Last Thousand Years:
- Lady Yocun and Lord Ohalland (formerly a star
blitzball player) complete their pilgrimages and the Final Summoning, and
are posthumously named High Summoners.
- An Al Bhed named Bilghen sets up machina towers in
the Gandof Thunder Plains, designed to attract the lightning bolts
continually raining down on it. He is eventually killed by a stray bolt.
- A thief steals a fayth from a temple and hides it in
a cavern near Mount Gagazet, in an attempt to prevent summoners from
completing their pilgrimages and sacrificing themselves. The cavern
eventually becomes home to strong fiends and is called the Cavern of the
800 Years Ago:
- Lord Mi'ihen sets up an army of soldiers called the
Crimson Blades, dedicated to fighting Sin and protecting Spira. Fearful for
the fate of the rite of Final Summoning, the temple of Bevelle brands Mi'ihen
a traitor and blasphemer. Mi'ihen walks along the path later known as Mi'ihen
Highroad to Bevelle, and defends himself in front of the court of Yevon. He
succeeds in winning their trust, and Yevon changes the name of the Crimson
Blades to the Crusaders, and declares it an arm of the Yevon clergy.
700 Years Ago:
- A powerful member of the Yevonite church, Omega,
rebels against his faith. He is imprisoned in a dark place later known as
the Omega Ruins. Because he is never Sent after his death, he eventually
becomes a particularly dangerous fiend.
400 Years Ago:
- Lord Gandof completes his pilgrimage and fights Sin
in the Calm Lands. The fight creates a huge gorge, later called the Scar.
Gandof finishes his battle at the bottom of the Scar and destroys Sin, then
- Because there are no Summoners in the Calm Lands,
the few inhabitants eventually adopt the Scar as a burial ground.
50 Years Ago:
- Lord Mika is ordained as Grand Maester of Yevon. He
dies sometime in the next while, but refuses to be Sent and remains Grand
One Generation Ago:
- Sin attacks the Home of the Al Bhed and destroys it.
An Al Bhed named Cid arises as leader and leads them to rebuild their Home
in the desert island of Bikanel.
- A summoner named Belgemine goes on her pilgrimage.
She nears the end of it, but is killed before being able to summon the Final
Aeon. She is not Sent, but stays on Spira and resolves to help future
summoners train their aeons until one is skilled enough to call the Final
Aeon without her help.
23 Years Ago:
- Wakka is born in Besaid Village.
17 Years Ago:
- Braska, a priest of Yevon, begins visiting the Al
Bhed in an effort to promote relationships between the two cultures. He
falls in love with an Al Bhed (the sister of Cid, leader of the Al Bhed) and
marries her. They have a child named Yuna (after Lady Yunalesca). Cid,
though initially angry at his sister, softens and invites her to return
Home. She agrees, but on the way her ship is attacked by Sin and she is
killed. Braska resolves to become a summoner to defeat Sin.
Between 17-10 Years Ago:
- Auron, a warrior monk of Yevon, is offered the hand
of the high priest's daughter. He refuses to marry against his will, though,
and is ostracized from the order of monks.
- Auron's friend, Wes Kinoc, is named captain of the
warrior monks (a promotion originally intended for Auron). He is later
promoted to maester of Yevon as well.
10 Years and 3 Months Ago:
- Jecht, star blitzball player in the dream Zanarkand,
wades out to sea, where he encounters Sin. The meeting thrusts him out of
the dream and into Spira, near Bevelle. After a rowdy incident with the
nearby guards, Jecht ends up in prison. Braska, intrigued, visits the prison
and offers Jecht his freedom in exchange for being his guardian on the
journey to the real Zanarkand. Jecht agrees. Braska is also accompanied by
Auron on his journey.
10 Years Ago:
- Kimahri Ronso and Biran Ronso, hero of his clan,
have a battle near Mount Gagazet. Kimahri loses, but refuses to admit
failure. Biran, incensed, breaks Kimahri's horn. In disgrace, Kimahri leaves
Gagazet and wanders towards Bevelle.
- Along Braska's journey, he visits Besaid Island and
is enthralled by it; he asks Auron to bring Yuna there after the pilgrimage
- On the way across the Moonflow, Jecht attacks his
shoopuf ride in a drunken stupor. He resolves never to drink again.
- Braska and party reach Zanarkand, where they are met
by Yunalesca. Upon discovering the role of the guardian, Jecht agrees to
become the fayth, having given up hope of returning to Zanarkand. He asks
Auron to find a way to his own Zanarkand and watch over his son Tidus; Auron
- Jecht becomes the Final Aeon. Braska summons him and
defeats Sin, but dies. Jecht eventually merges with Yu Yevon and becomes the
- Auron, torn in loss and sorrow, makes his way back
to the temple in Zanarkand and confronts Yunalesca, demanding to know why
Braska had to die. Yunalesca gives him the usual spiel about the Final
Summoning providing hope for Spira. Auron attacks Yunalesca, but is defeated
and mortally wounded. He makes his way down Mount Gagazet, and stumbles
across Kimahri. He begs him to take Braska's daughter Yuna from Bevelle to
Besaid. He loses consciousness and is discovered by Rin, an Al Bhed
merchant, who takes him in. Auron dies in the night. He refuses to be Sent,
though, resolving to fulfill his promise to Jecht, and leaves Rin's shop in
the middle of the night.
- Wakka joins the Besaid Aurochs, eventually becoming
its captain. They are not to win any games in the next ten years.
- Kimahri goes to Bevelle, finds Yuna, and takes her
to Besaid. She begs him not to leave her, and he stays in Besaid with her.
- Yuna grows up with newfound friends Lulu, Wakka, and
his brother Chappu. Both Lulu's and Wakka's parents are killed in an attack
by Sin either soon after or just before Yuna arrives. Lulu and Chappu grow
close and eventually develop a romantic connection.
In The Last Ten Years:
- Auron rides Sin and ends up in the dream Zanarkand,
where he watches over Tidus. Tidus's mother dies of broken heart when Jecht
does not return. Tidus grows up in his father's shadow to become the star
player of the Zanarkand Abes.
- Jyscal Guado completes a tireless toil of bringing
the Guado tribe closer to Yevon. He is rewarded by becoming Maester of the
Guados. He completes his willingness to bring Bevelle and the Guados closer
together by marrying a human.
- Jyscal's son, Seymour, is given an extremely tough
time by both Guado and humans. Jyscal has no choice but to send him and his
mother away to Baaj Island. Desiring to protect him, his mother becomes a
fayth and gives him the power of the dark aeon Anima. Tasting the power,
however, Seymour desires far more.
- Seymour returns to Guadosalam and rises in the ranks
of Yevon, becoming high priest of Macalania Temple.
- Lulu becomes guardian to a summoner named Lady
Ginnem and accompanies her on her pilgrimage. However, upon reaching the
Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, Lady Ginnem is killed by fiends. She is never
Sent, and becomes a powerful fiend.
- Rikku, Cid's daughter, is attacked by a fiend in the
water. Her brother attacks it with a Thunder spell, but hits her instead,
eventually giving her an phobia of lightning.
One Year Ago:
- Luzzu, leader of the Besaid chapter of the
Crusaders, convinces Chappu to join the Crusaders. He is given an Al Bhed
machina weapon. He is killed in a battle with Sin. Lulu becomes reserved and
- Wakka loses his concentration in a blitzball
tournament because of the news of Chappu. He resolves to leave blitzball and
become a guardian.
Six Months Ago:
- Wakka and Lulu accompany Father Zuke, a priest of
Yevon, on a pilgrimage to become a summoner. However, upon reaching the Calm
Lands, Zuke quits his pilgrimage and becomes a monk in Bevelle. Throughout
the pilgrimage, Wakka becomes distracted thinking about blitzball, and
resolves to return to Besaid for one last tournament before becoming a
guardian for Yuna, who has also decided to become a summoner.
Two Weeks Ago:
- Seymour murders his father Jyscal, but Jyscal
realizes what is going on and records a video sphere warning the finder of
Seymour's true intentions. He is unwillingly sent to the Farplane before his
time. Seymour is ordained as a maester of Yevon.
- Yuna enters the Cloister of Trials in Besaid Temple.
Lulu and Kimahri act as her guardians, while Wakka practices with the
Aurochs on the beach.
- Cid sends his daughter Rikku and her brother with a
crew of Al Bhed on a salvage ship to the ruins in Baaj Island. They are to
find the legendary machina airship of a thousand years ago and raise it from
the ocean floor.
- Cid also puts into motion a plan to stop all the
summoners from completing their pilgrimages, sick and tired of the sacrifice
that goes on to pacify Sin.
- The Crusaders strike up a deal with the Al Bhed to
combine forces in an attack they call Operation Mi'ihen. They intend to
catch Sinspawn and bring them to one spot (the Mushroom Rock), then when Sin
returns for them, to hit him with machina weapons. Maesters Kinoc and
Seymour go along with the plan, knowing full well that it will fail and
cause untold casualties, feeling that the hope of victory will be worth it.
- Jecht/Sin desires to stop the violence he is causing
against his will in Spira. He takes Auron to the dream Zanarkand. Sin
attacks Zanarkand during a blitzball tournament; Auron takes Tidus to Sin.
Tidus and Auron are pulled out of Zanarkand. Tidus is thrust into the
deserted Baaj Island.
- After being attacked by fiends (and barely escaping
the clutches of one of them) and building a fire, Tidus is attacked by one
more fiend and rescued by Rikku and her crew of Al Bhed, who think Tidus is
a fiend for some odd reason. Deeply mistrustful of Tidus, they decide to let
him live if they help out with their salvage operation.
- Tidus and Rikku manage to power up the airship and
open the way for the other Al Bhed to rescue it, but they are attacked by
Sin on the salvage ship. Tidus ends up near Besaid Island; Rikku and crew
survive and take the airship back Home.
- Tidus befriends Wakka and promises to join the
Aurochs for the tournament in Luca. He meets Luzzu and Gatta, the Crusaders,
for the first time. Wakka takes him to Besaid, where he is introduced to the
various aspects of the Yevonite culture.
- A day passes and Yuna still does not return from the
Trials. Upon finding out about it, Tidus barges into the Trials, later
joined by Wakka. They find Yuna and her guardians there, having just passed
the Trials and gained the Valefor aeon. Yuna demonstrates her new summoning
ability in the village square.
- Lulu is angry at Wakka for bringing Tidus into the
village; she's especially unnerved by Tidus's resemblance to Chappu.
- The next morning, Wakka gives Tidus Chappu's sword.
Wakka, Lulu, Tidus, and Yuna head towards the beach. Tidus is attacked by
Kimahri along the way for some reason; he then joins the party. Yuna heads
for Kilika to visit the temple, while Tidus is going with Wakka to Luca for
the bliztball tournament (Kilika is on the way to Luca).
- Tidus meets an entrepreneur/salesman named O'aka
XXIII on the S.S. Liki bound for Kilika, who asks for some donations. He'll
meet him several times in the future, peddling wares. The Liki ship is
attacked by Sin, who then goes after Kilika Town and causes much damage.
Yuna performs the Sending for the deceased. They head through the forest to
Kilika Temple; they meet up with Gatta, Luzzu, and the Crusaders along the
way, and confront a fiend named Lord Ochu. At the temple, a Sinspawn attacks
them yet again.
- After beating the spawn, the team meets the arrogant
Luca Goers at the temple. Inside, they come across Dona, another summoner,
and her burly guardian Barthello. Tidus (who's not a guardian) stays outside
the Cloister of Trials, but is pushed in by Barthello (Dona's playing with
him). Yuna and company finish the Trials and she obtains the Ifrit aeon.
- On the S.S. Winno heading to Luca, Tidus attempts to
fire a Jecht Shot, his father's trademark move. (He may or may not succeed).
Yuna watches and strikes up a conversation about his father, where Tidus's
feelings of despise and disgust for Jecht come out.
- In Luca, Maester Mika and Maester Seymour both
arrive to oversee the tournament. So do the Al Bhed Psyches blitzball team,
who report to Cid that Yuna has arrived (Cid intends to capture all the
summoners to prevent their finishing their pilgrimages and sacrificing
themselves). Yuna hears about Auron being in Luca, and takes Tidus to meet
him. They fail to find him, though. Kimahri is distracted by the arrival of
Biran Ronso and his friend Yenke, who taunt him. A fight breaks out, and in
the ensuing scuffle Yuna is captured by the Al Bhed.
- To cover their losses, the Al Bhed Psyches issue an
ultimatum to the Besaid Aurochs (who have received a bye in the tournament
and must only play the Psyches and the Luca Goers), telling them to take a
dive if they want Yuna back. Tidus, Yuna, and Kimahri rush to the Al Bhed
ship and rescue Yuna. Lulu shoots a flare to inform Wakka of Yuna's safety.
The Aurochs barely win their match agains the Psyches, but Wakka is injured
in the match.
- Tidus returns to the Aurochs' room and takes over
for Wakka in the match against the Goers (which he may or may not win).
- Seymour's loyal Guado, by his behest, and in an
effort to show Spira his power and obtain their trust, release fiends in the
stadium. Seymour summons his aeon Anima and decimates them. Tidus meets
Auron in the chaos as well. He informs him that Sin is Jecht.
- Auron offers his services as a guardian to Yuna, and
insists on Tidus being included as well. They head towards the temple at
Djose, past the Mi'ihen Highroad and Mushroom Rock Road.
- Along the Highroad, they meet Belgemine (who
challenges Yuna to an aeon battle), Shelinda (a naive acolyte of the Yevon
church), the Chocobo Knights (Lucil, Elma, and Clasko), and Maechen for the
first time; they will meet these characters several times throughout their
journey, but generally they don't do much. 8-) They also meet a young girl
- They stop off at Rin's Travel Agency, where they
hear about a Chocobo-eating monster. Tidus resolves to beat it (he may or
may not do so. Winning gets a free chocobo ride; losing gets you pushed off
a cliff onto the Oldroad, where you have to make your way back to the main
road after a long detour.) Yuna records her final words to her friends here
in a video sphere, intending to leave it to her guardians after the Final
- The road to Djose is closed due to the Crusaders/Al
Bheds' Operation Mi'ihen. Even summoners are refused passage (including an
incensed Dona). However, Maester Seymour happens along the party and lets
Yuna through, inviting her to the command center of the operation.
- Gatta and Luzzu argue nearby. Gatta intends to fight
in the operation, but Luzzu refuses to let him. Luzzu also takes the
opportunity to tell Wakka that he was the one who enlisted Chappu. Wakka
smashes him one in the face, but tells him to be careful and not to die.
- Operation Mi'ihen commences; the Sinspawn are made
to call out to Sin, and Sin arrives and decimates the Crusaders. (Luzzu or
Gatta will die at this point. If Luzzu dies, Gatta returns to Besaid to take
over command of the Crusaders there.) Yuna performs the Sending.
- Yuna and party head for Djose Temple (where they
meet the remainder of the Chocobo Knights; there's only one Chocobo left,
though the Knights are all fine). Inside they meet Isaaru, yet another
Summoner, and his brothers-cum-guardians Maroda and Pacce. Yuna completes
the Cloister of Trials and gains the help of Ixion.
- Tidus, Yuna and co. head towards the Moonflow, a
river infested with pyreflies. On the way they meet Shelinda again, as well
as Biran and Yenke Ronso, who nastily inform Kimahri that summoners have
been disappearing (thanks to the Al Bhed's plan on stopping the
pilgrimages). Belgemine also shows up for another battle.
- The party rides a shoopuf towards the other bank,
but is attacked by none other than Rikku, in an Al Bhed contraption, who
tries to make off with Yuna. Tidus and Wakka bust up her machine and save
Yuna, though (all without knowing who was in there).
- After reaching the other shore, Tidus finds Rikku on
the bank of the river. After some confusion, Rikku speaks with her cousin
Yuna and ends up deciding to be yet another guardian and to travel with
them. Wakka is blissfully unaware that she is an Al Bhed, however.
- The party enters Guadosalam, where they are greeted
by Tromell Guado, Seymour's sycopanthic servant. Seymour invites them into
his mansion, where he treats them to some food, and a breathtaking view of
ancient Zanarkand (thanks to the Farplane's memories). He then asks Yuna to
marry him. Extremely flustered, Yuna asks for some time to decide.
- She heads for the nearby Farplane, where she meets
with the spectres of her parents. (Wakka and Lulu also spend time with
Chappu.) Yuna tells Tidus to try to call Jecht, but of course he doesn't
come, because he's not dead - he's Sin. However, Tidus's mother does show
up... even though she wasn't Sent, she accepted death while still alive,
pining away for Jecht.
- On the way out of the Farplane, Maester Jyscal shows
up, trying to leave the Farplane. Yuna re-Sends him, but he drops a video
sphere which she quickly picks up. Auron comments that the reason for him
trying to leave the Farplane was because he had a violent death.
- Yuna decides to continue her pilgrimage in lieu of
marrying Seymour, but Seymour has already left for Macalania Temple, which
he is high priest of. Shelinda informs Tidus of the fact, and they start
- First they pass through the Gandof Thunder Plains,
where Rikku makes her fear of lightning abundantly clear. While stopping at
Rin's Travel Agency, Yuna takes a look at Jyscal's sphere, which is a
warning to beware Seymour and a declaration of his murder by his son's hand.
She decides to confront Seymour instead of fleeing from him, so she tells
her friends that she's changed her mind and wants to marry him.
- At the other end of the Plains, they pass through
Macalania Woods, where they find an out-of-breath Barthello, who is looking
for Dona (already captured by the Al Bhed). Towards the end of the wood,
Auron takes a shortcut and introduces Tidus to a place which is kind of like
a liquid sphere. They fight a giant sphere fiend here, and Auron shows Tidus
one of Jecht's video spheres he left behind on their journey (nine more show
up in other places now).
- Around this time: Isaaru is on pilgrimage in Besaid;
the Al Bhed sneak up and capture Pacce, and threaten to kill him if Isaaru
does not surrender. He does, and they take him to Home.
- At one of Rin's stations near Macalania Temple,
Tidus meets up with Clasko of the Chocobo Knights again. (He can convince
him to become a Chocobo breeder instead of a Knight, in which case he ends
up on the S.S. Liki with a gift for Tidus). Tromell meets them, apologizes
for Seymour's rush, and takes Yuna with him. However, the Al Bhed attack
- Rikku's brother leads the attack this time, but
again they defeat the machina sent against them. Rikku can no longer hide
her lineage from Wakka, though, who's rather upset at learning about it.
Tromell takes Yuna again inside the temple to meet with Seymour at the
Cloister of Trials, at which point she gains the help of the aeon Shiva.
- While Yuna is gone, a priestess discovers Jyscal's
sphere inside her belongings. Tidus finally views it and resolves to chase
after Yuna into the Cloister. They reach the end, confront Seymour, and are
attacked by him. Seymour summons his aeon Anima, but they defeat it and kill
him. However, before Yuna can Send him, Tromell enters and takes the body
away. Seymour becomes an Unsent.
- They make their way back out of the Cloister of
Trials, but are faced with Tromell and his contingent of Guado guards.
Tromell destroys Jyscal's sphere, declaring that "Guado deal with Guado
problems!" Everyone runs, continually dealing with the Guado pursuers.
Once they near Macalania Forest, however, a giant beast is sent against
them. It cracks the frozen lake and they all fall through.
- At the bottom of the lake, Sin appears, drawn by the
sound of the Hymn of the Fayth from the temple. After some disorientation,
the party find themselves in the Sanubia Desert on Bikanel Island, near the
Al Bhed home. Yuna is found by some Al Bhed and taken to Home with the other
summoners; however, the Guado learn of this and attack Home. They find Yuna
and steal her.
- Tidus, Rikku, and the others reach Home to find it
under attack. They search for Yuna and are devastated to find her gone. They
also find Dona and Isaaru here. Tidus finally asks why the Al Bhed are
keeping the summoners from their pilgrimage, and finds out the truth about
what happens the summoners after the Final Summoning. He resolves more than
ever to find Yuna and apologize to her for all the bright things he said
about defeating Sin.
- Cid deems that Home cannot be saved from the fiends
unleashed there by the Guado; he takes as many Al Bhed as he can (most of
them, actually), the summoners, and Tidus and friends to the giant airship
salvaged by Rikku in Baaj Island, now restored. He then uses the airship's
weapons to blow up Home.
- Cid searches for Yuna using a machina inside the
airship, and finds her in Bevelle, where Seymour is forcing her to marry
him. They make a daring attempt to rescue her (defeating Bevelle's guardian
dragon, Evrae, on the way), but are captured by Maester Kinoc and his monk
warriors. Yuna escapes by falling from the tower and summoning Valefor to
carry her. She makes her way to the Bevelle Temple to enter the Cloister of
Trials. Tidus and co. follow her. Inside, Tidus catches a glimpse of
Bahamut's fayth, who has riddled his dreams now and again.
- Outside the Cloister, Maester Kinoc arrives and
captures the party. During the (not-so-)fair trial by Maesters Mika and Kelk
Ronso, Yuna and her friends are sentenced to the Via Purifico, a
(not-so-)grueling physical test supposedly meant to execute the sentencee.
There are two parts to it; Tidus, Wakka, and Rikku end up in the water and
have to fight the spectre of Evrae to leave; the others end up in a dry-land
part and have to fight Isaaru to break free. Everyone manages to do so. They
end up on the Bevelle Highbridge.
- Seymour waits for them here. He kills Kinoc and
absorbs the pyreflies from his body and several other guards, creating an
artificial armor similar (on a small scale) to Sin's. Kimahri attacks him
and tells the others to run, but after going a short while they come back
and help him defeat Seymour.
- The party flees Bevelle and ends up back in
Macalania Woods. Yuna wades into the nearby lake. Tidus attempts to cheer
her up by telling her stories of Zanarkand and trying to get her to give up
her pilgrimage, but it doesn't work. Tidus kisses her (to the tune of Suteki
Da Ne) and tells her he'll stay with her no matter what her decision is.
- Maester Mika sends word throughout Yevon's temples
that Yuna and her friends are traitors, to be killed on sight. He dispatches
warrior monks to all corners of Spira, searching for her. Maester Kelk
Ronso, worried by Mika's calm acceptance of Seymour's guilt in Lord Jyscal's
death, quits the order of Yevon and returns to Mount Gagazet.
- The party back together, they head off to the Calm
Lands. There they meet with Father Zuke, who was told by Bevelle to kill
them. However, he simply warns them and lets them proceed. Other people to
meet in this vast place include Belgemine (again), a Chocobo racer, and
- They head towards Mount Gagazet, the last stronghold
of civilization before the ruins of Zanarkand. They are stopped by more of
Seymour's Guado cronies, but defeat them and continue.
- They proceed to Mount Gagazet, where they are met
with resistance by Kelk and his faithful Ronso (including Biran and Yenke).
Yuna's strong words convince Kelk to let her pass, but Biran and Yenke
refuse to allow Kimahri to join her. They attack Kimahri, and Kimahri beats
them. Biran and Yenke accept their defeat with grace.
- As Yuna and friends travel through Mount Gagazet,
Seymour attacks the mountain and mows down the Ronso one by one, including
Kelk, Biran, and Yenke. Only a scant few Ronso survive (besides the
blitzball players still in Luca). Seymour tracks Yuna and catches up to her
at the peak of the mountain. Again calling power to create an armor of
souls, he is again defeated by Tidus, Yuna, and the rest, but not before
Seymour declares his intention to join with Sin and destroy all life on
Spira, thus "healing" it from its sorrow.
- The people of Spira, upon hearing Maester Mika's
declaration of Yuna as a traitor, begin to doubt Bevelle's word and their
intentions. They are also disinclined to trust the warrior monks
aggressively populating their villages.
- Maester Mika, realizing that Yuna is close to
Zanarkand, and finding out about Seymour's true intentions (which he doesn't
agree with at ALL), and also seeing the chaos ensuing from his declaration
of Yuna as a traitor, spreads a second rumor saying that the first rumor
about Yuna's traitorship was false, spread by the Al Bhed. He intends to
clear her name so that she may perform the Final Summoning in peace. He
calls the warrior monks back to Bevelle. This leaves many villages
unprotected, so the Crusaders end up getting a surge of volunteers to swell
their ranks, which were depleted after Operation Mi'ihen.
- A large exodus from the ranks of Yevon begins, and
Bevelle is thrust into chaos. Clinging to those whose faith remains
unshaken, they rearrange their entire internal structure. The acolyte
Shelinda is appointed captain of the Bevelle guards, much to her surprise.
- The Guado lose all hope, realizing their foul deeds,
and become depressed and defeatist. Tromell spends all his time in the
Farplane, pining for his masters and apologizing to them.
- Continuing north, the party reaches a wall of fayth
- all that remain of the inhabitants of the real Zanarkand. Tidus falls into
a dream upon touching it, where he is finally contacted directly by the
fayth who controls Bahamut. He is told the truth about Zanarkand, and the
fayth asks him to defeat Sin, end their ages-long summoning, and let them
- Tidus awakes. The party continues through a cave
leading to Zanarkand. Three trials await them here (the third being a
monster battle), sent by Yunalesca to test the worth of those who seek the
Final Summoning. After the trials, they emerge outside and continue up the
path towards Zanarkand. Yuna drops the video sphere she recorded back on the
Mi'ihen Highroad containing her last words; Tidus finds it and pockets it,
after watching its emotional contents.
- That night, Tidus and friends rest at the peak of
the red mountain near Zanarkand. This is actually the scene seen in the
intro; in other words, the entire game up until now has been a
"flashback" of sorts for Tidus (which is why he narrates it at
certain points). The next day, they continue towards the ruins of Zanarkand.
- They complete the Cloister of Trials in the dome of
Zanarkand and finally meet Yunalesca. Yunalesca tells Yuna the truth about
the Final Summoning and tells her to choose the guardian she wishes to make
into the fayth for the Final Aeon. Yuna, angry at this treatment, refuses to
do so, and decides to end the "spiral of death" for once and for
all. Bolstered by all her guardians, she attacks Yunalesca and Sends her for
- Sin arrives at Zanarkand, sensing Yunalesca's
departure. Tidus promises Jecht/Sin that he'll find another way.
Conveniently, the airship piloted by Cid chooses this moment to pick them
- Inside, the party racks their brains for ideas, and
comes up with two: To visit Maester Mika in Bevelle, and to sing the Hymn of
the Fayth. The song was enjoyed by Jecht during his life and still is (as
evidenced by his appearance near Macalania Temple earlier). They intend to
have all of Spira sing the song while they attack Sin, hoping to weaken it.
- They visit the Highbridge in Bevelle, where they
find Shelinda, the new captain of the guards, meeting them. She takes them
to Mika, who assumes Yuna has received the Final Aeon and exhorts her to
visit the Calm Lands and summon it. She tells him what transpired with
Yunalesca, and he loses all hope and dissolves. Shelinda appears, asking if
they have met Mika; Auron, naturally evasive, tells her he hasn't showed up
yet. Tidus also tells Shelinda to spread the word that when the airship
begins singing the Hymn of the Fayth, all Spira should sing along.
- Bahamut's fayth again contacts Tidus and tells him
to meet him in the Chamber of the Fayth. Once there, he tells them about Yu
Yevon, waiting inside Sin, and that there is where the real battle must be
fought. He agrees with Tidus's plan involving the Hymn of the Fayth, as
well. He also asks Yuna to summon her aeons when she fights Yu Yevon. She
thinks the offer odd (since she's been summoning them all along) but agrees.
- Word of Maester Mika's "death" spreads
throughout Spira. The church of Yevon has no comment on it, but the rumor
gets around. Chaos spreads even further. Isaaru the summoner is called back
from his pilgrimage and installed in Bevelle to try to keep some sort of
peace; his two brothers/guardians, Pacce and Maroda, now guard the
Highbridge in Bevelle.
- After preparations are complete, Tidus and party
attack Sin using the airship, while Spira sings the Hymn of the Fayth. On
their way, Tidus brings out Yuna's sphere containing her last words, tells
her she won't be needing it, and throws it off the edge. After knocking off
two of Sin's arms, Sin crashes near Bevelle. However, he soon takes to the
skies and hovers in the sky over Bevelle, waiting for Tidus. Tidus attacks
him and opens the mouth wide, and the airship enters.
- Inside, they find Seymour, supposedly "becoming
one" with Sin. He draws power from Sin and creates a third armor body,
but Tidus and Yuna strike him down again; Yuna finally Sends him. They
continue on into the very center of Sin.
- Tidus finally meets his father there. Jecht
transforms into Braska's Final Aeon and uncontrollably attacks Tidus. Tidus
and friends manage to defeat him for good and he finally manages to tell
Jecht how much he hates him... just before he dies.
- Yu Yevon, having his aeon taken away, attacks Yuna
and friends. Yuna summons one aeon after another; each one is possessed by
Yu Yevon, and destroyed for good by Tidus, leaving Yu Yevon nowhere to go.
They finally attack his body (now a kind of black floating spider thing) and
destroy it. Yuna Sends Yu Yevon and the fayth. She notices that Auron also
begins to disappear; however, Auron tells her to continue, and that he has
been on the world for long enough already. He disappears and finally takes
his place on the Farplane.
- The fayth in the Zanarkand wall finally stop
summoning the dream Zanarkand with the destruction of Yu Yevon; the dream
disappears. The fayth in temples around Spira fade out and their souls are
finally put to rest.
- As for the fate of Tidus... it's hotly contested.
Here's what happens in the final movie: Tidus tells Yuna he "has to
go"; he begins to fade in and out of reality (Yuna passes through him);
he then jumps off the side of the airship and dives. He passes Braska,
Auron, and finally Jecht, who gives him a high five. However, at the end of
the credits, we see Tidus swimming up a body of water towards the surface.
FFX International also has a "sort of sequel" movie of several
minutes, in which it is hinted Tidus MAY not be dead or disappeared. Tidus's
voice actor, James Taylor, on his website,
believes he's not dead, mainly because of all the narrations he does in a
more mature voice during the game, and if Tidus isn't around, how can he
narrate past events? However, I think he may have missed the point that the
entire game was a flashback from the scene at Zanarkand shown in the intro;
note that there are no more narrations after that point. So I personally
believe he's dead or gone; however, many many people disagree with me,
giving many valid points, so I'll leave it as a "maybe".
- Tidus can visit Baaj Temple again, where he can
defeat the fiend he escaped from in the beginning of the game, and he can
ask for the power of Seymour's aeon, Anima.
- The Cavern of the Stolen Fayth lies between the Calm
Lands and Mount Zanarkand; if the party explores it, they come across what's
left of Lady Ginnem, who summons her aeon, Yojimbo. Upon defeating her, they
can *pay* for Yojimbo's services in the nearby ad hoc Chamber of the Fayth,
which is where the stolen fayth of Yojimbo resides.
- Tidus can visit Remiem Temple near the Calm Lands.
This temple was a holy place before the battle between High Summoner Gandof
and Sin; after that, the Calm Lands became largely uninhabited. Belgemine
makes her home here, as does the fayth of the Magus Sisters aeon(s). If Yuna
defeats all of Belgemine's aeons, Belgemine says that she has fulfilled her
powers and asks Yuna to Send her.
- Tidus can find the Omega Ruins on the airship map.
There are no save points, but a lot of treasure and nasty enemies. Halfway
through they fight Ultima Weapon, a "shadow" of the Omega Weapon
they find at the very end and defeat.
- The Monster Arena is off the edge of the Calm Lands;
formerly a training ground for Lord Mi'ihen and his Crusaders, now a man
lives here pitting monsters against you and creating his own from monsters
- Various other sidequests have no bearing on the
story, including the search for each character's Celestial Weapon (first you
have to win the Cloudy Mirror from a Chocobo race in Remiem Temple, then
change it into the Celestial Mirror by a plant in Macalania Woods, then by
collecting special Crests and Sigils and using them to power up the
weapons). There's also mini-games involving a Cactuar Village in Bikanel
Island, dodging thunderbolts in the Thunder Plains, chasing butterflies in
Macalania Forest, racing Chocobos in the Calm Lands, finding Al Bhed primers
to learn the Al Bhed language, collecting Spheres left during Braska's
journey (which allow Auron to learn his Overdrives), or playing blitzball.