Many Years Ago:
-Enuo, an ancient evil, creates a "Void" or "Mu" which threatens destruction of the world. The people of the world succeed in defeating Enuo using twelve legendary weapons, but cannot destroy the Void. In desperation, they call upon the power of four Elemental Crystals, which they split in two. The split causes the world to split into two distinct worlds as well, and the Void is trapped in the Cleft of Dimensions between the two worlds.
-The twelve legendary weapons are sealed in Kuzar Castle in the Second World. Information on how to retrieve them (should the need arise) is hidden in a Sealed Book, but the book itself is torn in two when the worlds are separated.
30 Years Ago:
An evil tree awakes in the forest of Mua in the
Second World and takes on the form of a dark knight named Exdeath, who begins
wreaking havoc on the world. Four Warriors of the Dawn (Galuf Halm Baldesion,
Zeza Matias Surgate, Kelgar Vlondett, and Dorgan Klauser) seal Exdeath in
another world (the First World) and seal him with four Crystals.
Dorgan, overcome with regret over throwing their problem to another world, stays with Exdeath to the new world. He settles down in the village of Lix, marries a woman named Stella, and has a son named Butz. He and Stella both die of illness in the same year.
-On the First World, King Alexander Highwind Tycoon marries and has two daughters, Lenna and Sarisa. However, Sarisa is taken by pirates and raised as one of them, taking the name Faris. She befriends a water dragon named Syldra, who helps tow her ship around when wind is low.
-Queen Tycoon becomes deathly ill. The only cure for her is the tongue of a Hiryuu (flying dragon), an endangered species. Tycoon's daughter, Lenna, despite her love for the Hiryuu, resolves to kill it to save her mother, but her father stops her, and his wife passes away.
-Exdeath begins to stir. He begins to control creatures and people with his mind, with the intent of freeing himself. His first attack is on the Wind Crystal, kept in the Wind Shrine near Tycoon Castle.
-King Tycoon, sensing the weakening of the wind, boards a Hiryuu to travel to the Wind Temple. The Crystal shatters, knocking him out, and Exdeath takes control of him.
-Butz begins a journey with his pet Chocobo, Boco, to see the world, based on his father's dying wish.
-Galuf, king of Bal Castle, discovers Exdeath's intentions and boards a meteor to the First World. However, the impact causes him to lose all memory.
-Cid Previa, creator of the Fireship which runs on the Fire Crystal's power, observes the weakening of the Crystal. He begs the Queen of Karnak to stop using the ship and otherwise using the Crystal's power. She refuses, but Cid attempts to shut off the machine himself; she throws Cid in jail.
-Scholars from the Ancient Library west of Karnak (where Cid's grandson Mid studies) begin visiting the Queen urging her to stop using the Crystal. She builds a wall west of the town keeping them out.
-Mid descends to the depths of the basement of the Ancient Library to look for a method of having the Fireship work on its own. He loses track of time, oblivious of the nearby monsters.
-Lenna begins to search for her father and ends up near Galuf's meteor. She is attacked by goblins, but saved by Butz. They meet Galuf, who remembers nothing but his desire to go to the Wind Shrine. He and Lenna go there together. Butz follows behind.
-Butz rescues Lenna and Galuf from more goblins in a narrow pass; they decide to continue to the Wind Shrine together.
-The fall of the meteor has blocked the way back to Tycoon Castle, but it has also formed a new cave. The cave leads to the pirates' lair. They leave Boco at the entrance (he is later injured, and is cared for by one of the pirates' men). Butz and co. decide to steal the pirate ship, but are caught by Faris before they can. Faris puts the three in the brig, but a pendant worn by Lenna leaves her to wonder about her own, identical pendant. She decides to join them and take them to the Wind Shrine.
-They find the Wind Crystal shattered. An image of King Tycoon appears to them and describes (vaguely) the situation involving Exdeath and the Crystals. They are shown to be the four "legendary warriors" and vow to protect the other three Crystals. The Water Crystal in Worus is next on their list.
-They travel to the city of Tule. The pirates stay in the bar here. Lenna takes the party to a man named Zokk, who has the key to the Torna Canal, which leads to Worus. Zokk is at first reluctant to give Lenna the key, but reconsiders when he sees her determination to succeed. He gives the key to Butz in the middle of the night.
-Inside the Torna Canal, the ship is confronted by a giant sea monster. It creates a whirlpool which sucks Syldra inside. Without any way of steering the ship, it drifts until it reaches a place called the Ship Graveyard, where several wreckages lie. When they find a safe place to rest and dry off, Butz, Galuf, and Lenna discover that Faris is actually a girl. Before they can leave the Ship Graveyard, they are presented with mirages (Butz with his mother, Lenna and Faris with King Tycoon, and Galuf with his granddaughter Cararu) which puts them in a trance. However, Galuf doesn't remember Cara, breaks off the trance, frees his friends, and defeats the Siren who caused the hypnosis.
-They come to the city of Carwen, where they decide that with their sea transportation gone, they need air transportation. They travel to the North Mountain, where a plant called Hiryuu Plant grows. It's a cure-all for Hiryuus, and they figure it's possible that King Tycoon's Hiryuu might have gone there.
-They find the Hiryuu at the North Mountain. Lenna risks her own life to get the Hiryuu Plant, walking through poisonous plants to reach it, and in thanks the Hiryuu heals Lenna and allows all four of them to ride him.
-The Hiryuu takes them to Worus Castle. Lenna implores the king to stop using the Water Crystal to power the city, but the king refuses.
-A member of Galuf's army from Bal Castle arrives via meteor to protect the Water Crystal from a woolly mamoth named Galura, who has recently fallen under Exdeath's control. Another meteor arrives in Karnak bearing a werewolf from Kelgar's army to do the same for the Fire Crystal.
-The king of Worus goes to Worus Tower to investigate the meteor and the Water Crystal, but is attacked and wounded by Galura. Galuf meets the warrior but does not recognize him. They defeat Galura, but are not in time to save the Water Crystal, which breaks, or the warrior, who dies.
-A soldier from Karnak wanders into the Karnak meteor and is warped to the Worus meteor. Bartz and party get the hint and take the warp to Karnak.
-Butz and party are seen coming out of the Karnak meteor and are believed to be in league with the werewolf seen on the premises. They are thrown in jail, next to Cid. Cid finally manages to break out of his cell, but ends up back in Butz's cell! Fortunately, the Karnak Chancellor frees Cid because a crack has been noticed in the Crystal. Cid demands Butz's party's release as well; the chancellor reluctantly agrees. Karnak Castle is on fire due to the Crystal's overheating.
-Butz and party rush to the Fireship. Butz manages to cleanse it of monsters, but finds Queen Karnak, controlled by Exdeath, in the ship as well. He defeats the demon possessing her, but it moves on to a Karnak soldier, who jams the switch on the Crystal, turning the power up to full and shattering it. The werewolf appears and saves Butz and party from the imminent destruction, but cannot escape himself. Karnak Castle is destroyed by fire. Cid, overcome with depression, adamantly refuses to engineer anything ever again.
-Butz and party enter the Ancient Library and look for Mid in the basement. They find him and he shows them the plans he found for restarting the Fireship. Mid travels to Karnak to whack Cid out of his depression (literally). Back on board the Fireship, which is quickly rehabilitated, the scene with Cid and Mid reminds Galuf of a similar scene between him and his granddaughter Cararu, and he regains his memory. He explains the entire situation to Butz, Lenna, and Faris.
-Resolving to protect the Earth Crystal, Butz and party visit Crescent Town, only to have the Fireship sunk in a whirlpool! They find a flying Black Chocobo in a nearby forest, though. Returning to the Ancient Library, Cid and Mid tell them that King Tycoon has been sighted in Karnak, then went southwest through the Quicksand Desert. Butz and co. follow him.
-The shifting sands of the desert confound Butz, but Cid calls a sandworm and Butz walks over its body across the sand. They enter the Lonkan Ruined City, Gorn. They run after the spectre of King Tycoon, but are trapped in a pit and fall down into a strange mechanistic place called Catapult. They are carried to just west of Crescent Island, where Cid and Mid have returned the Black Chocobo to its home.
-A switch in Catapult ends up swallowing Cid and Mid, where they land on an ancient airship! They meet up with Butz and, using parts from the Fireship, which also ended up here, patch up the airship so Butz can use it. Before he can go anywhere, though, a huge flying castle arises from the Lonkan Ruined City. Cid tells Butz that the Earth Crystal must be inside. However, without a metal called Adamantite, the airship can't fly that high.
-Galuf collects some Adamantite from the meteor he arrived in, and Cid enhances the airship's capabilities. Butz and party get past the defenses and enter the flying Lonkan Ruins. They come across King Tycoon again, but he, under Exdeath's control, ends up shattering the Crystal. He threatens to kill Butz, but another meteor suddenly arrives and Cararu knocks out the king before he can do anything.
-King Tycoon comes to, but Exdeath arrives immediately after the Crystal shattes. Exdeath disappears and returns to the Second World, but uses the Crystal shards to attack everyone in the room. Tycoon manages to defeat the shards, but is fatally wounded. Butz and party barely manage to escape aboard the airship.
-Cara and Galuf use Cara's meteor (the last functioning one) to return to the Second World. Butz, Faris, and Lenna resolve to follow him to help defeat Exdeath. They return to Cid and Mid (who are at the Tycoon meteor) to ask them for their help in reaching the Second World. They discover that Adamantite can power a meteor, but there isn't enough to power up one meteor completely. Instead, Butz and co. travel to all four meteors to power them up as much as they can, and create a warp point at center of their four locations.
-Galuf and Cara waste no time in mounting an attack against Exdeath at the Big Bridge near his castle in the Second World.
-Butz and co. enter the warp and end up on a small island in the Second World, but they are abducted by Exdeath and taken to prison. Exdeath shows Galuf an image of the three and tells him they'll be killed if he doesn't step down. Galuf agrees. Exdeath appoints his right-hand man Gilgamesh to watch over the prisoners and leaves.
-Galuf uses Cara's pet Hiryuu to rescue Butz and co. He is stopped by Gilgamesh, who is a complete wimp, and who runs away after the battle.
-They reach the Big Bridge, which is under attack by Exdeath's forces. They again are stopped by Gilgamesh, who is aided by his sidekick Enkidou, but again runs away. However, Exdeath activates a barrier around his castle, which flings Butz, Faris, Lenna, and Galuf far to the north, in the barren continent of Grociana.
-They pass the town of Rugor and Kuzar Castle (the twelve ultimate weapons held within are magically sealed) and enter a forest where they find a moogle. The moogle falls through a pit into the Moogle Canal, which is infested with Moogle-eating monsters! They rescue the Moogle and follow it to its home in the Moogle Forest. The Moogles here communicate telepathically with Cara's pet Moogle, and she quickly rushes to the Moogle Forest to rescue her grandfather and friends.
-Upon returning to Bal Castle, Butz discovers that the Hiryuu that saved him is now dying from its wounds. Again, Hiryuu Plant is needed, but it only grows in Hiryuu Valley, which lies past the village of Kelb, Kelgar's werewolf village.
-In Kelb, the north gate is locked, so they meet up with Kelgar. Galuf tells Kelgar the other three are from the First World, and Kelgar assumes they were the ones who released Exdeath. He ends up challenging Butz to a duel, which he promptly loses. They also discover that he is Dorgan's son.
-Butz and co. continue to the Hiryuu Valley, where they discover a monster plant, which they surmise must have been the reason for the virtual extinction of the Hiryuu. They retrieve the Hiryuu Plant and return to Bal Castle. The gate guards don't believe that it's really Galuf, so they're forced to use the moat to enter. Cara, who has fallen sick, tells Galuf to seek out the guidance of Sage Guido.
-They try to get the Hiryuu to eat the Hiryuu Plant, but it refuses. Lenna shows it that it's not dangerous by taking a bite herself (despite the fact that it's poisonous to humans). The Hiryuu eats the medicine, but Lenna requires her own medicine after that stunt; the Hiryuu heals her again.
-They reach Guido's island on the Hiryuu, but Exdeath sinks the island before they can enter.
-Returning to Kelgar, he tells you that Zeza Matias Surgate, king of Surgate Castle, has assembled a fleet to attack one of Exdeath's barrier towers. You hurry to the fleet's location near Exdeath's Castle.
-Zeza's fleet is attacked by Exdeath's forces, led by Gilgamesh, but they are defeated. Gilgamesh attempts to pull Butz into the sea, but Butz is saved by the Hiryuu. Zeza and Butz's party head into the Barrier Tower via submarine.
-Zeza heads to the power room while Butz goes to the antenna on the roof. Zeza gives them a Whisper Grass (like a walkie-talkie) to allow them to converse. They reach the antenna and defeat Atomos, the guardian of it. They destroy the antenna and Zeza deactivates the power, but is trapped in the power room. The Barrier Tower is destroyed and Butz and party manage to escape, but Zeza perishes in the power room.
-Guido's island has sunk into the sea, so Butz uses Zeza's submarine to reach him. Guido tells them that Exdeath is searching for something in Mua Forest, and gives them the Elder Branch which allows them to enter it.
-Exdeath cannot enter the Elder Tree himself, but allows Butz to open the way using the Elder Branch, and, being attacked by the Crystals' seals, to destroy them. In gratitude, Exdeath sics the Crystals' power on Butz and co. Cara arrives but is unable to do anything. Galuf, however, shakes off the trap, shattering one of the Crystals, and begins attacking Exdeath despite the huge energy being thrown at him. He succeeds in driving Exdeath off, but is killed in the attempt. He lends Cara his powers to fight with Butz instead of him.
-Butz and co. enter Exdeath's castle. They are confronted by Gilgamesh, who transforms into an eight-armed demon and attacks with the Excalipur sword, but it's useless. They defeat him an Exdeath banishes him to the Cleft of Dimension for incompetence. The party attacks Exdeath, but before they can kill him the Crystals shatter and the two worlds merge back into one.
-Among other things, Cid is trapped in Catapult when the Fork Tower appears above it.
-Exdeath transforms himself into several slivers of wood and hides in an antlion's cave.
-Butz and group end up near Tycoon Castle. They enter, and the two princesses are warmly received. Butz and Cara decide to head off alone to defeat Exdeath, and leave the castle. They decide to head to the Pirate Cave (a new bridge has been completed leading there) and see if Boco is still around. They find Boco and a female Chocobo named Coco, whom Boco's apparently married. Boco leaves Coco for the moment and travels with Butz and Cara.
-Boco, Butz, and Cara fall into an antlion's cave on the way north, but are rescued (after some toying) by Faris, who rejoins them. Exdeath makes Cara "prick herself" on the slivers of wood containing himself, and thus is carried along with them.
-Butz and co. find Guido in a cave, who fills them in on the details of the merging of the worlds. However, Exdeath emerges and declares his interest in capturing the power of the Void for himself. As a demonstration, he pulls Tycoon Castle into the Cleft of Dimension, and throws Butz, Cara, Faris, Boco, and Guido far away to a spot near the Ancient Library.
-The Sealed Book has been re-constituted as a whole in the Ancient Library, and it gives hints to four places to travel to; each place holds a Stone Tablet which is the key to three of the legendary weapons. Butz takes it and travels to the nearby Great Pyramid in the desert.
-They retrieve the Stone Tablet, and having done so are visited by the king of dragons, Bahamut, who tells them he will wait in the North Mountain.
-Passing through the remains of the Forest of Mua on the way back to the Ancient Library, they are visited by a Hiryuu, who drops an unconscious Lenna at their feet. However, Lenna is possessed by a monster from the Cleft of Dimension, and attacks Butz. The Hiryuu sacrifices itself to save Lenna, though, and the monster is driven from her body and destroyed by Butz and co. Lenna re-joins, but can't stop Exdeath from pulling the Ancient Library, Worus, Istory, the Moogle Village, and Lix into the Void.
-Butz and co. find their airship again and use it to reach the next Stone Tablet location, an island temple, and the Fork Tower, which has appeared above Catapult and contains the two ultimate white and black magics. After finding the magics, Fork Tower disappears and Cid is freed. Cid has found a book describing how to transform an airship into a submarine, and effects the upgrade immediately.
-The submarine takes them to the Great Trench, an underwater cave which contains the third Stone Tablet and the Meteo spell.
-The fourth Lithograph and the Leviatha Summon spell are located in Istory Falls.
-Butz and co. enter the Cleft of Dimension, where they come across Gilgamesh once again. They defeat him and earn his praise and friendship. In another, later battle, Gilgamesh comes to their aid by casting the Exploder spell, which kills both the enemy monster and himself.
-They encounter Exdeath, who transforms into a giant tree. Before they can destroy him, Exdeath is consumed by the Void, transforming into Neo-Exdeath, an embodiment of the Void, whose only desire is to reduce everything to nothingness. They manage to defeat him, the towns and castles swallowed by the Void are returned to their former places, and everyone is happy.
-Shiva lives in the basement of Worus Castle and will allow you to summon her if you defeat her. Same goes for Ifrit in the Ancient Library, Ramuh in the forest around Istory, Shoat in a forested area in the Second World, Odin in the Bal Castle basement, and Bahamut in the North Mountain.
-There's a Magic Lamp in Istory Falls which allows you to cast free Summons in battle, with weakining intensity unless you recharge it back at the falls.
-Syldra's spirit returns to the Pirates' Cave and will allow you to summon her.
-A town called Mirage is hidden in the forest near Crescent Town. Besides for excellent shops, a Black Chocobo resides here.
-Worus Tower is submerged in water, and a single Crystal shard lies here, guarded by Gogo, the Mimic, who challenges you to a battle. Gogo does nothing in battle, so mimicing him by doing nothing will get you the shard, which teaches the Mimic class.
-Phoenix Tower is located in the middle of a huge desert. At the top you will meet a Hiryuu, who sacrifices himself to Lenna by diving off the tower and transforming into the Phoenix, who allows you to summon him later.
-In the Town of Mua is a hidden old man who offers you the choice between the Chicken Knife (gains power the more fights you run away from) or the Brave Blade (loses power when you run away).
-Two insanely difficult enemies, Shinryuu and Omega, are in the Cleft of Dimension; they're quite a bit harder than the final boss!