~BORING MIRA HEAD CANON POST which doesn’t actually contain all that much head canon at all TIME~
After looking over my notes and trying to organize them, I think a good place to start might be a quick summary of what canon tells us about Mira. So. As Ruin asked, how does it actually work?
According to the game, Mira used to float in the Sky just as the other islands did, suspended by the power of the End Magnus. This was until one of Duke Calbren’s ancestors stumbled upon the End Magnus where it lay sealed in Detourne and accidentally released it. A swirling whirlpool consumed the island, causing it to fall into a dimensional rift. Mira was in danger of being trapped in another dimension, until Children of the Earth appeared to help secure the land. The wizards were able to save it, but they could not free it from the limbo between dimensions, where it is located until the events of the game. This information can be gleaned from various NPCs in the game, although I can’t say how accurate this version of Mira’s history really is, as the events in question occurred long ago, and the details could have changed as the story was passed down.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that the people of Duhr also remember coming into contact with people – or at least one person – from Mira. They talk of an “evil man” called Calbren descending to their lands two hundred years previously, and stealing their Earth Sphere. (Which was subsequently passed down the duke’s family until it was found by Melodia, given to Geldoblame, and ultimately swiped by Xelha just before the beginning of the game.) I was never able to confirm whether or not the man who nabbed the Earth Sphere was the same one who “accidentally” released the End Magnus, but it seems to me that the pendant must have been in his hands by then. The magnus wouldn’t have been able to react without the presence of the Earth Sphere, right?
Unclear details aside, that’s basically the physical history of Mira as told by the game. Politically, the country is a duchy run by Duke Calbren (although NPCs also refer to him as “Lord Calbren” and his former heirs the “grand prince and princess”). Economically… gosh, who knows? Apparently it doesn’t see many visitors, aside from young cooks who come to study in Parnasse, so the tourist industry must not be too strong. Trade seems to suggest itself as another obvious candidate for revenue, but again, Mira’s continual shifting between dimensions makes it elusive, hard-to-reach, and unreliable a destination. It must have a fairly self-sufficient economy to be so isolated from the others islands and yet so successful.
But that brings up a whole new unexplained mystery. How can Mira, which looks crystalline and barren of vegetation from afar, sustain several lively cities? I’ve always assumed that there had to exist some fields, somewhere. Otherwise where would they grow the ingredients for their cooking? Wheat, sugar cane, and cocoa beans alone would be in constant demand in Parnasse.
We know there is at least one stretch of green land, assuming the grassy meadow of Kalas’ flashback wasn’t some kind of misremembered fantasy or delusion. Balancoire, with its few trees, seems to hint at hidden plant life as well. My head canon says that behind the Duke’s Manor are extensive gardens riddled with old relics; I might as well extend that to the existence of fields and farms obscured by Mira’s ~lustrous mirages~.
Now as for how the individual towns work: … I really don’t know??
As for Parnasse, if you can make a gingerbread house, I suppose it wouldn’t be too hard to make a life-size version to… live in… yourself…
Living in that town seems like it might be really high maintenance though. You would constantly have to replace parts of your house, since every wall, every piece of furniture would have an expiration date… Then again, your belongings wouldn’t necessarily be there for you to eat and replace every few months. And it would probably be unhealthy to consume them anyway, with the preservatives and all. They’re probably there just for decoration, which is why Trill was so incredulous to find Gibari eating a hole through the window. (Couldn’t he have just punched it open? Oh, Gibari…)
How to explain Detourne: mirage weed. Lots of mirage weed.
No, seriously, I have no idea how this place works, unless it’s part of a different dimension itself. I don’t see how putting water in a balance can change the gravity and spatial orientation of an entire garden without some kind of mind-altering substance to help along.
Reverence is another one that kind of baffles me, probably because I know next to nothing about carpentry. I’m not sure what material the town would be composed of, but it looks like it could be some kind of wood plastered with painted paper? Other than that, I don’t have much to say about this place. I spend most of my time thinking about Balancoire and Parnasse, to be honest…
AND THAT’S ALL THE EFFORT I’M WILLING TO PUT INTO THIS RIGHT NOW