time kompression


I know I draw a lot of Rinoa and Squall fanart, or of other ‘normal’ pairings like Selphie and Irvine. I only do that becuase it seems to be what the fandom likes. None of them are really my OTP or what I even think the game is about. So I thought today would be a good day to tell you all about the pairing and the love story that I think makes the game so beautiful!

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Ozma/Mhach+Nym lore musings

I hope I’m not late to the show here (hell, I haven’t cleared Wiping City yet myself) but the Ozma fight gives me the most enormous chills and I wanted to point out something I thought while slamming my head against it repeatedly!

Here there be potential Weeping City spoilers! (I’ll edit this later to have a real cut. But I’m on mobile now and it really likes to not let me manually enter readmores.)

So, Ozma is a bizarre geometric…thing, that might not even be a Thing in the sense of being made of normal matter, as it can change shape and volume at the drop of a hat and evidently contains or is itself some manner of black hole-like construct. Plus it has a very definite apocalyptic/singularity theme to its attack names. It’s this Evangelion-y doomsday machine that can warp time and space around it at will, and doesn’t even feel voidsent in tone at all.

In the brief Atomos/Meteor phase (as well as in the reflection on Ozma’s surface), you can see already-destroyed ruins in the background. If you really look, though, the ruins are Nymian – you can clearly see the typical high, narrow arches and the tuning-fork shaped spires that are visible out in the map.

Plus, y'know, huge damn meteor dropping, very slowly. But that’s not in La Noscea usually, and thank the Twelve for that, right?

Mhach and Nym were contemporary with each other and at war, and Mhach unleashed the Green Death against Nym. That wouldn’t account entirely for the extent of the destruction of the Floating City that you can see…but it’s also possible that they might have used Ozma as a weapon against Nym and dropped a meteor on them to finish the job. This is an entire army of black mages in a Final Fantasy game after all.

Between all these things I started to wonder: since Ozma seems to be a singularly-creating weapon, and therefore can compress spacetime (dat Time Kompression feel, plus limited time travel is established in the opening video of 2.0) is it trying to kill us in that phase by kicking us back to the final destruction of Nym?

I dunno man I am simultaneously creeped out by and in love with the idea of Mhach’s defense system just dumping intruders into some time-compressed doomsday singularly. That’s pretty goddamn intense for a midboss!

SERIOUSLY THOUGH. So much Nymian wreckage in that fight, it’s absolutely intentional! I really think we’re being shown not told about the final moments of Nym and quite possibly the event that finally triggered Oha-Sok to flood the world and begin the Sixth Umbral Era. If I get a chance to grab some screens of it I will, since I main white mage I can probably run down in the final doomsday-phase DPS check for a few. It’s not that intense of a check and damage incoming is fairly low then.

FF8 Ultimecia dialogue comparison

So I was reading about FF8 the other day still trying to understand the plot, when I decided to watch a let’s play of the final battle. Then I realised I should be practicing Japanese and found a JP version. Here’s Ultimecia’s first speech in the English version:

“…SeeD… SeeD……SeeD…… SeeD, SeeD, SeeD! Kurse all SeeDs. Swarming like lokusts akross generations. You disgust me. The world was on the brink of that ever-elusive ‘time kompression’. Insolent fools! Your vain krusade ends here, SeeDs. The price for your meddling is death beyond death. I shall send you to a dimension beyond your imagining. There, I will reign, and you will be my slaves for eternity. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Whom shall I exterminate first!? I’ll start with you three!”

Here’s roughly what she says in Japanese:

SeeD, SeeD, SeeD!!
It displeases me…
Why do you interfere with sorceresses!?
Why won’t you let me be free!?
In just a little longer, my perfect world of time compression would have been completed…
I won’t allow you to interfere…
Your very existences shall be absorbed by the algorithm of time compression!!
You will feel agony as your thoughts are ripped apart and all your memories fade away to nothing.
There won’t be a thing you can do, think or even feel!
That’s the world I’m going to send you to!
There will be absolutely nothing you can…
…No, you’ll be able to worship me, the sole existence for all eternity!!
So, who will come first!?
Who will fight me!?
Hmpf, it matters not, the end will be the same!
I will choose!”

The gist is the same, but the extra details even in this little section make it a fair bit clearer what “time compression” involves and why she wants it. Ultimecia also has no accent in Japanese, and uses “omae” to refer to the main characters, which is arrogant and usually associated with male speech. She uses few feminine speech markers, which means she sounds rather like a male villain, though it could be seen as simply having no time for politeness or pleasantries.

Her description of time compression also describes quite well what Squall goes through in the ending FMV, which makes its omission regrettable.

Anyway, I then had a look at the rest of Ultimecia’s dialogue during the final battles. If the rest of this game is translated similarly, then I think I understand why so many people feel the plot is disjointed and uninspiring.

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