Hi everyone, I still log in occasionally. I'm still working on my indie game, thought I'd answer a few questions.
Has this ever been fixed? I know this is almost a dead thread but I'm just wondering if there is still anyone who are polishing FFI and FFIII's text bugs or issues? P.S. Chaos you don't have to reply to my reply as I know you are currently working on your game still, kudos and thanks for all your hard work. I'm just wondering. Thanks!
Redmagejoe has taken over FF2 and has a separate thread for it. To my knowledge FF1 and FF3 haven't been updated since I last did in October. As for that bug, I believe it was the same bug as another issue that someone brought up where certain battle messages wouldn't display correctly, which was fixed. I am not sure if it is connected to the same issue that you are describing but if that issue is in the current version then I apologize.
I felt this is the only place where people understand this game's story enough to give a solid answer.
I played a bit of this game on PC but I hate the look, so I switched to the NES version with Chaos Rush' translation. Great work, the best way to play this in my opinion!
My issue is that the more I play, the less I understand the plot. The FFwiki seems to be stating false information as well. It's clear by now that the Flood of Light took place 1000 years before the start of the game. However, the wiki states that Xande's sinking of the surface world/stopping time happened 1000 years before the start as well. The NES version doesn't seem to state the fact that this second event took place so long ago. I feel Xande's stopping of time only happened shortly before the start of the game.
Another thing the wiki says is that Xande was responsible for rising the Floating Continent into the air. However, the game seems to state it's the Ancients that did this, before the Flood of Light happened.
In the end, I can't seem to piece together when Xande decided to unleash earthquakes and sink the surface/freeze time at all. It doesn't seem sensible if that would happen around the same time as the Flood of Light that destroyed the civilization of the Ancients. The Floating Continent also was already around when Xande did all this.
Anyone who can explain this all to me?
So I've recently played through the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy III and so it's still kinda fresh in my head, although some details might be hazy. I'll do my best to explain the plot. First of all, some of the confusion is because the DS version changed some plot elements which caused a lot of contradictions. Also, some of this information is explained in optional dialogue that the player might skip, such as the texts in the Saronia Library.
Here is the plot of the original FF3:
In the world of FF3, there has been an eternal struggle between light and dark. During the time of the Ancients, some people tried to abuse the power of light, creating an imbalance so that Light far outweighed Darkness, so four warriors - the Warriors of Darkness - were granted the power of the Dark Crystals and defeated the light. After the incident, what was left of the civilization became the floating continent. The Gulgans predicted that this would happen again, and they were correct.
Thousand(s) of years ago there was the Great Magus Noah who had three apprentices: Doga, Unei, and Xande. When Noah was getting old and ready to pass away, he gave each of his apprentices a special gift. Doga received magic, the mastery of and knowledge of it. Unei received the dream world and became the guardian of it. Xande received what was said to be the greatest gift of all: mortality. However, Xande didn't like that, and was pissed that he became a mortal. In order to ensure his immortality, Xande drained the power of two of the crystals, which flooded the land and froze time on the surface world (Xande can't die as long as time is frozen).
Now things kind of get hazy from here, basically because time is frozen on the surface world, but not on the floating continent. But anyhow, the Cloud of Darkness gathers all this power over this 1000 years, and another imbalance has occurred. Remember how the Gulgans predicted it? Well anyhows the imbalance is happening again, only this time it's Darkness overpowering Light instead of the other way around. So the gods(?) or the Crystals(?) or Aria herself(?)* finally choose the current iteration of the Warriors of Light, and thus an earthquake occurs on the floating continent which causes a chain of events that leads to four orphans from the town of Ur to becoming christened as the Warriors of Light. This whole time Xande is chilling at the Crystal Tower on the surface world where time is frozen, so he hasn't aged a day since the two crystals on the surface world were drained.
*So regarding Aria the shrine maiden of the Water Temple, she somehow managed to survive the flood and didn't get sunken in and frozen in time with everyone else on the surface (along with a random old man). She, the old man, and Xande are all still alive after 1000 years because time is frozen even though they themselves can apparently move around and do stuff. With that said, Aria is sort of the "guardian" of the Water Crystal, and while I don't remember specifically, she either prayed or "hoped" that the Warriors of Light would appear and save the world. So it's possible that her hope is also what enabled/motivated the Light Crystals to finally choose/find the candidates for who will become the Warriors of Light.
So basically, everything Xande did was 1000 years ago, but time has been frozen on the surface world as well, hence why to Xande and Aria it feels like a recent event.