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Author has written 7 stories for Final Fantasy I-VI, and On Writing.
I guess it's about time I put something here, eh?
Well, all you need to know about me is that I love Final Fantasy. I mean, I really, really am obsessed with it. I've played every single game in the series(except the MMO's), and a more hardcore fan of the series you're unlikely to ever come across. Final Fantasy VI is my favorite, although I love them all.
When it comes to writing stuff, I'm pretty much a prequel kind of person. Don't ask me why, but I like fleshing out the histories, backstories, and forgotten tales of a world more than adding a whole new chapter onto a finished story. I'm just weird like that, I guess.
My writing so far is exclusively Final Fantasy VI, and will pretty much stay that way for the foreseeable future. I've dedicated myself to a rather ambitious prequel story called The Sands of Time, which will keep me busy until the day I die most likely. I may find time to write some stuff on the side, like Rags to Riches, but those will be few and far between.
So what is The Sands of Time? I'm glad you asked! This story is a prequel of sorts to Final Fantasy VI. It starts way, way back in the distant past, before the game starts, before the War of the Magi a thousand years prior, and even before the birth of magic and the Warring Triad(or the Goddesses, as the SNES version called them).
The story will follow all the major events that led up to and through the Warring Triad's war, and then keep going right through the War of the Magi, and straight up to the events of the game, and then maybe a little further! We're talking around 1500 years of history here, so it will take a long time to get all this down. I already have a pretty good idea where I want to go and how I'm going to tell this story from beginning to end, so I'm not just winging it as I go. I tentatively have the series spread out into seven books, each one focusing on a different era of FFVI's history.
Book 1, The Beginning, takes place before the birth of magic and before the Warring Triad, when people lived pretty much the way we do now. This story introduces the world and the major characters of this time, and leads right up to the brink of the Goddess War. I'm currently done with this Book.
Book 2, The Goddess War, continues the tale as the Warring Triad fight for supremacy using Espers. This is basically the end of the story arc that started in Book 1. I've just started this Book, and it will be at least a year and a half, probably two years before I finish it.
Book 3, Time of Peace, takes place during the time between the Goddess War and the War of the Magi. This is the era during which humans and Espers coexisted peacefully that was mentioned briefly in the game. Don't worry, though, just because things look peaceful on the surface, that doesn't mean they really are! This story will most likely be episodic in nature, and each chapter will be a separate tale within the greater timeframe of this era. All the stories will be connected, however, and they will eventually lead up to the War of the Magi.
Book 4, The War of the Magi, will, of course, cover the infamous War of the Magi in exhaustive detail. Many of the more interesting things shown in FFVI will be explained here, such as the battle with Odin and the sorcerer in the Ancient Castle, an explanation of all the crazy monsters and demons wandering around in the second half of the game, The story of the two Ultima Weapons, the fates of many of the Espers who are already magicite during the game, the tales of the various Magi of this time and their fates, and of course, the ultimate outcome of the War, which is shrouded in mystery. This story will be the centerpiece of the entire series, and will be by far the most important and dramatic of all the stories, so don't miss it if and when I managed to get this far!
Book 5, Time of Darkness, will be another episodic book in the same style as Time of Peace. It will deal with the repercussions of the War of the Magi, and humanity's struggle to recover from the brink of extinction. It will deal with the emergence of the Empire and the various towns and nations that exist in the present time of Final Fantasy VI, and eventually lead up to the present day. I will be following the official timelines as laid out in the official guide books for the game as much as possible to keep a sense of authenticity to my accounts.
Book 6, The End, will cover the events of Final Fantasy VI proper, but will not be a mere retelling or novelisation of the game's events. By the time I get to this point, you'll see what I mean. Give me about ten years to make it this far, though!
Book 7, Beyond the Sands of Time, takes place after the events of Final Fantasy VI, and serves to give a proper ending to this sprawling tale of the history of the Final Fantasy VI world. This will tie everything from the previous six books together, and explain the lingering, deeper mysteries of the Final Fantasy VI world, including its origins and ultimate fate. When this books ends, there will truly be nothing more to tell about the world of Final Fantasy VI.
One thing I should point out is that Espers will comprise the majority of the main characters throughout this series. I intend to fully flesh out the histories of every single Esper shown in the game, and throw in more than few Espers that were left out. Some Espers will get more screen time than others obviously, but the fates of every single one from Alexander to Zone Seeker will be covered in detail.
Well, that's about it, I suppose. I'm pretty much dedicated to The Sands of time for a while, but there are a few other stories I would like to tell if I ever get around to them. Those would be:
Final Fantasy VI: Before I Wake - This is a spiritual successor to Rags to Riches, and follows the same pattern of "a day in the life of" for each of the main characters. This time, though, it's a day in the life of the characters during the untold year after the world collapses, while Celes is still in a coma. Hence the title.
Final Fantasy IV: Dreams of the Moon - This is a short novella dealing with the Lunarian society before their home planet was destroyed and they put themselves to sleep. It deals with the power struggle between Kluya and Zemus that led to Zemus being banished, and Kluya coming to Earth. Yep, it's another prequel. I can't get enough of them!
Final Fantasy VII: An Ancient Tale - You can probably guess what this story deals with. This is the story of the Cetra during the time of Jenova. It deals with not only their fight against Jenova, but the growing movement within their society for a less difficult way of life. The origins of the Black Materia, Meteor, the Weapons, Jenova, and even Minerva will be explored quite extensively.
Final Fantasy VIII: About Time - This is yet another prequel that delves into the rich history of the FFVIII world, which was woefully underused in the story. This is the tale of the creator of the Sorceresses, and of all mankind, Hyne, and the many trials and tribulations that came about because of his laziness. I always felt the story of Hyne was far more interesting than the actual story of FFVIII, and was sorely disappointed that they never explained what he really was, or where he went. Well, it's about time someone did!
Final Fantasy IX: Sir Fratley's Tale - You knew this was coming. Ah, Fratley, you had such potential for an interesting story, and the world of FFIX forgot about you as surely as you forgot about it. Well now your tale will be told, and what a remarkable tale it was! Zidane and his crew thought they were the only ones responsible for saving the world of Gaia, but they couldn't have been further from the truth.
And that's about it! If you like any of these ideas, let me know in the poll above. The order I write these other tales in could be determined by the results, if I get any results!
Oh, and if you like my fanfiction, feel free to check out my non-fanfiction musings on fictionpress.com Much of it is random poetry and crazy stuff, but it's all good!