Ramuh agrees to be Garnet’s summon, only after she undertakes a quest:
Ramuh states that he has hidden five manifestations of himself in the forest and that each will tell part of the “Hero’s Story”. If Garnet collects them and arranges them in the proper order, Ramuh will become her eidolon. Once the story is complete, Ramuh asks Garnet to choose between two possible conclusions but, regardless of which one the player chooses, he becomes her eidolon.
Here are the five stories in order:
Once upon a time, 33 small countries fought together against an empire. One day, a rebel troop visited a man named Joseph, who lived with his daughter. Owing a debt to the troop, he gladly accepted their plea for help. They headed for a cavern in the snowfield.
With Joseph’s help, the troop defeated the Adamantoise in the snowfield cavern and acquired the Goddess Bell they needed to enter the empire’s castle.
On their way home, they fell into a trap set by a traitor. Joseph gave his life to save the troop. The troop left without telling Joseph’s daughter, Nelly, about the tragedy.
Historian’s explanation: The fact that they didn’t report Joseph’s death to his daughter was indicative of their guilt for failing to protect him. In the end, heroes are also human. (Human Storyline)
Historian’s explanation: Although Joseph’s death was not reported to his daughter, the manner of his death speaks for itself. This is the story of a true hero. (Hero Storyline)
Final Fantasy II has a concise synopsis. Final Fantasy II does not include many allusions to the first game. Final Fantasy IX references it heavily. But the story of an international battle, and a man who sacrificed his life fighting an evil Empire? It sounds like a grand battle of good vs evil. This narrative refers to Josef and his purpose in Final Fantasy II.
First, no summons/eidolons/espers exist in Final Fantasy II. We craft narratives with magical entities of gods and goddess, yet they’re noticeably missing in real life. Ramuh’s story is the reverse. The gods tell stories about the deeds of men. Apparently their fiction is one without gods and goddesses in them.
And like most stories, they draw on inspiration from Final Fantasy IX’s “real life”, such as:
- A town named Altair, the birthplace of the rebellion
- Gizamaluke’s Grotto the bells used to open doors, such as the Goddess’s Bell in Final Fantasy II
- A place called “Pandemonium”, which was Emperor Mateus’s castle
- The Philosophy Minu, who is most likely the inspiration for Minwu.
We look at Final Fantasy II as being similar to Star Wars. What do the Gaians see our Final Fantasy II as?