Back when Final Fantasy released on Nintendo, fans were only able to play the first, fourth and sixth games. However, Final Fantasy II and III released respectively. Final Fantasy VII confused most fans, as they realized the real Final Fantasy II and III were missing.
To complicate issues further, Western fans expected number conventions signifying chronological order. So when they got Final Fantasy IV, most believed it was a sequel to the first Final Fantasy. And when Final Fantasy Vi (then III) released, most people believed it was a sequel to Final Fantasy VI (then II).
However, these were stand-alone games with only connection between them is the name and the series staples. However, most fans see a connection between Final Fantasy IV and VI.
Final Fantasy IV takes place 1,000 years before Final Fantasy VI, during the War of the Magi. Since Final Fantasy IV takes place on Earth, Final Fantasy VI’s planet would likewise be Earth.
War of the Magi: Happened 1,000 years before the events of Final Fantasy VI. The three unnamed Lunerians would be the “Warring Triad”. The humans who fought against them in Final Fantasy IV would become the Espers we see in Final Fantasy VI.
Odin: In Final Fantasy IV, the King of Baron becomes Odin after being murdered by Cagnazzo.
The King of Baron takes the role of Odin, having taken the form of a summoned beast after being murdered by Cagnazzo.
Odin in Final Fantasy VI “appears as the guardian esper of the Ancient Castle”
During the War of the Magi a thousand years ago, Odin was the guardian esper of the Ancient Castle. During an attack by enemy espers, the castle’s defenders were felled and they were forced to rely on Odin to protect them. Odin dispatched ranks of the enemy with Zantetsuken, but an unknown sorcerer entered and was unable to be harmed. The sorcerer petrified Odin, but he refused to turn into Magicite and was left standing as a statue before the castle’s throne.
The stories have minor differences, explained by a 1,000-year-old mistranslation.
Map: Many people note that several locations in Final Fantasy IV correspond to others in Final Fantasy VI:
• Baron Castle roughly corresponds with Ancient Castle that you can travel to with Figaro Castle,
- Fabul Castle roughly corresponds with Doma Castle in the northeast,
- Mt. Ordeals roughly correspond with Cave to the Sealed Gate
Mysidia, which made an appearance in Final Fantasy II and IV, is absent in Final Fantasy VI. The War of the Magi could explain the famous town’s absence.
Final Fantasy IV doesn’t mention a large scale war during the timeline of the game. How can we say if War of the Magi happened during Final Fantasy IV? The games are stand alone; it’s likely to say the War never carried over.
The lore and setting between the two games happen to be dissimilar. For example, take Final Fantasy VI’s setting:
A thousand years ago three gods, known as the Warring Triad, descended upon the world and warred for dominance. During the War of the Magi the gods transformed humans and animals into creatures called espers, giving them magical powers. The gods realized the war was destroying the world and petrified themselves, their final wish is that the espers prevent their power from being abused. The espers took the gods’ statues and fashioned a new dimension where they could live peacefully away from humans, and to hide away the gods.
The Espers remember the time in which they were human. If the Warring Triad were two powerful Lunerians, the war would have happened before the Eidolons existed. At one point, the Eidolons had to have been human. But Final Fantasy IV had Lunerians and Eidolons, yet only the former look like humans.
The biggest change is that Final Fantasy VI doesn’t hint to a connection between itself and Final Fantasy IV. There’s no stories of a half-man, half-alien who traveled to the summit of the “Sealed Cave” for redemption, for example. No stories for why the Fabul Castle changed its name to Doma.
Odin has appeared as a king in Final Fantasy III, all the way up to Final Fantasy XIV. But this, like the locations, seems like a coincidence.