A young woman wielding magical powers through her Esper blood. Having been mind-controlled for a long period of time, she is unsettled at the thought of fighting.
—Dissidia 012 description
A pure, innocent girl born with the power of magic.—Dissidia Final Fantasy description
Terra Branford is a mysterious young women, gifted with magical abilities. When only a baby, Emperor Gestahl raised her as a living weapon for mass destruction. She becomes a Magitek Elite due to her exceptional powers. However, Kefka controls her mind using a slave crown. At his command, she annihilated fifty of the Empire’s finest soldiers to test the limits her powers.
Terra arrives to World B during the 12th cycle. Like the beginning of Final Fantasy VI, she’s fighting on the side of Chaos and is under Kefka’s control:
Kefka: “Listen, you’re a vicious beast. With vicious power, meant for mayhem and destruction! Now tell me, how is a person like that going to decide she ‘doesn’t want to fight’? You better straighten up, missy, or I’ll hafta teach you a lesson!”Terra: “Please don’t…”
In this cycle, Chaos summons her before Locke removes her slave crown. This would place her arrival to World B shortly after her expedition to the Narshe Caves. In the search for a powerful frozen esper Valigarmanda, it sends Biggs and Wedge away, yet knocks Terra unconscious.
In World B, she has amnesia. She doesn’t know who she is. However, she knows that she hurt people in the past. This guilt burdens her:
Terra: “Then, please…kill me.”Terra: “I don’t want to fight anymore. I don’t want to hurt people or destroy things anymore. So please!”
During this time, she does not change into Esper form. This suggests she and the Returners haven’t faced Kefka at the Narshe Snowfields. When she returns to the World of Balance, she’ll once again encounter Valigarmanda. Once this happens, it will resonate with her, transforming Terra into an Esper.
Cosmo’s calls Terra to World B during the 13th cycle around the time of her fragility. Her transformation confuses and frightens her. All of the confusion and fright she experiences won’t alleviate once she reaches World B. Especially not before facing Kefka. But she eventually gathers enough strength to defeat Kefka, and build confidence in herself.