Thanks to PrismDiamondz for the inspiration!
Final Fantasy isn’t just about crystals, dungeons, and monsters. Magic takes a predominant role in the story. Same with international struggles. So not surprising, most Final Fantasy games have a great magical battle called the War of the Magi. Most notably, this event began in Final Fantasy VI. In the intro cutscene of the game, the narration reads:
Long ago, the War of the Magi reduced the world to a scorched wasteland, and Magic simply ceased to exist. 1000 years have passed… Iron, gunpowder, and steam engines have been rediscovered, and high technology reigns. But there are those who would enslave the world by reviving the dread destructive power known as “Magic”. Can it be that those in power are on the verge of repeating a senseless and deadly mistake?
Magic ceasing to exist happens to be a big theme in Final Fantasy VI. And it does disappear at the end of the game. But for whatever reason, it reappeared. We don’t know how. Yet fans tend to ignore this and speculate when the War of the Magi took place. Most note other magical wars which wrecked havoc on the world. Most U.S. fans believed Final Fantasy II (originally Final Fantasy IV) was a sequel of Final Fantasy III (originally VI). Naturally, fans also believed the War of the Magi happened sometime after the events of Final Fantasy IV. But like most of the Final Fantasy games, they have nothing to do with each other.
Since then, fans speculated the War of the Magi took place during the Great Sorceress War in Final Fantasy VIII. But what about Final Fantasy XV? Just like Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy XV has Magitek armor, and a world without magic. PrismDiamondz theorizes:
While everything is speculation and Square would never admit to tying the Final Fantasy universe together like this, wouldn’t that make sense? While playing Episode Duscae, they make several references to the Magitek army, the war that is occurring between nations, and awakening Titan (actually reminds me a lot of awakening espers in FF6). Not to mention we have already seen several summons including Ramuh and Leviathan, with several others likely in the works.
The beginning of Final Fantasy 6 reads,
“Long ago, the War of the Magi, reduced the world to a scorched wasteland, and magic simply ceased to exist.”
What if the outcome of the war in FFXV leads to a complete desolation of the planet? That would explain the restoration of the desolate planet that is referenced in FFVI.
We’ve already seen Noctis’ power to use espers (dubbed Eidolons like in Final Fantasy IX), so I feel that it really is not out of the question. From video trailers, we can definitely see that FFXV takes place in a war-like atmosphere with the literal “Imperial Army” that is literally using Magitek technology!
Anyways, I could go on and on to try and draw allusions, but I wanted to see what you all think!
What PrismDiamondz refers to sounds a lot like the Starscourge:
The Starscourge (星の病, Hoshi no yamai?, lit. Scourge of the Star) is a plague upon the world of Eos in Final Fantasy XV that lengthens the night. Its scientific definition is a mutant strain of plasmodium malariae. It is a plague that has afflicted the denizens of Eos since antiquity. The plasmodia responsible for the contagion mutated from insect-borne malarial parasites that had incubated within human hosts.
That’s interesting, as it would make sense why Final Fantasy VI’s first half takes place in the “World of Balance”.
Of course, the original Japanese for Final Fantasy XV’s Starscourge state is “夜に包まれた世界”, or “A World Wrapped in the Night”. World of Ruin is a convenient homage to Final Fantasy VI.
By the way, Final Fantasy VI’s World of Ruin originally reads as “世界崩壊後”, or “World After the Fall”. Ted Woosley translated this term into the now iconic “World of Ruin”.
This also extends to the War of the Magi. In Final Fantasy XV’s ancient war is “魔大戦”, “the Great War of Old”. It’s also the same term Japanese versions used for Final Fantasy VI. But if we follow the theory, does this mean that Final Fantasy VI and XV allude to the same war? The War of the Magi can’t take place during the Starscourge. Or are there two Great Wars of Old?
Final Fantasy XV Great War of Old is the Astral War. Astrals, by the way, are Final Fantasy XV’s summons. So essentially, they would be Espers. But during the War of the Magi in Final Fantasy VI, normal humans became Espers according to the lore. Here, they’re gods.
Yet it’s interesting to note that every war seemingly ends with magic disappearing.