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This page is just a fun little thing I decided to make:
- 1 Enhancing Magic Cast by Enemies
- 2 Bard Songs Sung by Enemies (Work in progress)
- 3 Elementals Summoned by Beastmen (Another useless chart!)
- 4 Jobs Occupied by Beastmen (Useless Chart III: Revenge of the Chart)
- 5 Beastmen Job Distribution
- 6 What qualifies as a beastman?
- 6.1 Gil Classification
- 6.2 Beastman-Made Classification
- 6.3 Battlefield Classification
- 6.4 Naming System Classification (Normal)
- 6.5 Naming System Classification (Notorious)
- 6.6 "Third Key" Classification
- 6.7 Capitalization Classifcation
- 6.8 Dynamis/Limbus/Alzadaal Prominence Classification
- 6.9 Besieged Tier Classification
- 6.10 Blue Magic Classification
- 6.11 Beastmen Stronghold Classification
- 6.12 Other Sentience
- 7 Storytime!
- 7.1 Racial Naming
- 7.2 Theories
- 7.3 Speculation
- 7.4 Compilation
- 7.5 NM Dialogue
- 8 Jopasopan Fan-Fiction
Enhancing Magic Cast by Enemies
|Moblins||O||O||Blaze||H||X/X?||O||O||Groundman-type Moblins cast Protectra IV, Shellra IV, and Hastega despite level.|
|Mamool Ja||O||O||Shock||N/A||Barblizzara||O?||O||Mamool Ja white mages only cast single-target Protect and Shell spells.|
|Trolls||O||O||X||Enfire||Barwater||O||O||Aquaveil is not cast.|
|Lamiae/Merrows||O||O||Ice||Enwater||Barthunder||O||O||Not sure if Enwater is cast because it is their element or because it is the highest level enspell, but likely because of their element.|
|Ghosts||N/A||N/A||Ice||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Bhoot can only cast ice magic spells.|
|Evil Weapons||O||O||X||H||?||O||O||Evil weapons, despite usually not linking, will cast enhancing magic on other weapons. This is supposedly due to the fact that most used to link with each other.|
|Magic Pots||N/A||N/A||?||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Considered RDM-type but casts black magic spells.|
|Imps||N/A||N/A||Blaze||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Imps only cast Blaze Spikes when engaged.|
|Flan||N/A||N/A||Blaze||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Flan only cast Blaze Spikes when engaged.|
|Bombs||N/A||N/A||Blaze||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Only ToAU bombs can cast spells, post-ToAU might, too; fire spells only; it seems only certain ToAU bombs can cast spells, even of the same type in the same area.|
|Dolls||X||X||Shock||X||X||X||X||Only Gargoyle-Mu and Gargoyle-Lambda can cast spells.|
|O = Used; X = Not used; N/A = Not available because of lack of job(s); ? = Guess and/or not researched or not researched enough; H = Uses the highest level spell of that type|
Note: Protectra, Shellra, and Refresh spells do not seem to be normally cast; RDM-type enemies do not seem to cast Spike spells; Dynamis, Limbus, Salvage, Besieged, and/or other special event enemies might break the rules and patterns in this chart.
Bard Songs Sung by Enemies (Work in progress)
Note: These might not vary by monster/monster-type like enhancing magic.
Elementals Summoned by Beastmen (Another useless chart!)
|Yagudo||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Air>Earth>Fire>Ice is the order of how often they are summoned.|
|Tonberries||Y||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Light>Water>Fire>Ice is the order of how often they are summoned.|
|Demons||Y?||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||Ice>Dark>Thunder>Fire is the order of how often they are summoned.|
|Lamiae||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Dark>Ice>Water>Thunder is the order of how often they are summoned.|
|Fomors||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Fire=Ice=Air=Earth=Thunder=Water is the order of how often they are summoned.|
|Y = Summoned N = Not summoned |
Note: Elementals summoned may vary by area. (For example, I think I have only seem Yagudo's ice elementals in Giddeus.)
Jobs Occupied by Beastmen (Useless Chart III: Revenge of the Chart)
|Orcs||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||Vanguard Orcs occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs.|
|Quadav||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Vanguard Quadav occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs.|
|Yagudo||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Vanguard Yagudo occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs; Yagudo are the only pre-ToAU beastmen that occupy the samurai job.|
|Goblins||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Vanguard Goblins occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs; Goblins occupy the most amount of jobs (8) of all beastmen.|
|Demons||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Kindred Demons can occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs.|
|Moblins||N||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y(See notes)||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Some Goblins can be considered Moblins, thus making the Moblin jobs equal the same as the Goblins' jobs; only Twilotak and Dread Dealing Dredodak (who has Goblin warrior armor) are Moblin dark knights; if you count bugbears, they also have the monk job.|
|Fomors||Y||Y||N(See notes)||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y(See notes)||N||Hydra Corps Fomors occupy all 15 pre-ToAU jobs (including white mage); only Ephramadian Fomors have the corsair job.|
|Mamool Ja||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Mamool Ja Infiltrators in the Bhaflau Thickets were unintentionally monks instead of ninjas at first along with other enemy mistakes in the area; Mamool Ja are the only beastmen that occupy the blue mage job.|
|Trolls||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Trolls are the only beastmen that occupy the puppetmaster job.|
|Lamiae||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N||Excluding Ephramadian Fomors, Lamiae and Merrows are the only beastmen that occupy the corsair job.|
|Qiqirn||N||N||N||Y(See notes)||N||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Qiqirn are the only beastmen to occupy 3 jobs; only Qiqirn Astrologers (Salvage) are black mages; one of the Nyzul Qiqirn NMs might be a black mage.|
|Poroggos||N||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Poroggos occupy the least amount of jobs (1) of all beastmen.|
|Y = Occupied N = Not occupied|
Beastmen Job Distribution
Here is mostly official (Orcish, Quadav, Yagudo, Goblin (Moblins included), Antican, Sahagin, Tonberry, and Gigas ones are) stuff. Once I get the percentages for other beastmen races, I might get rid of the above chart.
Goblins topped the chart for variety, with a total of eight different jobs ranging from warrior to white mage. Black mage was the most prevalent job, appearing among eleven different races, while samurai was the least common (excluding Near Eastern jobs), showing up only among the Yagudo and Lamiae.
The following is an analysis of each beastmean race based on job distribution.
Quadav : While many choose frontline job types, 40% of Quadav are mages--a relatively high percentage among beastmen. This shows the Quadav as a knowledgeable race, despite their savage reputation.
Many of their number also choose the less common jobs of summoner and bard, painting the Yagudo as a race with an appetite for the unusual.
Sahagin : The Sahagin have only four job types, with an equal distribution of mage and frontline professions.
Perhaps this selection compliments the Tonberry obsession with revenge.
Poroggo : 100% of Poroggos are black mages, clearly because of their magical origin in Windurst.
*The elite beastmen units, the Forlorn Vanguard and the Dark Kindred, from the Crystal War had all fifteen jobs familiar to Middle Landers.
What qualifies as a beastman?
Something I thought up of. Will update later.
Summary: What should the standards be to classify something as a beastman race? Should they drop gil? Have a 60 cap battlefield? Need multiple jobs? Simply have sentience? Do all monsters that make beast-made items count? That's what this section is dedicated to. By beastman race, I mean whether they should be recognized as a separate force.
Note: Will decide on whether to use "beastman" or "beastmen" as an adjective later. Decided on beastmen since it makes more sense. Will update to reflect that later. The recent Besieged news used "beastman" as an adjective... Maybe I should check what is used more recently in-game. Pretty much decided on "beastmen". Guh, now I'm thinking "beastman"...
Note: The "usual" means Orcs, Quadav, Yagudo, Goblins, Antica, Sahagin, Tonberries, Gigas, Mamool Ja, Trolls, Lamiae/Merrows, and Qiqirn. Goblins/Moblins/bugbears and Fomors/Shadows are sometimes separated in this section because this might deal with whether they should be classified as one race. Not so much for Mamool Ja fighters/mages, Troll cannoneers/hoplites, and Lamiae/Merrows (changed my mind). Warmachines are generally going to be ignored. The machines themselves are obviously not a race, but the Orcs inside are obviously... Orcs. Warmachines fall under the following: Gil Classification, Battlefield Classification (However, their BCNM 60, Shots in the Dark, can be considered Horlais Peak's version of Up in Arms/Wild Wild Whiskers/Celery).
Note: If I use the term "dark stalkerS" I am referring to the superfamily that has the shadow and Fomor families. The shadows are divided into regular shadows and the subcategory of Hydra Corps. Fomors are divided into the Tavnazian, Ephramadian, Lamian experimental, and Black Coffin Fomors.
Update: Might also add some "whether I should divide the Mamool Ja knights/Mamool Ja hussars and enhanced Trolls/Troll destroyers from regular Mamool Ja/Trolls in addition to maybe dividing all 3 subdivisions" to this. Not quite so sure about acroliths and if they fit into any family, particularly qutrub.
Basically, if it drops gil, it's a beastman race. Going by this logic, the following would be beastman races:
- The usual
Basically, if it makes a beast-made item, it's a beastman race. Going by this logic, the following would be beastman races:
- The usual
Basically, if it has a 60 cap battlefield, and can be considered a beastman, it's a beastman race. Mamool Ja, Trolls, Lamiae, and Qiqirn do not have any, but I'm guessing they will get ISNMs sooner or later (along with Poroggos among other ToAU mobs). However, Mamool Ja/Trolls/Lamiae have uncapped AC battlefields (Mamook Incursion, Halvung Invasion, and Lamia Reprisal respectively). Anyway, going by this logic, the following would be beastman races:
- The usual
- Demons (Kindred Spirits)
- Shadows (Fomors included, I guess) (Brothers D'Aurphe)
- Moblins (Pulling the Strings)
Naming System Classification (Normal)
This section deals with whether a race is defined and/or divided by their ranks (for example, Orcish Fodder) are named.
Naming System Classification (Notorious)
Basically, beastman races are defined by how their members are named. We would divide them like this then:
- Goblins, Moblins, and bugbears separated
- Shadows and Fomors separated
"Third Key" Classification
This deals with whether Qutrubs should be considered beastmen. Basically, in each of the 3 beastmen strongholds in the Near East, rather short sentient beings drop that area's "third" key. Each also comes in 2 jobs. They are: Mamook: Sahagin MNK/BRD (Mamook Silverscale Key), Halvung: Moblin WHM/RDM (Halvung Shakudo Key), Arrapago Reef: Qutrub DRK/BLM (Lamian Claw Key). So, if we go by the logic that in each of the 3 strongholds, a beastman drops a "third" key, then Qutrubs are beastmen.
Obviously, this deals with capitalization. This mostly crosses out bugbears as a race, as there is some inconsistency with Shadow/Qutrub being capitalized.
Dynamis/Limbus/Alzadaal Prominence Classification
Basically, in DLS (Dynamis/Limbus/Salvage), there's some kinda pattern. In Dynamis and Salvage, each area will generally have a leading race. They might also have more prominent sentient beings. Prominent sentient beings in DLS (Dynamis/Limbus/Salvage) are Ahriman (Dynamis), Poroggos (Zhayolm Remnants), Qiqirn (Arrapago Remnants), soulflayers (Arrapago Remnants), flan (Bhaflau Remnants), imps (Silver Sea Remnants)and possibly tauri (Dynamis - Tavnazia) (not sure if they're actually nightmare mobs, which would mean they are not real, since they are different from other Nightmare enemies, but they probably are, which would make them non-prominent). In Limbus, there are some patterns between beastmen. For example, less memorable beastman races are found in Temenos - Northern Tower. You can even count Besieged since each army is led by a beastman race. In adition, considering that each Besieged enemy force is led by a beastmen race, this would mean that the subcategories for Mamool Ja/Trolls/Lamiae are 1 family. Anyway, going by this logic the following would be considered beastman races:
- The usual
- Demons (Dynamis/Limbus)
- Shadows/Fomors (Dynamis)
- Moblins (Separated from Goblins, but Goblin mercenaries are with them, but that's because they're hired by them.)
- Fomors (Salvage)
- Ahriman (Dynamis, see above)
- Possibly tauri, not really sentient, though (Dynamis, see above)
- Poroggos (Alzadaal, see above)
- Qiqirn (Alzadaal, see above)
- Soulflayers (Alzadaal, see above)
- Flan (Alzadaal, see above)
- Imps (Alzadaal, see above)
Update: Poroggos/flan/soulflayers/Qiqirn/imps/archaic chariots are prominent in Nyzul Isle.
Besieged Tier Classification
This one's kinda hard to explain... Well, maybe not. Anyway, from Lv.1-2, each Besieged enemy army has 3 monster types: 4 (3 for the Lamiae?) jobs for the main beastman race of the army and 2 "lesser" monsters. Then, starting at Lv.3, new monster types are added each level. Basically, this is going to lead into whether or not Lamiae and Merrows are separated (but then again, they're subtypes and it's just that new types are added for each level, doesn't have to be supertype, type, or subtype), since Merrows are added at Lv.4, while no other new monster types are added. For referrence, here are the monster types added for each level:
Mamool Ja: Lv.1: Puks, Lv2: Raptors, Lv3: Ziz, Lv4: Bugards, Lv5: Wyverns, Lv6: Poroggos, Lv7: Mamool Ja Hussars
Trolls: Lv.1: Eruca, Lv.2: Wamouracampa, Lv.3: (Cluster) Bombs, Lv.4: Flan, Lv.5: Scorpions, Lv.6: Wamoura, Lv.7: Troll Destroyers
Undead Swarm: Lv.1: Ghosts, Lv.2: Draugar, Lv.3: Bhoot (is bhoot plural bhoots?), Lv.4: Merrows, Lv.5: Qutrub, Lv.6: Doom Toads, Lv.7: Acroliths
Fun Fact: I put monsters in Lv.1/Lv.2 for the following fun fact:
Fun Fact: Sometimes, the Mega Boss of each level corresponds to the new monster of that level in some way. For example, Lv.2 Mamool Ja Savages "introduces" raptors and its Mega Boss has a raptor pet as its special ability, Lv.4 Undead Swarm introduces Merrows and has a Merrow Mega Boss, Lv.5 Mamool Ja Savages introduces War Wyverns and has a DRG Mega Boss, etc. Update: Decided to list them:
Mamool Ja: Mabel Ja (This level introduces puks [Fetials use wind staves plus puks are heavily elemental])
Trolls: Girzorhor (This level introduces eruca [Crawlers are usually "warriors"])
Undead Swarm: Lamia No. (This level introduces ghosts [Ghosts are usually black mages])
Mamool Ja: Sareel Ja/Piraal Ja (This level "introduces" lindwurms; this level introduces handlers?)
Trolls: Surmerdar (This level "introduces" wamouracampa [[[Cannonball]] is a ranged attack])
Mamool Ja: Ryubool Ja (This level introduces entrancers?)
Trolls: Vorporlor (This level introduces pezhetairoi?)
Undead Swarm: Merrow No.11 (This level introduces Merrows)
Mamool Ja: Bakool Ja (This level introduces vouivres; this level introduces cataphracts?)
Mamool Ja: Vogaal Ja (This level introduces hussars)
Trolls: Xarhorkur (This level introduces destroyers)
Blue Magic Classification
Basically, this idea states that every monster family gives at least one blue magic spell. This would probably mean Shadows/Fomors are 1 beastman race, and either Mamool Ja fighters/mages, Troll cannoneers/hoplites, and Lamiae/Merrows give 2 spells or are separate races.
Beastmen Stronghold Classification
Basically, if it has a beastman stronghold (or capital or other important location), it's a independent beastman race. Not sure whether to count the Ashu Talif/Black Coffin as one, or if the Qiqirn's should be Nashmau or Aydeewa, or if they even have one. Will update later. You could also say each race has at least 1 battlefield that corresponds to them and only them. Update: Here are some ideas:
Orcish Empire: Davoi, Imperial Capital?
- Outdoor Area: Pashhow Marshlands (Beadeaux)
- Secondary Stronghold: Palborough Mines
- Battlefield: Waughroon Shrine
Yagudo: Castle Oztroja (Yagudo Theomillitary), Somewhere in the Far East (Tengu)
- Outdoor Area: Meriphataud Mountains (Oztroja)
- Secondary Stronghold: Giddeus (Yagudo Theomillitary)
- Battlefield: Balga's Dais (Yagudo Theomillitary)
Goblins: None in particular (North Pole for the smilebringers???)
Kindred: Castle Zvahl
Antican Empire: Quicksand Caves
- Outdoor Area: Altepa Desert
- Battlefield: Chamber of Oracles
Sahagin Tribes: Sea Serpent Grotto
- Outdoor Area: Yuhtunga Jungle (Hidden Valley)
- Other: Mamook (Sahagin there are known as Mamool Ja aquatics)
- Battlefield: Sacrificial Chamber (Elshimo Sahagin; originally the Cloister of Tides), Jade Sepulcher? (Mamool Ja aquatics)
- Outdoor Area: Yhoator Jungle (Uggalepih), Beaucedine Glacier (Pso'Xja; not used)
- Battlefield: Sacrificial Chamber (Elshimo Tonberries), The Shrouded Maw (Cryptonberries; not used)
Gigas Tribes: Delkfutt's Tower (Mostly the upper floors; divided kinda like this: Upper - Jotunns, Middle - Gigas, and Lower - Giants), Northern Islands?
- Outdoor Area: Qufim Island
- Other: Northlands, Korroloka Tunnel, Lufaise Meadows, Misareaux Coast
- Battlefield: Qu'Bia Arena, Stellar Fulcrum?
Moblin Army: Movalpolos
- Other: Halvung (Moblins there are known as Halvung Moblins)
- Battlefield: Mine Shaft #2716 (Movalpolos Moblins), Navukgo Execution Chamber? (Halvung Moblins)
Mamool Ja Savages: Mamook
- Outdoor Area: Wajaom Woodlands
- Battlefield: Astral Plinth (Mamook), Jade Sepulcher, Mamool Ja Training Grounds (Assault)
Troll Mercenaries: Halvung
- Outdoor Area: Mount Zhayolm
- Battlefield: Astral Plinth (Halvung), Navukgo Execution Chamber, Lebros Cavern (Assault)
Undead Swarm: Arrapago Reef
- Outdoor Area: East Azouph Isle/Caedarva Mire
- Battlefield: Astral Plinth (Arrapago Reef), Talacca Cove?, Leujaoam Sanctum? (Assault), Ilrusi Atoll (Assault), Periqia (Assault)
- Outdoor Area: West Azouph Isle/Caedarva Mire (Qiqirn allies?), Bhaflau Thickets (Qiqirn enemies, not used), you could say the Astral Plinth in Al Zahbi is another (Qiqirn allies)
- Other: Seem to have relations with all other forces of the Near East, particularly the Empire and maybe the Mamool Ja Savages, plus they hang out around Undead Swarm areas,
- Battlefield: Talacca Cove?, first 5 Assault areas
Poroggos: Mamook (Under the Mamool Ja Savages)
- Secondary Stronghold: Eldieme Necropolis (Shadows; swith with Fei'Yin?), Phomiuna Aqueducts (Tavnazian Fomors),
- Outdoor Area: Beaucedine Glacier/Batallia Downs (Shadows; not used), Misareaux Coast (Sacriarium), Bhaflau Thickets/Wajaom Woodlands (Ephramadian Fomors), Dvucca Isle/Caedarva Mire (Ashu Talif)
- Other: Lufaise Meadows (Tavnazian Fomors), Arrapago Reef (Lamian experimental & Black Coffin Fomors)
- Battlefield: Qu'Bia Arena (Shadows), The Ashu Talif (Black Coffin; technically an Assault area, but Assault areas are technically battlefields plus this place is closer to regular battlefield compared to other Assault areas)
These are more sentient creatures but are rarely seen far from their respective force. Warmachines would be here, but they are just Orcs inside of a machine:
Imps: Kindred, Ephramadian pirate Fomors
Bugbears: Moblin Army
Qutrub: Undead Swarm
Poroggos: Mamool Ja Savages
Flan: Troll Mercenaries
Soulflayers: Undead Swarm
There are some plantoids that can be considered their own race:
There are some undead that are rather sentient (dark stalkers and qutrub are not included since they are extremely close to beastmen):
There are some arcana that seem to be smarter than most monsters:
Evil Weapons (All used to link before)
This section will be used to establish the various ways the many races of Vana'diel name things. I will try to get a few out of my head:
Goblins/Moblins: I said this in a BG thread once:"Fun Fact: The Goblin language (also used by Moblins) is basically a sloppy version of English (well, Vana'dielian in the game), so Movalpolos is probably translated as "Mobilepolis" and thus means "mobile city". Oldton and Newton mean "old town" and "new town" I guess? (Oldton was dug up 20? years ago or something and Newton was dug up because of what LD said.)
I also like Kyreth's Megomak/Megalomaniac connection and stuff.
EDIT: Goblin/Moblin names (and not just their titles) tend to match with what they are and -ix is added to represent males and -ox for females (only for Goblins;I don't know if there is something similar for Moblins), so I wouldn't be surprised if Megomak is supposed to mean megalomaniac:
Bloodthirster Madkix: Mad: He's obviously crazy
Climbpix Highrise: Climb: He climbs
Doglix Muttsnout: Dog: He looks like a dog maybe?
Goblinsaviour Heronox: Hero: She's obviously a saviour/hero
Book Browser Bokabraq/Chemical Cook Chemachiq/Dread Dealing Dredodak/Grimoire Guru Grimogek/Spell Spitter Spiluspok: Yeah...
Twilotak: Believed to be the reincarnation of the Twilight God
Maybe something similar goes for other beastmen, I know there's Dragonscaled Bugaal Ja who has pet bugards." I'm also guessing Moblin male names end in "-k" and female names end in "-q". Makes sense, given the Moblins with confirmed genders.
Mamool Ja: Anyway, then we have Mamool Ja usually follow the following naming convention: <Consonant> <Vowel> <Consonant> <1-2 vowels, usually 2> <L> <Ja> Occassionally, something like a hard Y will pop-up after the first letter which does not mess up the number of syllables if pronounced properly, I guess. I'm guessing those with 1 vowel in the second syllable are females. I'm also guessing "Ja" means "brother" or "brethren" (and thus "Mamool" means "shining scale"), since "The Autarch" has "Ja Ja" and they are 2 Mamool Ja.
This section is for theories.
Basically, this theory says that the following creatures are from the underworld: Kindred Demons, Ahriman, tauri, imps, the family Cerberus belongs to (tartarus?) or just Cerberus, shadow dragons, bombs, clusters, and snolls. The 4 types of demons I named and Cerberus are obvious. I think shadow dragons because they are often found with demons and the Ash Dragon is found in Ifrit's Cauldron and dahaks are found in the Halvung Territory--two "gateways" to the underworld I'm guessing. I say Ifrit's Cauldron because The Transformation of Ifrit says "When the Sun is Consumed by the Moon, The Souls of the Dead will Gather at the Mountain of Flames, and the Gates of the Underworld will open." which leads me to bombs. Bombs, which in this theory stats that all 3 types are souls of the dead/underworld, are found in abundance in Ifrit's Cauldron and Halvung--gateways to the underworld. Then they're sometimes found in various areas in foggy weather and dungeons with the right environment. Clusters are probably similar but souls that were killed in abundance or something. Atomic clusters are probably Tavnazians/people present in Tavnazia that were killed in the Crystal War and/or those killed by Bahamut and his wyrmal army's plan to wipe all races of people from Vana'diel to prevent the Keeper from crossing to this world. Atomic clusters are probably those killed by the Empire in the Near East. Strangely enough, near eastern bombs/clusters can go through Wajaom and Al Zahbi no matter the weather, yet are not found anywhere else in the Near East (without Trolls), not even Wajaom during foggy weather. Snolls are found in abundance in Uleguerand Range, an area which has a bunch of demons (and the region is basically Demon Central) and the location of Odin's protocrystal before it shattered, Odin being the ruler of the underworld. Snolls sometimes found in Pso'Xja could be Kuluu killed in the war between them and the Zilart. Or maybe all bomb types are just malevolent spirits of the underworld, and not souls of the dead. It would be comparably to the kabold part (the possesed spirit of the earth below the weapon itself) of evil weapons.
This theory states what the celestial avatars used to be before they merged with the gods/elements. See Category:Avatars#Celestial Avatars for how they probably came to be.
Ifrit: Elvaan? (Possibly Hume)
Titan: Titan (Extinct race of beastmen or something)
Ramuh: Olduum person? (Hume?)
This theory states that each terrestrial avatar has a corresponding mothercrystal and has two powers, with one being normal and the other being more "fate-related". They also seem to have a type of item associated with them:
Bahamut: Dem or Al'Taieu
"Home": Monarch Linn, Cape Riverne
Avatar Gate Location: Northern tower of Pso'Xja
Normal Power: Ability to manipulate time and space. ("Conqueror of the skies")
Fate Power: Rules over the wyrms. ("King of dragons"?)
Items: Scales (Examples: Giant Scale, Monarch Beard)
"Home": Rainbow Circle/Pillar(s)/??? (Not sure what to call it), La Theine Plateau
Avatar Gate Location: Northeastern tower of Pso'Xja
Normal Power: Ability to manipulate weather and elemental energy? ("Bringer of rainbows")
Fate Power: Watches over the protocrystals and the sleeping gods. ("(Mysterious) ruby of fortune"?)
Items: Gems (Examples: Carbuncle's Ruby, Carbuncle's Tear, Moon Bauble, Rainbow Resonator [might be more of a Fenrir-related item], Faded Ruby)
"Home": Full Moon Fountain, Toraimarai Canal, Horutoto Ruins, Sarutabaruta
Avatar Gate Location: Southeastern tower of Pso'Xja
Normal Power: Ability to manipulate lunar power and elemental energy? ("Guardian of the moon")
Fate Power: Watches over the flow of time. (Able to view time perform Moon Readings to see into the future.) ("Keeper of tomorrow")
Items: Mana Orbs (Examples: Mana Orb, Dark Mana Orb)
"Home": The Shrouded Maw, Pso'Xja, Beaucedine Glacier
Avatar Gate Location: None
Normal Power: Ability to manipulate dreams. ("Ruler of dreams")
Fate Power: Created and watches over Dynamis, his dreamworld, hide from Vana'diel's fate. ("Creator of the shrouded land"?)
Items: Sand (Examples: Vial of Shrouded Sand, Timeless Hourglass)
Phoenix: Al'Taieu or Dem
"Home": Cradle of Rebirth, Parradamo Tor
Avatar Gate Location: Southwestern tower of Pso'Xja (Broken avatar gate)
Normal Power: Ability to manipulate the flow of souls and regenerate health. ("Fiery bird of resurrection")
Note: Since she has some power over the mothercrystals, which contain memories of the souls as well, and since a lot of her items involve memories, it is safe to assume she has some power over memories.
Fate Power: Watches over and protects the mothercrystals. ("Flame of rebirth"?)
Items: Jewels/Feathers (Examples: Phoenix Feather, Cracked Mimeo Mirror/Mimeo Jewel/Mimeo Feather, Mimeo Stone/Regain Feather/Rebirth Feather/etc.)
This theory states that crystal energy makes one more sentient. While not exactly a bad thing, it puts responsibility in your hands. Anyway, Elshimo Tonberries formed from Kuluu that "overloaded with sentience". Zilart that became the five races went something like this: Zilart that became Galka: "Overloaded" with "Al'Taieu energy" (peace) became angry; Mithra: "Overloaded" with "Dem energy" (justice) and became envious; Tarutaru: "Overloaded" with "Holla energy" (courage) and became cowardly; Elvaan: "Overloaded" with "Mea energy" (trust) and became arrogant; Humes: "Overloaded" with "Vazhl energy" (hope) and became apathetic. Crystal energy containing sentience would explain how beastmen came to be and why some stuff are kinda like people. (Beetles and scorpions have 4 legs, crabs are kinda like centaurs, etc.)
Like the title suggests, this section is for speculating. Here's something crazy: Aphmau is an avatar/incarnation of Altana and Altana is what the Empire used to destroy the Kingdom of Ephramad! DUN DUN DUN! (Okay, that had no basis and is just filler.)
This section is for compiling story-related data.
This section is for collecting stuff such as dialogue for ???'s that are used to pop NMs, a NM's engaging dialogue, a NM's dialogue when they are defeated, etc. May become more of a general dialogue section. Will update later.
This section compiles the text on the monuments that Gwynham Ironheart and his daughter Enid left behind.
This section is for collecting the dialogues from quasilumins in Lumoria.
1. Warning. Chamber of Eventide accessed by unauthorized personnel, 4789209-980 increments previous.
2. Grand Palace of Hu'Xzoi and Garden of Ru'Hmet portals under celestial defense mechanism control. Access restricted to security personnel.
3. Employ matter transfer devices within each tower to descend to lower levels.
4. Due to authority figure absence, support personnel remain active in Al'Taieu city sector.
5. Anti-intruder personnel deactivated. Request immediate response.
6. Celestial defense mechanism deactivated in city sector. Royal family directive required to deactivate Grand Palace of Hu'Xzoi and Garden of Ru'Hmet defenses.
7. Fei'Yin, Ro'Maeve, and Pso'Xja destroyed during spatial transfer of Al'Taieu. Heavy casualties recorded among Kuluu personnel.
8. Crystal power supply to palace restricted to minimum level. Matter transfer devices and towers operational.
9. Possible rupture in Chamber of Eventide. Access to research facilities prohibited.
10. Utilizing the crystal's versatile energy, the towers were reconfigured into weapons in the battle with the wyrms.
1. The Zilart followed the voice to the top of the Garden of Ru'Hmet. The Brand of Dawn and Brand of Twilight are required for access.
2. The Kuluu boy returned with many companions of malignant races. Why did he not bring his friend, the Zilartian prince?
3. Once, many voices could be heard while standing here. Now it seems that everyone is sleeping.
4. This material is detritus that accompanied the spatial transference. It interferes with our patrol routes.
5. This is the Garden of Ru'Hmet. A matter transfer device in the center of the palace connects the upper and lower levels.
6. After the spatial transference, the Dawn Maiden and the Kuluu boy sealed the audience chamber. It has not been opened since.
7. The crest of the royal family represents the five senses and the higher awareness that governs those senses.
8. The maelstrom you see above the palace is a remnant of the spatial transference.
9. A philosopher once reasoned that the energy of the crystal could be divided into five properties. These towers made that division possible.
10. The energy of each tower is unique. Before the battle with the wyrms, these towers were sacred places that glowed with the light of healing.
This section has the entire lyrics to various stuff in the game.
That thing said in Fei'Yin in mission 5-1
Lay of the Immortals
First Ode: Nocturne of the Gods (First Verse)
It all began with a stone, or so the legend says. In ages past, a sentient jewel, enormous and beautiful, banished the darkness. Its many-colored light filled the world with life and brought forth mighty gods. Bathed in that light, the world entered an age of bliss until, after a time, the gods fell into slumber. That world was called Vana'diel. Our world, Vana'diel...
Second Ode: Distant Promises (Second Verse)
However, this age will not last. The great bane will devour the fair land of Vana'diel. The ancient seal will be broken, awakening nightmares of ages past. A tragic age of darkness will reign. And yet, the gods will not wake from their slumber... That world was called Vana'diel.
Third Ode: Memoria de La S^tona (Third Verse)
Innocent blood spills forth onto the plains of Vana'diel. The world shudders as she is thrust into chaos and despair. Neither power nor destiny can bring an end to what has already begun. However, through the storm of the night, a star of glory shines bright. Through the howling of the beasts, the song rings clear. Shining star, echoing song, You are our dreams and prayers.
Fourth Ode: Clouded Dawn (Fourth Verse)
That star is you, and the song is yours. And someday, that hope will become our dreams...our prayers... Shine forth, star of hope! Let your song ring out across all of Vana'diel! And what was split asunder will once more become whole. Complete and inseparable for all eternity.
Fifth Ode: A Time for Prayer (Fifth Verse)
And so the legend ends... ...began......crystal......