Final Fantasy III: The New Returners
Authors Notes #1
Well, New Returners has been a fun project. Not to mention long. This story was first concieved in 1994, not too long after Id played Final Fantasy III for the first time. This first version of the story, which has mostly been lost, had Terra waking up in an apocalyptic world where the remains of the Returners were struggling for survival (you can tell this was before I beat the game; I had no idea the World of Ruin would return to normal at the end). In the first version, Kefka returned, not as a villian but as an ally. I forget just why. According to that story he was an Esper by birth and had been controlled by someone during his reign of terror. There were such plot threads as the death of Edgar--and his return as a ghost, an ill-fated romance between Sabin and Sailor Moon (yes, Sailor Moon :0)), Celess coping with Lockes disability (he had somehow lost use of his legs), and of course, everyone learning to accept Kefka as a friend, which eventually led to love, and a marriage proposal, between him and Terra. That story, however, was never finished, and was scrapped once Id beaten FFIII.
After that, I didnt write much fanfic. I didnt really have a use for it, and no one to read it, so I quit until I played Chrono Trigger for the first time. This game, which I beat 5 days after I got it, introduced me to one of the most intriguing characters Ive ever known about: Magus. I became an absolute Magus maniac the second my suspicions about his lineage were confirmed. After that I wrote countless fanfic stories about him, none of which were very good, but they helped improve my writing.
Then I took my first trip on the Web, and after reading some fanfic, I decided I wanted my writing in a place where other people could read it as well. The original New Returners had already been lost for quite some time, but I came upon an even better idea: same name, same villians/supporting characters, but create a story that incorporated main characters from both CT and FFIII! It seemed like genius at the time, so I set about writing it.
I trashed the idea of Kefka as an ally near the very beginning, as I wasnt sure just how I would make that work in such a different situation, not to mention that Id hit upon a different love interest for Terra... If youve paid attention during the story, its almost painfully obvious. Originally, Schala didnt have any part at all in the story, but I wanted very badly to write a scene in which Magus tells his sister his real identity, so I put her in at the last second--which turned out for the best, although it caused a rather big change in the storyline. In case youre wondering where that scene is, well, its not to be found in the 4 Parts :0) Its in Episode 1, Demons Bane, which may or may not be up yet, depending on where youre reading this from.
Ive had some questions regarding the appearance of Zarok. Well, I wanted to leave this up to everyones imagination, but I always pictured him as having a muscular mans body, with short tan fur, and semi-human hands also covered in fur and with claws replacing fingernails. His head is sort of like a lions head, and instead of a mane he has long, human-style red hair in a ponytail (if youve ever seen Princess Jasmines ponytail in the Disney movie Aladdin, thats the kind of ponytail Im talking about). And yes, he DOES wear clothes. I imagine they would have to be specially tailored, though, since hes so much bigger than your average human. His sword Brunhild is from the magnificent strategy RPG Ogre Battle, as well as the name of his empire, Zenobia. The most important part of the entire fanfic is also from this wonderful game :0)
I got a couple of emails regarding the appearances of Funsworth and Frog/Glenn, as well. As for Funsworth, I thought I did a pretty good job of describing him. Youll just have to re-read the story, and trust that it is in there. And for Glenn...at the time I was writing the 4 Parts, I had no idea what Glenn looked like in his human form, or if I should even make him human--since, after all, he doesnt return to human in the game unless you kill Magus. Eventually, I chose to let the readers decide, and so my descriptions of him are as vague as possible (yes, there is one place where hes referred to as a knight-type person, but thats it).
The several flashbacks, dream sequences etc. scattered throughout the Parts are meant to be insights into the sketchiest part of Maguss otherwise well-developed background--the time he spent in 600 A.D. before the war between Mystics and humans. I wont discuss that here, as this is supposed to be authors notes, not a fanfic :0) But the matter of Maguss past will be resolved in the course of (hopefully) several more stories.
And now, to finish up... This fic is far from over. As Ive said before, the 4 Parts are just a prelude to the conflict to come, setting the scene for the Episodes, which chronicle the confrontation with ultimate evil. So, until this adventure comes to pass, I leave you with these parting words:
The Figaran Legend
One to be born of the sky
Hoisting the light and the dark
Arises through universes to the lair of demons
Shining with the light of newfound truth
It brings a new Hope to the worlds with
Peace for all mankind.
May all your adventures end in triumph.
Lady Marrah, a.k.a. Mgirl
March 25, 1998