Welcome to Christmas 2022! Somehow an entire year has flown by faster than a centaur down a mountain spaceship at light speed…
Once again we’ll be hosting a number of Christmas-themed events to celebrate the end of the year. Maybe you fancy a chance to exercise your various creative outlets, or perhaps you’d just like to enjoy the festive season with friends.
Warning: Unavoidable spoilers for Shadowbringers throughout.
Mythology Manual – Talos: Robotic Retainers
A memorable aspect of Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion is the surprisingly prominent role played by the Talos. In the world of The First (a planet devastated by an endless barrage of Light), the Talos are a class of strong golem-like automaton that were once used for an assortment of strenuous labour. Over the course of the game, the protagonists convince the native inhabitants of the First to reactivate their Talos and, with such aid, restore the night sky.
In Greek mythology, Talos is a roving, bronze sentinel who runs the circuit around Crete’s coastline to defend it from outsiders. Let’s gear up as we explore the fascinating ways in which the Talos of Final Fantasy XIV relate to their mythical namesake.
The entity labelled as ‘Titan’ is one of the founding members of the Final Fantasy franchise’s repertoire of summonable beings. Representing the Earth element, this muscular male figure is often presented as a prehistoric entity, much like the race of ancient gods in Greek mythology after whom he is named. In modern usage the adjective ‘titanic’ describes anything enormous in scale or strength, and the Final Fantasy figure’s bulk and raw power serve this association fully.
Let’s crack on with an investigation into the Final Fantasy franchise’s reception of the ‘Titan’ concept.
If you like Final Fantasy VI and have even a passing appreciation for its music, this book should beckon to you like a Siren. But there is no risk of being led astray here, for a competent writer instead offers to guide you through the melodic sea that forms one of the most beloved games in the franchise.
Written by Sebastian Deken, Boss Fight Books’ latest publication is devoted to Final Fantasy VI, specifically Nobuo Uematsu’s soundtrack and how it contributes to telling the story we adore, but also the history of its appreciation.
While usually understated, the Greek goddess Gaia has impacted the overall mythic landscape of Final Fantasy, having been a familiar presence with the franchise from the very first game in some form. At the most basic level, various Earth element aligned items and abilities invoking Gaia stress her control over nature (although many, including Gaia Gear, Drum, and Hammer, are only branded with ‘Gaia’ in English localisations). It is as a location and character that she fully blossoms. This article shall explore how Gaia took root and grew in the Final Fantasy franchise.
Not many mythology-based metaphors possess an impact quite as powerful as the Phoenix rising from the ashes. The imagery of a rebirth following hardship is attractively therapeutic, encapsulated perfectly by the self-engendering mythical bird which upon death is reborn anew.
Final Fantasy’s uses of the Phoenix have typically focused on these qualities of revival. In a way the spirit of the creature has been present with the player throughout the whole franchise. Even when the Phoenix itself does not appear, the common inventory items 'Phoenix Downs' (undercoat feathers) are a permanent staple, literal lifesaver in the franchise and revive fallen characters. The Phoenix entity itself first appears in Final Fantasy V as a summon and has recurred frequently since. It is often depicted as a beautiful fire-bird, usually with peacock-style tail feathers, which can cause fire damage and/or...
Heimdall’s horn has sounded for all mythology fans!
Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII is the latest book by award-winning Final Fantasy community author M. J. Gallagher. This ambitious, well-researched work examines how Norse lore and Viking culture manifests in the locations, characters and themes of the Final Fantasy VIICompilation.
The book has launched today on Amazon, and you can buy it by clicking here.
Just when you thought 2020 was scary enough, it's time to make things spookier! Perhaps an encounter with ghastly ghouls, demonic devils and harrowing harpies might even seem like a welcome break to us right now.
The wolves have already howled at the moon, signalling that some events will be starting soon. Other planned events will arrive when they are ready because the hosts are still assembling the parts and waiting for the lightning to strike life into their creations!
Today Zaperart has successfully launched The Blueness of a Wound on Steam, a point & click adventure game set in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. From the creator of the graphic novelLost Dreams of the Unicorn (Roko Zaper - also known as redcloud9 here on Final Fantasy Forums) and featuring music from the incredible Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana, Koudelka), this new saga sees Roko's unique artistic talents suited to a new medium. Combining a real setting with mythological elements, if you fancy a dive into the uncanny realm of Dreamtime, this is the experience for you!
DISCLAIMER: CONTAINS SHADOWBRINGERS SPOILERS THROUGHOUT. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE READER SHOULD COMPLETE THE GAME BEFORE READING THIS.
FFFMM - Hades: Shadow Lord
Hades, Greek mythology’s god of the Underworld, regularly emerges in modern popular culture. Often he is depicted as a hellish villain (consider Disney’s Hercules for a memorable example) yet, in antiquity, Hades was not necessarily evil; he just served a vital, albeit unsavoury, duty.
Although debuting as a summon in Final Fantasy VII, most frequently Hades’ Final Fantasy appearances range from fightable enemies to fleshed out major villains. Square Enix depicts Hades as either skeletal or human, depending on how prominent he is in a particular game’s story. Let’s open the gates and descend deeply into discussion.
As everybody has noticed, 2020 has thus far turned out to be an insane year for the world. With a lot of uncertainty about how our daily lives might look going forward, many people have understandably withdrawn into their own bubbles. We hope everyone is okay. The Final Fantasy VII Remake certainly helped distract many of us.
We invite all of you to bounce your bubbles next to each other and join them together on FFF (a place where social distancing doesn’t need to be enforced). As one we can enjoy the safety of a friendly online environment as we celebrate Birthweek 2020. None of us need to feel isolated when we have a community at our fingertips.
The Sirens are amongst Greek mythology's most characteristic monsters. Usually envisioned as half-bird, half-woman, Sirens lure distracted sailors with sweet music causing them to ruin their ships on the rocks. They embody the treacherous zone where sea meets land and signify anxieties surrounding temptation.
In the Final Fantasy franchise the recurring character known as ‘Siren' is sometimes friend, sometimes foe. As a musician capable of silencing her prey, Siren is typically characterised by Square Enix as a humanoid with varying degrees of feather coverage. As we shall see, the particular uses harmonise with the source myths. So strap yourselves to your seats and soak in the knowledge of the Sirens.
The moogles dance and sing as they dress their kupo nut trees with baubles, tinsel and lights. The tonberry chef whistles as he sharpens his knife under the warm glow of his lantern. Meanwhile the chocobo sheepishly lowers its head and backs away. The festive season is upon us once again!
We can now announce that 2019’s FFF Christmas events are launching!
SeeD: The Beginning is a fan written Final Fantasy VIII novel authored by Micah Rodney with M. J. Gallagher. With interior art by Kayley Henderson, cover art by Fiveonthe and the cover design produced by Alex Maine (lead organiser of KupoCon) this collaborative effort chronicles the earliest part of the game.
Presented by KupoCon, attendees of Pomex (London, September 21st 2019) were the first to be able to obtain paperback copies of the book (which remain exclusive to KupoCon events). With the release of the Remastered edition in September, KupoCon’s endorsement of this project couldn’t have come at a better time for Final Fantasy VIII fans.
Today the digital eBook version has launched for everybody to enjoy!
Sometimes siblings can seem oddly matched. Proximity means they may often have beef with each other, yet during both their lows and their prime they remain tethered by tight familial ties.
This is apparent in what is arguably one of the most unusual, yet charming, summons in the Final Fantasy franchise: ‘Brothers’ from Final Fantasy VIII. These comical, purple-furred humanoid bulls, individually named Minotaur and Sacred, are first fought as bosses and, once tamed, you can take your cattle into battle as they become summonable Guardian Forces.
Many great things are remade from time to time. Birthdays are a perfect time for self-reflection and for figuring out how we can reinvent, improve or refine ourselves…
Like the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy Forums has also been reimagining itself. We’ve welcomed many treasured new members this year. With the start of the Timber Maniacs digital mogazine series last year, we are continuing to experiment with new ideas and projects, and are always delighted when members share their own projects with us.
On June 6th Final Fantasy Forums will be thirteen years old!
Oh no! FFF is turning into a teenager! But don’t expect the place to get moodier, smellier, and less inclined to care… Instead we can do what we do best and celebrate with some fun competitions and activities.
In the warm, cosy cottage an exhausted Mr. Pomander finally collapsed into his recliner to watch Mognetflix with a modest helping of kupo nuts. Suddenly, the channel changed to Chocolina’s Hot and Cold. Perplexed, the lounging moogle turned his head to find that Billy Beakface had let himself in again and was pecking at the television remote.
“Get out!” spat Mr. Pomander.
“Kweh-he-he” responded the chocobo, smirking through his beak.
“Kupo! Why did I bother rescuing you, you ungrateful bird?!”
It was fast approaching the first Christmas Mr. Pomander would spend alone since his wife's unhappy end in the jaws of a behemoth. The Pomanders had untangled the playful chocobo from some brambles on that fateful day after discovering the bird within range of a behemoth den… That this charitable act cost Mr. Pomander the love of his life forever tormented him. He felt burdened by grief and regret.
Yet the bird which followed him home that day had been an...
The Nibelheim Incident is a fan-written Final Fantasy VII novella by Scottish author M.J. Gallagher. Accompanied with captivating illustrations by Crimson Sun and a stunning cover by AJ Hateley, the story of arguably the most important scene in the Final Fantasy franchise is creatively retold. The Nibelheim Incident is a behemoth undertaking (comprised of over 200 pages). Presented in conjunction with KupoCon, attendees at ‘Pomathon’ (Birmingham, 8th September 2018) received digital and limited print copies of the book.
Some will be aware that the tickets for KupoCon's Birmingham event (Pomathon) have recently sold out. This is without a doubt a result of the enormous success of KupoCon's second London event (Pomingham Palace) which took place last weekend on the 3rd February.
KupoCon are feeling very generous! They have announced that they can release another 50 ticketsthis Sunday (11th February) for Birmingham's Pomathon event. These extra tickets shall go live at 2pm (GMT / UK time).
Be warned... They may go quickly!
The event itself shall take place on September 8th 2018 at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre.
Who is going?
We do not yet know which special guests will be attending the Birmingham event but we can say that there are already a number of FFF members with tickets for this event. It would be great to see more of you there!