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!
T’is the month before Christmas, and all through the forum,
Not a member is posting, not even without decorum;
Yet members still log in and observe with care,
In hopes that FFF activities soon will be there;
The members are busy or bored with their kind;
While visions of moogle murderers dance in their minds…
Sir Mogathon Pomcroft, the disgraced 9th Earl of Mogton, yells from his prison cell.
“May I not compose a satirical poem about the place which condemned me to rot for the minor and rather trivial offence of committing a murder, kup-O?”
The condemned moogle looks out of his prison cell window overlooking a dreamy, snowy landscape. A rolling tear warms his cheek before freezing and sticking to his fur. His pathetic sigh is sharply invaded by a...
When the player encounters Captain Faris and her crew in FFV, it is immediately evident that she is a pirate; Faris possesses many of the signifiers which usually express 'pirate' in popular culture.
Like most classic-era Final Fantasy characters, there are conflicting representations of Faris: her character artwork designed by Yoshitaka Amano (blonde and wearing a long ornamental black coat) and her in-game sprite (purple hair and green clothing). Faris' Amano appearance is preferred for the cinematic segments introduced in FF Anthology, but her sprite form is chosen for her World of Final Fantasy counterpart; both representations adhere to popular perceptions of piracy.
Clockwise from left: Amano artwork; field sprite; cinematic model;
World of Final Fantasy...
KupoCon Pomingham Palace (London 2018) SOLD OUT in 24 Hours!
If you blinked yesterday then you likely missed it!
There was a massive rush on tickets for KupoCon’s second London event (named Pomingham Palace) which is to take place on February 3rd, 2018. Tickets went live for purchase at 2:00 pm GMT and the majority of tickets sold within a number of hours after a feeding frenzy by fans.
24 hours later and ALL tickets were sold.
Firstly, KupoCon should be congratulated for a sell-out which is absolutely deserved. KupoCon far exceeded the expectations of Final Fantasy fans attending the first two events. High interest for Pomingham Palace is no surprise at all, but the speed at which the tickets were sold is absolutely mind-bending! We hope this shall serve as a confidence boost which can lead to many more...
Birthweek (our annual Birthday celebrations) will begin this year on Monday May 29th 2017. It will be our 11th year as a community!
Our competitions are currently being drafted and will begin to be posted from the above date. Expect a lot of both Final Fantasy and FFF memes and throwbacks this year!
We've gone out of our way to try and make some unusual competitions this year, but the much-loved staples of Birthweek shall also return, of course.
Feel free to join in with any events (as much or little as you like). As always, there shall be activities which require skill alongside fun and silly games, and you shall be rewarded for entering and winning / completing activities.
Stay tuned for updates closer to the event (and on our Twitter).
A little over a week ago the KupoCon event in London (named Mind the Pom) proved to be a huge success.
I figured that a write-up of the experience is very important as I truly believe that every Final Fantasy fan needs to seriously consider letting KupoCon into their lives.
If for some reason you still aren’t sure what KupoCon is by now then check out the main thread (here), and the KupoCon website (here).
To be brief, KupoCon is an unofficial Final Fantasy fan gathering and not a convention in a conventional sense. At Mind the Pom there were artist and fan merchandise stalls, magnificent cosplayers, and there were special guests. Other than that KupoCon was self-aware that it was more of a Final Fantasy themed party than a standard convention… And it was great!
It is technically December, yet Mognap has not noticed. How could he? He has only just gone to bed after playing Final Fantasy XV late into the night.
Bells are ringing somewhere in the distance, but Mognap believes them to be a dream and rolls over. Perhaps they are a dream, for to a dream Mognap is smoothly transported!
Noctismog and the other mog-bros are taking a drive. Mognap is with them, and he makes sure that Mambo De Chocobo is on the car radio to the protest of the other mog-bros. They drive, they fish, and they camp and play games. Then they drive again.
Suddenly the radio crackles and is hijacked by an unskippable Tidus-laugh cover of the Moogle Theme.
‘Heeeeyyy! Make it stop, Kupo!’ Promptomog yells into Noctismog’s ear from the back of the car.
‘It won’t skip, Kupo!’ regrets Noctismog as he prods and slams at the radio buttons. Distracted, Noctismog crashes the car.
As the mog-bros stumble to their feet and wipe off the dirt, Mogrinch...
Within the pantheon of Final Fantasy’s summonable creatures Ixion does not often show himself (his first and most notable appearance being in FFX); yet he’s clearly made an impression and maintains a modest fanbase. Unless specified, this article shall mainly be discussing the FFX summon which set the standard on which other depictions of Ixion were based.
Ixion is presented as a robust unicorn possessing an elemental affiliation with lightning. When Ixion was introduced for the first time in FFX he represented the element of lightning among the pantheon of Aeons (summons) which the summoner Yuna collected. Lined up next to popular fan favourites (Ifrit, fire; Shiva, ice; Bahamut, non-elemental) it becomes apparent that Ixion has replaced FF’s staple lightning character: Ramuh. Ixion was used in his first appearance, it seems, as a trial...
FFFMM VI – Shiva: The Transcendent Snow Sorceress.
Only a handful of summoned creatures are as ubiquitous within the Final Fantasy universe as Shiva. Since her first appearance in Final Fantasy III this mysterious female ice spirit has grown into a popular fan favourite and is a regular member of the FF pantheon (appearing in 11 of the 14 main numbered games released so far, and with numerous spin-off and sequel appearances).
Shiva usually takes the appearance of a young woman with light-blue skin. Her hair is often green although sometimes it is blonde, blue, or white. As an ice spirit, Shiva is immune to the effects of the cold and for the majority of the time wears only a limited amount of clothing (typically purple), with sometimes only enough clothing to censor her body for the players. This frosty female often wears lavish jewels and precious stones in headwear, necklaces, and bracelets, and she moves gracefully with a...
Separated from his party, the snow is Mogbert’s silent companion as he softly wades his way North. The expedition was a sure failure, the young moogle decides, losing track of the number of weeks he has been walking. As the moogle collapses like chocolate into soft ice cream, the wind steals the letter from his hands, seeming to suck Mogbert’s written wishes into the abyssal mouth of the night sky above him. Suddenly colourful waves of bright green, pink, and blue flash in the firmament, awakening the unconscious moogle from his milky blanket. The sky enjoyed its meal.
The distant jingling of bells disturb the silence of Mogbert’s snowy sepulchre. He looks up to notice a glowing red orb drawing closer and closer. As the mysterious orb reaches our moogle its illumination reveals a sleigh pulled by 9 chocobos, the front chocobo's beak providing the light. Mogbert slaps himself and buries his head...
FFFMM Halloween Special -
Phantom Train and Doomtrain: Spooky Trains on Separate Tracks.
Ghost trains have captured the imaginations of many people. Not only are there real-world reports of haunted trains, but they appear in literature, and dark rides in theme parks and fairgrounds labelled as ‘Ghost Trains’ are a popular feature.
There are two minor recurring ghost train characters in the Final Fantasy franchise: Phantom Train (first appearing in Final Fantasy VI), and Doomtrain (first appearing in Final Fantasy VIII). The two trains may share the same general concept of eerie, supernatural sentience, and the Doomtrain may have been inspired partly by its predecessor, but they remain separate in that they do not share the same designs, and play very different roles. Phantom Train is usually a boss, whereas Doomtrain is a summon.
It was dark, save for the full moon. The sorrowful howl of a wolf shook the frightened Mog from his favourite tree. As Mog ran through the dark forest the trees grew faces and snapped and clawed at the poor moogle. ‘Home Sweet Home’, Mog thought as he leapt into his bed and pulled the sheets over his little head.
‘He he he!’, Mog heard.
Mog peeked warily. It was just his pumpkin-head on the windowsill.
‘B-but I don’t have a pumpkin-head, kupo!’ Mog gasped.
‘He he he!!!! Wark!!!’
The Headless Chocobo-Man leapt off his feathery steed and floated through the open window into the unfortunate moogle’s bedroom.
Mog awoke in a pool of sweat, clutching his own neck and begging for mercy.
‘A terrible nightmare, kupo!’
Mog decided that everybody on FFF should share his experience this Halloween!
It is now October and Halloween is approaching. Final Fantasy Forums shall be hosting a Halloween mini-event...
Red XIII is truly a contender for the most unique of playable characters in the Final Fantasy series. Appearing in FFVII and related compilation material, Red XIII (or Nanaki) is not only a member of a species other than human (a rare treat in a Final Fantasy game), but he is not even bipedal or humanoid. Perhaps one of character designer Tetsuya Nomura's most creative designs, Red XIII is a talking, red-furred, quadrupedal, feline-lupine hybrid with a flame at the tip of his tail.
Red is no beast, however, but a civilised, sentient, and well-spoken animal who proves to be far less bestial in action than many of the human inhabitants that he shares the world with. Red XIII is, instead, a beacon of moral wisdom.
Despite his originality, Red XIII is not regarded as a 'silly' comic relief character (unlike other animal...