re:play Episode 3: Final Fantasy VI Part 3: Mirrors and Generals

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6 thoughts on “re:play Episode 3: Final Fantasy VI Part 3: Mirrors and Generals

  1. I always assumed that that mysterious stairway in the hidden passages under Figaro was Duncan’s basement – where the save point was at the beginning. It reinforces where the hidden passage is taking you, because you emerge right behind where you started – but on the other side of that one guard.

  2. The answer to the Celes question seem obvious to me: The Empire considers losing their exclusive command of magic to be the only threat. Nothing can beat their magic except someone else’s magic, therefore nothing other than magic is worth worrying about. And the Empire has reasons to worry.
    First, the Empire doesn’t trust all of their magitek knights. We can see this through the two Imperial mages revealed so far: Terra and Kefka. Terra was under a slave crown and anyone who talks to Kefka wouldn’t trust him. Celes, by contrast, likely was a volunteer whose loyalty would have been seen as reliable in the event of another imperial mage going rogue.
    Second, the Empire fears that one or more of their enemies will, by espionage or independent research, unlock the secrets of magic. The Returners’ reaction to Terra proves that this concern is grounded in reality: The Empire’s enemies clearly want magic and will take it if they can get it.
    Third, the Empire fears that Espers will be hostile to them. This is also a well grounded expectation: The Empire intends to claim their power and won’t take no for an answer. It would be foolish to take compliance for granted.
    In any of these scenarios, Runic is enormously appealing, the trump card that secures the Empire against all challengers. But it is also the power they must guard most jealously. Celes was the last mage they expected to betray them, and so they gave her the power whose very existence they likely wished to keep secret. That is why they declare her first dissent treason and intend to execute her in short order: Once the previously unthinkable possibility of her defection is thought, they are unwilling to tolerate even the remote risk. This is significant given what else has recently happened: An Esper has reacted violently to the Empire’s attempt to claim it and Terra is out of the slave crown and traveling with enemies of the Empire.
    It’s likely that Kefka used to be the one they were most worried about, but now he’s the only thing that hasn’t gone wrong. This is how obviously untrustworthy actors get trusted.

    • This is good analysis and pretty close to what I’ll be saying in a couple episodes, although there’s a few other points as well.

  3. Have I mentioned I’m loving this series? I just realized I haven’t left comments on it before. Remind me to go back and do a post to each at some point.
    Incidentally, I meant to tell you last week, I can’t make it tomorrow… I’m going to be in Governor Dodge State Park for the Ring Game.

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