[NOTE: this is part eight in a series of posts lifted from the quark message boards where I recently GM'd a game of Werewolf. The theme was Final Fantasy 6, one of my favorite RPGs of all time. To see the other posts in this series, click here.
WARNING: there will be spoilers here, and lots of them, so if you haven't played Final Fantasy 6, do yourself a favor and play the game before reading on!]
In the Empire’s Magiteck Research Facility, the party runs into Cid, the scientist unwittingly responsible for the atrocities against the Espers…
CID (to all): Kefka has used me…used the Empire. What have I done…? The
life-energy of those Espers… You’ve helped me come to a decision.
I’m going to talk to the Emperor and have this stupid war stopped!
CID (to Celes): CELES… I’ve known you since you were a baby. I raised you as
if you were my own daughter! But you were forced to become a Magitek
Knight, and have done some awful things. I…I want to apologize for
the way your life has turned out.
Maniacal laugh in the background.
CID: No! It’s Kefka! GO!!
The party hurries to the mine tunnel, but Celes is too slow. Smitten with his budding love, Locke jumps in front of Kefka, slowing him down just enough for her to escape. However, Locke was not so fortunate.
Mafia kills Locke, an innocent.
The party boards the Blackjack and fights their way through the IAF (Imperial Air Force), narrowly escaping Vector, the Imperial capitol. However, just when they think they’re out free…
The western half of the southern continent lifts into the air!
Using Terra’s corpse, which they retrieved from Zozo, Kefka and Emperor Gestahl entice the Espers to break down the Sealed Gate. Sensing Terra’s presence, the Espers emerge from the hidden realm to save the fallen girl, but Kefka and Gestahl are lying in wait…
KEFKA: Yes, I feel some incredible magic power here, today!
Wave after wave of pure, magical energy…
Other Espers break out of the sealed gate.
Wait we’re here to help!
KEFKA: I’d say you’re all charged up, boys and girls…or whatever…
Say, remind me to show you my Magicite collection someday! You might
see a few familiar faces!!! Now for a little Magicite hocus-pocus…!
KEFKA: Now, little Espers… Let’s see whatcha got!
Kefka kills two Espers.
KEFKA: Imagine! Thinking you could defeat ME!! This is rich! Mwa,
ha, ha! Now, my little Magicite pretties…… come, and help me
build the magical empire of “Kefka”!
Kefka walks over and picks up the Magicite shard.
KEFKA: G’haw, haw…… Ooh! They’re warm to the touch!
Seven other Espers line up to attack.
KEFKA: What treasures! This is ridiculous! I had no idea you were
such wimps! Time to put a stop to all this.
Kefka kills the seven Espers at the same time.
KEFKA: Phew… I think I have plenty of Magicite for the time
being… that is, until I make my way through your precious sealed
Kefka is tickled by the reality.
KEFKA: I don’t believe this!
Kefka laughs maniacally.
Setzer hurriedly flies the party to the floating continent, but they arrive too late! Emperor Gestahl and Kefka have already arrived at the Statues–the petrified bodies of the three Gods whose fighting caused the War of the Magi, one thousand years ago.
GESTAHL: Ooh! I’ve got goosebumps! What power…
CELES: Emperor Gestahl! Please. stop this madness!
GESTAHL: … Come to me, my pretty! You and Kefka were given life to
server me!! It is your birthright to rule the world with me!!
KEFKA: Kill the others and we’ll overlook your treachery!
GESTAHL: CELES…together we can rule an entire world! Think of
CELES: Power only breeds war… I wish I’d never been…born.
CELES garrotes Kefka with the sword.
KEFKA: B…blood!? You…vicious brat! Grrr… Aargh…
Kefka has a temper tantrum.
KEFKA: I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate
hate hate hate hate HATE YOU! Grrr…
KEFKA: Goddesses…you were born only to fight. I implore you…show
me your power!!
Kefka is thrown back.
KEFKA: I command you! Give me your power! Arrrgh! Curse!
KEFKA: Listen to me, or you’ll regret it! Give me…POWER!
GESTAHL: Kefka, stop it! Revive those statues, and you’ll destroy the
very world we’re trying to possess!
GESTAHL: Kefka! Are you nuts?!
KEFKA: Nuts…?! Emperor! Don’t disturb me! I’m showing them the
meaning of power!
GESTAHL: I don’t think so, friend. Your days are now over.
Now relax… …I’m simply going to put you to sleep with the
very power you unleashed……
Kefka starts laughing.
GESTAHL: What’s so funny?!
GESTAHL: Very well. It is only fitting that you go to sleep laughing!
Nothing happens. Kefka continues to laugh
Kefka laughs harder.
GESTAHL: N… …noooo!! Why isn’t my magic working?!
GESTAHL: K… …Kefka!!!!! H… …how…?! How are you
Kefka shoves Gestahl.
KEFKA: How? Simple! I’m standing within the field of the Statues!
Their strong field absorbs all magic sent their way! Or didn’t you
KEFKA: And now, Statues! You’ve shown me a sign! It is time you show
this old man your true power!
GESTAHL: No! KEFKA!!
KEFKA: Run! Run! Or you’ll be well done!
Lightning strikes Gestahl directly.
Kefka starts kicking Gestahl toward the edge.
KEFKA: Poor old…… Oh well, what a worthless excuse for an
Kefka kicks Gestahl over the edge. Emperor Gestahl falls to his death.
CELES: Snap out of it, Kefka!
Kefka strikes CELES with magic, knocking her down a slope.
He begins to rearrange the statues.
CELES: Oh, that’s really smart, Kefka! Disturb their delicate
balance, and they’ll go haywire…!
KEFKA: Uwee hee hee!!
At this moment, Shadow appears. He starts to push
the statues back into their original alignment.
SHADOW (to the party): Go! There are people counting on you!
The statues’ balance is destroyed, throwing the party down. SHADOW
is still with the statues.
SHADOW: Don’t worry about me! Run!! I can’t stop this chain
reaction! I’ll see you again. Count on it!
KEFKA: You can’t escape me!!
Kefka sends a light over to the far right of the Floating Continent.
SHADOW…… Get outta here on the double!
As the floating continent begins to break apart, the party dashes back to the Blackjack. Not all of them make it, however. King Edgar falls to his death, and Celes is struck down by a stray shaft of lightning.
The assassin kills Barigirl and Fredward. Both are innocent.
Shadow struggles long and hard with Kefka, but to no avail. Inevitably, he is forced to retreat to the Blackjack with the others.
With none to stop him, Kefka usurps the godlike powers of the Statues and takes over the world!
On that day, the world was changed forever…