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New Map of Spira for LHaD

I got tired of staring at the badly-scanned, badly-photomanipped map of Spira I had adapted from the map on FFshrine for LHaD's table of contents.

So I've created a new map of Spira. It's not perfect, but at least it's my own work apart from onionskinning 3 different Squenix maps, none of which agree, to get the rough outline. I swear Bevelle has moved a titch south between X and X-2!


FFX Map of Spira for LHaD
by ~auronlu on deviantART

A cropped version is now in my LJ sticky post, and I'm gonna add it to the AO3 edition of Love Her and Despair. Yay AO3 for allowing us to embed fanart!

A few geekly observations about Spira's map.

1) I never noticed before that that archipelago west of Baaj looks a bit like Japan. I have the suspicion this was the original home of the Al Bhed, but I don't know why I think that (except Rikku did mention another island, I think).

2) This fabulous map is a fan's high-res scan of one of the two in-game maps, with most of the Spiran glyphs transliterated. "Wilderia Continent" is the name of the continent containing the Calm Lands and Gagazet, while "Djose Continent" is everything south of Bevelle.

3) On that map, there are about 8 tiny labels whose glyphs are too small to make out. About 6 of them appear to start with "Temple of Yevon [something]" in the same style as "Temple of Yevon-Djose". From this I deduce they are smaller villages which have temples, and that some temples don't have fayth (otherwise, Yuna would've had to visit those, too).
 

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dagas_isa
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
That is gorgeous.
auronlu
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Thanks!

And I would make more fanarts just to get that userpic, which I adore.
dagas_isa
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
You are 100% welcome to it.

Though a fan art with Kimahri giving kid!Yuna a piggyback ride would be awesomesauce and totally appreciated. =P

Edited at 2010-04-04 05:42 am (UTC)
melchar
Apr. 4th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Hmmm, my theory about the Al Bhed is that they are the living survivors from Zanarkand, after the war with Bevelle. The -summoners- killed themselves to preserve the city, but that doesn't mean everyone died.

After all, Rikku says that Bevelle destroyed the original Al Bhed home - but doesn't say -when-. The 'song of the fayth' is what the -Al Bhed- sing when Home 2 is destroyed - and the followers of Yevon say they adopted the song of the fayth to appease Yu Yevon after Sin's appearance.

Plus a lot of the Al Bhed are blonds. [Think Tidus.] ^_^
auronlu
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ooo, interesting idea!
The only problem is that nobody in Zanarkand -- either the dream-simulation or recording spheres like Seymour's -- has green spiraled eyes and blond hair. Look at Yunalesca, for example: gold eyes, white hair.

Rikku actually gives almost contradictory statements about Al Bhed history, and it took me a while to untangle them.

1. Rikku: I will take you there if you promise... that you won't tell anyone about it. Especially not Yevonites, okay? You know they don't like us Al Bhed. Who knows what they'll do if they knew?
Wakka: Gimme a break. What are you accusing Yevon of this time?
Rikku: Yevon did something really bad to us before.
Wakka: Well, you Al Bhed must've deserved it.

2. Rikku: Sin destroyed the island where we all used to live. After that, we were scattered to every corner of Spira. But then, my dad brought the Al Bhed together again. If we few put our minds to it and worked together, then we could make a new home. Everyone worked hard, we had our Home back again... But now...Why did things have to turn out this way?
Wakka: Rikku... (Hugs her) Damn those Guado! What are they thinking?

(I love Wakka's character arc represented by those two quotes.)

#1 says that Yevon's attacked the Al Bhed in the past. Yevon, not Bevelle, which suggests it was after after the Yevon religion was founded. But looking closely, "Yevon did something bad to us before" doesn't say what Yevon did.

#2 says the Al Bhed home was destroyed by Sin.

So either you assume Yevon destroyed an original, unnamed home (although Rikku doesn't say that), and the island destroyed by Sin wasn't their original home, or you assume that Sin destroyed their home, and Yevon did something awful to some of the refugees.
melchar
Apr. 8th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: Ooo, interesting idea!
Except ... the scholar Maechan tells you [at the beginning of the hike up Gagazet that -

[not word for word] = there was a war between Bevelle and Zandarkand, the armies of Bevelle march towards Zanarkand and hear a weird song = the hymn of the fayth; they get past the mountains and see survivors singing - and that Zanarkand is destroyed. The army is told that Yu Yevon destroyed Zanarkand - and then Sin appears.

... it's possible that the summoners of Zanarkand didn't want to go along with Yu Yevon's plan, so he destroyed them first [or since Maechan says that Yunaleska and Zaon escaped the night before Zanarkand's destruction - she either =

a) refused to go along - ran away, her dad destroys the city, intending to kill her too and eventually she uses Zaon to kill the first Sin;

b) she was in on the deal and escapes - then she helps her father become legendary by killing the 1st Sin - and feeding Zaon to Yu Yevon so that becomes the 2nd Sin incarnation & she becomes the facillitator of Summoner deaths;

... so Yu Yevon is bad business from the start - and may just have an overdeveloped hatred of Zanarkand and it's survivors. [And explains also why the Al Bhed are hiding in drier and drier places - finally in full out desert, since Sin and spheres are all so tied up with water magic.
cygna_hime
Apr. 4th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
That is deeply awesome cartography all around. Ooooooh, labels! (Also, I'm glad there appear to be temples without fayth, or I would have to rewrite backstory. *phew*)
samuraiter
Apr. 4th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely! But I must admit to being amused by the idea that Square Enix cannot agree with itself as to which of their (canon!) maps is correct. :-)
euphonious_glow
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Oooh I love stuff like this! The aspects of the world are one of the things that draws me in about that game. I was very interested in the Spira and Al Bhed alphabets for a while.

I love the details, the feeling of age that permeates through the exploration: the crumbling ruins on the Highroad, for example. This is also why I love XII: the Stilshrine of Miriam and the Salikawood were masterpieces. It has such a sense of vastness that really "transports" me to the game locations.
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