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FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: it's been a while
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:14:04 pm »
Hello IMD !

Nice to see you again !  :D

Thanks for your compliments, I was happy to provide an english translation to a book which was misunderstood, since stupid rumors were spreading (and are still spreading) through the world.

I also hope for a FFX-3, but Square Enix is quite busy with many majors projects.

Anyway, Hashimoto never said no to a FFX-3 but they are too busy right now.

See you soon, I hope.  ;)

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: September 10, 2015, 09:01:54 am »
It's really saddening, but I feel like I'm one of the very few who honestly likes the novel despite its glaring, resentful... flaws. XD I mean, there are plenty of things to hate and criticize, but... I feel like... Sigh. People say whatever they want, but by the end of the day: no one really cares about -Will- or The Price of Eternity and prefers it never existed. I feel alone in my optimism. Funny enough, the more I learn about it, discuss it, etc, the more I'm open-minded towards its canon, which is the exact opposite of everyone else who lost faith in it as more and more time passed. I guess I just feel alone in my optimism.

What's really saddening is that a lot of people see no further than the end of their nose. A noteworthy passage is Tidus' death. People keep in mind his decapitated head, but few wonder from where comes the ball which killed him.

Nojima has dispersed hints to explain the truth, and I've already explained a part of this truth. Of course, I may be wrong but there are too many coincidences.

In concern to Kush and her habit of 'vous,' what would be more appropriate?

Giving her a French accent and retaining that pronoun, or replace vous as 'my lord/lady' (and any other appropriate title)?

And as for the names Valm, Bria, Johit, Alb, and Ifahnal, should we retain them as thus (I do prefer them this way) or as how the FF Wiki prefers? Velm, Briar, Joit, Arb, and Ifarnal respectively?

Well, the pronoun 'vous' is often used in the novel, but I decided to use it only for Kush since she has a special behavior. Furthermore, there's a line in the novel where Bria remembers that special behavior - the use of the polite 'vous' - so... And you MUST ban 'my lord/lady' when it comes to Kush, that wouldn't fit at all ! :P

As for the names, I think those from the FF Wiki come from the japanese version ? But since I'm not sure, I think it's better to use those from the french translation :)

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: September 08, 2015, 12:47:11 pm »
Yo, I haven't been here since Tidus got his head blown off. Great job Chercher for finishing the translation! I have to ask though. Do you guys think it's a good idea to be posting Fan-Fiction right on top of the ACTUAL translation like that? I'm not trying to be rude!!! I'm just concerned that the legit book is going to end up buried under this stuff.  :)

Well, I've had a discussion with the author and as long as "fan-written" is visible in the title of the topic, I don't mind. It's not as if a lot of people ended up there everyday. But your concern is appreciated.

Well, that's quite the sentence you've chosen there ! There was a time I was pondering on it !

I think Bria said that to Tidus because of what he said just before. Tidus was unloading some "rude" theory about Bria's presence in Besaid, as if he knew about it. He was unconsciously inventing the causal relationship, yet Tidus didn't care about that first... And since Bria's past is no bed of roses, this one answered in a grandiloquent way.

It may be the same for Yuna. Tidus only tried to find the reason of the distance between them after his conversation with Bria.

But if we think about it in depth, let's say that the moment you try to establish a causal relationship, this one is already gone, therefore you invent "yours" in the future. I hope you understand what I mean. I could provide you a similar explanation if you were to introduce a causal relationship before an event happens, in that case you invent it in the past.

About the radio, I don't know anything at all, sorry.

I really find myself enjoying Bria's entrance into this story, but what I can't make much sense of is who is saying what in the end dialogue. Once I reach the part (Tidus shrugged, without obligation), it's not clear who speaks after, because the next two lines of dialogue aren't distinguished very well from each other, given Nojima's formal writing style.

Can someone please assist me, so I know how to interpret this?

“How did you get to Spira back then?” (Bria)
Tidus stayed quiet.
“According to the rumour, Sin carried you.” (Bria)
“I don't know what to say.” (Tidus)
“Do you think he could have sent you back to Zanarkand?” (Bria)
Once again, he did not want to answer his question. Anyway, Yuna had defeated Sin: he did not have a way to confirm this hypothesis. Yet Tidus was certain about one thing:
“The city I had known does not exist anymore. It was the one from the Summoning...” (Tidus)
“I would like you to tell me more about it.” (Bria)
Tidus shrugged, without obligation.
“Sin had spread chaos across Zanarkand. How could the city have survived such a disaster?” (Tidus)
“It does not matter. Recently, I have perceived a lot of signs... I think I will be able soon to resolve the mystery which has kept me busy for a long time.” (Bria)
“Which mystery are you talking about?” (Tidus)
“The greatest of all.” (Bria)
The man burst out laughing, and Tidus lost his temper:
“Are you making fun of me? What do you want? Did you come to live near Yuna or have you been transferred from Bevelle? What do want to tell me? What is the true motive behind your presence?” (Tidus)

And ChercheurObscur, I'm afraid I neglected to directly ask: are you comfortable with me restoring the novel through your translations?

Do as you want, I don't mind at all, don't worry. I just wanted to make it clear that this is something written by a fan.  ;)

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Original Novel vs. Restoration
« on: August 29, 2015, 01:02:56 pm »
uuum... It bothers me a little to let your topic dealing with your restoration project on the top of this part of the forum since there's my translation which builds on an official french translation of the novel. It could mislead people since the title of the topic is not very clear.

So, there are two options : change the title of the topic so that people know this is a fanmade, or set it non-sticky. I think the former one is the best choice but I let you decide.  :)

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:21:40 pm »
Okay, now let's talk about Tidus' death.

Tidus was killed by a bomb which looked like a blitzball. This ball hurt the back of his neck and then fell on the ground. Now, let me tell you what happened before that. It's simple : the mecanical Bedohl living on the island put down a ball on the ground somewhere around them and kick it so that it hurt Tidus. And Johit ordered it to do that. How can I be so sure ? Well, let's take a look at the end of the novel... when Bria appeared on Ifahnal's ship. At that time, the mecanical Bedohl appeared from the hold of the ship... holding a ball. Remember what Johit told it at that moment ? "Now, kill the Guard!" I think you can understand everything now.

Now let's return to the beginning of this little story between Ifahnal and Yuna/Tidus. I'll get straight to the point.

When Tidus and Yuna were on their ship, this one suddenly exploded. The reason behind that is Ifahnal. He summoned bombs/balls to blow it to smithereens. How can I be sure ? Well, if you remember, Tidus smelt gunpowder at that time... as Valm did in the past before fainting because of the bomb (take a look at the third chapter). Then, Ifahnal let them in the middle of the sea, surrounded by monsters. In fact, he was testing them at that time. He was testing their love, their will, or anything related. He wanted to know if Yuna could revive Tidus thanks to her will, and to do it, their relation had to be strong. And finally, when he was convinced, he took them to his island.

On the island, he probably had to wait for them to come close to the base so that the mecanical Bedohl take them inside and take care of them. Ifahnal did that so that Tidus and Yuna think that the mecanical Bedohl is definitely an ally. He had to prevent them from suspecting the Bedohl. Yes, Ifahnal is a scheming man. And he helped Yuna to revive Tidus so that they think he's an ally too.

You know what happens next.

But I don't think he's a bad person. It's just that he wanted to end Kush's and Valm's story. A thousand years as an unsent is quite special, you know.

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:42:53 pm »
I thought there would be more to the story than this. I didn't get so many things. :( Like why Ifahnal summoned the island. Was it because of Kush, and how it reminded him of her? I mean, it was a war site, so many people fought and died there, why would he want to revive such a moment? And I have to re-read it to deduce why he killed Tidus.. :( Oh god. I feel so blind.

I think you're right about Ifahnal and the existence of the island. I can't see anything else.

About Tidus, I'll tell you everything tomorrow, since my article, on a french website, dealing with that point, will be released tomorrow. So don't worry ! :)

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: August 23, 2015, 01:38:04 pm »
"He had faith in Yuna's smile."

...And then she ditched him to go face Sin with some strangers. THE END.  :P

Now you can introduce Marphie without problem in your future fanfic ! :P

FFX-3 Speculation and Developments / Re: Final Fantasy X-2.5 : The Truth
« on: August 23, 2015, 01:29:12 pm »
Hey ! The last chapters are online !  :D

What a journey, if I may say.  ;D

I'd like to thank CrystalOfLies, kk and everyone here ! I've had fun talking with all of you.

Chapter 34

Yuna had gone with Tidus to Zanarkand. The real Zanarkand, the ruined city. They had tried hard to follow the path they had taken during their first journey, two years earlier. The airship was still grounded, and Tidus could not use magic anymore to cover long distance – a magic only in words, Yuna insisted. They had contented themselves with walking.

Like in their memories, the pyreflies were dancing among the vestiges.

"I wonder what I actually am."

Yuna knew the answer, but she did not intend at all to give it to him. If he knew, everything would end. She was bearing in mind the vacant look of Bria. She was thinking of Johit, too, who had ceaselessly postponed the fateful moment.

"Maybe the Fayths have gathered the fragments of my mind to put me together?" Tidus ventured.

Then, after a pause, he added:

"Or maybe I'm still just a dream..."

But they were not draming, and sooner or later they will face up to reality. Like Kush, Yuna will have to make a choice: to obey the rules or to rebel.

"If that's the case, there's a chance that I disappear some day."

But this was the fate of the living, eternity was just a decoy. This thought appeased Yuna. Farewells were inevitable... but she would think about it in due course.

"As long as you're in my heart, and that I'm in yours, everything will be alright," Tidus resumed.

He did not know what had happened, but his radiant expression was wonderful.

"Is that what the Fayth told you?"

"No, but I like it!" He answered, while bursting out laughing.

While Yuna was contemplating the ruins, Tidus remembered their first meeting, and, like her, wanted to stay optimistic, regardless of the situation.

She turned round, and he offered her his most beautiful smile. The young girl gave him a really pale one, but it was enough for Tidus.

He had decided to have faith in her. By his side, he would be able to face up to this world.

He had faith in Yuna's smile.

To be continued...

Chapter 33

With the help of ropes, Aurochs and villagers had climbed the mechanical towers standing on the path of the ruins and had started examining them in every nook and cranny.

These vestiges were older than the village, and yet, everyone had always ignored them. The team which was searching them this day appeared to be excited. The teachings of Yevon had always forbiden the inhabitants to come closer to them. Seeing so many people gathered there was kind of new.

Even since the temple had lost his power, nobody had dared to transgress the rules. Sometimes, a foreigner climbed one of the towers, but the locals ignored this incursion.

"That's a bit much, isn't it?"

"Normal, if it's for Yuna," Wakka answered.

"That's the only reason?"

"You remember the monk who had worked here for several years and disappeared recently? Lulu suspected Bria of having killed him but, without proof, how could she make accusations? Futhermore, the culprit was very popular among the old women of the village. And she didn't want to interfere in the internal affairs of the Church. It had been the right thing to to."

"The death of the monk was accidental?"

"It seems so. He fell from a tower and was severely injured. Bria, who just came from Bevelle, found him and took him to the temple. The elders tried to save him, in vain."

"But why not tell him to the others ? Why did they hide his death?"

"The grandmothers had insisted. According to them, if the world learnt that a monk from Besaid had fallen from a machine, the disgrace would rain down upon the temple and all people who come to pray there."

"They judge severely a quite harmless behavior," Tidus declared.

He raised his head towards the top of the tower, from where the search party was going down, sliding down along ropes. They appeared to be having fun.

"I still don't understand what they're doing here. Why look for Bria in this place everyone hates?"

"Before the death of the monk, Bria had promised him to inspect the ruins and to send a report to Bevelle. He had planned to finish it today."

Tidus was not managing to determine the link between that and their search, but he decided to stay silent.

"The grandmother has come to say us he might have left to keep his word. As for how he has proceeded... that's another story."

"And you really think that after the return of Yuna, the storm, our disappearance... he would have run away in order to finish a report?"

"Every day, the elders asked him to do a wealth of things for them. It's not surprising if he fell behind. The grandmother was afraid. There is a chance that he took the risk of climb the ruins too fast and he fell."


"That must be how old women think."

"No, I meant Bria. I didn't know that the elders trusted him that much. He has hit a child, right?"

"Yes. In my opinion, Shinra hasn't made up this story. Yet, even for me who knows a little Bria, it's difficult to think he did such a thing."

"We must find him quickly."

"Okay, but what will you do after? You haven't told us anything."

"He knows where I must go."

"Go where? To do what? How will this new outing help you to bring Yuna back?"

"If the grandmothers trust Bria, you can trust me, right?"

Tidus was happy to have come back to Besaid and had not thought before involving Wakka and the others in his search. At present, he was regretting it. He could not explain to them what he had to do.

Push gently the shoulder of a woman seated beside a window...

He knows that there was more, behind this request, than what the words could let presage. He could not be delighted with this mission, even if Kush was smiling when she had explained it to him. He could see her dimples.

She had taken his two hands at that time, whilst they barely knew each other.

Had she tried to charm him in order to convince him to accede to her request? Without that, he might have not agreed. He had to do it alone.

"Listen, Wakka, thank the villagers for me. And say goodbye to them for me, too. I have to find Yuna alone."

As he was coming closer to the cove, he was constantly forcing the pace.

I wonder what Yuna is doing...

He was so impatient to see her again!

" A spell which will allow you to reach the place of your choice. "

But of course-- that's it!

Was he going to succeed?

He ran with all his strengh and focused on Yuna. When he reached the beach, the sand slowed him down, but he continued, until he stumbled.

The impact was more violent than he thought. Instead of dry sand, he had rolled onto planks, hard and soaked, until bumping into a soft object.

"Eh, you could be careful!" A exasperated voice let out.

He opened his eyes and discovered Yuna, seated on the ground, keeping her balance with the help of her two arms in order for her to not fall backwards.

She was glaring daggers at him.

"That really hurts!"

She stood straight slowly, adjusted her clothes and put her hands on her hips.

"Sorry!" He stuttered.

"Can you stop apologizing all the time?"

"Yes, sorr..."   He closed his mouth and jumped on his foot.

"That's awesome, Yuna! Thanks to Kush's magic, I can go anywhere! Just a moment ago, I was on the beach, in Besaid. I just had to focus on a place to reach it. That's great, isn't it? By the way, where are we?"

"You've thought of this place to reach it, but you don't know where we are?"

"You could tell me, since you know it."

Delighted to have found Yuna, he came closer to her to kiss her. She was smiling, but showed quickly a displeased look.

"Let's take advantage of our momentum," he declared. "That's the principle of bliztball."

"And what's the next step then?"

"To talk with Kush."

"Where is she?" Yuna asked, surprised.

"No idea."

He could only rely on magic. He placed himself behind Yuna and embraced her with his arms. Yuna put her hands on his. He closed his eyes and thought of Kush. He immediately felt pins and needles run up and down his body. He ignored them and continued to concentrate. Soon after, he could smell pyreflies. He opened his eyes. Yuna and himself were envelopped  in a powerful white light. Blinded, he closed his eyes.

He sensed that something was leaving him from the back of his head, something that he knew but yet could not identify.

He felt fright:

"We may have a problem..."

"Stay against me," Yuna answered with a resolute tone.

A heat flow transfered from the hands of the young girl to Tidus' arms, who took confidence from them.

"This is love," he whispered.

"Really?" She teased him

Thereafter, he felt a shock under his foot. Anxious, he opened his eyes once again: the light had disappeared, Yuna and himself were standing in a dilapidated room. A smell of rust was fluttering in the air. Before them, a pillar eroded by the corrosion, and a square window.

"I know where we are," Yuna said. "Look down, this is the cove of Besaid."

They came closer to the opening and noted that she was right. The ground was far away from them, but a familiar voice reached them.

"But where has he gone?" Rikku was grumbling.

The teenager and the Gullwings were walking away on the path which led to the village. Tidus immediately stepped backwards and bent down.

"Why are we hiding?" Yuna asked, squatting beside him.

he turned round and let out an exclamation of surprise:


Wearing a pale green dress, the woman was sitting on a magnificent seat, which appeared to be moved in the empty and ruined room.

"You wanted to come... here?" Yuna asked.

She came closer to Kush and brushed her shoulder. She immediately stepped backwards: particles of light were dancing around her fingertips and the shoulder of the woman. Tidus examined Kush more closely. She was sitting straight on her seat, her hands joined together on her tightened legs, her eyes closed, her face lowered. She seemed half-asleep. But soon enough, Tidus could understand that there was no spark of life in this body anymore. Yet, Tidus was not sure about her death.

"Yuna... Who was the Kush we have talked to?"

"A Summoning."

"I see. You've been aware of that for a long time?"

"Since our first meeting, on the hill of the false Besaid."

"So, this island has been created, too? By who?"

Yuna was silently staring at Kush.

"There was a summoner who was in love with this woman," she ended up saying. "But he doesn't exist in this world anymore."

She seemed sad.

"Kush asked me to push her shoulder. If I do that..."

"She will fall from her seat and will break on the ground, like glass."

"Is that what she wants?"

He started to have doubts.

"And what if it was this Summoner who wanted to use me?"

"I don't know," Yuna answered. "But without the consent of the fayth, he's powerless."

"Then what do I have to do?"

"I don't know," her partner answered with a tired voice.

Outside, a crowd was forming. They could hear quite well Rikku, who was looking for Tidus. "There's light up there!" someone exclaimed. A blinding brightness had just flooded the room.

Tidus embraced Yuna to protect her. They stepped back against the most distant wall. Where could they run away if need be? The young man asked himself. But the light ended up vanishing and they could now discern the silhouette of a man.

"Bria!" Tidus exclaimed.

The man answered with an vacant look, before turning away and scanning the place. Finally, he looked at Kush.

He came closer to her, went down and bended knee and put his right hand on hers. With his left hand, he brushed Kush's leg, while murmuring her name.

Particles of light were slowly fluterring where they were touching. More went caressing Tidus' face, who discovered with surprise that they were coming from where his body was touching Yuna.

Bria stood up straight, leaned on Kush and put his forehead against hers.

"It's time to forgive and to put an end to this story."

They could feel tenderness and exhaustion in Bria's voice.

"Yuna and Tidus, am I correct?" He suddenly asked while turning towards the young people.

"You're not sure?" Tidus protested.

Bria came closer to them with an unstable walk. He put one hand on the young woman and the other on her partner.

"Am I mistaken?"

"No, but..."

"Pardon me. By dint of jumping from a place to another one, I've lost a lot of myself on the way. I wonder how I could have been ignorant of her location..." he told them with a sour laugh.

"Ifahnal's magic was powerful," Yuna answered.

"Ah, that one..." Bria said, without particular animosity.

He looked at Kush, then through the window – from his position, he could probably only see the sky – before turning towards Yuna, Tidus and finally Kush.

"I've loved two persons from the bottom of my heart: Meroh and Mohra. Jealous, Ifahnal has used his magic against me... Well, I think so."

"Isn't it Kush, that you've loved the most?" Yuna asked.

"I owe her a lot. She allowed me to stay in his world and to meet my wife and my daughter. After losing so much, I've finally understand it. Now that Ifahnal's power has disappeared, my mind is only composed of memories of my true self."

"And Kush?" Tidus insisted.

He was feeling a dark anger building inside himself.

Bria turned towards Kush, and his face lighted up with a large smile. He seemed serene.

"That's a puppy love, a story from a distant past."

On that note, he emitted a strong light.

"Wait!" Tidus exclaimed.

"I've been able to see her one last time. I'm glad."

"Don't leave us like that!"

"I have to go see a lot of people in order to apologize to them... ah, ask that young Al Bhed's forgiveness for me, will you? And tell him this, too: 'Guard, protector of the Farplane, grant us calm and explosion'. Bedohls have guaranteed themselves a social status thanks to their mastery of explosives. That's all I know. As for the rest, he'll have to search by himself."

"You've given your word!" Tidus took apart. "The report, the report!"

He wanted to hold Bria back by any way possible.

"Who cares about this paper?" The man answered while laughing.

The bright silhouette dilated, lost his human form and vanished.

Some pyreflies were still fluttering around Kush, as if they were reluctant to leave her. Soon enough, they were aspirated and disappeared in their turn.

"He has left," Yuna ended.

Tidus let out a cry of astonishment: Kush was starting to gleam.

"She's leaving, too."

"Will it be alright?" Tidus asked.

He had imagined a much more touching reunion between Kush and Bria.

"There are things we cannot change," Yuna answered with a serious tone.

Tidus was worried. His partner gently put her hand on his with a comforting gesture.

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