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Speculation & Conjecture
|Table of Contents:
Chapter 01: Who are the Radical Dreamers?
Chapter 02: What is the Black Omen?
Chapter 03: The existence of demi-humans
Chapter 04: How did the timelines merge?
Chapter 05: Who originally rescued Melchior?
Chapter 06: How did Lavos help to guide evolution?
Who are the Radical Dreamers?
There is some confusion as to just who the Radical Dreamers are, what their
cause is, and how many members make up the group. Since there is no mention
of the Radical Dreamers in Chrono Trigger it is logical to assume
that the group was formed sometime after 1000 AD. Keep in mind that after
Crono's adventure ended Porre had become quite the powerhouse. We do not
know if the Radical Dreamers were created in order to combat this force,
or if they would have formed even in the original timeline in which Porre
was still a small community. I prefer to think the former. After the fall
of Guardia in the year 1005, the remaining survivors of the kingdom were
undoubtedly very bitter toward Porre. As a result, revolutionary groups likely
formed in order to enact some type of justice against their attackers. Though
the Radical Dreamers are described as being "thieves", I suspect the group's
true objective is to repel the forces of Porre from the northern continent
and commence a restoration of Guardia. If in fact they do steal, it is probably
through necessity considering they must remain hidden and have no other source
of income. They have likely gained such a destructive reputation due to Porre
officials exaggerating the truth. This would be done in order to make the
Radical Dreamers appear more vicious than they really are in order to discourage
sympathizers and other resistance groups from allying with them.
My reasons for thinking the gang is inherently good lies mainly with their
name. "Radical Dreamers" has an air of hope associated with it. In the context
of what I described above, they dream of a world in which peace prevails.
Given the recent circumstances and bloodshed of 1005, this must indeed seem
like a "radical" plan. Also, Kid appears to be a kind-hearted individual.
She is intent on achieving her objectives, but willing to sacrifice herself
if any innocent person comes into danger. This personality does not fit the
criminal image Porre has propagated.
Most astonishingly, there is some speculation that perhaps Lucca was a founding
member of the Radical Dreamers. If this proves to be true we can rest assured
that Kid was apart of a benevolent organization determined to bring about
change. In Chrono Cross there is a scene in which Kid asks Nikki why
the name of his band is the "Magical Dreamers". He tells a story of how a
woman came to speak with him one day when he was feeling depressed. She urged
him to continue with his music in order to reach people through song. Kid
notes that she has a feeling she knows who that woman was. Is it a coincidence
that the name of Kid and Nikki's bands share such a striking resemblance?
It is entirely likely Lucca formed her orphanage after 1005 in order to take
care of the many children who had lost their parents in the battle. Wanting
to restore her homeland, but unable to leave her commitments, Lucca may have
set the ball rolling for what would soon become the Radical Dreamers. During
this time she may have happened across Nikki, and inspired the naming of
his band. After Lucca's abduction Kid is left homeless. Determined to rescue
her "big sister" if at all possible, she vows to hunt down Lynx. Eventually
she would join up with the Radical Dreamers, gather information, and have
a support system to teach her the ropes of survival. When the pieces fit,
Kid would leave the mainland and follow Lynx to El Nido, where we meet up
with her in 1020 AD.
There is, however, some dispute as to just who actually belongs to the Radical
Dreamers. The Chrono Cross Ultimania Guide suggests the sole member
is Kid. This is quite ludicrous for numerous reasons. The foremost being
that even the citizens of El Nido, who live half a world away from Porre,
have heard of the exploits of the Radical Dreamers. It is said that even
almighty Porre can't quell the Radical Dreamers. It is rather hard to believe
one 16 year old girl (or possibly even younger, depending upon how far back
the existence of the Radical Dreamers goes) will be able to cause so much
havoc that such a powerful reputation will be created. Throughout the game
people refer to the Radical Dreamers as being a "fearsome band of thieves",
of which Kid happens to be a member. Even Lynx, who has visited Porre, mentions
the Radical Dreamers in this context. For this reason, and those listed in
previous paragraphs, I believe Kid is just one member of a larger organization.
The rest of the group remains on the Zenan mainland to focus their efforts
What is the Black Omen?
Some confusion has arisen as to just what the Black Omen is and how it came
to rest in the skies over 12,000 BC. In short we can rest assured that the
Black Omen is in fact the remains of the Ocean Palace taken to the skies.
The architecture in both remains constant, some enemies are found in each
structure, and Queen Zeal is found to be in control of both. I believe the
simplest explanation is to say that Crono indirectly causes the Black Omen
At this point we can think of what happened in the "Original Timeline", that
is the events leading up to the year 1000 and the course of history as it
appeared before time travelers altered it. We know that the Ocean Palace
incident would have happened either way, and in fact Crono was only fulfilling
a history which had already occurred. If Crono had not jammed the knife into
the Mammon Machine it is entirely possible Melchior did, as he was the blade's
original creator and had possession of it at the time. The surge of energy
from the Mammon Machine was channeled into the Dreamstone knife, which caused
it to become the Masamune. As this sword had already existed in the Middle
Ages earlier in Crono's adventure, we can rest assured it was formed in the
stated manner. So during these said events the three gurus and Janus vanished
into Gates. Shortly thereafter it is very likely Schala transported herself
and Queen Zeal out of the palace to safety as it collapsed. With no queen
present to revive the palace, no Black Omen would appear.
However after Crono shows up events re-play themselves. Crono forces the
red knife into the Mammon Machine, causing the formation of the Masamune.
Lavos briefly awakens and causes havoc which again brings disaster to those
inside the Ocean Palace. This time Schala instead uses the last of her power
to transport Crono's friends out of the Ocean Palace. Because of this, she
and the queen remain trapped inside. At this point a Gate forms which envelopes
Schala and transports her to the Darkness of Time, whereupon she would merge
with Lavos into the Time Devourer. At the same time the queen has a chance
to possibly save her failing fortress. Retreating into the depths of the
palace, she likely utilizes any remaining energy to levitate the palace above
the waves, wherein it then becomes known as the Black Omen. Some time passes
between the actual disaster and the rise of the Omen, but this should have
been no more than a day. During this time the queen would have survived within
the Ocean Palace as it rested on the sea floor until she could get it working
again. Some people say the Omen appeared through a massive Gate, as is noted
by Crono's friends when it first appears. Whether the Omen rises from the
ocean or is teleported to the skies from beneath the waves is of little concern,
as if the structure has enough power to stay suspended in air it surely has
the ability to teleport itself short distances. Afterall, the same technology
was used in the Skyways and Land Bridges of Zeal.
In either scenario, Lavos still destroys Zeal. I imagine Zeal absorbed most
of the fireballs, many more fell into the ocean, and since Lavos was not
up to full power the world was not destroyed during 12,000 BC. So we see
that not only does Crono in fact cause the appearance of the Black Omen,
but ironically he gets the wheels turning (albeit unintentionally) on what
would become the Devourer of Time, an even larger threat to the planet than
the Lavos he was currently battling.
The existence of demi-humans
A common question people ask about Chrono Cross concerns the existence
of the demi-humans. Many don't realize that this species did not just appear
out of nowhere. Rather it is likely the demi-humans are nothing more than
futuristic Mystics - the same race that were devout followers of Magus.
It is very likely the demi-humans of 600 AD (labeled as Mystics) lost their
faith in both Magus and Ozzie after Crono's interference with the timeline.
In the present age the demi-humans of Medina are willing to make amends with
the humans, as evidenced by the fact that a citizen wishes to build a ferry
between Truce and Medina. In Chrono Cross it is said that Chronopolis
was allowed to function under the supervision of the Central Regime. We do
not know who governs this regime, what its goals are, or when it was created.
However if there is a central governing body it stands to reason a lasting
peace was reached between humans and Mystics that allowed them to work together.
We know for certain that at least one Chronopolis worker was originally from
Medina, implying demi-humans were indeed employed at the facility. If this
is true, then these demi-humans surely were pulled into the past during
the Time Crash along with their human co-workers. After venturing out into
the islands the demi-humans would have reproduced. It is in this way that
demi-humans came to populate El Nido. In fact, before the year 900 AD all
humans and demi-humans on El Nido were the ancestors of those Chronopolis
Let us then be clear on what the term "demi-human" refers to. Obviously it
can mean any creature that has similar features or mannerisms to that of
a normal human. We can all agree that the Mystics were intelligent in that
the were able to speak, build their own community, and carry on their own
customs. Some (like Flea) were able to become proficient magicians. Slash,
though odd in appearance, resembled a human in form and could move about
in the same manner as one. He was also educated enough to speak the human
language and had been trained in swordsmanship. The only thing separating
him from humans was his purple skin and pointy ears. Other Mystics, like
the Hench, seemed more beastly, yet the overall form of a human was still
present (walking on two legs in an upright manner, etc). Yet others, like
the Diablos and Imps, were even more animalistic in appearance. So it appears
that out of the entire demi-human race there are different degrees of how
human one can look. In Chrono Cross some demi-humans appear almost
human. The sage of Marbule, for example, might be mistaken for a human had
he not the feathery features protruding from above his ears. Others, like
Lynx, resemble animals more than people, yet are still regarded as being
There seem to be five distinct classes of demi-human:
Near Human Appearance
| Marbule sage, Janice, Flea, Harle
| Slash, Ozzie, Sprigg, nameless*
Animal in Appearance
| Frog, Lynx, Irenes, bug/lion types
Beastly or Primitive
| imps, hench, naga-ette, kilwala, yakra
Plant-like in Appearance
| Funguy, NeoFio, Turnip
* In the introduction of the Final Fantasy Chronicles
release of Chrono Trigger Crono can be seen fighting an unnamed
green demi-human warrior that would fit the description of Group B. Here
of this character. The same demi-human can also be seen in this piece
The most probable explanation for how the first group can exist (excepting
Flea and Harle as they are special cases) is because of the fact humans
and demi-humans were allowed to co-exist in El Nido. You see, it is not
unreasonable to think over the years some mated with normal humans. If this
inter-racial breeding occurred, then over the course of 9,000 years some
demi-humans would begin to take on more human features and loose their beastly
visage. It is possible demi-humans from Groups B and C mated with humans
to achieve those found in Group A. This makes even more sense when we consider
the Group A type of demi-humans seem to be absent from Chrono Trigger.
Group E is separated from the others because it can be noted that there
are only three specimens of that class in existence and none hold
any relation to the Mystic race. Rather each was artificially created - Funguy
from eating a mushroom; NeoFio by Luccia; and Turnip as a manifestation of
a dream. Regardless of this fact, they still exist and can technically be
called demi-humans. As of yet no naturally born demi-humans take on a floral
appearance, so in that sense Group E is a bit of an oddity. Do note that
other species such as reptites, dragonians, beebas, etc. can be classified
separately and have not been included in the above chart.
As for how demi-humans originated in the first place we know very little.
It is interesting to note that the Mystic town of Medina seems to be situated
near where the Mystic Mountains were in prehistoric times. Perhaps the species
took shape in that region and so were named for their birth-place. It is
hard to say. In fact the first we ever see of the Mystics is in 600 AD. It's
rather odd they don't appear in 12,000 BC - although there are creatures
that look very similar to them residing on Mt. Woe. Perhaps these creatures
were the start of the Mystic race. It is unclear whether the term "Mystic"
refers only to those demi-humans who allied themselves with Magus, or if
it can apply to all demi-humans in general. The words "demi-human" and "Mystic"
seem to be interchangeable as they both refer to the same race, but it can
be noted that the term "Mystic" is missing from Chrono Cross. With
the intervention of Porre I should think the term would have come up had
the demi-humans still been called Mystics, but I could be wrong about this.
If some in the present still fancy themselves as "Mystics" then chances are
it has very little to do with Magus anymore but rather because the term has
taken on new meaning to them and so they prefer to remain labeled as such.
It is difficult to tell, but whether they are called Mystic or demi-human
doesn't change the fact that they are of the same race.
How did the timelines merge?
After Chrono Cross drew to a close people became divided on the issue
as to whether or not Kid lived, and if so, how she continued to do so. It
is common belief that after rescuing Schala from her imprisonment both Home
World and Another World "merged" into a single timestream, thus clearing
up any dimensional distortions that had arisen due to the Time Split of 1010
AD. As simple a notion as this is, it inherently makes very little sense.
If two dimensions are to become one, which contains the dominant factors?
Imagine the case of Fargo. In Home World he has become a depressed man bitter
at the loss of his wife. As a result he suppresses his pain through causing
suffering to others, namely the enslavement of the demi-humans. Yet in Another
World Fargo has retained his bold buccaneer attitude and fights on behalf
of Serge if the need arises. Now if these two completely opposite scenarios
are to become one, which will prevail? Will the fearless pirate override
the coward? Will it be the reverse? Who is to decide which dimension is
ultimately "better" than the other? Many speculate that this responsibility
rests with Schala alone as she makes the claim that time will be unified
again. If indeed this is the case then she could likened unto a goddess,
with the fates of humanity lying in her hands. As can be seen, this presents
a horrible dilemma. As noble a character as Schala is, do we really want
her in complete control of a decision which will dictate the course on which
civilization will take? Suppose she chooses wrongly. Not a pleasant scenario.
Another option is to decide the event which initially split the timeline
in twain is prevented from ever occurring. This in turn would restore the
timeline to its original condition at and avoid the complications arising
from Schala's subjectivity. Though there is some confusion as to just how
such an event could be avoided. We know the split happened as a result of
Serge's murder at Opassa Beach (1010 AD). Lynx had killed him due to the
fact that Serge had become the arbiter and his continued existence posed
a threat to the future of the planet. The solution now would be to prevent
Serge from ever having been taken to Chronopolis. Schala's initial interference
allowed for this to happen, so it stands to reason that after she is freed
the event is struck from the pages of history. This is because Schala was
able to contact Serge's dimension from a point outside of the original timeline
where a linear time flow did not exist. Removing the Time Devourer (even
from a point in the future) would cause it to disappear in the past, thus
removing the influence Schala originally had on that dimension. The question
then arises whether Wazuki was able to make it to Marbule, as that was his
original destination before the magnetic storm blew him off course. If he
did arrive there we can also assume Serge was safely cured of the panther's
poison as he is alive in the present. Returning home to Arni, Serge never
contacted the Flame and was therefore never sought out by Lynx since Wazuki
never became Lynx. The entire Chronopolis incident of 1006 was entirely averted
and the timestreams was restored to its original condition. That said, the
split of 1010 was prevented and neither Home World nor Another World continued
to thrive as each was over written with a new future. Though this explanation
also forces one to accept FATE is still functioning within Chronopolis, people's
lives are still being governed, and General Viper's devas are still very
much alive as they never ventured into the Dead Sea as Lynx never proposed
the idea. Though this assumes a lot, it inherently works, though we do not
yet know whether this plan causes disaster for anyone on the mainland, as
the activities of Lynx in Porre during the past 14 years are unknown to us.
Regardless of which of the two proposed ideas you prefer, there is still
the matter of what happens to Kid. Many believe that once Schala was freed
from her imprisonment she and Kid "merged" into a single person. This makes
little sense. It is explicitly said in Chrono Cross that Kid is a
clone of Schala. Schala was held within the Time Devourer while Kid was
discovered by Lucca and went on to lead her own life. Kid knows nothing of
Schala until she is told so, nor does she retain any memories of Schala.
In short, there is no link between her and Schala as they are now separate
individuals. Why then, should there be any reason for the two to merge? If
any one of us had a clone we would not absorb our clone upon contact; that
is just silly. Rather, our clone is a separate person that just happens to
have been created using our bodies as reference. Many will cite as proof
Schala's letter in Chrono Cross' ending in which she signs her name
as Schala "Kid" Zeal. This leads many to believe the two have become one.
However a signature is not proof enough. It is more likely that Schala
was merely expressing a subtle attempt at humor by including "Kid" in her
name as Kid represents a part of her that was never brought into existence.
Kid is, in a sense, Schala's alternate personality - what she would have
been like without her royal upbringing. Though the two have identical bodies,
Schala was raised as a princess while Kid suffered in her youth and became
a thief. Given the different scenario of each's life we can see how the
environment shaped the personality of each. This fits the theme of Chrono
Cross by showing "what is" compared to "what might have been", just as
the alternate dimensions present opposing situations. Kid and Schala are
just different facets of the same person. It would seem many are missing
this meaning as they take the signature too literally. After the events of
Chrono Cross Schala may have adopted the name of Kid as a nickname
of sorts, and included it in her signature in quotes - showing us that while
she is not literally Kid, she still acknowledges Kid as being a part of her
in essence. Quite simply, outside of this signature there really is
nothing to indicate Schala and Kid physically join.
Who originally rescued Melchior?
In 12,000 BC we see Melchior has been imprisoned atop Mt. Woe for opposing
Queen Zeal. Many have come to the conclusion that in the original timeline
Schala was the one to rescue Melchior from his imprisonment atop Mt. Woe.
Yet when we take the time to think things through we can arrive at the conclusion
that this need not be the case. We know the events surrounding the Ocean
Palace disaster: someone uses the red knife on the Mammon Machine. The knife
is transformed into the Masamune due to a surge in Lavos' energy. Lavos appears,
sending Janus and the three gurus to points in the future shortly before
he destroying Zeal. We can be sure that all of this did happen in the original
timeline since the Masamune exists in the Middle Ages (as well as Janus),
the gurus reside in their respective new eras, and the floating continents
of Zeal are no more. But in the original timeline Crono was not present at
the Ocean Palace disaster. The question then arises: who used the red knife
against the Mammon Machine? In all likelihood it was Melchior. There is reason
to believe he was never banished to Mt. Woe to begin with. Go with me on
this assumption as we will see it explains things nicely.
In the original timeline Crono was absent from the Ocean Palace, as was Magus.
In this timeline Magus was destroyed by Lavos after the summoning ritual
at his castle in 600 AD went awry. Since neither character could be present
during the palace disaster we must conclude another party was at fault for
causing it. Of those present Melchior seems the most likely to have been
the one who took action. Schala was fearful of disobeying her mother so would
not strike and Janus did not arrive until after the machine had been
attacked. Either one of the gurus or and unnamed bystander initiated the
incident. Since there is no evidence of the latter I conclude Melchior
to have been the guru who struck the Mammon Machine. He was in possession
of the red knife from the beginning for it was he who crafted it. Growing
concerned and wishing to stop the madness, Melchior thrust the knife into
the Mammon Machine. The blade instantly formed into the Masamune and shortly
thereafter Lavos appeared. We know the rest of the story as Janus and the
gurus were propelled forward through time via the Gates that formed. In the
Middle Ages Janus grew up, all the while remembering what had happened in
the Ocean Palace.
However Crono's meddling in time changed all this. Back at Magus' Castle,
Crono's sudden presence interrupted the summoning before it could be finished.
As a result an immense Gate formed which sent Crono to the Prehistoric Age
and Magus to the Dark Ages (see the
page for more information on this). It is unknown what year Magus arrived
in, but to be sure he had ample time to garner the queen's trust and become
one of her top aides. He adopted the guise of "The Prophet" and worked to
manipulate the queen for his own goals, the foremost of which was the destruction
of Lavos, something he had been planning since his youth. Magus, now fully
aware of what would happen if events were to repeat as they originally had,
takes measures to ensure Lavos will not awaken. He is aware of Melchior's
disagreements with Queen Zeal and so advises her to banish him for the good
of the kingdom. As a result Melchior was imprisoned on Mt. Woe. Magus was
then free to carry out his plans for as far as he was concerned the disaster
had been averted.
However Crono was also able to make it to 12,000 BC, and at the request of
Schala was able to rescue Melchior from his imprisonment. Crono was then
given Melchior's red knife after volunteering to stop the queen. From this
point forward, Crono would adopt the role Melchior originally played by thrusting
the knife into the Mammon Machine and causing the chaos which would result.
We might also assume that after Melchior's liberation he sought the help
of the remaining gurus and all three ventured to the Ocean Palace to reason
with Queen Zeal, with young Janus in hot pursuit. We know they were present
this time because not only are we told Gates enveloped them, but we can view
for ourselves each is still present in his respective new era, thus confirming
they were again sent through time, just as before. Because of Crono's presence
the events which took place inside the Ocean Palace were allowed to repeat,
thus averting a potentially devastating paradox.
How did Lavos help to guide evolution?
This is a question which never really received a definitive answer. In all
the years of analyzing Chrono Trigger I was never sure what to
make of the party's comments regarding Lavos and their claims of how he
influenced the various species on the planet. It is unfortunate the subject
only came up in the last few minutes of the game and was not expanded upon.
Magus begins by saying "since the dawn of time, [Lavos] has slept underground,
controlling evolution on this world for its own purpose." He later adds,
"All people...... and all living things." This clearly seems to imply Lavos
played a role in manipulating the evolution of all creatures, not just humans.
On the other hand Lucca only says "it combined the DNA it found here with
its own," choosing not to clarify to what type of DNA she is referring. If
we look to Lavos final form we see it is humanoid in appearance, suggesting
its primary source for growth material was the human gene. Although one could
likewise say Lavos chose that form above all others due to humanity being
at the top of the evolutionary ladder; that form was the most powerful compared
to that of the rest of Earths species.
What is troublesome is that if one chooses to believe Lavos exerted an influence
over all creatures it is difficult to find an explanation as to how Lavos
went about this. Buried beneath the planet's crust, he seemed to be isolated
from all other forms of life.
One way to make sense of this is to use information from Chrono Cross.
The only definitive detail we're given is that Lavos mutated primitive humans
into a more intelligent and sophisticated breed until they became like the
people of later eras. This was done through contact with the Frozen Flame
at roughly 3 million BC. When one accesses the Flame a bond is formed between
that person and Lavos who is deep underground. We know this due to Belthasar's
comment: "The one who connects with the Frozen Flame, in effect, links with
Lavos itself." This statement is undeniably clear. This method seems to be
the only way Lavos could gather data on the holder's DNA, and furthermore,
to change it. It is as though the two form a symbiotic relationship in which
Lavos draws information it can use to evolve itself and in turn advances
the user in his own genetic makeup. Without this connection Lavos is cut
off from the surface dwelling creatures and is helpless to affect them.
This hypothesis answers the human aspect of evolutionary change, but it does
nothing to solve the question of whether Lavos also did the same to other
animals. It is possible one could say lesser species touched the Flame in
the millennia it had existed and therefore felt the effect of Lavos'
manipulation. On the other hand it might be an argument to say a certain
degree of intelligence is required to form the bond with Lavos. Perhaps a
mere field mouse would not have the ability to activate the Flame in the
first place. Since throughout Chrono Cross the Frozen Flame is only
seen being utilized by humans this question really cannot be answered. Despite
this, there are other ways in which Lavos changed the lifestyle of all other
forms of life.
By modifying humans Lavos indirectly brought about the destruction of other
creatures. Throughout the eons humans went on to alter their surroundings,
most often in a negative way. This environmental destruction is a prevailing
theme in Chrono Cross and is illustrated in a number of ways. The
dwarves especially felt the effect of human pollution to their habitat. The
extinction of the hydra in Another World's marshes is a notable example.
Eliminating one of the keystone species in an ecosystem had profound
repercussions on all other surrounding life. Plants and animals that relied
on the hydra for survival began to fall as dominoes; food webs collapsed
and the entire region become inhospitable to most forms of life. Thus it
is reasonable to say humans were responsible for not only eliminating the
existence of the hydra, but also in a handful of other species that were
driven out of their habitat but had nowhere else to flee. Even Serge, the
storys hero, is guilty of causing harm to nature. He purposefully
slaughters infant komodo dragons, and later their mother, so that his girlfriend
might have the scales she desires in order to make a necklace. Serges
selfish actions in this regard are appalling. The human versus dragonian
element of the story certainly brings this theme to light as the guardians
in Terra Tower continually comment on humanitys desecration of nature
and the killing of the planet for millennia.
Though on rare occasions the opposite can be said of humans; we have the
capability to preserve life. Around 7600 BC FATE constructed the El Nido
island chain in a region of the world that had previously been barren. This
action resulted in a variety of new habitats for both flora and fauna. It
is entirely possible that these new ecosystems served as a haven to species
that may have otherwise gone extinct. In an ironic twist human technology
actually helped to harbor certain creatures. It is pure speculation as to
whether this actually occurred but we must not yet rule it out as a possibility.
Lastly we mustnt forget Lavos' impact to the planet destroyed the Reptites.
They would have been the prevailing species (rather than humans) if not for
the extraterrestrial interference. One could say in that moment Lavos
single-handedly brought forth a new evolutionary path by causing mammals
to inherit the Earth rather than the reptilians.
So we can see that whether intentionally or not, Lavos did indeed succeed
in controlling all evolution on the planet.