|Hmmm, Iím quite concerned, kupo.|
|Whatís wrong? Has something happened back in San díOria, kupo?|
|Weíve been receiving report after report of an influx of nasty orcs around Ghelsba and Davoi areas, kupo.|
|Itís the same with the Quadav near Palborough Mines and Beadeaux, kupo! We canít ignore the situation anymore, kupooo!|
|Now that you mention it, even Giddeus and Castle Oztroja are seeing a swelling of Yagudo scoundrels! I think it may be because so many of our adventurers have journeyed off to the eastern lands. Itís given the beastmen the perfect opportunity to run rampant, kupo!|
|I shiver to think what might happen to our three nations if these troubling trends continue, kupo!|
|But you canít mean that... Are you saying... But what about the... And the... Not another Great War, kupo!?|
|Oh no, kupo!
But hopefully it wonít come to that, kupo. After all, twenty years ago the Allied Forces of Altana ended the Crystal War in triumph, kupo!
|Youíre right! If the Allied Forces were to team up again, theyíd take care of all those mean beastmen, just like the first time around, kupo.|
|The Allied Forces of Altana... That was a collaborative effort between Jeuno and the three nations, right? Was it ever determined which nation was most instrumental in the allianceís victory?|
|Surely you jest, kupo! Thereís no question that it was my home, the Kingdom of San díOria. No enemy can withstand the mighty charges of our Royal Knight Armyís armored cavalry, kupo!|
|Hang on just a second there, kupo!
How can you possibly say that it was such an outdated fighting technique that defeated the nefarious Beastmen Confederate? My Bastokís Republican Legion boasts by far the largest numbers of the four nationís armies. Thereís the Iron Musketeers and their state-of-the-art equipment! The unmatched elite forces of the Gold Musketeers! Bastok practically carried the allied effort on its unbreakable back, kupo!
|<Sigh> Oh would you both calm down? Being moogles, you should both know good and well the power of magic, kupo! Everyone knows that if it werenít for the War Warlocks of my Windurst, the Allied Forces would have been obliterated at the Battle of Xarcabard.|
|Oh thatís rich, kupo! Remind me, which nation was it that came crying for help to the Royal Knights after suffering all those losses?|
|Thatís not how it happened, kupo! At the Siege of Jeuno it was the Federal Forces of Windurst that--|
|--Ohohoho! It looks like you three may set off a great war of your own there, kupo.|
|You must be...|
|Is that a fake moustache? Thereís something ever so slightly unnatural about it, kupo...|
|Mind your manors! Donít you know who this is, kupo!?!
It can only be the one who is untouched by time and eternally watching over all our kind!
The Guardian Moogle, kupo!
|So that means you must know all about the Great War too, right, kupo?|
|Hey, thatís right! Maybe you can settle an argument for us! O Most Venerable Moogle! We beseech you, kupo!
Please tell us, which nation played the greatest role in the success of the Allied Forces of Altana, kupo!
|Ohohoho! Here I was wondering what you three were bickering about so heatedly, and it turns out to be such a recent little footnote in history as that, kupo!
|You really are untouched by time...|
|Ok, thatís great. Now just please take off the moustache and tell us which nation was strongest, kupo!|
|Very well...The answer is...that one...you know...kupo!
|You know that nation...the city...with the people...and the buildings...and blah blah blah, kupo.
|Donít tell me, kupo...|
|Hmm... Seems Iíve gone and plumb forgotten...kupo!
|Huh!? How can you forget something like that! Youíre the Guardian Moogle!|
|So try remembering...really hard, kupo!|
|Oh, I donít think that would be much help Iím lucky if I can remember what I had for my last meal these days, kupo.
Well, how about I propose a friendly little competition for you instead? Itís called ďCrystal War RevisitedĒ!
|ďCrystal War RevisitedĒ...kupo?|
|Thatís got a tantalizing ring to it, kupo!|
|The rules are simple. There are several beastmen-held positions where they have spent long years stocking up large crystal clusters, kupo. As an adventurer, at the request of your nation of allegiance, go cut off and bring back a piece of that cluster...kupo!
|After you are done, compare the number of crystal fragments that you have each brought back, and the country whose representative has retrieved the most shall earn his nation recognition as the strongest among the Allied Forces of Altana. Get it, kupo?
|W-Well... It sounds fair enough, kupo. But...|
|Can such a heavy matter really be settled by a...game?|
|Game!? This is a simulation that will allow you to burrow into the very bowels of history, kupo!
|Did I stutter, kupo? The Crystal War was nothing more than a struggle between the forces of Altana and those of the Shadow Lord for the possession of crystals, no? So if you simply reenact such a struggle, then you are sure to arrive at the answer to the question you seek, kupo.
|Ahhh, now I get it, kupo.
If we fight in exactly the same manner as the Great War, then none of us can contest the outcome, kupo!
|Well then, I shall be overlooking the whole affair. Take up the pride and spirit of your nation, and have at it to your heartís content, kupo!
|Alright! Looks like we can settle this fair and square, and once and for all, kupo! The adventurers, that is...kupo|
|The reputation of the strongest nation is at stake! This is just what we needed! Well, what the adventurers need, kupoÖ|
|Ready battle formations! I meant the adventurers, not us...kupo.|
|Illustration by Mitsuhiro Arita|