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Arcane Labyrinth Northwest Quarter

NOTABLE LOCATIONS: None
NOTABLE INHABITANTS: None
KEY ITEMS: None
KEY TERMS: None
ENEMIES: None
BOSSES: Tiamat
FINAL FANTASY II :: LOCATIONS :: DUNGEONS

PRONUNCIATION: ahr-KEYN LAB-uh-rinth nawrth-WEST KWAWR-ter
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Did not appear
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Did not appear
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Arcane Labyrinth Northwest Quarter

    The Arcane Labyrinth Northwest Quarter was a peculiar dungeon sealed by mysterious words located west of Salamand. Hollowed out of the mountains surrounding the Snow Plains, Firion and his friends explored this magical Labyrinth during their quest to destroy the evil Palamecian Empire. They uttered the key words they discovered throughout their journey to the mysterious light found in the Northwest Quarter. These words belonged to four distinct groups: life and nature, matter and materials, magic and spirits and finally, locations. The word chosen altered the composition of the next floor. At the entrance to the Northwest Quarter, mages studied and analyzed the mysterious seals and helped to suggest favorable words for Firion and his companions. After breaking the four seals, and reaching the end of the Northwest Quarter, the heroes were confronted by the multi-headed dragon, Tiamat. Defeating the monstrous wyrm lit a flame on one of the three daises found in the central chamber of the Arcane Sanctuary, located at the confluence of the three Arcane Labyrinths.

GAME INFO
    The Northwest Quarter contains four dungeons and a battle against Tiamat. The words chosen in each dungeon affect which weapon is received from Deumion after defeating Phrekyos in the Arcane Sanctuary.

NAME ORIGIN
    Arcane means something that is known or understood by very few, something is secret, obscure, mysterious or esoteric. The word comes from the Latin word arcanus meaning "secret". A labyrinth is an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit. The original Labyrinth was a vast maze built on the island of Crete to house the monstrous Minotaur. The word is perhaps related to the Lydian labrys meaning "double-headed axe", a symbol of royal power, and the original Labyrinth may mean "palace of the double-headed axe". Northwest is a point on the compass midway between north and west. The word comes from a combination of the Old English norð and the French ouest. A quarter is one of the four equal or equivalent parts into which anything may be divided. The word comes from the Latin quartarius meaning "fourth".

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Arcane Labyrinth Northeast Quarter (FF2)
Arcane Labyrinth Southern Keep (FF2)
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