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Arcane Labyrinth Southern Keep

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

PRONUNCIATION: ahr-KEYN LAB-uh-rinth SUHTH-ern keep
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Did not appear
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Did not appear
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Arcane Labyrinth Southern Keep

    The Arcane Labyrinth Southern Keep was a peculiar dungeon sealed by mysterious words located in the south of the kingdom of Kashuan. Hollowed out of a small mountain range by the sea, 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 Southern Keep. 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 Southern Keep, mages studied and analyzed the mysterious seals and helped to suggest favorable words for Firion and his companions. After breaking the twelve seals, and reaching the end of the Southern Keep, the heroes were confronted by a Black Dragon. Defeating the obsidian 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 Southern Keep contains twelve dungeons and a battle against a Black Dragon. 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". Southern means something lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the south. The word comes from the Old English sutherne. A keep is the innermost and strongest structure or central tower of a medieval castle. The word may come from a translation of the Italian tenazza meaning "that which keeps".

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Arcane Labyrinth Northeast Quarter (FF2)
Arcane Labyrinth Northwest Quarter (FF2)
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