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Berserk Tome

BUY: 10,000 Gil
SELL: 5000 Gil
EFFECT: Teaches Berserk or casts Berserk VI in battle
TARGET: One ally
FINAL FANTASY II :: ITEMS :: TOMES

PRONUNCIATION: ber-ZURK tohm
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Berserk Scroll
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Berserk Tome
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Berserk Tome

    The Berserk Tome was a magical book that taught the Black Magic spell Berserk.

GAME INFO
    Teaches the Black Magic spell Berserk.
    Casts Berserk VI in battle.
    Purchased at the Magic Shop in:
     • Jade Passage (B3)
     • Raqia (B3)
    Won in battle against:
     • Dark Magicians
     • Magicians

NAME ORIGIN
    Berserk comes from the Berserkers, ancient Norse warriors who dressed in bear or wolf skins and fought with frenzied rage in battle. They would howl like animals, foam at the mouth and bite the edges of their iron shields. It was believed their uncontrollable rage was brought on by hallucinogenic mushrooms, alcoholic beverages spiced with bog myrtle, drinking bear or wolf blood, or frenzied rituals where they believed they were being possessed by the spirit of a bear or a wolf. The word comes from the Old Norse bera meaning "bear" and serkr meaning "shirt" or "coat". A tome is a very heavy, large or learned book. The word comes from the Greek tomos meaning "slice, piece, roll of paper, book" and derives from the word témnein meaning "to cut".
    In Final Fantasy Origins, all the magical tomes were called scrolls. A scroll is a long roll of parchment, paper, papyrus or other material used especially for writing a document. The word comes from the Old French escroe meaning "strip of parchment".

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