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On Ancient Magic

FINAL FANTASY II :: MISCELLANEOUS

PRONUNCIATION: awn EYN-shuhnt MAJ-ik
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Did not appear
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Did not appear
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: On Ancient Magic

    "On Ancient Magic" was the name of a tattered, old book found by Firion and his allies while exploring the dusty bookshelves of the library in the Arcane Labyrinth's "Chronicles" dungeon. The book told the story of the fabled land of Perseria and the magic wars that nearly brought the world to the blink of annihilation.

GAME INFO
    "On Ancient Magic" can be found by investigating the bookshelves in the "Chronicles" level of the Arcane Labyrinth. The complete text reads as follows:

It is said that far in the distant past, there was an age when all were capable of wielding magic. And a rich civilization was built upon man's ability to cast spells at will. However, since magic was available to everyone... There were endless battles waged by those lacking good conscience. The skirmishes eventually grew into wars, causing much suffering and leading to the creation of powerful spells. Though perhaps mankind was not fit to possess power greater than his natural abilities. As the wars grew violent to the brink of annihilation, those who dreaded the fate of the world took action - they sealed away peace and magic. The seal was created by a boy born with phenomenal magic power. The powerful spells born of the wars would be forgotten over time. Subsequently, the magic abilities of people were to be sealed. And so society would come to be built on entrusting magic solely to the ethical.

NAME ORIGIN
    Ancient indicates something has existed from a very remote period of time. The word derives from the Latin word ante, meaning "before". Magic is the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or other techniques that assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. The word comes from the Old Persian magus meaning "sorcerer".

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