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Perseria

NOTABLE LOCATIONS: None
NOTABLE INHABITANTS: Celcie, Chico, Costa, Deumion, Deumion's Mother, Earl, Ebbo, Jiminy, Supra, Tomok
KEY ITEMS: Light of Hope
KEY TERMS: Hope
ENEMIES: None
BOSSES: None
INN: No
SANCTUARY: No
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PRONUNCIATION: PUR-seer-ee-uh
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Did not appear
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Did not appear
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Perseria

    Perseria was an ancient village that existed many centuries before the Palamecian Empire's ruthless campaign for world domination. It was home to Deumion, a young man with astonishing magical skills. Ages ago, devastating war broke out, where the enemies of Perseria used magic to inflict destruction upon the town. Most people fled the town to escape the constant enemy invasions. Many lives were lost and a grand council of nobles from all over the world was convened in a palace close to the village. Rahn, a nobleman from Perseria, represented the besieged village at the council. Presided over by a mighty General, the path to peace was forged just as a powerful Black Magic spell, Destroy, was concocted by mages working under the General. The young man, Deumion, was chosen to become the Guardian of this spell, ensuring that it would not fall into the hands of evil and reignite the horrible wars that had plagued Perseria for many years. Perseria eventually faded from memory and its story became the stuff of legends.
    Firion and his friends were transported through time while exploring the Arcane Labyrinth and visited Perseria and its surroundings several times throughout their journey. Speaking the word "Oblivion" to one of the mysterious seals scattered around the Labyrinth, the heroes were sent to Perseria moments before the first attack on the village. They helped Deumion's Mother find her frightened son amongst the many orphans running chaoticly through the streets. The word "Hope" transported the heroes to a nearby cave, several years after the war started, where they battled some of the fierce soldiers attempting to destroy Perseria. Ambushed deep in the cave, they were rescued by an older Deumion, much more in control of his magical powers. Firion spoke the word "Destruction" to one of the Labyrinth's seals and the heroes were sent to the palace during the time of the creation of the Destroy spell. Unbenownst to the heroes, they actually assisted in the spell's creation by helping the General's mages find the Magicite necessary to concoct the Destroy Tome. They witnessed the council decide on Deumion as the Guardian of the fateful spell. Finally, Firion and his allies visited Perseria one last time by using the word "Guardian". They found the General's soldiers searching house to house for Deumion, racing against time to warn the young man. However, Deumion realized that he alone had the power to protect the Destroy Tome from those with evil intentions and accepted his destiny. As Deumion departed, he left behind the Light of Hope, a magical shard that Firion would return to him later, in his role as Guardian of the Arcane Sanctuary's High Altar.

GAME INFO
    Perseria is only found in the 20th Anniversary Edition, accessed by using the key words "Oblivion" and "Guardian" in the Arcane Labyrinth.

ADDITIONAL INFO
    The architecture in Perseria resembles that of Mysidia and the sprites for the townsfolk are unique, signifying that the village of Perseria existed in the much distant past.
    The story of Perseria and Deumion is also referenced elsewhere in the Arcane Labyrinth. In the Jade Passage dungeon of the Labyrinth, a stone tablet obtained after defeating Beelzebub speaks of the Land of Yore, a veiled reference to Perseria. In the Chronicles dungeon, the book "On Ancient Magic" tells the story of Perseria and Deumion's assumption of the role of Guardian.

NAME ORIGIN
    Perseria resembles Persia, the name of an ancient empire located in southwest Asia. Also known as the Achaemenid Empire, it was founded by Cyrus II (known as Cyrus the Great) around 546 B.C. and reached its height under the control of Darius I and his son, Xerxes. The empire would extend from the Indus River valley in present-day Pakistan to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea before it was conquered by the armies of Alexander the Great between 333 and 331 B.C. The name Persia derives from the Parsa tribe, the people whom Cyrus the Great first ruled before becoming emperor.

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