• Once upon a time,
    The universe was nothing but
    A vast expanse of emptiness.

    After endless cycles,
    Onto the perpetual void
    Appeared the creator,
    Bearing four crystals.

    The yellow crystal illuminated
    The darkness, bringing
    Light into existence.

    The green crystal molded
    Planets and start from the
    Nothingness, bringing
    The bountiful land onto

    The blue crystal blessed the
    Land with water bringing
    Life into existence

    The red crystal delivered the
    Warmth of fire to the universe
    Perpetuating the growth
    Of all living creatures.

    However, there was one entity
    Which looked upon the new
    Universe unfavourably:
    The dark monarch who had
    Ruled over the emptiness

    To oppose the new form of
    The cosmos, the monarch
    Brought into existence
    A fifth source of energy…
    The black crystal.

    The black crystal twisted
    Light to cast shadow.
    Much of the land was turned
    Hostile and barren.
    The seas were made to rage
    And given the power to take
    Life and deliver death.
    Fire became a force that
    Could incinerate anything and
    Everything within its crimson

    Like a parasite, the black
    Crystal fed off the darkness
    Inside the heart of all living
    Things. Its glow continued
    To become more distinct and

    When the world overflows with
    The darkness of anger, hate,
    And fear, the fragile balance
    Of the crystals is shattered,
    And the black crystal reigns
    Sovereign over all creation

    Light fades into shadow…
    Terra firma crumbles to dust…
    Water is turned into poison…
    Fire abolishes all…

    After the flicker of life
    Beats so very strongly
    For so very long,
    Will the form of the universe
    Retake its original shape--
    A lonely, empty void where
    Darkness wields the scepter
    Of rule over all its surveys?

    Those brought into existence
    By the first four crystals were
    Born in fear of the darkness.

    However the creator had
    Given his children the key to
    Open all doors -- the potential
    To change.

    After countless years,
    Certain creatures acquired
    Wings that permitted them to
    Soar through the heavens.
    Other grew fangs and horns
    To protect themselves, while
    Some were even granted
    Titanic bodies that allowed
    Them to traverse the land
    Without fear.

    Life spun itself into many
    Shape as the potential
    To change gave living
    Creatures the chance to
    Combat the darkness.

    Then came the last two races
    To be born into the cosmos

    The first had no claws or
    Fangs, nor a shell, but instead
    Possessed wisdom…
    They came to know as

    The second had wings that
    Carried them not into the
    Lofty skies but between
    the world of darkness and
    this one...
    They came to be known as
    Humans and chocobos...
    Only by working together did
    they finally overcome the
    monarch of the emptiness,
    That was how all living
    creatures declared an end to
    the fear of darkness,
    a solution that took over
    forty billion years to come
    into realization.

    And finally,
    they step into tomorrow...