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"A civilization in Centra 4000 years ago. These Centra people immigrated to other continents and founded the Dollet Empire to the west and Esthar to the east. Centra was destroyed 80 years ago by the Lunar Cry."
—"Centra Civilisation", FFVIII Info Corner

Centra (セントラ, Sentora) is the name of a once-flourishing civilization in Final Fantasy VIII which was destroyed after an instance of the Lunar Cry. The Centra Ruins, Edea's Orphanage and the mobile shelters are the only remaining artifacts of Centra's civilization.

History

The present extent of Centra

Centra's history began 4,000 years ago, the civilization spanning two continents found south-most of the world map. As evident from its mobile shelters and controlling two landmasses, the Centra people were nomadic and would travel distances to explore the world. In their exploration, Centra founded two more civilizations; the Dollet Empire to the west and Esthar to the east.

The Centra, in their explorations, built mobile shelters. Only three are known to have survived until the present day, in the form of Balamb Garden, Galbadia Garden and Trabia Garden. These mobile shelters transform into moving structures. A giant ring encircles the mobile shelter, seemingly powering the structures.

However, its technological marvel could not help it defend against the Lunar Cry. An unknown time ago the Centra had discovered the Crystal Pillar and viewed it as a source of divine power. They moved it to their own capitol, unaware that the Crystal Pillar was really a tool that reacted with the moon to aid in the Lunar Cry. 100 years prior to the main storyline, Centra's cities were hit by the Lunar Cry, which annihilated the entire civilization from the world map. The only structures left were the Centra Ruins and the building that would later become Edea's orphanage.

In the wake of the Lunar Cry, Centra's offshoot Esthar advanced into becoming the next advanced civilization, while the Dollet Empire was splintered into city-states Galbadia and Timber; its remains became the Dollet Dukedom.

Architecture and Technology

A Centraian throne with exposed circuitry on the floors.

From information based on the few remaining structures the Centraian architecture was similar to real-world ancient Rome. Built with prominent white stone intricate murals and stone pillars were abundant, particularly seen in the example of Edea's Orphanage. The Centra Ruins however, the only other reasonably intact structure, reveals a more mystical structural plan. Although the Roman influence still remains the structure, or at least the remains, is of a diamond shape that rests solely on a point. What's more is that the installation's stonework is threaded with wires and piping alluding to a real-world 1970's to 1980's technology that is also supported by mystical powers. From examples of reliefs and statues that populate this structure it would be fair to believe that the site was dedicated to or at least accommodated a Sorceress.

As was once said Centraian technology reflected real-world examples of technology featured in the late 1970's and into the 1980's. Typical examples shown in the Centra Shelters provide indications of metal and wiring usage as well as an unknown power source. This technology is also bolstered by a magical source that is of once again unknown origin.

Religion

As seen from examples of Centraian ruins the Centra held the Sorceress and the Sorceress Power in high regard. Whether they regarded her as a holy or malevolent force is unknown, however flattering statues and murals have been erected in her image. Such images can be prominently seen in the Centra Ruins. It is possible that the story of the Great Hyne, the origin story of the Sorceress Power, originated from Centra.

Such other examples, such as the relocation of the Crystal Pillar to the capitol and the injection of magic into their technology reveals a knowledge and usage of magical arts that does not seem to exist in the modern world of Final Fantasy VIII.

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This article uses material from the "Centra" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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