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Siege of Esthar
Final Fantasy VIII
Esthar under siege.
Location: Esthar Continent
Result: SeeD/Esthar victory.
Fall of Sorceress Ultimecia.
Combatants
Esthar
SeeD Mercenary Force
Sorceress Ultimecia
Galbadian Army
Commanders
Laguna Loire
Squall Leonhart
Sorceress Ultimecia

Seifer Almasy

Strength
Esthar
  • Esthar Army
  • SeeD Elite Mercenaries
Galbadia
Casualties
Unknown. Unknown.

The Siege of Esthar is named for the events surrounding the second recorded Lunar Cry and leading up to the fall of Sorceress Ultimecia. During these events Esthar was lead by President Loire while leadership of the Galbadian Army itself had been taken over by Seifer Almasy under instruction from Ultimecia.

The involvement of the SeeD mercenary forces were purely coincidental due to a task group being caught in Esthar during the events while tracking Ultimecia.

Contents

Prelude

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The events leading up to the siege, or more accurately the Lunar Cry that was the prominant event of the siege, trace back to the completion of the Battle of the Gardens where Sorceress Edea Kramer, possessed by Ultimecia, attempted to defeat the SeeD forces of Balamb Garden. Upon Sorceress Edea Kramer's defeat Ultimecia had switched her possession to Rinoa Heartilly. During the final seconds of the battle Rinoa, under Ultimecia's control, instructed Seifer Almasy to retrieve the Lunatic Pandora and direct it to Esthar were it could initiate the Lunar Cry before falling into a forced comatose state.

Battlefield

The Siege of Esthar occurred within the borders of the Esthar continent to the east of Galbadia however events of the battle also occur in outerspace near the Esthar Lunar Base Space Station and, through a time warp that was initiated during the siege, through to a future location near Edea's Orphanage in Centra.

Battle

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A Friend in Need

Concerned for her safety Rinoa's friends, a SeeD group led by Squall Leonhart, travel to Esthar in order to find Ellone whom they believe may be able to help Rinoa out of her comatose state. Edea Kramer travels with them, believing that the Sorceress expert Dr. Odine may be able to remove her power in order to avoid being possessed by Ultimecia again.
Entering the continent via the Horizon Bridge the group traversed through the Great Salt Lake before happening upon a secret panel in a camoflage wall that allowed access into Esthar city. After receiving an audience with Dr. Odine, Squall Leonhart was sent with Rinoa to the space station Lunar Base in order to see Ellone.

Lunatic Pandora and the Lunar Cry

Lunatic Pandora near Sorceress Memorial.

Shortly after Squall's departure the Lunatic Pandora, salvaged by Seifer Almasy and the Galbadian Army, entered Esthar air space. As the weapon traveled directly over the city the remaining SeeD mercenaries attempted to board the construction but were rebuffed after a certain point. Unable to do anything they watched as the weapon positioned itself over Tears' Point.

Squall meanwhile arrives at and boards the Lunar Base. Leaving Rinoa in the secure medical facility he is escorted by Piet to the control room where they witness the massing of monsters upon the moon's surface which was the beginning of the Lunar Cry. After a brief conversation with Ellone an alert sounds out for a security breach in the medical facility. Rinoa, still under zombie-like possession by Ultimecia, had broken out of the facility and was now making her way to the control room. Thrown against a wall Squall could only watch as she began deactivating the security locks on Adel's Tomb. As Squall chased after her it became apparent that the Lunar Cry would envelope the Lunar Base and evacuation procedures were begun.
As the Lunar Cry erupted from the moon toward the planet the sea of monsters engulfed the now unsealed Sorceress Adel and the Lunar Base, bringing both down to the planet. While the Lunar Base was destroyed in the process Adel's Tomb survived and landed inside the awaiting Lunatic Pandora.

Under Siege

With the Lunar Cry came an eruption of monsters worldwide. With Esthar receiving the main brunt of the population influx the city was quickly overrun with monsters. With only small pockets of the city remaining protected by Estharian guards.
Squall, meanwhile, finally returns from space aboard the Ragnarok with Rinoa, now free from Ultimecia's influence and, after fighting off an Estharian attempt to seal her in a similar tomb to Adel's, returns to Esthar to combat Galbadia and Ultimecia in the Lunatic Pandora.

President Loire of Esthar and Dr. Odine devised a plan to defeat the Galbadians and stop Ultimecia's plan of Time Compression. The first part of the plan was to find and rescue Ellone, who had been kidnapped after escaping from the Lunar Base and now lay somewhere inside the Lunatic Pandora. The second was to fight and defeat Sorceress Adel, who would then be forced to transfer her powers to Rinoa. Rinoa would then allow herself to be possessed by Ultimecia by which time Ellone would then send them both back through time; forcibly initiating the Time Compression and allowing the SeeD group to travel through time to where Ultimecia resided in order to confront her.

The plan initiated somewhat as predicted and, but for the destruction of the Guardian Force Odin and the arrival of Gilgamesh, nearly without a hitch but for a few close calls with Adel taking Rinoa as a human shield. Overall the siege ended with the death of Sorceress Ultimecia and the return of the SeeD task force to the present.

Aftermath

Ultimecia's death resulted in the compressed timelines realigning to their original paths. During this realignment the SeeD force had to ensure that not only did they arrive back in their own time but that they all arrived together. Unfortunately one SeeD, Squall Leonhart, was indeed left behind. His own loner nature working against him as he was seperated from the group; caught in Ultimecia's wake as she, while dying, traveled back in time to pass on her Sorceress Power. However Rinoa managed to find and revive him through the use of her own Sorceress Power and the two returned to the present timeline as heroes.


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

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