|War of the Magi|
|Final Fantasy VI|
|Result:||Sealing of the Warring Triad. Exile of Espers from the world, while the Magi hide out in Thamasa. For the rest of the world, Magic is lost to myth and legends.|
|Espers and Magi||Espers and Magi|
The War of the Magi was a war fought 1000 years before the events of Final Fantasy VI. A cataclysmic event that nearly destroyed the world, it forced humanity back centuries and set the groundwork for the events of the game.
The War of the Magi occurred due to the Warring Triad, the creators of the world and Magic, bickering among themselves. Their arguments grew out of control and led to a war. The three gods fought using armies of humans, and used their magical energies to transform them into Espers. Humans would later capture Espers and drain their magical powers for their own usage. Effectively, there were three types of warriors - Esper, human, and Esper-infused human. The Espers fought at the will of the Warring Triad while the humans fought to survive the wrath of the gods.
The Espers would fight a prolonged war with the humans, and one unfortunate battle took place inside an Ancient Castle, in which the king, Odin, would be attacked by soldiers and petrified. During this time, two so-called "Ultima Weapons" were created - one was a destructive monster, and the other was a powerful sword. Various other powerful monsters and magical beasts were created at this time. It is possible that the Eight Dragons were among these monsters, but it is never explicitly stated.
Eventually, the Warring Triad realized their war was ruining the world. As a penance and to stop the fighting, they petrified themselves and gave the Espers free will, their only request that they be sealed to prevent their powers from leading to a second war. The Espers agreed and created a new realm where the petrified Triad and the Espers moved to live in peace.
The magic-using humans who survived the war, the Magi, were labeled as outcasts by humans, and were forced to establish their own remote town of Thamasa. Otherwise, magic faded from existence, to the extent many believed it was a myth. Technology re-emerged as the dominant power and the world was able to rebuild.
The major idea in Final Fantasy VI is that the Gestahlian Empire is seeking the Espers, which could lead to a second War of the Magi. The Returners seek an alliance with the Espers to prevent this, leading to a second war on a smaller scale. The Espers fail to stop the Empire, who rediscover the Warring Triad, and Kefka Palazzo awakens them and causes the apocalypse.
|Temporary player characters|
|World of Balance - World of Ruin|
|Narshe - Narshe Mines - Figaro Castle - South Figaro Cave - South Figaro - Mt. Kolts - Sabre Mountains - Returner Hideout - Lethe River - Gau's Father's House - Imperial Camp - Doma Castle - Phantom Forest - Phantom Train - Baren Falls - Veldt - Mobliz - Crescent Mountain Cave - Serpent Trench - Nikeah - Kohlingen - Jidoor - Zozo - Opera House - Maranda - Tzen - Albrook - Vector - Magitek Factory - Cave to the Sealed Gate - Land of Espers - Thamasa - Esper Caves - Floating Continent - Triangle Island - Zone Eater's Belly - Solitary Island - Mt. Zozo - Darill's Tomb - Cultists' Tower - Yeti's Cave - Dreamscape - Phoenix Cave - Ancient Castle - Cave on the Veldt - Ebot's Rock - Kefka's Tower - Dragon's Neck Coliseum - Dragons' Den - Soul Shrine - Dinosaur Forest|
|Human - Magi - Esper - Moogle - Yeti|
|Apocalypse - Blackjack - Dream Stooges - Eight Dragons - Falcon - Gestahlian Empire - Imperial Air Force - Light of Judgment - Magicite - Magitek - Magitek Armor - Magitek Knight - Returners - Step Counter - Warring Triad - War of the Magi|
|Original Soundtrack - Grand Finale - Piano Collections - Kefka's Domain - Final Fantasy Finest Box
|Figaro no Kekkon: Tales from Desert|
|Abilities - Armor - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Bugs and Glitches - Items - Relics - Translations - Walkthroughs - Weapons|
Battles in Final Fantasy
|Final Fantasy II|
|Siege of Fynn - Liberation of Fynn|
|Final Fantasy III|
|Saronia Civil War|
|Final Fantasy IV|
|Siege of Fabul - Battle of the Giant of Babil|
|Final Fantasy V|
|Battle on Xezat's Fleet|
|Final Fantasy VI|
|War of the Magi - Siege of Doma - Battle for the Frozen Esper - Battle over the Floating Continent|
|Final Fantasy VII|
|Wutai War - Siege of Fort Condor - Battle of Midgar - Jenova War|
|Final Fantasy VIII|
|Sorceress War - Siege of Dollet - Battle of the Gardens - Siege of Esthar|
|Final Fantasy IX|
|Siege of Burmecia - Siege of Cleyra - Siege of Lindblum - Battle of the Iifa Tree|
|Final Fantasy X|
|Machina War - Operation Mi'ihen - Siege of Home|
|Final Fantasy XII|
|Battle of Nabudis - Battle of Nalbina Fortress - Battle above Rabanastre|
|Final Fantasy Tactics|
|Fifty Years' War - Battle of Ziekden Fortress - Battle of Lesalia Plain - The Horror of Riovanes - Battle of Fort Besselat - War of the Lions|