"That ain't no ordinary sky rift!" -Don
As an ObstacleEdit
Until the Delphinus gains the ability to fly above the cloud level, there is no way to get beyond the Dark Rift. As a result, Yafutoma, Ryu-Kan's Island, the Looper Land, and a few other locations become completely unreachable. It draws a large circle on the world map, blocking the area west of Ixa'Taka, north of valua/"south" of the Lands of Ice, east of Nasr, and creates another circle around the entire Looper Land.
After gaining the ability to fly above and below the clouds, it is possible to fly over it and, just above the dungeon region, the Hamachou Island can be found.
The general structure of the "core", or dungeon region, when viewed from outside or above reveals it to be much like a hurricane or huge tropical storm, like a super-sized version of the Vortex.
After defeating Admiral Gregorio at Esparanza, the Dark Rift must be crossed by entering the "eye". The inside looks like a jumble of living islands, that pulse as though breathing. Shipwrecks, etc. can be seen smashed against these islands. It is divided into different areas, separated by more eyes, but with a catch: any eye that flashes red will lead back to the entrance to the core. At the end, the Anguila is fought. Later on, after gaining the ability to enter Soltis, Elcian can be fought in the final area. This is one of the only two places in the game that the Delphinus goes through the dungeon, and contains two of the four ship save points in the game.
In general, crew members are afraid when you talk to them. Robinson can be found in the core, and will join if Polly has been recruited (and, if you reach Robinson after recruiting Urala, Polly must be on duty). The Zivilyn Bane in this area guards the Chalice of Blood.
- In the Japanese version, the Dark Rift is called Sargasso. The name is a reference to the Sargasso Sea, a region in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.
- The Dark Rift may be a parody of the Bermuda triangle.
- The Inn keeper at Esparanza, mentions that there is a certain type of plant marking the correct route to navigate the Dark rift.
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