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"That ain't no ordinary sky rift!" -Don
I once heard from a man that managed to survive a shipwreck in the Dark Rift that there are these strange plants called "Lenautos". He said that he survived by following the paths on which these things grew. I wonder what they look like...-The Innkeeper at Esparanza
The Dark Rift (the lands of the Black Moon?) is a huge area that effectively separates Yafutoma from the rest of the world, and makes reaching the 'Looper Land' nigh impossible until late in the game.
As a potential explanation for the existence of the dark rift, although there are many theories and there is not enough evidence to confirm any of them, the most chronologically likely one is that it was caused by the semi-accidental obliteration of the Black Moon by the Silvites. Given that the power of black moonstones is to invert energy signatures, exposure of the Black Moon to the beam emitted from Soltice Tower during the first usage of the Rains of Destruction intended to destroy the populations of each continent may have been more catastrophic than intended. An unanticipated reaction between the Rains of Destruction energy and Black Moon could have outright destroyed the moon instead of generating a massive meteor shower; a combination of the projected void-destruction energy and inversion energy would logically be total-destruction energy, which would seemingly result in the entire black moon becoming extremely unstable and in some manner or another resulting in it's destruction or otherwise causing it to leave it's orbit. The resulting loss of it's governing influence on the lands below it caused them to be thrown into chaos, apparently generating the dark rift.
It is interesting to note however, that no one in the entire game, not even the Silvite elders, mention a Black Moon existing in the old world. Yet, the fact that they were aware of a Blue Gigas (and that it had warred with other civilizations) heavily implies that the old world Yafutoma was not cut off from the rest of the world at the time as it is during the present day. This would heavily imply that the Dark Rift had not existed prior to the Rains of Destruction. Since the Silvite Elders had a historical chronicle dating back to the old world, it is unlikely that they would not have known about a Black Moon had it actually existed, creating quite a conundrum for this theory.
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).
As a DungeonEdit
The Treasure chests in this area are ship wrecks with a glowing light coming from inside:
- Moss Armor
- Magus Seed
- 1x Moonberry (Robinson's Shipwreck)
- 3x Sacrum Crystals
- Dream Cutlass
- 1x Moonberry
- Aura of Valor
- Chalice of Blood (Zivilyn Bane)
- 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.
|Valuan Battleship • Shrine Island • Valua Catacombs • Temple of Pyrynn • Moonstone Mountain • Rixis • Daccat's Island •|
Grand Fortress • Dark Rift • Mount Kazai • Glacia • Maw of Tartas • Dangral Island • Great Silver Shrine • Hydra • Soltis