Stories of the Tenth Journey – Episode 6: The Code of the Guardian

While passing through the Macalania Woods Auron hacks his way through an overgrown sidepath. Down the path is a spring, the water used to create spheres. After fighting the Spherimorph a movie sphere from Jecht is left behind. The sphere shows snippets of Braska’s pilgrimage, and includes a sentimental message from Jecht to Tidus. Auron explains Jecht had accepted his fate to remain in Spira and assist Braska in defeating Sin and later tells Tidus that Jecht loved his son, but didn’t know how to express it.

After leaving the woods the group is met by Tromell, Seymour’s butler, who leads Yuna into the temple to prepare for the wedding. They are ambushed by Al Bhed with Rikku’s brother among them who try to stop the pilgrimage by unleashing the powerful Crawler, which Yuna’s guardians destroy. Wakka learns Rikku is an Al Bhed, and expresses his disgust at the “heathen”. Angry that no one is taking his side, Wakka heads to Macalania Temple on foot, while the others ride on machina sleds. Depending on the affection levels during the game, Tidus will either ride with Rikku, Lulu, Auron, or Kimahri.

If Tidus rides with Rikku, he will learn Rikku and Yuna are cousins, and Rikku explains why the Al Bhed want to protect the summoners during the pilgrimage, disagreeing with the summoners sacrificing themselves to bring happiness to Spira. If he rides with Lulu, Tidus will come to understand Wakka’s hatred towards the Al Bhed, which stems from Chappu’s death. He asks Lulu if a human can become Sin and she finally believes Tidus comes from a world without Sin.

At the temple the party comes upon the sphere Yuna had retrieved from the unsent Jyscal, which shows Seymour murdered his father to succeed him as Maester. The party confronts Seymour outside the Chamber of the Fayth and, with the new aeon Shiva, kill him. An angered Tromell appears and takes away Seymour’s body before Yuna can send him, and breaks the sphere that proves Seymour’s crimes. Now dubbed traitors, the party flees the temple with Guado soldiers in pursuit. They escape when a yeti-like fiend sends them plummeting through the ice of the frozen Lake Macalania.

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