Bevelle is at the heart of Spira, even today. It's also the place where I was born. I suppose that makes it my hometown, but I can't say that I have a lot of fond memories here.
It seems Bevelle still likes to keep its secrets.
Bevelle [bəˈvɛɫ] is a city in Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy X -Will-. The capital of Spira's dogmatic society, it is initially the home of the Yevon religion and, later, the New Yevon party. Being Yuna's place of birth, it remained her home until the day her father, high summoner Braska, defeated Sin. In Final Fantasy X, the city is protected by the fiend Evrae and the Warrior Monks, and the city is rarely, if ever, attacked by Sin.
One thousand years ago Bevelle was a technological wonder surpassing even the glories of the city-state of Zanarkand. The escalating hostilities between the city-states culminated in a war and Bevelle held the advantage with its machina weapons. Though it developed the mobile weapon Vegnagun, they could not use it as Vegnagun was unable to tell friend from foe, and it was hidden away underneath Bevelle. Zanarkand's leader, Yu Yevon, gathered the Zanarkand survivors and turned them into fayth all but for his daughter Yunalesca and her husband, Zaon. Yu Yevon used the newly-created fayth to conjure a dream world parallel of Zanarkand at the height of its glory, setting it far out to sea never to be discovered by mortals.
To shield himself and his creation, Yu Yevon clad himself in armor formed from pyreflies, becoming the creature known as Sin. Sin turned on Zanarkand, decimating it, and though Bevelle had thus won the war, Sin remained in Spira, attacking machina cities uniting Spira under a common fear. The citizens of Bevelle at that time thought that what Yevon had summoned from the Zanarkand fayth was Sin that was going around destroying everything as a sign of Yevon's anger.
Yunalesca and her husband returned to Zanarkand's remains where she turned Zaon into a fayth and summoned his aeon, dubbed a Final Aeon, and defeated Sin. The moment Sin's shell was cracked Yu Yevon took control of Zaon's aeon, severing the mental link between Zaon and Yunalesca, killing her. Yunalesca already knew this would happen, and was determined to stay in Spira as an unsent.
With Sin's "defeat" a short period of peace settled on Spira, known as the First Calm, and the survivors began reconstructing Spira, focusing on Bevelle. Yu Yevon regenerated a new Sin using Zaon's aeon as a core, and Spira's plight began anew. The new Sin destroyed the remaining machina civilizations and thus machina use began to fall out of favor.
The Yevon Temple was established in Bevelle and the teachings of paying homage to Yevon and Yunalesca, and preaching of machina prohibition, were adopted by the world at large. Seizing public sentiment, the temples take control of Spira. The new religion of Yevon established Sin as a punishment for people's sins into its doctrine spreading the story that the Calm will arrive with the Final Summoning. People's discontent of Sin not disappearing even if they believed in the teachings were dealt with harshly. The Temples shifted the blame of Sin's return onto the people of Spira, and brought about stability by leaving them with the hope that once they atone Sin will go away. However, the upper echelons of Yevon knew the truth and all the while Bevelle kept secretly using machina despite its ban.
Final Fantasy XEdit
Sin has been ravaging Spira for a thousand years bringing technological innovation to a halt. It has been defeated a number of times but always returned. Ten years ago when his Al Bhed wife was killed by Sin, Braska, a Yevon priest who had fallen out of favor with the Church, resolved to become a summoner. Joined by Auron and Jecht as his guardians, Braska embarked on his pilgrimage to Zanarkand, leaving behind a seven-year-old Yuna in Bevelle. Jecht was a mysterious man who claimed to hail from Zanarkand and be a blitzball player for the Zanarkand Abes, and he was jailed in Bevelle for being a drunken madman before being released by Braska to be his guardian. Unknown to everyone, even Jecht himself, he had actually come from Yu Yevon's ancient dream version of Zanarkand, which no one had yet discovered due to Sin's rampaging.
Yuna learned of her father's success and that it had claimed his life. She was found by Kimahri Ronso, who had come to take her to Besaid Island to grow up peacefully as a request from a dying Auron of what the girl's father wanted of her.
Ten years later, having become a summoner to begin her own pilgrimage, Yuna is abducted from the Al Bhed Home by the Guado and taken to Bevelle to be married to the unsent Seymour Guado. Though Yuna plotted to use the wedding for a chance to send Seymour to the Farplane, her guardians being held at gunpoint force her to comply. When Seymour orders her guardians executed, Yuna threatens to commit suicide. Yuna falls off the palace top while summoning Valefor to break her fall and take her to Bevelle Temple to gain Bahamut. Once her guardians arrive they are arrested.
Yuna is put on trial for killing Seymour in the Macalania Temple. During the mock trial Yo Mika reveals he is an unsent like Seymour, and that unchanging continuity and rule by the dead in the spiral of death is what Yevon is about. Yuna and her guardians are imprisoned in the Via Purifico. Finding Lulu, Kimahri, and Auron, Yuna duels against Isaaru in a contest of aeons at the dungeon's exit before they meet up with the rest of her guardians and on the Highbridge. Confronting by Seymour who has killed Wen Kinoc and absorbs his pyreflies to become a fiend, they defeat him and escape into the Macalania Woods.
The party visits Zanarkand Ruins and fell the unsent Yunalesca who had remained in the Zanarkand Dome to grant summoners the Final Aeon at the end of their pilgrimage only for Sin to be reborn. The party returns to Bevelle where Yuna reveals she ended the Final Summoning and, seeing no hope for Spira, Mika departs to the Via Infinito rather than see Sin destroy the world. The party asks Shelinda to spread the word of singing the "Hymn of the Fayth" to pacify Sin, and sets out to fight the beast on their airship, the Fahrenheit. During the assault the weakened Sin falls from the sky and crashes on a part of Bevelle.
Final Fantasy X-2Edit
After Sin had been vanquished for good, Bevelle fell into chaos. The Yevonite priesthood fell in the wake of the revelations of its origins, hypocrisy and lies, and disbanded in the face of the theocratic society's breakdown. During this cultural upheaval a former Yevonite named Trema rejuvenated interest in Spira's history in the form of ancient spheres, and many sphere hunting groups sprung up ready to take on the task. New Yevon party was founded but Trema suddenly disappeared with the discovered spheres with their contents never made public, and the leadership fell to a chairman who attempted to have Yuna marry his son to garner public support. The chairman was forced to relinquish leadership to Baralai as he sought to continue Trema's philosophy of gradual adjustment to the new order of the world.
Two years after the start of the Eternal Calm, Yuna returns to Bevelle with Rikku and Paine. While waiting for an audience with the New Yevon praetor, Yuna proposes they leave, and tells the others about how she turned down an arrangement with the chairman's son. Baralai appears and reveals the chairman and his son were kicked out of the New Yevon party. Depending on whether or not the "awesome sphere" from Kilika is given to New Yevon, the Gullwings will either be accepted by the party or declared enemies.
Later, the Gullwings learn from the Leblanc Syndicate of Vegnagun being hidden beneath Bevelle. The two groups jump into the hole in the Chamber of the Fayth, and discover the Bevelle Underground, a complex filled with machina remaining from the Machina War. They find Vegnagun gone, the machina having responded to Nooj's attempt to destroy it by burrowing into the Farplane.
After Baralai disappears, having ended up being possessed by Shuyin while in a private discussion with Nooj and Gippal in the Bevelle Underground, Bevelle falls into turmoil. In Chapter 5, Isaaru might leave Zanarkand and try to help the New Yevon party get back on its feet and the Gullwings and Kinderguardians can discover a hidden maze-like dungeon called the Via Infinito.
In three months' time, New Yevon, Youth League and Machine Faction discuss dissolving, but New Yevon has difficulty moving forward with the change.
Bevelle is still the capital of Spira and the home of a new governing body known as the Spiran Council. Baralai, now leader of the council, sends Chuami and Kurgum to Besaid to meet with Yuna. The two meet Tidus at the Bevelle Stadium that is under construction, but Chuami notices he's injured and trying to hide it. Later, Chuami and Kurgum return to Bevelle with Yuna and it is discovered Sin has been revived, possibly beckoned to Spira from the Farplane by someone's wish. Yuna delivers a speech to a crowd in a stadium, possibly the one in Bevelle, proclaiming she will defeat Sin once more.
In Final Fantasy X, little of Bevelle is directly explored and most of what the player sees are dungeon interiors. In Final Fantasy X-2, the player can pass through the gates of Bevelle that leads to the Bevelle Temple proper. New areas and the area in which the trial was held are accessible, but not the Via Purifico.
Bevelle Palace is first introduced when the party are crashing Yuna's wedding after defeating Evrae. There is a passage from the rooftop spires to the temple and subsequent Cloister of Trials below.
The Highbridge in a long bridge that leads to the temple/New Yevon Headquarters.
Bevelle Temple/New Yevon HeadquartersEdit
Situated inside Bevelle Temple is a Chamber of the Fayth where the aeon Bahamut resides. Infiltrated without the blessings of Yevon, its architecture uses sophisticated machina technology despite machina being officially banned. Consisting of a labyrinth of powered walkways and mystic seals housed in a mechanical framework, the cloister leads to the temple's fayth—the boy who serves as Tidus's "guide" in Spira.
In Final Fantasy X-2, the temple becomes the headquarters of New Yevon. If the Gullwings side with the Youth League, they are stopped at the door and cannot enter the headquarters until the main story quest sends them there. If they side with New Yevon, they can freely enter. The trials area can be fully explored without the mechanisms, though it has become filled with fiends.
Yuna, Auron, Lulu, and Kimahri are imprisoned in the labyrinth of the Via Purifico, above the water-filled sewers where Tidus, Wakka, and Rikku are held captive. After fighting guards posted to the exits, including Isaaru and Evrae Altana, they reunite and escape.
The Via Purifico can only be accessed on the first visit. If the player decides to return to Bevelle with the airship, they are taken to the Highbridge, and the entrance to the palace is guarded by Maroda, who will not allow the party to enter the city.
The Bevelle Underground is situated beneath the temple complex. Its official entry point is unknown. The Gullwings find their way in through a gaping hole in the Chamber of the Fayth. The hidden complex is an ancient and expansive armory from the days of Bevelle's war with Zanarkand, but is nonetheless littered with Yevon's insignia. Aside from serving as a hangar for the hulk of Vegnagun, it contains a machina-operated prison.
The Via Infinito is a dungeon comprised of 100 levels. It is accessible in Chapter 5 as a sidequest. Two Crimson Spheres can be found on early levels and the deeper part resolves minor, unanswered plot points, such as the fate of New Yevon's Lord Trema.
To get Episode Complete the player must fulfill the following requirements:
- Chapter 3 – Visit the Zanarkand Ruins to ensure the CommSphere is installed there.
- Chapter 4 – After the Tobli Hunt mission, the player must view all Zanarkand Ruins CommSphere transmissions to find out what happened to Isaaru.
- Chapter 5 – The player can view a cutscene with Maroda and Isaaru for Episode Complete.
If the player returns after getting Episode Complete in Chapter 5 and enters Via Infinito, Bevelle becomes a hotspot again, but it does not change the Episode Complete result.
New Yevon's members were at each other's throats for a while, but it sounds like they're finally working together to keep the party going.
With Baralai still missing, New Yevon is desperate to keep their numbers high. They've invited Youth League supporters, Maroda and members of the Kinderguardians, to their headquarters in order to avoid Bevelle being left defenseless.
Final Fantasy XEdit
All items purchased from O'aka XXIII on the Highbridge.
|Phoenix Down||100 gil|
|Eye Drops||50 gil|
|Echo Screen||50 gil|
|Power Distiller||100 gil|
|Mana Distiller||100 gil|
|Speed Distiller||100 gil|
|Ability Distiller||100 gil|
Final Fantasy X-2Edit
- Chapter 1
- Tiara (from Baralai)
- Chapter 2
- Cat's Bell (from Pacce, must side with New Yevon)
Final Fantasy XEdit
- Tower of Light
- Highbridge*Seymour Natus. Encounters are not available after defeating
Final Fantasy X-2Edit
- Chapter 2* Enemies are only fought if the Gullwings sided with the Youth League.
In Final Fantasy X, "The Wedding" plays during Yuna and Seymour's wedding scene. "Assault" (襲撃, Shūgeki?) plays when Yuna's guardians attempt to save her from marrying Seymour. "Believe" (私は飛べる, Watashi wa Toberu?) plays when Yuna jumps off the ledge and summons Valefor. "Moment of Truth" (審判の時, Shinpan no Toki?) plays when Yuna stands before the court of Maesters in Bevelle.
In Final Fantasy X-2, the theme that plays in Bevelle is "New Yevon".
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Oddly, before Sin even falls on Bevelle, numerous NPCs who are interacted with will speak of Sin falling.
- The top of the temple where the wedding scene takes place, is inspired by Balinese shrine of Indonesia.
- In Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, there is a hotel with the name "Bevelle" in a panning shot during Episode 4: Bittersweet Memories. It can also be seen in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn.
- ↑ Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Collector's Edition artbook, page 13.