Basically, this lunar base was built to keep Adel under surveillance. We sealed her and kept her here where the earth and the moon's gravitational forces are in equilibrium.Esthar Researcher
The Lunar Base is a location in Final Fantasy VIII. It is an Estharian space station created to observe the moon. Full-time crews take turns spending half a year at the base, and even the president of Esthar sometimes comes over. The Lunar Base is entered in special capsules, whereupon a person is placed in a state of forced sleep, and launched off into the air from the Lunar Gate, a launch pad in Esthar. Giant green nets at the base receive the capsules, which are then taken to the boarding room.
- 1 Story
- 2 Layout
- 3 Related locations
- 4 People associated with Lunar Base
- 5 Quests
- 6 Musical themes
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Gallery
Not long before Sorceress Adel's capture, the Lunar Base was constructed to observe the moon. It would eventually serve the purpose of keeping Adel sealed in a location where she could never escape. Merely killing Adel would not have been enough, as she would have only passed on her powers to someone else.
With Dr. Odine's technology capable of sealing a sorceress's powers, Adel was secured inside a suspension seal and launched off to space by three Ragnarok spaceships. Due to the powerful sealing technology, what became known as "Adel's Tomb" began to interfere with the radio waves back on earth.
Squall Leonhart and his friends arrive at the base to find Ellone, a girl with mysterious powers who has said to have come aboard the base. Squall hopes that Ellone could help cure Rinoa Heartilly, who has fallen comatose for unknown reasons.
They meet up with the base's leader, Piet, who explains Adel's suspension seal. They can also bump into Esthar's bumbling president who is on site to inspect Adel's Tomb. The president always wears his space suit, and his crew ignores his decisions based on "hunches". Squall finds Ellone, who doesn't explain what she is doing at the base apart from having gone there to "meet someone." She is happy Squall has regained their shared childhood memories of their time spent at Edea's Orphanage and tries to use her gift to go back into Rinoa's past to find out what happened to her. In the middle of the talk Rinoa wakes up, although she does not act like herself. She puts on a space suit and goes out into space to break Adel's seal.
Back on earth, the G-Forces, led by Squall's rival Seifer, start the Lunar Cry by placing the salvaged Lunatic Pandora on the Tears' Point. The Lunar Cry brings monsters from the moon down to earth, Adel's tomb becoming entangled in the stream of monsters and being swept along with them. Rinoa is left for dead after Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who had possessed her, leaves Rinoa's body in space in favor of Adel's.
As the Lunar Base is drawn near the moon, Squall, Ellone, Piet and the rest of the crew escape the station's destruction via an escape pod. The Lunar Base is destroyed by the stream of monsters, and while aboard the escape pod, Squall begs Ellone to send him into Rinoa's past. The truth about Ultimecia's possession of Rinoa is revealed, but Squall is unable to do anything to prevent it.
Squall begs Ellone to help him, and she telepathically connects him to Rinoa's mind as she floats in space, and Squall communicates to her to activate the emergency oxygen supply of her space suit. After coming to, Squall abandons the pod and enters out into space to rescue Rinoa. He catches up with her, and they stumble upon a derelict Ragnarok floating nearby, which takes them back to the planet.
The escape pod falls to the plains of Esthar, from where G-Forces capture Ellone and take her to the Lunatic Pandora where Adel is recuperating, ready to become Ultimecia's next host. Piet stays at the crash site, distraught over the destruction.
The control room is the station's central hub. It controls all actions and mechanics and has supervision over the station. The room has a large window viewing space, with holographic symbols and markings across it, and control terminals just in front of it where the staff supervise the space station.
Adel's seal has two locks: one in the control room, and one on the tomb itself.
The docking bay is a narrow, dark blue, oval-shaped room used to dock pods launched from Esthar and to leave the Lunar Base back to the planet or out to Adel. One must wear a spacesuit, as the bay opens to space.
The prep room is a small antechamber used to suit up into a spacesuit to leave the base. It contains two metal doors at the back to change into a spacesuit, a door on the right leading out into the corridors between rooms, and a door on the left behind a yellow window leading to the docking room,
Ellone's suit is a small, comfortable room in the recesses of the station. It has a sofa and a table next to a window overlooking space, and a small bed contained in a red tube. It is the only living quarters accessible to the player, although there are most likely others.
Laguna's Triple Triad card can be won from Ellone in Triple Triad. Lunar Base uses almost all the card rules found across regions, meaning that the card becomes easier to win if the player by chance abolishes the Random rule.
A smaller docking area; the boarding room is a metal room where boardees from the single-man pods fired from the Lunar Gate emerge after their pods have docked.
The med lab is an on-board medical facility where Rinoa is kept until she awakens. It is a chrome, brightly lit room with a bed on the left, and a holographic terminal used for the doctors near the back on the left-hand side. A door at the back leads to a smaller, circular room with a transparent glass floor, where Rinoa is contained within a pod.
The escape pods are small green chambers used in times of emergency. They can fit up to four people and are jettisoned from the Lunar Base back toward the planet. They pass through the atmosphere mostly undamaged. The screen before the escape pods has a hidden Meltdown draw point and a save point.
A high-tech device intended for weakening and confining a sorceress' power. Shot into the moon's orbit after going through a special sealing process. Used to confine Sorceress Adel. It is the main cause of radio interference on the planet.FFVIII Info Corner
The structure that houses Adel's "dead" form floats in space near the moon, frozen. Adel has stayed in the tomb petrified since the end of the Sorceress War. Its presence on the orbit causes a radio interference back on the planet, which led to the technology being largely abandoned.
The tomb is shaped similarly to Esthar City's presidential palace, perhaps a final nod of unwilling respect to Esthar's once-tyrannical ruler. The shape also resembles wings, something associated with other sorceresses: Rinoa and Ultimecia.
Escape Pod Crash Site
The escape pod falls to the peninsula south of Tears' Point and becomes a hidden location. The location is not marked on the world map, but the player can access it by stepping on the correct spot on while on foot (Video of correct spot). If the player visits the site they will find Piet, but if they visit during endgame, the player can find the Queen of Cards on the site.
People associated with Lunar Base
- Man in Spacesuit/President, is aboard the base to check on Adel. It is implied this is Laguna Loire. When he says he "has a feeling" soldiers would not be needed to escort Squall's party, Controller A assigns a security team to escort Squall's party anyway. He complains, saying "Thanks for the vote of confidence. Why do you always play me like that?" hinting his hunches have either been debilitatingly unbalanced, or just flat out wrong.
- Piet, the space station's overseer.
- Controller A, one of the operators in the control room. When the president says he "has a feeling" a security detail would not be needed to escort Squall's party, Controller A sends them anyway by saying, "Then we'd better station them all the more," indicating the president has had a history of inaccurate, possibly devastating, hunches.
- Controller B, the second operator in the control room, and the one to recommend assigning a security detail to escort Squall's team aboard the Lunar Base.
- Ellone, a woman visiting the base to meet with the president.
Lunar Base is a notoriously difficult Triple Triad area, as it uses all the rules. Rules can still be randomly abolished even if the player can't mix rulesets as Lunar already has all rules in play.
- The player can save at the med bay before playing Ellone/Piet. If losing too many rare cards, the player can reset and try again.
- It is likely that a rule will be abolished after 1–3 games are loaded (one doesn't actually have to play the game), so the player can reload the game until one's least favored rule is removed. It is best not to continue with Open abolished.
- If struggling with the Random rule, using the Card Mod ability to convert all low level cards into items leaves a higher probability of the player's higher level cards being selected.
- If the player gets first turn, they can play a card with poor values to a corner that is possible to take back from both sides. When the CPU takes the card, the player can take it back while making sure the CPU can't Plus/Same it from the middle.
- It is advised to defend the corners and block the possibility of combos for the CPU.
- If the CPU sets up for a Same/Plus, it is advised to block this while taking care not to set up another combo for them.
- If the game is heading to a draw, the player should try not to lose any high value cards to the CPU as it will play them next round instead.
There is an FMV that shows a Lunar Base's camera drone destroyed by a monster during the beginning stages of the Lunar Cry. To view it, the player must follow Ellone into the lift room that leads to the escape pods, and then return to the Lunar Base control room, go to the control panel and press .
When first boarding the satellite the track "Dance with the Balamb Fish" plays and continues on as Squall explores the station. When Rinoa awakens, the event is accompanied by the "A Sacrifice" theme until the Lunar Cry occurs and the soundtrack is replaced by the theme "Movin".
Behind the scenes
The full motion video showing the arrival at the Lunar Base is a homage to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, reminiscent of the "Blue Danube" scene. In place of "The Blue Danube", "Dance with the Balamb Fish" plays. The space station utilizes centrifugal force to simulate gravity as in 2001. The scene where Rinoa slowly and silently floats across the screen silhouetted against the blackness of the space may also have been inspired by the movie. Within the space station, unique camera angles are used, similar to the ones used on the Discovery One by Stanley Kubrick, to show the centrifugal rotation.
The position of the Lunar Base directly between the earth and moon, as well as the reference to being "where the earth and the moon's gravitational forces are in equilibrium," imply that the base is located at the Earth-Moon L1 Lagrange point.