Maranda used to be the most beautiful town on this continent...then the Empire came along. Now look at it!Maranda citizen
- 1 Story
- 2 Layout
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Gallery
Maranda was attacked by the Empire led by General Celes, decimating the town. Most of the men were drafted to serve in the Imperial army, including Lola's boyfriend, who ended up in Mobliz. He was mortally wounded when he attempted to flee the army during the siege of Doma.
Sometime after the cataclysm, Cyan passed through the town, curious as to what had become of Lola and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend had died during Mobliz's destruction, but Lola continues to send him letters, never receiving a reply. This struck a chord with Cyan, who went to Mt. Zozo and began sending Lola letters addressed from her boyfriend, pretending he was alive and helping rebuild Mobliz.
After raising the Falcon, the Returners follow one of Cyan's carrier pigeons to Lola's home, now adorned with hand-made silk flowers Cyan has sent her. Lola asks to send a reply in a form of a letter attached to a carrier pigeon. The party follows the pigeon to locate Cyan. If the party returns to speak with Lola later, she admits she knew the replies weren't real, but is thankful to the man who wrote them for giving her hope. If Cyan is in the party, he confesses to her and the two encourage each other to continue with their lives.
Maranda is one of the smallest towns in Final Fantasy VI. The city is walled off with a staircase leading into town near the Inn. The Weapon and Armor shops are at least partially built into the city's defensive wall. In the center of town, Imperial soldiers hold dog-fighting contests with betting as their entertainment, and nearby another soldier is chasing a dancing girl. Lola lives in a house on the east side of town.
World of Balance
|World of Balance|
|Bastard Sword||3,000 gil|
|Mythril Spear||800 gil|
|Venom Claws||2,500 gil|
|World of Ruin|
|Gravity Rod||13,000 gil|
|Invisibility Scroll||200 gil|
|Shadow Scroll||400 gil|
|Flame Scroll||500 gil|
|Water Scroll||500 gil|
|Lightning Scroll||500 gil|
|World of Balance|
|Mythril Helm||2,000 gil|
|Priest's Miter||3,000 gil|
|Green Beret||3,000 gil|
|Mythril Vest||1,200 gil|
|Mythril Mail||3,500 gil|
|World of Ruin|
|Crystal Shield||7,000 gil|
|Oath Veil||9,000 gil|
|Crystal Helm||10,000 gil|
|Black Garb||13,000 gil|
|Magus Robe||13,000 gil|
|Crystal Mail||17,000 gil|
When taking Lola's letter to attach to a carrier pigeon, the player temporarily receives the key item Lola's Letter. It is lost when attached to the pigeon; after the cutscene where the pigeon flies to Zozo, it is removed from the inventory.
The crashed Blackjack
In the World of Balance, the Blackjack crashes near Maranda and the party must set out to Vector. A chocobo stable is in the woods nearby, or the player can go to Maranda to resupply after the trek through the Cave to the Sealed Gate.
While sending letters for the wounded soldier in Mobliz, the player can fly the Blackjack to Maranda and speak to Lola to see her reactions to his letters. This is optional and the quest can be completed without going to see Lola.
In the World of Ruin, shortly after retrieving the Falcon, a cutscene will play and the airship will automatically fly to Maranda to prompt the player to begin the quest to find and re-recruit Cyan. After speaking to Lola in her house, the party learns of the letters, and can read the letter on the table. Lola will ask the party to attach her reply to a carrier pigeon. The player needs to agree and inspect a pigeon outside the house to view a cutscene of it flying to Zozo, where the player can continue the search for Cyan within Mt. Zozo.
After Cyan has been re-recruited, if the player makes a party including him and returns to Lola, a brief cutscene will occur of her and Cyan reconciling.
In the Advance and mobile/Steam releases, if the player kills ten Cactuars in the desert, the Gigantuar appears as a fixed encounter when stepping on a specific tile at the desert on the world map. Defeating it earns the Cactuar magicite.
The desert outside Maranda is home to Cactuars and Slagworms, which makes it one of the best places to level up if the player isn't strong enough to handle the enemies in the dinosaur forest yet. Both enemies give large amounts of gil, Cactuars reward 10 Magic Points, and Slagworms reward 5 Magic Points and a lot of EXP.
Cactuars have extremely high evasion and defenses, so attacks that ignore these stats are best: Tools, Blitzes, Bushido, Throw, and Ultima all work to this end. Strago's 1000 Needles Lore, and Relm's 1,000 Needles via Sketching the Cactuar, can be used to defeat it. Umaro can also easily defeat it. The player can also equip a Sniper Eye to ensure attacks won't miss and arm a character with a weapon that ignores defense, like the Ultima Weapon.
The Slagworm is vulnerable to many status ailments, including Stop, which can incapacitate it while the player attacks—ice-elemental abilities are best. Alternatively, it is also vulnerable to Instant Death, so Death, Banish, and Chainsaw can instantly kill it. Air Anchor on the other hand is preferable since the Slagworm will instantly die when it takes a turn after it is hit by Air Anchor.
"Under Martial Law" is Maranda's World of Balance background theme, while "From that Day On..." is Maranda's World of Ruin background theme.
Behind the scenes
In the Advance and mobile/Steam versions, the Imperial trooper chasing the dancing girl outside of Lola's house notes her name to be "Aisha". The literal translation of Aisha is something along the lines of "wheel of suffering". This may be poking fun at the NPCs never ceasing their circular movement.
According to Final Fantasy VI Settei Shiryō-hen, the Gestahlian Empire conquered the southern continent eighteen years prior to the start of the game. This seemingly contradicts the in-game statements that Celes headed the attack on Maranda that decimated the town—the date given in the guidebook as the conquest of the continent is the year Celes was born. It is possible that the Empire initially conquered Maranda eighteen years ago and the attack Celes led on the town was to put down an uprising of some sort; on the other hand, the guidebook is known to contradict the canon of the game in other places, and the date given for the conquest may simply be an error.