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{{Q|Nova Chrysalia, a world diseased by Chaos. Made up of four regions, a monorail provides transportation for travel throughout this realm. Lightning, the protagonist, begins her final adventure in this plague-ridden land devoid of hope. However, her journey won't be long, as the Chaos has bled through the soil, drawing near the world's end.|Official description<ref>http://lightningreturns.com/world</ref>}}
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'''Nova Chrysalia''' (called '''Novus Partus''' {{J|ノウス゠パルトゥス|Nousu Parutusu}} in the Japanese version<ref>http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningReturnsFFXIII/#world_novus_partus</ref>) is the main setting of ''[[Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII]]''. After the events of ''[[Final Fantasy XIII-2]]'', the [[Chaos (Final Fantasy XIII)|Chaos]] of [[Valhalla (Fabula Nova Crystallis)|Valhalla]] flows into the mortal world through [[Etro's Gate]] as a result of the [[Etro|goddess]]' death and [[Gran Pulse]] and Valhalla blend to form Nova Chrysalia.
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|name=Nova Chrysalia
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|release=LR
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|japanese=ノウス゠パルトゥス
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|romaji=Nousu Parutusu
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|lit=Novus Partus
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|image=LRFFXIII-World-Map.png
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|type=Setting
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|associated=[[Gran Pulse]], [[Valhalla (Fabula Nova Crystallis)|Valhalla]], [[New world (Lightning Returns)|New world]]
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|factions=[[Order of Salvation]]
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|metaphysical=[[Soul (Fabula Nova Crystallis)|Souls]], [[Chaos (Final Fantasy XIII)|Chaos]]
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|cities=*[[Luxerion]]
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*[[Yusnaan]]
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|events=*[[Apocalypse (Lightning Returns)|Apocalypse]]
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|races=[[Human]]s
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{{Quote|Nova Chrysalia, a world diseased by Chaos. Made up of four regions, a monorail provides transportation for travel throughout this realm. Lightning, the protagonist, begins her final adventure in this plague-ridden land devoid of hope. However, her journey won't be long, as the Chaos has bled through the soil, drawing near the world's end.|Official description<ref>http://lightningreturns.com/world</ref>}}
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'''Nova Chrysalia''' is the main setting of ''[[Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII]]''. After the events of ''[[Final Fantasy XIII-2]]'', the [[Chaos (Final Fantasy XIII)|Chaos]] of [[Valhalla (Fabula Nova Crystallis)|Valhalla]] flows into the mortal world through [[Etro's gate]] as a result of Goddess [[Etro]]'s death and [[Gran Pulse]] and Valhalla blend to form Nova Chrysalia.
   
Over the next five centuries the land that makes up Nova Chrysalia decays as a result of Valhalla's chaos, until only four continents are left. After [[Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)|Lightning]] awakens from [[Crystal Stasis|crystal stasis]], the world faces [[Apocalypse (Lightning Returns)|Apocalypse]] in thirteen [[List of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Days|days]].
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Over the next five centuries Chaos erodes the land that makes up Nova Chrysalia until only four continents are left. After [[Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)|Lightning]] awakens from [[crystal stasis]], the world faces [[Apocalypse (Lightning Returns)|Apocalypse]] in thirteen [[Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII days|days]].
   
 
==Datalog==
 
==Datalog==
[[File:LRFFXIII-World-Map.png|thumb|A map of Nova Chrysalia.]]
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{{See|Datalog/Locations}}
{{See Also|Datalog/Locations}}
 
 
''The people call this land—which falls further under the sway of the Chaos each day—Nova Chrysalia.''
 
''The people call this land—which falls further under the sway of the Chaos each day—Nova Chrysalia.''
   
 
''In this world, there is no aging, though the people can and do die from accidents and illness. By losing the natural progression to death, they have also lost the natural propagation of life and no new children have been born in all the centuries since the Chaos first broke into the world. For the past 500 years, the world's population has dwindled and society grown stagnant.''
 
''In this world, there is no aging, though the people can and do die from accidents and illness. By losing the natural progression to death, they have also lost the natural propagation of life and no new children have been born in all the centuries since the Chaos first broke into the world. For the past 500 years, the world's population has dwindled and society grown stagnant.''
   
''With no changes to mark the march of years, the decades slip past as fleeting as the seasons once did. Children stay forever innocent and simple in their hearts. Some believe that God in his mercy must have taken from humanity some parts of their hearts that would allow them to truly know the horrible fate they have been trapped in. All so that they might live on forever in peace, instead of falling prey to the despair that is their only inheritance on this world... ''
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''With no changes to mark the march of years, the decades slip past as fleeting as the seasons once did. Children stay forever innocent and simple in their hearts. Some believe that God in his mercy must have taken from humanity some parts of their hearts that would allow them to truly know the horrible fate they have been trapped in. All so that they might live on forever in peace, instead of falling prey to the despair that is their only inheritance on this world...''
   
 
==Profile==
 
==Profile==
 
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[[File:Image art map.jpg|thumb|Concept artwork of Nova Chrysalia.]]
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[[File:NovaChrysalia-map.jpg|thumb|Concept artwork of Nova Chrysalia.]]
Located in the Sea of Chaos, Nova Chrysalia comprises four continents connected by [[List of Trains#Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII|monorail]] and is surrounded by a lagoon whose waters fall into an endless abyss. Two of its continents are urbanized, while the other two have natural terrain. Nova Chrysalia's untamed continents feature plains, deserts, wilderness, rocky terrain, and ruins, as well as sites originally seen on both Gran Pulse and in Valhalla. Since Gran Pulse is Nova Chrysalia's original form, parts of its land are still present in Nova Chrysalia, although they have been heavily altered. Equally, parts of Valhalla are present, including [[Temple of the Goddess|Etro's Temple]]. The architecture of the urban areas have gothic, mechanical, and fantasy elements.
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Located in the Sea of Chaos, Nova Chrysalia comprises four continents connected by [[monorail]] and is surrounded by a lagoon whose waters fall into an endless abyss. Two of its continents are urbanized, while the other two have natural terrain. Nova Chrysalia's untamed continents feature plains, deserts, wilderness, rocky terrain, and ruins. Since Nova Chrysalia was born of Gran Pulse and Valhalla merging, parts of both remain in Nova Chrysalia in altered forms, including the ruins of [[Academia]] and the [[Temple of the Goddess (Final Fantasy XIII)|Temple of the Goddess]]. The architecture of the urban areas have gothic, mechanical, and fantasy elements.
   
Other than the world decaying, another side effect of Valhalla's Chaos is the disruption of the cycle of life; people never age but can suffer unbearable illnesses, and new children cannot be born, for the [[Soul (Lightning Returns)|souls]] of humans no longer have a guide (Etro) to herd them between realms. Though rendered biologically immortal, people can still die if killed, and anyone who questions the phenomenon or tries to discover the truth behind it is silenced. Most are unaware five centuries have passed and the world is coming to an end since each day feels like a blur. Another side effect of Chaos infecting the world is that people's hearts have become burdened and hopeless, or been corrupted.
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Other than the world decaying, another effect of Valhalla's Chaos is the disruption of the cycle of life; people don't age and new children cannot be born, for the [[Soul (Fabula Nova Crystallis)|souls]] of humans no longer have a guide (Etro) to herd them between realms. Though rendered biologically immortal, people can be killed and fall ill. People's hearts have become burdened and hopeless, or been corrupted by Chaos.
   
Nova Chrysalia is composed of four main continents, each with a unique theme and individual architecture.
 
 
[[File:LightningReturns-Luxion2.jpg|thumb|left|Luxerion, the divine city of light.]]
 
[[File:LightningReturns-Luxion2.jpg|thumb|left|Luxerion, the divine city of light.]]
[[Luxerion]], the "divine city of light", is the world's largest city and acts as the capital city. The city is steeped in religious and gothic imagery, being home to the [[Order (Lightning Returns)|Order]], who worship [[Bhunivelze (Character)|Bhunivelze]]. The city also features a sect called the [[Children of Etro]] who fight against the Order's rules and worship Etro. They are responsible for a string of recent murders where all the victims have rose colored hair, similar to Lightning, for the Children of Etro wish to kill the "evil [[Savior]]". Lightning encounters [[Noel Kreiss]] here as the vigilante Shadow Hunter, and [[Oerba Dia Vanille]], who is under the protection of the Order. The city contains mainly gothic architecture with a mono-chrome color scheme, including a Clock Tower and Cathedral, in contrast to the Warren, a set of run-down slums. The highroad connects the city with the Wildlands.
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Nova Chrysalia is composed of four main continents, each with a unique theme and individual architecture. [[Luxerion]], the "divine city of light", is the largest city and acts as the capital. It is steeped in religious imagery, being home to the [[Order of Salvation]] who worship [[Bhunivelze (character)|Bhunivelze]]. The city features a sect called the [[Children of Etro]] who fight the Order's rule and worship Etro. They are responsible for a string of recent murders where the victims had rose-colored hair, similar to Lightning, for the Children of Etro wish to kill the "evil [[Savior (Lightning Returns)|savior]]". Lightning encounters [[Noel Kreiss]] here as the vigilante Shadow Hunter, and [[Oerba Dia Vanille]], who is under the Order's protection. The main city has a gothic architecture with a mono-chrome color scheme, including a clock tower and the [[Luxerion Cathedral]], in contrast to the Warren, a set of run-down slums. The [[Major Route]] connects the city with the [[Wildlands]].
   
The other urban area, [[Yusnaan]], is the "city of revelry", acting as the world's center of entertainment. [[Snow Villiers]] is the "patron" of the city, having lived there for many centuries and earned the people's trust. It is the smallest of the continents and features grand and architecture. Lavish theatrical plays are held daily and it also home to the [[Slaughterhouse]] - a coliseum where Lightning can fight. Guards surround the city trying to protect Snow and will engage Lightning in combat on sight. The highroad connects the city with the Dead Dunes.
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The other urban area, [[Yusnaan]], is the "city of revelry" and the world's center of entertainment. [[Snow Villiers]] is the patron having lived there for many centuries and earned the people's trust. It is the smallest of the continents and features grand architecture. Lavish theatrical plays are held daily and is home to the [[Slaughterhouse]] a [[battle arena]]. Guards surround the city to protect Snow in [[Patron's Palace]]. The Major Route connects the city with the [[Dead Dunes]].
   
 
[[File:LRFFXIII - Oasis Village.jpg|thumb|right|Ruffian in the Dead Dunes.]]
 
[[File:LRFFXIII - Oasis Village.jpg|thumb|right|Ruffian in the Dead Dunes.]]
The [[Dead Dunes]] is a desert region filled with ancient ruins and is home to a bandit group called "[[Monoculus]]". Likely to be the dried up Archylte Steppe from ''[[Final Fantasy XIII]]'' and ''[[Final Fantasy XIII-2]]'', the desert contains skeletal remains of many towering beasts and large monuments from the past. [[Ruffian (Lightning Returns)|Ruffian]] is the settlement at an oasis where the bandits live. The ruins located underneath the sands are vast and mysterious and hold within them an ancient treasure that both the bandits and Secutors from the Order are searching for. Lightning encounters and aids [[Oerba Yun Fang]] in this area, who has become the leader of Monoculus. The ruins feature distinctly Arabian and eastern themed architecture. The highroads connect the Dead Dunes with Yusnaan and the Wildlands.
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The Dead Dunes is a desert filled with ancient ruins and is home to a bandit group [[Monoculus]]. Likely to be the dried up [[Archylte Steppe]] from Gran Pulse, the desert contains skeletal remains of many towering beasts and monuments from the past. [[Ruffian (Lightning Returns)|Ruffian]] is an oasis settlement where the bandits live. The [[Temple Ruins]] located underneath the sands are vast and mysterious and hold within them an ancient treasure that both the bandits and Secutors from the Order are searching for. Lightning aids [[Oerba Yun Fang]], the leader of Monoculus, to find the relic. The ruins feature Arabian and eastern themed architecture. The Major Routes connect the Dead Dunes with Yusnaan and the Wildlands.
   
[[File:LRFFXIII Lightning in Wildlands.png|thumb|left|A forest in the Wildlands.]]
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[[File:LRFFXIII Lightning in Wildlands.png|thumb|left|Jagd Woods in the Wildlands.]]
The [[Wildlands]], is the largest of the four continents and is a region full of natural terrain. Containing distinct reminders of Gran Pulse and Valhalla, the Wildlands features forests, rocky crags, and ruins of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla. There is wildlife roaming free as well as small villages located sparsely throughout the land. Notable locations include the ruins of [[Academia]], the city once built to be the capital for humankind, and features Etro's Temple, unchanged from its original state. Lightning encounters the [[Angel of Valhalla]], a legendary white [[Chocobo]], in the Wildlands, who she is charged with nursing back to full health. Here she can also find [[Sazh Katzroy]], who stays with his son, [[Dajh Katzroy]], and [[Caius Ballad]] and [[Paddra Nsu-Yeul]] in the Temple of the Goddess. The highroads connect the Wildlands with Luxerion and the Dead Dunes.
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The Wildlands is the largest of the four continents and is of natural terrain. Containing distinct reminders of Gran Pulse and Valhalla, the Wildlands features forests, rocky crags, and ruins of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla. Wildlife roams free and small villages are scattered sparsely throughout the land. Notable locations include the ruins of Academia and Etro's Temple, unchanged from its original state. Lightning encounters the [[Angel of Valhalla]], a legendary [[white chocobo]], who she is charged with nursing back to full health. She meets [[Sazh Katzroy]], who stays with his son, [[Dajh Katzroy]], at the crash site of an airship, and [[Caius Ballad]] and [[Paddra Nsu-Yeul]] in the Temple of the Goddess. The Major Routes connect the Wildlands with Luxerion and the Dead Dunes.
   
Above the land floats the [[Ark (Lightning Returns)|Ark]], a structure within [[Bhunivelze (Location)|Bhunivelze]], [[Hope Estheim]]'s new [[Cocoon (Final Fantasy XIII)|Cocoon]] that still floats above Nova Chrysalia. Here, time doesn't flow, meaning Lightning can rest, talk to Hope, replenish her supplies, reattempt fights and give [[Eradia]] to the tree of life, [[Yggdrasil (Lightning Returns)|Yggdrasil]].
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Above the land floats the [[Ark (Lightning Returns)|Ark]], a structure within [[Bhunivelze (location)|Bhunivelze]], [[Hope Estheim]]'s "new [[Cocoon (Final Fantasy XIII)|Cocoon]]" that floats in Nova Chrysalia's atmosphere. Here, [[Time (Lightning Returns)|time]] doesn't flow, meaning Lightning can rest, talk to Hope, replenish her supplies, reattempt battles and give [[Eradia]] to the tree of life, [[Yggdrasil (Lightning Returns)|Yggdrasil]].
   
As revealed in the secret DLC ending of ''Final Fantasy XIII-2'', multiple other areas of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla were, at some stage, part of Nova Chrysalia, including the [[Dying World]]. These parts may still be present in Nova Chrysalia, but just simply have changed and altered so drastically that they are now unrecognizable.
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As revealed in the [[multiple endings#Final Fantasy XIII-2|secret DLC ending]] of ''Final Fantasy XIII-2'', multiple other areas of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla were, at some stage, part of Nova Chrysalia, including the [[Dying World]]. These parts may still be present in Nova Chrysalia, but have changed so drastically they are unrecognizable.
   
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
 
[[File:Valhalla Chaos takes over.png|thumb|right|Nova Chrysalia's birth.]]
 
[[File:Valhalla Chaos takes over.png|thumb|right|Nova Chrysalia's birth.]]
When Noel Kreiss seemingly killed Caius Ballad in Valhalla, he destroyed the [[Heart of Chaos]] and, thus, destroyed the goddess Etro. Without Etro to contain the Chaos of Valhalla and the Unseen Realm, the Chaos flooded in Gran Pulse in the year 500 AF, resulting in the birth of Nova Chrysalia.
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When Noel Kreiss seemingly killed Caius Ballad in Valhalla, he destroyed the [[Heart of Chaos]] and, thus, killed the goddess Etro. Without Etro to contain the Chaos of Valhalla and the [[unseen realm]], the Chaos flooded Gran Pulse in the year 500 AF, forming Nova Chrysalia. The world's creation awoke Bhunivelze from his [[crystal stasis|crystal sleep]]. Over the course of centuries the Chaos eroded the land and after five centuries all that is left are four continents.
   
Over the course of centuries, the Chaos slowly eradicated away Nova Chrysalia. Therefore, by the time of ''Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'', after five centuries, all that is left are four continents. However, the effects of the Chaos mean that the world will end in 13 days time. Bhunivelze, having woken up from his [[Crystal Stasis|crystal sleep]], elects Lightning his Savior to herd souls to a new world that he will create.
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As revealed in ''[[Final Fantasy XIII: Reminiscence -tracer of memories-]]'', Hope, Snow, Noel, and Sazh forged a pact to protect the people who have taken shelter in the man-made Cocoon created by the Academia, and as Snow, Noel, and Sazh dealt with the monsters, Hope tried to solve the problem of humanity becoming stagnate. [[Fal'Cie]] [[Pandaemonium (Lightning Returns)|Pandaemonium]] appeared and cultivated the lands and built [[Luxerion]] and then [[Yusnaan]] where the fal'Cie established a supply chain for food and fuel. As the man-made Cocoon had begun to deteriorate, the people were left with no choice but an the exodus to the lands below where fighting the Chaos became a daily struggle. As Snow placed himself in charge of Yusnaan to oversee the supplies, Sazh left for the [[Wildlands]] after his son Dajh fell into a coma. When Hope was spirited away by Bhunivelze society fell into disarray with the [[Order of Salvation]] gaining ground. While Noel, overcome by his own despair, refused to abide to the Order and decided instead to protect the people as a vigilante, Snow pretended to concede to the Order's authority to ensure they would not control the supply plant. 150 years later Vanille and Fang awoke from crystal stasis and were taken into custody by the Order. As the world is set to end in thirteen days, Bhunivelze elects Lightning as his savior to herd souls to a new world he will create.
   
 
[[File:LRFFXIII Lightning saves Noel.png|thumb|left|Lightning saves Noel's soul.]]
 
[[File:LRFFXIII Lightning saves Noel.png|thumb|left|Lightning saves Noel's soul.]]
Lightning initially arrives in Yusnaan, attempting to apprehend Snow and save his soul. However, after she is unsuccessful, she returns to the Ark, following which she is sent to Luxerion to solve the string of murders. In Luxerion, she learns that the killers are a religious cult called the Children of Etro who see the Savior as a sign of destruction, believing she will bring about the Apocalypse and have started to kill women with rose colored hair, thinking any of them could be the Savior. The Shadow Hunter, Noel's moniker, is predicted to kill the Savior and so Lightning searches him out. Confronting Noel, he reveals that a prophecy in an oracle drive has led him to want Lightning dead so that he can reunite with Yeul. After fighting her, he destroys the Oracle Drive, realizing that killing Lightning isn't what Yeul would have wanted him to do, which inadvertently brings Yeul to him, telling him that they will soon be reunited.
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Lightning arrives in Yusnaan and attempts to apprehend Snow and save his soul. Being unsuccessful, she returns to the Ark and is sent to Luxerion to solve the string of murders. She learns the killers are a religious cult called the Children of Etro who believe the savior will bring about the Apocalypse, and have started murdering women with rose-colored hair to lure out the savior. The Shadow Hunter, Noel, is prophesied to kill the savior by an [[Oracle Drive]] supplied by [[Lumina]]. Lightning puts a stop to the cult's activities in Luxerion and confronts Noel who reveals the prophecy states he must kill Lightning to reunite with Yeul. After fighting her, he destroys the Oracle Drive, realizing that killing Lightning isn't what Yeul would have wanted. Yeul's spirit appears from the Oracle Drive telling him they will soon be together.
   
Returning to Yusnaan, Lightning tries to sneak in close to Snow's palace through using a supplies route, however, Lumina destroys the route and Lightning is forced to play the role of an actress in a play, the "Legend of the Savior", so as to gain entry to Snow's palace. Chasing Snow down, Lightning discovers that he has almost gone insane carrying the burden of his guilt over [[Serah Farron|Serah]]'s death. After Lightning calms Snow down, she is able to reason with him and saves his soul.
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Returning to Yusnaan, Lightning tries to sneak into Snow's palace through a supply route, but Lumina destroys the path and Lightning must play the role of an actress in a play, ''[[Song of the Savior|The Song of the Savior]]'', to gain entry. Chasing Snow down, Lightning discovers he has almost gone insane carrying the burden of guilt over [[Serah Farron|Serah]]'s death. Snow absorbs a massive [[Chaos infusion]] he had kept locked in the palace to save the city, and mutates into a [[Cie'th]] hybrid. After calming Snow down Lightning reasons with him and saves his soul.
   
 
[[File:Murals-of-the-Gods.JPG|thumb|right|A mural in the Dead Dunes.]]
 
[[File:Murals-of-the-Gods.JPG|thumb|right|A mural in the Dead Dunes.]]
In the Dead Dunes, Lightning discovers that there is an ancient relic in the ruins. Called the "holy clavis", Lightning helps [[Adonis]] by ending [[God's Wrath]], which earns her entry to Monoculus. The bandits' leader, Fang, asks for Lightning's help to find the relic. Travelling to the ruins, Lightning and Fang see three murals concerning the birth of humanity and the Gods, gifting them entrance to the Holy Clavis. However, when they arrive, the Secutors from the Order grab the Clavis. Fang reveals that the relic will be used by the Order to force Vanille into performing a ceremony known as the [[Soulsong]] where she'll give her life to end the dead's suffering, though this will actually destroy the souls of the dead. Agreeing to meet up in Luxerion on the final day, to stop the Soulsong, Lightning and Fang part ways.
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In the Dead Dunes, Lightning discovers there is an ancient relic in the ruins called the [[holy clavis]]. Lightning helps [[Adonis]] by quelling a storm known as [[God's Wrath]], which earns her entry to Monoculus. The bandits' leader, Fang, asks for Lightning's help to find the relic. In the ruins Lightning and Fang witness three murals concerning the birth of humanity and the Gods, granting them entrance to the clavis, but the Secutors from the Order grab it. Fang reveals the relic will be used by Vanille to perform a ceremony known as the [[Soulsong (Lightning Returns)|Soulsong]] where she'll give her life to end the dead's suffering by granting them oblivion. Agreeing to meet up in Luxerion on the final day to stop the Soulsong, Lightning and Fang part ways.
   
 
[[File:Caius-and-Lightning-LRFFXIII.png|thumb|left|Lightning fights Caius.]]
 
[[File:Caius-and-Lightning-LRFFXIII.png|thumb|left|Lightning fights Caius.]]
In the Wildlands, Lightning hears a strange girl's voice telling her to find the "Angel of Valhalla". She soon discovers that the Angel of Valhalla is a legendary Chocobo who has been sighted in the area. With the help of Dr Gysahl, she tracks down the bird, but finds it gravely injured. With the help of the residents of Canopus Farms, she nurses the Chocobo back to health. Riding the Angel of Valhalla, Lightning is able to enter Etro's Temple to discover the secrets of the "great Chaos". She discovers that the "great Chaos" is in fact the love of Yeul for Caius manifested as Chaos. This love binds Caius to the Chaos such that Lightning is unable to save his soul. Meanwhile, Sazh despairs as his son, Dajh, is trapped in a perpetual slumber, for his soul has left his body. Lightning completes quests to find the five fragments of Dajh's soul and restores Dajh to life, thus saving Sazh's and Dajh's souls.
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In the Wildlands, Lightning hears a girl's voice telling her to find the "Angel of Valhalla". She discovers the Angel of Valhalla is a legendary [[Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII)|chocobo]] that has been sighted in the area. With the help of Dr Gysahl, she tracks down the bird, but finds it gravely injured. With the help of the residents of [[Canopus Farms]] she nurses the chocobo back to health. Riding the Angel of Valhalla, Lightning is enters the Temple of the Goddess to discover the secrets of the "great Chaos", which is, in fact, the love of Yeul for Caius manifested as Chaos that binds Caius to the Chaos so Lightning is unable to save his soul. Meanwhile, Sazh despairs as his son, Dajh, is trapped in a perpetual slumber, for his soul has left his body. Lightning collects the five fragments of Dajh's soul and restores Dajh to life, saving Sazh's and Dajh's souls.
   
When the final day arrives, Chaos has claimed all of Nova Chrysalia, except for Luxerion. Lightning travels to Luxerion to stop the Soulsong, but the Order try to stop her. With the help of Noel, she is able to travel further into the Cathedral. She then encounters Fang and together they persuade Vanille to abandon the ceremony. With the help of Snow, they dispatch the Order and Vanille and Fang guide the souls of the dead to await rebirth. However, Bhunivelze then steals Snow, Fang, Vanille, Serah and Noel, holding them hostage to ensure that Lightning follows his command.
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On the final day Chaos has claimed all but the Luxerion Cathedral, and Bhunivelze possesses Hope's body. Lightning infiltrates the cathedral to stop the Soulsong, but the Order tries to stop her. With the help of Noel, she enters the Temple of Light below the cathedral where she encounters Fang and together they persuade Vanille to abandon the ceremony. With the help of Snow, they dispatch the Order and Vanille and Fang guide the souls of the dead to the Ark to await rebirth. Bhunivelze steals Snow, Fang, Vanille, Serah and Noel, holding them hostage to ensure Lightning follows his command.
   
 
[[File:LRFFXIII Apocalypse.png|thumb|right|Nova Chrysalia's death.]]
 
[[File:LRFFXIII Apocalypse.png|thumb|right|Nova Chrysalia's death.]]
Approaching Bhunivelze, Lightning learns of his true intentions - to cleanse the living souls of their memories of the dead to give them a free start as puppets for Bhunivelze, with Lightning acting as a new Goddess like Etro and guiding the cycle of death and rebirth. Defying Bhunivelze, Lightning mortally wounds him and saves Hope from his clutches. With the strength of humanity, including the dead, Lightning is able to over power Bhunivelze and send him into the depths of Chaos. In this abyss, Caius and Yeul appear, stating that they will become the guides for the dead and hold back the Chaos. Letting the last Yeul go, Caius, Bhunivelze and all the Yeuls are sucked into a void of Chaos, taking the remains of Nova Chrysalia with them.
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Lightning learns of Bhunivelze's true intentions: to cleanse the living souls of their memories of the dead to give them a free start in the new world as Bhunivelze's puppets with Lightning acting as the new goddess of death to replace the late Etro and guide the cycle of death and rebirth. Defying Bhunivelze, Lightning mortally wounds him and saves Hope's soul from his clutches. With the strength of humanity, including the dead, Lightning overpowers Bhunivelze and sends him into the depths of Chaos. In the abyss Caius and Yeul appear, stating they will become the guides for the dead and hold back the Chaos. Letting the last Yeul go, Caius, Bhunivelze and all the other Yeuls are sucked into a void of Chaos taking the remains of Nova Chrysalia with them.
   
With Nova Chrysalia destroyed and existing only in the new Unseen Realm of Chaos, Lightning and the rest of humanity depart to the [[New World (Lightning Returns)|New World]] to begin life anew.
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With Nova Chrysalia destroyed and existing only in the new unseen realm of Chaos, Lightning and the rest of humanity depart to the new world to begin life anew.
 
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==Development==
 
==Development==
Nova Chrysalia initially started out as a single island, but as the game's concept and development grew, the island also grew, eventually developing into its final, four-island form.<ref>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeP1VMUumrU</ref> Much of it was designed by [[Isamu Kamikokuryo]] around the concept of a dying world, taking architectural influences from Gothic architecture, Middle Eastern Asian motifs, and the machinery of the Industrial Revolution.<ref>http://kotaku.com/5950830/square-enix-divulges-on-bringing-lightning-returns-to-life</ref> Each of the four islands was based on different real-world locations: Luxerion was inspired by Paris, Yusnaan by Las Vegas, the Dead Dunes by Cairo and the Wildlands by Costa Rica.<ref>[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/209903/LIGHTNING_RETURNS_FINAL_FANTASY_XIII_FEATURED_INGAMESTOPrsquoS_POWER_UP_REWARDS_EPIC_REWARDS_GIVEAWAY.php Gamasutra.com – ''Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'' Featured in GameStop's Power Up Rewards Epic Rewards Giveway]</ref>
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Nova Chrysalia started out as a single island, but as the game's concept and development grew, the island developed into its final, four-island form.<ref>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeP1VMUumrU</ref> Much of it was designed by [[Isamu Kamikokuryo]] around the concept of a dying world, taking architectural influences from Gothic architecture, Middle Eastern and Asian motifs, and the machinery of the industrial revolution.<ref>http://kotaku.com/5950830/square-enix-divulges-on-bringing-lightning-returns-to-life</ref> Each of the four islands was based on different real-world locations: Luxerion was inspired by Paris, Yusnaan by Las Vegas, the Dead Dunes by Cairo, and the Wildlands by Costa Rica.<ref>[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/209903/LIGHTNING_RETURNS_FINAL_FANTASY_XIII_FEATURED_INGAMESTOPrsquoS_POWER_UP_REWARDS_EPIC_REWARDS_GIVEAWAY.php Gamasutra.com – ''Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'' Featured in GameStop's Power Up Rewards Epic Rewards Giveway]</ref>
   
When the game was announced, Nova Chrysalia was known as Novus Partus, even in the localisation. Novus Partus then later became solely the Japanese name for the world.
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When the game was announced Nova Chrysalia was known as Novus Partus. Novus Partus later became solely the Japanese name for the world.
   
==Musical Themes==
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==Musical themes==
"Nova Chrysalia" is the eighteenth track on the third disc of the game's [[Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack|soundtrack]]. It will be played in various locations throughout the world after 12:00PM.
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"Nova Chrysalia" is the eighteenth track on the third disc of the game's [[Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack|soundtrack]]. It plays in various locations throughout the world after 12:00 PM.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Nova Chrysalia's Japanese name, ''Novus Partus'', means "New Offspring" in Latin.
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''Nova Chrysalia'' is made an alternate Latin word for "new", and an invented name stemming from "{{W|Pupa#Chrysalis|Chrysalis}}", the cocoon a caterpillar forms around itself while metamorphosing into a butterfly.
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Chrysalia is an invented name stemming from "Chrysalis". {{Etym|Chrysalis}}
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Nova Chrysalia's Japanese name, Novus Partus, means "new offspring" in Latin.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
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*The concept artwork of Nova Chrysalia present on the [http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningReturnsFFXIII/#index official Japanese site] has animated water.
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*The artwork of Nova Chrysalia present on the [http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/FF13_Portal/LightningReturnsFFXIII/ official Japanese site] has animated water.
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*The Japanese website offers a "Google Street View" type of service for several locations, however the user can only rotate the camera. The locations include Luxerion's North Station and Commercial District, Dead Dunes's Temple Ruins and Giant's Sandbox, Yusnaan's Station and Cactuar Plaza, and Wildlands' Moogle Village and Grasslands spot near Canopus Farms.
   
 
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Nova Chrysalia, a world diseased by Chaos. Made up of four regions, a monorail provides transportation for travel throughout this realm. Lightning, the protagonist, begins her final adventure in this plague-ridden land devoid of hope. However, her journey won't be long, as the Chaos has bled through the soil, drawing near the world's end.

Official description[1]

Nova Chrysalia is the main setting of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. After the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the Chaos of Valhalla flows into the mortal world through Etro's gate as a result of Goddess Etro's death and Gran Pulse and Valhalla blend to form Nova Chrysalia.

Over the next five centuries Chaos erodes the land that makes up Nova Chrysalia until only four continents are left. After Lightning awakens from crystal stasis, the world faces Apocalypse in thirteen days.

DatalogEdit

The people call this land—which falls further under the sway of the Chaos each day—Nova Chrysalia.

In this world, there is no aging, though the people can and do die from accidents and illness. By losing the natural progression to death, they have also lost the natural propagation of life and no new children have been born in all the centuries since the Chaos first broke into the world. For the past 500 years, the world's population has dwindled and society grown stagnant.

With no changes to mark the march of years, the decades slip past as fleeting as the seasons once did. Children stay forever innocent and simple in their hearts. Some believe that God in his mercy must have taken from humanity some parts of their hearts that would allow them to truly know the horrible fate they have been trapped in. All so that they might live on forever in peace, instead of falling prey to the despair that is their only inheritance on this world...

ProfileEdit

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Concept artwork of Nova Chrysalia.

Located in the Sea of Chaos, Nova Chrysalia comprises four continents connected by monorail and is surrounded by a lagoon whose waters fall into an endless abyss. Two of its continents are urbanized, while the other two have natural terrain. Nova Chrysalia's untamed continents feature plains, deserts, wilderness, rocky terrain, and ruins. Since Nova Chrysalia was born of Gran Pulse and Valhalla merging, parts of both remain in Nova Chrysalia in altered forms, including the ruins of Academia and the Temple of the Goddess. The architecture of the urban areas have gothic, mechanical, and fantasy elements.

Other than the world decaying, another effect of Valhalla's Chaos is the disruption of the cycle of life; people don't age and new children cannot be born, for the souls of humans no longer have a guide (Etro) to herd them between realms. Though rendered biologically immortal, people can be killed and fall ill. People's hearts have become burdened and hopeless, or been corrupted by Chaos.

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Luxerion, the divine city of light.

Nova Chrysalia is composed of four main continents, each with a unique theme and individual architecture. Luxerion, the "divine city of light", is the largest city and acts as the capital. It is steeped in religious imagery, being home to the Order of Salvation who worship Bhunivelze. The city features a sect called the Children of Etro who fight the Order's rule and worship Etro. They are responsible for a string of recent murders where the victims had rose-colored hair, similar to Lightning, for the Children of Etro wish to kill the "evil savior". Lightning encounters Noel Kreiss here as the vigilante Shadow Hunter, and Oerba Dia Vanille, who is under the Order's protection. The main city has a gothic architecture with a mono-chrome color scheme, including a clock tower and the Luxerion Cathedral, in contrast to the Warren, a set of run-down slums. The Major Route connects the city with the Wildlands.

The other urban area, Yusnaan, is the "city of revelry" and the world's center of entertainment. Snow Villiers is the patron having lived there for many centuries and earned the people's trust. It is the smallest of the continents and features grand architecture. Lavish theatrical plays are held daily and is home to the Slaughterhouse — a battle arena. Guards surround the city to protect Snow in Patron's Palace. The Major Route connects the city with the Dead Dunes.

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Ruffian in the Dead Dunes.

The Dead Dunes is a desert filled with ancient ruins and is home to a bandit group Monoculus. Likely to be the dried up Archylte Steppe from Gran Pulse, the desert contains skeletal remains of many towering beasts and monuments from the past. Ruffian is an oasis settlement where the bandits live. The Temple Ruins located underneath the sands are vast and mysterious and hold within them an ancient treasure that both the bandits and Secutors from the Order are searching for. Lightning aids Oerba Yun Fang, the leader of Monoculus, to find the relic. The ruins feature Arabian and eastern themed architecture. The Major Routes connect the Dead Dunes with Yusnaan and the Wildlands.

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Jagd Woods in the Wildlands.

The Wildlands is the largest of the four continents and is of natural terrain. Containing distinct reminders of Gran Pulse and Valhalla, the Wildlands features forests, rocky crags, and ruins of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla. Wildlife roams free and small villages are scattered sparsely throughout the land. Notable locations include the ruins of Academia and Etro's Temple, unchanged from its original state. Lightning encounters the Angel of Valhalla, a legendary white chocobo, who she is charged with nursing back to full health. She meets Sazh Katzroy, who stays with his son, Dajh Katzroy, at the crash site of an airship, and Caius Ballad and Paddra Nsu-Yeul in the Temple of the Goddess. The Major Routes connect the Wildlands with Luxerion and the Dead Dunes.

Above the land floats the Ark, a structure within Bhunivelze, Hope Estheim's "new Cocoon" that floats in Nova Chrysalia's atmosphere. Here, time doesn't flow, meaning Lightning can rest, talk to Hope, replenish her supplies, reattempt battles and give Eradia to the tree of life, Yggdrasil.

As revealed in the secret DLC ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2, multiple other areas of both Gran Pulse and Valhalla were, at some stage, part of Nova Chrysalia, including the Dying World. These parts may still be present in Nova Chrysalia, but have changed so drastically they are unrecognizable.

StoryEdit

Valhalla Chaos takes over

Nova Chrysalia's birth.

When Noel Kreiss seemingly killed Caius Ballad in Valhalla, he destroyed the Heart of Chaos and, thus, killed the goddess Etro. Without Etro to contain the Chaos of Valhalla and the unseen realm, the Chaos flooded Gran Pulse in the year 500 AF, forming Nova Chrysalia. The world's creation awoke Bhunivelze from his crystal sleep. Over the course of centuries the Chaos eroded the land and after five centuries all that is left are four continents.

As revealed in Final Fantasy XIII: Reminiscence -tracer of memories-, Hope, Snow, Noel, and Sazh forged a pact to protect the people who have taken shelter in the man-made Cocoon created by the Academia, and as Snow, Noel, and Sazh dealt with the monsters, Hope tried to solve the problem of humanity becoming stagnate. Fal'Cie Pandaemonium appeared and cultivated the lands and built Luxerion and then Yusnaan where the fal'Cie established a supply chain for food and fuel. As the man-made Cocoon had begun to deteriorate, the people were left with no choice but an the exodus to the lands below where fighting the Chaos became a daily struggle. As Snow placed himself in charge of Yusnaan to oversee the supplies, Sazh left for the Wildlands after his son Dajh fell into a coma. When Hope was spirited away by Bhunivelze society fell into disarray with the Order of Salvation gaining ground. While Noel, overcome by his own despair, refused to abide to the Order and decided instead to protect the people as a vigilante, Snow pretended to concede to the Order's authority to ensure they would not control the supply plant. 150 years later Vanille and Fang awoke from crystal stasis and were taken into custody by the Order. As the world is set to end in thirteen days, Bhunivelze elects Lightning as his savior to herd souls to a new world he will create.

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Lightning saves Noel's soul.

Lightning arrives in Yusnaan and attempts to apprehend Snow and save his soul. Being unsuccessful, she returns to the Ark and is sent to Luxerion to solve the string of murders. She learns the killers are a religious cult called the Children of Etro who believe the savior will bring about the Apocalypse, and have started murdering women with rose-colored hair to lure out the savior. The Shadow Hunter, Noel, is prophesied to kill the savior by an Oracle Drive supplied by Lumina. Lightning puts a stop to the cult's activities in Luxerion and confronts Noel who reveals the prophecy states he must kill Lightning to reunite with Yeul. After fighting her, he destroys the Oracle Drive, realizing that killing Lightning isn't what Yeul would have wanted. Yeul's spirit appears from the Oracle Drive telling him they will soon be together.

Returning to Yusnaan, Lightning tries to sneak into Snow's palace through a supply route, but Lumina destroys the path and Lightning must play the role of an actress in a play, The Song of the Savior, to gain entry. Chasing Snow down, Lightning discovers he has almost gone insane carrying the burden of guilt over Serah's death. Snow absorbs a massive Chaos infusion he had kept locked in the palace to save the city, and mutates into a Cie'th hybrid. After calming Snow down Lightning reasons with him and saves his soul.

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A mural in the Dead Dunes.

In the Dead Dunes, Lightning discovers there is an ancient relic in the ruins called the holy clavis. Lightning helps Adonis by quelling a storm known as God's Wrath, which earns her entry to Monoculus. The bandits' leader, Fang, asks for Lightning's help to find the relic. In the ruins Lightning and Fang witness three murals concerning the birth of humanity and the Gods, granting them entrance to the clavis, but the Secutors from the Order grab it. Fang reveals the relic will be used by Vanille to perform a ceremony known as the Soulsong where she'll give her life to end the dead's suffering by granting them oblivion. Agreeing to meet up in Luxerion on the final day to stop the Soulsong, Lightning and Fang part ways.

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Lightning fights Caius.

In the Wildlands, Lightning hears a girl's voice telling her to find the "Angel of Valhalla". She discovers the Angel of Valhalla is a legendary chocobo that has been sighted in the area. With the help of Dr Gysahl, she tracks down the bird, but finds it gravely injured. With the help of the residents of Canopus Farms she nurses the chocobo back to health. Riding the Angel of Valhalla, Lightning is enters the Temple of the Goddess to discover the secrets of the "great Chaos", which is, in fact, the love of Yeul for Caius manifested as Chaos that binds Caius to the Chaos so Lightning is unable to save his soul. Meanwhile, Sazh despairs as his son, Dajh, is trapped in a perpetual slumber, for his soul has left his body. Lightning collects the five fragments of Dajh's soul and restores Dajh to life, saving Sazh's and Dajh's souls.

On the final day Chaos has claimed all but the Luxerion Cathedral, and Bhunivelze possesses Hope's body. Lightning infiltrates the cathedral to stop the Soulsong, but the Order tries to stop her. With the help of Noel, she enters the Temple of Light below the cathedral where she encounters Fang and together they persuade Vanille to abandon the ceremony. With the help of Snow, they dispatch the Order and Vanille and Fang guide the souls of the dead to the Ark to await rebirth. Bhunivelze steals Snow, Fang, Vanille, Serah and Noel, holding them hostage to ensure Lightning follows his command.

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Nova Chrysalia's death.

Lightning learns of Bhunivelze's true intentions: to cleanse the living souls of their memories of the dead to give them a free start in the new world as Bhunivelze's puppets with Lightning acting as the new goddess of death to replace the late Etro and guide the cycle of death and rebirth. Defying Bhunivelze, Lightning mortally wounds him and saves Hope's soul from his clutches. With the strength of humanity, including the dead, Lightning overpowers Bhunivelze and sends him into the depths of Chaos. In the abyss Caius and Yeul appear, stating they will become the guides for the dead and hold back the Chaos. Letting the last Yeul go, Caius, Bhunivelze and all the other Yeuls are sucked into a void of Chaos taking the remains of Nova Chrysalia with them.

With Nova Chrysalia destroyed and existing only in the new unseen realm of Chaos, Lightning and the rest of humanity depart to the new world to begin life anew.

Spoilers end here.

DevelopmentEdit

Nova Chrysalia started out as a single island, but as the game's concept and development grew, the island developed into its final, four-island form.[2] Much of it was designed by Isamu Kamikokuryo around the concept of a dying world, taking architectural influences from Gothic architecture, Middle Eastern and Asian motifs, and the machinery of the industrial revolution.[3] Each of the four islands was based on different real-world locations: Luxerion was inspired by Paris, Yusnaan by Las Vegas, the Dead Dunes by Cairo, and the Wildlands by Costa Rica.[4]

When the game was announced Nova Chrysalia was known as Novus Partus. Novus Partus later became solely the Japanese name for the world.

Musical themesEdit

"Nova Chrysalia" is the eighteenth track on the third disc of the game's soundtrack. It plays in various locations throughout the world after 12:00 PM.

EtymologyEdit

Nova means "new" in Latin. A nova is a cataclysmic nuclear explosion caused by the accretion of hydrogen onto the surface of a white dwarf star. Supernovae are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months. During the 16th century, astronomer Tycho Brahe observed the supernova SN 1572 in the constellation Cassiopeia, describing it in his book De stella nova (Latin for "concerning the new star"), giving rise to the name nova.

Chrysalia is an invented name stemming from "Chrysalis". Chrysalis is the the cocoon a caterpillar forms around itself while metamorphosing into a butterfly.

Nova Chrysalia's Japanese name, Novus Partus, means "new offspring" in Latin.

TriviaEdit

  • The artwork of Nova Chrysalia present on the official Japanese site has animated water.
  • The Japanese website offers a "Google Street View" type of service for several locations, however the user can only rotate the camera. The locations include Luxerion's North Station and Commercial District, Dead Dunes's Temple Ruins and Giant's Sandbox, Yusnaan's Station and Cactuar Plaza, and Wildlands' Moogle Village and Grasslands spot near Canopus Farms.

ReferencesEdit

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