Last week saw Chrono Trigger turn 20 years old, I thought it'd be the most perfect time to finally get around to showing my huge love for the game, so here we are!
Chrono Trigger is one of my all-time favorite games, I've played through it tons of times and will never get tired of doing so again and again, it's a true classic and deserves it's place as one of the best games ever made in many people's eyes. The game is just great from start to finish and I've never once had a 'that part' of the game that I always dread coming to in repeat playthroughs, so naturally it was hard picking just one thing to make for a drawing, wasn't content with just drawing the main cast, so I figured, just do the whole timeline!!
Well, sans the Present... XD But not much happens there anyways besides the Millenial Fair! It wouldn't really fit anywhere given how I put this piece together.
The entirety of Guardia's history we see is encompassed and tied together by the presence of Lavos, so I thought it'd make a really neat idea to shape the entire canvas as if the history of the world is within him, the way he's within it all. It's probably obvious, but you're supposed to start from left to right; Prehistory; 65,000,000 B.C.-
Is supposed to be like if the Meeting Grounds got attacked by the Reptites while everyone WASN'T passed out drunk out of their minds XD I really had a lot of fun with this one, Prehistory is some serious classic Toriyama territory having dinosaurs all over the place in the iconic way he draws them. You can see some Dactyl riders noticing Lavos' approaching impact, speaking of which, the chapter Unnatural Selection is my absolute favorite moment in the entire game. That's the one when Azala steals the gate key and you have to go to Tyranno Lair to retrieve it and you fight her and the Black Tyranno seconds before the mass extinction event, it's such a freaking badass sequence! And tragic too, because I honestly believe the Reptites and humans could have come to a co-existence eventually had they not died out, Azala didn't seem to be entirely evil in my eyes. Something I really truly love about Prehistory is though it precedes the advent of Magic, the Reptites are essentially analogous to the people of Zeal. Individuals gifted with powers above that of the plebeians of their time, which leads to an elitist nature and the eventually downfall of their civilization, the psychic powers of the Reptites are just pre-magic. Speaking of which that leads us to. Antiquity; 12,000 B.C.-
Though Prehistory has my favorite segment of the game my absolute favorite era in the game is this one, when you first reach Zeal it's legitimately magical, Corridors of Time is a factor in that, but the first trip to Zeal is one of my greatest memories as a child, the place reeks of power and seeing how it has ties to everything you've encountered in your journey thus far is just great, tragic as well, even before the Queen awakens Lavos cause you just know something bad is going to happen to this place once you see familiar faces like the sages and Masa and Mune there, everything has a terrifying foreboding presence. If the fall of the Reptites is my favorite part of the game then my second favorite is the literal fall of Zeal. I still get chills every playthrough at that part. I used this time period as an opportunity to draw all three forms of Lavos. I imagine that Janus, Alfodor, the Queen, Schala, Melchior, Masa, Mune, and Gaspar are being sucked into the portal that'll throw them across the timeline. Middle Ages; 600 A.D.-
What I love the most about this time period is how it's treated in the very beginning of the game, the stakes seem high despite it being a short and simple mishap across time when Marle switches places with the Queen, it's a very great introduction to how actions in the past have slight changes to the future, and it's neat to see the time shenanigans before the set goal of eliminating Lavos is set in action. I also love the realization toward the end of the game of how exactly Lavos bears relevance to this particular era, when you first fight Magus it seems as if he genuinely was just summoning it to destroy humanity for the victory of Fiendkind, but later learning it was him attempting to wake it up to kill it as revenge for his kingdom and family's destruction is just so sad, especially considering he was entirely powerless against Lavos, he would have woken it up and set forth the Day of Lavos prematurely by 1400 years for absolutely nothing but a lost cause of attempted heroism. Seeing Magus use the Fiends the way he did is so cool. You can tell I really love Fiends. XD That's why I specifically focused upon the area around Magus' Keep. Something I have always wanted to see was what Fiends were like by the future of 1999, you don't see any of them nor in the future era, either there was another war before then that ended up wiping them out, they eventually turned into the mutants that run through the sewers, or they were all wiped out because Lavos resurfaced right beneath them around Medina.Future; 2300 A.D.-
My least favorite era in the game, but I feel that was inevitable given it's a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland, there isn't exactly much to be seen which doesn't bother me, there shouldn't be much. That we are given in it though is all incredibly cool and memorable, I love Johnny to DEATH!!! And the encounter with Atropos is downright heartbreaking, I'm a sucker for robot romance, so seeing Robo have a girlfriend only to have to kill her breaks my heart. Especially since it makes me wonder what sort of past the two had that led them to be capable of developing a romantic relationship as well as a liking to humans when they seem to be the only robots left that aren't against them. They probably had a good owner prior to the Day of Lavos, speaking of which, I really love the fact that though Chrono Trigger takes an a.i. conquers humanity approach that's been done to death it feels unique considering the fall of man had nothing to do with Mother, she just scraped together what she could after Lavos f'd everything up and feels humanity had their chance, now it's theirs. It makes me happy knowing the suffering of the future is the one era that I believe is always going to be averted by the end of the game, humanity will live on no matter when or where you defeat Lavos, as Kyle Reese put it, "The future has not been written, there's no fate but what we make for ourselves." I feel that line rings beautifully all throughout the story of Chrono Trigger.
Gosh I love this game. Even now 20 years later it's better than most RPGS and games put out since, it truly has stood the test of time. Pun intended.
Available as a print!! Also available is a transparent printable version of just the main cast, makes for a really good shirt