Tuesday, August 4, 2015

General Leo Edition: Opera Redux

Gentle Reader,

I'm preparing to release Version 3.1 of the General Leo Edition hack.  This will essentially be the final version, though I never entirely close the book on a project.

I've always been reluctant to edit the opera sequence because it is so iconic.  Yet, it always bothered me that, despite the quality of Woolsey's translation, he's no poet, and the opera lyrics are decidedly un-operatic.

With my rewrite, I tried to bring an appropriate level of grandeur to the lyrics while maintaining the original theme and tone, and also tying it all back to Final Fantasy in a cool way.  Hope you like it!

Ever Yours,


  1. Hi! I'm thinking of doing a playthrough of this hack with a friend sitting in for commentary so I've been doing some troubleshooting and such in preparation for it. In the beginning of the game when I use the hack the magiTEK armor commands for Wedge, Biggs, and Terra are a little glitchy. Wedge and Biggs only have "Heal Force, Ice Beam, Heal Force" (the second Heal Force only targets enemies for some reason) and a few of Terra's magiTEK armor commands only target allies. Were you aware of this glitch?

    Also I wanted to ask if you were planning to use the original spell names, such as Fira, Firaga, et cetera. Anywho, keep up the good work! I used to roleplay Leo, which is why I'm keenly interested in this project for my own playthrough series of the game. Should I wait for the 3.1 edition to come out by the way? Will it be done soon? Also I want to know, what made you decide to add in the plot details about Gestahl's line of succession? It was an interesting idea so I was curious.

    Ahh, sorry for all these questions. ^_^;;

  2. I'm not sure if you knew this, but there exist actual rewritten lyrics for the opera in English; they were used when Nobuo Uematsu performed the whole thing in Los Angeles. You can find them here: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Opera_%22Maria_and_Draco%22


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