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Was Magus Part of Balthasar's Project Kid?
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:56:27 am »
So on a whim I was responding to the oldest thread in the Chrono Trigger Analysis - Characters, Plots, and Themes section regarding Schala and why we don't see her look for Janus/Magus after the events of Chrono Cross, and yet she diligently vows to seek Serge.

What's up with that, amiright?

Despite that, I realized something... First, let me refresh your memory of the Dream Devourer ending of Chrono Trigger DS.

In this ending, if you recall, the party arrives to confront the Dream Devourer and finds Schala has already succumbed to despair and is being attacked by a version of Magus from sometime after the events of Chrono Trigger. He is attempting to free Schala by attacking it and fails miserably. Once he is blasted away, the party engages the Dream Devourer in battle...

...and eventually they, too, lose the battle in an out-of-battle 1-hit TKO. But the battle was apparently enough to free Schala's mind for a moment. Schala recognizes her plight and sends the heroes away, and future-Magus crawls back onto the scene to once again attempt to free Schala. He is ultimately left heartbroken as Schala tells him that his efforts are ultimately impossible. As the Time Devourer, she is simply too powerful, and she warns that the will of Lavos will ultimately consume her entire being. She pleads with Magus, and when he proves unrelenting, she sends him away via a solid black gate.

Here, Magus muses to himself:

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"So, you mean to say that no matter how
hard I strive - no matter how strong I grow - there
is nothing I might do to save you?
What purpose, then, does this existence serve?
Hmph. If this is to be the way of things,
then let me abandon all that was and fade away as well.
Should a part of me somehow even then remain,
then perhaps that will be the birth of something
new - something with greater meaning than all this."

Magus, now an amnesiac, wakes up in a forest and recognizes that, deep down, there was something he still had to do. And off he goes to try and remember what that was... This may or may not have intended for him to become Guile, which was the original intent in the early stages of Chrono Cross. Despite the fact that I hate this idea with a passion, it's likely the closest version to truth.

But still... does this then mean that Magus is part of Balthasar's Project Kid?

If you remember, Balthsar arrives in the new 2300AD due to the fact that Crono and company killed Lavos and the apocalypse was prevented. Using the technology of this new era, he became aware of Schala's plight and put a plan into motion to rescue. A very convoluted plan involving Chronopolis, the Mother AI-turned-FATE AI, and a multitude of events that involved:

-El Nido being created,
-Thus Serge is eventually born,
-Thus Serge is eventually attacked by a panther-demon,
-Thus Serge is rescued by Schala and Kid is created,
-Thus the timeline is split in two,
-Thus Serge goes through all the events of Chrono Cross in order to become strong enough to face the Time Devourer and save Schala
-And Project Kid is successful when Schala is saved

Due to the explanation for Chrono Cross, we are to assume that literally all the events of Chrono Cross were the carefully predicted events laid out in Project Kid. I mean, hell, the project was named was for a hypothetical Schala-clone that was nothing more than an idea in Balthasar's head. Long before the Time Crash, even. How's that for a mind bender?

If we assume the above to be true, then Magus' penultimate fate had to have been tied to Project Kid as well. Balthasar knew that a post-Chrono Trigger version of Magus would try to rescue her, fail, and willingly shed his identity... only to continue on in the recognition that he has someone to save, some journey to complete.

Not only that, but how poetic that Magus would desire to have some greater purpose than to fail at saving Schala... only to once again be a tool within Project Kid to help save Schala. A greater purpose. By helping Serge, he would be saving all of space-time, not just his sister (although he'd be saving her, too).

This theory is strongest if we assume Magus=Guile, but it likely still fits that he could end up as part of Project Kid regardless. I'm not sure if anyone else has considered this, but I wanted to point it out and open up the topic for discussion.

I mean, hell, there could be a story out there that follows amnesiac Magus post-the Dream Devourer ending but before he becomes Guile. Or perhaps, if Magus is not Guile, he skips the entire events of Chrono Cross and finds Kid/Schala after the events of Chrono Cross!
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Re: Was Magus Part of Balthasar's Project Kid?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 12:54:00 pm »
Hmm, you know, now I kinda have the little thought that perhaps his "part" in Project Kid might be... to be out of the way. Assuming Balthasar could predict everything that could happen, who is not to say he had a hand in leading Magus to his failed attempt, so he could lose his memory, and so wouldn't be a factor in the rest of the project. At least, being a factor as Magus. Regardless if he really became Guile or not, perhaps the point was for Magus to not be there in the equation.

Then again, if Balthasar had everything planned (or at least came up with ways to always steer the direction back to where he wants it for any possible outcome in any given situation), why remove Magus from the equation? That would be the only problem with this "theory", unless Magus was truly a wild card in predicting what he would do, even to Balthasar.
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Re: Was Magus Part of Balthasar's Project Kid?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 02:07:01 pm »
This is exactly what I am curious about.

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Assuming Balthasar could predict everything that could happen, who is not to say he had a hand in leading Magus to his failed attempt, so he could lose his memory, and so wouldn't be a factor in the rest of the project.

This is exactly what I was thinking. We don't know what led future-Magus to the Dream Devourer after the events of Chrono Trigger, and this seems the most logical choice. I hate to always fall back on "Balthasar did it," but in this case it seems the most sound reasoning.

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... unless Magus was truly a wild card in predicting what he would do, even to Balthasar.

As badass as Magus is and as much as I'd like this to be true... I can't see that Magus could be a more complicated variable than, say, making the conditions surrounding Serge, his attack by the panther-demon, and the assurance that Schala would hear Serge's cries and reach out to save him. Seems like Magus would be perfectly manageable by the extends of Project Kid.

Unless, of course, you go with a non-canon course... such as Magus gaining time travel abilities via King Zeal. Granted, Crimson Echoes / Flames of Eternity are not canon and should not be taken as such for real analysis, but I could totally see this being a potential wrench in Project Kid. A single-man with complete control over traversing space-time, without the constraints of the single-timeline time travel abilities of the Epoch and the End of Time, would be an absolute uncontrollable variable.

Then again, it sort of seems like Magus wills himself to lose his memory and travel to wherever he ends up, due to his feeling of hopelessness and loss at his inability to save Schala. This harkons back to the first thought; it seems likely this entire experience could have been orchestrated by Balthasar as part of Project Kid. Hell, the entire events of the Dream Devourer ending could be part of Project Kid.

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Re: Was Magus Part of Balthasar's Project Kid?
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 01:31:44 am »
This is so confusing I'm going to have to ACTUALLY replay Chrono Cross and I really don't like that game. I'll join this theory in a few months. Because I thought project Kid was Belthasar's idea to clone Schala for the purpose of being able to harness some magic from Kid to ressurect the kingdom of Zeal....all this for the Queen of his kingdom, right? All this for the dream of Zeal?

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Re: Was Magus Part of Balthasar's Project Kid?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 01:44:30 am »
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This is so confusing I'm going to have to ACTUALLY replay Chrono Cross and I really don't like that game. I'll join this theory in a few months. Because I thought project Kid was Belthasar's idea to clone Schala for the purpose of being able to harness some magic from Kid to ressurect the kingdom of Zeal....all this for the Queen of his kingdom, right? All this for the dream of Zeal?

Nope, the whole end-game of Project Kid was to rescue Schala and stop the Time Devourer.

That crazy Balthasar literally computed every event that transpires in the game and then executed the Time Crash to actually make it all happen.

So Schala (as part of the Time Devourer) hearing Serge's cries and creating Kid, the timeline split, Terra Tower and Dragon God from the Reptite Dimension, etc... Each and every event was carefully orchestrated so that Serge could become strong enough to acquire the Chrono Cross element and rescue Schala.

Pretty trippy, right?