Welcome to the theory and analysis pages of the Chrono Compendium. While most theory is presented in the form of Articles, which speak at length on a particular subject or mystery in the Chrono series, this section splits up every inquiry or enigma into its own entry and lists discussion or theories respectively. This allows quick reference of mysteries surrounding a particular encyclopedia topic by instantly linking the topic to its corresponding analysis page. No discussion actually takes place here; it is instead done completely on the forums, and the results are posted here and to articles after a discussion reaches a conclusion. Some theory entries appear after the writing of an article as well. Observation and Conjecture deals with theories based solely on observation of actions in the Chrono series; the entries under that category don't attempt to explain problems outright, but rather form ideas based on what's seen and read. Common questions also answers plot questions that often confuse players. The Theory and Analysis section conversely deals with problems and unexplained phenomena in the Chrono series, such as time paradoxes or the mysterious backgrounds of people and events. If you would like to debate material seen here, please attempt to find the relevant forum thread or create a new one addressing the entry. I pray you enjoy reading about the cloudier points of the Chrono series, including the unexplained and the miraculous.
Much of the material here has been formally presented in Articles. Please read those for the full spectrum of Chrono series analysis.
Observation and Conjecture
Common questions is a list of inquiries about the plots of the Chrono series games that often pop up in discussion and analysis. The points presented here aren't problems or paradoxes without answers, but rather cloudy plot points that often need a little clarification to be comprehended fully.
Principles of Timelines and Dimensions covers observations and general guidelines hypothesized to be at work in the Chrono series mythos. While it does use evidence for its claims, it is apart from other analysis in that it does not directly deal with a mystery or attempt to answer an unknown question outside the realm of temporal observation. For this reason, it is kept separate from the other inquiries,
When Ted Woolsey translated Chrono Trigger, he had to deal with Nintendo's strict censorship standards and an inability to fit all the text into the new ROM. This and a few mistakes caused differences with the Japanese version, some which have repercussions on the plot of the game.
The Chrono series does an incredible job of skirting problems with time and dimensional travel. However, this does not mean it is a perfect work. The final, definitive list of plot inconsistencies is found here. Remember that just becuase something is unexplained, it isn't a plot hole; these inconsistencies are formed by aspects of the stories that directly contradict each other.
Theory and Analysis
Event theory attempts to explain inquiries regarding events, such as the motivations that caused the Fall of Guardia or sparked the Mystic War.
Location analysis attempts to cover mysteries regarding the various places in the Chrono series, such as the Sun Keep.
This section deals with subjects concerning the overarching plots of the games, as well as other topics that don't fit into the other categories.
Time and Dimensions deals with the question of paradox or other temporal repercussions. This section does not attempt to classify rules, but instead confronts problems of time and dimensions.
- Plot Analysis by Squall of SeeD
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