Final Fantasy XIII is the thirteenth installment of the Final Fantasy series and the first to be developed for the PlayStation 3 console system. It is also a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection – a trilogy of games based around the same set of universe though the worlds and time periods may be vastly different.

The cracked world of Cocoon

The game is set in the world of Cocoon. The government has ordered a purge on civilians who have come into contact with anything from the world of Pulse. Lightning, a soldier of Cocoon, fights against the Sanctum in order to save her sister, who has been branded a Pulse l’Cie. Lightning is soon joined by several allies, each with their own motive. The group all become l’Cie after their encounter with a Pulse fal’Cie. Together, they rally against the Sanctum, while also trying to discover their “Focus” as l’Cie—the tasks they must complete before their time comes to an end.

Glossary: Creatures

  • Maker – an unknown being believed to have created the world of FFXIII
  • fal’Cie – godly beings worshiped by humans; divided into two opposing forces: Sanctum fal’Cie on Cocoon and Pulse fal’Cie on Gran Pulse
  • Anima – a fal’Cie from Pulse; originally tasked with the protection of the village of Oerba
  • l’Cie – humans chosen by fal’Cie to become servants (Pulse l’Cie are those marked by fal’Cie from Gran Pulse and Sanctum l’Cie are those marked by fal’Cie from Cocoon)
  • Ragnarok – a creature of Pulse destined to destroy Cocoon
  • Cie’th – a creature which a l’Cie is doomed to become should they be unable to complete their Focus within a time limit

Glossary: Locations

  • Cocoon – a floating world supported and maintained by the Sanctum fal’Cie such as Orphan and Barthandelus
  • Gran Pulse (or simply, “Pulse”) – the world underneath Cocoon and is comprised of flatland, mountains, caves and swamps
  • Bodhum – a seaside town on Cocoon famous for wish-granting fireworks
  • Pulse Vestige – ruins from Pulse and are now located near Bodhum
  • Oerba – a village found on Gran Pulse

Glossary: Others

  • Sanctum – the ruling government of Cocoon which is led by the Sanctum fal’Cie
  • Focus – a mission for the l’Cie to complete which is revealed in a dream and varies for each l’Cie unless given in a group
  • Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero: Promise – web novellas published by Square Enix on events prior to the game’s beginning