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City of Motavia

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, '12, 12:01 am 
This artwork used in the Phantasy Star IV manual gives us an idea of the artist's concept of a large Palman city on the desert planet of Motavia, depicting it as much larger than any could be shown in the game itself. After one thousand years of recovery from the disasters caused by the destruction of their native world, the Palmans have built an impressive city nestled among the dunes and mountains. Although there is no label to tell us exactly which city we're seeing, it is most likely Aiedo. A second, smaller settlement stands off to the left side; perhaps it is part of the larger city, merely with some buildings blocked from our view.

I must confess that I have never quite understood what is going on in the upper half of this artwork. Certainly there are some tall mountains, but the blue night sky looks to be filled with wild, almost root-like structures. What do you think that is supposed to be?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, '12, 11:03 pm 
Nice drawing, and as i love the blue color, it's a beautiful view to the eyes...Surely Aiedo or maybe Piata, the city of learning.
Humm, that is a good question.. I never really watch this picture but as I do so...it reminds me of the anime or manga Nausicaa of the valley of the win...or the Ents of Fangorn (in the Lord of the Rings) but to explain it ...maybe a vision of the future of Motavia ? A new era is coming : after the sand back to Motavia, maybe greenery will come back like in Phantasy Star II ?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, '12, 12:13 am 
Maybe it's Zio's fortress on its real dimension. Or maybe is just something along these lines:

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That shape really looks like a Thoul.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, '12, 7:58 am 
Awesome photos!!! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, '12, 12:10 pm 
Ah yes ! Like a Thoul ! It's not far from that ! Nice photo too. And the comparison with the japanese cover is good too. Maybe the forms on the back are tied to The Profound Darkness or Dark Force spreading his evil clutches on all Algo ?


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