|Source: Seiken Densetsu Series|
|Level Range: 41-45|
The Loftarasa Mountain Range spreads across most of northern Guardia. The easiest way through it involves going through Cosmo Canyon.
0 - A wormhole appears somewhere in the western region of Loftarasa when the Cleft is first created. It is one of the Origin Wormholes.
98 - The town of Mandala is established by a clan of Matangui that migrated here from Shadmire.
212 - Two unnamed prophets appear in Mandala giving six "veedios", orbs that see the future, to the townsfolk there.
230 - Construction of the Temple of Prophecy is completed.
245 - The Vandole Army infiltrates the Palace of Darkness and accidentally unleashes demons onto the mountain range. The resulting carnage castrates the Vandole forces and results in the deaths of many matangui, who are forced to flee Mandala. The Mana Spirits intervene, successfully closing the gateway that allowed the demons to escape, but unable to stop those already terrorizing Guardia.
246 - The Megaphone of Ubiquity is used by _____ in the Battle of Darkess. Guardia soldiers and various surrounding townspeople are empowered and fight off the demons. When the demon leader slays ____ and destroys the megaphone, Avenant is enraged and defeats the leader. The remaining demons are killed or flee into the caverns of Rolante.
Mandala is a small mountaintop village in the western region of Lofty. It is known primarily for the temple that exists on its grounds and the matangui monks that inhabit the space. Some mountain climbers also choose to rest here.
Temple of Prophecy
The Temple was erected in honor of two mysterious prophets that brought six orbs to the town that seemed to be able to predict the future. The prophets have fallen off the pages of history, but two statues have been erected in front of the temple in their honor.
The Temple is maintained by a group of Matangui shaman led by the elder shaman Byrjun.
Notable mountain at the eastern edge of Loftarasa Range.
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Notable mountain at the southern edge of Loftarasa Range.
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Notable valley in the western region of Loftarasa Range.
Palace of Darkness
The Palace of Darkness existed in the central region of the Loftarasa Range. When the demons of the palace first escaped, the Palace was "sealed" with the help of Avenant and the Mana Spirits. Some of these demons still live around Loftarasa.
Rumors of a gate to the Palace of Darkness float around, based on the fact that the Mana Spirit Shade now lives there and probably created a means of entering and exiting.
Shrine of Mana
Somewhere in the northern region of the mountain range there is a small shrine dedicated to the spirits of mana. It has been long abandoned.
Sage Joch's Peak
At the top of one of Loftarasa's many peaks is the home of the ancient Sage Joch. From here, legend says that Sage Joch could see all the events that transpired in the world. The interior of the peak is a supposedly incredibly expansive space where legendary heroes are said to have been truly tested.
The Loftarasa Range is in the middle of Guardia. Various paths around the area connect to places as diverse as the Frosty Forest, Wutai, and Cosmo Canyon.
A large community of matangui have founded the mountaintop village of Mandala. Most of them have dedicated themselves to a simple life sustained by the natural surroundings and regular worship at the Temple of Prophecy which is just outside of town.
There are rumors of a demonic presence deep within the belly of the mountain range. This is supported by a surge of flying imp creatures that have begun to prowl around Rolante. They supposedly have originated from the Palace of Darkness.
A small colony of harpies have taken refuge near Rolante. Their leader is known as Tzenker. More info in Mt. Rolante.
The wildlife consists mostly of various types of birds and large insects. A particular blight in parts of the mountains includes very aggressive owls that attack those who attempt to climb the trails. Wolves also roam around the Nibelheim region.
Law, Government, and Politics
The entire Loftarasa Mountain Range is under Guardia dominion, and Guardia Castle overlooks the eastern section of the mountains and often stations small groups of soldiers around the region as it is the heart of the continent. Soldiers also occasionally are assigned to nearby residential areas in order to establish the continuing existence of Guardia Castle.
Saturn Valley was never addressed by Guardia Castle, due mostly to communication problems.
Many secrets dwell within the lofty Loftarasa Mountain Range, hidden to all but those with the greatest of scrutiny. An astute blackbelt pokemon trainer would ask of you:
- Have you brought a blessing of light to the peak?
- Completed IN SEARCH OF MANA?
- Survived the crypt of Loftarasa?
- Attained a special artifact?
The Great Explorer Luigi Says
"Luigi never steps-a foot on the Loftarasa without carrying plenty-a remedies from Orbonne Monastery. He's been-a poisoned, choked, had his ankle sprained, inflicted with-a plague and unable to move, and frozen in place! Luigi recommends bringing some Pep Pills or Blue Movement Potions, because-a sprained ankle is-a life threatening disaster, mamma-mia!"