Of course, being plot based, this is bound to have spoilers for those who care:
Triforce has the gist of it pretty well. There's not a whole lot of concrete evidence, so you have to put a lot of characters backgrounds together for yourself, but I believe the consensus is basically that Shadow was a theif (Clyde), who abandoned his dying friend and fellow thief (Baram), when asking for Clyde to kill him before leaving him so he wouldn't be caught.
Clyde thereafter finds himself on the brink of death in Thamasa, and being saved by a woman (Relm's mother, this is also when/where he meets interceptor), for an unknown period of time cultivates a new life for himself, haunted by his past and inadequacies, at some point taking the pseudonym of Shadow (either to start a new life in arrival, or on departure). He leaves this life, telling interceptor he wants him and daughter to live in a peaceful world (By ommission of his wife, one could assume she was likely killed somehow), Shadow leaves Relm behind, and interceptor follows.
As Strago was a monster hunter in his youth, he could either have been Relm's maternal grandfather, or adoptive grandfather, who probably came back to town to find Relm abandoned, and quit hunting Hidon to take care of Relm in his old age. Strago (Magus), doesn't share Relm's surname (Arrowny), but then neither would a maternal grandfather, so it's anyone's guess there.
for your interest if you want to see the dreams yourself: www.fantasyanime.com/finalfantasy/ff6/ff6shadowdream.htm
Other more obscured character backgrounds hinted at may include Gogo, and Mog. When watching Setzer's reverie of Daryl's crash, it should be noted that her airship crashes into triangle mountain, and this is the only plot relation using the location. It can therefore be assumed that Gogo is likely Daryl.
When getting Mog in WoR, he stands in front of the relic "Molulu's Charm" (FFIIIUS: Moogle Charm, prevents all random encounters). As was with the japanese name of the item in the SNES version as well, it is synonymous with the name of the moogle who stands aside mog in the battle to save terra (five levels below party average), while the original description describes it as a charm given by a lover. Being she is low leveled standing next to mog, it can be assumed that Molulu was Mog's lover, and given the absence of the other Moogles in the WoR, that she likely died and left him that keepsake.
We just don't get subtle games like this anymore sadly.
- 9 years ago