The Thirteenth Farewell

Thirteen days before the finale.
Thirteen days until the last journey.
Thirteen days until the last farewell.

For a perfect reading experience, please turn music on.

It’s thirteen days until the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and the time has come to finally reveal our very special Final Fantasy XIII fan project. It’s something which hasn’t been done ever before. It’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get in contact with people who worked on the Final Fantasy XIII saga. Let me introduce  “The Thirteenth Farewell”.

March 27th, 2010 @ 00:30:24


We, Square Portal, I have always loved the Final Fantasy XIII saga from the bottom of my heart. The story, atmosphere, characters, music, world – everything. This has led me to have some sort of eagerness to tell about my gratefulness and enthusiasms to the developers and team behind the games. Especially since it’s no lie that the series has faced problems and negativity during the past years. Behind the product are individual humans similar to us. I want to let them to know their work still receives a lot of love, and just like many other fans it influenced my life and made me the person I am today.

It’s the positivity, hope and love which keeps us going – the thought of better days, which also played a big part in the ideology of the Final Fantasy XIII saga. To overcome the impossible. To overcome others’ expectations. To overcome yourself. This is the idea behind The Thirteen Farewell project as well. We want to make what was once impossible, possible.


I have always wanted to share my thoughts to Final Fantasy XIII developers but never got a chance. This was due to the long distance to the events and bad financial situation – perhaps even the language barrier. I planned to write a letter and an article about my feelings and experiences, hoping that someday my thoughts would reach the developers. But realistically-speaking it just wasn’t possible. How could they possibly read or see it?

So I started to think. A few months ago,  I finally came up with an idea.  The Thirteenth Farewell – an ultimate Final Fantasy XIII fan project that unites the fans of Final Fantasy XIII saga to deliver a message of love and passion to the team. Our final thanks. The final farewell.


The idea is to create a huge “Thank You” book [.PDF] filled with letters, art and other works from the fans of the Final Fantasy XIII saga. I have been preparing and discussing about this with Square Enix for a while, and it looks like we will be able to send the book to the developers! How incredible is that! This is something that wouldn’t have been possible if we didn’t unite. But the project isn’t ready yet. We need the community. The fans. YOU, to create the contents for the book.


Are you eager to express your thanks to the team behind the Final Fantasy XIII saga? It can be done in many ways:

  • By writing a text, in which you tell about your relationship with the game. For example, you can write about: how it has been a part of your life, did you felt about music and art, did you meet new people or even friends along the way. The most important thing is to tell them what you feel about the saga. Please, mainly focus on FFXIII x love x passion. (in English)
  • By creating art. Have you drawn/painted/etc. cool pictures of Final Fantasy XIII games and characters? Now is your chance to share them with the developers.
  • By taking pictures. Share pictures of your collection, cosplay outfits, dolls you have made by yourself, anything that’s Final Fantasy XIII related.
  • Other ways. How else could you show and express your love towards Lightning and friends in this book? Share your ideas on the comments section.

All work must be sent before the 30th of April to or the contact-form below. With emails, title your email “The Thirteenth Farewell” and include all contents in one email.

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    • The book should be finished soon but due to real life obligations I haven’t been able to finish it in the quality I wan yett. Since this project is being build and designed by one person and there are over 1000 letters – each is getting own unique treatment, it will naturally take long time to finish because this isn’t only project I am working at the moment. Good things will take time to finish. I am sorry about that. PDF version will be under consideration once I finish with the main project.

      The long delay was caused by my military service which took over 6 months to complete and continues next month. I am really sorry, but these things are something that limit my creativeness and working currently.

    • Book is still in the works since is being build by one person, and we received nearly 1000 letters from the fans. That’s why it will take time to put everything together and make it a decent book. The book won’t be visible online but we hope the developers will share pictures of it once they receive it. :)

      • Could you explain what exactly the Notification System thing is? Is that just something that’s going to be sent to everyone who participated to let them know their entry is in the book?

        • Every who participated will receive an email “thanks for participating” – for now we’re scheduling to do it before 1st June. But due to error in our system, we need to send all emails separately and it will be taking more time than originally planned. :)

  1. Wish I could have joined in. College is such a bummer during finals but we got to do what we got to do. Just have to say that the entire series has been an incredible emotional roller-coaster that have created a new way of viewing the world and its current events.I had so much fun playing it and watching all of the characters develop. On an extra probably not relevant point, this game is an incredible getaway world that I was able to go into and forget about the on-going panic attack episodes I was going through for 3 months straight and overall help me get through it while telling me that things in reality were going to end up just how they are supposed to be and would work out to a positive note in the end. In a sense FFXIII, FFXIII-2, and LR:FFXIII were and are a great source of therapy for me and my confidence.

  2. yeah, I just wanted to thank you for the chance as well. i have always wanted to express my feelings about the FF XIII saga and you gave me the chance thanks again.

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