Final Fantasy II is the second installment in the Final Fantasy Series. It is notable for being
one of the first story-intensive RPGs released for a console system, and for being the first game in
the series to feature many elements that would later become staples of the Final Fantasy franchise,
including chocobos and a character by the name of Cid.
The story concerns the adventures of four youngsters from the kingdom of Fynn named Firion,
Maria, Guy and Leon. Their parents are killed during an invasion by the army of The Emperor of Palamecia,
who has summoned forth monsters from Hell in his quest to dominate the world. Fleeing the Emperor's
monsters, the four are attacked and left for dead. Firion, Maria, and Guy are rescued by Princess Hilda
of Fynn, who has established a rebel base in the nearby town of Altair. Eager to prove their value to
the resistance movement, the three remaining youths undertake a variety of missions against Palamecia
and join forces with a variety of allies not only to defeat the Emperor, but to locate Maria's missing
brother Leon as well.