This week’s Translation Tuesday is to celebrate the release of Ys VIII with a special document translated from the Ys Perfect Data of I ~ VI book that was published in 2004. Though due to the publishing date, this information predates other Ys titles that have been released post Ark of Napishtim. They will not be addressed in this topic. This document is a timeline that addresses critical pieces of lore that have become crucial to the Ys series, especially with the introduction of emelas from Ys VI.
During the editing process for this, I have decided to split this article into two parts. The errata, next week, will feature extra information, and perhaps additional timelines and other random information out of the Ys Perfect Data book.
As a heads up, everything below the title header past the cut is 100% from the translation. Any additional notes that I’ve made are entirely in the footnotes. So as the translation seems to break prose from the game a bit here and there, this is from the original information. There are also things that are getting referred to for later parts of this document… due to the size of it as a whole, and the overwhelming scope of this translation, I’ve decided at the last minute to split it into two, and present the ‘errata’ section of the document for the next Translation Tuesday in two weeks.
Before I begin everything in this, I want to say that this translation was a long-time coming, and there are a lot of people that I’ve wanted to thank over the years of working on it, but most of them, I can’t really fully recall. However, outside of the usual suspects, I want to point out a dear friend of mine, Ayu Ohseki. She has been involved in song lyric translations that I’ve posted here before as well. When I first started on this years ago, she gave me so much help. I can’t start this article without a shoutout to her.
On top of my thanks to Ayu, I’m also giving my undying thanks to Guan and Yotaka who helped me when I got stuck on some parts of this.
Proofreading on this has been done by Firehawke, S_Tiger, Ribose, and Guan.