Garden serves as a private military school in this new world of Final
Fantasy VIII. Garden is located all over this world and its students/
soldiers calm the disputes of mankind. Kids from ages 6 to 19 attend the
school. If a student does not pass an exam between the ages of 15 and
19, they will be expelled from Garden.
Another goal for these students is to become a member of SeeD, a special
military force only for special students that possess a power unlike
regular people. In this world, only SeeD members have the ability to use
magic. Normal civilians arenít capable of handling such power.
Fundementally witches have been the only women that have powerful magic.
Though they have existed since ancient time, the reason why they exist
is unknown. They are not immortal but have the fatal thread like humans.
So some witches made best use of their magical power and conquered
people, and some hated their own power and lived a solitary life. Some
evil witches were beside themselves with the tremendous magical power
and even controlled a government at that time. People feared all the
witches as evil ones, and they have been trying to get rid of them from
their society. And now (in the time of FF8), the existence of witches
have become unknown to ordinary people. For young people, including
Squall, witches are just what exist only in legends. Adding to this,
many of them have forgotten that some witches are evil.
Peace has been existing for quite some time now in the world of Final
Fantasy VIII. No war and no more disputes in the world thanks to Garden
and SeeDís superb management with the military forces. There was peace.
And then there was Edea. She appeared before the public with many in
awe. They worshipped her as a god for they thought witches were legends
and not real. The world turned to Edea except for a few which know
Edeaís plan. From this, a war erupts into something beyond
imagination... ... ... ..