Reclaiming The Throne
Final Fantasy XV and The Way of Men
IV. Conclusive Thoughts
At this point, some of the more aloof, cultural pessimist types out there might ask: “Why even bother? Why focus attention and energy on a fictional piece of mainstream media that’s deeply entrenched in the global Kulturindustrie? What good is dissecting a video game’s narrative in search of primordial truths, when most of its recipients will probably never read these lines or waste just one thought on the deeper implications of their recent entertainment? Shouldn’t we try to go beyond the confines of a pacified, capitalist consumer culture, instead of contenting ourselves with simulated masculinity1?” While there may be a kernel of truth to such concerns, the great psychological implications of exploring the practical virtues of masculinity and tradition through culture and myth must not be underestimated.
I’ve already covered the metapolitical necessity of engaging with pop-culture and infusing a traditionalist, identitarian worldview into the process of cultural communication, in the preface to this series of articles. If we accept this proposal to be of value, then Final Fantasy XV is an excellent exhibit to start applying our theory to, since it is a remarkable piece of popular culture in various ways. For one thing, its dramatis personae and overall style do not cater to the prevalent fixation on youth commonly displayed throughout Japanese pop-culture. Instead of contenting themselves with replicating the worn out clichés of teenage superheroes and kawaii aesthetics, the creators strove to actually think the “coming-of-age” motif through till the end and replace the worship of frisky adolescence with a stern ideal of maturity. Moreover, the game’s themes clearly violate the Western mainstream-media’s proper code of conduct as well. In an age where prescribed racial diversity quotas and mandatory sexual deviance have encroached on basically every field of culture, especially on storytelling, a video game like Final Fantasy XV feels like a gust of fresh, unpolluted air. A main-cast comprised exclusively of young, healthy, heterosexual men besides an unapologetically devout and feminine heroine are sure to trigger the ressentiment of many a Cultural Marxist snowflake™. By blatantly endorsing monarchy, faith, patriotism, duty and masculinity, Final Fantasy XV clearly sets itself apart from other products of the American mass-entertainment industry like the recent SJW-masturbation-fest Mass Effect Andromeda.
Furthermore, the game’s story does not suffer from “Game-of-Thrones-syndrom”, i.e. an overly encumbered, needlessly complex and convoluted plot-line, that is essentially going nowhere. While the in-game lore is largely underdeveloped and huge parts of the story feel somewhat rough and unfinished, the symbolic qualities of the narrative are able to shine with all the more power and vivacity. By stripping down the intricacy of the plot in favor of more strongly developed characters and symbols, the archetypal foundation of the game’s story is revealed and emphasized. At the core of the narrative indeed lies a retelling of one of the most ancient meta-stories known to mankind – It is the eternal tale of the young male Hero (Noctis) who must descend into the depths of Chaos (Niflheim) and face its mortal dangers, in order to reach atonement with the Father (Regis) and return with a treasure to revivify his culture (the Ring/the Sword of the Father). Ancient formulations of this primordial story include the Egyptian myth of Horus’ journey to the underworld and the quest of the Hellenic hero Iason for the Golden Fleece.2 It is a tale that speaks to young men of every age and I can’t imagine a story more relevant to a generation of men papmered by baby-boomer mothers and emasculated by decades of egalitarian “education”.
So why spend our valuable time indulging in such stories? Because through these eternal narratives, we are able to reconnect with what lies dormant deep within the wells of our psyche, stowed away in the darkest recess of our souls. These myths are fragments of an unseen, perennial and undying truth, robed in the garments of culture and tradition. Stories like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Odyssey or the Völsunga Saga have managed to entrance countless readers and listeners throughout the ages and are fascinating to us till this day, though far removed from their original cultural context. We still consider these tales to be the greatest achievements of once majestic civilizations because there is primordial, instinctive verity to be found in them. They hold the keys to truly understanding ourselves and our role as men in this day and age, but it is ultimately up to us to unlock their latent potential. By retelling them in the context of our contemporary culture, we call forth the ancestral wisdom that is encoded in the very fabric of our being and thus create ourselves in accordance with our hereditary unconscious – becoming who we are.
So, in short: Don’t be a cuck – Instead, be like Noctis – Be like Regis. Become the young man who embraces his responsibility as protector of his heritage and culture, charge onward, never look back and with the strength of your forebears and the divinity of nature on your side, vanquish the dark and restore the light!
Joseph Campbell: The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Novato 2008
Jack Donovan: The Way of Men, Dissonant Hum, Milwaukee 2011
Mircea Eliade: Das Heilige und das Profane. Vom Wesen des Religiösen [The Sacred and the Profane], Insel Verlag, Frankfurt 1998
Carl Gustav Jung: Archetypen, dtv, München 2016
Jordan B. Peterson: Maps of Meaning. The Architecture of Belief, Routledge, 1999
1 Jack Donovan, The Way of Men, p. 97.