The Kingdom of Zeal (ジール王国 Jīru-ōkoku?) was a nation in the Antiquity era of Chrono Trigger. It was home to the Enlightened Ones, and was the center of art, culture, technology, and most of all, magic. The Kingdom is comprised of four islands that float above the land and sea. Only magic-wielding folk reside within. There is a strong prejudice here against non-magical beings.
The Kingdom of Zeal was created when mankind discovered magic. What was soon discovered is that some people, no matter what happened or how they tried, were completely unable to use magic. The ruler of Zeal was given the name Zeal.
Around the time of the last Ice Age, the people of Zeal - using their advanced technology and magic - lifted the whole kingdom off of the earth. The islands of Zeal floated above the dense cloud cover that kept the planet shrouded in eternal blizzard. People incapable of using magic were left behind, being dubbed the Earthbound Ones.
Destruction and Legacy
Queen Zeal and her three gurus, Belthasar, Melchior and Gaspar, attempted to summon Lavos to obtain greater power from it. However, they were unable to control Lavos. The three gurus, as well as the prince and princess of Zeal, were absorbed into time portals created by Lavos and sent to various eras. The Kingdom of Zeal was destroyed by the unrestrained power of Lavos and sank to the bottom of the sea. Queen Zeal herself survived, somehow gaining tremendous power from Lavos despite the disaster, and her warship the Black Omen was isolated outside of the flow of time and hung in the air above the earth for eons. She was eventually defeated by Crono.
Humans after the fall of Zeal were unable to tap into the power of Lavos and so become unable to wield magic. Those who survived the fall of Zeal came to live on the frozen ground alongside the Earthbound Ones and the distinction between the two was lost. However, gifted individuals such as Spekkio are able to release humans' latent power and allow them to access magic once again.
Known by its citizens as The City of Dreams, Enhasa features countless beds and Zeal's usually stunning architecture -- golden windows, ornate walls, and spanning bookcases of erudition. Due to the Kingdoms technological and financial success, its citizens are prone to lavishness. In Enhasa, the "art of dreaming" is engaged in. Likely for prophetical gains. Belthasar also has a lab here. Several of his Nu creations are found within. Janus is first encountered here.
Known by its citizen as the City of Magic, Kajar is a magical research facility where the Pendant, Magic Capsules, and other Zeal technologies were created. Belthasar also has a lab here. The Black Gemstone is found within.
The seat of Zeal's Government, the Queen rules over the four-island flying continent. Dalton, Schala, Janus, and the Prophet dwell and sleep here. Nu's backscratching technique is learned here. Many study areas and bedchambers are separated by mezzanine levels here. The Palace is the original home of the Mammon Machine.
Mountain of Woe
Originally suspended in the clouds along with the other continents, the Mountain of Woe serves as Zeal's prison. Any who oppose the royal family are locked here. The Mountain is later chained to the Earthbound Continent below, though it still hovers slightly over the sea.
50px Also known as The Undersea Palace, this sub-aquatic domicile is the new home of Mammon Machine. Its distance from the main continent adds mystique to this research facility for dangerous magical experiments. Proceeding the awakening of Lavos, the Ocean Palace is destroyed. It raises to the sky as the Black Omen, a warship with devilish denizens.
Isolated on an island East of Zeal Palace sits a magically sealed structure. Housing the Elemental weapons of the Palace prior to the advent of the Mammon Machine, this structure was only accessible through the Pendant is given to Schala by the Gurus. Originally, it was intended to be a dungeon, explorable in the Present, but was cut from the game for unknown reasons. In the Present, a Nu resides here amongst two Sealed Chests, one contains the Swallow, the other contains the Guardian Helm, artifacts of the once prominent Floating Kingdom. However, the Nu only allows the player to choose one chest to open.
A flying fortress piloted by Dalton. After Zeal crashes into the sea, Dalton imprisons the party there. It is demolished after they escape.
Land Bridges and Skyways
Land Bridges and Skyways link the many sky-islands of Zeal to each other and to the ground. Magical energy in the form of sunlight teleports those who step upon the glyphs to their corresponding constructs.