This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Squall Leonhart [SeeD Soldier]
Quistis Trepe [Garden Instructor/SeeD Soldier/Blue Mage]
Zell Dincht [SeeD Fighter]
Selphie Tilmitt [SeeD Soldier]
Rinoa Heartilly [Princess of the Forest Owls]
Laguna Loire [Galbadian Soldier/Journalist]
Irvine Kinneas [SeeD Sniper]
Seifer Almasy [SeeD Candidate]
Ward [Galbadian Soldier/Janitor]
Kiros [Galbadian Soldier/Bounty Hunter]
Secret Character [Secret Job]
Final Fantasy VIII takes place in a world where high technology coexists
with magic. In this world, there is one person gifted with with powerful
magic, and she is known as the "sorceress."
The game starts in a military school, called "Garden," where children
and young adults train to enter the military. Garden also sponsors a
team known as "SeeD," which is composed of a group of elite soldiers.
Squall Leonhart and Seifer Almasy are two students enrolled in Garden
who are trying to join SeeD. After Squall passes (and Seifer fails) the
final examination in the besieged city of Dollet, Squall and a team of
other SeeDs board a train to the city of Timber, where Squall has a
mysterious dream about a soldier named Laguna...
Final Fantasy VIII is a story in two parts. For most of the game, the
player plays as Squall and his party. Every once in a while, the game
will switch over control to Laguna, whose story takes place some time
before Squall was born.
The major new feature to the game is the "junctioning" system, where
magic spells can be used to boost character attributes through use of
summoned monsters called "guardian forces."