As previously noted in an earlier article, Chrono Trigger is littered with religious subtext and in my research for Magi I was reminded about another series of games that referred to Magi or The Three Wise Men, Chrono Trigger. However, in the game instead of referring to them as The Three Wise Men they are referred to as the Guru’s of Zeal, a fallen kingdom you were able to visit in the game in the Antiquity Era. You meet them in various parts of the game but the names are a total giveaway to who they are supposed to be. Belthasar, Gaspar, and Melchior, although not named in the bible are referred to as the three wise men from afar that gave the gift to a baby Jesus and were first to acknowledge him as a King.
First we shall discuss the video game characters and afterwards we will discuss the real life people that they were based on. We shall go in the order as how they appear on the picture from left to right, minus Nu which was a creation of Belthasar. Belthasar, in the game, has the title of “Guru of Reason”. An incident in the Era of Antiquity thrusted the gurus to different places in time. Belthasar, was sent to the future and was responsible for creating the time machine, Epoch. Sadly enough, he passes away in the future but he placed all his memories in the Nu that stands behind him in the picture. Through the Nu, he teaches our heroes how to travel through time using the time machine and helps them find a way to bring the dead back to life. In real life, Belthasar was said to be a King of Arabia. He was further described by an 8th century saint, Bede de Venerable, as “of black complexion, with heavy beard, was called Baltasar; the myrrh he held in his hands prefigured the death of the Son of man.”
Gaspar, in the game, has the title of “Guru of Time”. The group meets him at the End of Time and he is only known as “The Old Man” at first. He teaches the group that time travel can only be done three people at a time and anymore would cause them to end of up at the End of Time. With his knowledge he teaches the team in what time era they could learn magic. He also gives them the Chrono Trigger, or a Time Egg. That could be used to help bring Chrono back to life. However, in order for them to know how to hatch the egg they would have to get assistance from Belthasar. In real life, Gaspar or Caspar, was said to be an Indian King and scholar. Bede de Venerable also noted of him stating, “Gaspar by name, young, beardless, of ruddy hue, offered to Jesus his gift of incense, the homage due to Divinity.”
Melchior, in the game, has the title of “Guru of Life”. The group meets him in the Present era and was responsible for assisting in creating some of the most powerful weapons and armors in the game. Melchior created the original Masamune and also with some assistance repairs it so it can be used again. With Rainbow Shells and the Sun Stone he is able to make Crono’s ultimate weapon, the Rainbow Sword, as well as some of the strongest armors in the game including, the Prismatic Helmet and the Prismatic Dress. In real life, Melchior was said to be a Persian King and scholar. Bede the Venerable also has a description of him, describing Melchior as “an old man, with white hair and long beard; he offered gold to the Lord as to his king.”
The Three Wise Men or the Magi came from far and wide to seek the infant Jesus. It was almost like an United Nations of sort when they all came together that day. Three scholars and Kings offering gifts to a child that they knew and we all know is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Scholars still question however when they actually reached Jesus. But I hope now we have a better understanding of who they were. Also, I would hope that it gives you a better understanding of the characters from the game Chrono Trigger. If you haven’t played it you should definitely check it out.
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for allowing me to see how deep a simple game can be. To take me down the rabbit hole to know about your son and my King’s history. I can only hope that I educated someone with this today and that I can teach more and better in the future if it’s Your will. In Jesus name, Amen.