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Norstein Bekkler's Tent of Horrors

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Norstein Bekkler
Norstein Bekkler
Lucca, Crono, and Marle talking to Norstein Bekkler.
Home Time Present
Home Area Leene Square

Norstein Bekkler's Tent of Horrors (ノルシュティン・ベッケラーの実験小屋 Norstein Bekkler's Circus Tent of Experiments?) is a location in Chrono Trigger. Located in Leene Square during the Millennial Fair of the Present, this carnival attraction is home to the magician, Norstein Bekkler.

Norstein Bekkler[edit | edit source]

Norstein Bekkler is a mad-scientist-turned-entertainer. Not much is revealed about him, except that he exists somewhat outside the reality of the game. His creations can be delivered to the characters' homes, regardless of where in history those homes are.

Tent of Horrors[edit | edit source]

Bekkler hosts a mini-game where people can pay 10, 40, or 80 Silver Points.

Guessing Game[edit | edit source]

Costs 10 silver points. Three identical men - Vicks, Wedge, & Piette - come out on stage. They then walk around back and forth, mixing themselves up. Afterward, you will be asked to find one of the three at random. Picking the right one will reward you with a Poyozo Doll, which is delivered to the lead character's home. The doll is actually a music box that plays the character's theme.

Copycat Game[edit | edit source]

Costs 40 silver points. An animated duplicate doll of the team lead walks out onto stage. The character must then mimic the actions of the doll: raise left arm, raise right arm, laugh, surprise. Keeping up will award the lead character with the Doppel Doll. (This is important later in the game when the team needs a duplicate of Crono.)

At the character's house, the doll can be put into one of many poses for your amusement.

Beanbag Throw[edit | edit source]

The hardest of all games, this costs 80 silver points. One of your team members is tied up and held over an open flame by a slowly-descending chain. A trio of Kilwalas slowly walk toward you. You must throw beanbags at the monsters to hold them at bay, waiting for a chance to hit the control that raises the chain and keeps your ally from being roasted. If the monsters catch you, they will keep you from raising the chain and your ally is toast. Winning the game awards you with a pet cat.

The rewards are all returned to the character's house, located:

Character House
Crono Crono's House (Truce, Present)
Marle Guardia Castle (Present)
Lucca Lucca's House (Present)
Robo Proto Dome (Future)
Frog Cursed Woods (Zenan, Middle Ages)
Ayla Chief's Hut (Ioka Village, Prehistory)
Magus North Cape (Antiquity, after the fall of Zeal)

NOTE: If you already have the prize for a game in the Tent of Horrors, you are rewarded with cat food for your pet cat(s). This lets your cat have kittens.

Assisting with Crono's resurrection[edit | edit source]

When the party want to resurrect Crono, Belthasar tells them that a "doppel doll" would work well and tells them that the magician Norstein Bekkler could make one for them and tells them that he loves festivals. If they can find a fair, then they will find Norstein Bekkler somewhere at that fair.

The party head to Leene Square where the Millennial Fair is being held and visit Norstein Bekker's Tent of Horrors. He tells them that he does not normally give out another person's doll, though he will make an exception this time. He asks for 40 Silver Points to play a game and tells them that he will give them the doll even if they lose the game. However, the longer they last in the game, the less he will ask for. Once the party finishes the game, he rewards them a doll that looks just like Crono and sends it to his house.

It is revealed that they needed the doll to replace Crono with during the moment of his death, so it would appear to their past selves that he had indeed died, thus maintaining their past selves' motivation to bring Crono back, avoiding a time paradox.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nobuo Uematsu appears in the Dream Team ending as Norstein Bekkler.
  • Biggs and Wedge, from the Guessing Game, are probably allusions to Biggs and Wedge from Final Fantasy VI, who are themselves allusions to characters of the same name from Star Wars. In the original US translations of both Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy III', Biggs was referred to as Vicks. Piett is another Star Wars reference.