Back when FF games were good and not just a bunch of cut scenes. The story line is pretty good and easy to follow, with a bunch of slightly mentioned side quests.
You start out as a Dark Knight named Cecil, powerful and loyal to King Baron. You're in command of the elite Red Wings. Using an airship you are tasked by the King to collect the Crystals scattered amongst the world at all costs. You threaten, fight, and murder all who get in the way but, Cecil doesn't feel right about his actions. Questioning the King he's striped of command of the Red Wings. Your friend Kain, a Dragoon, tries to defend you. As a punishment you're both sent away on a mundane quest to deliver a package to the nearby Village of Mist. Things aren't what they seem as destruction quickly reigns...