Introducing yourself via giant explosion is just how powerful beings let each other know they’re in the club. It’s like a secret handshake, only everyone within thirty miles can see it. The point is the inhabitants of Sciona’s world were probably more impressed with this sort of thing than Maxima.

Could they have made it through the portal before the explosion? Probably, but then Sydney really had no idea what kind of attack it was, or that it had that “heat the ground” delay on it. Honestly, she didn’t know it was an attack, it could have been about to put on a light show, but let’s be real, she’s played her share of Final Fantasy games. She knows what it looks like when a summons’ superweapon is about to go off.

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