I FINALLY got past the castle after some technical difficulties beforehand. Oh, man, I couldn't read the map worth crap for a good while and got sooooo lost. Did a little bit of side quests once I figured out what was what. I restored water to the desert, got the moogle belt, and went on to Mandala. Those "veedios" seem awfully familiar, huh? Kinda cool if you think about it. Explored a nearby cave and got Shade magic for the Sprite! Awesome. Leveled up Shade magic.