The Flashback Pt. II – FFVII Ep. 12

Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII. Last time, the party made it out of Midgar. I then ran straight to Kalm so I can get this annoying flashback out of the way. I understand that it’s very important to the story, but it’s kind of tedious to play. Still though, if you haven’t played this before or know what it’s about, this is extremely important. So I’m going to finish it off today.

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Aeris: Tifa… Were you waiting outside then?
Tifa: …Yes.
Cloud: We returned to Nibelheim. Sephiroth confined himself at the Inn. He didn’t even try to talk to me.
Tifa: Then all of a sudden he just disappeared, right?
Cloud: We found him inside the biggest building in Nibelheim.
Tifa: The villagers used to call it Shinra Mansion.
Cloud: Long ago, people from Shinra used to live in that mansion…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FLASHBACK~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MUSIC: On That Day Five Years Ago

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Why… why is everyone just standing outside of the gate? That is so weird.

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…Hmmmmmmm

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BOY, THAT WAS SUCH A HIDDEN DOOR.

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Down the spiral staircase.

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Huh… that door seems to be locked. I wonder why that is.

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Sephiroth: Professor Gast named that organism Jenova… X Year, X Month, X Day. Jenova confirmed to be an Ancient. X Year, X Month, X Day. Jenova Project approved. The use of Mako Reactor 1 approved for use…

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Sephiroth: Professor Gast… Why didn’t you tell me anything? Why did you die?

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Well… okay then, I guess.

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MUSIC: Those Chosen By the Planet

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Yeah, this isn’t foreboding at all.

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YEP, I AM SURE EVERYTHING IS FINE, HA HA HA.

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Sephiroth: Hmph… traitor.
Young Cloud: Traitor?
Sephiroth: You ignorant traitor. I’ll tell you. This planet originally belonged to the Cetra. Cetra was an itinerant race. They would migrate in, settle the Planet, then move on… At the end of their hard, long journey, it was said they would find the Promised Land and supreme happiness.

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Sephiroth: They took that which the Cetra and the Planet has made without giving back one whit in return! Those are your ancestors.
Young Cloud: Sephiroth…
Sephiroth: Long ago, disaster struck the planet. Your ancestors escaped… They survived because they hid. The Planet was saved by sacrificing the Cetra. After that, your ancestors continued to multiply. Now all that’s left of the Cetra is in these reports.
Young Cloud: What does that have to do with you?

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Sephiroth: An Ancient named Jenova was found in a 2000 year-old geological stratum. The Jenova Project. The Jenova Project wanted to produce people with the powers of the Ancients… Or, the Cetra. …I am what was produced.
Young Cloud: Pr… produced?!

Well, you see, when a mommy and daddy love each other very much…

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Sephiroth: Professor Gast, leader of the Jenova Project and genius scientist, produced me.
Young Cloud: How… how did he? Se… Sephiroth?

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What.

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AFTER THAT MADMAN

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Oh… oh, dear. Also, DAMN he works fast. Must be that high-level Fire Materia in action. I guess a Fire-3 spell could level a town pretty quickly.

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Zangan: Then come over here and help me! I’ll check this house. You check that one over there!

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Young Cloud: Terrible… Sephiroth… this is too terrible!

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Oh, he’s just over there mercilessly slaughtering some townspeople. That… that’s just great.

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One of the most iconic scenes in any game ever. You KNOW they’re going to make a huge deal about it in the remake.

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Cloud sprints to the reactor. To be honest, I don’t know how he made it there without Sephiroth supporting his Level 1, 140 HP having ass. Since it was well established that any monster in a random encounter can KO him in one attack. But, video game logic, whatever.

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Young Tifa: Sephiroth?! Did Sephiroth do this to you? Sephiroth… SOLDIER… Mako Reactors… Shinra… I hate them all!

And on that day, an activist was born.

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Tifa attempts to take Sephiroth out with his own sword. It doesn’t go very well, and she gets slashed down the stairs for her efforts.

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Ain’t no thang to a boss.

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😦

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Oh. Oh, yeah. That’s not creepy or weird or anything, right?

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Sephiroth: I’ve thought of a great idea. Let’s go to the Promised Land.

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Young Cloud: My family! My hometown! How could you do this to them?!
Sephiroth: Ha ha ha… They’ve come again, Mother. With her superior power, knowledge, and magic, Mother was destined to become the ruler of this Planet.

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Goddamn, when did this turn into a Resident Evil game?!

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Young Cloud: It’s the same as your sadness!
Sephiroth: Ha ha ha, my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet. I have orders to take the Planet back from you stupid people for the Cetra. What should I be sad about?
Young Cloud: Sephiroth… I trusted you…

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~END FLASHBACK~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Barret: Wait a damn minute! That’s it? No more?
Cloud: …I don’t remember.
Aeris: What happened to Sephiroth?
Cloud: In terms of skill, I couldn’t have killed him.
Tifa: Official records state Sephiroth is dead. I read it in the newspaper.
Aeris: Shinra, Inc. owns the newspapers, so you can’t rely on that.

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Cloud: I challenged Sephiroth and lived. Why didn’t he kill me?
Tifa: …I’m alive, too.
Aeris: A lot of this doesn’t make sense. What about Jenova? It was in the Shinra building, right?
Cloud: Shinra shipped it from Nibelheim to Midgar.
Aeris: Did someone carry it out later? It was missing from the Shinra building.
Tifa: Sephiroth?
Barret: Damn! None of this makes sense! I’m going, going, going, gone! And I’m leavin’ the thinkin’ to you! Yo, Cloud! Let’s get a move on!
Cloud: Wait a sec. Right.

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Barret: I ain’t lettin’ Sephiroth or Shinra get to no Promised Land. If they do, then we’re all screwed. Y’know what I’m sayin’?
Cloud: Beautiful, just beautiful! Is that all?
Barret: Jus’ leave it to me!
Cloud: Oh, brother…

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Tifa: How bad was I after Sephiroth stabbed me?
Cloud: I thought you were a goner. …I was so sad.
Tifa: …
Aeris: I… The Ancients… Cetra… Jenova… Sephiroth and myself…
Tifa: Let’s go. Barret’s waiting.

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I used to agree, but now it’s kind of tedious to get through. But the first time, hot damn!

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The PHS allows us to swap out party members on the World Map or at a save point.

Aeris: With PHS, I can see you anytime!
Barret: All right then, we’re outta here.

Now that the flashback is over, I can take my time and explore the town of Kalm

MUSIC: Ahead On Our Way

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Man: He’s got this killer sword and looks REAL scary…

Sounds like our guy.  INTO THE HOUSES! THERE’S LOOT TO BE HAD. We can get back to pursuing Sephiroth after we rob everyone blind.

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Woman: Don’t you think?
Cloud: Yeah, maybe. You’re full of it.
Woman:  Hmm. But I’d hate to think of what life’d be like without Mako energy.

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DRUGS IN THE CLOSET

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Kid: But a lot of plants and animals have been disappearing at a rapid pace. I think the old life was better. Don’t you think so?
Cloud: Yeah, maybe No way
Kid:  Yeah, sure I’m right! You think so, don’t you?

I JUST AGREED WITH YOU.

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NEXT HOUSE

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Man: I used to live there too. But I heard they got lots of troubles lately.

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DRUGS IN THE CABINET

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NEXT HOUSE

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That’s not very nice. The kid has dedication. That’s a lot more than can be said for a lot of people nowadays.

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What is this?

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Huh… it’s a weapon that no one can equip. Looks like a gun. WEIRD.

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Man: We’re better off with the Mako energy.
Man 2: I heard President Shinra was killed. And his son Rufus, the new president, was badly injured. Heh… just between us, I heard it was them Ava-whaddaya call-ums that got President Shinra and his son.
Woman: The famous floating city, Midgar… Just one I’d love to see it in person.

WHAT THE HELL. It takes like 30 seconds to get there on the world map. What is wrong with you? You can probably see it from here, you dink!

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There’s one more house to check out.

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Cloud: It’s true. Just a rumor
Woman: Yeah, well either way, as long as we use reactors, we can’t stand up to Shinra.

This kind of fatalistic attitude is still around today.

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More drugs in the cupboard. There’s a lot of Ethers just lying around this town. That’s kind of odd.

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Guy: Now all he does is sit around getting drunk in the bar…

Well, let’s head to the bar, I guess.

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Man: There have been a lot of dangerous accidents recently. I hate it, I just hate it.
Miner: Me? I used to work in a mine down south called Mythril Mine. But awhile back, monsters started appearing. After that, business went to pot and now I spend the days here drinking.
Bartender: It seems there was this group called AVALANCHE runnin’ around, but I guess SOLDIER finally wiped them out.

That’s everyone to talk to in Kalm… there’s only one last thing to do here.

SHOPPING SPREE!!

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Some new Materia to be found here. Earth Materia is pretty self-explanatory. Heal Materia is used to heal status effects such as Poison or Darkness. I pick up one of each.

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The Weapon Shop has weapon upgrades for everyone but Red XIII. Something to note is that this is Cloud’s first upgrade, while everyone else had one in Midgar. Doesn’t really mean much, just something I’ve always noticed. Probably because the Buster Sword is so iconic. I grab the Mythril Claw for Tifa and the Mythril Saber for Cloud, since they’re in my current party. I don’t really see the need to get equipment for the other members that I’m not using at the moment.

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And that’s it for Kalm! It was a nice little town, full of plot, full of upgrades, and it has awesome music.

Now it’s time to strike out in the wide, open world.

MUSIC: Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII

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Now, before I advance the story, there’s a certain encounter I’m looking for. For more than one reason.

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Nope.

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No, this isn’t it either… good gravy, what the hell are those things? Motorcycle cyborgs?

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THERE we go. 2 Custom Sweepers. Glad to see ya.

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Reason #1: Learning Matra Magic, one of the better E-Skills.

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Reason #2: Stealing the Atomic Scissors. This is a BIG upgrade for Barret. I should probably put him into my party, in fact, as this is about 2 tiers above my current equipment. More powerful than anything I’ve got right now.

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WHOA, DUDE

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As the party keeps moving, we see some greener plains off in the distance, as well as what looks like a farm.

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Yup. Definitely a farm.

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OMG, I LOVE CHOCOBOS.

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It’s impossible to show off in screenshots, but when you answer correctly…

MUSIC: Waltz de Chocobo

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The Chocobos all start to dance.

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And then they gift the party the Choco/Mog Materia, our first Summon Materia!

MUSIC: Farm Boy

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Uh… yes.

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Choco Bill: That way you can zip through the marshes with the Chocobo. It’s the only way to avoid being attacked by the Midgar Zolom.
Cloud: Midgar Zolom?
Choco Bill: It’s a serpent-like creature over 30 feet tall! It detects the footsteps of anyone in the marshes… and then, BAM!! It attacks! To avoid that, buy a Chocobo at me and Choco Billy’s Chocobo Farm. To purchase a Chocobo, please talk to my grandson. He’s in the Chocobo stables at the far right end of the farm.

Man, forget that! I don’t need no stinkin’ Chocobo!

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I GOT THIS.

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Psht, Marshes. I bet I won’t even get caught by the stupid thing!

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See? Smooth sailing!

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oh crap, oh crap, oh crap

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WHATEVER, I CAN TAKE YOU

MUSIC: Those Who Fight

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BOOM. GET SHIT ON.

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Oh. Oh, wow.

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This is fine. This is all fine. I GOT THIS.

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EVERYTHING IS COOL.

HOW ARE THINGS WITH YOU??

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I mean, it only does 80% of our total HP in one hit, I can keep up with that!

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WELP

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NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: I take this shit seriously. On a side note, it IS possible to avoid the Midgar Zolom without a Chocobo, but it’s pretty tricky. It’s also possible to defeat it, but I’d have to grind levels a whole bunch, and I’d really rather not do that. So next time I’ll actually just get a Chocobo and do it the way the game wants me to.

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