I’M ON A BOAT – FFVII Ep. 16

Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time, we managed to convince the President of Shinra that Cloud was a member of SOLDIER, so that we could sneak onto the Shinra boat to cross the ocean in pursuit of Sephiroth. Now that all that is said and done, we achieved our goal and are currently on a boat, deep undercover. Let’s see how this journey goes, shall we?

MUSIC: I’m On a Boat

Er, wait… no, that’s not right.

MUSIC: It’s Difficult To Stand on Both Feet

There we go.

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We start right down in the cargo area. There are a couple of soldiers and sailors running around, but there is also some treasure in plain sight.

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Oooh, that’ll be nice to help out my anemic wallet.

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Sailor: The new President’s probably the same. He’s just gonna order us around anyway.

Well, that’s a pretty pessimistic view. Buuuutttt…. given what I’ve seen of they guy, he’s pretty much correct.

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Yuffie: Hey, Cloud. You have any ‘Tranquilizers?’
Cloud: Here, use this. Nope.
Yuffie: Thanks. Gross… this is bitter.  Where are the others? I dunno. Aren’t they hiding somewhere around here? How should I know? Ugh… urk…

I feel kinda bad for her. I used to get motion sick all the time, it’s not a fun experience. Shit, sometimes I still get motion sick when playing some video games. Sucks.

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Aeris: Hey, Cloud. Did you see the Airship at Junon?
Cloud: …I heard it was big, but I didn’t expect it to be THAT big.
Aeris: That was REALLY something. Hey, do you think I could get on it?
Cloud: I’ll take you someday. I dunno…  It’s a Shinra weapon. We probably should have destroyed it.
Aeris: Hmm. But just once, I’d like to ride it.

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Soldier: Both the new President and Heidegger are aboard this ship. If we do good, we could get promoted!

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Sailor: All right! I’m going to show the new President what I’m made of!

That’s everyone on the lower level, so let’s check out what’s going on up above!

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Responding “I’m tired” prompts him to give us some sort of drink that has a chance to completely recover, or cut our HP in half. I won’t take the chance.

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Please, like they’re even paying attention. They only catch enough people to keep the rest of them on their toes. I know how these things work.

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Tifa: Uniforms, soldiers, war, I hate ’em all. They take away all the things and people you love… I wish they’d all disappear. Right, Cloud?
Cloud: Yeah… I don’t know.
Tifa: …Cloud. Wearing those clothes seems to have changed you a little.Does it remind you of being in SOLDIER? I hope not…

There IS a reason I’m giving Tifa and Aeris negative answers all the time. It affects something later on in the game. I don’t know if I’m doing it correctly, exactly, but we’ll see! I’m not doing it just to be a dick!

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Red: I’m a little woozy, but I shouldn’t get caught. Humans only look at appearances anyway. Any way you look at it, I’d say I make a fine human being.

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Uh… I dunno about that, the tail might say otherwise.

I also must say, it’s about this time during the screen capping process that I realized I was USING THE WRONG OVERLAY. By this point, it was far too late to do anything about it, so I apologize for all of the extra dead space. I think I may use this one for the next episode as well, since I took an extended break from this and didn’t realize that I wasn’t using this one anymore.

WHOOPS.

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Soldier: When I get there, I’m going to take a long overdue vacation. Maybe I’ll go down to the beach and get a tan…

We can’t get past this guy, he just stands there and fantasizes about what he’s going to do when he gets off of the boat. So let’s go see if anything else has changed (code for there’s something we need to trigger first). I mean, we haven’t found Barret yet, right?

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Aeris: I hope he’s not doing anything stupid…

Whoa, that’s kind of harsh, isn’t it?

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Oh… He’s doing something stupid.

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Barret: They’re this close, but we can’t do a thing to ’em. Ummmm… Gmmmm…. How can he… goin’ off laughin’ like that? Because of him, Biggs, Wedge, Jessie…  gggh… Ghhhhh… Ggggggghhhhh!

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Barret: I’m gonna settle things here and now!

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ALARM: I repeat… Stowaway sighted on board! Those not on detail, search the ship. Report when found!

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Barret: Hmm, I don’t think it’s us. Did they find Tifa and the others?! Get off your spiky butt and let’s go, Cloud!

MUSIC: Trail of Blood

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Aeris: Huh?
Tifa: Everyone’s here… right?
Barret: Hey, wait… You don’t think that suspicious stowaway is… Sephiroth?
Tifa: Really?!
Barret: How the hell am I supposed to know?!
Cloud: Let’s find out…
Red: It’s the most logical thing to do. Then, who’s going to go?
Yuffie: N-not me… I don’t even like Sephiroth anyway. And besid… ugh… urk…

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Sorry, babe. Besides, did you know that the best thing to do when you’re motion sick on a big vessel like this is to move around? It’ll do you some good.

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Cloud: …all right, let’s go!

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I know it looked like I was going to have Barret in the party up there, but I decided to go with Tifa instead. I outfit them with the new weapons that I picked up in Junon.

The rest of the team scatters around, and if we talk to them, we have the option to switch our active party around.

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Aeris: Is it really Sephiroth?
Red: These clothes are too tight on me. Can I switch with you?

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Woof, things are looking a little rough on the lower level. This seems a little familiar…

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Soldier: No… there’s no way… that… not a human… That thing’s not human.

Everyone else on the floor is already dead.

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Sweet!

I then spend some time running around. At this point, you can get into random battles here on the lower level, and there’s something I would very much like to get from them.

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Perfect! So these Soldiers have a very nice piece of armor that I would like to get from them. Unfortunately, the steal rate is very low, probably something like 1/128. Making it even MORE difficult is that they have a tendency to put characters to sleep and blind them, so it makes it take even longer. This battle itself probably took about 10 minutes, and I only managed to get two, not the three that I wanted. But my patience wore thin and I moved on. Yuffie already has pretty good armor, even if it’s not as good as the stuff I can steal.

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Cloud and Tifa get Shiny new Shinra Betas. It’s a HUGE boost to Defense, at the sacrifice of Magic Defense, but not too many enemies use magic, at least at this point in the game. It drops the Defense % to 0, but let’s be honest, with only a 3% chance to evade anyways, I don’t feel like it’s that much of a sacrifice to make. Besides, the game is also “bugged” in the fact that Magic Defense on armor doesn’t actually work at all. Magic defense is based purely off of a character’s Spirit score.

GEEK STATS OVER.

NEW ARMOR GET.

LET’S MOVE ON.

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WELL, IS IT?

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Oh. That was dramatic.

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???: …the time… time has… come…
Tifa: Cloud, look!

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Sephiroth: …Who are you?
Cloud: You don’t remember me?! I’m Cloud!
Sephiroth: …Cloud.
Cloud: Sephiroth! What are you thinking? What are you doing?!
Sephiroth: …the time is now.

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AW, SHIT

MUSIC: J-E-N-O-V-A

One of the best tracks in the game!!

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We are now in battle with Jenova BIRTH! It’s actually a pretty tough fight!

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She casts Stop on Yuffie right off the bat, which certainly doesn’t help matters. We’re now down to 2/3 of our man power immediately.

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Starting off with a pair of Limit Breaks is a good way to help even that out though, I would say.

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Most of Jenova’s attacks consist of shooting lasers out of various parts of her body. The biggest issue is that she commonly attacks twice in a turn, and her attacks hit pretty hard.

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Especially a move like Tail Laser, which hits the entire party, for pretty significant damage.

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On the other hand, hard-hitting attacks lead to more frequent Limit Breaks, so I feel like it’s kind a good trade-off.

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W-Laser hits even harder than her regular attack, and she can still do it twice in a row. Luckily, she really only starts to pull it out near the end of the fight.

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Woo!

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Cloud: …Jenova. The arm of Jenova.
Tifa: Jenova… he’s been carrying this thing around?
Yuffie: So it WAS Sephiroth.Y: He was mumbling something about time!
Cloud: Time… is now?
Tifa: I’m getting so confused…

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Cloud: I’ll try, but don’t interrupt me while I’m explaining. Sephiroth went off searching for the Promised Land, so he could become the ruler of the Planet… that was 5 years ago. Then Sephiroth came back and killed President Shinra. And then just now, all of us saw Sephiroth. He was carrying Jenova with him. …This much I do know. He told me he wants to go to the Promised Land with his mother, Jenova. …I guess that’s about it.

*BING-BONG*

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Tifa: We should hide somewhere again.

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(Ifrit Materia)

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Some more treasure!

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Seems like it might!

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And we have docked!

MUSIC: Costa Del Sol

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Damn! We’ll explore this awesome town next time on Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! STAY TUNED!!

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