Mansion – Final Fantasy VII Ep. 24

Welcome back to Save File Plays FFVII! Last time, we managed to solve Red XIII’s daddy issues, and got our car fixed! Now we can continue on to… um… wherever the heck we’re supposed to be going. Forward, I guess. Let’s see see what lies ahead, shall we?

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Well, the car is running again at least.

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YEAH, TAKE THAT, RIVER, I HAVE DEFEATED YOU!

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Wait… what?

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THAT’S WHAT I JUST SAID.

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Cloud: …I thought so.
Tifa: Then why… my house is still here too.
Aeris: Something’s strange?
Cloud: I’m not lying! I remember… the intense heat of the flames…

For the record, Cloud, I don’t think anyone accused you of lying. You jumped to your own defense there awfully quickly…

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Hooded Man: Urrr…rrrrr…rrrgh… Must… go to… Re…union…

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Cloud: This town was supposed to have burnt down five years ago. What the hell is going on?
Innkeeper: Sir, don’t say such awful things. I was born and raised in this town. What you say never happened.
Tifa: You’re lying…
Innkeeper: EXCUSE ME! That’s so rude… If you’re going to talk like that, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.

Hrmmm… this is awfully strange.

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Woman: We’ve been in business here for a long time…
Cloud: …you’re lying.
Woman: Do you have anything to do with this town?
Cloud: I was here until I was 14, and I don’t remember you.
Woman: It’s not nice to lie!

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Who are these dudes?

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Cloud: I lived into this house until I was 14… No, but this town was burned down.
Elderly Woman: You’re sick, saying such things. Get out of here!

We all saw the flashback. Tifa even agreed with it, mostly. So what the heck is going on?

Let’s see what’s going on in Tifa’s house.

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Hooded Man: Then…become…one…with…Se…phi…roth…
Cloud: This guy’s number 5…

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Well, at least we’re getting some pretty sweet items out of this.

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Hrm.

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One more house to check. At least, before the big ‘un.

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What the heck is up with that little guy?!

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Okay. Here’s a question. Do the rest of the “normal” townspeople find ANYTHING strange about all these hooded men just hanging out in their town mumbling about Sphiroth and the Reunion? They sure don’t seem to be. I would find it a little bit odd, I think.

Anyways, we can also check out the Mansion. According tot hat last dude, Sephiroth might even be in there.

MUSIC: Those Chosen By the Planet

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Letter: “I scientifically altered him and put him to sleep in the basement. If you want to find him, search the area. But… this is merely a game It hought of. It is not necessary for you to participate if you don’t want to.”
Cloud: There seems to be another letter…
Letter 2: “Move the dial on the safe carefully, but quickly. You have 20 seconds. You cannot go past the numbers while turning. The 4 hints for the numbers are…
1. The lid of the box with the most oxygen.
2. Behind the Ivory’s short of tea and ray.
3. The creak in the floor near the chair on the second floor… then to the left five steps, up nine step, left two steps, and up six steps (Editor’s note: FUCK THIS CLUE).

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There’s actually a fourth clue hidden here, if you continue to scroll down…

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Hey, we’ve got one of the numbers, at least!

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This place is pretty big. And unlike in the flashbacks, we can get into battles here. And they’re actually pretty tough, unfortunately.

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This dude isn’t so bad, though. Ghirofelgo, as he’s called, swings back and forth on his pendulum, but sometimes…

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He can fall off. And that makes life much, much easier.

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There are a number of treasure chests throughout the mansion.

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A lot of them are weapons. Most of those weapons have Double Materia growth.

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Now, THESE guys… the Dorky Faces, are quite a bit more dangerous. Yeah, I know, with a name like that, you wouldn’t think so. But you’d be wrong.

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And Funny Breath is the reason why. Funny Breath is an attack that attempts to inflict Confuse on the entire party.

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And that can be super deadly. Because the team hitting themselves hurts a lot more than enemies hitting the team.

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And then the Dorky Heads also like to cast Curses, causing Silence on party members, which makes it extremely hard to heal, causing you to rely on items.

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Aeris is confused and silenced. Cloud is silenced.

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HOLY CRAP, THIS FIGHT IS THE HARDEST FIGHT IN THE GAME YET.

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I actually think I was lucky on this one. I totally could have gotten a game over here.

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Weapon for Barret.

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Hey, the box with the most oxygen! I GET IT.

We’ve got 2 numbers now.

  1. Right 36
  2. ???
  3. ???
  4. Right 97

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(It was a Magic Source)

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These scales are called Jerseys, and they have interesting gimmicks. When tipped to the left (stage right), they only take physical damage. Once they git hit, they tip to the right, and only take damage from magic. More annoying than anything else.

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Oh, short of Ivory’s Tea and ray!

  1. Right 36
  2. Left 10
  3. ???
  4. Right 97

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And because finding Code 3 without looking it up is pretty impossible… I looked it up.

  1. Right 36
  2. Left 10
  3. Right 57
  4. Left 97

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NAILED IT!

MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further

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WHAT THE HELL!

Say hello to the Lost Number, one of the harder fights in the game. At least at this point. You don’t have to do this at all, or you can come back at a later point in the game and do it, but I’m doing it RIGHT NOW, BABY.

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Ow.

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Ow.

So the Lost Number has a gimmick. It has 7000 total HP. When you deplete half of its HP, depending on what you attacked it with, it will go into purely a magic using form or a physical attack using form. That form will then be weak to the other method of attack. It doesn’t matter how you cause the damage up until the point, it’s whatever drops it below 3500 HP.

Because MP is still in pretty short supply when slinging around Level 2 spells, I’m going to whittle down Lost Number’s HP with physical attacks, then try to dip it under 3500 with magic.

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On the other hand, he hits pretty hard either way.

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Come on…

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COME ONNNNN…

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Ah, there we go!

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AW, GEEZ! So unfortunately, it’s attacks become much more powerful after you take it down to under half HP. 2 castings of a spell is enough to take down anyone in the party if I’m unlucky enough for him to cast twice in a row on the same person.

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As you can see, it gets a little rough, with Aeris KO’d in one shot here, and Tifa KO’d in the next. Still. Still not as bad as that battle with the Dorky Faces. (It’s close, though)

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Luckily, Cloud gets his Limit Break, which is enough to finish off the battle. Everyone was running low on MP, which could have been bad. BUT IT’S OVER.

TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Cloud gets his Level 2-2 Limit Break, and Aeris gets her 1-2 Limit Break.

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We also get “Cosmo Memory,” which is an item that teaches Red XIII his Level 4 Limit Break. That’s right, every party member’s Level 4 Limit Break has to be taught to them by an item that must be found. Also, they must have learned all of their prior Limit Breaks before you can teach them their Level 4.

MUSIC: Those Chosen By the Planet

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That top shot is the Key to the Basement. We also get the Odin Summon Materia. It would have been substantially easier to come back and do this later when the party is stronger, but I LIKE A CHALLENGE. A reasonable challenge.

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Yeesh, the party is looking a little rough though.

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I head out for a quick stop at the Inn to perk everyone up before continuing on.

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This might seem a little familiar. Remember the flashback? DUN DUN DUNNNNN

MUSIC: The Nightmare Begins

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I have never been in a geographical location that was purple.

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This door can ONLY be opened if you’ve defeated the Lost Number and gotten the Key to the Basement.

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Man… I used to love this guy, then I used to hate him, and now I’m neutral. I just… I just don’t get what I believe is the unnatural fandom that he has.

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Cloud: You were having a nightmare.
Tifa: How bad was your dream?
Vincent: Hmph… a nightmare? My long sleep has given me time to atone.
Cloud: What are you saying?
Vincent: I have nothing to say to strangers. Get out. This mansion is the beginning of your nightmare.

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Vincent: Do you know something?
Cloud: Like you said, this mansion is the beginning of a nightmare. No, it’s not a dream. It’s for real. Sephiroth has lost his mind. He found the secrets hidden in this mansion…
Vincent: Sephiroth?!

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OHOHOHOHOHOHOHO WHAT A COINCIDENCE

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UNNECESSARILY DRAMATIC BACKFLIP!

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…oh, geez…

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Oh good, they do the *fade out and mime talking* thing, rather than explaining everything again for the 12,000th time.

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Vincent: So Sephiroth knows he was created five years ago? And about the Jenova Project? …he was missing, but has recently reappeared. He has taken many lives, and is seeking the Promised Land.
Cloud: It’s your turn now.
Vincent: Sorry… I cannot speak.
Cloud: WHAT THE FUCK, MAN!?
Tifa: Hmm… I’m disappointed.
Vincent: Hearing your stories is yet another sin for me. More nightmares shall come to me now than I previously had. Now… please leave.

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Aeris: …what a jerk.

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AAAAAAAAAAAA BATS!!!!!

Wait, let’s try this again.

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Vincent: …you’re still here.
Cloud: At least tell us your name.
Vincent: I was with.. Shinra Manufacturing in Administrative Research, also know as… the Turks. Vincent.
Cloud: The Turks?!
Vincent: Formerly of the Turks. I have no affiliation with Shinra now. And you?
Cloud: Cloud, formerly of SOLDIER.

Boy, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard them mention SOLDIER, huh? (It’s been like 2 episodes).

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Cloud: Who?
Vincent: …Lucrecia. The woman who gave birth to Sephiroth.
Cloud: …gave birth…? Wasn’t Jenova Sephiroth’s mother?
Vincent: That isn’t completely wrong, but just a theory. He was born from a beautiful lady. That lady was Lucrecia. She was an assistant to Professor Gast of the Jenova Project. Beautiful… Lucrecia.
Cloud: A human experiment?
Vincent: There was no way to cancel the experiment. I couldn’t stop her. That was my sin. I let the one I loved, the one I respected most, face the worst.

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HAHAHA, Geez, Tifa. That was cold. I think you upset his delicate manner. That was the equivalent of pulling the blankets over your head.

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MUSIC: Those Chosen By the Planet

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Oh shit, I didn’t think we’d actually run into him here.

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Sephiroth: Are you going to participate in the Reunion?
Cloud: I don’t even know what a reunion is!

…welp. Smooth.

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Cloud: Jenova, a calamity from the skies? You mean she wasn’t an Ancient?!
Sephiroth: …I see. I don’t think you have the right to participate. I will go North past Mt. Nibel. If you wish to know… then follow.
Cloud: Reunion? Calamity from the skies?

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Sephiroth hucks a Materia at Cloud, and then just friggin’ flies out of the hallway. I’m sure that Tifa and Aeris will stop him though, right? RIGHT?!

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YOINK.

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OH COME ON, YOU GUYS! WHERE WERE YOU ON THAT?!

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Cloud: Dunno. But we’re after him and Sephiroth. So, I guess, sooner or later…
Vincent: Lucrecia… All right, I’ve decided to go with you.
Tifa: What? You’re coming with us?
Vincent: Being a former Turk, I may be of help…
Cloud: All right, then.

NEW CHARACTER GET! Only one left…

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WOO!

NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: Mt. Nibel!!

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