Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time, the party made it to the Temple of the Ancients, and then discovered that the Temple itself is the Black Materia that Sephiroth has been after. Also, Sephiroth is there. So, things aren’t looking too great. Now the team needs to figure out how to get the Black Materia before Sephiroth. IT IS A MYSTERY? Can they do it? LET’S FIND OUT, WOO!
MUSIC: The Forested Temple
The screen is bobbing slightly here, but it’s impossible to show in screenshots.
HOLY FRICK FRACKS!!!
MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further
The Demon Gate is a much harder challenge than the Red Dragon, which was pretty much a cakewalk. It’s got 10k HP, hits like a truck, and is FAST.
That’s much better.
That’s about 700 HP with Barrier. Without, it probably would have been about 1300 HP. That is a LOT.
Casting Haste on the entire party will help them keep up with the Demon Gate’s damage output, as well as let them get more attacks in.
Almost 600 damage for a regular attack by our team is pretty good. With only 10k HP, the Demon Gate won’t be sticking around too long, hopefully.
Unless, of course, Barrier isn’t in effect. Then it causes a bit more damage.
But the team manages to take it down without too much trouble.
MUSIC: Cait Sith’s Theme
: I’ll take care of the rest! Well, everyone… Take care of yourselves!
: Cait Sith… Cloud, say something…
: I’m not good at this…
: Mmm… I understand. I feel the same too.
: Why don’t you read our fortunes?
: Say, that’s right… I haven’t done it in awhile, huh?
…exited? I guess some typos are still slipping through the cracks, eh?
Yeah, Tifa is NOT happy about this. She even turned away.
MUSIC: Interrupted by Fireworks
: Looks good. You are perfect for each other! Aeris’ star and Cloud’s star! They show a great future! Cloud, I’ll be your matchmaker, preacher… I’ll do whatever you want me to! You just call me when it all happens!
: The Ancients sure did a great job making this. I can protect the Planet too! I’m kinda embarrassed… There’s plenty of stuffed toys like my body around, but there’s only one me! Don’t forget me even if another Cait Sith comes along!
I shouldn’t get so choked up about a spy, toy cat getting crushed… but I still do just a little bit.
MUSIC: The Forested Temple
: Can you guys use it?
: Nope, we can’t use it right now. You need great spiritual power to use it.
: You mean lots of spiritual energy?
: That’s right. One person’s power alone won’t do it. Somewhere special. Where there’s plenty of the Planet’s energy… oh yeah!
: The Promised Land!
Oh geez, one fortune saying they’re compatible and they start finishing each others’ sentences and saying things at the same time.
MUSIC: Those Chosen by the Planet
MUSIC: Who Am I?
Yeah, kind of bad timing, bro.
: This forest leads to the City of the Ancients… and is called the Sleeping Forest. It’s only a matter of time before Sephiroth uses Meteor. That’s why I’m going to protect it. Only a survivor of the Cetra, like me, can do it. The secret is just up here. At least it should be. …I feel it. It feels like I’m being led by something.
MUSIC: Anxious Heart
: By herself?! Why did she go by herself?! Hey, we’re goin’ too.
: Only the Ancients, only Aeris can save us from Meteor…
: Then we must go. What’ll we do if something happens to Aeris? If Sephiroth finds her, she’s in trouble…
: Sephiroth… already knows.
: Hey, why are you still sittin’ around?
: Let’s go, Cloud.
: I might lose it again. If Sephiroth comes near me, I might…
: Yeah, goddammit! It’s because of you that Sephiroth got the Black Materia! It’s your damn fault!
: My fault?
: I know you got problems… Hell, we all do. But you don’t even understand yourself. But you gotta understand that there ain’t no gettin’ offa this train we’re on, ’til we get to the end of the line.
: Cloud, we came this far… Aren’t you going to settle up with Sephiroth?
: If this keeps up, I may go crazy! I’m afraid…
: Goddamn jackass, that’s what you are. Just think about it… How many people in this world do ya think really understand themselves? People get depressed in life because they don’t know what’s up. But they go on living. They don’t run away… that’s just how it is.
I mean, not always…
IDENTITY CRISIS TIME.
: Hey, how are you? I just wanna know, which is it gonna be? You wanna find out about yourself? Or are you afraid to find out? Either way, if you stay around here, all you’re gonna do is worry about it. Even if you do go nuts again when you see Sephiroth… if it happens, it happens. I’ll go upside your spiky head and bring you back to normal!
That’s the right attitude, Barret!!
MUSIC: Main Theme
Switched up the party again.
The Tiny Bronco is parked right outside of Gongaga. Now the team has to make our way to the City of the Ancients, which is up on the Northern Continent. Hey, that’s a new location they haven’t been to yet! HOORAY!
From very close to our destination, we can see Costa Del Sol, but can’t reach it because of that small section of deep water.
MUSIC: Parochial Town
The team needs to find the Lunar Harp to get through the Sleeping Forest, but there’s a shop that must be perused first!
The Diamond Bangle is the next armor upgrade from the Gold Armlet. Rune Armlets are also sold here. They aren’t the best armor, but they have double Materia growth. I might utilize them later on when I have to grind out Materia levels.
That would be super cool, actually. I’d be an archaeologist if I got to use bombs all the time.
Nah, they’ll be fine. They’ve got a Lunar Harp!
That’s true. Did they have Lunar Harps? Because if they didn’t, that’s kind of bullshit!
Also, Summon Materia!