Save File Plays FFVII Ep. 31 ~ Demon Gate

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

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Back in the clock room, the team is unable to adjust the hands anymore. It’s just a straight shot to the exit.

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The screen is bobbing slightly here, but it’s impossible to show in screenshots.

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Cloud: This isn’t good…

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HOLY FRICK FRACKS!!!

MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further

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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.

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Cloud was very lucky that this missed, because it happened before I was able to fire off a Barrier spell.

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That’s much better.

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That’s about 700 HP with Barrier. Without, it probably would have been about 1300 HP. That is a LOT.

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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.

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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.

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Cave-In hits the whole party, but luckily, it isn’t too powerful.

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Limit Breaks also help out quite a bit. Climhazzard takes off more than 2000 HP in one hit.

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And getting “YEAH” on both Beat Rush and Somersault adds up to more than 1500 HP.

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Demon Rush is another full party attack, but doesn’t do much more damage than Cave-In.

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Unless, of course, Barrier isn’t in effect. Then it causes a bit more damage.

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But the team manages to take it down without too much trouble.

MUSIC: Cait Sith’s Theme

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Cait Sith: I’ll take care of the rest! Well, everyone… Take care of yourselves!
Aeris: Cait Sith… Cloud, say something…
Cloud: I’m not good at this…
Cait Sith: Mmm… I understand. I feel the same too.
Aeris: Why don’t you read our fortunes?
Cait Sith: Say, that’s right… I haven’t done it in awhile, huh?

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…exited? I guess some typos are still slipping through the cracks, eh?

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Aeris: Hmm… let’s see how compatible Cloud and I are!

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Cait Sith: Here I go!

Yeah, Tifa is NOT happy about this. She even turned away.

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Dude, she’s RIGHT THERE.

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Aeris: I promise I won’t get mad!

MUSIC: Interrupted by Fireworks

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Cait Sith: 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!

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Cait Sith: This is the final, final farewell!

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Cait Sith: I can still move more!

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Cait Sith: 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!

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I shouldn’t get so choked up about a spy, toy cat getting crushed… but I still do just a little bit.

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Temple shrinks down and disappears.

MUSIC: The Forested Temple

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Tifa: I’ll wait here.

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Cloud: Can you guys use it?
Aeris: Nope, we can’t use it right now. You need great spiritual power to use it.
Cloud: You mean lots of spiritual energy?
Aeris: 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!
Cloud Aeris: 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.

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Aeris: Sephiroth is different. He’s not an Ancient.
Cloud: He shouldn’t be able to find the Promised Land.

MUSIC: Those Chosen by the Planet

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Tifa was probably GOING to kick his ass, but then he starting levitating like a l’il bitch.

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Sephiroth: I also gained the knowledge and wisdom of those after the extinction of the Ancients. And soon, I will create the future.
Aeris: I won’t let you do it! The future is not just yours!

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MUSIC: Who Am I?

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Sephiroth: There, Cloud… good boy.
Cloud: Wa…aaaa…aaa…

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Cloud then starts running toward Sephiroth in extremely slow motion, but you can’t do anything to stop him.

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…WELP.

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Cloud: …I gave the Black Materia to Sephiroth? Wha… what did I do? Tell me, Aeris.
Aeris: Cloud… be strong, okay?
Cloud: Urrrrrgh… What have I done?!
Aeris: Cloud… you haven’t done anything. It’s not your fault.

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Cloud proceeds to then start beating the holy hell out of Aeris.

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Cait Sith: I’m Cait Sith Number 2! Pleased to meet you!

Yeah, kind of bad timing, bro.

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Tifa then cold knocks a bitch out. Can we please take a moment to discuss how Tifa is the REAL hero of this game?

MUSIC: Flowers Blooming in the Church

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Cloud: What did I do? I don’t remember anything… My memory… since when? If everything’s a dream, don’t wake me.

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Cloud: Yeah, I hear you. Sorry for what happened.
Aeris: Don’t worry about it.
Cloud: …I can’t help it.
Aeris: Oh…

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Aeris: And let me handle Sephiroth. And, Cloud, take care of yourself. So you don’t have a breakdown, okay?

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Aeris: 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.

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Aeris runs off, and Cloud attempts to follow, but he is unable to do so.

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Aw, shit.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Barret: How are you feeling?
Cloud: …I seem to be okay.
Barret: That’s good. Man, I didn’t know what was gonna happen.
Tifa: You know, Cloud, Aeris is gone.
Barret: Everyone’s out looking for Aeris.

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Barret: By herself?! Why did she go by herself?! Hey, we’re goin’ too.
Cloud: Only the Ancients, only Aeris can save us from Meteor…
Tifa: Then we must go. What’ll we do if something happens to Aeris? If Sephiroth finds her, she’s in trouble…
Cloud: Sephiroth… already knows.
Barret: Hey, why are you still sittin’ around?
Tifa: Let’s go, Cloud.

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Cloud: I might lose it again. If Sephiroth comes near me, I might…
Barret: Yeah, goddammit! It’s because of you that Sephiroth got the Black Materia! It’s your damn fault!
Cloud: My fault?
Barret: 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.
Tifa: Cloud, we came this far… Aren’t you going to settle up with Sephiroth?

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Cloud: If this keeps up, I may go crazy! I’m afraid…
Barret: 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…

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😦

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Cloud: Just pull out of here? To where?

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Barret: Wait a minute, Tifa. Give him a little time. He has to decide this on his own. You believe in Cloud, right?

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IDENTITY CRISIS TIME.

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Barret: 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!!

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Cloud: But…
Barret: If it happens, it happens. Don’t worry about it.
Cloud: You’re… right. He’s right, isn’t he?
Tifa: Come on, let’s go and find Aeris.

MUSIC: Main Theme

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Switched up the party again.

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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!

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It’s a LONG journey.

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Because you have to go around the entire edge of the eastern continent.

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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.

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But hey, Bone Village! Let’s get to it!

MUSIC: Parochial Town

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The team needs to find the Lunar Harp to get through the Sleeping Forest, but there’s a shop that must be perused first!

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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.

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Of course, they can’t just GIVE you the Lunar Harp, you have to do a stupid trial and error mini game to get it.

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NAILED IT.

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That would be super cool, actually. I’d be an archaeologist if I got to use bombs all the time.

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Nah, they’ll be fine. They’ve got a Lunar Harp!

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That’s true. Did they have Lunar Harps? Because if they didn’t, that’s kind of bullshit!

MUSIC: You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet

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Perfect! If you try to go into the Sleeping Forest without a Lunar Harp, it’ll just constantly loop, and you can’t progress. You can leave, at least.

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Also, Summon Materia!

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There’s a cool coral reef aesthetic to the next area. Also, a Water Ring, which will be super important very soon.

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I love pre-emptive attacks.

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This is an annoying attack, because it Blinds the party. Sucks.

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MOVING ON!!

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NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: The City of the Ancients!

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