You Know It’s Coming – FFVII Ep. 32

Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII. Last time, the party managed to get the Black Materia by sacrificing Cait Sith’s stuffed body. Cloud then proceeded to lose his shit and give it to Sephiroth, before beating the crap out of Aeris. Now, Aerris is gone, and the party needs to find her. Rumor has it she’s in the City of the Ancients, where we just so happened to leave off last time. Let’s see what happens today…

MUSIC: You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet


I really, really like the undersea aesthetic of this place.

There are three paths, and the center one seems the most likely destination, so like any good gamer, I have to explore everywhere else first.

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Let’s see what’s in here, shall we?

It’s a Magic Source!

That’s all that there is of importance in there. There’s also a Save Point, but I JUST SAVED. Let’s continue to the right.

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This looks pretty important, but nothing can be done with it yet.

The Aurora Armlet is pretty great, it either completely negates ice elemental attacks, or it absorbs them. I don’t remember which it is, but either one means that ice attacks won’t hurt a party member, so I’m all for it!

H’okay, let’s see what else is going on in this place.

Let’s check out the center path!

Woof, that is a long path.

Wow, what an AWESOME house.

Inside, the party manages to find Nemo. I think they made a movie about this!

Also, Comet Materia.

Now, I was always under the impression that it went Meteor < Asteroid < Comet. Therefore, this shit should be WAY more scary than Meteor, shouldn’t it? Dammit, I’m going to look this up right now.

Meteor: Any atmospheric phenomenon; or a fast-moving streak of light in the night sky caused by extraterrestrial matter into the atmosphere.

Comet: A celestial body consisting mainly of ice, dust and gas in an orbit around the Sun and having a “tail” of matter blown back from it by the solar wind as it approaches the Sun.

Asteroid: A naturally occurring solid object, which is smaller than a planet and is not a comet, that orbits a star.

Huh. So I guess the hierarchy would technically be Meteor < Comet < Asteroid. EVEN SO. The fact that I just found Comet Materia just lyin’ around while everyone is making a gigantic stink about the Black Materia summoning Meteor seems a little backwards.

But whatever. VIDEO GAME LOGIC!!

That’s all there is to be found in that house. ON TO THE NEXT!

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Off on the right path are several more conch houses.

With acceptable loot to be found!

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And so on and so forth.

Yuffie: Come on– let’s rest for awhile… I don’t want to walk anymore.

Well, there’s nothing else to do…

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

FREE REST IN AN RPG!!! I KNEW IT. 95% of the time, something will happen if you get free rest in an RPG.

Cloud: Aeris is here. And so is Sephiroth.
Red: What! Sephiroth’s here too?!
Yuffie: Wh… why? How can you tell that kind of stuff?
Cloud: …it’s not an excuse. I can feel it in my soul.
Red: What should we do? We must hurry to her!
Cloud: Right. Let’s hurry and find Aeris.

I SEE YOU HIDING BACK THERE. Not that I’ll ever do anything with you…

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Hmm. Yeah, this isn’t weird or anything, right?

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This is really the obvious place to go anyway.

Oh, hey, Nemo’s gone! And in his place is… a stairway?

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There’s like a whole Disney castle underneath the Seashell house!

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That… doesn’t seem like the best design.

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Red XIII attempts to follow, but Cloud waves him back and continues on alone.

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Oh, a blood red filter, accompanied by a high-pitched keening noise. Surely, this is ideal.

MUSIC: Who Am I?

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Upon attempting to communicate with Aeris, Cloud instead pulls out his sword.

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Further attempts at communication continue to meet with comparable rousing success.

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Hahaha. You know, in spite of how insane and dire the situation seems, I love that Red XIII still remembers to say “please.” And also that he and Yuffie sit there and watch instead of attempting to physically intervene. GOOD JOB, GUYS.

Well, at least yelling at Cloud politely was enough to encourage him to stop.

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Aeris: Oh, hello! Didn’t see you there! I was too busy praying.

Cloud: ‘Sup?

Aeris: Oh, you know, not too much, just hanging out! Trying to save the world and everything. The usual.

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Sephiroth: Lol pwnd

Aeris: Blargh

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Yes, one of the biggest shockers in gaming history, Sephiroth kills Aeris. It was a huge shock to me at the time, for sure.

To be fair, this was my first real RPG. Mario RPG didn’t really count, no one was gonna die in a Mario game. Though after this, there have been some horrific deaths in other roleplaying games, that had as much or more impact on me as this one. I’m going to list a few here, so if you want to avoid spoilers for other games, I’ll give you chance to look away.


Palom and Porom an FFIV spring to mind, as well as Galuf in FFV. It isn’t like a party member perma-dying was even knew to the Final Fantasy games. Princess Elina in Breath of Fire IV was another big shocker. I think it’s mostly that this game was insanely popular, and a lot of peoples’ introduction to Final Fantasy and RPGs in general.

Remember Aeris’ White Materia? She mentioned it a long, long time ago.

Back when she and Cloud first met, in fact. She mentioned that it did nothing. But she held onto it because it was a memento of her mother. It falls out of her hair upon her death.

In a great moment of cinematography/design, Aeris’ Theme starts to play as the Materia bounces off of the ground.

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And it slowly sinks into the water beneath.

Cloud: This can’t be real!

Sephiroth: All that is left is to go North. The “Promised Land” waits for me over the snowy fields.

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Cloud: Aeris is gone. Aeris will no longer talk, no longer laugh, cry… or get angry… What about us… what are WE supposed to do? What is this pain? My fingers are tingling. My mouth is dry. My eyes are burning!

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Sephiroth: Ha ha ha… stop acting as if you’re sad.  And there’s no need to act as if you’re angry either.

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Sephiroth then drops another piece of Jenova, which transforms into Jenova-LIFE. Aeris’ theme continues to play throughout this battle.

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All of Jenova-LIFE’s attacks are Water elemental. The Water Ring I picked up earlier is super useful in this battle. I slapped it onto Yuffie, who has both the Recover and Revive Materias, so if anyone else gets knocked out, she can’t even be damaged by Jenova.

I also decided this would be good battle to finally bust out a Summon. In this case, Bahamut.

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The Dragon God-King plows through the clouds from Heaven.

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And blasts the shit out of Jenova.

For a very, very respectable amount of damage.

In response, Jenova casts Reflect on herself. Summons are not reflect-able. It might just be a response to any sort of magical attack.

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From there, it’s just keeping up Red XIII and Cloud’s HP.

I don’t know why I had Red XIII use Lunatic High here, I have access to Haste now. I probably would have appreciated the damage from Sled Fang more. Oh well, hindsight.

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The only thing that would be worrisome is Jenova casting Aqualung. In addition to being a great song by Jethro Tull, it’s a full party attack. It’s also a learnable Enemy Skill, but I always forget about those.

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Barring that though, Jenova isn’t too tough. And I even managed to avoid it.

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Red XIII howls to the sky before departing.

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Yuffie has a much tougher time with it though.

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Now I feel like a jerk for bringing her in the party.

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Goodbye, Aeris.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

Cloud: I’m Cloud, ex-SOLDIER, born in Nibelheim. I came to settle up with Sephiroth.
Yuffie: Why now?
Cloud: I came here by my own free will… or so I thought. However, to tell the truth, I’m afraid of myself.

Cloud: That part that made me give the Black Materia to Sephiroth. If you hadn’t stopped me, Aeris might have been… there’s something inside of me. A person who is not really me.

Cloud: Before I do something terrible. But I am going. He destroyed my hometown five years go, killed Aeris, and is now trying to destroy the Planet. I’ll never forgive Sephiroth. I… I must go on. I have a favor to ask of you. Will you all come with me? …to save me from doing something terrible.

Cloud: I don’t know how Aeris tried to save the Planet from Meteor. And I guess now we’ll never know. But! We still have a chance. We must get that Black Materia back before Sephiroth uses it. Let’s go.


MUSIC: You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet

Also, as a side note, if I were playing this on disc, this is where Disc 1 would end. So that means we’re about 1/3 through the game! Maybe more, depending how much side questing I do and how much I show of it.

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Cloud: Hmmm… Sephiroth said to me Head North… past the Snow Fields

So yeah, the party is following after the hallucination of Sephiroth that Cloud had. This is all… this is all TOTALLY NORMAL, right?

There’s another gigantic sea shell here.

If you maneuver around the base of it, you can find a new weapon for Cid. I’m not quite sure, but I think this is one of the few (and by few, I mean 2 or 3) weapons in the game that has Triple Materia growth. HOLD ONTO IT. Even if its attack power ends up getting outstripped, 3x Materia growth is amazing.

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And then Cloud hops up the spines on the big shell. I imagine that would actually be kind of fun.

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That really is a very large sea shell.

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This looks… considerably less fun. It actually looks extremely uncomfortable and difficult!

There are plenty of items to be found though! The Bolt Armlet, much like the Fire Armlet and Aurora Armlet, makes the wearer invulnerable to its namesake element.

The Hypnocrown increases the success rate of the Manipulate command, which is really only applicable for trying to learn Enemy Skills.

And a Megalixir is a full party Elixir, which completely restores all HP and MP.

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The Magic Plus Materia helps make the user’s magic more powerful! I think it’s just a general boost, I don’t think it needs to be linked to anything.

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One more item before the party is out of here.

One more fight before the party is out of here. Though, I have to say, with MP numbers starting to get up there…

…I really don’t feel too bad about using Bahamut to nuke the occasional random encounter. Feels good, man.

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And with that, the party is outside of the City of the Ancients, and in the snowy fields of the North!

Where there are bunnies a-plenty. I don’t know where they got their carrots from though, if I’m being completely honest.

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Hark! Is that a town I see over Yonder? We’ll have to wait until next time on Save File to see what the heck is going on in there!

Alas, Aeris, I knew her well. But I’m over it pretty quickly, I must say. I guess that’s the effect of having played this game upwards of 10 times.

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