The Northern Crater – FFVII Ep. 35

Welcome back to Save File plays FFVII! Last time, the party almost got destroyed by a boss, but managed to prevail and scale the entirety of Gaea’s Cliff. Now, they’ve made it to the Northern Crater, where Sephiroth awaits (apparently). Let’s see what transpires when we advance further on!

MUSIC: The Great North Cave

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…Buh?

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…oh

MUSIC: The Shinra Corporation

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Scarlet: Kyaah haa hah haa hah haa… hah. This is incredible!
Heidegger: This is the Promised Land the President had been searching for!
Rufus: But I’ll be the one who gets it. Sorry, old man.

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Hojo: That land is no one’s. It’s where the Reunion will take place… They will all gather here. I wonder if we’ll see… Sephiroth?

So Hojo is back with the Shinra… but it doesn’t look like it was voluntarily, since he’s got Rude giving him the stink-eye. I wonder what’s up with that?

MUSIC: The Great North Cave

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Black Cloak #1: Uph…Se…phi…roth…
Black Cloak #2: Wh…who—a

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This first one is pretty easy. There’s a chasm you need to cross, but there’s a strong wind blowing. If you run in at the wrong time, the wind will knock you back and you’ll be forced into a battle. We’ll see several more of these, getting progressively more difficult.

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Wow, that is a lot of guys in Black Cloaks. What is this, a Harry Potter convention? HAHAHAHA hahahaha …ha. I’m not that witty.

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They’re looking a little worse for wear though…

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This is the game’s way of throwing you a bone if you haven’t been using Tifa or keeping her equipment up to date. The Dragon Claw I purchased back in Icicle Inn is much better though.

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These little guys are kind of weird. They don’t hit hard, though their Bad Mouth attack can inflict Sadness.

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They also do a weird little angry dance after being hit.

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Just gotta keep following all of those guys.

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Another wind timing puzzle. This one adds green waves to the wind that pass through sporadically.

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There we go.

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Oh, hey! We found him! It seems that Sephiroth is not fond of fanboys. Kind of ironic, since people like to jizz their pants over him.

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Cloud: This is the end!
Sephiroth: You’re right. This is the end of this body’s usefulness.

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Tifa: He might still be nearby.

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Cloud: Our…?
Barret: He got away?!

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Cloud: Master…
???: Of course… Sephiroth. Heh heh heh…

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MUSIC: J-E-N-O-V-A (Black Mages Version)

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The party is then forced into battle against Jenova-DEATH.

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Jenova-DEATH is actually the easiest Jenova fight, in my opinion. Her attacks don’t hit very hard, and are Fire elemental, which are easily blocked. She also spends a lot of time trying to silence the party, which isn’t much of a problem.

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The party is far faster in dishing out damage than she is.

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And Limit Breaks a-plenty certainly help things move along quicker.

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Tropic Wind looks pretty cool, but causes the same amount of damage as Red Light, which is to say, not a lot.

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Really not a very tough fight at all.

MUSIC: The Great North Cave

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Cloud: Hmm. So that’s what this is all about. The Jenova Reunion…
Tifa: Not Sephiroth?! You mean all this time it wasn’t Sephiroth we’ve been after?
Cloud: I’ll explain later. Right now, the only thing I’m thinking about is beating Sephiroth.
Tifa: But Sephiroth is…
Cloud: He’s here. The real Sephiroth is just beyond here. It’s both incredibly wicked and cruel… but it’s releasing a powerfully strong will from deep within the Planet’s wound.

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Cloud
: Now all we have to do is defeat Sephiroth and that’ll be the end of it.
Tifa: We’d better not take the Black Materia any further. Why don’t you give it to someone else to hold on to?

The rest of the team has shown up at this point, and we’ve got to find someone to hold on to the Black Materia. Typically, only one person will be willing to accept it. The others won’t even give you the option.

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Cait Sith: No, not the Black Materia, please.
Yuffie: I don’t want anything to do with that Black Materia!

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Cloud: …I don’t think I can.

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Cloud: Don’t give it to ANYONE. I’m counting on you.

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Cloud: We’re going in first! You guys stay and keep watch.
Red: I’ll protect the Black Materia no matter what!

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If you link the MP Turbo Materia with another Materia, it will take more MP, but its damage will also be boosted.

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I didn’t manage to capture it, but this chasm has the green waves, and also lightning striking periodically, making this the toughest one to try and get across.

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Once you do, however…

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Cloud: Calm down, Tifa. Sephiroth is near. Anything could happen.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Barret: Why Nibelheim?! Are you high on Mako or something?
Cloud: This is an illusion Sephiroth made up. He’s trying to confuse us. It’ll be all right. As long as we know it’s an illusion, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Come on, let’s keep going.
Tifa: Yeah, you’re right… Look!!

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Tifa: Stop… Sephiroth…
Cloud: This is so stupid…
Barret: How the hell are we gonna get outta here?
Tifa: Cloud… it’s just an illusion. Don’t worry about it…

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Tifa: Stop it already!!

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MUSIC: Those Chosen by the Planet

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Cloud: But… It’s probably not me that will come out of the Shinra Mansion. he’s going to try and show us another stupid illusion.

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This DOES seem familiar, I must say.

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Cloud: As long as we know that it’s just an illusion, there’s no need to be scared.

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Barret: Damn! This was an illusion.
Cloud: Sephiroth! I know you’re listening! I know what you want to say! That I wasn’t in Nibelheim five years ago. That’s it, isn’t it?

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Cloud: What you are trying to say is that you want to confuse me, right? But… even making me see those things won’t affect me. I remember it all. The heat of the fire… the pain in my body… and in my heart!
Sephiroth: Oh, is that so? You are just a puppet… You have no heart… and cannot feel any pain… How can there be any meaning in the memory of such a being? What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion.

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Cloud: I don’t want to understand. But, I want to ask you one thing. Why… why are you doing this?

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Sephiroth: I want to take you back to your real self. The one who gave me the Black Materia that day… Who would have ever though a failed experiment would prove so useful? Hojo would die if he knew…
Cloud: Hojo?! What does he have to do with me?!
Sephiroth: Five years ago, you were… constructed by Hojo, piece by piece, right after Nibelheim was burnt. A puppet made up of vibrant Jenova cells, her knowledge, and teh power of Mako. An incomplete Sephiroth clone. Not even given a number. That is your reality.
Tifa: Cloud… don’t listen to him. Cover your ears, close your eyes!

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Cloud: …I wasn’t paying attention to him.
Tifa: All that talk of Hojo constructing you is a lie. Don’t we have our memories together? Being kids together, starlit nights…
Sephiroth: Ha ha ha, Tifa… why are you so worried and scared by those words? Hmm, shall I show everyone here what’s in your heart? Ha ha ha… you don’t look well.

Hmmm… this is getting a bit more suspicious.

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Tifa: Cloud…
Cloud: Why are you so scared? Don’t worry about me. I’m all right. No matter how confused I am, I’ll never believe a word that Sephiroth says. It’s true that sometimes I can’t figure out who I am. There’s a lot of things muddled up in my memories. But Tifa… you said “long time no see, Cloud,” right? Those words will always support me. I’m the Cloud you grew up with. I’m Cloud of Nibelheim. No matter how much I lose faith in myself, that is the truth. That’s why you shouldn’t be so scared. No matter what anyone else says to me, it’s your opinion that counts.

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Cloud: What’s not? I’m the same Cloud you grew up with, aren’t I?
Tifa: That’s not what I mean… I don’t know how to say it… Cloud, I need some time. Just give me a little time…

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Sephiroth: The ability to change one’s looks, voice, and words is the power of Jenova. Inside of you, Jenova has merged with Tifa’s memories, creating you. Out of Tifa’s memory… A boy named Cloud might have just been a part of them.
Tifa: Cloud… please… don’t think right now.

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Sephiroth: …Cloud? Ha ha ha… oh, excuse me. You never had a name.

Damn, Sephiroth is savage as fuck.

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SWEET COMEBACK, BRAH.

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Sephiroth: Do you remember the picture that we took before we headed for Mt. Nibel? …Tifa, you remember, right? But there is no way he would know. Now… what happened to that picture?

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Sephiroth: …Do you want to see it? It turned out pretty good.
Tifa: Cloud… don’t…
Cloud: I… should be in the picture. Even if I’m not in there, no worry. This is just an illusory world Sephiroth made up.

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Damn, Look at Sephiroth’s shoulder pads. A little excessive, don’t you think??

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Cloud: This picture’s a fake. The truth is in my memory. Five years ago, I came back to Nibelheim to inspect the reactor. I was sixteen. The town hadn’t changed at all. What did I do? Oh yeah… I saw my mom. I saw the people in town. Yeah, I went to Tifa’s room. There, I… I spent the night and went to the reactor in Mt. Nibel. I was excited about it. Because that was my first mission after becoming First Class in SOLDIER. …SOLDIER, First Class? ..SOLDIER? When did I enter SOLDIER?

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Cloud
: That’s right. I didn’t have to worry about it, because I was…

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Mmm… I’m not so sure about that right now.

MUSIC: Reunion

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Rufus: The outside is rich with Mako energy. The inside is a treasure trove of Materia. This truly is the Promised Land.
Hojo: There is no such thing as the Promised Land. It’s a legend… an old wives tale… It’s utterly ridiculous.

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Rufus: It is that kind of dullness that makes you a second-rate scientist.
*RUMBLE RUMBLE*

Rufus: What’s happening?
Scarlet: It’s coming from within the wall! Something’s in there! It’s moving!

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JIMINY CHRISTMAS! THE WALL HAS AN EYE.

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Hojo: Then it really does exist… I didn’t believe in it.
Rufus: What does this mean?
Hojo: …Weapon. A monster created by the Planet. They appear when the Planet is in danger and destroy everything. That’s what was stated in Professor Gast’s report.
Rufus: I never saw that report… where is it?
Hojo: Here, right here.
Rufus: You keep a lot of things to yourself.

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Red: It’s hard to believe… such a small piece of Materia could destroy the Planet.

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WHOA.

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Red: What’s going on? Where am I? Don’t leave me alone!

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Red: Something is strange. Why was it dark all of a sudden and where is everybody?
Tifa: Everyone’s waiting! Cloud’s in trouble! Please come help us! Over there!
Red: R, right! I’m not sure I understand… but I’ll go if you want me to.

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Aw, shit.

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Well, this isn’t good.

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Rufus: Hmm… maybe we should go back to our ship now. We need to prepare for the inspection anyway.

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MAGIC.

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Cloud: This place is going to get rough. Better leave things to me and get out of here while you still can!!
Rufus: Leave things to you? Hmph… I don’t know what you mean.
Cloud: this is where the Reunion is happening. Where everything begins and ends.

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Yeah, this doesn’t exactly seem… right.

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Cloud: I’ll take it from here. Give me the… Black Materia.

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Tifa: No, don’t!!! Please! Stop, Cloud!
Cloud: Thanks. Leave the rest to me.

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Cloud: …Sorry. …Sorry. Especially you, Tifa. I’m really sorry. You’ve been so good to me. I don’t know what to say… I never lived up to being “Cloud.” Tifa… Maybe one day you’ll meet the real Cloud.

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Hojo: It means that my experiment was a complete success. What number were you? Huh? Where is your tattoo?
Cloud: Professor Hojo… I don’t have a number. You didn’t give me one because you said I was a failed experiment.
Hojo: What the–? You mean only a failure made it here?
Cloud: professor… please give me a number. Please, Professor…
Hojo: Shut up, miserable failure…

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Hojo: …He’s a Sephiroth-clone I created after the real Sephiroth died five years ago. Jenova cells and Mako, with my knowledge and skills, have been combined with science and nature to bring him to life. I’m not wild about the failure part, but the Jenova Reunion Theory has now been proven. You see, even if Jenova’s body is dismembered, it will eventually become one again. That’s what is meant by Jenova’s Reunion. I have been waiting for the Reunion to start. Five years have passed, and not the clones have begun to return. I thought the clones would gather at Midgar where Jenova is stored. But my predictions were not entirely correct. Jenova itself began to move away from the Shinra building.

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Hojo: Sephiroth is not just content to diffuse his will into the Lifestream. He wants to manipulate the Clones himself.

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Hojo: I wondered where the clones were going, but I was never able to figure it out.

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Hojo: The one thing that I did know was that Sephiroth was at their final destination.

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Cloud: I was being summoned by Sephiroth. All the anger and hatred I bore him, made it impossible for me to ever forget him. That and what he gave me. Sephiroth? Sephiroth? I’m here. And I brought you the Black Materia. Show yourself to me. Where are you? Sephiroth… So we finally meet again.

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So… wow, okay, so technically Sephiroth is dead. This is his body. What we’ve been encountering around the world is pieces of Jenova, being manipulated by Sephiroth. He even said it himself earlier, “The ability to change one’s looks, voice, and words is the power of Jenova.” Perhaps it was Jenova, or perhaps it was one of the many Black Cloaked men, all of whom have Jenova’s cells. The party never really saw Sephiroth, but were still being manipulated by him all the while.

Damn.

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Hojo: This is perfect! Both Jenova’s Reunion and Sephiroth’s will! They won’t be diffused into the Lifestream, but gathered here! Mwahaha…
Tifa: What are you so happy about, Professor? You know what this means, don’t you? Cloud has the Black Materia! Sephiroth is going to summon Meteor! Every single person is going to die!

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Rufus: I want you all to come with me. There’s still much more I want to know.

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Tifa: Cloud!!

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Aw, shit. He went and done did it.

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Everyone books it out of there.

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And then the shit starts to hit the fan.

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Everyone attempts to get out on the Highwind.

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But Weapon is starting to awaken.

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Diamond Weapon decided to show its ugly mug.

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The party is NOT okay with this shit.

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Ultimate Weapon (who looks suspiciously like Bahamut) also shows up to the party.

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It blasts off precariously close to the Highwind.

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Wow, Tifa’s boobs really are just… comically big.

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The rest of the WEAPONS blast off, including Emerald and Ruby, which were added exclusively to the American versions of FFVII.

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WELP. That sure went well. This seems like a good stopping point for now.

NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: The aftermath of all of that terrible, terrible shit.

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