Aftermath – FFVII Ep. 36

Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII. Last episode… well, shit really hit the fan. Cloud basically went insane, handed the Black Materia over to Sephiroth, and then WEAPON woke up, and blasted out of the Northen Crater. The party, sans Cloud, all are assumed to have escaped on the Highwind with Rufus and the rest of Shinra. That’s where we left off, so… let’s see what’s going on now.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Oh hey, it’s Cloud! …in a featureless black void.

…Great.

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FLASHBACK TIME.

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Guard: …poor kid.
Cloud: Ooough…

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Cloud: oo… uh… agh… uh… uh… Tifa? Tifa? Tifa!
Tifa: Oh, Cloud!

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…is that so?

ME CLOUD! YOU TIFA! UNGAH,

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Cloud: Yeah, it’s been awhile.
Tifa: What happened to you? You don’t look well.
Cloud: Yeah? It’s nothing. I’m okay.

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Cloud: Five years.
Tifa: …
Cloud: What is it?
Tifa: …it’s been a really long time.

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Tifa: You joined SOLDIER but quit after the Sephiroth incident, and now you’re a mercenary… You told me a lot about what happened after you left Nibelheim. But… something was wrong. I felt there was something strange about the things you talked about. All the things you didn’t know that you should, and other things you shouldn’t know that you did. I wanted to make sure… But then I heard… you were going far away…

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Tifa: …I didn’t know what to do. So, I thought I needed more time. And that’s why I told you about the AVALANCHE job. I wanted to be with you and watch you.

Well, way to feed into his delusions, Tifa.

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Barret: Huh?
Tifa: The glare…
Barret: You’ll be better soon. You’ve been asleep for a long time.
Tifa: I’m… hungry…
Barret: Hey, why don’t you ask?

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Barret: Don’t worry. I don’t know what happened to Cloud either. Guess I shouldn’t tell you not to worry… None of them know if he’s all right either.
Tifa: He’s still alive… right? How long… was I asleep?
Barret: Lessee now… Must’ve been about 7 days.
Tifa: What about Sephiroth?
Barret: You ain’t over it yet? Remember that huge light in the Northern Cave? Since then, the crater’s been surrounded by a huge barrier of light. Everyone knows Sephiroth sleeps in that big hole, protected by the barrier. We can’t do a damn thing about it. We just gotta wait ’til he wakes up.

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Tifa: …Weapon?
Barret: Remember that huge monster that was with Sephiroth at the bottom of the crater? Well, it’s up here now. They say it’s some legendary monster from the past.
Tifa: Weapon… is protecting Sephiroth?
Barret: Dunno. But he’s up here goin’ around and tearin’ stuff up. Right now, Rufus is fightin’ it. I hate to say it, but he’s got guts. We shoulda been the ones to destroy it, but we ain’t got no time…
Tifa: Time… Hey! How about Meteor?

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…oh. Oh, my.

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Barret: …I dunno

MUSIC: Turks’ Theme

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Rufus: Professor Hojo wanted to check up on Cloud too.
Tifa: What are you going to do to Cloud?
Rufus: Sephiroth’s alter-ego… Meteor has been summoned… Essentially, it’s all but over now. So there’s no need for you now. No, maybe there is an important task for you…

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Barret: Execution?! What’re ya gonna get by executing us?
Rufus: You are to be executed for causing this situation. People are ignorant. They’ll feel better as long as someone is punished.
Barret: I take back what little praise I had for this damn jackass!
Rufus: Well, enjoy your last moments together.
Heidegger: I’ll tie your arms now.

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I actually have control of Barret for this portion, but I can’t do anything. No one will talk to him, and there are invisible walls everywhere but where he’s being led to.

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Barret: The hell are these people?
Scarlet: We will be broadcasting your miserable deaths live on national television.
Reporter: Scarlet, why a public execution in this day and age?
Scarlet: With the chaos resulting from the Meteor reports, we desperately need to rally public support… it’s better that we punish somebody, anybody.
Tifa: You make me sick…
Scarlet: Kya ha ha ha! They’ll never admit it, but everyone loves this stuff!

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Barret: If you gotta do it, take me first!
Scarlet: Camera, this way! Make sure you get this, the audience just eats up tearful goodbyes!

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Scarlet is not very gentle. She’s lucky that Tifa’s hands are tied…

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Damn, and a slap to end things off. What a bitch.

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Oh, snap! It’s hard to see, but the guard dropped the key!!

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ALARM: Weapon’s approaching! Attention all military personnel: take your positions!

MUSIC: Hurry!!

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Scarlet: Damn! Why now?

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Scarlet: Hmm, so you didn’t run? I’m impressed. How do I feel? Right now…

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Oh, it’s Cait Sith!!!

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Barret: Why you… Ain’t you part of Shinra?
Cait Sith: Let’s just say I’m against capital punishment. Besides… I hate this broad. Come on, we gotta help Tifa. I’ll keep watch at the entrance.

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Rufus: There’s been so many attacks lately. Can we handle it?
Heidegger: I believe so. Your orders?
Rufus: No need to ask.
Heidegger: We’ll give it a shot from our big cannon. Open cannon doors!! Activate cannon. Target: Weapon!!

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Okay, that’s actually pretty badass, I have to say.

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And that is equally badass. Also, those water physics are still pretty good, even nearly 20 years later.

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Heidegger: Seems so…

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Heidegger: It can’t be! We hit it dead on!
Rufus: How about the cannon?
Heidegger: It’ll take time to reload.
Rufus: Then use regular firepower in the meantime!
Heidegger: Yes sir! Open all artillery doors! Target: Weapon! Don’t let it land!

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REGULAR FIREPOWER DOES NOT SEEM TO BE WORKING SO WELL.

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Yeah, I don’t blame those guys for running away. Not at all.

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Barret: Hold your breath! Hold on as long as you can!
Tifa: Come on! I can’t hold on forever!

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Cait Sith: Hmm, we gotta go with a different plan. Let’s get out of this room first.
Barret: Tifa, I’ll help you! I promise!!

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Scarlet: Fools! Now you can’t save the girl! Kya ha ha ha!!
Barret: Goddammit!!
Cait Sith: Okay, okay, time for plan B. Let’s run to the airport!
Barret: Why the airport? And leave Tifa here?
Cait Sith: Trust me, trust me. We gotta take a chance.

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Well, there’s really not much else that can be done, to be fair. May as well trust Cait Sith.

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WOO, ROLL THOSE DICE.

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Hmm, that reporter looks kind of familiar…

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Yuffie: Don’t make so much noise… it’s me, ME! Yuffie!
Barret: The hell you doin’ here?!
Yuffie: I’ll explain later! We’ve got to get to the airport!

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Made it!

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Cait Sith: Uh oh? Did I make a wrong turn?
Barret: You damn cat! What the hell are we gonna do now? They all be comin’ soon!

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…welp

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Tifa then has to do some finagling to get the key and unlock herself from her restraints.

OH YEAH, WHAT ABOUT THAT WEAPON GUY??

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Ya know, somehow that’s a little… less than impressive?

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trollface

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…welp.

I guess that’s why you don’t stand with your face 2 meters away from a gigantic fuck-off cannon?

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In the absolutely most convenient coincidence in the world, Weapon’s attack blew open the gas chamber that Tifa was in. HOW ABOUT THAT SHIT?!

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Tifa: Sassy even in life-threatening situations.

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Okay, I really don’t know how they’re climbing down what looks like a sheer metal wall, but… video games, am I right?

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Tifa also loses her grip and falls what seems to be about 100 meters, but manages to tuck and roll, which means she comes out of the situation completely fine.

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Oh, she landed on the giant fuck off cannon.

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What?! How the hell did Scarlet get down here so quickly?

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Lady, I think you might have some issues.

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Oh SHIT, IT’S SLAP FIGHT TIME!!!

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It’s actually possible to lose the slap fight, but there is no way I was going to let that happen. Tifa is way too badass for that.

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Scarlet: Now it’s time to pay up. Calm down or I’ll drop you! Kya ha ha ha!!

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…buh?

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OKAY, DISEMBODIED VOICE!!!

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Well hey, would you look at that! It’s a friggin’ airship!!

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Barret tosses a rope down so Tifa can make her way onto the ship.

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Tifa: OH SHHHHHIIIIIIiiiiiiiii…

*SPLASH*

No really, she grabs onto it.

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And the party commences to fly off into away from the sunset.

MUSIC: Highwind Takes to the Skies

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Tifa: Forget it, what’s all this about?
Cait Sith: Well, I’ll catch all the details later. In any case, the airship, Highwind, is now yours.

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Yuffie: Well… I’m glad you’re safe. I’m going to stay up here a bit longer. …Urk… I get sick on ships either in the air or water.

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Barret: I thought… Tifa was gone for good.
Cait Sith: Sorry, but I had to do something to trick the enemy. Come on! Everyone is waiting!

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I will eat my damn slippers if everyone is there.

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Cid: What’s wrong? You should be more excited than that!
Red: Cid…
Cid: Yeah…
Tifa: Not enough crew.

Damn, harsh vibes. Also, I’m really glad I don’t have to eat my slippers. They’re old.

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Seriously, how are you supposed to react to that?

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Cait Sith: Ask me if there’s anything you don’t understand.

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Red: Do you think we can’t save the Planet alone?
Tifa: Meteor is coming, and Weapon is on the rampage… At a time like this, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. No idea at all…

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Barret: No way we can get offa this train we’re on!
Tifa: If only Cloud was here, everything would be fine. Cloud would… stand that cocky little way he did, and tell us what to do. He’d say “Everything’s under control, Tifa.”
Barret: Tifa! When did you become such a wimp!
Tifa: I’m sorry, Barret. I’m so depressed, I’m surprised at myself.
Red: And Tifa… the reason why we all thought it was Cloud was because…
Tifa: I know… That’s why I want to make sure. That’s why I have to see him again.

This entire exchange (except for Barret’s reaction) really bothers me. First of all, the party has come to the realization that Cloud has betrayed them more than once. Yet, they still want him back. That’s understandable, as he’s still their friend and they want to make sure that he’s okay, but the complete despondence at him being gone is what bothers me the most. The entire party is a team of asskickers, and capable of so much that they don’t really need Cloud around to do what they need to. Barret is right, they still have a responsibility that they’ve taken on whether Cloud is there or not. It’s okay to be sad or upset, but it’s not right to consider giving up.

JUST MY TWO CENTS.

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Barret: We did fine without him in the beginning… Right? An’ what happened to the tough girl I used to know? Where’d she go to?

DAMN STRAIGHT, BARRET!!

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Cid: I gotta admit he was a strange dude. Just when you thought he was cool, he’d do some damn fool thing. Then when you thought he was smart, he’s show you how stupid he was. Everything about him from his movements to his speech were kinda odd. Knwoin’ what I do now, I can see why he was that way. Well, as long as you stay alive, you just might see him again someday. So cheer up, sis.
Tifa: …I’ll be able to see him someday.
Cid: If we can find out where he is, the Highwind will get us there in no time.

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Red: Cloud is still stuck deep in the North Crater, where the ground cracked and swallowed him up. Buried in the depths of the underground…

Soooo… dead?

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Red: The Lifestream sometimes gushes out from cracks in the ocean floor to the surface. I heard about such a place. Maybe, just maybe, Cloud’s…

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Cid: Tifa, sorry, but I’ve gotta show this moron how to land the ship. Don’t worry, it’ll be done in a minute. Oh, and Tifa, No matter what your goal is, you’ve gotta be prepared. Go to the Operation room and get ready.

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NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: Shit man, I have no idea!

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