Hitoshura has done some more translations of the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega Early Material Files, this time…looking at the possible scenarios regarding Cloud and the revelation of the truth behind his existence. We’ll look at the first of these scenarios along with another scenario from page 527 of the FFVII Ultimania Omega that involves Barret, Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie. Enjoy!
-=The Truth About Cloud=-
[ Materia Chamber ] (* note: Inside the crater in the finished game)
A dome, filled with around 500 materia the size of a person lined up in a radial pattern. Among these are some even larger materia. In the centre is an energy crystal (Ultimate Materia), and inside that is a new life form. It resembles Sephiroth. However, its body is complete naked, and the contours of the body are closer to that of a woman’s.
Tifa: “So the one who is trying to crash Meteor into the planet and bring about a Big Bang…”
Vincent: “That is what Sephiroth, the new life form before us, desires. But he didn’t know the key to calling forth Meteor. Even after obtaining the knowledge of the Ancients that had fused into the mako energy, he wasn’t able to learn of it. In order to obtain the Black Materia, the secret to casting Meteor, he required someone who was able to move around freely.”
Vincent: “No, not Jenova.”
Rufus: “So that was your plan, Sephiroth?”
Turning around, you see Rufus standing there.
Rufus: “Now, would you step aside? This toy is too much for you.”
Red XIII: “Forget about it. Look at the materia.”
Inside the 500 materia evil life forms (monsters) are now awakening.
Red XIII: “Sephiroth’s will must be very powerful. He has the power to draw out all the malevolent energy within the planet. That evil desire crystallised to form these materia. And he’s created soldiers to form an unholy army. You could say these materia are eggs waiting to hatch. With just the slightest shock the materia will shatter, and those devils will awaken.”
Cloud is acting strange. He doesn’t respond to the player’s commands, and starts to walk towards Sephiroth in the huge materia. No matter what button you press, it feels like he’s being controlled. Cloud breaks the surface of Sephiroth’s materia with his sword, and places the Black Materia there.
Tifa: “Cloud! What are you doing? You mustn’t! If you do that, Sephiroth will cast Meteor!”
Tseng: “Is he insane?”
Rufus: “No, he’s not. This is who he really is.”
Red XIII: “What did you say!”
Rufus: “It’s just as Sephiroth said, that man doesn’t exist in this world. He’s a shadow created by Sephiroth. (To Cloud) When Sephiroth died when he fell into the mako reactor, he had a strong desire to live. Born as a result was Sephiroth’s shadow. Cloud, that’s you, isn’t it?”
Cloud: “To complete my will, I needed to obtain Meteor. However, to do so I required a body able to move freely. That powerful will created the one called Cloud. Cloud’s memories are not his own. They are Sephiroth’s memories. The image of ‘Cloud’ created within Cloud’s memories is nothing but phantom. He’s the manifestation of a fraction of Sephiroth’s emotions.”
Rufus: “So you thought you were trying to stop Sephiroth’s plans, but you were just being used all along.”
Cloud: “But Cloud’s mission ends here.”
In the Train
Having gotten through the ID check point and put on their disguises.
Barret: “Nnn~~!! Hey! Do you lot want some time off?”
Wedge: “Y, yes!! Ah…. never mind…”
Barret: “Alright!! All of ya, listen up!! If we complete this mission safely, we’re gonna have to lay low. I’ll take you lot with us! To the birthplace of AVALANCHE. The holy land for protectors of the planet, Cosmo Canyon.”
Jessie: “Do they have hot springs?”
Barret: “Maybe there is.”
Biggs: “Can I wear this? I’ve always wanted to try wearing something like this, at least once.”
Barret: “Sure! Maybe you can.”
Wedge: “Do they have good food?”
Barret: “You bet they do. And good booze. A sky full of stars, as far as the eye can see. The sounds of bonfires in the distance. All that ’round you while you eat. How’s that, not bad, huh?”
Jessie: “Hey, what about Cloud?”
Barret: “Oh… him too.”
Biggs: “But his payment… we can’t afford it, right?”
Barret: “Don’t you worry about that!! If we can’t pay him, we’ll grab him by the scuff of his neck and drag him there!”
Barret: “See ya! You guys finish up here!”
* In the game Barret only talks about how he ‘swore with this friends that they would have a toast by the Cosmo Candle’, but it seems the details of that promise is in the above scene.