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Early Material File Character Files – p. 520-523 of the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega

by May 29, 2009 25 comments

cid-sketch

Cid Highwind

Job: Pilot (dragoon) Age: 32 Weapon: spears, tools

Has goggles on his forehead. A nice guy who, while approaching
middle-age, is still young at heart. Living in a village where a
leaning rocket launch pad stands like a ruin, he dreams of going into
space. Was originally with Shinra’s space development department and
was set to become the first space pilot, but is troubled by a dilemma
when the project is left in limbo due to the space development budget
being cut. Even more foul-mouthed than Yuffie.

“Fucking Shinra shitheads, who do they think they’re dealin’ this?
Dumb bastards don’t get anything unless you put your foot up their
asses and kick some sense into their thick head.”

-=Episode=-

Hate the number 8.

Cid lives with an older woman, Sierra (35). On the surface they
appear to be a married couple, but they aren’t. He’s always abusive
towards Sierra. To other people he’s a nice, passionate man, but when
it comes to Sierra he treats her cruelly. ‘You don’t need to go that
far…’ kind of feeling. Whatever is said, Sierra quietly puts up with
it.

As a mechanic, Sierra has actively supported Cid’s work. When Shinra
was still putting their all into space development, Cid was selected
to be the pilot for the first lunar rocket launch, and Sierra was one
of the members of the mechanic team. During the maintenance Cid went to every division to check them, but Sierra, the sole female on the staff, was the slowest.

Cid: “Hey! Get your ass in gear! You work like a snail! Even the
moon’d get tired watin’ around for your ass! It’s no wonder we’re
fallin’ behind.”

Sierra: “I– I’m sorry.”

But Sierra worked as hard as she could. All the preparations were
complete, and the countdown began. Cid arrived at the cockpit, and the
mechanics were meant to have evacuated the rocket. However…

Controller: “Cid! We have an emergency. There’s still a mechanic in
the rocket’s engine room.”

Cid: “What? Who is it?”

Cid stops the engine for Sierra. The rocket had ascended about 10
meters, but slowly descends and crashes into the ground and almost
falls on its side, but the launch pad supports stop it from falling
down.

rocket-town

Afterwards, Cid’s dreams come to an end with scaling back of the
space project. The rocket is left, still leaning, in the center of the
village. Sierra feels responsible to Cid, who had to give up his dream
for her, and decides to take care of Cid. At first Cid was annoyed by
her, but now they are living together. But this doesn’t mean he
forgave her, and he is still a little bitter about it.

Cid: “If it weren’t for you and your messing around, I wouldn’t have
to be stuck in here, in this fuckin’ hole stinking of cow piss!”

Shera: “I’m sorry, Cid.”

Cid: “Argh, I’m sick of ya.”

*

Cid is appointed to pilot the rocket for Shinra’s plan to
deal with Meteor. However, Cid isn’t aware that the rocket is actually
filled with materia being used as a warhead. But Sierra knows.

Sierra: “Cid, don’t let them trick you. This rocket isn’t heading for
the moon. It’s a missile, and they’re going to fire it at Meteor.”

Cid: “You think you’re going to stop me by saying that crap? Get the
hell out of here!”

Meanwhile, the party also learns of the plan. They can’t let Shinra
use materia as a weapon. And Cid has been deceived and is in the
cockpit, unaware that it has been programmed with a direct course for
Meteor… The party go to try to save him. They manage to get aboard
the rocket in the nick of time, and rush up to the cockpit. However,
the cockpit door is locked!

Cloud: “Cid, open this door! You’re being tricked! The rocket’s not
going to the moon. It’s heading straight for Meteor, and you’re going
with it.”

But Cid won’t listen. In the meanwhile the rocket has launched, and
is already ascending.

Tifa: “Cloud, we’ve got to get out now.”

Cloud: “Dammit!”

Event with a time limit. Escape. They just manage to catch on to an
arm of the launch pad. The auto-pilot program heading for Meteor
activates. Cid finds out the manual control aren’t working, and
realises for the first time that he’s fallen right into Shinra’s plan.

Cid: “Fuckin’ Shinra! They got me!”

Cid heads for the escape pods. But as he passes the oxygen tank room,
the number 8 tank explodes. A large piece of the tank flies towards
Cid and pins him down. He can’t move.

Cid: “Guess my number’s up too… Tank 8… Sierra… you were right.”

Sierra: “I know, wasn’t I?”

Cid: “Sierra?!”

Sierra: “I tagged along. I’m coming to help you.”

Cid: “You stupid &$#&%*%&%#!!”

Sierra drags Cid and takes him to an escape pod.

Cid: “Does this pod really fly?”

Sierra: “It’ll be OK. I’ve been checking it till now.”

Cid: “You mean you stayed behind, for this…”

Sierra: “No. This is my job. Just like it was 10 years ago.”

* It is mostly the same as in the final game, but the rocket boarding
section in the second half of the story involves being deceived by
Shinra. Another noticeable point was Sierra speaking like an older
woman.

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25 comments

  1. Dumb Apple
    #1 Dumb Apple 29 May, 2009, 03:09

    Wow~! These are really interesting. I knew Vincent’s had various character designs, but I can’t believe how drastically different Yuffie’s original plans were.

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  2. KissTheRain
    #2 KissTheRain 29 May, 2009, 03:18

    These were wonderful. I always wondered about Yuffie’s mother and I don’t think they changed that part in the game, just there was no need to mention it, imo.
    I loved these and I wish they would have kept some the same, probably for Yuffie it would have made her character more developed and intresting.

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  3. Ahvia
    #3 Ahvia 29 May, 2009, 03:28

    Thanks for these! I get so excited to see these translations!

    The idea they had for how different Yuffies appeared to your party was creative, I kinda wish some aspect of that had been kept! Imagine getting to choose your own Yuffie.
    And this suave and sassy horror-buff Vincent is awesome, he was a totally different archetype. I wouldn’t complain if he kept that personality, lol.

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  4. Edley
    #4 Edley 29 May, 2009, 03:44

    Very cool. Thank you. The early Yuffie ideas sound a whole lot better than the brat they ended up with, but that’s just me. Was she really going to be 25? And Vince hitting on Aeris and Tifa right out of the box is just win.

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    • licoriceallsorts
      licoriceallsorts 3 October, 2009, 21:22

      I have to agree with you – this character would have been splendid. Did they ever revive her under a different name in another game?

    • alec mann
      alec mann 5 January, 2012, 17:27

      lmao i coul;dnt see vincent hitting on them. haha! but yuffie is decently useful cuz i got her in disc 3 cuz i didnt care about her until then she does alot damage and is very useful

  5. Dark & Divine
    #5 Dark & Divine 29 May, 2009, 11:30

    Wow, thank you very much for these translations!

    It’s funny how Vincent had such a different personality in this material..

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  6. Raquelborn
    #6 Raquelborn 29 May, 2009, 12:13

    Awesome. Thanks!

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  7. Dark & Divine
    #7 Dark & Divine 29 May, 2009, 13:32

    Btw, is there any more material in the Early Files?

    Or was this all that was left?

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  8. Splintered
    #8 Splintered 29 May, 2009, 16:39

    Very glad they kept the current Vincent, the old draft made him annoying if not amusing.

    Much thanks for the translation.

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  9. Spacey
    #9 Spacey 29 May, 2009, 18:01

    “::Getting her to join:: Face her in battle. Or, she attacks Cloud while he’s sleeping in an inn.”

    Aww, it would have been awesome if you met her when she attacked Cloud in his sleep. xD

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  10. ShuShu
    #10 ShuShu 29 May, 2009, 21:58

    I like this Vincent better. It fits my VinTi needs. (I KNEW VINCENT HAD A THING FOR HER. HAHA. HAH! Lmao)

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 2 June, 2009, 22:12

      Yeah, but that vincent probably had a thing for anything female with a pulse.

  11. ForceStealer
    #11 ForceStealer 30 May, 2009, 20:45

    Wow, with a lot of the early files, I’m glad they went with what they went with for the final game. But this actually sounds better than the final version of Yuffie. I kinda like the idea of the wanted posters with a bounty and all.

    Though stealing materia is more crippling and memorable than just your money.

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  12. Anzu Mazaki
    #12 Anzu Mazaki 31 May, 2009, 02:38

    Nice to know Vincent was originally a playboy. XD

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  13. Ravynne
    #13 Ravynne 7 June, 2009, 00:05

    Haha, I’d seen the early materials on Vincent before, but I find a few things interesting, reading them again now:

    1. “Hojo’s female colleague was on Vincent’s side.” Seems that carried over to DoC.

    2. “However, Hojo drugged her into unconsciousness and experimented on her.” Maybe that’s why everyone thinks Lucrecia was forced.

    3. “Hojo was an acquaintance from his time at the Midgar University medical department, and then the Shinra Research Lab.” I *thought* I saw a reference to “Midgar University” somewhere, but I thought it was when Grimoire mentioned Lucrecia’s education in Dirge. When I looked at it again to check, it only said “university” and I thought I had invented the “Midgar” part. But when Hojo and Lucrecia were in school, Midgar wouldn’t have existed yet, which was why I thought it odd and was trying to find the reference again. Obviously they retconned that. But then, I wonder where the university that Grimoire mentioned Lucrecia graduating from was located?

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    • alec mann
      alec mann 5 January, 2012, 17:29

      pshh personally on the fact the hojo is technically sephiroth’s dad cprrect me if im wrong but i feel bad for sephiroth to have such a douchebag for a dad

  14. Carses
    #14 Carses 2 October, 2009, 16:24

    Так же думаю, что это лучше в другой теме обсуждать и не засирать комментами блог.

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  15. kimmik
    #15 kimmik 19 October, 2010, 10:20

    ooo wow interesting! I do still think the changes are better. I understand at the time i belive Vincetn was changed becasue they ran out of time for script, so they kept him more quiet? But i much preferre him being a Turk and How Lucrecia ultimatly chose to go ahead with the experiment rather than drugged. Just acts another knock to poor ol’ vincent. Yuffie was interesting too, a bounty hunter 😛 haha. But again, i think the reason for her gathering materia for her town was a better idea. Very interesting though! But much preferre Vincent as he is now 😛 Shame that they didnt get to get included into any cutscenes, a Vincent first transformation one would have been awsome!

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  16. Tappymint
    #16 Tappymint 21 October, 2010, 14:02

    This Vincent is so much better.

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  17. Shinra-Guy
    #17 Shinra-Guy 13 October, 2011, 16:29

    ”The early Yuffie ideas sound a whole lot better than the brat they ended up with, but that’s just me.”

    Huh? Her personality sounds like it’d be the exact same, except more foul-mouthed, which is redundant since that’s what Cid is for.

    ”Was she really going to be 25?”

    No, that was just one option; it says her age varied depending on wanted posters.

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  18. felipe
    #18 felipe 3 June, 2013, 02:26

    yuffie has 13 years

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