The great anthology of the all the words Sephiroth spoke that were carved into history!
CHAPTER 0 - Nibelheim’ s Flashback: The beginning of the end
Section 1 - While Sephiroth was still human
Cloud introduces his story: " ... I used to want to be like Sephiroth, so I joined SOLDIER. After working with Sephiroth on several missions, we became friends. [...] Yeah, well... He’ s older than me, and he hardly talked about himself. [...] We trusted each other. Until one day... "
Part 1 - Inside the cargo
" Hey. Settle down. " ( Cloud says he’ s given some new Materia and he’ s excited for it ) " Just like a kid. " [...] " This isn’ t a typical mission. " ( Cloud is glad for that ) " Why do you say that? " [...] " ... I thought you wanted a briefing? Our mission is to investigate an old Mako reactor. There have been reports of it malfunctioning, and producing brutal creatures. First, we will dispose of those creatures. Then, we’ ll locate the problem and neutralize it. " [...] " The Mako reactor at Nibelheim. " ( Cloud says Nibelheim is where he’ s from ) " Hmm... hometown... " [...] ( Something crashes into the truck ) " That would be our Monster... "
Cloud’ s opinion: " Sephiroth’ s strength is unreal. He is far stronger in reality than any story you might have heard about him. "
Part 2 - Arrival at Nibelheim
" How does it feel? It’ s your first time back to your hometown in a long time, right? So how does it feel? I wouldn’ t know because I didn’ t have a hometown... " [...] " My mother is Jenova. She died after she gave birth to me. My father... ( Sephiroth laughs ) what does it matter? All right, let’ s go. " ... " The Mako smell is pretty bad here. We’ ll leave for the reactor at dawn. Make sure you get to sleep early. All we need is one lookout, so you others, get some rest. Oh, that’ s right... you may visit your family and friends. " ( Sephiroth enters the inn and goes upstairs. Then he stands looking through the window ) " This scenery... I feel like I know this place... We have an early start tomorrow. You should get some sleep soon. " [...] " ... I’ m not going to wake you up tomorrow. I’ ve hired a guide to the Mako reactor. I’ ve heard she’ s young, I hope we can rely on her... "
Part 3 - The next day, preparing to leave
" Once the guide gets here, we’ re heading out. " [...] " Trust me. " [...] ( Cloud is worried about Tifa’ s safety ) " Then there’ s no problem if you protect her... Let’ s go. ( Sephiroth, Cloud and Tifa take a picture before heading out )
Part 4 - Heading for the reactor in Mt. Nibel
( The bridge collapses, and the group falls into the ground ) " Everyone seems to be all right. Can we get back to where we were? " ( One person is missing ) " It may sound cold, but got no time to search for him. We can’ t go back now, so we must go on. We’ ll travel together from here." ( They enter the cave ) [...] " It must be the Mako energy. This mountain is especially abundant in it. That’ s why the Mako reactor was built here. ( They find a source of Mako energy ) [...] " A Mako fountain. It’ s a miracle of nature. " [...] " Materia. When you condense Mako energy, Materia is produced. It’ s very rare to be able to see Materia in its natural state. " ( Cloud wonders why magic is obtained from Materia ) " You were in SOLDIER and didn’ t even know that? ... The knowledge and wisdom of the Ancients is held in the Materia. Anyone with this knowledge can freely use the power of the Land and the Planet. The knowledge interacts between ourselves and the planet calling up magic... or so they say. ( Cloud says that magic is a mysterious power ) " Ha, ha, ha! " [...] " A man once told me never to use an unscientific term such as mysterious power! It shouldn’ t even be called " magic " ! I still remember how angry he was. " [...] " Hojo of Shinra, Inc. ... an unexperienced man assigned to take over the work of a great scientist. He was a walking mass of complexes. " [...] ( The group reaches the entrance of the reactor ) [...] [...] " Only authorized people are allowed in. This place is full of Shinra’ s industrial secrets. " [...] " Take care of the lady. "
Part 5 - Inside the reactor
" This is the reason for the malfunction. This part is broken. Cloud, close the valve. " [...] " Why did it break? " ( Sephiroth looks through the window of the capsule ) " ... Now I see, Hojo. But, even doing this, will never put you on the same level as Professor Gast. This is a system that condenses and freezes the Mako energy... That is, when it’ s working correctly. Now... what does Mako energy become when it’ s further condensed? " ( Cloud replies that it becomes Materia ) " Right, normally. But Hojo put something else in there... Take a look. Look through the window. " ( Cloud is shocked by what he sees ) " Normal members of SOLDIER are humans that have been showered with Mako. You’ re different from the others, but still human. But, what are they? They’ ve been exposed to a high degree of Mako, far more than you. " ( Cloud thinks they are some kind of monsters ) " Exactly. And it’ s Hojo of Shinra that produced these monsters. Mutated living organism produced by Mako energy. That’ s what these monsters really are. " ( Then Cloud says: " Normal members of SOLDIER? You mean you’ re different? H... hey, Sephiroth! " Sephiroth is now confused and begins to slash the capsules with the Masamune ) " No... no... ... Was I? ... Was I created this way too? Am I the same as all these monsters... You saw it! All of them... were humans... " [...] " I’ ve always felt since I was small... that I was different from the others. Special, in some way. But... not like this... Am I... human? "
Section 2 - When Sephiroth found out the " truth "
Cloud continues his story: " We returned to Nibelheim. Sephiroth confined himself at the inn. He didn’ t even try to talk to me. " [...]
Part 1 - At the basement of Shinra Mansion, in the library
( Sephiroth is reading some old books of Shinra reports ) " ...an organism that was apparently dead, was found in a 2000 years old geological stratum. Professor Gast named that organism, Jenova... X year, X month, X day, Jenova confirmed to be an Ancient... X year, X month, X day, Jenova Project approved. The use of Mako reactor 1 approved for use... " " My mother’ s name is Jenova... Jenova Project... Is this just a coincidence? Professor Gast... Why didn’ t you tell me anything? ... Why did you die? " ( He turns to Cloud ) " Let me be alone. "
( Cloud goes on with the story, saying: " Sephiroth didn’ t come out of the Shinra Mansion... )
" Ha, ha, ha... Who is it!? Hmph... Traitor. " [...] " You ignorant traitor. I’ ll tell you. This Planet originally belonged to the Cetra. Cetra was an itinerant race. They would migrate in, settle the Planet, then move on... At the end of their harsh, hard journey, they would find the Promised Land and supreme happiness. But, those that disliked the journey appeared. Those who stopped their migrations built shelters and elected to lead an easier life. They took that which the Cetra and the Planet had made without giving back one whit in return! Those are your ancestors. " [...] " Long ago, disaster struck this Planet. Your ancestors escaped... they survived because they hid. The Planet was saved by sacrificing the Cetra. After that, your ancestors continued to increase. Now all that’ s left of the Cetra is in these reports. " ( Cloud asks: " What does that have to do with you? ) " Don’ t you get it? An Ancient named Jenova was found in the geological stratum of 2000 years ago. The Jenova Project. The Jenova Project wanted to produce people with the powers of the Ancients... No, the Cetra. ... I am the one that was produced. " ( Cloud wonders: " P... produced? " ) " Yes. Professor Gast, leader of the Jenova Project and genius scientist, produced me. " [...] [...] " Out of my way. I’ m going to see my mother. "
( Cloud sees Nibelheim burning, and comments: " Terrible... Sephiroth, this is too terrible... )
Part 2 - Seeing Mother at the reactor
( Sephiroth kills Tifa’ s father, and she cries: " Sephiroth... SOLDIER... Mako reactors... Shinra... Everything! I hate them all! " Then Sephiroth reaches the door that leads to Jenova ) " Mother, I’ m here to see you. Please, open this door. " [...]
( Tifa tries to stop Sephiroth, but he slices her up, making her fall into the ground. At last, Sephiroth enters the door, and so does Cloud, after taking care of Tifa )
Sephiroth: " Mother, let’ s take this Planet back together. I’ ve thought a great idea. Let’ s go to the Promised Land. "
Cloud: " My family! My hometown! How could you do this to them? "
Sephiroth: " Ha, ha, ha... They’ ve come again, Mother. With her superior power, knowledge, and magic, Mother was destined to become the ruler of this Planet. But they... Those worthless creatures... are stealing the Planet from Mother. But now I’ m here with you... so don’t worry. "
Cloud: " What about MY sadness? My family... friends... the sadness of having my hometown taken away from me!? It’ s the same as your sadness! "
Sephiroth: " Ha, ha, ha... my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet. I have orders to take this Planet back from you stupid people for the Cetra. What am I supposed to be sad about? "
Cloud: " Sephiroth... I trusted you... No, you’ re not the Sephiroth I used to know! "
Cloud puts an end to his tale: " ... and that’ s the end of my story. " [...] " In terms of skill, I couldn’ t have killed him. " [...] " ... I want to know the truth. I want to know what happened then. I challenged Sephiroth and lived. Why didn’ t he kill me? "
Section 3 - What truly happened at the reactor, as seen through Cloud’ s real memories
( It’ s Zack the one that enters the door after Sephiroth, and he’ s immediately thrown away by him. Then Cloud comes into the reactor, takes Zack’ s sword, and reaches Sephiroth, stabbing him with that sword driven by the power of his will and feelings )
Sephiroth: " Aaarrrgh... Who... who are you? "
Cloud: " Mom... Tifa... my town... give it back... I had so much respect for you... I admired you... "
( Cloud puts away the mask of the uniform, and goes helping Tifa, keeping his promise. Sephiroth comes out of the door, and tries to escape holding with his left hand Jenova’ s head )
Sephiroth: " Just like you. "
Zack: " Cloud... kill Sephiroth... "
( Cloud follows Sephiroth to the bridge, and he faces him )
Sephiroth: " Don’ t push your luck... "
( Sephiroth stabs Cloud with the Masamune, and tries to make him fall into the Lifestream below. But Cloud finds the power to contrast his strength: he grabs the Masamune, and holds it strong )
Sephiroth: " It can’ t be! "
( Cloud throws away Sephiroth using the Masamune pulled into his body, and he watches him fading away into the green Lifestream )
CHAPTER 1 - Inside the Ship: Sephiroth’s first appearance
" ... After a long sleep... the time... time has... come... " [...] " Who are you? " [...] " Cloud... " [...] " ...The time... is now... "
CHAPTER 2 - Inside the Mansion: Memories of the past
" Being here brings back memories. Are you going to participate in the Reunion? " [...] " Jenova will be at the Reunion. Jenova will join the Reunion becoming a calamity from the skies. " [...] " I see... I don’ t think you have the right to participate. I will go north past Mt. Nibel. If you wish to find out... then follow... "
CHAPTER 3 - Inside the Temple of the Ancients: The Black Materia
Part 1 - With Tseng
[...] " So you opened the door. Well done. " [...] " A lost treasure house of knowledge. The wisdom of the Ancients... I am becoming one with the Planet... " [...] " You stupid fools. You have never thought about it. All the spirit energy of this Planet. All its wisdom... knowledge... I will meld with it all. I will become one with it... It will become one with me. " [...] " The way... lies here. Only death awaits you all. But do not fear. For it is through death that a new spirit energy is born. Soon, you will live again as a part of me. "
Part 2 - In the room with the murals
( Cloud asks: " Sephiroth, where are you? " ) " So cold. I am always by your side. Come. " " Splendid. A treasure house of knowledge. " [...] " Look well. " ( At what? ) " At that which adds to the knowledge of... I am becoming one with the Planet. Mother... it’ s almost time... Soon... we will become one. " [...] " It’ s simple. Once the Planet is hurt, it gathers spirit energy to heal the injury. The amount of energy gathered depends on the size of the injury. What would happen if there was an injury that threatened the very life of the Planet? Think how much energy would be gathered! Ha ha ha. And at the center of that energy, will be me. All that boundless energy will be mine. By merging with all the energy of the Planet, I will become a new lifeform, a new existence. Melding with the Planet... I will cease to exist as I am now... only to be reborn as a " god " to rule over every soul. " [...] " Behold that mural, the Ultimate Destructive Magic... Meteor. " [...] " Wake up! " ( Sephiroth now speaks through Cloud ) < Ha ha ha... Black Materia. Ha ha ha... Call Meteor. Cloud. I’ m... Cloud... How should I? > ( The earth rumbles ) " Ha ha ha... It’ s not me. "
Part 3 - After Cloud picks up the Black Materia
[...] " Ah, but I have ( the power ) . I’ m far superior to the Ancients. I became a traveller of the Lifestream and gained the knowledge and wisdom of the Ancients. I also gained the knowledge and wisdom of those after the extinction of the Ancients. And soon, I will create the future. " ( Then Aeris replies: " I won’ t let you do it! The future is not only yours! " ) " Ha, ha, ha... I wonder? " " Wake up! "( Cloud is forced to give the Black Materia to Sephiroth ) " There, Cloud... good boy. " ( Cloud gives the Black Materia to Sephiroth ) " ...Well done. "
CHAPTER 4 - Cloud’ s dream about Aeris and Sephiroth
( Aeris says to Cloud that she’ ll handle Sephiroth ) " Hmm... She’ s trying of interfering? She will be a difficult one, don’ t you think? We must stop that girl soon. "
CHAPTER 5 - The Forgotten City: Cloud and Sephiroth, when Aeris died
Cloud: " Ugh... what are you making me do. ( Aeris dies, stabbed by Sephiroth )
Sephiroth: " Do not worry. Soon the girl will become part of the Planet’ s energy. All that is left is to go north. The " Promised Land " waits for me over the snowy fields. There, I will become a new life-form by uniting with the planet. As will this girl... "
Cloud: " ... Shut up. The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don’ t mean a thing. 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 about my pain? My fingers are tingling. My mouth is dry. My eyes are burning! "
Sephiroth: " What are you saying? Are you trying to tell me you have feelings too?
Cloud: " Of course! Who do you think I am!? "
Sephiroth: " Ha, ha, ha... Stop acting as you were sad. There’ s no need to act as though you’ re angry either. Because, Cloud, you are... "
Sephiroth ( After the battle against Jenova LIFE ) : " Because you are... a puppet. "
CHAPTER 6 - The Promised Land: Where the Reunion was happening
Part 1 - The Whirlwind Maze
" This is the end... for all of you. " [...] " You’ re right. This is the end of this body’ s usefulness. " [...] [...] ( Voices from all the clones who joined the Reunion speak through Sephiroth ) < Our purpose is to deliver the Black Materia to our master. > [..] [...] < Those who carry Jenova’ s cells... > [...] ( Cloud wonders: " Master? " ) < Of course... Sephiroth. Heh, heh, heh... >
Part 2 - The illusory world Sephiroth made up
I see you finally understand. " [...] ( Cloud doesn’ t believe what Sephiroth shows him ) " 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. Do you understand? " [...] " Ha, ha, ha... I want to take you back to your real self. The one who gave me the Black Materia that day... Who would have ever thought a failed experiment would prove so useful? Hojo would die if he knew. " [...] 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 the power of the Mako. An incomplete Sephiroth-clone. Not even given a number. ...That is your reality.
( Tifa tries to comfort Cloud )
[...] " 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 look like you’ re not feeling well. " [...] [...] " Cloud... don’ t blame Tifa. 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’ ve been a part of them. " [...] " Ha, ha, ha... Think, Cloud! ... Cloud? Ha, ha, ha... Oh, excuse me. You never had a name... " [...] " You still don’ t understand? Then... 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? ...Is this it? ( Sephiroth takes the picture from photographer’ s dead body ) ... Do you want to see it? It turned out pretty good. "
... ( Sephiroth acquires Tifa’ s form and confuses Red XIII )
[...] " Hee hee hee... and remember... the Black Materia! "
... ( Cloud takes the Black Materia from Red XIII )
[...] " Come on... the Black Materia... "
... ( Cloud ascends to Sephiroth’ s crystal barrier, now it’ s Cloud speaking to him )
< " Yes, that was how it got started. " [...]
" I couldn’ t figure it out, either. " [...]
" I wasn’ t pursuing Sephiroth. "
" 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 to 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. " >
FINAL CHAPTER - In the deep abyss of the Northern Cave
At the center of the Planet: The final battle against Sephiroth
Cloud: " ... there. Holy is... there. The Holy is shining. Aeris’ prayer is shining. It’ s not over yet... This isn’ t the end yet! Aeris’ memories. Our memories. We came to tell you our memories. Come, Planet! Show us your answer! And Sephiroth! To the settling of everything! "