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Valentine
I'm a Pagan and greatly enjoy learning of anything Spiritual, Occult or Magickal.

My hobbies include Media (a fancy way of saying sitting on my arse watching television and playing videogames), human sexuality (it's a deep and fascinating subject) reading/writing fantasy literature, drawing and keeping Emperor Scorpions. There are others but I forget...
  • Real Name
    Steven Vale
  • Age
    30
  • Gender
    Male
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Vincent's Smile...
Vincent has smiled too much and ruined his mystery. Now I just feel like we know each other too much. We've drifted too close together. Things just aren't the same anymore... I mean, er, later dude. *coughs*
Vincent's Girl
I have to admit, I did mean Proffessor Ghast and it was no mistake. Well, it was, but it wasn't me simply mixing up the names. I honestly could not remember who was doing who because it has certainly been a long, long while. I do recall that Proffessor Ghast seemed to be a nice guy and that Hojo screwed him over... and the fact that Vincent is Sephiroth's kind of stepfather whereas Hojo is the real one.

I think I also made a mistake in assuming that Ghast "created" Vincent because I have a suspicion that was Hojo as well...

I lose track of Vincent's history so much after Dirge of Cerberus decided to add so much previously unnoticed or omitted stuff to his past that doesn't always fit as well as it perhaps should.
Vincent's Lust
From Vincent's hand on Yuffie's bum we can clearly deduce that he is still sexually willing.

Now the ultimate question will be whether or not Vincent's junk is still in working order. I mean, being dead and all could really hinder a man's ability in the bedroom - a low bloodflow can make a man's business end useless so I pity anything with no bloodflow at all (something they neglect to explain in Vampire novels).

I'm sure it will work though, because no love story ever has to work through the main characters explaing that "It happens to all guys" and "It's not a big deal" although I think it would be kind of hilarious albeit unfortunate.

The next question is whether or not Proffessor Ghast (I think that was his name...) could resist messing with it seeing as Vincent did mess around with his woman. I bet it makes a comical honking when "used" and jingles when he pees...

Apologies to all I have offended. It's a bit early and my limited inhibitions have yet to kick in. :P Also, it takes the occasional freak to point out things that a normal person would never even consider. :)
Vincent's Smile...
Vincent smiling just doesn't look right. Doesn't suit him either. I feel it kind of ruins his cold and mysterious nature to the point that he's now just someone dressed as Vincent...

Now that he's smiled and the mystery and unaccessible nature have gone I doubt Yuffie's going to be interested. I know the fickle female mind having suffered it myself many a time: If you're single no one wants to know but when you're taken you're more desirable than a tub of Cookies and Cream flavoured Häagen-Dazs ice cream...

Incidently, I'm feeling more depressed and moody than usual and now I'm hungry to boot. Time to crack out the ice cream and put some sad music on... Good job I don't gain weight...
RE: Gutterbrain
Oddly enough, I was thinking exactly the same thing andygoth. The best thing is that it doesn't count as homosexuality because it's with herself from a previous frame! Or should it be the worst thing...? Oh, the complexities encountered by the modern male brain...

Not going to bother putting the effort into a detailed, informed and/or reasoned post as no one bothers to read them anyway so I'll just end with a "good work" gold star and a thumbs up to Enkida. :)
Cloud's Mako Poisoning...?
It was explained earlier in the strip, as well as in the novel, that Yuffie's glowing eyes are the result of Mako Poisoning caused by prolonged exposure to it in the Northern Crater, where she had been levelling up materia for the greater good of Wutai.

Vincent's eyes also glow to some extent in Dirge of Cerberus. This is a kind of Mako Poisoning due to the following reasoning: Vincent is an altered human and his most noticable power is the ability to transform into Chaos, amongst other nasties. This is due to the Protomateria stored within him. Protomateria is a form of Materia which is condensed Mako. Therefore, Vincent's altered appearance and thus his glowing eyes must be caused by a form of Mako Poisoning.

Which brings us to Cloud's eyes, which glow in a very similar way. At first you are to understand that it is due to the process of Mako exposure used in the creation of a SOLDIER, but later you discover that he was never actually in SOLDIER. So when did he gain this Mako Poisoning? He was exposed to the Lifestream for a while during the game but his eyes were glowing prior to this. I can only conclude that his eyes are down to one of two things: The process by which he was created as a Sephiroth clone utilised Mako energies similar to the SOLDIER process; Or the ability possessed by the Jenova Cells to create a being from memories of another also extends to the glow of the eyes. In all honesty, it could easilly be both.

However, with further and perhaps more brutal honesty, I feel I am looking into this way too much... :P
Contain Magic
I never really understood why they decided on naming the materia Contain. I suppose Freeze and Break are kind of related to containing, but Tornado (at least, I think there was a wind one...) and Flare don't contain so much as destroy...

Will we see the corny victory pose complete with music once those movers have been defeated? They've kind of earnt it. :P
RE: I Should Just Shut Up...
Midaki (Guest): The cliché is what gives the strip the slushy "aww" factor that women seem to eat up. I do agree with you in a broad sense in the timing. I would have had Yuffie beaten to within an inch of her life to emphasize the power and ferocity of Chaos and only then would Vincent's will overpower that of Chaos', but only after a long battle of the mind with corny flashbacks of happier times to truly emphasize the greater power of love. Not only would this give the cliché a greater and deeper meaning, but it would also open up a deeper vulnerability and dramatic shame-ridden defence reaction in Vincent for Yuffie to then forgive and overcome.

A love that you don't have to fight for in one way or another is hardly a love at all. Like the soul, love is strengthened by hardship and feeds on kindness.
The Nature of Chaos...
How come Chaos never attacked the player's party when he was summoned? If he's so uncontrollable and dangerous then why did the party not also feel his wrath? As I recall, Vincent only gained the ability to "control" Chaos in Dirge of Cerberus...
Chaos Verses Yuffie...
Well, I'm finally back from my trip down south... not that anyone cares, I'd imagine. :P

I stirred up a bit of controversy regarding my Overkill post a couple of pages back. I still maintain that Chaos is overkill provided it's the Dirge of Cerberus incarnation as opposed to the somewhat weakened original regardless of why he decided to pop up. Also, my point about Chaos not being a big deal is more about the sudden gain in power that Chaos recieved. I mean, in the original Chaos wasn't particularly devastating unless you were just an anonamous beastie in a random encounter, and Vincent wasn't that fussed about him, showing only slight discomfort in his dry comment, yet in Dirge of Cerberus he become this all-powerful deity that kicks the ass of the most bad-assed weapon of them all (alledgedly). I know you all have your insights as to why the sudden gain in power or why the Death Gigas and Hellmasker were left out, or why X, Y and Z were changed, but in the end they are just that: Insights. My bug is not that they changed it, but that they never explained why. I mean, one piece of script would cover it, maybe not enough, but it's better than nothing by far.

I made no criticism towards Enkida about Chaos' incarnation in this comic or its involvement in the plot in any way, shape or form. The novel this is based on was written by Enkida way before the spin-offs were created so I have read and interpreted it as such. It's deeply imaginative, in character and the artwork is beautiful.

Anyway, back on this page... I can really get behind the symbolism in this page. We must all confront demons to get that which we truly desire and Yuffie has to do that quite literally. I wonder if it'll be a true-love-conquers-all type ending where Chaos is about to finish Yuffie but is dramatically overcome by Vincent's secret love for her... *girly... No, wait, I mean, a tough and manly sigh...*

RE: Chaos x Yuffie where Vincent is the only one not interested... XD - Enkida, you should write a romantic comedy involving Vincent and Yuffie. Their personality clashes would provide a lot of corny, yet lovable, situations and dialogue. :)
Valentine
September 28th, 2007
Overkill...
It seems a bit over the top to turn into Chaos just to deal with a bit of ill-tempered sports equipment...

On the subject of Chaos, what in the many gods' names was the deal with Dirge of Cerberus? I could forgive them neglecting the Death Gigas and the Hellmasker, for their half-arsery when it came to the Galian Beast, the general juggling around of little details like the Death Sentence becoming Chaos' gun and the Cerberus replacing it in Vincent's hands and things like that, but the whole deal with Chaos was rediculous. Don't get me wrong, the plot was alright and I'm all for the dramatic "hero's curse" cliché but it completely ignored the fact that in the first game Chaos wasn't a big deal - just another attack that the other characters didn't seem to bat an eyelid at. All of a sudden, in Dirge of Cerberus, everyone's suddenly all up in arms about Chaos. Even Vincent is considerably more concerned about it. Understandably, Chaos had a new role to Vincent and the planet, but it is, in my opinion, worth nothing more than a "So that's what it's there for..." and then getting down to the job at hand. Omega Weapon was a bit of a pushover so I'm fairly certain that it can't have been that difficult...
Valentine
September 20th, 2007
Yuffie's Bag...
I was wondering how the party carried all of their stuff around since none of them seem to have any noticable pockets...

Mind you, even the largest of bags wouldn't be able to carry all of the junk the party aquires over the course of Final Fantasy VII. I mean, the weapons alone must have weighed a tonne and then there's the random crap that the monsters drop that's so rubbish that you'll never use it and too unvaluable to bother selling...
Valentine
September 17th, 2007
Wiggle, Wiggle, Roll, DUCK!!!
I quite like this page in the way that the action flows through the frames... or where the frames probably would have been.
Valentine
September 17th, 2007
RE: This is just infuriating!!
M - SyxX (Guest): Final Fantasy VIII's Omega Weapon was when the Final Fantasy series started to offer really tough optional bosses, I feel. I mean, I'm fairly certain the Omega Weapon alone could kick the ass of all of the Weapons from Final Fantasy VII put together. Even the Final Fantasy VIII incarnation of Ultima Weapon was pretty tough (I was particularly pleased with the fact that it was holding Cloud's Ultima Weapon) although getting to him without using all of your magic and items on the non-boss beasties was the main challenge.
Valentine
September 14th, 2007
Hmm...
What did the creatures of Final Fantasy VII actually do to you after they wipe out your party?

I mean, for the things that resemble animals I assume they get eaten, but for the things like Movers it begs the question.

Movers can't eat you as they have no mouth, they can't steal stuff as they have no arms to hold nor pockets to store any items, and they have no weapons to equip materia to...

Perhaps they're just evil incarnate. Little pink balls of pure malicious intention. Exact clones of Satan's left nut...
Valentine
September 12th, 2007
Status Effects...
I hated status effects in the game. Still, at least the Movers only effect the one character, unlike Bad Breath attack of the damned Marlboros.

It always amused me that there's a cigarette brand with the same name as those stinky-breath sprout monsters.
Valentine
September 10th, 2007
Materia...
I can honestly say that I never really put much effort into levelling up materia. I managed to complete the game (including killing all of the Weapons) without doing it, so I didn't see the point...

Anyway, with regards to the comic, I think it's great to see a work-in-progress every now and again. It becomes far too easy just to accept an artists hard work as the norm without even considering the steps taken to reach the end result.
Hmm...
It might be the fact that I have just got home from drinking a whole bottle of vodka and making a good start on a bottle of tequila, or my inner geek speaking, but I sure as Hell wouldn't turn Yuffie down.
An Observation Towards the Female Mind...
Why do women desire the men that are hard or impossible to get? I mean, when I'm dating I have to beat them off with a stick but as soon as I'm free and single my only company is a lone tumbleweed and even that doesn't stick around.

This begs the many questions. Does Vincent know this and, if so, is he doing it on purpose? Would Vincent still be Vincent if he loses his main personality trait? Would Yuffie still find him attractive now that he is available and would the loss of his mystery make him any less appealing?

The ultimate question, however, would be who Vincent truly is. His main personality is rooted in being mysterious. Take this away and what is left? Like cracking open a geode: Will you find a beautiful, sparkling crystal, or a dull, broken rock?
Vincent's Reflections...
I like the way Vincent is portrayed in a ghost-like way observing Yuffie in his reflection upon Nanaki's wise words. It's almost like he is becoming a guardian angel to his future beloved.