Sephiroth has an awful sleep-pattern. Sometimes it’s relatively normal, he can sleep the night without issue but others it’s the worse thing he’s ever experienced. More often than not he can’t sleep at all and often goes weeks without any decent sleep, he cat naps when he has the chance to but they don’t really help. He tends to forget how tall he is when he’s tired and ends up hitting his head on the top of doors far too often, when he does he backs up a bit and just gives the doorframe a soft offended look and then Genesis has to threaten everyone in the room not to ever say anything about it or he’ll destroy them.
He hates paperwork, he hates it so much, it truly baffles him. He’s a very straight-forward person so the language of business really doesn’t gel well with him and he ends up having to read the paper in front of him a half-dozen times before he begins to figure out what it’s saying. An easy way to bribe Sephiroth is to sit with him and translate the papers for him, it’s how Genesis gets away with so much.
Sephiroth is one of those people who can memorize song lyrics without really thinking about it, he doesn’t listen to music voluntarily so when he can offhandedly recite all the words to the newest song on the charts everyone stares. Really, he only heard it the once over the radio on the way back from a mission.
He’s still learning how to interact with ‘real’ people so a lot of what people say or mean just goes right over his head, leaving everyone in the conversation thoroughly confused about what’s going on. It’s a great moment when he finally grasps what someone’s saying without anyone’s help; he gets this small, pleased smile on his face, his eyes light up and he just looks so proud with himself.
He’s a really tactile person when he can get away with it and he’s comfortable enough. He likes casual touches and the solidity of another person under his hand, he finds it very grounding, especially immediately after a fight. It’s not uncommon to see him with his hand around either Genesis’ or Angeal’s arm after a fight has finished. If they’re just spending time together in either of their apartments then he’ll gravitate next to someone and curl around them like a large, content cat.
Somehow @dinklebert accepted yet ANOTHER commission for me, I don’t know how she puts up with my crap haha. Have another beautiful drawing by her though! This time the gorgeous Cloud & Noctis. I’ll never get sick of looking her art. <3
So these are done. Finally and completely done and I’ve sworn not to tinker with them anymore (maybe. Oaths are made to broken at any rate).
Aptly enough this also marks about one year I’ve had this blog. Granted I’ve not been here as often as I’d like to be thanks to the nagging, interfering presence of Work in Real Life, but it’s been fun sneaking in little indulgent drawings that has nothing to do with work and delighting in the shenanigans of the FFVII fandom. Which, even after more than a decade, has not lost its zest and fervour.
I won’t be around here much due to new responsibilities (how I hate that word!) in my professional line but this place shall stay. It started because I just wanted to draw Sephiroth. I still will want to, however indefinitely in the future, and when it happens it’ll make its way here.
Ok so I had another thought about Zerith and it sort of broke my heart a little. Ok ok so we know Aerith has a watery theme in FF7 compilation (including the original game itself)
When Aerith dies she sinks into a lake. But, before that in CC there is a scene that occurs that was commented on in an Ultimania.
In Scene 09-02, there is a section where Zack is standing on water and looking up at a white feather floating down from a blue sky. When we asked the development staff about their intentions for the direction in this scene, we received the following response.
“Even though he succeeded Angeal’s will, Zack finds himself not only unable to help anyone but also confined in Nibelheim, and is racked by a sense of despair and powerlessness. Angeal gets him back on track, and Zack decides to rise up from it again. This decision is represented by the mental image at the start of chapter 9.
The blue sky symbolises Zack, the white feather Angeal, and the water Aerith.
As with its use in the logo of ‘CC’, the blue sky symbolises Zack, the ideal SOLDIER 1st class envisioned in “FFVII”. This is the image of Zack at his best and complete. If you pull back a bit, you could say it symbolises ideals, goals, dreams.
The white feature, as well as being a symbol for Angeal, is also a symbol for ‘wings’. The “wings” which cross the ‘blue sky’ is Angeal, and it also includes the hint that in order to reach those heights, dreams, he needs to overcome many difficulties.
The ‘water’ which reflects and envelopes the ‘blue sky’ symbolises Aerith. From the interpretation that when Aerith hears the voice of the planet, she is accessing the Lifestream, we have the image of Aerith’s consciousness travelling through the water, which is reminiscent of the Lifestream. Or it is a symbol of the Lifestream itself, something like the planet’s will.
By showing the connection between these three elements, it hints at the story as a whole.” -Crisis Core keyword Collection.
Aerith reflects and envelopes Zack. But not stopping there, when Zack dies it’s raining.
Now here is what I find tragic, Zack is the blue sky and Aerith is the water, and when Zack is slipping away it begins to rain and it is the rain that has Aerith walk over and look up at the sky.
Aerith then puts her hands together to pray.
You know what makes this absolutely depressing? How absolutely horrifying?
Aerith can call down healing rain, the great gospel, and there she is in CC praying in the rain. She feels Zack life’s slipping away. All she can do is to pray, to PLEASE have him survive, to please heal his wounds.
Then Aerith gasps and looks up to the sky.
The camera zooms out to Zack’s eye. The yes “the color of the sky”
And Zack….Zack looks at the sky.
The same sky Aerith is looking at. Zack is the sky, Aerith is the water, the rain that could not heal him and Aerith’s reluctance to elaborate on her relationship with Zack in FF7.
They were both looking at the same sky as Zack’s life slipped away. They were both being pelted by the same water as Zack’s life slipped away.
Maybe one of the reasons for Aerith’s behavior in FF7 is that she wanted to save Zack. She knew he was slipping away, and so she tried to, she prayed, she asked the planet not to take him back yet. Not yet. But her prayer was not answered.
Zack died on the outskirts of Midgar, so close to her, and yet still so far away. It’s no wonder why Aerith doesn’t want to think about the possibility of him being dead in FF7.
Aerith can’t help but speak about Zack in FF7, but at the same time it hurts her, because she doesn’t want to acknowledge the truth. He died, and maybe she feels a form of guilt, maybe she partly blames herself. Maybe she curses her cetra powers more. Maybe she could have saved him. All those thoughts just buzzing in her head. The thoughts she doesn’t want to think. So she pushes them out of her mind. She denies. He’s alive somewhere. He is. He’s living peacefully.
He did not die in a wasteland miles from her. He’s ok. He’s fine. He’s with another woman. Maybe he’ll come back. Holding out hope, she’s trying so hard to just keep hoping that he will return to her.
But he’s dead, and who knows what kind of psychological trauma that did to her.
Post-Advent Children, he is more of a hero than before. He becomes such an idealist. He genuinely wants to achieve one goal, which is to settle down on a different world where life can start anew without the burden of the past.
To travel through the cosmos, he needs to gather the Red Lifestream. To collect it, he must break open the world.
The world is dying, Lifestream is bleeding onto the surface in the form of mako energy and once that energy is used up, there will be no more life. Thus he must destroy the world BEFORE all energy is used up.
If he would destroy a dead world to ‘free’ the Lifestreams and propel them into space then he would be a hero. But that would be too late. Dead Lifestreams cannot travel the universe, much less leave the Planet without their Omegas and their Weapons.
Now he wants to destroy the Planet so the Lifestreams will be strong enough to actually SURVIVE the journey through space, people object. (The reasoning is “Sure the planet is dying ship is sinking but the second deck is still dry, what’s your problem Seph, I don’t see a reason to evacuate.”) The only reason why US FANS know the planet will be OK is because of the FFVII ACC openings image where we see an abandoned Midgar that’s overgrown with plants. The characters don’t know this.
Sephiroth has two Lifestream options, a Red and a Green one. Everyone who sides with Shin-Ra and fucked up the world is going to the Green one. Everyone with Jenova cells goes to the Red one: Sephiroth only wants cool people to join his stream. He doesn’t want the bastards who fucked up Gaia to mess up his new perfect planet. So how to difference between the two? He spreads Geostigma: children get it - because children are innocent. Those who hate the world get it - because these people are not likely to turn their new Planet into Shinra 2.0.
Sephiroth wants to save the children. He wants to save those who are sorry. He wants to save the Jenovian races (plural because Lifestream is made up from ‘all that lives’, including people and monsters and trees and bacteria) in the Red Stream, and he wants to give the Green Stream a chance at leaving this Planet even without means of escape (Omega and Weapons.) He wants to safeguard the Lifestreams that are the very cycle of reincarnation.
Sounds like a lofty goal, doesn’t it!
ACC Sephiroth is a hero.
Heroes fight wars. Wars aren’t pretty. He will do anything to win the battle (torture turks, lay waste to villages, make children ill). Please forgive ACC Sephiroth his harshness and awful behaviour. Remember evil is a point of view. From his point of view, Sephiroth is the hero.