=============================================================================== Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Mail FAQ By Mason Rhudy, User Name: _Mace_ E-mail: scratchgamer@hotmail.com FAQ started 4/22/08 Version: 1.0 =============================================================================== *************** SPOILER WARNING *************** You only get one. = = = = = = = = 1) Legal stuff = = = = = = = = Given the nature of this FAQ, I allow any site who wishes to host it to do so, but there are a few conditions. -I will only manually update the FAQ on GameFAQs, other site should be responsible for hosting the latest version. -No site is to alter any of the information in this guide. -This isn't a gigantic walkthrough or anything, but it's still my work, I deserve the credit for it along with anyone I credit at the end. = = = = = = = = = = 2) Version History = = = = = = = = = = Version 1.0 - Legal, intro, all Mail recorded into FAQ. Next update - More specific "received" info (if made available). = = = = = = = = = 3) Introduction = = = = = = = = = Pretty simple premise here. I've taken the liberty of recording the info found in Zack's mailbox in this FAQ. Similar to a Game Script FAQ, this does not offer any new information, but it allows information to be easily researched for any given reason. The mail Zack receives throughout the game allows for a greater insight about Shinra, Zack's friends, and even about things taking place in the storyline. Considering that SE crammed the UMD almost to the brim and there wasn't a whole lot more room for extra scenes or more conversation between characters, I think the Mail was a great feature to include in the game. Anyway, here it is! = = = = = = = = = = 4) You've got mail! = = = = = = = = = = Mail Zack receives is placed into a folder after it has been read. I'll be dividing up the mail into those same categories to make it easier when searching for a specific piece of mail, it also helps to keep things organized. *************************\ ---------SOLDIER----------\ ***************************\ -------------------------------------- Subject: Congrats on your first mail! -------------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Kunsel here. Now that you've got your mail account ready, allow me, your loyal and well-connected pal, to give you lots of insider info. Why? Because I'm such a nice guy...and I know you and your one-track mind don't know what I know! Received: During Mail tutorial before Zack is sent to Wutai. ----------------------------------- Subject: What I think about Angeal ----------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: It seems every SOLDIER 1st Class has a quirk or three, but I think Angeal has a lot of common sense and is a trustworthy fellow. Let's face it: Genesis never found group activities appealing, so Angeal is, in fact, the spiritual leader of SOLDIER. I've got a lot of respect for him, too. And I envy you for getting to work with him so often. Received: After the scene in which Zack first meets Tseng. ------------------------ Subject: Mmmm... Apples ------------------------ From: Kunsel Contents: You got an assignment in Banora, right? How is the place? I hear there are a lot of Shinra people there. Apparently, the village's main source of income is the production and processing of apples. The rest of their budget is made up of subsidies from Shinra. Now, why would Shinra care about such a tiny village? Could it have something to do with mako? Or... There's gotta be something fishy going on there. I'm gonna look into it. Received: Shortly after Zack and Tseng land in Banora. ------------------------- Subject: Angel in white? ------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Have you seen a guy wearing a white coat and glasses, with dark hair and a ponytail? That's Hojo, head of the Science Department. He rose to the top when he established the method of using Jenova cells to create SOLDIER operatives. It was more than 20 years ago that scientists vying for the top spot apparently had a mudslinging feud. Hojo is in the training room now. I wonder what he could be studying... Maybe I'll sneak into the training room later. Received: After Zack returns from Banora (Chapter 4). ------------------------------ Subject: Went to see LOVELESS ------------------------------ From: Kunsel Contents: Genesis, K.I.A? Yeah, right. Who do they think they're trying to fool? Just got back from seeing the stage production of LOVELESS in Midgar. Genesis was a big fan, wasn't he? I usually don't care for classic drama, but it was pretty damned good. The guy is the hero in the original, but the play was more from the viewpoint of the girl who helps the guy. When I heard that last line: "Of course... I'll come back to you. Even if you don't promise to wait. I'll return knowing that you'll be here." Aw, man, that's when I lost it and just started bawling. Received: Shortly after Zack is promoted to 1st Class ----------------------------- Subject: Hollander's T-shirt ----------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: It seems Hollander's favorite T-shirt is the one with a logo of Banora's famous canned apples. Can a guy love apples that much? Or do you suppose he has other ties to Banora? Apparently, with all the confidential information they handle, guys in the Science Department aren't allowed to leave the company even if they screw up or lose out in the rat race, and that puts them under a lot of stress. Maybe Hollander's T-shirt helps him relieve some of that, huh? Received: After entering Sector 5 Slum for the first time. --------------------------------- Subject: Sephiroth's whereabouts --------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: You were complaining about not being able to get in touch with Sephiroth, but he's in the data room. It looks like he's going through all the research papers on a series of experiments called "Project G," as well as other experiments conducted around the same time. But Project G took place over 20 years ago, and Hollander has taken some of the data with him. I even hear that the really important data isn't even here, but hidden away in some other place. I don't know if anyone is ever going to understand the full scope of those experiments. Received: Beginning of Chapter 6 ---------------------- Subject: From Luxiere ---------------------- From: Luxiere Contents: Hello Zack! I'm Luxiere, SOLDIER 2nd Class. We just met on the SOLDIER floor. I'm the one who told you about Sephiroth. I just wanted to say that I have a lot of respect for you. Your strength in spirit comes through in the way you never seem to lose your smile, and that's why I want to assist you in any way I can. Since you're always on the go, I thought you might like to be filled in on the goings-on in Midgar! Received: Just before meeting Aerith at the church in Chapter 6. ----------------------- Subject: Snowy village ----------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: So now you're in Modeoheim, eh? Isn't that near Icicle Inn, the permafrost area? It must be freezing cold out there! That area was once a candidate for mako excavation, when it was abuzz with construction workers and scientists around the Shinra facility. But after the plans for a mako reactor were canned, the village was deserted. That is, until reports of disturbing activity started popping up recently. The seclusion and harshness of the environment must make it a convenient location for anti-Shinra groups. Received: After Zack enters Modeoheim. ------------------------------ Subject: Simultaneous attacks ------------------------------ From: Kunsel Contents: Zack, where are you? SOLDIER operatives are being sent out because we're getting attacked from all over the place. I'm on a chopper myself, on my way to an assignment. You were on vacation, weren't you? Did it get cut short? These recent attacks may spell real trouble for us. What's worse, the chain of command is in shambles since Director Lazard suddenly disappeared. Nobody seems to know where anyone is! Received: During the attack on Junon, second area. -------------------------------- Subject: How was your vacation? -------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Haven't arrived at my post yet. Could the director's absence be having this much of an impact on the operation's lack of finesse? By the way, how was the beach? You looked awfully stressed out before you went. Did the waves and the sun help ya at all? Received: After defeating General's Tank in Junon -------------------- Subject: Your words -------------------- From: Luxiere Contents: SOLDIER members are being deployed in response to the simultaneous attacks that have been hitting everywhere. I'm mailing you from the helicopter that's taking me to my assignment. By the way, I just heard about what you told the rookies on your first mission after you changed your hairdo. "Embrace your dreams. And, whatever happens, protect your SOLDIER honor." ...I was so moved when I heard this, it's been my personal motto ever since. I'm following you until the end, Zack! Received: After defeating General's Tank in Junon -------------------------- Subject: I see everything -------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Hmmm, I wonder where you might be. Wait, let me guess... You're hanging out with that Aerith girl again, aren't you? I bet you're wondering how I got that information. See, I know everything about you, even if you never tell me anything. In other words, it's no use keeping secrets from me, because I know how to get information. So talk to me, Zack. You can tell me anything. Tell me about all the things that are wearing you down. Received: Beginning of Chapter 8, in the church. ----------------------- Subject: Falling apart ----------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Those copies Hollander made that attacked Shinra... Did you know that Director Lazard financed Hollander with money he embezzled from the company? Seems revenge against the company was the motivation for both of them. I can understand Hollander wanting revenge, but why would Lazard? He climbed up the ladder while he was still young. And he was always a decent guy. What could he have had against the company? I do remember him writing about "ill blood" in one of his mails. Speaking of climbing up, the president's son's already made vice president. You think Lazard was after the VP's chair? Received: On the way to Sector 8 during flower wagon mission in Chapter 8. ------------------------------------ Subject: Change in chain of command ------------------------------------ From: Luxiere Contents: Zack, where are you? Have you heard that Director Lazard passed away? He was such a good man... May he rest in peace. I wonder what's going to become of SOLDIER's chain of command? I'm actually a little worried about the future. Who do you think I should follow? I think you, with your sunny disposition, would be the man to look up to for leadership in these uncertain times. I'm following you until the end, Zack! Received: On the way to Sector 8 during the flower wagon mission in Chapter 8. --------------------------- Subject: A message for you --------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Working hard at your assignment, I assume. I guess it was longer than we thought it would be. I thought I'd look after Aerith while you were gone, but the Turks were already there guarding her. I don't know why. Anyway, she says the tire came off her flower wagon, and now the thing's useless. I offered to fix it for her, but she refused. She's waiting for you to come back and fix it, so hurry up and get back here already. Received: On the way to Shinra mansion after Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn. -------------------------------- Subject: Working with Sephiroth -------------------------------- From: Luxiere Contents: Hello again, Zack! I heard you were on an assignment with Sephiroth. I remember you were trying to get in touch with him, so I'm guessing you can finally talk to him now! I also heard Sephiroth hand-picked you for this assignment. With the main SOLDIER 1sts gone missing, and Sephiroth not being the type to look after subordinates, I'm thinking it's you who's gonna lead us. You're moving up the chain! And I'm following you until the end, Zack! Received: After entering Shinra mansion in search of Sephiroth. ------------------------------- Subject: Tell me they're lying ------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Got an announcement from General Affairs that you were killed in action. But those announcements are never true, are they? Where are you? What are you doing? What did you have to do for the company to reclassify yourself as a dead man? Let me help you if you're in a jam. Talk to me, I'll be waiting. Received: After Zack and Cloud return to the Shinra mansion to rest before leaving Nibelheim. --------------------------- Subject: You can't fool me --------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Zack, where could you possibly be? Let me know if you're reading this. You've gone missing since your mission with Sephiroth. Do you have anything to do with Sephiroth being killed in action? I heard rumors about something going down in Nibelheim. Are you there right now? Received: After Zack and Cloud leave the Shinra mansion the second time, before leaving Nibelheim for good. ----------------------- Subject: I have a plan ----------------------- From: Luxiere Contents: Zack, how have you been all this time? I was so worried about you! Please tell me where you are. I'll come and get you. In fact, let's put on an act for everyone, okay? If you let me catch you, it would score me a promotion for sure. Then with my newfound authority, I might be able to spare your life. Please, just tell me where you are! Received: Just before leaving Nibelheim during the escape. --------------------------- Subject: Just as I thought --------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: I hear two research samples have escaped from Nibelheim. And might you be one of them, Zack? If you are, watch your back, because now a whole battalion of infantrymen has been called in. They're coming after you in crazy numbers. Man, what in the hell did you do to deserve this? I don't care if you've made an enemy out of Shinra. I'll always be waiting for you to come back. Just make it back alive, buddy. Promise me. Received: Shortly after arriving at Gongaga. --------------------------------------- Subject: A SOLDIER legend, so they say --------------------------------------- From: Kunsel Contents: Someone apparently took care of this thing that's been on the back burner forever. All the bigwigs and everyone in SOLDIER are freaking out that it's the return of the SOLDIER legend. The source of the problem was apparently more powerful than a summon. Its materia reaction was so beyond measure, the gauge started to smoke. In fact, the materia power was so intense that other monsters, and even robots, became overloaded with mako and started going berserk. Anyway, I was thinking...This SOLDIER legend... Could everybody be talking about...YOU? Received: After defeating Minerva *************************\ -------Shinra News--------\ ***************************\ ------------------------------------- Subject: Midgar Construction Project ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: Midgar is a city floating approximately 50 meters in the air, linked to the ground by train and highway transit. We utilize a total of eight mako reactors, sequentially numbered starting with the #1 northern reactor, to supply electricity to the city. Construction continues smoothly; Shinra Company Headquarters and Sector 4 are the last on the schedule to be completed. The headquarters interior in Sector 0 is complete and already in operation. The exterior is slated for completion in two years, while the surrounding city will be finished in seven years. Reeve Tuesti, Director of City Planning Received: After Kunsel's mail tutorial before Zack is sent to Wutai. ------------------------------ Subject: Situation with Wutai ------------------------------ From: Shinra News Contents: We have received reports from the Security and SOLDIER departments on the state of war with Wutai. We have been in negotiations with Wutai for years in order to peacefully resolve the long dispute regarding mako extraction in the region. However, Wutai's steadfast refusal has resulted in aggravated tensions. In order to break through this impasse, we have decided to resume military action. A special attack force of the smallest size has been mobilized to keep the scale of operations to a minimum. Received: After entering the Fort Tamblin courtyard in Wutai. ------------------------------------- Subject: Personnel Announcement 0012 ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: Official Personnel Announcement Effective today, Rufus Shinra has been appointed to Vice President and Corporate Officer. Additionally, Rufus Shinra has departed on a long-term business trip, the details of which cannot be disclosed for security reasons. Received: After entering LOVELESS Avenue in Sector 8. --------------------------------- Subject: President's declaration --------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: We hereby declare the end of the war with Wutai. Worthy of note is Sephiroth, SOLDIER 1st Class, whose contributions were instrumental in bringing about a peaceful resolution with a minimum of casualties. The end of this war marks the beginning of distribution and further development of mako throughout all regions. The Shinra Company is dedicated to these goals and will continue to achieve them by any means possible. President Shinra Received: Beginning of Chapter 4 ------------------------------------- Subject: Personnel Announcement 0103 ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: This is an official notification of the change in status for the following personnel. Angeal Hewley - SOLDIER 1st Class: Killed in action Genesis Rhapsodos - SOLDIER 1st Class: Killed in action Received: After Zack is promoted to 1st Class. ------------------------------------- Subject: Personnel Announcement 0104 ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: Official Personnel Announcement Effective today, Zack Fair has been promoted to SOLDIER 1st Class Received: Once you leave the church after Zack first meets Aerith. ---------------------------------------- Subject: Analysis of the Midgar attacks ---------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: The recent attacks came in two stages. The first stage was the attack on headquarters and the entire Midgar region. Our forces were dispersed to respond to these initial attacks. The second stage consisted of additional attacks on headquarters as we attempted to recover. Although the damage dealt was costly, its overall impact on company operations is minimal. Heidegger, Director of Security Received: Chapter 6, after speaking with Angeal on the way to Sector 5. ------------------------------------- Subject: Personnel Announcement 0207 ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: This is an official notification of the change in status for the following personnel. Lazard Deusericus - Director of SOLDIER: Killed in action Hollander - Science Department: Killed in action Received: After finding Used Tools on the ground outside of the church in Chapter 8. ---------------------------------- Subject: Space development report ---------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: Space Development Status Report Shinra fully plans to establish the rocket engine as the next step in industrial development. Manned rocket Shinra #26 is in full production, with a projected launch within a few years. The proposed model for Shinra #26 is on display in the Exhibit Room in the Shinra Building. Development is proceeding steadily, and our pilot, Cid Highwind, has begun training. Received: After entering Shinra building for the first time in Chapter 8. ---------------------------------------------- Subject: Analysis of the simultaneous attacks ---------------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: We have determined that the simultaneous attacks on five locations, including Junon and Costa Del Sol, were the criminal acts of an anti-Shinra organization. Their goal was to release a group of their own activists in Shinra captivity, and display a show of force-- but thanks to the quick response by SOLDIER operatives, the situation was quickly brought under control, Even in Junon, the target of the heaviest attacks, damage was kept to a minimum. Received: Before Zack departs for Nibelheim ----------------------- Subject: Budget Report ----------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: After exhaustive engineering by the Arms Development Department, prototypes of the next generation of weapons are feature-complete and being tested in the slums. Once mass production becomes feasible, it would enable us to lower human resource costs by drastically cutting down on the number of personnel. With high expectations for these new weapons, we announce the following changes to the budget: [Security Department] 7 billion gil (Original: 10 billion gil) [Arms Dev. Department] 11 billion gil (Original: 8 billion gil) Received: Before Zack departs for Nibelheim ------------------------------------- Subject: Personnel Announcement 0210 ------------------------------------- From: Shinra News Contents: This is an official notification of the change in status for the following personnel. Sephiroth - SOLDIER 1st Class: Killed in action Zack Fair - SOLDIER 1st Class: Killed in action Two infantrymen were also killed in action. Received: Shortly after Zack and Cloud wake up in the Shinra mansion, four years after the incident with Sephiroth in the reactor. *************************\ ---------Lazard-----------\ ***************************\ ---------------------------------- Subject: SOLDIER responsibilities ---------------------------------- From: Lazard Contents: SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work. As you all well know, a great number of our comrades have left the company. There is now some concern within the company whether this will lead to a decline in SOLDIER's combat abilities. However, we can also take this pressure as a chance to prove how indispensable we are to the company by proving our strength as a small but elite group. I hope you take advantage of this mission, where we will be bringing an end to the war with Wutai, to do your best and prove yourselves. Received: After Angeal tells Zack about dumbapples during the mission in Wutai, before you reach the first save point. --------------------------- Subject: Our new direction --------------------------- From: Lazard Contents: SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work. Upon receiving a report on an unspeakably tragic incident, I find myself thinking about parental bonds. Just as happiness can be found in non-biological ties, parent and child can be unhappy even if tied by blood. The difference is whether or not there are feelings of respect and appreciation. Without them, "ill blood" is born. Ill blood is prone to lead to tragedy, and ill blood sometimes affects our missions. While SOLDIER must always execute our missions quickly, we must also focus on risk prevention in the future. Received: Just before Zack and Tseng enter the warehouse in Banora. --------------------------- Subject: At the end of war --------------------------- From: Lazard Contents: SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work. The long war has finally come to an end, all thanks to the heroic efforts by Sephiroth and everyone in SOLDIER. However, the air around Shinra remains tense. Threats from powerful armed forces and anti-Shinra elements are too numerous to list. We could deem these "distortions" born out of Shinra's meteoric rise to glory. And we, as members of Shinra, must always face these distortions with integrity. I hope you keep this in your hearts as you continue in your duties. Received: Beginning of Chapter 4 ------------------------------- Subject: Children in the slums ------------------------------- From: Lazard Contents: SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work. On the ground, beneath our aerial city of Midgar and in the shadow of its plates, lie the slums. They also symbolize one of Shinra's "distortions." There are reports of children forming gangs in the harsh environment they call home. To look away from this will surely cast a large shadow on Shinra's future growth. It is my hope that we members of SOLDIER can rise up to address this "distortion." Received: Shortly after Zack's wallet is stolen in Sector 5 marketplace -------------------------- Subject: Shinra's shadows -------------------------- From: Lazard Contents: SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work. Shinra's rapid growth has given birth to "distortions" in many parts of the world. They are Shinra's shadows--dark entities that the president and the vice president must confront. That, in turn, may define us as victims of Shinra's shadows. However, we, as employees of the Shinra Company, must act with accountability. And I trust that you will do just that, even without my leadership. Thank you, and good luck. Received: Shortly after Zack enters Modeoheim. *************************\ --------Friends-----------\ ***************************\ ------------------------------ Subject: I'll give you a hint ------------------------------ From: Cissnei Contents: If you can't get these "fans" of yours out of your head, I suggest you visit headquarters. Whoever knows the most about company goings-on just might know something about a few of them. Makes sense, doesn't it? Received: After speaking with Cissnei during the attack on Junon. ----------------------------------- Subject: You're not busy, are you? ----------------------------------- From: Cissnei Contents: I guess SOLDIER is in a state of utter chaos without Director Lazard. It's certainly more than the president can handle, so now he gives us Turks all the work. Even just the other day, I had to cut my vacation short. Well, the last one... I guess you know all along that I was on assignment. I'm sorry. How are you doing these days? Still smoldering, I bet. Why don't you try the beach again? You need to take a break once in a while if you want to put in quality work. Received: Beginning of Chapter 8, in the church. ------------------------------ Subject: I wanted to tell you ------------------------------ From: Cloud Contents: We've been on a few missions together, and there's something I've been meaning to tell you. I was thinking about telling you once we were in my hometown, but it's a little embarrassing, so I'm going to write it out and send it to you. The day you changed your hair, when you wished us rookies good luck before our sortie--I'll never forget your words. Remembering what you said that day gives me the courage to stay strong. So...thanks, Zack. Received: Once you enter the Nibelheim Inn. -------------------------- Subject: If you'd like... -------------------------- From: Cloud Contents: Hey, do you want to come over to my house? I want yout to try Mom's cooking. The thing is, I haven't been home yet since I've been here. I hadn't been able to make up my mind about it, but I decided that I should show my face...but going home alone is a bit uncomfortable, so I was hoping you could join me. Received: Once Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn after the events with Genesis and Sephiroth in the Mt. Nibel reactor. -------------------------- Subject: Is he all right? -------------------------- From: Tifa Contents: Is that guy all right? I'm a little worried, because it looked like he got hurt pretty bad. I'm glad you were there. Thank you, Zack. I had heard of SOLDIER and how tough they are. I hope we can talk a little bit more about SOLDIER one of these days, because there's something I want to ask you. Received: Once Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn after the events with Genesis and Sephiroth in the Mt. Nibel reactor. ---------------------------- Subject: When you come back ---------------------------- From: Cissnei Contents: Are you in Nibelheim now? I've got business in another freezing locale myself. By the way, I couldn't help but notice that you were reading LOVELESS while you were in Costa Del Sol. That was Genesis's favorite work, wasn't it? So have you finished it yet? I bet you got bored of it in the middle and just tossed it away. But there's a stage production of LOVELESS now playing in Midgar. Let's go see it when you get back. Who knows? It might just give you the hint you're looking for. Received: On the way to Shinra manor after Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn. -------------------------- Subject: I can fight, too -------------------------- From: Tifa Contents: Sephiroth--I don't get him at all. Is everyone in SOLDIER like him? Oh, and are there any blond guys in SOLDIER? Well, it's just a dream... Any girl would love to have a blond SOLDIER guy protect her when she's in a pinch. Well, it's no good just waiting for my blond knight in shining armor to show up, so I've started learning how to fight, myself. My teacher tells me I've got a knack for it. Received: On the way to Shinra manor after Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn. --------------------------- Subject: Don't tell anyone --------------------------- From: Tifa Contents: I almost forgot. Please don't tell anyone in SOLDIER that I asked about the blond guy. Okay? Received: After reaching second floor of Shinra manor while searching for Sephiroth. ------------------------ Subject: Where are you? ------------------------ From: Cloud Contents: Zack! Where are you? Sephiroth set the whole village on fire!!! Tifa and her dad went chasing after him. You've got to stop them! Received: On the Mt. Nibel Trail after Sephiroth sets Nibelheim ablaze. ------------------------- Subject: The last wonder ------------------------- From: Wonder Hunter Contents: Hey, big guy. It's been a long time. How are you? Me and my mom ran away from the village when the fire spread. But when we came back after a really long time, everything in the village was back to normal! How could that be after such a nasty fire? But I didn't know anybody there. Fake people and fake buildings... It's all Shinra's fault, isn't it? I hate them! But you were always nice to me, so I left you a thank-you gift. There's a treasure hidden somewhere in the village. I hope you find it. I guess we never got around to finding all seven wonders... But we can call the village itself the last wonder, can't we? Received: Complete the Wonders of Nibelheim sidequest *************************\ ------Shinra Truths-------\ ***************************\ ------------------------------------ Subject: The truth about SOLDIER A! ------------------------------------ From: Reporter Contents: Two SOLDIER operatives reported as K.I.A. were spotted alive. Both Genesis and Angeal were seen entering the apple processing factory in Banora. In fact, my source tells me he saw MORE than one Genesis appearing--one after another in succession. Hollander of the Science Department was also present. One can assume that Genesis and Angeal are involved in clandestine experiments taking place at the factory. I have since lost contact with my source, and I can only pray that he is safe. Received: After letting the reporter in Sector 8 go. ---------------------------------------------- Subject: Investigation reveals Shinra's lies! ---------------------------------------------- From: Reporter Contents: It seems that SOLDIER Director Lazard, who was recently reported as killed in action, simply vanished instead. Sources say Lazard has been embezzling company money to fund Hollander's attack on Shinra. It is also believed that Hollander, who was held captive in Junon, has fled with Lazard's aid. An investigation has revealed that both men have held ill feelings toward Shinra. This comes as a great shock to the parties involved, as members of SOLDIER have had the utmost confidence in Lazard. Received: After entering LOVELESS district in Chapter 8. ---------------------------------------------- Subject: Hot on the trail of the missing pod! ---------------------------------------------- From: Reporter Contents: I had received word of recent activity in Modeoheim. The area was once a candidate for mako excavation, but now it's nothing but a deserted village. This reporter actually found a piece of equipment-- a pod, to be exact--used in the experiments. When I revisited the facility at a later date for a more thorough investigation, the equipment was gone. A full-scale effort to follow the pod's trail revealed that it made a stop at Nibelheim before it was carried to another location. Received: On the way to Shinra manor after Zack wakes up in the Nibelheim Inn. ------------------------------------------ Subject: Links to dead SOLDIER operative! ------------------------------------------ From: Reporter Contents: The recent string of destruction has thus far been pinned on an anti-Shinra group, but new findings point to Genesis--the SOLDIER operative who was supposedly killed in action--as being tied to all of the incidents. First of all, the targets were not limited to Shinra facilities. Additionally, all of the targeted locations have clues indicating that the perpetrator was searching for something. Genesis is known to have been a devotee of LOVELESS; some believe LOVELESS may hold the key to solving the mysteries behind this violent string of events. Received: Shortly after Zack and Cloud escape from the tubes in Shinra manor. -------------------------------------------- Subject: Flying SOLDIER man: Dead or alive? -------------------------------------------- From: Reporter Contents: Unidentified flying objects are being reported from every town and borough. Witness accounts point to several common traits--and lead to the conclusion that it is, in fact, Angeal. Angeal's death was thought to be certain after Zack had inherited Angeal's Buster Sword, so what could these sightings mean? Have reports of the highly-regarded SOLDIER member's death been greatly exaggerated--or, perhaps, has Shinra perfected the technology of bringing back the dead!? This reporter is committed to bringing you the truth, no matter how sinister it may be. Received: While Zack and Cloud are escaping from Shinra manor. ------------------------------------------------ Subject: The village: What they're not telling! ------------------------------------------------ From: Reporter Contents: Sephiroth is reported as killed in action, but there has been no word on how or where he died. When our investigative team went to "N," the village rumored to be where Sephiroth died, it was in an abnormally heightened state of alert. We were finally able to sneak in, only to be faced with residents who seemed to know absolutely nothing about the incident. Their blank expressions did not indicate they were lying, but the speech and accents indigenous to the region were oddly missing. What could these changes to the village signify? Received: After leaving the Shinra mansion the second time during the escape, just before leaving Nibelheim for good. --------------------------------------------- Subject: SOLDIER man too weak to fight dog!? --------------------------------------------- From: Reporter Contents: Angeal sightings continue to pop up, but many are suspect--such as the most recent one, which claims he was taken down by a stray dog. Assuming Shinra does have the technology to raise the dead, is this technology actually reliable? Or could illness or injury be responsible for the SOLDIER hero being subdued by a mangy mutt? Or could these be nothing but groundless rumors? This reporter shall stop at nothing to get to the bottom of this mystery. Received: Shortly after arriving at Gongaga. *************************\ --------Keepers-----------\ ***************************\ ---------------------------------------- Subject: Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 311 ---------------------------------------- From: Keepers of Honor Contents: Hello, fan club members! Let's take another peek into Angeal's "unauthorized" profile! Favorite hobby: Doting over dogs The bigger the hassle, the cuter the dog. Favorite read: "Famous Gardens Monthly" A magazine on various flora, published by Shinra. Now, isn't that just like the noble, nature-loving man we all know and love? That's all for this update. We'll let you know when we have more to share with you! Received: Immediately after joining the Angeal fanclub, the Keepers of Honor. ---------------------------------------- Subject: Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 312 ---------------------------------------- From: Keepers of Honor Contents: Hello, fan club members! Let's take another peek into Angeal's "unauthorized" profile! Most valued possession: His camera A gift from his mother, he uses it to take shots of the scenery whenever he goes on a mission. Most valued skill: Cooking with leftovers Self-catering is essential in frugal living. Housewives in our readership should take note! That's all for this update. We'll let you know when we have more to share with you! Received: After speaking with Angeal fan in Sector 8 after returning from Banora. ---------------------------------------- Subject: Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 313 ---------------------------------------- From: Keepers of Honor Contents: Today's update features a conversation between Angeal and Genesis. G: You'd better do something about those plants in your room. A: Those plants represent nature. Some of us converse with nature to hone our spirit and honor. G: And some of us are getting bugs in our rooms because of those blasted things. A: Come on. Don't you remember? We used to have bugs in our rooms all the time when we were kids. G: That's why I hate them. And the past? It can stay there. We're in Midgar. We're not supposed to have nature here. City-born Genesis, and nature-lover Angeal: so completely different, yet friends all the same. Received: Chapter 4 ---------------------------------------- Subject: Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 314 ---------------------------------------- From: Keepers of Honor Contents: Dear fan club members: We have some very sad news to share with you today. We have decided to dissolve "Keepers of Honor" upon receiving word that Angeal was killed in action. We sincerely thank you for your membership. Our last event as a fan club will be a memorial service near the church, organized by club volunteers. This will be an opportunity for us to gather one last time and pray that he rests in peace. We look forward to seeing you there. Received: Once you reach the Street of Sector 5 Slums for the first time. ------------------- Subject: Sightings ------------------- From: Keepers of Honor Contents: We continue to receive reports of Angeal sightings. contained in this update is the most credible information we can deliver to our former club members. A large man believed to be Angeal was spotted in the church near the slums. Seen alongside him was a woman wearing a white one-piece dress. Could it be that our Angeal is seeking sanctuary with a mysterious girl? We wish he would show us that he is alive and well. Received: While Zack and Cloud are escaping from Shinra manor. ------------------------------ Subject: Sightings: Continued ------------------------------ From: Keepers of Honor Contents: Angeal sightings keep pouring in, but the previously reported Angeal near the church turned out to be a large animal with a pattern on its hide that looked like Angeal. The woman at the church tells us that she is looking after the creature, which seems to have settled there. Our latest credible source tells us that Angeal was attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Perhaps he is very weak, but not at death's door yet... Then again, it could be an entirely different person. Stay tuned for updates! Received: Shortly after arriving at Gongaga. *************************\ ------Genesis Girls-------\ ***************************\ ----------------------------------- Subject: An invitation to LOVELESS ----------------------------------- From: Study Group Contents: LOVELESS on stage is as popular as ever. This year's production retains the love story from the female point of view, with the focus on Acts II and III, as usual. This interpretation features additional scenes of the two friends, making it closer to the original text. Acts II and III of LOVELESS have become famous thanks to the plays, but pundits agree that the story's true value lies in Act IV. Could this year's production make up for it? Join us at the theatre as we decide for ourselves. Received: After joining the Genesis Fanclub, the Study Group. ----------------------------------------- Subject: Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 666 ----------------------------------------- From: Red Leather Contents: This issue is for the newcomers to Red Leather. As a welcome gift, here is some basic information about Genesis. Hobby: Reading. He happened upon a copy of LOVELESS in his parents' study. It has been his favorite work ever since. Why he joined SOLDIER: The heroics of Sephiroth, who is the same age as Genesis, inspired him to work for the good of the world. We will update you on any new information as it becomes available. Received: Immediately after joining the Genesis fanclub, Red Leather. ----------------------------------------- Subject: Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 667 ----------------------------------------- From: Red Leather Contents: We have received word that our dear Genesis has been killed in action. Though we still find this report hard to believe, members are planning a get-together for one last farewell at the foot of the bridge in Sector 8. During the event, we will be selling apple jewelry, created as an homage to Genesis. Please buy the apple-shaped accessory, wear it, and let us always feel Genesis inside our hearts. Received: After speaking with Genesis fan in Sector 8 after returning from Banora. ----------------------------------------- Subject: Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 668 ----------------------------------------- From: Red Leather Contents: This is a report on our memorial service. All of us in attendance read from LOVELESS, Genesis's favorite work, and prayed for his soul. On a lighter note, we are happy to report that the apple jewelry was a smashing success! We are planning to sell them online to those of you who could not attend the event. If you would like one, please reply to this address. Supplies are limited. Order now! Received: After reaching the Sector 5 Slums. --------------------- Subject: Declaration --------------------- From: Study Group Contents: The reason Genesis adored LOVELESS so much? He claimed it provided answers to do many of the mysteries in our world regarding history, science, art, and astronomy. But experts agree that the answer to the biggest mystery was in the final act, which was scattered and lost--and thus is worthy of further study. Our dear Genesis also devoted his life to interpreting the missing final act. As a devoted study group, let's inherit his life's work in his memory! Received: After speaking with Study Group member in Sector 8 after returning from Banora. ---------------------------- Subject: Message to members ---------------------------- From: Study Group Contents: We have managed to compile Genesis's theories on LOVELESS's final act into a single volume. We are going to publish this book ourselves, and decided that the book will be the basic text for our future studies. Participants in the LOVELESS study group are required to purchase a copy. Received: After entering Sector 5 marketplace with Aerith for the first time. ---------------------------------- Subject: Mystery of the final act ---------------------------------- From: Study Group Contents: Our self-published book on Genesis's LOVELESS theories have become a runaway bestseller. Let's use this momentum to move forward in our studies of the final act. The biggest mystery of the final act is what happens to the world after the "gift of the goddess" is given. The key to understanding this is in how we interpret "the goddess" in this context, but experts still cannot come to a consensus. Received: After speaking with Study Group member in Chapter 6. ----------------------------------------------- Subject: Thoughts on "the gift of the goddess" ----------------------------------------------- From: Study Group Contents: The "gift of the goddess," the source of life, is said to bring immortality. The most widely accepted theory equates the gift of the goddess to the Banora White. There is, however, another theory which advocates that it is the planet, not any human, that becomes immortal. This suggests two other interpretations of the gift. One is an all-consuming destruction; the other is an all-healing salvation. Genesis believed in the latter, predicting some sort of salvation from the gift of the goddess. Received: After entering LOVELESS district in Chapter 8. ----------------------- Subject: Breaking news ----------------------- From: Red Leather Contents: Here at Red Leather, we have received numerous reports of Genesis sightings. If Genesis does indeed live, despite being reported as killed in action, has he perhaps solved the riddle that surround the "gift of the goddess"? Genesis can never do wrong, and he deserves our support! Received: After the events in the Mt. Nibel reactor with Genesis and Sephiroth. ------------------------------------ Subject: Our upcoming secret event! ------------------------------------ From: Study Group Contents: Fellow Genesis fan club members: Our annual memorial event is coming soon! Of course, with all the witness accounts that keep pouring in, it won't be so much a memorial for Genesis as a gathering to wish his full-fledged return. As for our always popular goods for sale, this year we have prepared copies of LOVELESS bound in custom leather. We look forward to your attendance, and don't forget to buy your special LOVELESS! Received: After Zack places Cloud on the bed in the Shinra manor while the two are escaping. ---------------------------- Subject: Resurrection Fest! ---------------------------- From: Red Leather Contents: Fellow Genesis fan club members: It's time for our annual Genesis Resurrection Fest! Witness accounts are still coming in, renewing our hope that his return is near. Let us come together and strengthen our faith in his resurrection! As for this year's special goods, we have prepared faithful replicas of Genesis's leather coat. We look forward to seeing you all in these leather coats at the festival! Received: Shortly after arriving at Gongaga. *************************\ -------Hero News----------\ ***************************\ ----------------------------------- Subject: The scent of silver winds ----------------------------------- From: Silver Elite Content: Dear members of the Silver Elite: In this update, we present another piece of Sephiroth trivia--the secrets to his beautiful long hair. The hair products he uses are of the highest grade, made and supplied by the Shinra Company. He seems to use one whole bottle of both shampoo and conditioner every time he washes his hair. They are scented with thirteen kinds of perfumes, including Rose and Vanilla. Apparently, the scent in the air after Sephiroth tosses his hair changes daily! Received: Immediately after joining the Sephiroth fanclub, the Silver Elite. ------------------------------------ Subject: Now accepting applications ------------------------------------ From: Zack Fan Club Contents: We have a new fan club for the new 1st Class star on the block, Zack! Why? Because there wasn't one until now! Your membership number: 012 Let's start with Zack's official profile: Birthplace: Gongaga Family: Mother and father Hobbies: Traveling, and anything involving physical activity. Quote: "I want to join SOLDIER and fly all over the world. I'm gonna make friends everywhere I go. Then I'm gonna swim to each place where they live!" Received: After speaking with receptionist in Chapter 8. Only if you spoke with Cissnei in Junon during the attack. ------------------------------------ Subject: The memory of silver winds ------------------------------------ From: Silver Elite Contents: Sephiroth is known to value his private life, but there was a time when he had two best friends. We'd like to share a story of this threesome guaranteed to raise a smile. The SOLDIER trio would use the training room exclusively as their playground, but in order to retain their 1st Class dignity, they would sneak in only after the 2nd Class members had gone home. Then they would proceed to have one of the three stand with a dumbapple on his head, while the other two would throw their swords at the apple to pierce it! Sephiroth always won, his Masamune always striking every dumbapple dead center. Received: After speaking with Silver Elite member in the park in Chapter 8. ----------------------------- Subject: Insider information ----------------------------- From: Zack Fan Club Contents: We received the following information from a member of our word-of-mouth network: Zack's favorite swimsuit has embroidered sunflowers. Isn't that perfect for someone as sunny as Zack? He was spotted in Costa del Sol on a break. It was then, on the day of the simultaneous attacks, that he was seen fighting foes on the beach with a parasol! Isn't that WILD? With all this vitality, you might expect Zack to be a flirtatious player when it comes to romance, but apparently he's actually very sweet and naive. Thanks to Black Suit for the info! Received: On the way to Shinra manor after Zack wakes up in Nibelheim Inn. ------------------------------ Subject: All things must pass ------------------------------ From: Zack Fan Club Contents: We continued running the fan club after Zack's untimely death, but we have to disband due to financial reasons. We would like to share one last quote from a woman who had a close relationship with Zack: "My wagon broke, so I'm going to use a basket to sell the flowers. I hope you can join me when you're back from your tour." She must not have heard what happened--making her comments all the more poignant. Our thanks go out to all 109,348 members out there. May Zack always live within our hearts. Received: After Zack and Cloud return to the Shinra mansion to rest before leaving Nibelheim. ------------------------------------------- Subject: The proclamation of silver winds ------------------------------------------- From: Silver Elite Contents: Today, we have a message from our chairwoman that we would like to share with our members: "Sephiroth will never die. As long as I live, so will he! At least in our minds--but fret not. Because I have a plan. I shall let you know when it comes to fruition. You can look forward to that day." Her style of writing is rather stiff, but her message is encouraging. See you next time. Received: After Zack and Cloud return to the Shinra mansion to rest before leaving Nibelheim. *************************\ ----------Spam------------\ ***************************\ --------------------- Subject: Recruitment --------------------- From: Treasure Princess Contents: I'm looking for someone who would go on treasure hunts with me. How would you like to team up? If you're interested, I want you to prove yourself first. Somewhere out in the fields, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's General Affairs Department. If you manage to find it, I'll let you in. You can get your hands on some really rare items by becoming a treasure hunter. Not a bad deal, is it? No...no, I didn't think so. Good luck. Received: Shortly after entering Reactor #5 with Sephiroth. ------------------- Subject: Directive ------------------- From: Treasure Princess Contents: You passed the test, so you're now my ally, and as my ally, you'd better start working. Somewhere in the ravine, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's Accounting Department. Go dig that sucker up! The boss's orders always stand, and I'm the boss, naturally. You have no right to refuse. Got it? Good luck. Received: Complete Mission 8-4-1 ------------------- Subject: Directive ------------------- From: Treasure Princess Contents: That chest buried by the Accounting Department had nothing but a receipt inside! And I blame it on you! You'd better find a real treasure this time! :( Somewhere out in the fields, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's PR Department. Go find it. I hear there are lots of nasty monsters in the area, but I'm sure you'll be all right if you're careful. Good luck! Received: Complete Mission 8-4-2 ----------------------------- Subject: Special Assignment! ----------------------------- From: Treasure Princess Contents: What's with the PR Department's thinking? Nothing but a public relations magazine inside a chest!? I want a REAL treasure this time! >:( Somewhere in the marine caves, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's HR Department. Go find it. You can bet there are lots of nasty monsters in the area, but I'm positive you're used to that by now. This one had better be good, or else! Received: Complete Mission 8-4-3 ------------------ Subject: Orders!! ------------------ From: Treasure Princess Contents: There was nothing but a roster inside that HR chest! Oooh, this is making me so mad! >:((( If you botch this next one, you're fired, buster! Somewhere in the coal mines, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's secretaries. Find it...but it isn't gonna be easy. I'd say you better be prepared for the worst. Then again, you could die before you're prepared. The coal mines are famous for having really mean monsters inside. Received: Complete Mission 8-4-4 -------------------------------- Subject: Letter of challenge!!! -------------------------------- From: Treasure Princess Contents: Nasty pictures! Ewww!!! Sickos! Are Shinra employees trained to put TRASH in their treasure chest!? :P That's it! Everyone in Shinra's gonna get it someday! Somewhere in the marine caves, there's supposed to be a treasure hidden by Shinra's Science Department. And I'm taking it. If you don't want me to take it, come and claim it! Winner takes all! It's go time!!! Received: Complete Mission 8-4-5 --------------------------------- Subject: Just between you and me --------------------------------- From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. I heard there's a secret item somewhere in the fields. If this got into the hands of an anti-Shinra group, Shinra would be finished. I suggest you find it before it's too late. Received: Complete Mission 8-4-6 ---------------------- Subject: Confidential ---------------------- From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. I'm not the same person as the sender of the last anonymous message, so don't be alarmed. I heard there's a secret item somewhere in the marine caves. If an anti-Shinra entity got its hands on it, it would spell the end for Shinra. You really should find it before it's too late. Received: Complete Mission 8-5-1 ---------------------------- Subject: For your eyes only ---------------------------- From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. I'm not the same person as the sender of the last two anonymous messages, so don't worry. I heard there's a secret item somewhere inside some cave. If an anti-Shinra entity finds this, then stick a fork in Shinra--it's done! You really should find it before it's too late. Received: Complete Mission 8-5-2 ------------------------------------------ Subject: Something you might want to know ------------------------------------------ From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. I'm not the one who usually sends you guys all those anonymous messages, so relax. I heard there's a secret item somewhere in the coal mines. If an anti-Shinra group obtains it, Shinra will be crushed like an eggshell beneath a jackboot! You should look for it before it's too late. Received: Complete Mission 8-5-3 --------------------- Subject: A good deal --------------------- From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. This is the first anonymous message I've ever sent, so don't sweat it. I heard there's a secret item somewhere in the plate interior. If an anti-Shinra entity got it, Shinra would be dead meat in a pressure cooker! I suggest you look for it before it's your head on the plate. Received: Complete Mission 8-5-4 -------------------------- Subject: Too good to miss -------------------------- From: Anonymous Contents: I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. No, I'm not the same person as the sender of the last anonymous message, so stop thinking that. I heard there's a secret item somewhere inside some cave. If an anti-Shinra group obtains it, Shinra will be a thing of the past! You'd better look for it before you and your crew are made obsolete. Received: Complete Mission 8-5-5 ---------------- Subject: Notice ---------------- From: Yuffie Contents: I heard there's a fantastic treasure deep in the caves. I'm just letting you know that it's MINE! There's just no way I'm letting you have it! Absolutely no way! Sorry to spoil your good mood, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Haw haw haw! Love, Yuffie Received: Complete Mission 8-5-6 ------------------------ Subject: Another notice ------------------------ From: Yuffie Contents: The last treasure is yours to keep. It wasn't worth much, anyway. But the one down in the marine caves is supposed to be something else, and it's got my name all over it! At least you won't be getting it for sure. I'm just mailing you as a courtesy so you don't embarrass yourself. Love, Yuffie Received: Complete Mission 8-6-1 ----------------------------- Subject: This one's for real ----------------------------- From: Yuffie Contents: I'm gonna let you keep that last one, cuz I didn't want it anyway. Yeah, I've got a closet full of 'em. But another one down in the coal mines is gonna be mind-blowing. I'm not letting you get this one, pretty boy! Nar har har! Love, Yuffie Received: Complete Mission 8-6-2 ----------------------- Subject: I'm all right ----------------------- From: Yuffie Contents: I'm in the wasteland looking for treasure. Haven't found anything yet, but I know I'm gonna, cuz I'm not lost or anything. Received: Complete Mission 8-6-3 -------------------- Subject: Don't come -------------------- From: Yuffie Contents: I'm in the slums on a treasure hunt. Haven't found anything yet, but I know I'm gonna, cuz it's not like I'm surrounded by monsters or anything. I swear I'm not, so the treasure's mine. Um I gotta go now something in the shadows is drooling. Received: Complete Mission 8-6-4 -------------------- Subject: [no title] -------------------- From: Yuffie Contents: IM INSIDE THE PLATE IM TOTALLY FINE AND STUFF BTW DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT COMING Received: Complete Mission 8-6-5 *************************\ --------Shop News---------\ ***************************\ ------------------------------------ Subject: The best shop in the world ------------------------------------ From: Shop News Contents: I thank you for taking on combat missions on behalf of the City Planning Department. I hope you accept, as a token of our appreciation, this flyer for the newly reopened materia shop in Sector 8. It's a very famous (and convenient) shop that ranks #1 in the world in materia sales. It was close for some time during remodeling, but now it's back in business. Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer, and I hope you continue your duties for our company. Received: Once you complete Mission 6-2-1 -------------------------------------- Subject: A shop with a long tradition -------------------------------------- From: Shop News Contents: I thank you for continuing to take on so many missions on behalf of the City Planning Department. I'm sending you a flyer for the materia shop in Sector 5. As the world's first materia shop, not only does it have historic value, but they are a membership-based business, limiting their dealings to customers of their choosing. With that kind of exclusivity, you can be sure of the quality of their goods. Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer, and I hope you continue your duties for our company. Received: Once you complete Mission 6-2-3 ----------------------------------- Subject: Your favorite accessories ----------------------------------- From: Shop News Contents: I thank you for having taken on so many missions on behalf of the City Planning Department. With the last mission completed, the series of city development projects is over. We could not have come this far without you, Zack. In thanks, I am sending you a flyer for the accessories shop in Sector 6. They are known to carry all the accessories anyone would want. Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer, and I hope you continue your duties for our company. Received: Once you complete Mission 6-2-6 *************************\ --------Tutorials---------\ ***************************\ *All of the tutorial mail is received at the beginning of the game after Zack speaks with Director Lazard and Angeal, with the exception of the three concerning Materia Fusion, which are received after Zack is promoted to 1st. --------------------------------- Subject: Controls during battles --------------------------------- Contents: Use the directional buttons or analog stick to move. Use the L or R buttons to select commands. Use (X) to execute the command. Use (Triangle) to guard, and [] to evade. These actions expend AP, and are unavailable if your AP is zero. You will automatically target the enemy in direction Zack is facing. You can flee by running away from the battle area, but you will be unable to escape some battles. ---------------------- Subject: Parameters 1 ---------------------- Contents: Hp: The game is over when Hp reaches zero and you are incapacitated. Mp: Some commands expend Mp, and therefore will be unavailable if Mp is zero. Ap: Some commands expend Ap. Some actions, such as Guard and Evade, also expend Ap. These commands will be unavailable if Ap is zero. ---------------------- Subject: Parameters 2 ---------------------- Contents: SP (SOLDIER Points) SOLDIER points are what makes the DMW spin. When SP reaches zero, the DMW stops spinning, therefore halting Zack's growth as well. As you progress through the game, there will be more uses for SP besides spinning the DMW. SP can be gained through DMW results and by defeating monsters. ------------------------- Subject: Status ailments ------------------------- Contents: Status changes can occur during battle. The list below shows the statuses that are detrimental. Some effects such as Poison, Silence, and Curse will last even after the battle is over. Be sure to use a remedy or other methods to cure these status ailments. Poison: Gradually drains Hp at regular intervals Silence: Prevents use of magic Curse: Prevents DMW rotation Stun: Temporarily prevents action Stop: Temporarily halts the flow of time ------------------------ Subject: Status changes ------------------------ Contents: Here are statuses that can give you the edge in battle. Endure: Prevents falling from damage received Barrier: Halves damage from physical attacks MBarrier: Halves damage from attack spells Regen: Gradually recovers Hp Raise: Recovers from incapacitation, valid even after battle Critical: All attacks become critical hits No Mp/Ap cost: Stops expending Mp and Ap Null Physical/Magic: Nulls damage from physical and magic attacks Invincible: Nulls all damage --------------- Subject: DMW 1 --------------- Contents: The DMW reel is located in the upper-left corner of the screen. Combinations of aligned "7's" during battle will activate these status effects. 77-: AP and MP cost zero 7-7: Null physical damage -77: Null magic damage 7--: AP cost zero -7-: MP cost zero --7: Endure "-" can be any number. --------------- Subject: DMW 2 --------------- Contents: Other number combinations can align during battle to activate the following status effects. 777: Invincible 666: All attacks critical 555: Null physical damage 444: AP cost zero during battle 333: Null magic damage 222: Mp cost zero during battle 111: Invincible ---------------------- Subject: Limit Breaks ---------------------- Contents: When the left and right image reels match on the DMW during battle, you enter the limit verge screen. When the center image reel matches the limit verge, a limit break is activated, enabling Zack to unleash special skills. The chances of entering a limit verge increases as the color of the limit gauge above the reel becomes more red. Also, the chances of achieving a limit break increase as images from Zack's heart appear. More images as collected as the game progresses; some, such as summons, will be available as items. ------------------- Subject: Equipment ------------------- Contents: Materia Materia must be equipped through the menu for use in battle. If an equipped materia enables a command, it will appear during battle. The order of battle commands will be the same as the order in which they are equipped. Accessories Accessories are also equipped through the menu. Each accessory has its own properties. Equipping accessories will not affect battle commands. ----------------- Subject: Materia ----------------- Contents: Each materia has its own level and set of parameters. Even multiple materia of the same type possess separate and distinctive characteristics. As they level up, some materia can improve their effects or gain parameters. --------------------- Subject: Leveling up --------------------- Contents: Zack levels up when the limit verge screen reads 777. If you get two of the same number in the limit verge screen, any materia equipped in the equipment slot of that number levels up. If you get three of the same number, the materia will increase two levels. However, nothing will happen if no materia is equipped in that number's equipment slot. --------------- Subject: Shops --------------- Contents: Items, accessories, and materia can be obtained through battles and from chests, but may also be purchased through shops. All shops have an online shopping feature. Select Shops from the main menu, and choose a shop from which to purchase goods, no matter where you are. You will be able to buy from more shops by obtaining their addresses during the game. ------------------ Subject: Missions ------------------ Contents: What are missions? Missions provide opportunities for battle outside of the story's progression. Take advantage of missions if you feel the need to level up or practice certain skills. Choosing Missions Open the main menu from a save point and select Missions. Additional Missions The number of missions will increase as certain conditions are met. ---------------------------------- Subject: Controls during missions ---------------------------------- Contents: Mission Controls All movement and combat controls are the same. You will be returned to the save point if you are incapacitated. Clearing a Mission Defeat the boss in order to clear the mission. After that, you will be returned to the save point. Aborting a Mission Abort a mission by moving out of range, or by selecting to abort the mission through the menu. ------------------------ Subject: Materia fusion ------------------------ Contents: You can fuse two materia together to make one new materia. This is called materia fusion. The properties of the two materia used in materia fusion will influence the newly created materia. --------------------------------- Subject: Rules of materia fusion --------------------------------- Contents: The fusion of two materia of the same type may result in the new materia having higher parameters and abilities. Also, the fusion of two different types of materia may yield another different materia type. Using higher-level materia in fusion will increase the chances of creating a more powerful materia. ------------------------------------------ Subject: What you need for materia fusion ------------------------------------------ Contents: Materia fusion also requires SP. The SP needed will depend on the strength of the resulting materia. Fusion will not occur if you have insufficient SP. You may also use items in materia fusion, but the skills required for this are not yet at your disposal. = = = = = = = 5) Credits = = = = = = = -Thanks to anyone, in advance, who contributes to this FAQ. You will be individually credited if you contribute something to this FAQ. -Thanks to StupiT for help cleaning up the FAQ, showing me a number of small errors. -Thanks to rohin from the Crisis Core board on GameFAQs for giving me the information on the tenth and final mail for the Friends folder. -I'd like to credit the Crisis Core Ultimania for confirming the final mail count for all folders. -Thanks to Square Enix for making another top notch FF title. -Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting this FAQ.