Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - クライシスコア · ファイナルファンタジーVII
Chapter 3 - 俺達はモンスターじゃない - We Are Not Monsters

Zack: What the hell does that Angeal think he's doing?! It's already been 1 month! Even Sephiroth, the Sephiroth, thinks that Genesis and Angeal are working together. The 2nd and 3rd Class SOLDIERs who were with Genesis, where did they disappear to? Using copies to attack us? Angeal would never forgive something like that! He holds his pride as a SOLDIER dearer than anyone. Ahh. What the hell is going on?! Angeal! It doesn't matter anymore just hurry back here!

Stand in the SOLDIER lounge Zack stands confused and frustrated over the events past. He suddenly gets a phone call from someone he doesn't recognize.

Tseng: SOLDIER 2nd Class, Zack.
Zack: That's me but who are you?
Tseng: Lazard has called for you. Please head to the briefing room now.
Zack: Hey hold on! Just who was that?

Zack heads off to the briefing room after the call, hoping there would be something from Angeal.

Zack: Has there been anything from Angeal yet?
Lazard: It seems we can't even get a hold of him by phone.
Zack: Then, why did you call for me?
Lazard: A new mission. I'd like you to go investigate the hometown of the missing SOLDIER 1st Class Genesis.
Zack: Excuse me?
Lazard: According to our information, Genesis's parents say he's no longer around. But I just can't trust it.
Zack: How come?
Lazard: Because they're parent and child.
Zack: Ohhh---
Lazard: I've sent some of our staff to go check it out but I haven't had any contact from them since. I'd like you to go and check out the situation. He will be accompanying you.
Tseng: I'm Tseng of the Turks.
Zack: Is this some kind of a misfortunate mission?
Tseng: Once you're ready please let me know.

After his greeting Zack gets a phone call. Zack's 2nd Class buddy calls him up, Kunsel. Zack tells him he's still in the briefing room and that he's about to go on a mission. Just before Zack and Tseng head out for their mission Tseng explains a few things about the details of the mission.

Tseng: Pleasure to be working with you.
Zack: We're just doing some investigating right? This'll be a piece of cake!
Tseng: I doubt it. Originally Sephiroth was supposed to be sent out on this mission. In other words this mission should be taken seriously. If you take it too lightly you'll fail.
Zack: What about Sephiroth?
Tseng: He refused the order, or so it seems.
Zack: Is that even possible? Aren't you guys just being too soft on him?
Tseng: Ha! How about I tell him that?
Zack: Uhh! Please don't!

Tseng and Zack take a Shinra Helicopter to their target location, Genesis's hometown. Upon arrival Zack notices some weird looking trees.

Zack: Weird trees.
Tseng: They're White Banora trees; otherwise known as Stupid Apple.
Zack: Which means this is Banora village? Angeal's hometown?!
Tseng: Exactly. It would appear that Genesis and Angeal are old friends.

Out of nowhere Genesis clones suddenly appear.

Zack: Aren't these the same guys from Wutai?!

Zack draws his sword and charges at the enemy. Being the skilled SOLDIER that he is, these guys were nothing, he defeated rather quickly.

Tseng: It seems they've arrived in the village as well. The safety of the villagers is what concerns me. It's possible that these people might have taken the villagers hostage. With weapons of mass destruction we'll get rid of Genesis and his accomplices. It's what the President plans to do, so it would be best if we were to move quickly.
Zack: All right, leave it to me.

While following the trail to Banora village Zack ends up at a resident, but is greeted by Genesis Clones and one giant spider-like robot! Zack beats the robot to smithereens.

Zack: Genesis Copy.
Tseng: Where did you hear that from?
Zack: I heard it from Sephiroth.
Tseng: The machines you see here are technologies that were stolen from our company's scientific division. Apparently they can also create clones of Genesis with his power and characteristics.
Zack: What?!
Tseng: But only SOLDIERs and monsters.
Zack: SOLDIERs and Monsters are the same thing you say.

Zack inspects the robot, but doesn't get much time to because Tseng hurries him to move to the next location.

Tseng: This is Genesis's parent's home. His parents are the landlords of this village.

Angeal: But I could never forgive myself if I stole one from there. The mayor's son was my best friend after all.

Tseng: It's not a hard thing to believe. They grew up together and were best friends.
Zack: The missing SOLDIER Genesis and Angeal, became accomplices, is that what you mean?
Tseng: It would seem that's what Sephiroth thinks.

Tseng looks over at a tree with rocks under it

Tseng: Oh? A grave. It looks new. Zack. Go find Angeal's house. I'm going to go check out the grave.
Zack: Do Turks really do work like that?
Tseng: Someone has to do it.
Zack: What a pain.
Tseng: Don't worry about it; because of you my pay is better.
Zack: Are you serious?!

Zacks goes on his hunt for Angeal leaving Tseng to his job, checking the grave. Zack arrives at a small town but is surprised to see that there's no one around. He walks further in to investigate. More clones appear. Zack decides to go into one of the houses.

Old Lady: Is there something I can help you with?
Zack: Sorry to intrude! Are you Angeal's mother? I'm Zack.
Old Lady: You wouldn't happen to be Zack the Puppy?
Zack: What the heck is that?
Old Lady: Hehe. My son told me all about you in his letters! Zero concentration and like a puppy he never calms down. Hehe.
Zack: That Angeal---
Old Lady: You're not one of Genesis comrades are you?
Zack: Nope, not at all. So don't worry.
Old Lady: Has something happened to my son?
Zack: Even I don't know.
Old Lady: A while ago, Genesis came back with a bunch of his comrades. Then soon after he started taking the lives of the villagers. Genesis a long time ago was such a good child.
Zack: What about Angeal?
Old Lady: He came back too. But he's gone somewhere and left his sword behind. That sword over there is our family's pride.
Zack: So that's what it was---he never once used this sword before. Leave Angeal to me. For now I think it would be best if you were to hide.
Old Lady: No need to worry about me. Genesis will not kill me.
Zack: Oh---

Zack takes a long stare at the Buster Sword then exits the house to continue his search for Angeal.

Zack: Angeal---Where are you?

Zack encounters more Genesis clones. After beating up the wimpy clones, Zack gets a call from Tseng. Tseng notifies Zack that he thinks he might have found the base for these Genesis Clones. Zack quickly hangs up and make the trek over to Tseng.

Tseng: The grave belonged to Genesis's parents.
Zack: He wouldn't do that to his own parents would he?!
Tseng: It seems he has no reason to hide the truth. Did you happen to find Angeal?
Zack: He wasn't home. But please! Give me some time! When I see Angeal I'll convince him to return. If Angeal thinks it over, both him and Genesis just might come back to Shinra!
Tseng: I finally understand why Sephiroth choose you to take on this mission.
Zack: Me?
Tseng: Genesis and Angeal. These two were Sephiroth's best friends. Most likely he didn't want to fight these two. That was the reason he refused the mission.
Zack: I'm Angeal's friend too.
Tseng: I'm looking forward to seeing you bring those two back. We don't have much time, we must hurry.

Zack breaks into the complex and is cheerfully greet by more Genesis Clones. Being the proud SOLDIER Zack is, he tells Tseng to move ahead and that he'll take care of the clones. Zack quickly finishes off the clones and later joins back with Tseng. Zack finds Tseng working on a computer. Tseng tries accessing it to see if there's any information on it about the Genesis Copies. Zack walks into the next room and finds the one and only, Genesis.

Genesis: 「The mysterious abyss tis the Gift of the Goddess. In pursuit of this gift we take flight. Within the heart's water surface a hopeless wander will flow. Like ripples to waves come forth the dreams below.」 You're quite the noisy one, Zack the Puppy.

Tseng comes marching in!

Tseng: I investigated the grave at your house. Others of our staff were here to do an investigation but it seems they've been killed.
Genesis: Threatening me? Your information seems to be mistaken and not very reliable.
Zack: Shouldn't it be obvious? At the very least you could have let your parents live.
Genesis: Those two have continued to betray me, ever since I came back to that house. Shinra dogs, what the hell would you know?!

Genesis throws a Fira at Tseng and Tseng is out for the count. Zack readies himself for battle but before he can, Angeal takes his sword and points it at Genesis.

Genesis: Hey partner. Good. So it means your heart is decided. As childhood friends I respect your choice. However, can you live in that kind of world?
Zack: Angeal---!

Angeal leaves Zack's sword in the floor and follows Genesis out. Zack quickly takes his sword and chases after them.

Zack: Dammit! Where did they go?! Did they leave the warehouse?

Zack loses track of them but see a door that leads outside, he opens it up but monster pop out in surprise! Out of nowhere Tseng pulls out his trusty pistol and gets rid of the ugly monsters for Zack. Tseng explains the situation to Zack.

Tseng: There isn't much time left. We need to leave the village soon.
Zack: Are we not going to look for those two?!
Tseng: Any trace of this deplorable event will be erased. That's the method the company has decided on. There will be an aerial bombing on this village. Back at Angeal's home was there really no one there?
Zack: ...
Tseng: Hurry!

More monsters come rushing into the warehouse. But Tseng pulls out his trusty pistol again and blasts away so that Zack can get through. Zack continues his chase. When he finally reaches Angeal's home he finds Angeal's mother lying on the floor dead.

Zack: How the hell could you have done this?! HUH?! Is this---is this supposed to be your freakin' PRIDE?!
Angeal: My mother no longer had any reason to live and I'm guilty of the same crime.
Zack: Stop saying things I can't understand! Explain yourself!
Genesis: I've told you haven't I? He can't live like that anymore.
Zack: Angeal! Angeal!!
Genesis: 「You will take flight? Even if the world hates us so.」
Zack: Shut Up!
Genesis: 「A painful tomorrow is all that waits for you. Even twirling winds will not stop their flow.」 It seems Sephiroth isn't here today. I wonder why?

As Angeal leaves Banora, Genesis summons Bahamut! Zack has no choice but to fight. After the battle Zack receives the summon materia.

Zack: How could you use a summon creature! What happened to your pride as a SOLDIER!
Genesis: We are---Monsters.
Zack: Huh?!
Genesis: We have lost both our dreams and our pride.
Zack: SOLDIER aren't---Monsters.

Genesis flies away with his one wing. Soon after, the village of Banora begins to be bombed. Zack gets picked up by Tseng in a Shinra Helicopter.

Zack: Angeal---

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