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 6 - ソルジャーの誇りは手放すな - Never Relinquish The Pride Of A SOLDIER

Zack returns to the base after the grand battle against Bahamut. He can't seem to find anyone, Angeal, Genesis or even Sephiroth. He gets a phone call from Aerith. It seems something is up so he makes his way to go see Aerith at the church. Zack makes it to the Slum area safely, but all of a sudden Angeal flies on in.

Zack: Where the hell have you been?!
Angeal: Sorry about leaving you there earlier.
Zack: You don't plan on leaving me again do you?
Angeal: Genesis and Hollander have gone to Modeoheim.
Zack: Tell me one thing. You do plan on coming back to SOLDIER right?
Angeal: Even now my feelings as a SOLDIER haven't changed. I've also told Lazard about the situation. I'm supposed to meet with him now.

Angeal flies away and leaves Zack to do his thing. Zack hurries over to the church to meet up with Aerith. Before Zack can step into the church he's stopped by Tseng.

Tseng: Zack, we have work in Modeoheim.
Zack: I know, just wait a bit.
Tseng: Aerith isn't here. What's wrong?
Zack: What relationship do you have to Aerith?
Tseng: A complicated one.
Zack: Hmm.
Tseng: Is she anything to you?
Zack: No---thing at all.
Tseng: Then she's not anything to me as well.
Zack: Hmm. Well I guess that's fine---quite fine---

Zack and Tseng head off to Modeoheim in a Shinra Helicopter along with two Shinra Army soldiers. During flight, their helicopter gets attacked by a monster and they end up crash landing.

Zack: A monster just had to come out of nowhere. Tseng?! Army dudes?!
Tseng: It looks like we can't get any radio signal.
Zack: Well it looks like we all got out without a scratch, so it'll all work out somehow.
Tseng: As expected. We'll be depending on you to get us through these harsh lands.
Zack: Because I'm from the countryside was it---
Tseng: Now if we head to the bottom of this mountain we should reach Modeoheim. In other words, if we continue this way we'll reach the village.
Zack: All right! Everyone follow me!

Zack and the gang make their way towards Modeohiem. After much trekking across the rough snowy trails, one of the Shinra army soldiers seems to be a bit tired and even Tseng is having a hard time keeping up with Zack. But strangely enough one of the Shinra army soldier is easily keeping up with Zack.

Zack: Hey! Don't be so slow. You seem to be doing pretty good.
Cloud: I'm also from the countryside.
Zack: Where?
Cloud: Nibelheim.
Zack: Ha ha.
Cloud: What about you?
Zack: Me? Gongaga!
Cloud: He he.
Zack: Are you laughing? You're laughing aren't you? Do even know Gongaga?
Cloud: No. But it's sounds very country-like.
Zack: Nibelheim too.
Cloud: You've never heard of it?
Zack: I've never been there before but there's a mako reactor right? Midgar has the most mako---
Zack/Cloud: But everyone else has none.

The two laugh together and get along really well really quickly.

Zack: Be rejoiceful Tseng! With me and---
Cloud: Cloud.
Zack: With me and Cloud around there's nothing to be scared of at all!
Tseng: Sure, I'll leave it to you two.

Zack and Cloud make it to the top of the mountain; they wait a while for Tseng and the other Shinra soldier to make their way as well.

Zack: Hmm. Let’s wait a bit here.
Cloud: Zack---
Zack: Hmm?
Cloud: What kind of impression do you have of SOLDIER.
Zack: I really don't know. Well, once you get in you'll understand.
Cloud: If that even happens.
Zack: Don't worry. Even I got in pretty easy. Hey Cloud. Over there.

Zack spots a building that has Shinra markings on it.

Tseng: This facility is used for doing dig tests on mako.
Zack: I'll go check out.
Tseng: Our mission is to only investigate the situation here in Modeoheim. From here on in we shouldn't get into too many battles, let alone fighting Genesis. In other words---
Zack: In other words, avoid battles if we can, is what you wanted to say right?
Tseng: That's correct. Those men over there are the entrance guards. Try and sneak in and see what you can find.
Zack: Leave it to me! SOLDIERs are no idiots---I'll show you what I'm made of. Cloud don't miss this!
Cloud: Umm.

Zack heads over to the warehouse and sneaks in without anyone noticing him. After finally making it inside, he finds an elevator and uses it to go to the upper floor. What he finds is shocking---Genesis holds a sword to Hollander's neck!

Hollander: What are you doing? You need me! Without me who do you think will stop your deterioration?!
Genesis: Jenova cells.

Zack comes in swing and hits Genesis sword away from Hollander's neck. Hollander tries and takes his chance to run away but is suddenly grabbed by Cloud.

Cloud: Stop!
Zack: Good work Cloud!

Hollander struggles and manages to break free.

Hollander: You don't even know where the Jenova cells are stored. Even if you go to Hojo you don't know for certain you'll find them!!
Genesis: If that's so, if I stay the way I am now I'll just rot away. However, the world has lost it's path!!
Zack: Cloud! After him!!

Hollander tries to run away and Cloud follows him out. After Cloud leaves the scene, Zack and Genesis get into a very intense fight. Genesis no longer decides to use a summon but his own skills.

Genesis: 「My wish for tomorrow shall shatter my soul. For the price of my pride. Flight is no more for my wing has shattered.」 This is how a monster's road ends.
Zack: We aren't monsters, we're SOLDIER---Where has your pride gone?
Genesis: 「Nothing shall fortell my return. Even if the morrow is barren of promises.」 If this world threatens my life---it has lost it's path.

Genesis plunges himself to his death into the pits of the deep holes underneath the warehouse. Zack watches him fall.

Zack: Genesis.

Zack walks out of the warehouse confused about why Genesis did that. After Zack reaches the outside of the warehouse he notices Cloud and Tseng aren't around. He realizes they must have gone to Modeoheim village. Zack quickly makes his way to the village. Upon arriving at the village Zack notice the town is dead. He makes his way to the Modeo Public Bath house. When he reaches the 2nd floor he encounters a monster; it happens to be a new Angeal clone! Zack quickly defeats it and quickly makes his way to the third floor. He finds Cloud and Tseng knocked out. Tseng tells Zack it was Angeal who did this to them, Zack rushes over to the next area and finds Angeal waiting in one of the rooms.

Angeal: The truth is I should have fought Genesis.
Zack: Honestly, who do you think took care of that?
Angeal: Although, what's next is a job only for you.
Zack: What are you mean?! Stop!
Angeal: There's someone waiting for you isn't there?
Zack: Angeal you're not serious are you---?

Hollander comes trotting in a very confident fashion.

Hollander: Good Angeal! Now is the time for our child to take his revenge!
Zack: Our child?
Angeal: Shut up! My father is dead!
Hollander: Then, take your revenge on your mother's behalf.
Angeal: My mother was ashamed of her past and ended her own life!
Hollander: Ashamed? Unfortunately you are mistaken. I would think she was very prideful about it. She even used her own name for the project code name. Project G otherwise known as Project Gillian.
Angeal: Don't you dare speak my mother's name!
Hollander: Jenova cells were injected into that woman Gillian. Her cells were then directly injected into the fetus known as Genesis. But Genesis was a failure---I would never accept something like that. Although Angeal---You received her cells directly. You are perfect.
Angeal: Zack I'm nothing more than a perfect---monster. It is possible to inject my cells into other people---
Hollander: Bidirectional Clones---It means that you've received Jenova's power.
Angeal: Zack do you remember our promise? That we'd fight against anything that torments this world.
Zack: Yeah. But you're wrong.
Angeal: I'll become the torment. Zack, I'll show you.
Hollander: Stop! If you do that you can't turn back!

Angeal raises his hand a several different Angeal clones drop from above. Hollander tries and stops Angeal. Angeal forcefully pushes Hollander away.

Hollander: Dammit! They're just cells!

The clones head towards and merge with him.

Zack: Angeal!!

The clones finish their merging with Angeal and create a horrible looking monster. Zack stands confused. The monster stretches out his trident and scratches Zack on the face leaving a cut. Zack realizes he has no choice but to fight.

Zack: Angeal where did your pride go?!

Zack goes through one of the toughest battles of his life mentally and physically. But somehow he makes it through it and defeats Angeal. Angeal lies there and speaks to Zack his last words.

Angeal: You did well Zack. I'm counting on you for the rest. Never forget your pride.

Zack takes Angeal's sword and as he does Angeal passes away.

Angeal: Hold on to your dreams. If you want to be a hero you have to hold on to your dreams and also your pride.

After losing the one person that matter to him most in SOLDIER, Zack head to the Church back at the Slums to see Aerith.

Aerith: Hey, Zack. If we're on the upper city, the sky must be really close right? I'm a bit scared but the flowers would be happy---right?

Zack cries his heart out. Aerith quietly comforts him gently.

Somewhere in the near future Zack is the leader of a troop of SOLDIERs. He first walks by the Shinra army troops and gives a pat on the back to one of the troops.

Zack: So you want to be a SOLDIER? Good Luck.

Zack moves over to the SOLDIER squad and gives them his speech.

Zack: Are all SOLDIERs present?
SOLDIERs: Yes sir!
Zack: You're all new recruits right?
SOLDIERs: Yes sir! It'll be a pleasure to be working with you!
Zack: I only have one word of advice---actually this is an order. Never lose your dreams. Also, no matter the situation never let go of your pride as a SOLDIER. Got it?
SOLDIER: Yes sir!
Zack: Make sure you all make it back here. Let’s go.

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