Read From Memory: FFVII Pt. 20

We’re getting close now, real close, in FFVII, to a major plot twist that will change the nature of the game. Last time we left off needing to get the Keystone from Dio at the Gold Saucer. We head there now.

Gold Saucer Battles

Using the Tiny Bronco only gets us so far. I forgot that you can’t go over the desert directly to the Gold Saucer. So I make my way back up to North Corel, Barret’s desolate hometown we first visited in Part 12. It’s still desolate. Over in the Gold Saucer, we pay the 3,000 gil day pass and make a beeline for the Battle Square. It’s still surprisingly nice having recently been the scene of a mass shooting. Anyway, heading over into the museum, Dio has put the Keystone on display prominently in the center of the room. Shortly, the man himself joins us, wearing his trademark speedo.

Dio refuses to let us “borrow the Keystone,” not unreasonably. But, after a split second he changes his mind and agrees to give us the Quest Item on the condition that we “entertain him.” That means battling in the Battle Arena. Even though Cloud is Level 40, I have a hard time getting all of the eight battles. By the skin of my teeth (and a timely Meteorain Limit Break) I got the Keystone, a protect vest and a chocobo feather. Not bad.

With nothing else to do I head back to the gondola, but apparently it broke down while I was entertaining Dio. So Cait Sith pulls some strings and gets us a free room at the Haunted House Inn. Once there, we go over the entire plot of the game for everyone, and Barret who still doesn’t understand what’s going on. With that, everybody retires to their beds.

Subterfuge on Date Night

Cloud is staring out his window in his room when Aeris comes in. She says “hee hee” and asks him to take her out on a date. Apparently this is our reward for dialog choices we made throughout the game. It’s free night at the Saucer, so we run off to Event Square. We’re the 100th couple in there so we get to enact the play for that night. It’s a fun little sequence that doesn’t take long. After that, we head to the gondola ride and get some CGI scenes and character development. Aeris is falling for Cloud, but ever the beta male, he doesn’t get it.

As we return to the station to call it a night, we find Cait Sith by himself. In a shocker, the robot mascot has stolen the Keystone! We chase him throughout the place and end up the Chocobo Square. Our chase is in vain, as the cat evades us and tosses the Keystone to Tseng, waiting nearby in LEGO copter.

What happens next is bizarre. Cait Sith tells us to forget the whole thing happened and “continue like before.” Cloud rightly wants to throttle the traitor, but he plays his trump card: he’s a Shinra employee, remote controlling Cait Sith (okay…) from Shinra HQ. What’s more, he has Marlene hostage. He expresses remorse that it had to come to this, but he wants to continue on with the crew. He’s intrigued by “our way of life.” He does give us the location of the Temple of the Ancients, for what it’s worth.

Ugh. I hate this character.

To the Temple of the Ancients

There were a few runs back to Fort Condor, but I decided to take the time to level considerably, with Vincent and Aeris in my party. We’ll run through this in the next update.