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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
Feral-verse - Contagion 2/? (FF7 AU, Feral-verse)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: May 26th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Even though the whole situation is so outright weird that Cloud couldn't have imagined it under noraml circumstances, he doesn't know what sort of imagination Sephiroth has, especially when he's insane, and insane!Sephiroth has already shown one hell of an imagination.

Exactly. I mean, how's this for a nightmare? He 'wakes up' only to find out that everything after Aeris's death was just a nice dream, and Zack's still dead, Aeris is still dead, he's still Sephiroth's prisoner, and Sephiroth is still stark raving mad.

Cloud's PTSD episodes are quite rare -- they almost never happen when Zack and/or Aeris is with Sephiroth and Cloud. I haven't quite decided on specific triggers, but I suspect a contributing factor is when Cloud and Sephiroth are alone and Cloud is feeling particularly happy and/or aroused.

Yes, this is evil. ^_-

And so he should. Although I'd think Sephiroth's pain at seeing Cloud so...traumatised might actually help, adding a slightly discordant note?

Sephiroth's own distress probably does help 'break' the PTSD episode, but it will take some time to sink in, because in the initital stages of the episode, Cloud is probably so terrified that very little gets through.

It also probably helps if Sephiroth goes fully feline due to his own emotional stress because it adds yet another discordant note. Zack and/or Aeris's presence definitely helps, too.

While Sephiroth certainly wouldn't leave his mate alone in such a vulnerable state, once Zack and/or Aeris show up, I think Sephiroth's instinct will be to flee the scene because he's the primary source of Cloud's distress. However, Zack and Aeris is not about to let that happen, even if they have to tackle Sephiroth and haul him back by his tail. ^_-

Ah, my misunderstanding. But I'd expect there to ba a much bigger difference in Aeris' and Sephiroth's respective levels of skill than between Sephiroth's and Zack's. I mean Aeris was more or less a mystic in the Game in a lot of ways.

Yes, she's definitely much more skilled than Sephiroth. Aeris, now that she knows how to purge and/or semi-control Jenova cells (as seen from the curing of the Geostigma), she's an incredible threat to Jenova itself. And Jenova senses it.

Sephiroth's powers are much more basic -- he can glean information from the Lifestream and use it for more brute force offensive applications.

Zack's use of the Lifestream is mostly of a support nature, so he can assist Aeris and Sephiroth in whatever their doing, but he really can't do much himself. Although now he's fully feral, he can do quite a bit more, like hiding himself from Aeris's detection, enhancing barriers, etc.

(continued below - damn character limit)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....