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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 30th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it's still more than the humans get; I just figured Sephiroth might feel he had a bit more in common with SOLDIERs than with regular humans.

That's definitely true. As I mentioned in discussions about COI, my personal theory is that Sephiroth and the SOLDIERs really do experience the world differently from normal humans due to their enhancements (especially sensory). So yes, it's very likely that Sephiroth has more empathy for SOLDIERs than he would for normal humans.

And it's a pity Cloud's sense of guilt can't be alleviated that easily, even if it only works with those outside the pack for Sephiroth.

Probably because Cloud's sense of guilt is so innerly-focused -- his failures, his flaws, etc.

That's why Zack and Aeris are so important to making OT4 work -- they have the empathy to understand the severity of Cloud's and Sephiroth's issues, but they're also not over-protective, which is almost more important. They won't coddle them excessively or let them wallow over things that can't be changed. And if that means giving Cloud or Sephiroth a sharp smack (verbally or literally), Zack and Aeris are prepared to do that for their own good. ^_^
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....