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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
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Feral-verse - Contagion 4/? (FF7 AU) (very VERY rough draft)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 22nd, 2007 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I was more interested in the first way. I kind of assumed that a healer who had motivation to help a human or low-level feral like that would make however much time (s)he needed.

Gotcha. Although I should have clarified that my earlier statement really applied to a Feral-Cetra-dominated society, which tends to be a combination of pack hierarchy and tribal structure, with a definite 'might makes right' and 'survival of the fittest' sort of flavor. While in constrast, a more nurturer-Cetra-dominated society tends to be more highly structured with a much heavier emphasis on social duties/obligations and 'the greater good'.

Especially since neither of them were really that stable to start off with, certainly not compared to Zack or Aeris.

True enough, especially with Jenova's insidious influence, deliberate or not.

An empathic bond being part of what makes them bonded mates, as opposed to just breeding stock?

That's sort of a 'the chicken or the egg' problem. Does the presence of an empathic bond make them bonded (i.e., true soul) mates, or do they develop the empathic bond because they're bonded mates. It's hard to say. But basically the two almost always go hand in hand, at least for high-level ferals. But high-level ferals are much more prone to manifest psionic abilities anyway.

And I suppose there'd be an almost synergistic effect, Sephiroth being upset by Cloud's distress, and his distress feeding into and increasing Cloud's own pain.

Yup, and in his disoriented state, Cloud basically can't distinguish his own distress from Sephiroth's distress, so he's liable to think that it's all his. It makes for a vicious cycle, especially if because of his earlier trauma, Cloud is more sensitized (i.e., more receptive) to Sephiroht's negative emotions -- similar to how a bone or joint, once damaged, might have a tendency to ache when the weather changes.
jessara40k From: jessara40k Date: September 22nd, 2007 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Although I should have clarified that my earlier statement really applied to a Feral-Cetra-dominated society, which tends to be a combination of pack hierarchy and tribal structure, with a definite 'might makes right' and 'survival of the fittest' sort of flavor.

That makes sense considering their attitudes so far.

While in constrast, a more nurturer-Cetra-dominated society tends to be more highly structured with a much heavier emphasis on social duties/obligations and 'the greater good'.

With some pretty hefty childhood conditioning/brainwashing to 'encourage' the stronger Cetra to go along with this attitude I'd bet.

Yup, and in his disoriented state, Cloud basically can't distinguish his own distress from Sephiroth's distress, so he's liable to think that it's all his. It makes for a vicious cycle, especially if because of his earlier trauma, Cloud is more sensitized (i.e., more receptive) to Sephiroht's negative emotions -- similar to how a bone or joint, once damaged, might have a tendency to ache when the weather changes.

Ouch! But probably that's all too likely.
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....