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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
COI Redux - random teaser (spoilers!)
Yet another teaser to let you guys know that I'm alive and still writing... or trying to, at least. The ongoing parental health crisis, Real Life(tm),... you get the drift. >_>

And now I've got a nasty case of sciatica (i.e., pinched nerve in the hip). *groan*

Regarding the teaser typical warnings apply -- very rough, plot SPOILERS, yadda-yadda. Enjoy.

::staggers off to deal with YET MORE Real Life(tm) crap::

start of teaser

Nyx pushed aside the data she was working on, looked up at the somber Tifa, and said, "There's one thing you need to understand. Forget all about the glory of science and all the other crap you've heard from Hojo and the other scientists. The true purpose of the Jenova Project and its related projects was to produce the best biological killing machines possible for Shinra. And thanks to Jenova's particular nature, Shinra's researchers succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Sephiroth, Cloud, and the other SOLDIERs -- yes, even Zack -- are undeniably superb killing machines."

Nyx held her hand up as Tifa started to object. "I'm not saying that they're just puppets without feelings, emotions, or free will. I'm sure Shinra would've preferred them to be like that, but we both know things didn't turn out that way. Even Sephiroth, who was trained practically from birth to be the perfect warrior-minion for Shinra, developed his own distinct and independent personality."

"Such as it is," Tifa muttered, but only half-heartedly. While she hated to admit it, she was reluctantly -- very reluctantly -- starting to appreciate Sephiroth's particular brand of cool snark.

"However, you need to accept the fact that anyone and anything modified with Jenova cells shares not only Jenova's predatory abilities -- enhanced strength, durability, reflexes, etc. -- but also its predatory instincts and drives. Those instincts -- the desire to hunt, to fight, to kill -- are now hardwired into their bodies. They can be controlled or partially suppressed, but they can't be turned completely off. Anyone who tries to tell you differently is lying."

Tifa remained silent for a moment, then said quietly, "Cloud and those solitary monster hunts he goes on."


"But what about Vincent and Rufus? Neither of them have any Jenova cells, so they shouldn't have those predatory instincts or drives you keep talking about."

Nyx smiled grimly. "While Vincent Valentine doesn't carry any Jenova cells, he happens to be the host for an extremely powerful entity -- one that manifests in a variety of decidedly aggressive and predatory ways."

"Galian Beast and Chaos."

"Just to name a few."

"And Rufus?"

Nyx hesitated, then said, "From Rufus's comments, it appears that the Cetra were not nearly the benevolent and pacifistic race people generally believe them to be. His intense exposure to the Lifestream has apparently allowed memories from these aggressive Ancients to invade his mind and influence his behavior."

As Tifa exhaled sharply, Nyx added, "And for your information, many of those Ancients don't like humans. At all."

end of teaser

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__perplexity__ From: __perplexity__ Date: February 2nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm sorry for your stresses in stupid stupid RL right now, and that this comment in light of those stresses will just appear rather selfish, but ... nothing sparks my brain with old-school fandon Happy than seeing teasers here.

As such, please know that you're cheering someone up at least ^-^

That last line of Nyx's there is so ominous, I totally love it. Thank you for ALL of these <3
kyuu_momo From: kyuu_momo Date: February 2nd, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


man, sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. Hang in there! >_<
But thanks for the awesome teaser! :D

I'll take whatever bit of your story I can get.
Take care.
ladysephiroth From: ladysephiroth Date: February 3rd, 2011 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just re-reading some of COI and thinking of you.

Hoping things get better on your end *sends warmfuzzies*

I now have this fabulous mental image of the Cetra as ancient Celtic tribes from Brittania, magical druids and bad-arse warriors.
tainted_sanzo From: tainted_sanzo Date: February 3rd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs* Sorry to hear things going not good right now in RL and hope things get better.

Thanks for the teaser even if you did not have to.
salmastryon From: salmastryon Date: February 3rd, 2011 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm very glad to hear from you, I was worried. Sorry to hear about health crises and RL problesm. :(

I'm patient and sending lots of good vibes and karma your way. Thank you very much for these teasers you put together even with everything going on.
askaram27 From: askaram27 Date: February 7th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay teaser! I'm glad you could post even though you are having a hard time. I really like your writing style and the idea of not-nice Cetra is just delicious! XD Love, love, love it all!
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