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Gaia, referred to as the Planet by the people of the world, is a technologically advanced planet dominated by humans, who are the only major sentient race other than a few nearly extinct species. The world is economically, militarily, and politically dominated by the powerful conglomerate of Shinra Electric Power Company, which profits from the use of Mako Reactors. The reactors siphon a special type of energy—called "Mako"—out of the Planet and convert it into electricity. One of the byproducts of the extraction and refinement of Mako energy is Materia, a concentrated form of Mako which allows the wielder to harness its magical properties. President Shinra leads his eponymous organization, and is the world's de facto ruler. Unbeknown to most of the world Shinra is involved with many horrible genetic experiments, which have created many of the monsters that roam the Planet. Mako energy is drawn from the Lifestream, a flow of life-force beneath the Planet's surface. All life originates from the Lifestream, and returns to it upon death and the Lifestream is the sum of all the life that has ever and will ever live upon the Planet. The process of extracting Mako energy drains the life of the Planet to generate electricity. This can be seen in the Shinra's capital city of Midgar surrounded by a wasteland where plants barely grow.Appearance/Style Description
Sephiroth is a tall, inhumanly attractive man with a muscular, mesomorph build. His eyes are green, cat-like eyes that seem to glow due to the Mako energy within in and has very long, silver hair that has its bangs part to either side of his face. In combat, he traditionally wears a black trenchcoat over a black, standard uniform of SOLDIER, Shinra's military organization; over the shoulders are armored, iron pauldrons and the upper part of his chest is exposed to public view, covered only by straps fastened into an X. However, as the modern times and influences of several other worlds have become evident with the rise of the Dynasty and into current age, he has been shown to dress in more relaxed attire such as a simple black tee and blue jeans. He remains humble to his character, never dressing too inappropriately to the occasion. Sexuality
Sephiroth is a heterosexual Submissive. This is because his years as a soldier has trained his mind and body to be at the utmost keen sense of perception possible at all times and he became enticed by the thought of someone leading him in intimate affairs. While he remains humble and regimented due to his military upbringing, he finds the company of women a new found (not-so) guilty pleasure he's developed over time, particularly those of strong independent presence. He tends to favor shorter women but it's not a requirement. Personality
On the surface, Sephiroth is a professionally, cold man but he is not anti-social and shows true compassion towards those he qualifies as friends. He has displayed moments of humanity and emotion that overruled logic and duty at times as well, showing he isn't incapable of mercy and and compassion. Despite his intelligence, strength and skill (as well as his reputation), he is a humble man who fights out of a sense of justice and purpose. He has never been one to fight for glory or personal gain, although, his articulate and graceful demeanor can easily suggest him as arrogant.
When the gloves come off, however, and his military experience is required to forefront the more benign individual he is, he displays a calculating ruthlessness and willingness to sacrifice for victory at any cost. Though he is not outright vengeful, he goes extra lengths to ensure his enemies (or those of his friends and allies) pay the cost for their transgressions. It is out of that sense of honor and kinship that he took the value of those closest to him over his obligations to the Dynasty, defecting to join the Resistance and bring down the source of authority that has insulted its station. History
Sephiroth was born to Professor Hojo and Lucrecia Crescent, who were working as assistants to Professor Gast, Shinra Electric Power Company's top scientist, on the Jenova Project that studied the remains of an extra-terrestrial entity known as Jenova. Jenova was mistaken as one of the Cetra, an ancient people who had the power to "talk to the Planet." Hojo injected cell samples from Jenova into the pregnant Lucrecia and her unborn baby. She carried Sephiroth to term, his fetal form merging with the Jenova cells as he developed. After the baby was born, he was taken away by Shinra scientists and Lucrecia never even had a chance to hold him. Sephiroth never gained the ability to talk to the Planet, as he is not a true Cetra descendant, but Shinra found another use for him and raised Sephiroth to be a super soldier. They told him nothing of his true parentage, instead saying his mother's name was "Jenova" and telling him nothing of his father. Sephiroth felt different from other children but didn't know of the experiments that had created him. Sephiroth came to respect Professor Gast until he left Shinra under Ifalna's guidance, and considered Professor Hojo a hack scientist in comparison. Sephiroth joined SOLDIER and during the Wutai War and was instrumental in ensuring Shinra's dominance. He rose to the rank of SOLDIER First Class and was admired and respected as a great war hero, while those in Shinra considered his strength unequaled even by other First Class SOLDIERs. Many young men, including Cloud Strife and Genesis Rhapsodos, idolized Sephiroth, and sought to join SOLDIER to become heroes like him, making Sephiroth useful for Shinra as a propaganda tool.
Near the end of the Wutai War Sephiroth has only two close friends within SOLDIER, Angeal Hewley and Genesis Rhapsodos. When Genesis and Sephiroth duel in the virtual reality Junon, Sephiroth seems to be the strongest, but the fight ends inconclusively. Angeal stops the fight before either hurt each other too badly, although the small wound Genesis takes does not heal. Sephiroth offers his blood for a transfusion, but is told it is not compatible. Shortly before the Wutai War ends, Genesis vanishes and is declared missing in action. In the months after the war, the anti-Shinra group AVALANCHE intensifies its actions, raiding Junon. Sephiroth engages the AVALANCHE leader, Elfé, who asks whether he wants to "fight for a reason," which has a profound effect on Sephiroth. Meanwhile, it is discovered Genesis has defected with a Shinra scientist Hollander, creating an army using copy technology to graft Genesis's cells onto other traitor SOLDIER members with which to rebel against Shinra. Angeal goes rogue torn between his loyalties, and the two are declared killed in action. As Sephiroth participates in the AVALANCHE Insurgency and Genesis War, his loyalties and emotions continue to be thrown into turmoil leading to him refusing missions concerning Genesis and Angeal, and on a later assignment he allows them to escape. Zack Fair, one of Sephiroth's SOLDIER First Class comrades, kills Angeal and apparently Genesis, but the latter resurfaces several months later. Sephiroth participates in a mission to "rescue" Professor Hojo who had almost defected with the AVALANCHE forces attacking the Shinra Headquarters. In September of 0002, Sephiroth tells Zack he is considering retiring from Shinra, and their next mission together will likely be his last.
On September 22nd 0002, Sephiroth arrives at Nibelheim to investigate a monster outbreak believed to be connected to Genesis near the town's Mako Reactor. He arrives with a small entourage, including Zack and two Shinra infantrymen, one of whom is the sixteen-year-old Cloud Strife. Upon arrival Sephiroth asks Cloud how it feels to be back in his hometown, as he lacks one. When questioned about family, Sephiroth explains his mother, Jenova, died during childbirth, but stops short of mentioning his father before proceeding with the mission. At the Mako Reactor Sephiroth finds several pod-like chambers containing monstrous creatures who used to be human, mutated by exposure to Mako. He finds a chamber labeled "JENOVA" containing a feminine-looking creature. When Zack suggests a connection between SOLDIER and the creatures in the tanks, Sephiroth flies into a rage, horrified the reason he is "different" may be because he was created similarly to the monsters in the pods. Disturbed by the creature in the reactor having the same name as his "mother," along with the once human monsters in the pods, Sephiroth makes his way to the Shinra Manor that had been occupied by Shinra researchers, and pores over the research notes in the basement library wondering why he was never told the truth of his origins. He comes to believe Jenova is a Cetra, and therefore he as Jenova's "son" is the last Cetra survivor.
came and set the town on fire and killing many of the townspeople. Concerned for his supposed "mother", Sephiroth fights through to the Mako Reactor accompanied by by Zack, Cloud, a young woman named Tifa and her father. Unfortunately, Sephiroth noted that he could not stop the threat after they cut through his companions and went toe-to-toe with him for an indeterminate amount of time. Just after this realization, he is caught off-guard and impaled from behind through the abdomen. He, then, fell into a pool of Mako below where he seemingly met his end. However, his willpower, even in his moments of death, were too great to allow himself to be consumed and instead fell into the Lifestream of the planet, Gaia. Over the next several years Sephiroth travels the Lifestream, growing in power and knowledge, and the fragments of his body congregate at the Northern Cave inside the North Crater, joining to recreate Sephiroth's physical form in a cocoon of Mako. Current Situation
Now, in current day, he has started to notice a pattern that he took note of in Shinra and has defected to join his friends and allies gained over the years serving in the military. He has seen many worlds and enemies during his time under the Empress' military, gaining many allegiance and allies. The fate of Angeal, Genesis, Zack and Cloud however, remain a mystery to him.Weapon - The Masamune
The Masamune is a Japanese odachi blade. The tsuba is entirely black and the tsuka is wrapped in red. The blade itself measures six feet long. It is claimed he is the only man capable of using is effectively and while initially a physical blade, after his transference into the Lifestream, Sephiroth can manifest multiple copies of the blade at will, as he leaves the sword impaled in his victims and still has it whenever he is encountered.Special Powers+ Supernatural Physiology:
Due to being bred into the ultimate super-soldiers by Hojo and Shinra, Sephiroth possesses inhuman physical characters such as strength, speed, agility, endurance and reflexes.+ Lifestream Existence:
During his years long slumber in the Lifestream of Gaia, Sephiroth has further gained paranormal abilities that go beyond even his biologically augmented body. One of these abilities is manifesting Masamune at will, leaving him unable to be disarmed for long at all times. Secondly, he is able to manifest a solitary black wing granting him the ability to fly or levitate.+ Unparalleled Swordsmanship:
Wielding Masamune for as long as he has, despite it's initial impression of impracticality, Sephiroth's command and control of skill with the blade has left many speechless. This is easily seen in how he wields Masamune, swinging it faster than the human eye can see and cutting through solid metal and concrete.Strengths+ Reputable Appearance:
With his history before and during the Dynasty, he is a man widely recognized by the majority of the Video Game Universe. He is both a source of fear and inspiration with the military accomplishments and humble disposition.+ Military Veteran:
His military accomplishments has left him with generations of experiences leading soldiers, military units and even armies at a time and he knows when to make the difficult calls even if it leaves a poor taste in his mouth. He learned a long time ago that he will answer to every action taken due to being in the eyes of many and that not all choice he will make will be the popular one.+ Physical Overpowering:
Not to say he is the quintessential definition of physical strength and athleticism but Sephiroth's sheer force and power is not to be trifled with, capable of quickly those caught off-guard or unprepared for ruthless, calculated assault.+ Emotionally Indomitable:
Matching his dominating presence and strength, Sephiroth is quite difficult to anger and make him lose focus. He is a distinguished military veteran with the weight of countless soldiers and a reputation backing him.Weaknesses:+ Emotionally Vulnerable:
However, despite his, he is not impossible to manipulate or exploit. His honor-bound sense of duty has its faults and the reputation he carries with him often leaves him vulnerable to great amounts of stress even if it's inscrutable. For this reason, he has become a victim to the charms of women who seem to take an interest in letting him relax for a while, so to speak.+ Magical Vulnerability*:
Due to Sephiroth's pursuit and alignment to physical domination through unrelenting onslaught, he has lost touch with his magical inclinations and actually become more vulnerable to damage of magical properties.+ Lack of Discretion:
Because of Sephiroth's reputable appearance, he is left unable to go anywhere without being recognized and this leaves him scarce for periods of solitude or doing activities that require discretion. It takes him considerable effort to find the company of a woman in privacy because of this.
Notes* I have chosen to leave him magically impaired for my personal of 'class alignment', so to speak. Instead or producing a character with a versatile skillset, I instead chose to focus this Sephiroth as a melee specialist.