Squall's Dead - a theory of what really happens in Final Fantasy VIII
problem of that romance is that it works only if Ciri is in the picture.. take . Squall and Rinoa's relationship is one of the biggest focuses in the. Over the course of the game, Squall and Rinoa fight alongside each My take on the game is it was never really about the relationship itself. Squall and Rinoa's relationship didn't happened naturally. There is very little build up to the interest they develop for each other. They handled.
Rinoa is a member of the Forest Owlsa resistance faction seeking to liberate the small nation of Timber from Galbadian occupation. Outspoken, spirited, emotional, and honest with her feelings, she speaks her mind without reservation. During the dance, she manages to charm the usually antisocial Squall  into dancing with her.
Later, Rinoa is possessed by Ultimecia when she loses her influence over Sorceress Edeawhich causes Rinoa to fall into a coma -like state. Consequently, Squall tries desperately to revive her, eventually traveling to the country of Esthar. Squall rescues her, and the two attempt to share a personal moment on the Ragnarok spaceship while the game's theme song, " Eyes On Me ", plays in the background.
In battle, she uses a weapon called a "Blaster Edge",  which consists of an arm holster and a projectile that returns like a boomerang. In her Combine Limit Break, she attacks in unison with her dog, Angelo.
With this in mind, Nomura tried to make her "cute, not gorgeous". To further emphasize this, he wrote a list of vocabulary traits and physical habits for Rinoa's character that he felt conveyed this idea, and sent them to Kazushige Nojima along with the character's design.
Most of the sequences involving Laguna appear in the form of "dreams" experienced by the primary protagonists. Squall always experiences these dreams from Laguna's point of view, although he does not think too highly of Laguna.
During the dream segments, he is a twenty-seven-year-old soldier in the Galbadian army who travels with his companions, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac. A young woman named Raine nurses him back to health after he is brought to Winhill.
However, he is drawn away from his new home when a young girl in their care, Ellone, is kidnapped. Laguna tracks her down in Esthar, where he helps liberate the nation from the despotic rule of Sorceress Adel.
The people of Esthar elect Laguna as their president and Ellone is sent back to Winhill without him. The concept of two main characters was planned since the beginning of the game's development. Nomura tried to create a contrast between Laguna's and Squall's occupations; thus, Laguna became a soldier with a light-hearted charisma, and Squall became a reserved mercenary student.
The designers intended Laguna to be more similar to the previous protagonists in the series to complement Squall, who is different from previous main characters.
His costume of a knight is also available as downloadble content. He reappears as a boss later in the game. He acts as a foil to Squall in many respects, having dated Rinoa before she met Squall,  and assuming a leadership position among his friends.
He later uses the more powerful techniques Demon Slice and Bloodfest against the player. Seifer has a short temper and is often depicted as a bully who desires attention.
After joining Ultimecia, he becomes the leader of the Galbadian army. During the introduction sequence, Seifer cuts Squall across the left side of his face with his gunblade, leaving a scar. Squall retaliates with a backhand slash that leaves Seifer with a mirrored scar. At the following field exam in Dollet, Seifer acts independently from his teammates Squall and Zellabandoning them; consequently, he fails and is not promoted to SeeD.
Eventually, Fujin and Raijin abandon him and he is defeated shortly afterward. Seifer escapes, kidnapping Rinoa and bringing her to Adel.
At the end of the game, Seifer is seen fishing and having fun with Fujin and Raijin. Nomura had originally intended Seifer not only as Squall's rival, but also as part of the love triangle between him, Squall, and Rinoa. Although this concept was shelved in the final script, Seifer remains Squall's rival and his appearance was designed to contrast with Squall's.
They have equivalent but mirrored scars on their faces and their jackets are of opposing color and length. Both characters use gunblades; Squall's gunblade is larger and requires two hands, while Seifer's gunblade is lighter and can be wielded with one hand.
Seifer in the virtual Twilight Town is a rival of the main character, Roxasand at one point mentions that he does not wish to cooperate with destiny.
Architectures of Illusion, Images of Truth" discusses that while Seifer is seen as a show-off and a troublemaker, protagonist Squall Leonhart identifies with him. As a child, Quistis stayed at an orphanage with most of the main characters. She then lived with foster parentswith whom she never developed any intimacy, before moving to Balamb Garden  at age ten.
For her part, Quistis never shows any indication of being aware of their existence. Quistis initially joins Squall to prepare him for his upcoming field exam.
She later takes Squall into her confidence and tells him personally about her demotion.
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This furthers the player's perception of Squall's awkwardness and anti-social tendencies. When Irvine refreshes the main characters' memories about the orphanage, they remember that Squall's asocial behavior began when Ellone, an older sister figure to Squall, left the orphanage unexpectedly.
As a result of these revelations, Quistis recognizes that her feelings for Squall are more sisterly than romantic. Quistis was originally supposed to fill this part, but Nomura decided a long skirt worn over pants would look better. The role was eventually passed to Selphie. Nomura was surprised when the writers cast her as a teacher, despite being around the same age as the rest of the group.
Selphie Tilmitt[ edit ] "Selphie" redirects here. For the Indonesian designer, see Selphie Bong. She is active and energetic, although slightly clumsy.
She wields nunchaku in battle,  and her Limit Break Slot allows the player to cast a random spell numerous times as well as certain magic used exclusively in her limit break. She asks Squall to show her around because she recently transferred. During the Dollet exam, Selphie joins Squall's team after Seifer abandons them. Squall has discovered Seifer is alive and has become Edea's sorceress' knightmeaning he may have to kill him, something Rinoa feels ambivalent over.
As he falls off the parade float Rinoa fruitlessly reaches out to him. The group is captured and imprisoned in the D-District Prisonbarred by Irvine who escaped. Irvine returns, acting on orders from presumably Rinoa's father, to retrieve Rinoa from imprisonment and, with tenacious convincing from her, the pair assists the rest of the group's escape from the compound. During their capture, the group learns that in retaliation for the attack on Sorceress Edea, Galbadia has targeted Balamb and Trabia Gardens in a missile attack.
Splitting into two the party attempts to prevent the attack: Selphie's plan is to sabotage the missiles aimed at Balamb Garden, while Squall rushes to warn the Garden of the impending attack. It is up to Squall to place Rinoa in either group. If Rinoa is sent to the Missile Base she assists the group in the base's destruction, but the missiles are launched regardless.
If Squall takes Rinoa to Balamb Garden, she helps him find the headmaster during a riot and activate the Garden's mobile functions to move the Garden away from the spot the missiles were programmed to target. After everything calms down Rinoa asks Squall to give her a tour of the Garden. The party is reunited in Fishermans Horizon where the mobile Balamb Garden crashes.
Squall acts as an ambassador and enacts a formal apology, but Mayor Dobethe leader of the pacifist city, tells them to leave as their presence can only cause destruction. Galbadian soldiers invade the town and Dobe heads off to discuss peacefully with them. The soldiers do not listen, and Dobe is rescued by Squall and his team. Grudgingly, the mayor accepts their apology, and orders the city's technicians to restore Balamb Garden to full functionality.
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Selphie's group reunites with Squall and for a moment Squall is almost elated, something that does not go unnoticed by Rinoa. Rinoa and Squall sit down and talk. Squall is appointed commander of SeeD and to celebrate his friends organize a concert for his honor.
If Rinoa doesn't like the band's music she argues with Squall and runs away. If Rinoa enjoys the music she convinces Squall to trust in his friends more. As his first command Squall liberates Balamb from Galbadian occupation. Next they head to the ruins of Trabia Garden, Selphie's home Garden, where he offers the students Balamb Garden's support. While waiting for Selphie, Rinoa voices her worries about being an interloper and a burden within the group and what would happen in the future.
The others recollect their pasts and discover they were raised in the same orphanage and that Edea—Headmaster Cid's wife—is the Matron who used to look after them. The Garden embarks to Edea's Orphanage in search of clues, but is intercepted by a similarly mobile Galbadia Garden. The Battle of the Gardens ensues, and Rinoa falls off the Garden's edge, but Squall rides a Galbadian jetpack to save her and regroup with the others inside the enemy Garden.
Rinoa asks Squall about his lion ring, as she is holding it for him, having obtained it from Zell for safekeeping. Squall explains it symbolizes pride and courage, and Rinoa ponders if she can become a lion too. Sorceress Edea is defeated and Rinoa starts acting strange: Edea had been possessed by another sorceress from the future known as Ultimeciabut being defeated by SeeD snapped her out of it and she becomes the SeeD's ally.
Squall rescues Rinoa in space. Rinoa remains comatose and her condition concerns Squall who realizes he is in love with her, driving him to seek a cure.
He knows Ellonea girl he used to know from the orphanage he was raised in, can send people's consciousnesses back in time. Squall searches for her to ask her to send him in Rinoa's past to discover what happened to her. Rinoa awakens under the control of Ultimecia, as after being defeated, Edea had unknowingly passed on her sorceress power to Rinoa. Ultimecia uses Rinoa to unlock Sorceress Adel's spacebound tomb and leaves Rinoa to die in space.
Cured from her coma, Rinoa ponders her impending demise before Squall contacts her telepathically with Ellone's help, telling her to activate the emergency oxygen supply of her spacesuit. Squall ditches his escape pod from the Lunar Base that is being destroyed by the Lunar Cry and intercepts Rinoa in space.
The two discover the derelict Ragnarok airship that was floating aimlessly in space near them. On board the Ragnarok Squall communicates their current situation to Esthar Air Station, and enables the ship's autopilot to return to the planet. Squall confesses many things to Rinoa about himself and Rinoa tells him he is the one who gives her the most comfort and happiness.
The land base tells the two Rinoa will be seized by the Esthar government upon landing because she has become a sorceress. Squall prevents Rinoa from cryogenically freezing herself. Esthar officials take Rinoa to contain her sorceress powers in a new tomb in the Sorceress Memoriallike what they had done to Sorceress Adel before her. Fearing she would hurt anyone else or be hated by society, Rinoa allows her powers to be sealed.
After being pushed into action by his friends, Squall breaks into the Sorceress Memorial as Rinoa is about to be cryogenically frozen, and takes her away with him to Edea's Orphanage. In the flower field behind the orphanage Rinoa voices her concerns about being possessed and turning evil, but Squall makes a silent vow to become Rinoa's sorceress' knight.
Rinoa asks Squall to kill her should her worst fears come to reality, but Squall assures his enemy is Ultimecia alone. Rinoa tells Squall of a nightmare she had in which she wanted to see him, but could not find him.
The couple promises to meet at the flower field should they be separated. Rinoa, possessed by Ultimecia, on the verge of time compression. Joining forces with Esthar, the SeeDs devise a plan to defeat Ultimecia. Ultimecia orders Seifer to capture Rinoa, who is junctioned to Adel's body through Ultimecia's powers. Squall and the others defeat Adel who passes on her sorceress power to Rinoa.
Ultimecia possesses Rinoa and Ellone sends Ultimecia and Rinoa back in time so Ultimecia can cast time compressiona magic spell only possible to cast if the sorceress's consciousness simultaneously exists in the past, present, and future. The time compression unravels leaving the combatants stranded in time and they make their way back by remembering who they are and where they want to be.
Rinoa reappears in the flower field where she and Squall had made their promise, but Squall is nowhere to be found.