No Man's Land
The Return to Life (Final Fantasy Tactics)
WARNING: this fic contains a lot of violence, and an average amount of
swearing so if your offended by these things then you clicked on the
wrong damn fic!
Chapter 1: The Beginning
it had been a year since aeris died in his arms,and since then the man
known as kevin darksangel was almost like a shattered piece of glass
from a mirror. and since then he kept roaming around the desert of his
birth, the place called "the badlands", he even moved into a city there.
kevin was on the roof of his house just staring at the full moon in the
sky, going over all the things that had happened to him since he was
found by cloud in nibelheim, he laughed to himself then shut his eyes,
"i guess i better go back inside and get some rest".he thought to
himself. so kevin went back inside his house and fell a sleep.
in the morning. kevin got up and did the regular things he does in the
morning, take a shower,wash his clothes and practise his regular "kata
technique" that he developed when he was in "soldier", then he went
outside and walked around town, seeing all the merchants,weapons stores
and the regular shops, he stopped in front of a building with the sign
"mayor's office" on the front and walked in.
" oh! hi mister darksangel!"said the secretary. "hi crystal".said kevin.
"you can go on in, the mayors expecting you!"said crystal. "thanks.".
kevin walked through the door to find a pugy man behind a desk, with a
women down on her knees behind the desk. "am i disturbing you two?"said
kevin sarcastically. " huh...oh my! you girl get out of here now!"said
the pugy man. the women takes a look a kevin and runs out the door,
kevin notices a wet stain on her dress. "so what did you want
mayor?"said kevin. " i've been hearing rumors of a band of thieves out
in the desert...i want you investigate and if you need to,dispose of
them!"said the mayor. "hmm....i want 5000gil."said kevin. "done!
anything else?"said the mayor. "nope." "then were agreed?" "yeah..see
ya".kevin leaves, and heads to his motorcycle, after a few minutes kevin
drives out into the desert.
after a few hours kevin started to head back but notices a bunch of
people on hummers, kevin decides to follow them. after a mile or so a
big base comes into view and kevin stops. "holy s***! what the hell!
there must be 20 guys guarding the place! i'm gonna' need some help on
this matter!" kevin said. kevin pulls out his PHS and dials up.
"ring....ring...ring...click hello cloud strife here!" said cloud. "naw
really! idiot!"said kevin. "hey kevin! what's up?"said cloud. "look..i
found a base out here with a bunch of guys there...members of the
shadows!"said kevin. "your kidding! i thought shinra stopped alligning
with them!" "it seems there back and if i know them, there going to
alot more carnage than shinra ever has! i want to guys to get over here
as soon as possible!" "allright..we'll be in the badlands in about 3
hours." "allright see ya then". kevin put his phs back in jacket and
took out a long poll and stuck it in the ground. "there, that should
mark where this is, i'll also mark it on the map".said kevin. then kevin
got back on his motorcycle and headed back to town.
Chapter 2: A New Ally
kevin reached the city limits about an hour before avalanche arrived in
the highwind, after a bit of conversation they had decided what to do
but did'nt know how to pull it off, until a young man with dirty blond
hair walked up to them. "excuse me, but i overheard your conversation
and i'd like to help!"said the man. "and who are you?"said kevin.
"my name is Dav Cole." "hmm....so how are you gonna' help?" "well i
am a tresure hunter and i've been scouting those people out in the
desert." "well i guess you can come, but i'd beware if i were you
cause these guys are members of the shadows!" "really! i thought they
were destroyed by shinra?" "how would you know that?" "i used to be
a soldier 2nd class until they kicked me out" "hmm...sounds like you
can be of some use after all,allright let's go!". so they all left into
the highwind and headed to the shadow's base.
once they arrived, they all prepared themselves, vincent and kevin
loaded there guns, cloud,dav and kevin equiped there swords and all the
other's readied there weapon's. "all set?"said kevin. "yeah! let's go
get them Foo's!"said barret. "allright move out!"said cloud. once they
arrived about a mile away, kevin stopped. "here's the gameplan, first
vincent,barret and myself will go up there and shoot all the guards,
then you guys will come up and we enter the base, all of you be on full
alert!" "now that's what i'm talkin' about!"said barret. so
kevin,barret and vincent head up to the front gate of the base, a lone
guard steps up infont of the 10 guys behind him. "you are not authorized
here, leave now and you'll live, if you don't then well feed you to the
sandworms!"said the guard. kevin just smiled evily at that remark. "to
bad...seems unfair, you'll need more help!" said kevin. before the guard
could say another word, kevin put a bullet in his head, the guard fell
to the ground with his brains out on the sand, before the other guards
could retaliate, vincent and barret started shooting all the guards,
until they were all on the ground dead, the sand was covered in blood.
"man...that was easier than i thought!"said kevin. "obviously the
shadows have ben gettin lazy!"said vincent. "oh well....". kevin used
his phs and told the group to come up, once everyone arrived they
entered the main entrance, they could'nt believe there eyes, there were
thousands of aircraft, missiles and weaponry, but no one was around.
"they must be underground! those S.O.B's think they can hide from me?
they've got another thing coming!"said kevin angerly. the group ran
towards the elevator, but a huge man in a black cloak appeared in front
of it. "you will never get down there as long as me the great "vader" is
standing!"said vader. "give me a break! are all these people f***ing
bragging wussies!"said kevin. kevin takes out his shot gun and shoots it
at vader's head, out of nowhere vader pulls out a sword and deflects the
bullet. "ha! you'll have to do better than that!"said vader. "heh...he's
got some moves, but if he wants a showdown he'll get one!"said kevin.
kevin takes off his jacket and throws it to yuffie and unsheaths his
apocalypse sword. "you think you can beat me? hahahah!, i'll crush
you!"said vader. "don't sing it,bring it!"said kevin. vader rushes
foward and tries to slice kevin's arm, kevin blocks and counters with a
slice to the abdomen, circles around and cuts vader's left arm right off
his body, vader screams in pain. "i'd give up if i were you!"said kevin.
"fool! i'll never surrender to a weakling like you!"said vader. vader
runs up and jumps in the air, kevin hit vader in the stomache with the
handle his sword, vader gets down to one knee cluching his stomach.
"give up!"said kevin. "kill me! if you don't i'll be eternally
discrased!"said vader. "....allright". kevin brings his sword up over
vader's head and brings it back down, slicing his head clean from his
body. tifa and yuffie puked on the sand at the site of the man vader's
bodyparts on the floor. "let's go..."said kevin. they got on the
elevator and headed down to the underground.
Chapter 3: The Beginning of the End
after defeating the man named "vader", the team boarded the elevator and
went down, once the elevator stopped, the team was almost in shock,
except kevin and vincent, the whole inside of the fortress was like a
pyramid, kevin noticed in the middle of the base was a hundred guards in
a circle and two men in the middle, seemingly prepairing to fight each
other, vicent took a look at the man on the left."that man almost looks
identical to you kevin".said vincent. "hmm.....well how bout we go talk
to him then, he seems to need some backup!"said kevin. the team drew
there weapons and ran in the direction of the people.
kevin shot about two guys in the head to let himself get into the
middle, kevin looked at the man that looked like him and said "hey bro!
need some help?" "heh...it's funny that i found here, i've been
searching for you since i was 18, how you doing kev?"said kevin's
brother. "ok i guess...i searched for you for about 4 years and then i
got locked up in a way...you can fight right kain?"said kevin. "hell
yeah! do i look like a weakling to you?"said kain unsleathing his
murasame sword. "hell naw! let's beat the crap out of thse
weakings".after kevin said that the man on the right of kain clanged his
ax on the grond 3 times, all the guards stopped in there tracks. "so
your the holder of the apocalypse huh?, and to think with all that power
you could not even protect your love aeris!"said the man. "what wold
you know about aeris?"said kevin. "well we were the ones who poisened
her!", kevin put his head down, his hair covering his face, his anger
arrouse in him. " everyone...i want you to leave now!"said kevin.
"what!?"said everyone. "leave now!!", the group hesently walked slowly
away, kevin lifted his hands up into the air and brought them back down,
setting all the guards on fire, the leader standed there nearly shitting
his pants. "how can you...have...such power!?"said the leader. kevin
said nothing, he puleled out the apocalypse and raised it high into the
air, power seemed to emit from him, keviin raises is head. "death row!",
a masive dragon appeared in the place where kevin once was, the dragon
opened it's mouth and massive waves of power emited from him, destroying
the base and the man, with himself still there. outside, the group
watched in terror as the base collapsed with there friend kevin in it.
"we have to search the rubble for him! i know he's still alive!"said
cloud. they all ageed and headed back towards the base, a loud explosion
can be heard, all the rubble goes flying out of the hole, a man with a
white and black mask flew out of it and flew away."who was that?"said
cloud. "i have a feeling we'll find out soon enough."said kain.
Chapter 4: Fire and Brimstone
avalanche,dav and kain had searched the rubble of the shadows base for
hours after the man in the white and black mask had flewn off, vincent
had been searching throuh the rubble, when something caught his
attention in his mako enhanced eyes, he saw a gloved hand sticking out
of the rubble, he took his claw and lifted the big pile of rubble, to
find a man with great resemblance to kevin, except the man seemed to
have a weird face painted sign on his forehead and the man was only
wearing a long, dark brown jacket, black pants, and the man had
long,dark brown hair. "cloud! come over here, i found something!"said
vincent. cloud walked over and saw the man on the gound. "who is
this?"said cloud. "i don't knw! but he seems to look exactly like
kevin!"said vincent. "allright, lets take him back to the highwind, we
have'nt found any sign of kevin here, but i think this man may be the
key!"said cloud. so they ttok the man back to the highwind, hoping to
find some answers.
Chapter 5: The Warrior
once the team got the weird man back to the highwind, it was about 24hrs
before he awakened, the only oes in the room at that hour in the night
were vincent and kain. "wa...where am i?"said the man. "you are in the
highwind, we found you in the rubble of the shadow's base."said
vincent. "ah..yes now i remember"said the man. "who are you?"said kain.
"i'm just known as Warrior, but you can call me Xero!"said Xero. "Xero
huh...then how did you end up in the rubble?" asked kain. "i remember
seeing kevin and all of you fighting the shadows, then i saw kevin get
extremely angry and turning into a dragon, then there was a huge flash
between myself and The Other One!" "where did you see all of this?"
"in kevin's subconsious of course!" "in my brother's subconsiouse? how
is that possiple?" "it's hard to understand but myself and the other
one are kevin, well...differen't parts of him!" "'differen't parts?"
" really there was supposed to be only one alter ego, but because
kevin's ego and his high amount of justice, i was created, i am
literally kevin's ego and honor, the other one has all of kevin's hatred
and anger, he is the evil kevin holds closest to his heart." "who is
this other one?" "he is the man with the white and black mask!"
"hmm...i would like to ask what that mark on your head is!" "That is a
Koda sign, it's the sign of a warrior, i will guarantee that the other
one will cause much havok very soon, i suggest we go to Nibelheim,
that's where he'll strike first." ".....i'll go wake up cloud and tell
him all this."said vincent. later on when it was about noon, the group
headed for Nibelheim,a few hours later they arrived and walked through
the main entrance to find 3 people cut open and burned. "What kind of a
monster could do this?"said cloud. they walked further on to see the man
in the white and black mask standing nere the shinra mansion. "Who are
you?" asked cloud. the man in the white and black mask lifted his head.
"I am the beggining of the end, i am alpha and omega, i am the genesis
and the apocalypse! i am known as RIP!" said RIP. "But why do this to
these people?"said cloud. " How about re-make that little insident five
years..."said rip. "What?...NO!!!!". rip raised his hands high into the
air and brought them back down, the town of nibelhiem, including the
shinra mansion was engulfed in flames, and rip had walked slowly away
into the mountains.
Chapter 6: A Forgotten Tale
After Nibelheim was burned to the ground by RIP, many were still in
shock, almst fourty five percent of nibel's population had been killed,
cloud was having a nervous breakdown after witnessing his hometown being
burnt to the ground a second time. tifa was very shooken up but
unharmed, and the man called Xero was seemingly deep in thought.
In Xero's (or kevin's) subconsiouse.
"Where the hell am i?!"yelled kevin seemingly very angry. a man with
silverish white hair with white knight armor on appeared before kevin.
"Who are you?"asked kevin. "i am known as Cecil! i am your
great,great,great,great grandfater!"said cecil. "yeah right! then how
are you still alive?"asked kevin. "i'm not, we are in your subconsiouce!
i am helping you to understand what is going on!" "what do you mean?"
"at that insident in the shadows base, your anger was incresingly high!
you used your....what are they called?...ah yes limit breaks! you used
your final limit break without testing it out first! what happened was
that you used up a sevear amount of energy, then your personalities were
released from this subconsious! the one known as RIP, and the other
known as Xero! and until RIP is defeated and Xero and RIP meld together
to become you once again! until that happens you will stay down here".
"geez.....how could all this happen?" "part of it was from aeris's
death, another part is that someone is manipulating your personality
RIP". "Who's maniping him?" "a very strong force! if you focus on your
friends you will be able to see what's happening!" "allright."a screen
appears in front of them and it shows nibelheim.
back in nibelheim.
"i think we may need more help than originally planed!"said cloud
pulling out his PHS. ring...ring...ring.
"hello! this is jose! cloud? you want us to come to where? allright
we'll be right there!"
Chapter 7: Wrath
1 hour after cloud contacted jose, jose,pedro,lionel,curtis and a
unknown man arrived in Nibelheim. "hey jose!" said cloud. "what's up?
where's kevin?"asked jose. "it's real complicated, i'll try to
explain.....um.....". "i think it would be better if i explaned".said
vincent standing next to Xero, still deep in thought. cloud nodded tovincent.
"see kevin had been hired to get rid of some bandits out in the
Badlands, but it turned out they were'nt bandits, but a huge group of
soldiers called the Shadows, kevin called us and we came to the
badlands, then after meeting this man over here named Dav Cole, we went
to the shadows base, and what happened was that kevin's long,lost
brother kain was there, then it was explained by the shadows leader that
they were reponseable for aeris's death! kevin seemingly was at the
breaking point after hearing this, kevin then told us to leave, we did,
then the whole entire shadow base blew up! a man in a black mask flew
out of the rubble and flew off, then we found this man Xero in the
rubble of the base, he explained that kevin used his ultimate limit
break, and his personalitys split, one is the man in the white and black
mask known as RIP! and the other is Xero!!"explained vincent. jose and
his groups jaws were nearly on the ground. "so where is kevin?"said
pedro. "he is in Xero's subconsiouse."said vincent. "all we have to do
is beat RIP, then Xero and RIP will re-join to become kevin once
again!"said cloud. "hmm....then all we need to do is find this guy,beat
him and then kevin will be back? sounds easy enough!" said curtis. "this
man RIP is extremely strong, but beatable! i would like to ask who is
that man behind you?"asked vincent. "oh this is Joe Naga, we found him
in midgar, he semms to have amnesia, he can't remember his past, but
he's a he's a hell of a pilot!!"said jose. "nice to meet ya'!"said joe.
"allright now i think we should split the party in 2, one will go in the
airship and search around the Rocket town area, the rest will take the
gold chocobo's and search the mountains, jose and all of you, you guy
search the Rocket town area, and we'll erch the mountains!"said cloud.
jose nodded and they boarded they're ship. then cloud and everybody got
they're gold chocobo's and headed into the mountains.
Chapter 8: Rebirth
(In The Nibel mountains.) Rip searches through a cave that has been
closed by Tons of Rocks, he unsheaths his Nightshade Katana and slashes
through the rubble like nothing. To reveal a Laboratory of some kind
with Seven Mako Suspension Chambers, Rip Walks over to one of the Pods
and looks in to see a Familiar man with Silver Hair......
Cloud and the gang ride their Chocobos through the Nibel mountains to
find that someone has Burned many Trees to a crisp. "I bet i know
who did this." Said Cloud. they move along, After several minutes they
find 8 people Riding off on Black Chocobos. "Who the hell are they?
let's follow them." Said Cloud.
The group keep on going, but after Thirty minutes of not finding a trace
of the Eight men who rode off, and coming to the exit of the Nibel
mountains they get sevearly confused, and then see jose and His Team in
front of them. "Well did you find him?" Asked Jose. "We saw Eight men On
black Chocobos Ride in this Direction, but then dissapeared." Said
Cloud. "Their Here...." Said Dav. "Where?"Said Kain. Vincent looks
around and then looks up, to see the 7 men and RIP on a Big ledge. "Over
There!!"Said Vincent. the team draws their weapons, but then their faces
turn to shock as they see the Two Soldiers Along side RIP.
There Stood Sephiroth And Zack....
Chapter 9: Dreams of Awakenment
Avalanche and friends stand puzzled at the sight of 2 men who were
thought dead long ago, there stood Sephroth and Zack who were stading
with RIP until Sephiroth jumped from the ledge and stood infront of
cloud and smirked Evily, Sephiroth looks exactly like he did in the
Nibelheim incident, though his eyes dont have the insanity in them, but
replaced by a far away look.
"heh....look at the hotshot still under 6 foot, hahahahahahah!" laughed
sephiroth in a menacing tone.
"how......i killed you!"screamed Cloud.
"stop speaking jibberish, you speak nonsense, if i was killed then why
am i here?"
"I can answer that!"says RIP who also jumped from the ledge and down
beside them, "i read in a secluded lab just a mile back that the
Nibelheim incident is a lot more complecated than once thought,
Sephiroth here is the original Sephiroth, the one that went insane at
Nibelheim was just a clone made by Hojo, Zack over here was nearly
killed but put in a mako tank by a man named Gast, and the others are
just former soldiers, these men will help me take over the world!!"
"Says who?! no one controls me,not you or anyone else!"says sephiroth
the 2 exchange eye contact, both facing each other, sephiroth with a
menacng smile on his face and Avalanche just looking puzzled.....
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