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A Father's Vigilance by RavynneNevyrmore A Father's Vigilance by RavynneNevyrmore
Title is meant to complement A Mother's Love. I probably wouldn't have chosen it otherwise. More like A Father's Creepy Tendency to Observe One's Son Through a Sheet of Glass Even Though Said Son Doesn't Know That Said Father Is Indeed His Father But Said Father Finds Said Son to Be an Object of Great Scientific Interest Because He Likes to Experiment on Him or Maybe He Just Convinces Himself of That Due to Deeply Rooted Psychological Issues That Leave Him Incapable of Expressing Affection Properly.

But I don't know if that would have fit.

So here's my Father's Day picture, finally! You'll notice I lied where I dated it. See if you can also spot the great big inconsistency between Hojo and his reflection that I didn't notice until I was adding finishing touches.

I was inspired by a scene in Before Crisis where Hojo is being "kidnapped" by AVALANCHE, but he really went with them willingly because they're making him an offer to leave ShinRa and work for them instead. They say they have even better lab equipment and technology that they're willing to share with him. Sounds great for Hojo, right? And he's excited about the idea of having better equipment and technology, too, but it turns out he was just leading them along the whole time and never intended to leave ShinRa. Why? Well, in Hojo's own words:

Professor Hojo
Hee hee hee… (Thought) There are still many marvelous things in this world. However… I don't have any intention of leaving Shin-Ra just yet. Because…

[We see a flashback of Sephiroth slaying the dragon.]


It's so sweet in its own twisted way. :ohnoes:

[link] by ~grandtheftautopsy - used this texture for the hologram SOLDIER that Sephiroth just wtfpwned and is now fading away.

[link] - by *jademacalla - used this for Sephiroth's pose.

The wall texture and the tiles on the floor (the part that's glowing) are from cgtextures.com
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Ah I remember seeing the concept sketch for this on TLS! :iconimhappyplz:

It turned out very wonderfully. The horizon line issue that Dacon and I pointed has successfully been rendered a non-issue by the finished product. The movement of the characters and the layout of the room are fairly well executed and give a great sense of depth.

I can also sense Hojo's twisted fatherly feelings in the pic, even without having to read the artist's comments for an explanation. Sephiroth is is pride and joy, and for him son is synonymous with lab experiment, which I agree, in a way it does seem almost touching, in a way that can only be Hojo.

I would have to say, that in the future watch the shading on the bodies of the characters. Hojo's upper body seems rather flat when compared to all the details that have been put into giving his hair texture. Perhaps more shading of the adding of wrinkles would make him see more three dimensional.

Other than that good job on this. I've been staring at Hojo's reflection and I'm not sure if I can see what was wrong with it. The only thing I can think of is that it should probably be more to the left, but I don't think that seems right either.

Either way all in all a good piece of fanart! ^_^
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epicfallen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this!

Hojo's hair looks kinda fabulous here. I can see where Seph gets it from :3
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Vanilla rose shampoo, I thought. :lol:

Anyway, I imagine Seph to get his good hair from his mom tbh.  Although while we're on the subject I do imagine Vincent to have like the silkiest, thick, straight black hair imaginable.

...Don't ask me why I'm imagining that.  I'm just a very thorough fan artist, yes.
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epicfallen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
True, Lucrecia's hair appears to be more likely. And I would have to agree about Vincent, so I don't blame you at all for imagining that XD 
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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OroKabuSmex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember finding out that Hojo was his father I was like  vincentamgplz 
for me it was a total shocker.

You did this very well ^^ :heart:
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah, I remember that too.  Great work on SE's part, leaving that reveal until the second last linear game event.
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OroKabuSmex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
indeed :D
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M65P3 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! I wonder if Sephiroth knew Hojo was his father. By the laugh during the Nibelheim Mission I think he did know or had a hint of it.
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UltimateKuroFan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
This is too awesome.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :flirty:
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Lucilyaoilover Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I would have loved this with just the Seph-in-the-backgroung, but the Hojo-vouyer gives it the feeling that there's a story behind this. Love it *_*... And the only odd thing I see is that in the reflection Hojo sems to be wearing a shirt with a tie instead a labcoat bit I could be wrong
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a shirt and tie with a labcoat over it. =)


You can make out the blurred outline of the labcoat lapel in the reflection, but just barely.  It's not very clear because they're the same color and I probably got the physics a bit wrong.
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jokuvaa666 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Nice! I love it when people make this kind of stuff that fleshes out the official story and characters.

Interesting conversation you had with someone below my comment too, I think.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Hojo's a creepy stalker. :iconteheplz:

Glad you like it!
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Ozarkas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Maybe not so much a stalker, but an admirer. Poor Sephiroth. He probably never would have guessed that the creepy scientist he so loathed and thought so little of was actually his biggest admirer and paid attention to everything he was doing. I wonder though, if Hojo secretly cared about him, why he didn't try to pursue some kind of relationship with Sephiroth? No doubt, Hojo had files and files of "Specimen S" and used science as an excuse to watch old recordings from the SOLDIER training room or to "monitor" everything the specimen did, when he could have just been watching over him as a father but not revealing to the other scientists that that was the reason for constantly monitoring "Specimen S."

Although, my theory was that originally he was only "Specimen S", but as the child grew and developed into an adult with a unique personality, then the fatherly love started to develop, but by then Hojo had been so harsh and mean with Sephiroth that Sephiroth hated his guts forever and it was too late for Hojo to get on Sephiroth's good side.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, according to claims by the game designers, Hojo actually had no fatherly love for Sephiroth. Everything he did and obsessed over can be attributed to his flat obsession with science.

However, if you take Barthes' approach that the way an author interprets his own work does not affect the work itself, I think that Hojo's obsession with Sephiroth was his own bastardized version of "fatherly love," as far as such a damaged person was able to experience such a thing.

I don't think it was really what I myself would call "love." It wasn't an unselfish thing. It was, in fact, completely self-centered; he was obsessed with this person, his son, because he was his son, and therefore an extension of Hojo and his own grandeur. Every amazing thing that Sephiroth did and was validated that Hojo was amazing, not only because he was the scientist who created what Sephiroth was but also his human father who gave him his genes. That makes his contribution even greater than that of only a biological father. He is both sire and designer.

Chemically, "love" is something that our hormones cause us to feel so that we will be driven to create bonds with family/clan members. From an evolutionary standpoint, this helps us survive because humans survive better in families and communities than alone. If a parent did not feel love toward its offspring then it would not make the personal sacrifices necessary to care for the offspring and the offspring would die and not survive to reproduce, because human infants are weak and completely codependent. So, biologically, you could say Hojo is affected by that, because that's what his preoccupation with Sephiroth is doing to him. He has a fixation on this person that he would be less likely to have on someone else's child because his knowledge that this person is his son is doing that to his mind by way of pride.

You could definitely call it "pride" if not "love." He is proud of his creation—he is proud that this fabulous being is his son. Although I think one of the reasons why he keeps it a secret might be to hoard this information. It makes him feel so powerful that to keep it to himself means that no one can "hurt" this source of power. And no one can ever question his mad delusions of validated grandeur if no one knows why he validates them.

Whether or not Hojo himself would be aware of his own motives and feelings is debatable. He's obviously intelligent enough, but I think Hojo completely ignores and avoids that part of himself. To acknowledge human emotions would be to acknowledge weakness and mediocrity. I think the reason why he is obsessed with science is to rise above human weakness and mediocrity by being one of the rare people who can not only understand how it all works but also control and manipulate it. I don't think Hojo wants to think of himself as a human.

Lucrecia, incidentally, is an interesting foil to all of this because even though she is also a scientist, she is completely overrun by human emotion. Why did Lucrecia choose science? Her areas of study are Biology and Planet Life—both deal with life, and she is connected with the ideas of life, light, and love again a few more times in the story—so it's possible that her motivations as a scientist are exactly the opposite of Hojo's...not to subjugate the human experience, but to find ways to enhance it for humans.

As for Sephiroth, I think he kind of knew, or at least strongly suspected, but didn't want to admit it because he hated the guy. :dummy:

I think that if Hojo acknowledges his affections on any level, it's the same level on which Sephiroth acknowledges Hojo's paternity; they're aware of it, but won't even think about it because they hate it so much—much less admit it to anyone else.

This is all my own interpretation, mind you. :dummy:
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Ozarkas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Very interesting. Your interpretation is probably right. Although, I still don't get the point of making a fan club for Sephiroth. I mean, what relevance would it be to science what Sephiroth uses to wash his hair with, or that he played the dumb apple game with Genesis and Angeal? Of course, when one joins the Silver Elite, they have to answer questions such as which hand Sephiroth uses, the name of his attack, the name of his weapon, etc. which is knowledge that only Hojo knew. The Silver Elite lady even mentioned that the "chairwoman" must be really close to Sephiroth to know so much about him. Now, how could any of that possibly be related to science? And let's not forget, the last letter by the silver elite...

"Sephiroth will never die.
As long as I live, so will he!
At least in our minds—but fret not.
Because I have a plan.
I shall let you know when it comes to fruition.
You can look forward to that day."
- Chairwoman H.

Zack gets this letter after escaping from Nibelheim, which is when the Jenova reunion thing was supposed to start. Of course, this kind of obsessive "love" might not be fatherly love, but just Hojo's love for a magnificent specimen that never ceases to amaze him with it's amazing abilities. Damn, it would be creepy to think of Hojo being somehow in love with Sephiroth. I'm just saying, how many fathers or even mad scientists want to know all of this about their sons/specimens? How could Hojo possibly know what Sephiroth washes his hair with, or that he played games with his friends in the training room? Gathering their combat data, understandable. But watching them throw their swords at an apple and then updating the fan club?

Now, as for Hojo's pride, I agree with you very much. I do believe though, that the fact that Sephiroth HATES him and looks down on him probably doesn't exactly make Hojo feel any more affectionate towards him. Even a normal parent might give up, but someone like Hojo was already unloving to begin with. He probably got some satisfaction from it, though. Knowing in his heart that Sephiroth came from him, while Sephiroth was just so oblivious to how connected they really were. It's funny. I also thought that perhaps is was significant that Hojo mentions that Sephiroth looks down on him when at the Sister Ray. Why bring that up, unless it bothered him? He didn't seem the least bit upset that Red XIII didn't like him.

Now, what exactly do you mean by Hojo being "damaged?" As for Lucrecia, I think she only chose Hojo out of guilt of not wanting to be near Vincent after Grimoire's death, but also because she pitied Hojo. Who knows, really. Maybe she saw something in him no one else did, or he was cute when he was younger. Maybe she digs nerdy intellectual types. She probably felt sorry for him, though. I can't imagine Hojo being all lovey dovey with her. If anything it might have been a "wam bam thank you ma'm" sort of thing and that's it. Still, though. He sure got all upset at Vincent, mocking her and Vince and calling him her "beloved" and whatnot. I think he was a bit jealous. He should have been pleased to just get his newest specimen from her, since it was speculated that that was the sole reason he even pursued a relationship with her. Did it matter if she had an affair? If he didn't love her, if all he wanted was a specimen, then why did it really matter who she cared about or that she wants to help her beloved? (who Hojo shot by the way, TOTALLY uncalled for. Vincent wasn't even armed.)
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I never really went into the fan club letters part of CC so I haven't read them all myself. But I think he developed an unhealthy obsession with Sephiroth because he was SO preoccupied with him, yet couldn't express this preoccupation in any other way. That's why he created a secret identity with which to obsess over him.

Think of young girls who develop crushes on boys at school. They're too shy to act upon it and develop a healthy relationship, so instead they completely obsess over the boy in secret—WAY more than they would if they actually dated the person and got to know him. That's why we're less inclined to do that as we get older and less afraid of acting upon our attractions to others. He has to suppress this so it bottles up in an unhealthy way.

Be careful when you say that Sephiroth's hatred of Hojo is the cause of Hojo's behavior. Sephiroth is essentially a blank slate that Hojo has written upon. He wasn't born with animosity toward Hojo; his upbringing gave him animosity toward Hojo, which comes from Hojo himself. Anything Sephiroth feels about Hojo—or about anything in the world, for that matter—is a reflection of how Hojo has treated him (or not treated him), since he is his father. If Sephiroth lacks affection because he grew up with no family, that is directly Hojo's fault. As his father, Hojo could have raised Sephiroth to be quite loving toward Hojo, but he did not.

I realize that the word "damaged" means that something did the damaging and there's simply no way we can know what that was. But I think when you look at what Hojo is now and work backwards from there, there's no way that he couldn't have been psychologically/emotionally damaged by something in his past, whether it's that he had a physically/psychologically/emotionally abusive childhood, or that he had a perfect childhood and was just too intelligent to connect with his peers and became damaged from the resulting social isolation. It could be anything. But it has to be something. We just can't possibly have any sort of educated guess as to what it was.

I could write novels on the reasons why Lucrecia went with Hojo, and I have. I'll leave it at that because that's not this discussion.

As for why Hojo would mock her affections for Vincent or otherwise show signs of jealousy, it could be that he had the same sort of fucked up affections for her that he had for Sephiroth. He feels a chemical compulsion toward another human being but lacks the ability to deal with this. Or he could have just sadistically enjoyed mocking her and torturing her by killing the guy she loved. Maybe he had ulterior motives of wanting to drive Sephiroth's mother mad in order to get the other parent out of the picture.
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Ozarkas Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I still find it interesting that Hojo would still maintain a fan club for Sephiroth, even though Sephiroth looks down on him and hates him and would have left him for dead in Crisis Core. Remember, when the Genesis army attacked, Genesis was going to assassinate Hojo and Sephiroth was in charge of protecting Hojo, but instead he storms off and says to "forget about him" leaving Zack to do it instead. Now, surely that would have to either make Hojo angry or perhaps sadden him, knowing that the person he so obsesses over thinks so little of him and would have left him to be killed.

Now, if he maintains a fan club for Sephiroth, and of course the scene from Before Crisis and his little stunt on the Sister Ray, one could assume that he does actually feel something for Sephiroth. Maybe it is just chemicals in his brain, the basic evolutionary instinct to love and look out for one's own offspring, which was usually for the sake of inheriting wealth, continuing the tribe, or prolonging the family name, which is something that actually does not seem to be an issue. What is the point in feeling protective of Specimen S on a level other than that of a scientist protecting the specimen because it's so rare and fascinating? Sephiroth is not going to inherit any "family wealth" or "last name" from Hojo, nor is he continuing some kind of family or tribe of Hojo's. Really, Hojo just wanted to test out what would happen if Jenova cells were infused with a fetus. It could have been anyone's fetus, or Sephiroth could have been Vincent's child but it really doesn't matter. Hojo could have used any baby, even from an abortion clinic. As long as he could test out this hypothesis, then that's all that mattered to him, right?

Unless, he could have had this strange idea of using his children for his own greatness. For example, Jenova was thought of as being an ancient. Hojo and Lucrecia thought that they would be giving their child the powers of the ancients. They were unaware that Jenova was actually an alien monster. Hojo might have thought that he could get some kind of glory for having a child who was an ancient. Or, that wasn't his plan at all but he just unintentionally got Lucrecia knocked up and THEN saw it as an opportunity to test out his hypothesis.

As for Hojo being damaged, you are probably right. Everything that went wrong in the Final Fantasy VII world was Hojo's fault. His negative energy just spread around and ruined the lives of everyone around him. No one liked him. In Crisis Core, one of the lab assistants (Zack gets to talk to them in the SOLDIER training room) actually said they transferred to another level just so they wouldn't have to be around Hojo, because his constant cackling gave them migraines. His own son hates him, and surely all his specimens and everyone he encounters hates him. Whether he is just a complete sociopath and is good at evil plotting, or all of this was unintentional. He surely was intelligent, but he really wasn't a great scientist. Sephiroth thought so, and Vincent even referred to him as lacking in scientific talent. Throwing people in tanks with mako and then calling it "science"? Lame. Same thing with Red XIII and Aerith and their "mating" session.

Sigh. Really, something was just wrong with that character. Either someone like him had been abused (if so, it would have to be REALLY BAD to make someone like him) or if it was because of social isolation, he was obviously a very evil, wicked, and mean character in the game. However, in Crisis Core, his body language was just pathetic. He looked all hunched over and broken, and when he walks in Crisis Core, he just has this lazy sloppy tired walk. Now, if he thought he was such a great scientist or as great as he thought he was, why did Square Enix portray him like that? Long greasy hair, obviously shows he doesn't take care of himself or simply just let himself go. Social isolation can do that to someone. Perhaps Square was trying to portray him as someone with low self-esteem.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"...the basic evolutionary instinct to love and look out for one's own offspring, which was usually for the sake of inheriting wealth, continuing the tribe, or prolonging the family name, which is something that actually does not seem to be an issue."

No, it's so that the offspring will survive to reproduce. It's not because it's in the sire's best interests; it's because it's in the offspring's.

Imagine primitive humans. You have sire A and sire B. Both produce offspring (A and B, respectively). Sire A feels no drive to stick around the offspring and raise it to adulthood. Sire B does. Offspring A dies in infancy because Sire A is not there to protect and provide for it. Sire A's DNA is no longer relevant because it has died off. Sire B survives to adulthood, reproduces and passes this trait on to future generations.

The result is that there are many more humans who feel the inexplicable instinctual urge to protect and care for offspring than those who do not. This is such normative human behavior that we associate the lack of it with all sorts of pathological disorders (sociopathy, for example).

Hojo doesn't have to have an actual ulterior reason to be affected by this. It's just hardwired into humans.
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Matsi-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Hojo is, to me, one of the most interesting characters in FFVII. Great job!
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Xadren Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
The picture is really great, but I'm quite sure Sephiroth knows Hojo is his father.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah probably. I was just being kinda snarky in my comments. That doesn't really have anything to do with the artwork. ;) Nor is it something I actually believe, so it's not worth debating with me about it.
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Nanabii Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I love it *__*
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Lupetta307 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
I like it!
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. =)
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SilverPsychopomp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Me likes.
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^^;
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice alternative title choice. A beautiful and well thought out piece, with a strong sense of Hojo's pride, even if not a traditional kind of love
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ShadowHaloedAngel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Beautiful work, seriously
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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ShadowHaloedAngel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student General Artist
you're welcome!
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Kellatrix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
This IS sweet in its own twisted way. It makes me all fuzzy inside, in an evil way.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, I like to see it in the sweet way of Hojo caring for Seph (in his Hojo way of caring for his son...)
also thanks for sharing that information on BC, translations weren't available when I searched for them and I didn't searched any after... this scene of BC surprises me as in the fic I'm publishing has a quite similar reaction, staying in Shin-Ra just for his son.
(still in that BC scene I wonder if AVALANCHE really had the equipment they talked about and if yes, how the HELL could they afford for it? better technology than the richer company on earth!?)
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I no longer have all the collection of links that I had before my computer crashed but look for a website called Gunshot Romance. I don't know if the project was ever finished, but that's where you can find the translations for most of the game.

There were also some videos on YouTube but I don't even remember what to search for to find that.
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noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've found the site, Google's first choice! thank you very much for the information!^^
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
no problem. :la:
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emeraldthechao174 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Out of all the pictures you've done, I think what you excel at the most is hair :D

In ones like this it looks perfect and smooth; like silk :)
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. To be honest, it would look better if I worked with smaller lines at a larger resolution. I just can't suppress the urge to zoom in.
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emeraldthechao174 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
I forgot, what type of "brush" did you use in the program to do the hair lines?
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Probably my "pencil" brush-- NOT the pencil tool, but a custom brush I've set up to emulate pencil lines, which I usually use for sketching. I don't have my own computer or settings right now, but I believe it's 100% hardness, 0% stepping (or whatever that setting is under hardness), opacity and fade both set to pen pressure, and size set to pen pressure also.

I don't have Photoshop on this computer so I can't even check to see if I've used all the right setting names there, unfortunately. =( But if you're familiar with Photoshop and custom brush settings, I'm sure you'll figure out what I mean. =)
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thank you for finding that! =)

Well I think that's the beauty of trying to figure Hojo out. Everything that he feels regarding Sephiroth he labels as "he is my project/creation" feelings and I don't think he'll let himself have any paternal feelings. If he did, I think he would just convince himself that he only feels that way because Sephiroth is his creation. If he's actually acknowledging in this scene that he doesn't want to leave ShinRa because his son is there, well, I think that's a huge scene.

Another thing I noticed in watching it is the part where Sephiroth is leaving but Hojo says his name and he stops. In the video, he actually stops before the dialogue box with his name pops up, but I *think* the intention was that he stops when Hojo calls him. There isn't too much authority that Sephiroth has to answer to. Does he stop because Hojo is his superior or because he knows he is his father?
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aeris101 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Sephiroth didn't know that Hojo was his father, remember? Hojo said so himself.

I think that they should have had that scene in Crisis Core, so we could have seen some facial expressions. It's impossible to tell if he wanted to stay because of hidden paternal affections or simply because Sephiroth is too "intriguing" to leave behind...

But then again...if you read the second and third letter from the Silver Elite, if makes you wonder...

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In letter number two, who would be in the training room in order to observe Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis playing their little game? Not just ANYONE is allowed into the SOLDIER training room...and letter three is rather touching...it almost sounds as if the whole "Sephiroth Clone" experiment was motivated by paternal affection to find Sephiroth. What do you think?
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just because Hojo said it doesn't mean it's true. It just means it's what Hojo believed. Actually, it doesn't necessarily even mean that. :lol: Although I do think Hojo believed it.

I'll have to read that letter later to give you my thoughts.
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
awesome pic luv it now get me a really sharp knife, some fava beans, and a nice chianti i'm having a certain mad cientist over for dinner tonight *hissing noises*
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Erix19 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
*stabs Hojo in the back and runs away* ^w^ Great pic even if I only like one man in the pic. I get the portrayal you have going here because I got the same impression from the original VII when you meet Hojo on the Sister Ray mako cannon.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, I only like one man here, too... MP Hologram #2 is one sexy dude.
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