Posted by Byakko in Final Fantasy MegaThread (Started by DatKofGuy December 20, 2012, 07:06:40 am
There's the Mako infusion that everyone in Soldier got, probably with different levels of response hence the entire class system, and then there's the big load of Jenova cells, only a few got those (successfully). The confusing part is that Cloud makes a point to say that Soldiers are specifically the guys who got Jenova cells on top of Mako (as opposed to other regular soldiers who also have Mako), but then everything else after that is in direct contradiction with that line. The way I understand it, first there was Sephiroth with both Mako and Jenova cells, then they tried with just Mako and that gave Soldier at various levels of compatibility (but no one getting close to Sephiroth), and then they tried again to add Jenova cells and they kept getting mostly failures. Angeal, Genesis etc. have Jenova cells and they decay because of it, but Zack doesn't get any Jenova cells, does he ? He's one of the guys who only get the Mako treatment, but he goes from second to first class. There definitely was a period where the Hojo gang made Sephiroth with both Mako and the cells, then a period where they tried without the cells and it was below their expectations, and then they tried again with the cells and it gave a whole bunch of failed clones (starting with the Nibelheim survivors).
The failed people with Jenova cells become the failed clones in black capes, and the Advent Children gang are some of those clones with Jenova cells who have the potential to be forcibly transformed into Sephiroth. All the black cape guys we meet in FF7 were like that - only we were told that they would have a "reunion" to become Jenova, but Advent Children shows us that the reunion gives a new Sephiroth, not Jenova. I don't remember if the game actually told you that straight up, but every time you "meet" Sephiroth, I'm pretty sure it's one of those failed clones who get turned into him, but only for a moment and then they die. You know, since the real Sephiroth's severed torso is in the crater/cave where Cloud gives him the Black Materia. I'm pretty sure this only became really explicit with the Advent Children gang, when Kadaj does exactly all that.
All of this was more or less already present, sitting around in the various episodes and murky, but it's definitely worth rephrasing and making it clear and explicit in the remake. So yeah, maybe that guy will be part of it.
Crisis Core made quite a mess with those G and S cells and projects. I never really understood what was what or when.
edit - https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/SOLDIER:1st uh, so first class are also common enemies. So only Sephiroth, Genesis, and Angeal had a notable amount of Jenova cells with the big G and S projects, and Cloud got his cells only after Nibelheim. And there's no particular rank difference between Sephiroth and the other nameless first class.