Subject: Theory regarding Ian GM's "Aeris Cave death"
Date: Sep 21, 2005 9:06 PM
The following thoughts are composed off of other theories from "The Yellow
Orb" and Ian GM's Theory on Aeris Death in the Crater and other bits from
"What we shouldn't have seen".
If you go with Ian GMs Theory and the Theory that the yellow Orb at the end
of the game was the Holy Materia, then the rest will make sense.
If Aeris was once considered to die in the Cave (Crater) where Sephiroth
was held, then the Holy materia, like it did in the forgotten capital, would
have fallen from her and landed somewhere in the crater. It would have then
been dropped into the lifestream after the place collapsed. This would place
the Holy Materia into the lifestream, thus explaining why we would see it in
the tunnel to seph clips. Some other points towards this Theory are:
1. The Holy Materia had to be used in a place where there was a lot of
spiritual energy, that's why in the game the Forgotten Capital was selected.
However, why not the crater? The Crater has plenty of energy!
2. Before you fight Sephiroth at the end of the game, Cloud implies that the
glowing orb of light is Holy. Why is Holy here? For every other materia,
once used, its casted from the origin. Wouldn't Holy have appeared at the
3. This one is a little less precise but it kind of makes sense. After
Cloud kills Seph for the last time, he sees Aeris hand reaching out to him,
like I said this is a little off and could simply be a symbolic thing but it
would make more sense for her to "be there" if she died there"
Obviously, if this method of death was removed by Square, they removed all
traces of this and switched it to what we see. However, like a lot of other
stuff in the game, there are traces of things that we can't normally see, so
maybe the kept the ending tunnel FMV simply because they did not want to
Consider this, if the Yellow Orb IS Holy materia, and its place there was
carried over from changes made involving Aeris death point, then Cloud
stopping to notice the Holy Materia (Left over from when Aeris died) was
simple saying "I must kill Seph in order for Holy to move" and once again
they did not remove that section for what ever reason (budget/time)
So combining all that it seems to be that it was plausible that Square at
one stage did plan to have Aeris die in the Crater and the only thing they
kept was subtle things listed above.
I would very much appreciate you considering this Theory and your comments
on it and post it on your site. If not then I would still like to here your
agreement or counter arguments to the above.