Kuraudo Sutoraifu (Cloud Strife)
Human (infused with Jenova cells and mako energy)
Nibelheim; Gaia (Final Fantasy VII planet)
Cloud has a slim yet athletic build with spiky blond hair and blue-eyes. They exude an eerie glow, a trademark that all SOLDIER members share, which is commonly known as the Mark of SOLDIER. He wears a high-collared vest that zips up, and a long black covering that veils his left arm. It was once used to hide his geostigma, but later cured through Aeris's intervention. To this day, he continues to don the sleeve for unknown reasons. Along with his vest he's fitted with two leather gloves. The one on his right assumes a third of his forearm. He also has a harness that's able to seat the fusion swords individually. There are multiple buckles linked to his harness and waist-worn cloak. Black pants and wolf motif seen as an earring and left pauldron completes his battle-ready attire.
Cloud is an ex-SOLDIER who has long since conquered his inner demons. Saving Gaia from the harbinger of destruction, Sephiroth. Now living a life of normalcy, he takes an entreprenuerial direction that's unlike his trade as a mercenary.
With childhood friend Tifa Lockhart as his partner, he forms a delivery service called "Strife Delivery". He personally dispatch cellphones all over Gaia to make a living. Also with Tifa, he's a caretaker of an orphan named Denzel, a 7-year-old boy who lost his parents during the Sector 7 mayhem, and Marlene (Barett Wallace's adopted daughter).
The First Tsurugi (First Ken; Fusion Swords; First Sword) is a large weapon comprised of six detachable swords. The mainblade (pen name First Tsurugi) is a double-sided sword with an intricate handguard that interlock all other components. It has a long red hilt, a length of blade with a sameself yet thinner ending point. It also has two forms it undergoes: Normal and Battle Mode. In Normal Mode, there are no swords attached, and acts like a standard broadsword. Battle Mode is when both sides of the sword are widen, exposing the inner workings of the mainblade. Its complex design resembles that of the Apocalypse, one of Cloud's usable weapons in Final Fantasy VII.
Next, the impact blade is a sword constructed with a hollow center, allowing for a stronger blow when used. Having a red double-hilt assuming one-third of its length, its V-shaped backside snugly covers the front of the mainblade when assembled. This connection gives the First Tsurugi a distinctive appearance, similar to the Buster Sword.
The black-hilted back swords are two weapons, with a serrated edge, that're equal in length. When attached, they cover the back end of the mainblade to serve as extra mass.
Lastly, there are two dagger-like swords known as switchblades. They have a gear-like mechanism between the hilt that folds like arms. Both connect to the sides of the mainblade when complete.
None; except the left shoulder
Cloud's extraordinary abilities stems from a creature called Jenova. After the Nibelheim incident, he was administered to the JENOVA Project; an experiment that produces a class of superhumans known as SOLDIER. Because of it, he was given incredible endurance, speed, reflexes, strength and a high threshold for pain.
Cloud is also able to summon a force known as Spirit Energy at will. A metaphysical substance that was injected into his body as an infantryman. Usually, he manipulates this power to enhance his swordplay. It can also be used as a catalyst to transform the First Tsurugi.
Special Techniques (otherwise known as Limit Breaks)
Bureiba (Braver) - A single attack in which Cloud leaps into the air and descends with a powerful slash. Another version is when Cloud propels himself forward like a darting arrow, ending off the assault in classic Braver fashion.
Kyōgiri (Curse Slash or Cross-slash) - Cloud infuses his sword with Spirit Energy as it gives off an entrancing glow. Afterwards, he executes a strong succession of three hits, sending paralyzing bursts of energy upon the target.
Hakōgeki (Rendering Flash Attack or Blade Beam) - Cloud saturates the First Tsurugi with Spirit Energy before performing a downward strike. During this action, the energy is launched and forms into a shape of a crest. Once this beam of energy deals damage, it can split into smaller versions of itself amongst a group of enemies. The ex-SOLDIER is also able to distribute numerable blasts with a stroke.
Kuraimuhazādo (Crime Hazard or Climhazzard)- This is an attack in which Cloud darts and impales the target with his sword. After the fierce lunge, he jumps upward, splitting the target in two.
Meteorein (Meteorain) - Cloud summons five meteors from his sword as they rocket into the sky. Thereafter, these twenty-meter, diametric enflamed rock masses cascade upon his opposition.
Garyōtensei (Finishing Touch) - An art in which the ex-SOLDIER catches his opponent in a whirlwind assault. He spiral upwards in a complex series of slashes, carrying his adversary into the air as the attack climaxes a heavy hit. Another version is when Cloud uses spirit energy to twist the air around him. With his sword held behind him, the ex-SOLDIER anticipates an attack. And just before the opponent lands a blow, the winding current burst outwardly, stopping the attacker for a brief moment. He then launches a powerful strike that sends the opposition reeling.
Chōkyūbushinhazan (Super-Ultimate War God Supreme Slash or Omnislash) - Cloud exhibits the pinnacle of his swordsmanship through a rapid chain of strikes. Adding up to a round number of fifteen hits.
Additional Techniques (original)
These attacks are non-canon but still true to the character.
First, Second and Final Gleamer are modes in which Cloud uses to perform certain attacks. The terms first, second and final are appellations that refers to Cloud's numerical sword usage. "Gleamer" describes the brand(s) being used as a conduit for channeled energy. For example, any technique that's under the rule of one sword are known as First Gleamer or Saisho no Gleamer techniques. Second Gleamer (Banme no Gleamer) are techniques that require two swords to perform an art. Final Gleamer (Saishuu no Gleamer) requires three swords or more to convey an attack.
Saisho no Gleamer Techniques
[Senkaiririisu] Whirl Release (also known as Gyro Burst) is a move which involves a 360° rotation performed by the ex-SOLDIER. With the First Tsurugi and a burst of energy, Kuraudo is able to slash any nearby opponent(s) or object(s). The force also repels those within range of the outburst (2x the length of the First Tsurugi). *This attack can also be used in Second Gleamer*
[Gurando Heno Eikyou] (lit trans* impact on the ground) Grand Impact is an explosive attack in which Cloud or a sword descends from the high heavens. Once he or the independent weapon makes contact, it unleashes a mighty shockwave (a circumferential rule of 20 ft.). A force, disruptive energy, that ejects those present at the point of impact. *This attack can also be used in Second and Final Gleamer*
[Tenshi Kira] Angel Killer or Seraphim Killer is an attack that relies on precision. Cloud strikes his target when an opening has been spotted. If successful, a thin streak of energy is etched upon the foe as Kuraudo sails off to a safe distance. Moments later, the strip of energy discharges and engulfs the target. The finish version of Seraphim Killer is when Cloud lays a volley of bolting strikes on the target. Dashing to and from the foe about six times before the attack ends.
[Buredorasshu] Rush Blade is a technique that allows Cloud to bring fierce strings of attacks upon the offender. Firstly, he invests a flow of Spirit Energy as it travels throughout his body like dancing lightning. Then, with the power coursing throughout the First Tsurugi, a forceful slash sends his opponent to a direction of his choosing. Kuraudo immediately follows through with one whopping blow after another (the process repeats itself about five times). This describes the "rushing" effect after each successful hit.
[Materia Katta] Materia Cutter is a strike that splits his target in two. When used a flash of light, namely Spirit Energy, emerges as Cloud strikes his opponent. It is used to enhance the cutting power of the First Tsurugi. The energy spreads in a short though subtle outburst (in any direction) through the target for a clean stroke. *This attack can also be used in Second Gleamer*
[Hebunrifezusuto] The Heavenly Phase Strike is a technique with two ways of execution. One is done with First Tsurugi swinging upwards, and the other is performed downwards. Respectively, both are called ascent and decent in the manner of their motion. Starting off with a deflective strike that is guided circularly. This is meaning to repel the opponent's initial attack with precision. It creates an opening for Cloud to continue onward with a mako-infused blow.
[Tekino Bunkatsu] [Enemy Splitter or Fiend Buster] - With the use of Spirit Energy, the First Tsurugi is sent into rotation. Cloud throws the sword at his target as it whirls about. Like a buzzsaw, it can tear through virtually anything in its path. The technique also has a special effect called "pulse". This entails a high revolution, causing the sword to spin with surreal speed and sends out an abrupt shockwave. It lasts for a fraction of a second, expanding to such lengths that's half of the First Tsurugi. *This attack can also be used in Second and Final Gleamer*
Banme no Gleamer Techniques
[Doriru Haji] Drill Edge or Driving Force--like Rush Blade--is a high performance technique. With the use of two swords, Cloud cloaks himself with Spirit Energy and spins at a high rate. Like a drill, he is able bore his way through any obstacle.
[Kurosukaunta] Cross Counter is a technique in which Kuraudo anticipates an attack, and quickly enforces one of his own. When both swords are crossed like an "X", Cloud repels the attacker rather forcefully. Secondly, without hesitation, Kuraudo unloads a deadly sequence of spirit-infused slashes.
[Akuburasuto] Arc Blast is essentially Blade Beam done with two swords. But there are two levels of execution. First, the swords can be used simultaneously to produce a conjoined crest of energy, or two independent beams. Unlike Blade Beam, this technique doesn't diffuse into multiple waves of energy upon hitting a target.
Saishuu no Gleamer Techniques
[Shiburanaihari] Silver Lining is a technique that involves the entire tsurugi collection. Cloud channels his energy upon the First Tsurugi. Then, the swords separate and encompass Cloud. It creates a bastion of revolving swords, ripping through anything in its path. Kuraudo can also reassemble the First Tsurugi after each rushing blow. Zipping to and fro' in a rapid succession of six hits.
Eien Bondo (Eternal Bond) - As the name implies, Cloud formed an unbreakable bond with Zack and Aeris, reaching wherever he may be. Because of their friendly disposition, the ex-SOLDIER is able to summon them to his aide. They materialize for a brief moment to assist their friend in need. For Zack, it's to volley the opponent with powerful strikes alongside Cloud. Aeris' role is to ward off an impending destruction that threatens her "bodyguard". *Can only be used once per match. Choose between Zack or Aeris as the ally. A five-turn limitation (ten posts).*
Furaito (Flight) - Though not commonly used, a spiritually-enshrouded Cloud is able to fly. Mostly, this ability is used to execute techniques that require aerial mobility.
Kumotta Daburu (Cloudy Double or Ersatz) - The ex-SOLDIER creates a shadowlike replica, or replicas of himself with Spirit Energy. Once formed, Cloud can will the clone to attack his target in linear fashion. And if successful, the clone explodes upon impact, acting as a possible follow-up for Cloud. *Can be used up to six times. Acts independently when Memetic Rising is active*
Miimu Raijingu (Memetic Rising) - A scion of the calamity Jenova, Cloud summons and uses her cellular strength to the fullest. The awakening gives him energy perception as well as enhancing his overall performance. It adds bonuses to some of the techniques listed. In a near-death situation, the Jenova cells grants Cloud regeneration to heal his wounds for two turns. If he's also plagued with status ailments, the cells will cure that and develop a resistance to said afflictions. *Can only be used once per match. Regen lasts for four posts and halves cooldown time (excluding this one)*
Enhancements to Techniques
Meteorain (the number of meteors boost to 21)
Finishing Touch (forms a monumental cyclone; can be used for defensive or offensive purposes)
Whirl Release (the radial burst is 3x the length of the First Tsurugi)
Grand Impact (the explosion can lift targets 40 ft into the air; radial blast of 20 ft)
Fiend Buster (the pulse effect spans 2x the length of the First Tsurugi)
Driving Force (small shots of Spirit Energy jumps from Cloud's spinning form)
Arc Blast (has the same properties as Blade Beam)
Cloudy Double (the clone(s) are able to move freely)
Ultima Weapon (fills 25% of its reserves)
Omega Weapon (requires the Ultima Weapon to be completely charged)
Arutema Wepon (Ultima Weapon) - The Ultima Weapon is an alias that denotes all of the fusion swords. Cloud uses his inner strength, Spirit Energy, to influence a change upon the First Tsurugi. His spiritual energy fully crystallizes the six-piece sword. It has a transparent body, high durability and becomes opalescent when filled with energy. The handguard is redesigned with extra facets and expand upon the Battle Mode feature. Similar to the mainblade, the center of the Ultima Weapon opens up, revealing a labyrinth of railed crystals. These fine mechanisms draws in energy particles, converting it to become the 'ultimate energy'. It's the sword's own form of power which is stored for later purposes.
The two back blades, switchblades and impact blade have one inch, concaved vents at their base. And like their motherly sword, they also absorb energy through their maws of railed crystals. Individually, each sword can osmose a little over 4% (4.16) of energy from an onset. A fully assembled Ultima Weapon drinks in roughly 25% (24.96) of energy in a battle setting.
In an offhand situation, the stored energy can be transferred from one auxiliary sword to another. This enables Cloud to transform a fusion sword, if left unchanged, into the Ultima Weapon. These brands can also convey their hoarded energy into the mainblade when assembled. Once it reaches full power, the assimilation will cease. But despite its alterations, the newly formed weapon still retains all its primordial functions. When all of its energy is exhausted, partially or completely charged, the Ultima Weapon reverts back to the First Tsurugi.
Gaining energy from an opponent's attack is not the Ultima Weapon's lone avenue. If left uninterrupted, it can slowly acquire what it needs from a distance. Over time, a single cryst sword can obtain a quarter of its power in a span of eleven posts. But with more swords placed at various spots, the faster the Ultima Weapon reaches its completion. *Can be used twice per match*
Absorption Rate - Number of Swords/Posts (if left in another location undisturbed)
4% - 1 sword (20%) 9 posts (including both players)
8% - 2 swords (40%) 9 posts (including both players)
12% - 3 swords (60%) 9 posts (including both players)
17% - 4 swords (80%) 9 posts (including both players)
21% - 5 swords (100%) 9 posts (including both players)
25% - 6 swords (100%) 7 posts (including both players)
More Passive Abilities
[Fedo Suishou] [Fading Quartz] - The Ultima Weapon is the outward manifestation of Cloud's inner strength. Its crystalline shell is the condensed form of the ex-SOLDIER's spiritual essence. And because of it, they're intrinsically linked to one another. A kindredship that creates a unique ability between them. They're able to use one another as transit points to move to their respective location. Cloud can warp himself to the Ultima Weapon and vice versa.
[Suishouken] [Seeing Quartz] - Being that Cloud is spiritually linked to the Ultima Weapon, he's able to use it as a visual faculty. An ocular extension to view anything in the surrounding area from the Ultima Weapon itself.
Ultima Weapon Techniques
[Koushibashira] [Lattice Pillar] [25% consumption rate] - This particular technique can be done as a single hit, or as a combo finisher. Cloud uses the spirit sword's ultimate energy to deliver a sparkling and explosive blow. Errupting from the impact like a pillar of light.
[Kurisutaru Kakuhatsu] [Crystal Explosion or Adamant Discharge] [50% consumption rate] - A lethal technique that only the Ultima Weapon can perform. It utilizes ultimate energy like lightning, jumping all through its crystalline body. When connecting with a solid object of any kind, the energy is released. Temporarily crystallizing whatever the blade comes in contact with (besides its wielder). Cloud can also manipulate the form of the cryst energy. Usually, it is shaped into a large, spiky creation and disperse into spirit pyres.
[Koori Bando] [Ice Band] [75% consumption rate] - Through sheer will power, the ex-SOLDIER disassembles the Ultima Weapon. Cloud uses nothing but spiritual force to arrange five of the six swords around him. In a fixed position, the crystal weapons starts to move about in ring formation. They spin at a higher rpm than Silver Lining as a unit, and shoots a crystal replica of each sword simultaneously or one by one. When a hit is confirmed, the crystal replica explodes and crystallizes the target(s).
[Kurisutaru Bouei] [Crystal Glass Defense or Cryst Defense] [100% consumption rate] - When the Ultima Weapon reaches full power, that energy is transfered onto Cloud, imbuing him with its abilities. After exhausting its strength, the UW shifts back to the First Tsurugi; its base form. Despite being cloaked with ultimate energy and becoming the "living" UW, the ex-SOLDIER bears no physical changes. Though when he uses an Ultima Weapon or Cryst Defense technique, Cloud's body lights up. It looks as if parts of his frame has been coated with glowing sand. Cloud is also immune to all status-affecting spells and can assimilate energy. A maximum of 35% (5% per sword including Cloud) of a listed energy type can be absorbed. This is filtered through a translucent shell that covers the First Tsurugi and its wielder. Executing individual strikes and kicks adversely uses 5% of energy, lessening the duration of Cryst Defense. Whether the hit lands or not, the energy is spent regardless. *Can sponge energy as stated in the Absorption List*
[Purizumu Shougeki] [Prism Shock] [Usable during Cryst Defense] - Prism Shock is a powerful attack that forms eight pearls of energy around the ex-SOLDIER. They are launched to beat into the target with a volley of colorful explosions. Though the strength of this technique is only as strong as the mode itself. *Example: If Cryst Defense only has 25 percent of energy remaining, the outburst will be maximized at that strength level*
Strength Measurements - Energy Percentages
25% - comparable to C1 explosives.
50% - comparable to C2 explosives.
75% - comparable to C3 explosives.
100% - comparable to C4 explosives.
[Daiyamondo Bodei Furikka] [Diamond Body Flicker] [Usable during Cryst Defense] [1 mile/20% consumption ratio] - Unlike Fading Quartz, Cloud is able to teleport on a much larger scale. He can warp up to a mile without using any swords. However, this technique is limited to its use because of its consumption rate in Cryst Defense mode.
[Omega Wepon] (Omega Weapon) [requires Memetic Rising and the Ultima Weapon (100% power)] - Using Memetic Rising as a catalyst, Cloud transforms the Ultima Weapon into a new commodity, the Omega Weapon. A black sword with golden patterns etched upon its large frame, and retains all the functionalities of the First Tsurugi. It is similar to the Ultima Weapon with its absorption ability, but it can only siphon electromagnetic energy. With it, Cloud is able to control the gravitational force with the Omega Weapon. Attracting or repulsing targets of his desire. And whenever he uses this ability, the sword glows with an intermix of silver, white and xanthous hues.
Because it has Ultima Weapon's energy surplus, the Omega Weapon makes Cloud's attack nearly instantaneous. He's able to chain Special and Additional techiques repeatedly and without charge time. This means Cloud doesn't need to contribute Spirit Energy for an onset. *Has the same assimilation rate as the Ultima Weapon. First, Second and Final Gleamer techniques are usable*
Although he has cellular enhancements from Jenova, Cloud is still human. He can be damaged like any normal person, but his tolerance is higher. Cloud's lack of diversity is probably his main weakness. He has only his swordsmanship and the ability to perform spirit-based attacks to rely on. Most of his moves (Special and Additional techniques) requires a two-post charge to be used. This includes turns from both players. And a cooldown point of four posts between both players. As for his miscellaneous techniques, most of them are available to Cloud only one time. For example, Omega Weapon can only be obtained through Memetic Rising. If the usages for the Ultima Weapon are used up, Omega Weapon is no longer available to Cloud.
The Ultima Weapon is crafted to obtain power from Cloud's opponent. Although achieving its full strength is an nearly impossible feat. Mainly because it's unable to acquire the energy it needs to become complete. If his chances are favorable and the Ultima Weapon reaches totality, Cloud has an option to use Cryst Defense or Omega Weapon. Once a choice has been made, the other technique can't used conjointly.