Fort Condor - Fighting the Shinra

The Situation

Fighting the Shinra


On the way to Junon, Cloud and the others may happen across the entrance to Fort Condor.

* Note: Because they can bypass Fort Condor, it's possible to come for the first time at later points in the game, including while Tifa is the party leader, in which case the dialogue is slightly different. Red XIII also has slightly different dialogue after completing the events at Cosmo Canyon.

Man
We've been fighting the Shinra for a long time at this battlefield.
Even now, we're still settled in for a long war with them.
If you aren't in a hurry, would you help us fight them?
Listen, we don't want to push you but, if you're in the middle of something, why don't you finish that first?

On the way to Junon...

Cloud
- Where is Junon?
- We'll help you

Where is Junon?

Man
Let's see...... Head north along the coast, and keep going for a ways and you'll run into Junon.
You gotta be careful 'cause it sits in the shadows of a small hill.

We'll help you

Man
Really!? Then go on up and they'll fill you in on the details.

If the party has already been to Junon...

Cloud
- Like to help but...
- I guess we'll help you

Tifa
- I'm sorry... really
- All right, we'll help

Like to help but...

Man
All right then...... Take care of yourselves...

I guess we'll help you

Man
Really!? Then go on up and they'll fill you in on the details.

Cloud and the others go inside. They find the man by himself in the shed at the top of the fort, looking out the window.

Man
Do you guys want to see it, too?

Cloud
See what?

Tifa
What?

Man
The condors. They're huge. Come on, have a look.

Cloud has a look out the window. A huge condor is nesting close to the Mako reactor that sits atop Fort Condor's hill.

Man
What do ya think? Awesome, huh?

Materia Shopkeeper
Hello. I'm sorry but we're not selling anything now.
We're using everything we have for ourselves.

Item Shopkeeper
Sorry, but I can't sell you anything now.

Man with Hat
Hmmn, now this is something, I never thought anyone would ever climb up here.
......Your eyes are different. Well, anyhow. Any minute now, this will be a battlefield against Shinra.

(If you talk to him as Tifa, he does not remark on her eyes.)

You'd better get down before you get involved.

Barret
Shinra? The hell those jackasses doing here?

Aeris
What do you mean, "a battlefield"?

Tifa
You mean Shinra?

Red XIII
The Shinra......

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

Shinra again.

Yuffie
The Shinra? Here too?

Cait Sith
......

Vincent
What do you mean by that?

Cid
A battlefield, we can't overlook that.

Man with Hat
It appears you have a problem with Shinra, too. After all, you climbed up here.
Why not listen to what I have to say for a moment?

With Cloud as the party leader...

Cloud
......
- I guess so
- Not interested

I guess so

Cloud's companions don't say anything.

Not interested

Barret
The hell you talkin' about!? They're all fightin' the Shinra too! You gonna ignore that!?

Aeris
After all, we came all this way, Cloud.

Tifa
Cloud, let's listen to what they have to say.

Yuffie
Is this about the jewels?

Cait Sith
I know, I know, Cloud. But let's listen for a bit.

Vincent
There's no harm in listening to them.

Cid
Man, she sure's cold.

With Tifa as the party leader...

Tifa
Oh, by all means.

Man with Hat
Do you know what's at the top of this mountain?

Barret
Huh? Something's up there?

Tifa
Come on, let's get it together.

Yuffie
Look close, old man.

Aeris
A huge bird.

Red XIII
That's the reactor. And the condor.

Cait Sith
Yeah, come to think of it there was something.

Vincent
Come to think of it, there was a reactor. But I've never seen anything shaped like it......

Cloud
The reactor and the condor.

Tifa
That's the reactor and the condor.

Man with Hat
I can see you're very perceptive. Yes, it's a reactor and a condor.
It seems the Shinra doesn't like the idea of having a condor on top of the reactor.

Barret
Damn, that's one big bird! But why are they trying to get rid of it with weapons?

Aeris
Why?

Tifa
What's so wrong with having a condor on top of the reactor?

Red XIII
It's not very logical.

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

The logic eludes me.

Yuffie
I'm certain there must be state-of-the-art materia inside the reactor. Am I right?

Cait Sith
Huh?......

Vincent
......That's too much.

Cid
Huh? I don't get it.

Man with Hat
It seems there's some type of special materia in the reactor above us.
And because the condors came, the Shinra rushed troops here.
The military wants to get the condor and all the villagers off this mountain.
The condors are now warming their eggs, which hatch only once every few years.
We would like to protect the condors from being harmed.

Cloud
New lives......

Barret
I'll do it! I'll protect them from Shinra!

Aeris
We must protect the condor eggs, right?

Tifa
Condors' eggs. A real work of nature.
We've got to protect the life of the planet.

Red XIII
So, to protect the eggs, are you gonna protect the reactor?......

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

We're going to protect the reactor in order to save the eggs.

Yuffie
Special materia, huh? Well, well, things are getting interesting.

Cait Sith
I'm gonna leave it up to you all.

Vincent
......and come out in one piece?

Cid
You guys, what are ya gonna do?

Man with Hat
Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to fight Shinra ourselves.
That's why we have hired soldiers to help us.
As our sponsor you can help us with a contribution or by fighting along side of us...
What do you think? You want to join us in our fight?

With Cloud as the party leader...

Cloud
......

Barret
What's there to think about? We gotta do it!

Aeris
Cloud, why are you still worrying about it?

Tifa
Cloud......

Red XIII
You decide what we're going to do.

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

What are we going to do?

Yuffie
If things go right, we might even be able to pray to that special materia.

Cait Sith
I'll leave it up to you so please do as you see fit.

Vincent
It's difficult to get back what you've lost......

Cid
Don't be so wishy-washy. Hurry and make up your mind.

Cloud
......
- All right
- Not interested

All right

Barret
Hey! We'll come to the rescue.

Aeris
Yes, yes. Let's do our best.

Tifa
Cloud, thanks.

Red XIII
I got it. Let me lend a hand, too.

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

Got it. I'm gonna lend a hand, too.

Yuffie
Okay, it's settled. We're gonna get the materia, right?

Cait Sith
Well then, let's do our best.

Vincent
That's the right decision.

Cid
If you've made up your mind, let's just do it.

Not interested

Barret
What are you thinking!? And you call yourself a human!?

Aeris
What a jerk. I'm disappointed in you.

Tifa
Well......

Yuffie
We may have lost the materia.

Vincent
Now don't regret what's already past.

Cid
If you've made up your mind, let's just do it.

Man with Hat
I see...... Come back if you should change your mind.

If you talk to him again...

Man with Hat
Have you by chance changed your mind?

Cloud
......
- Well, let's do it
- My position hasn't changed

Man with Hat (once Cloud agrees)
Whew, we'll be saved.
Ask my son, who's standing guard at the shed, about the details of our military tactics. We're depending on you.

With Tifa as the party leader...

Tifa
Everyone, listen to what I have to say.
I can't possibly leave these people like this.
Let's do whatever we can to help them. All right?

Barret
Hey! We'll come to the rescue.

Red XIII
Got it. I'm gonna lend a hand, too.

Yuffie
Okay, it's settled. We're gonna get the materia, right?

Cait Sith
Well then, let's do our best.

Vincent
That's the right decision.

Cid
If you go that far, what can I say. Well, we'll be able to do something if you leave it up to us.

Man with Hat
Yes, yes, I've also told the store owners about you, so they should sell you various items.
And feel free to use our beds.
Ask my son, who's standing guard at the shed, about anything related to our military tactics.

After agreeing to help, the shopkeepers will sell their goods and their dialogue is different.

Materia Shopkeeper
Hello. Do your best. We will, too.

Item Shopkeeper
You hang in there!

If you go below to the bedroom...

Barret
Ey, let's get some rest.

Aeris
Let's rest. Okay?

Tifa
Say, let's take a rest. Okay?

Red XIII
We should get some rest while we can.

Or, after Cosmo Canyon:

Let's take a rest when we can afford to.

Yuffie
Come on... break time, break time!

Cait Sith
Now, shall we get some rest?

Vincent
It's probably best to get some rest now.

Cid
Come on; let's get some shut-eye.

Cloud goes back up to the shed.

If he didn't agree to help...

Man
So, will you help us? I don't want them to get killed.
They're gigantic birds and so striking. We simply can't let them be killed by man's selfishness?
Of course not. There's no way, especially at the hands of Shinra.
If you're going to go look at them, get on top of that chair over there.

If he did agree to help...

Man
Thanks for accepting.
Let me explain our strategy.
The enemy will climb the mountain looking for the reactor. We will leave a trap for them and hire soldiers to protect the area.
Well, that's all, but...... This village doesn't have any money. Even if we wanted to fight, our hands are tied 'cause we're broke.
If we hired one soldier, we would need 400 gil. So, if we hire 20 soldiers, we must have 8000 gil.
So if you folks have the time, we would like you to use your own money to hire these soldiers, buy the trap, set it up and command the troops.
If you're pressed for time we'd like you to help us with the money.
If you can give us the money, we can then hire soldiers with the funds and block Shinra's attack.
We know that what we're asking is selfish.
We have sent our wives and children to another village. We are resigned to our fate.
Let's get back to square one. If the enemy penetrates our shed, you'll have to fight them immediately.
Well, just because you lost once, it's not the end of the world, but if you lose repeatedly, it could be dangerous.
Now then, is there anything you wish to ask?

Cloud
- Conditions for victory
- The enemy
- Soldiers, which can be hired
- About funding
- Other issues
- Enough

Conditions for victory

Man
You can win by wiping out the enemy or killing the enemy commander in charge.
If the enemy reaches the shed, they'll attack, and you'll have no choice but to go into battle immediately.
In the event that you lose during direct contact, even if the enemy gets to the reactor, there's still a chance to save things.
But it's only a slight chance, and we have no idea how much the reactor can endure in an attack.
When we can't stand up to the attack any longer, the Shinra will take both the condors and our lives, as well as all the materia within the reactor.

The enemy

Man
There are four types of enemies.
- Wyverns
- Beasts
- Barbarians
- Commanders
- Anything else?

Wyverns

Man
Wyverns are flying types that can move at high speed. Stoner and Tristoner aren't effective against them.

Beasts

Man
Beasts are monster types that do not move quickly, but have explosive attacking power.

Barbarians

Man
Barbarians are human types. They attack indirectly, so you've got to be on your toes.

Commanders

Man
Commanders are the enemy commanders. They're the ones we want to subdue, but they're formidable foes.

Soldiers, which can be hired

Man
Your mobile allies are: Fighters, Attackers, Defenders, Shooters, Repairers and Workers.
Your immobile allies are: Stoner, Tristoner, Catapult, and Fire Catapult.
Which do you want to hear about?

Cloud
- Mobile types
- Immobile types
- Anything else

Mobile types

Man
Which do you want to hear about?
- Fighters
- Attackers
- Defenders
- Shooters
- Repairers
- Workers
- Anything else

Fighters

Man
Fighters are good at defending and attacking, but aren't especially efficient or deficient for any enemy.

Attackers

Man
Attackers move extremely fast and are best for expanding the front line.
They work good against enemy Beasts, but not enemy Barbarians.

Defenders

Man
Defenders have high endurance, but move slowly. They're best suited for defense.
Defenders work best against enemy Barbarians, but not enemy Wyverns.

Shooters

Man
Shooters attack indirectly, but has low endurance. Shooters work best against enemy Wyverns, but not enemy Beasts.

Repairers

Man
Repairers repair allied aircraft, but have little attacking power.

Workers

Man
Workers set torpedoes. Torpedoes have strong attacking power, but Workers don't.
Torpedoes explode when touched by the enemy. The explosions will damage everything in the immediate area.

Immobile types

Man
Which do you want to hear about?
- Stoners
- Tristoners
- Catapults
- Fire Catapult
- Anything else

Stoners

Man
Stoners can fire a single boulder, causing extensive damage to every enemy it hits.

Tristoners

Man
Tristoners can fire three boulders simultaneously, causing extensive damage to every enemy it hits.
We can't use the Tristoner or Fire Catapult, because they are still being developed.

Catapult

Man
Catapults shoot rocks a great distance. causing extensive damage to every enemy it hits.

Fire Catapult

Man
Fire Catapults fire bombs a great distance. causing extensive damage to every enemy it hits.
We can't use the Tristoner or Fire Catapult, because they are still being developed.

About funding

Man
We have 12000 gil right now.
We need 3000 gil for each battle.
How much can you help?

Cloud
- 500 gil
- 1000 gil
- 2000 gil
- 3000 gil
- 5000 gil
- We can't help right now

Man (if Cloud gives any amount of money)
Thanks. This makes [TOTAL] gil.

Or, if Cloud doesn't have enough money:

We are very grateful, but you don't have enough money.

Other issues

Man
First off, we must prepare the troops.
Move the cursor wherever the x mark does not appear, then press the O button to set-up.
After all positions are in place, select by pressing the X button. This starts the battle.
Soldiers can only be arranged near the shed, in the beginning.
That's because if the soldiers are too far away, they won't be able to follow instructions.
You can only put soldiers on the horizontal line at the very bottom.
Soldiers can be instructed by pushing the select button. So if any commands are unclear, push it.
Soldiers can report by pushing the O button......
The cursor will move to the soldier who made the report.
Press the X button and you'll hear the report without moving.
And you can bet Shinra will send platoons at you on a regular basis.
It would be great if you could spare the time to help us...
But if you really don't have time, would you contribute some financial assistance.

Enough

Man
Hey, this one climbing up here looks like they'd be just right. Please, any help is appreciated...
Preparations ready?

Cloud
- Wait
- Okay, ready
- Contribute gil
- Let them handle it
- Hear more

Let them handle it

Man
I see, very well then. Maybe, we'll fight together again sometime.

If at length Cloud decides to enter the battle...

Man
You have 10 enemies. There appear to be many Beasts, so you may want to deploy more Attackers.

The battle begins, with Shinra troops climbing the hill towards the reactor, Fort Condor's defenders in the way.

If they defeat the enemy...

Man
Whew, that was good. But Shinra's troops will be back.
Be sure and scout the area well... we don't know when they'll attack again.
We have X allies left, so here's X gil.
Oh, yeah. I found this just now on the battlefield. Maybe it'll come in handy for you guys.

Received "Magic Comb"!

If the enemy reaches the shed...

Man
My God! They're attacking! We're counting on you.

Cloud runs outside to fight the commander.

If they win the battle...

Man
We made it through that one somehow. But Shinra'll be back.
Be sure and scout the area well... we don't know when they'll attack again.

If they lose the battle...

Man
Are you all right? Looks like a few got through.

Man
How are things going? Seems like there's no activity at Shinra.

On subsequent visits:

Man
Perfect timing! They're just around the corner. Get ready.

If Cloud accepts but is short on funds:

Hey we're a little short on money... So could you at least make it 4000 gil?

After successfully halting 1-2 assaults:

The Barbarians are mixed during this attack.
There are more than 20. Set up for a balanced-attack or we'll be in trouble.

After successfully halting 3 assaults:

A strong unit's on their way. Looks like around 30.
They'll probably climb up here using various routes. Better be careful or we'll be in trouble.
And make sure to deploy Fire Catapults.

If it's been a while since your last visit:

Man
How goes it? The Shinra troops have attacked X times since you were here.
So we're getting a litttle short on funds.
We have X gil right now.

Man with Hat
Oh, it's you guys? How are things going?

If you've lost battles:

Up to now, you've lost X times. If you lose too many times, you won't be able to come back.

Cloud and the others leave Fort Condor and head for Junon.


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