Thursday, February 23, 2012

Final Fantasy VIII~Zell Dincht

Zell Dincht
"Why don't you try to show a little more passion...? You know, like me!"
—Zell Dincht
Zell Dincht is a playable character from Final Fantasy VIII.
His loud and energetic personality is a foil to Squall's cold and silent personality. Zell is a master of hand-to-hand combat and prefers to let his fists guide him out of situations his mouth cannot.

Zell grew up in the same orphanage as the other main characters where he was constantly picked on by Seifer. Eventually he was adopted by the Dincht family from Balamb. He idolized his adoptive grandfather, who was a legendary soldier. Aiming to follow in those footsteps, Zell joined Balamb Garden at the age of 13 to train as a SeeD and follow his dream of becoming like his grandfather.
Zell makes his first appearance shadow sparring just before the SeeD field exam in Dollet. He is assigned to Squad B with Squall and Seifer, with Seifer as the squad leader, much to Zell's chagrin. After an eventful ordeal, Zell passes the exam along with Squall, an energetic transfer student from Trabia they met on the field named Selphie Tilmitt, and another student by the name of Nida. They are congratulated by Headmaster Cid himself and invited to the SeeD's graduation ceremony where Zell attempts to congratulate Squall and dodges Selphie's advances about joining the Garden Festival Committee.

The morning after the inauguration ball; Zell, along with Squall and Selphie, are assigned to another mission in Timber to assist a resistance faction known as the Forest Owls in capturing the President of Galbadia, Vinzer Deling, by means of hijacking his private train. While their mission ultimately fails due to false intelligence the three SeeD members are under contract by Cid to assist the Forest Owls until Timber's liberation, a vague order they are less than pleased to follow.

The Party confronting Seifer in Timber
Their next mission is to intercept the radio broadcast delivered by the President, which is to be the first live televised broadcast in over seventeen years. When Seifer shows up rogue to assassinate the President, Zell accidentally lets slip the fact they are all from Garden. The President threatens an attack on all Gardens unless he is released immediately, and after the sorceress Edea's timely arrival, he is freed unharmed as Seifer is teleported away.
After deciding to convene on the nearest Garden, which in their particular case is Galbadia Garden, Zell becomes fearful for Balamb Garden's safety and asks Squall if they will be okay, to which Squall coldly replies it depends on the strength of the Galbadian army, leaving Zell discouraged. In Galbadia Garden the group discovers Seifer's act is being considered independent and Garden will not be held accountable. Seifer is sentenced for execution and though Zell never liked him, he is nonetheless thrown into sadness at the news.

The group is assigned a new mission from both Headmaster Cid and Galbadia Garden's Master Martine to assassinate the sorceress who has been declared ambassador of Galbadia. Upon arriving in Deling City, Zell assists the group during the mission as part of the "gateway team" along with Selphie and Quistis, while Squall and Irvine Kinneas, a student from Galbadia Garden who specializes in guns, are part of the "sniper team." Though Zell accomplishes his task in the mission to trap the sorceress between the gates of the bridge, the mission itself is a failure, and the entire group, save Irvine and Rinoa, are captured.

Zell in the D-District Prison
Zell and the others are sent to the D-District Prison where Zell recognizes the place as the location Ward Zabac worked when he was retired from the Galbadian army. Zell had been having dreams about him because of Ellone, a girl with the unique ability to send a person's consciousness back in time and relive moments of another person's life. In Zell's case, it was normally the life of Ward. As Zell realizes this, the group try to escape. Since Zell is the only one able to fight without weapons, he volunteers to retrieve the group's weapons from the guards, and then, using his knowledge of the prison, he is able to lead the group through it, retrieving Squall and eventually escaping. Soon after they discover that under sorceress Edea's command, a nearby Galbadian Missile Base has attacked Trabia Garden and is planning to launch missiles at Balamb Garden next. The party splits into two groups with one team heading towards the Missile Base to try and stop the missiles and the other team giving warning to Balamb Garden of the impending attack.
It is some time later, after Balamb Garden becoming mobile and the Galbadian silo being destroyed, that the teams are reunited in Fishermans Horizon. That night, the group throws a party for Squall in honor of his promotion to commander and their first move is to head back to Balamb Town. When they arrive Zell finds his fears to be realized as Balamb is under Galbadian occupation and currently under lockdown. Zell and Squall infiltrate it and after making sure Ma Dincht is unharmed, liberate the town by defeating Fujin and Raijin, who have both pledged their loyalty to Seifer who is still alive and now working under the sorceress as her knight.

Zell momentarily falls into Raijin's speech patterns
Soon after that, Garden travels to Trabia Garden to lend their support. Thanks to Irvine's memory preservation as a result of him never junctioning a Guardian Force, Zell and the others remember their past how they used to live together in an orphanage owned by Edea and Cid Kramer. This is where Zell finally becomes aware he is adopted. Although somewhat surprised to find out sorceress Edea used to be their beloved Matron, Zell and the others eventually accept the fact she is now their enemy. Decisions are made to travel to the old orphanage on Centra. On the way Balamb Garden is intercepted by similarly mobile Galbadia Garden and the Battle of the Gardens ensues. During the battle Zell takes some leadership and organizes an entire group of SeeD and students to protect the quad. When Squall meets up with him Zell borrows his Griever ring for Rinoa and gives it to her upon their next meeting for safekeeping. Zell tells her he will make one exactly like it for her so that she can "become a lion" like Squall. Zell and the others fight off Galbadian forces until they are forced to face their former Matron, sorceress Edea Kramer
Upon her defeat Zell and the others discover Rinoa has fallen into a coma-like state and Edea has been released from the control of an evil sorceress from the future named Ultimecia. Edea reveals the sorceress's ultimate goal is time compression, a spell compressing all of time into a singular moment, which is something only Ultimecia will be able to survive and will allow her to recreate the world how she sees fit. Everyone becomes deeply concerned over Rinoa's condition, but at the behest of Edea, decides to search for Ellone. When the White SeeD tell them she is in Esthar, Squall docks Garden against the Horizon Bridge and ventures alone, the hundreds of miles with Rinoa on his back so that Ellone may bring them together again. Zell and the others beat him to the continent in Garden and berate him for not trusting in his friends. The reunited group locates the invisible domain, Esthar City, and eventually discovers Ellone to be in the Estharian space station, Lunar Base, which orbits the planet in the same scope as the moon.

The Party at the Lunar Gate
Squall and one other party member travel into space with Rinoa's body from the Lunar Gate, while Zell volunteers to protect Edea, who still believes herself to be a threat so long as she can be controlled by Ultimecia. Zell and Edea head back to the city to see Dr. Odine, a scientist famous for his invention of junctioning and Para-Magic as well as sealing the evil tyrant, sorceress Adel, more then seventeen years ago. When they arrive at his lab they learn of the Lunatic Pandora, a monstrous, hovering black monolith, is looming close to the city controlled by the Galbadian army. Zell and Dr. Odine get into an argument about time constraints before an overzealous Zell leads the team in an attempt to board the structure before Dr. Odine can finish explaining its capabilities. They are repelled by an invisible force as the colossal structure continues to proceed over a location known as Tears' Point, which triggers the Lunar Cry,
Afterward it is discovered Rinoa has become a sorceress and as Squall and Rinoa return from space, the team goes back to their old orphanage for a safe haven where Zell tells Squall how much he's changed since meeting Rinoa. With the help of the President of Esthar, Laguna Loire, and Dr. Odine, the team returns and comes up with a plan for defeating sorceress Ultimecia once and for all. They use the newly acquired Ragnarok spaceship to invade the Lunatic Pandora where Zell aids in fighting through Raijin and Fujin while also assisting in the defeat of Sorceress Adel who has recently been possessed by Ultimecia. Ultimecia succeeds in casting time compression by using Ellone to send her consciousness even further back into time and allowing her to exist in all past, present, and future simultaneously. Since the spell is not instantaneous and takes time to cast, Zell and the others survive the effects by believing strongly in each others' existence, which allows them to travel to the future where Ultimecia awaits and destroy her before time compression completes itself.

Zell choking on his favorite food.
The story ends at midnight over a vast ocean where Balamb Garden is holding a celebration in honor of Ultimecia's demise. During the party Zell is found talking with his love interest, simply known as the Library Girl with a Pigtail, and stuffing his face with a plethora of hot dogs he has finally managed to get his hands on, which causes him to choke. Selphie, Quistis, and the girl have to slap his back until he is able to swallow. A recovered Zell is peeved by this, and the three girls flee as he tries to give chase before noticing Irvine has recorded the ordeal on video and throws a piece of bread at the camera.


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