Thanks to mushroomyakuza for the inspiration!
Headmaster Cid: “SeeD will defeat the sorceress. The Garden will train SeeD members. The many missions around the world are only training for the final battle against the sorceress. But now that the sorceress has become a major threat, our true mission has begun.”
Squall: “Please tell me about Sorceress Edea. I heard she’s your wife.”
Headmaster Cid: “You’re quite right… She had been a sorceress since childhood. I married her, knowing that. We were happy. We worked together, the two of us. We were very happy. One day, Edea began talking about building the Garden and training SeeD. I became obsessed with the plan. But I was very concerned with SeeD’s goal, that one day SeeD might fight Edea… She laughed and told me that would never happen. However…”
> [[EARLIER]] Squall: “Our next mission… This is no ordinary mission. It’s a direct order from both Balamb and Galbadia Garden. We’re to… …assassinate the sorceress. We’re to shoot her from afar. Kinneas will be our sharpshooter. We’re to support Kinneas to our fullest. Should the sniper fail, we are to attack head on.”
> [[EARLIER]] Squall: “Eliminate the sorceress. That’s our order.
Squall: “Tell me about Master NORG.”
Headmaster Cid: “He is from the Shumi tribe. A black sheep of the tribe, one might say. We met while I was running around trying to find funds to build the Garden. He became interested in building the Garden, and we hit it off. Thanks to his funding, it was completed. However, we needed an enormous amount of funds to run the Garden. So we began dispatching SeeDs around the world as a means of supporting the Garden. NORG’s idea was right on the money. An enormous amount of capital began flowing into the Garden. And the Garden began to change. Lost sight of our high ideals, the truth was covered up… That’s probably enough. In the end, it was my fault, for giving up control.”
> [[EARLIER]] Headmaster Cid: “Greedy son-of-a-bitch! Why did I even bother talking to you! SeeDs were brought up for the future! And that future is now! Why can’t you understand!?”
> [[EARLIER]] Headmaster Cid: “Dammit! I should’ve never trusted you! I wish I could go back ten or so years. To tell myself that you’re nothing but a money grubbing son-of-a-bitch! Then I would’ve never built this place.”
For example, we play as SeeD. We recognize them as the heroes since we know about what they’re doing. They take orders from Headmaster Cid and will give their lives to this militaristic organization. And the goal is to defeat a sorceress who will eventually persecute the world by stopping time.
But we also recognize the heroes as child soldiers, working for a for-profit mercenary organization. They enter Balamb at a young age from an orphanage. And notwithstanding that SeeD loses suffers mild brain damage due to junctioning GFs, they also suffer traumatic experiences.
Of the three Gardens, one’s decimated (with casualties). The other two engaged in a deadly civil war. And all to save the life of Headmaster Cid’s wife Edea, the children’s matron.
Did Headmaster Cid do the right thing?