■ SPECIES... Feline Hybrid
■ AGE & DATE OF BIRTH... 23 - June 6th [ μ ] – εуλ 1982
■ BLOOD TYPE... Redacted
■ EYE COLOR... Pale Blue
■ HAIR COLOR... White
■ HEIGHT... 5'5"
■ WEIGHT... 145 lbs.
■ OCCUPATION... Administrator
■ PLACE OF BIRTH... Midgar; SSD Laboratory
■ RELATIONSHIP STATUS... Married to Gabriel Lycanthyr - August 15th [ μ ] – εуλ 0003
■ EDUCATION... Privately Educated
■ ELEMENTAL AFFINITY... Poison / Science
■ SUMMON AFFINITY... Husband
When the time inevitably came to terminate the project in favor of pursuing other avenues, a group of three docile females (age 17) were saved from liquidation, with the remaining 23 subjects subsequently culled. The subjects were thusly dispersed via ShinRa benefit auction, with Vice President Rufus ShinRa staking his claim to Company property and coming away with this particular hybrid in his employ. With her two "sisters" (Opal and Amber) relocated to other facilities across the Planet, Jade was the only hybrid remaining under the direct supervision of the company HQ. In order to assure the maximum potential, Jade was put through rigorous schooling to hone her clerical and interpersonal skills. She was eventually assigned the task of working as the Vice President's secretary and assistant in Junon for the sake of company confidentiality, leaving his personal and professional matters in the hands and mind of what could ultimately be considered company property.
Jade, her genetic makeup, and her every asset were considered to be the sole property of the Company, her body bearing the Company logo on the inside of both wrists. Jade was required to report to the laboratory bi-monthly for physical and psychological assessment to assure she was still functioning at maximum capacity with no alienation from her original purpose. During the course of her experimental trials, she was implanted with a microchip that would alert security, should she stray too far from Company property without the proper escort and prior authorization.
“Yes.” She offered plainly, immediately abiding and pushing herself to stand from the firm, thin mattress, the sheets now hanging limply from the edge and curling lazily upon the white tiles below. His tone was tense, the sleeves of his white coat rolled haphazardly into the bend of his elbow, perspiration still present in the wrinkles lining his forehead. The fluttering in her chest caused her gaze to break away, instead opting to study the grey plaster of the furthest wall within the enclosure.
“They’re shutting us down. This program… we’ve been at it for 17 years. The Company has decided to, ‘shift focus.’”
A fragile stillness set in between them, hands hanging listlessly at her sides, fingertips dangling just beyond the hem of a wrinkled blue gown, as the man sought to drive the ball of his palm into a throbbing temple, disrupting the perch of his glasses. Within the pause, her gaze finally settled upon his face once again, her head tilted inquisitively. “May I ask a question?”
“Of course, but I can’t promise you’re going to get the answers you want.” In the haze of the fluorescence against the single window leading in, a cross-armed silhouette stood glaring into the enclosure. Jade noted a small red stain upon the inner sleeve of the professor’s white coat.
“Why are you telling me this?”
There was another long pause, the professor’s contemplative stare shifting to regard the figure in the window. With a reassuring nod, his attention returned to Jade. “Because you and your sisters have performed so well in these trials, they’re offering an opportunity that you would not have had before.” Her attention drifted up as the man stood, closing the distance to place a hand upon her cheek, the fatherly gesture met with an instinctive lean. “My sisters and I?” Another pause lent to a moment of thought. “But what about the others?” There was a loud tap upon the glass, causing her shoulders to jolt in fright before pulling her attention away from him. He drew it right back with a tilt of his wrist. “Look at me, Jade. It’s done. I have to go. Just do whatever they ask of you. Never talk back. Never disappoint them. They’re going to take you some place safe where you will be treated well.”
“And Jade, you need to promise me this.”
“When you pass the med bay, you must close your eyes.”
JUNON: INDENTURED SERVITUDE
With the ShinRa son stationed largely in Junon during her tenure, Jade would face inevitable opposition from the slums beneath the towering military city. One kidnapping attempt at the doors of the ShinRa HQ was thwarted by the presence of SOLDIER--a fateful glimpse into Jade's future, as Gabriel Lycanthyr first laid eyes upon her in the midst of this daring rescue, sparking an unspoken, mutual interest between the two. During a job fair in the HQ Lobby, a gunman emerged from the bustling crowd, his aim centered upon the young Vice President. In an act of unwarranted selflessness, Jade pushed the VP to the ground, clearing him from the assassin's sights and subsequently taking a near-fatal gunshot to the lung.
Recovery following her injury was slow, and the wound left a garish scar upon her previously unmarred flesh. Despite her grievous wounds, Jade's work for the VP continued almost as soon as she was able to walk again. While running her typical errands, Jade crossed paths with SOLDIER Third Class Gabriel Lycanthyr upon the gondola. In that decisive moment, as Jade and Gabriel shared words in the duration of the gondola's trip to the tier below, that spark began to burn with the persistence of an ember. Finding that the pair lived in the same apartment block only served to intensify the steadily growing tension. Mutual feelings of appreciation for enduring ShinRa servitude evolved into genuine feelings of need for one another. Daringly, Jade and Gabriel chose to slip beneath the watchful eye of the Company and pursue their passionate romance, the SOLDIER's presence in her life proving to be the greatest source of light in the overall bleak outlook of her existence.
It wasn't until Gabriel's deployment to Junon was unexpectedly cut short that Jade began was forced to come to terms with the nature of her place within the Company's grasp. While unclear as to whether or not the Vice President had been made aware of their affair, any strides Jade had made in earning the VP's respect under his employ seemed all for naught. The years following proved tumultuous at best.
Rufus would eventually earn his father's ire in the midst of an argument that resulted in Jade being plucked from his grasp like a toy from a sniveling toddler. With her fate once again in the hands of the Company, Reeve stepped forward to take Jade into his employ under Urban Development. With that, Jade was sent off to Midgar to begin her life anew.
THE TRANSFER TO MIDGAR
Jade's arrival in Midgar met with trepidation. Despite her relative confidence in her safety and comfort in Reeve Tuesti's employ, her mind could not help but linger on the longterm. Life in Junon had been a vastly difference experience; the breeze and daily sunlight had been traded for artificial fluorescence and the ever-present scent of Mako on every street. Even at the fortunate expense of leaving the custody of the Vice President, Jade could not help but allow her thoughts to wander to the possibilities of this move.
Tuesti's significantly more lenient scheduling meant shorter hours and a surplus of free time that Jade made use of to focus her attention upon deeper introspection. In spite of her gradually broadening freedom under the Director of Urban Development, Jade's persistent thoughts of loneliness plagued her so severely that the Director himself found them easy to pick up on. However, quite unwilling to push her luck, Jade would not venture to search for her lost love. Over a year had passed, and Jade thought it preferential to resign herself to the fact that the SOLDIER had moved on without her.
Jade spent the next few months working as an assistant to the Director, regularly heading onto the Plate to run errands for the Department of Urban Development. Freed from daily torment, Jade's heart still yearned.
The knocks came as a complete surprise in the early hours of the morning, but Jade's first look at those familiar features brought every pleasant memory welling back up into her mind. Jade broke down before him, sealing their reunion with an impassioned kiss and inviting the Second Class SOLDIER into her abode to continue their love life where they had left off. The time apart had only served to intensify their undying need to be together.
Varen's initial reaction was scornful. The impurity of Jade's genetic makeup presumably made her unfit for consideration within the Lionheart family, but Jade's continuous effort to work her way into the Brigadier's life has served to endear her to him over time. During Jade's 21st birthday celebrations, Varen Lionheart finally legitimized his sister, inducting her officially into the Lionheart pride. For safety and security, Jade had forgone taking on the surname. Their blood bond has been kept largely secret, only known by a handful of close contacts. Varen elected to take Jade on as his secretary and personal assistant, under the guise of requiring a competent aid following the mistake that led to Jade's discovery of this fateful fact.
IN THE COMPANY'S GRASP
In a desperate attempt to aid his sister in her moment of need, Varen made an effort to purchase her open contract from the ShinRa Inc., a tactic that would pull her out from beneath the immediate oversight of the SSD. Sobered by a realization of complete powerlessness, he found that Jade's contract was still held in the name of the Vice President, unable to be purchased and unlikely to be bargained for. This daunting news served to remind Jade of her place within the company, and particularly beneath Rufus. She became terrified of the potential consequences.
As the hand of fate played heavily upon him, Varen found himself unexpectedly removed from his position as Chief of Security. This change resulted in Jade's position beneath him becoming unnecessary, leaving her once again in the hands of ShinRa with no certainty as to where she would end up within it. The oppressive weight of ShinRa began to affect those around her in ways that Jade had only fathomed possible for those of her origins. Between the crestfallen Lionheart and the lost Lycanthyr, Jade had, given no foreseeable alternative, once again taken to veiling her inner turmoil to provide those she loved with the strength that they needed to survive in a world that Jade knew better than any other.
That opportunity came, and despite her brother's unrelenting melodrama, it was revealed that Varen had, with the invaluable aid of Asura Dyfan, managed to procure Jade's contract from Rufus ShinRa, stipulating within the new transfer addendum that she was granted the right to pursue romantic interest with anyone of her choosing. While merely a formality, Jade knew that this contract's existence still restricted her ability to continue on with a normal life, uninhibited by the confines of ShinRa rule. She was still under ownership, even if the name upon the contract was now her brother's. While the news was met with anticipated elation from her beloved Lycanthyr, Jade knew that more had to be done to assure her personal freedom.
Jade and Gabriel found themselves in an almost uneasy sense of contentment that had eluded them since the very beginning of their clandestine romance. Months had since transpired without incident. Even in spite of the unfortunate news surrounding the loss of Sephiroth and Zack Fair, SOLDIER continued to persevere. Jade's professional and clerical expertise was called upon by Karen Rice, who elected to hire Jade into an executive assistant role with a focus on public relations for the SOLDIER Division. Once again finding herself with a purpose, particularly pleased with the opportunity to better serve the Division within which she found more kinship than any others before, Jade's outlook on the future was particularly bright.
The seasons began to shift. The late summer warmth gave way to a temperate Fall. With their social life returning to relative normalcy, Jade and Gabriel found triumph in a Halloween Ball costume contest, which resulted in Jade's acquisition of the Hades materia.
The onset of a chill in the following month brought with it an unexpected visitor; Jade encountered the Vice President for the first time since being transferred to Midgar. She made her desire to keep her distance readily apparent, but she knew that her civility and basic courtesy would keep the VP's curiosity at bay. Keeping him from weaseling his way into her personal life became Jade's foremost priority.
CROSSING THE LINE
Conflict would still persist in spite of the successful recovery. Following an unexpected dance with the Vice President at the Winter Ball, Jade made the definitive decision to take the matter of keeping herself free from his influence entirely into her own hands.
To compound the impending distress, Director Heidegger later conferred with her regarding the Rufus's insistence on reclaiming her Company contract, further solidifying Jade's intent to win her freedom. Taking a chance, Jade has attempted to convince President Shinra to grant her an audience to discuss the current situation in hopes of attaining a resolution that will grant her the rights of any other citizen of Midgar.
Stop being a passive observer in your own life.
Perhaps to her own surprise, the President was willing to meet with Jade in regards to her concerns with the Vice President's behavior. During this once-in-a-lifetime meeting opportunity, Jade made her long term intentions very clear--Jade requested freedom from her contract entirely and to be offered the chance to become an official citizen with the rights and privileges contained therein. Well aware upon entering the arrangement that the President was by no means entirely altruistic, Jade agreed to a risky bargain in order to guarantee her freedom. In order to secure her independence, the President requested that Jade use her presumed closeness with the Vice President in her favor, in order to keep tabs on the VP's potentially more nefarious activities.
Using her growing connection and confidence with the Director of Public Safety, Jade continued to pry for more information. Heidegger would eventually relent, admitting to her that Rufus had attempted to procure information on outside contacts--particularly one known rebel by the name of Yahiko Toshi. Using her influential prowess, Jade managed to convince Heidegger to accompany her in bringing the information to the President's attention, hoping that this revelation would be enough to win her freedom.
Much to her chagrin, President Shinra was not entirely impressed by the information alone. Citing a requirement for concrete evidence on his son's actions, he simply stated that the data provided would not suffice. In a moment of determination and finality, Jade stepped up, volunteering to collect the evidence, organizing a stakeout with Director Heidegger in a predetermined location in order to catch Rufus Shinra in the act. Days of planning and worrying came to a thrilling conclusion, Jade's hard work and dedication proving successful as she managed to document video and audio of the Vice President's meeting, finally securing her conclusive evidence for the President. After painstakingly compiling all of her collected information in one concise report, all that was left would be to present her findings to the President in hopes of satisfying his specifications. The waiting game began.
In the midst of waiting for the President's availability, Yahiko Toshi would make an effort to contact Jade directly in the guise of a lounge act lizard man by the name of Antonio. Jade's perceptive eyes were able to pick up on the disguise, and "Antonio" was thus escorted to a private location with the assistance of Gabriel Lycanthyr and Varen Lionheart. At which point, she would present her ultimatum to the known rebel.
"Your information is of no use to me, child. But I will correct you. You will not get the job done. Not this time. Your saving grace in this entire predicament is -me-. Your life is in -my- hands. For conspiring to bring harm to one of SOLDIER's executives, you are exceedingly lucky that I do not unleash these two on you in here, right now. We are a very tight knit group up there, after all... And we do not take kindly to threats, as a Division. Here's what you're going to do." She stepped back, delicate hands resting pointedly upon the slope of her shapely hips, a leg extended to idly roll the heel of her boot along the tiles below. "I am giving you -one- chance to clear your name of this. You are, as far as I'm concerned, a bit of a fool.. And even if you are a scum-of-the-Planet rebel fool, I am feeling exceptionally generous this evening. You will inform your contact that you are backing out. You will tell them nothing of this meeting. You will inform them that you had a better offer for another project. I -assure- you that this is the best possible scenario for you, Toshi." Her tone was soft and almost salacious in its delivery, her pleasure in maintaining the upper hand readily apparent. "There is no amount of money in the world that will make your aspirations worth what this Division will do to you if you -dare- to lay a hand on me. Any attempts to harm me -will- be assumed to originate from you. You will be implicated in -everything-, should anyone seek retaliation from this -extremely- amicable 'negotiation.'" Clearing her throat, a hand arose once again, sweetly cupping at Toshi's cheek. "We will find you. Hunt you down like the rat you are. We will beat the very will to fight from you. But Toshi? Under my orders, they will not kill you. That will be a luxury reserved for my gun. Do you understand?"
The rebel presumably surrendered after coming to an agreement that assured he would not be harmed upon release, but Jade did not put much confidence in the trust of rebel scum. She would continue to carry her own weapon on her at all times.
The news was received warmly by her beloved Gabriel. Jade finally signed her official documents with the surname given to her on her 21st birthday by the brother. Subject J, Jade the experiment, the property, the personal commodity, became Jade Lionheart, the strong-willed, independent, assertive, and confident woman she always had the potential to be. In the wake of her success, Jade came to the realization that Director Heidegger, against all odds, had endeared himself to her. She personally assured him that she would be at his disposal in the future, should he require her skill set, given his willingness to aid her in her time of need.
Triumphantly, Jade returned to the Science Department Laboratory with Presidential orders to remove her SSD-issued tracking microchip. Josh Baines was personally selected for the task.
With the burden of her past now behind her, Jade found herself eager to see what the world truly had to offer her in light of her new-found, hard-earned freedom. Shortly thereafter, Jade was called upon by the Science Department to consult in the administrative office in order to account for an increase in demand for funds from its Director. Financial consultation would evolve into complete administrative overhaul within the following weeks.
TRIMMING THE FAT
However, before Jade would have such an opportunity, the Admin Department of SOLDIER would make their careless move, practically staging a Directorial coup in going over Director Heidegger's head to terminate Jade's position without notice or authorization. The injustice was dealt with swiftly and relentlessly, and Jade's involvement in the retaliation would remain deliberately ambiguous. With the SSD still in the midst of its overhaul, Jade was immediately picked up by the Department and placed into the position of Administrator, overseeing the SSD's finances, public relations, human resources, and all legal matters, freeing the exceedingly busy Director, Professor Hojo, to continue on his clandestine projects within the laboratory.
As a final display of solidarity for the men and women of SOLDIER itself, Jade requested that Director Heidegger convey her personal address to the Division in regards to her departure.
SOLDIER LOYALTY: JADE'S ADDRESS
Every day that I've spent working with all of you on a personal and professional level has been wonderfully fulfilling. The men and women of SOLDIER are the most hard-working, dedicated, powerful, and fearless individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Every single one of you has positively limitless potential.
However, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that, even prior to this sudden Directorial coup that resulted in my termination from the Administrative Department, I have been consulting with the Science Department to handle their finances and return the department to its former highly productive glory. My unauthorized removal from the Administrative Department of SOLDIER has, perhaps as a blessing, brought me into a position of leadership alongside the Director of the SSD.
This transition has not been an easy one, but in regards to your directorial aides, I was able to see the writing on the wall long before any of this transpired. Barring Charles Mallory and Nicholas Nacht, every member of the SOLDIER Administrative Department has been proven to have their own personal agendas that did not represent the best interests of SOLDIER as a division. In some cases it was completely obvious--in others I was perhaps just as blindsided as you all may feel.
There is something that I want all of you to understand. My appreciation and respect for you extends far beyond a simple curiosity--a sense of wonderment that comes with being surrounded by super humans. The kinship that I felt for all of you stems from the fact that I, too, am a product of this Company's work. I was created by and for ShinRa, much in the same way that the scientific processes enacted upon all of you have brought you to the same destination as I. I am even only at liberty to discuss this with any of you because I have made great strides to finally free myself from the contract that has bound me into servitude against my will. Even then, the Company's logo is forever emblazoned upon my wrists for anyone to see.
There is a difference between power and greatness. Power can be delivered without hardship. Power can be bestowed with an injection or treatment. Power can be snatched for and stolen, fought over like scraps by scavenging dogs. Power is what the aforementioned members of the Directorial Board of SOLDIER had aspired for. Nothing more. Nothing less. And for that, they have succumbed to their respective weaknesses and suffered the consequences of their actions.
Greatness, however, is hard earned. Greatness embodies every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears poured into a job well done. Greatness is not something that can be gifted. Greatness comes from within. It is honed and molded by every action that you take in your lives. Every single one of you embodies the meaning behind greatness. You made a choice to be here. You fight every day for a cause that you believe in. You face death on a regular basis in order to protect your lives, your friends, your loves, and the meaning that keeps you going.
I leave the SOLDIER Division not with aspirations for power, but to continue to build my own greatness. Through a life of indentured servitude and a cathartic freedom, I have finally come to learn that my life has worth, and I have the power to make the changes necessary to be truly great. You have all inspired me to achieve my own greatness in life.
You all are, and will always be, my colleagues and my friends. I am here for you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to reach out to me at any point if you need someone to talk to or to confide in. I meant it when I stated that I am your greatest advocate.
With sincerest love,
UNDERSTANDING ONESELF: FORAY INTO SCIENCE
Maintaining a tenuous balance in her working relationship with Director Hojo, Jade found herself increasingly more comfortable with her position overseeing the Science Department. However, the comfort of near-boredom would not last. Charlie Company Commander Blake Shepherd, a new friend to both Jade and Gabriel, called the pair into his office to inform them of a dire security leak pertaining to personal information procured by an AVALANCHE rebel upon capture and interrogation of Gaius Valkyr. The information obtained included, among other things, the nature of Jade's relationship with Gabriel.
Action was immediate, and with the effortless cooperation of SOLDIER, Investigative Affairs, and the Science Department, the perpetrator was captured. Working in conjunction with the Turks, Jade and the SSD took it upon themselves to administer a necessary mindwipe to the apparent Turk-turned-terrorist responsible. Vengeance brewed in the back of Jade's mind, and in an agreement with Director Hojo, she volunteered to personally describe the new memories that would be implanted in the new subject's mind, setting the bold rebel up for a future of debilitating fear. Many of the memories chosen were drawn from Jade's own past experiences, and the subject was branded with a mock gunshot wound located beneath her left breast, mirroring that which marred Jade's own flesh. Satisfied with the results, the SSD continued to monitor the subject from a distance, if only for Jade's personal amusement.
Following a tumultuous falling-out with her now estranged brother, Jade's life regained its balance. Every day in the laboratory ignited her interest in studying Biology as the source of her own origin. Agency over the department responsible for her creation led her to embrace the necessity of her upbringing as a means to further the collective knowledge of the department as a whole. It is with this new outlook and subsequent closure that Jade drove herself to learn along every step of the way.
In the midst of her slowly increasing involvement in the goings-on of the laboratory, a particular test subject stole Jade's attention--a gigantic mantis hybrid with a polymorphous exoskeleton. This newly manufactured species, aptly dubbed Chimantid within the department, had been the sole focus of Jade's continued education. The first iteration of the creature was implemented in order to test the combat prowess of the SOLDIER Division's latest potential recruits, as well as to discern its own weaknesses for further improvement. With the knowledge gained from its defeat, Jade and the rest of the scientific team eagerly moved forward with the project.
The rumors fed new urgency into the project, and through Styx's continued research and collaboration with mako engineer Asura Dyfan, the decision was made to implement a treatment method previously administered to Gail Trevise to combat his own SOLDIER treatment-afflicted ailment, with the intention of balancing out one extreme of J-Cell adhesion with another. Gabriel Lycanthyr would receive his treatment at the same time as his formal upkeep following his promotion to SOLDIER First Class. Jade elected to be present alongside the scientific team and other members of SOLDIER, eager to witness success, but also preparing herself for the possibility to saying her final goodbyes to her beloved, should the treatment not go as intended. At the near end of his treatment procedure, Gabriel began to fade, prompting the team to immediately eject him from his treatment chamber and begin administering CPR. Jade's heart sank. She panicked, unable to fight her way out of SOLDIER First Class John Kinsman's grasp while the laboratory staff worked to bring him back. All she could do was call for him desperately from across the room with tears streaming down her stricken face.
The staff's tireless efforts to revive the SOLDIER were not in vain. Gabriel finally roused, his heart starting once again after emergency defibrillation. Tearfully embracing her beloved, Gabriel admitted to Jade that her beckoning voice had called him back from the darkness daring to swallow him up. Tests would indicate to the team and to the joyous pair that the treatment had worked, but time would tell if the effects of the procedure go without issue. Regardless of what the future may hold, Jade and Gabriel found themselves optimistic. After a couple of weeks in recovery, Gabriel continued his work as a newly established SOLDIER First Class.
Jade's 22nd birthday would occur during Gabriel's period of recovery, prompting a gathering of her closest friends in celebration at the Blue Tuesday. It was during these celebrations that Gabriel, after some playful deception, would descend to a knee before Jade in front of the Loveless Square fountain. Tearfully accepting Gabriel's heartfelt proposal, the couple finally became engaged.
Her impending nuptials with the First Class prompted Jade to confront the very last of her great fears. The Vice President agreed to meet with Jade in his penthouse in Junon to discuss the future of their professional dynamic. With her place as the Administrator of the Science Department, Jade could only see value in gaining the Vice President's trust and support, even in spite of his recent transgressions with his father. As the bonds of fear had shed away from Jade's psyche, Rufus's potential had begun to shine through.
Their beautiful wedding ceremony took place a few months later, hosted in a remote location with many of their close friends and colleagues, including Reeve Tuesti and Rufus ShinRa. A well-deserved honeymoon in Sapphire Isle would follow.
In the shadow of the illumination cast by such a loving and beautiful union, the machinations of the SSD were still studiously underway. With the data gathered from the test run of the Chimantid's first iteration, the collaborative efforts of the Biological Science and Mechanical Engineering departments developed a new technology for controlling monsters through the use of electrical impulses, linked to the nervous system of the parasite (puppeteer) and the host monster. The technology was thusly referred to as the Cordyceps System. Given her particular fascination and affinity for this large insect creature, Jade had volunteered herself as the first parasite for testing the suit's capabilities.
In retaliation for a recent attack on Sector 0 by the AVALANCHE insurgency, the decision was made to take this first test run into the slums, with the intention of drawing out the rebels in an attempt to thin their numbers, or at the very least, remind the scum of precisely who they were dealing with. The test run was conducted shortly after Jade's return from her honeymoon, completely unbeknownst to her husband, whose concern, she suspected, would have been enough to talk her out of going forward. Determined to prove the worth of the system, as well as solidify the Science Department's place as a force to be reckoned with in response to this daring encroachment upon ShinRa property, Jade donned the suit and helmet after numerous in-house test runs. Everything appeared to be in working order.
Chaos ensued beneath the plate upon the release of the Chimantid, Jade's own deft actions serving to guide the monster on a path of destruction, envenoming and subsequently debilitating nearly a dozen insurgents in a matter of minutes. The adrenaline from evident success was pulsing through Jade's system, and the world beyond the eyes of the monster was, for a time, forgotten in lieu of the intrigue. When the monster inevitably fell after leaving a decimated path in its wake, the sudden severance of the neural connection caused Jade's mind to suddenly shift, sending her into a shock that sent her collapsing to the laboratory floor. Jade's final exclamation prior to radio silence prompted her husband to immediately make his way into the lab, only to find his wife unconscious, surrounded by technicians and scientists, as well as the wildly intimidating Professor Hojo.
With quick work from the laboratory team in stabilizing Jade's vitals, she recovered from the sudden disconnection with relative ease, but the lingering urge to infect again remained persistent in the back of her mind. The Cordyceps System was a revelation.
The administrator maintained a low profile following the Chimantid attack, focusing her attention upon continued research, as well as maintaining her duties to the Science Department.
"Even you, in your infinite grace and strength, have your right to weakness."
"...The aspirations of ShinRa are wildly different from mine and yours. The Company itself is a faceless, hungering entity. There's no single person within that serves as the driving force. Every single person who, by living in ignorance or betraying better judgment, serves the Company's mission, will eventually be eaten alive. It doesn't care about you, or me, or the terrorists. It cares about power, wealth, exploitation. The Company is just as much of a monster as those that you fight." - To Gabriel; insight on the Company through Jade's eyes.
"Look to those before you, not behind you. You're too old to focus on learning from the mistakes and legacies of others." - Words of wisdom for her devoted beloved.
"In Junon, there was no one by my side. My employ under the Vice President, the man who still holds claim to my contract, was extremely bleak. His emotional abuse, his jealousy, and his possessiveness have left scars on my psyche that even now I have difficulty overcoming. When I met Gabriel, it was after I had been shot through the lung at a social event not entirely unlike last night's. Our bond developed over that understanding--our mutual servitude to the Company that now aspires to tear us apart. In Junon, at that time, Gabriel was the only person on my side. You couldn't have cared less--you knew nothing. I suspect the Vice President caught wind of our affair. They sent Gabriel back to Midgar and I was alone, again, with a man who -knew- that I had, in his eyes, betrayed him... After everything happened and the Vice President and I were separated, I never anticipated I would ever see Gabriel again. Somehow, some way, he found me. He saw me, probably in a crowd of dozens of other people. He made it his mission to track me down, and he showed up at my apartment in the middle of the night. After all that time, I had Gabriel on my side again. He means more than the world to me, Varen. He means -everything-. Gabriel is my hope."
"You're just as much of a product of their greed as I am. They manufacture SOLDIER in much the same way the manufacture creatures like me. You're just lucky you serve a purpose for this company. I had two choices: I die, or I become someone's object. Someone's property. A toy for his own amusement. The profit that ShinRa makes from the fights that you endure gives them the freedom to create, and subsequently kill, things like me. And I could have just as easily been one of the truly unlucky ones."
"Rebels are always the enemy. Terrorist threats are to be neutralized. If even one rears their head or peeks out of their little rats nests, it is -your- responsibility as a cohesive division to form the proverbial boot that smashes them right back down." - Spoken to SOLDIER; a zero tolerance policy.
"Don't speak as though I should recall you fondly. You're deluding yourself." - spoken to Rufus Shinra upon his return to Midgar.
"You're right. Scars remain forever. But -I- decide how my scars define me."
A pleasant surprise. Jade accompanies Baylian Ashheart back to Midgar following the neutralization of Chronos.