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The Sorceress and her Knight

Sorceresses are greatly feared in the FF8 world. They have supernatural powers, and can grow corrupt over time. A sorceress is born when she receives the powers from a dying sorceress. It is said that in order to die in peace, a sorceress must be free of all her powers. In FF8, four sorceresses are known - Ultimecia, Adel, Edea, and later on, Rinoa. Not everyone can be a sorceress - she has to be capable of such powers in order to receive them.

Edea is the matron of the orphanage and received her powers from a previous sorceress at the age of 5. She also received Ultimecia's powers 13 years ago, in order to protect the children. But unlike Ultimecia and Adel, she has a knight - Cid Kramer. A sorceress' knight serves to protect her heart and keep her from turning evil.

However, Edea knows that she may fall under the control of another sorceress one day so her idea of Garden and SeeDs are born. Garden trains SeeDs, and SeeDs are trained to defeat the sorceress. She creates them knowing that one day, her own SeeDs may end up fighting against her, and it eventually does happens.

When Rinoa becomes a sorceress, she is scared that people will reject her, hate her for what she has become.

Rinoa: "I've... become a sorceress. I can't stay with you anymore, Squall. I don't want the future. I want the present to stand still. I just want to stay here with you..."

Squall: (Rinoa...)

Rinoa: "Nobody would want to be around me anymore... I'm... scared. I'm scared, Squall. I don't wanna go back."

Squall: (I don't know what to do... This is just another crossroad in my life. But, for the first time, I don't know which way to go. I've come this far because I've... fallen for you....... Rinoa...... Now... am I just supposed to let you go...?)

Rinoa decides to seal herself in the Sorceress Memorial, where Ultimecia won't be able to control her anymore... Where she'd no longer be a threat to the world. But that would mean never seeing Squall and her friends again.

Squall: "Rinoa! Don't go!"

Rinoa: "......Thanks, Squall. But I have to go..."

Squall: (......Rinoa.... This is what Rinoa decided. There's nothing I can do about it... right?)

So Squall lets her go, resolving that it was her decision and he had no right to object. Of course, his friends all call him a fool and he ends up saving her and they reunite.

Rinoa: "Squall, don't! I'm a sorceress."

Squall: "I don't care."

Later at the flower field, they talk about the future. Squall assures her that he will protect her... and be her knight.

Rinoa: "What'll become of me?"

Squall: "Don't worry about it. There've been many good sorceresses. Edea was one. You can be like her."

Rinoa: "But Edea's still... I can't guarantee anything, either, if Ultimecia possesses me again... You saw me. She controlled me in outer space and made me break Adel's seal. What might happen next time? What will I end up doing? Will I end up fighting everyone?... Scary thought, isn't it?"

Squall: (Rinoa...... Even if you end up as the world's enemy... I'll... I'll be your knight)

Rinoa: "If I fall under Ultimecia's control again... SeeD will come kill me, right? And the leader of SeeD is you, Squall. Squall's sword will pierce my heart... I guess it's okay if it's you, Squall. Nobody else. Squall, if that ever happens..."

Squall: "That's enough! I'll never do anything like that. The sorceress I'm after is not you, Rinoa."

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