Chapter 2: Showdown in the Wastes
Taking a Shadowfox to Edge, Reeve attempts to fill Vincent in on the attackers, whom he identifies as “Deepground soldiers.” Reeve says that over the course of President Shinra’s reign, Mr. Respectable gathered the innumerable Deepground soldiers you encounter during the game without anyone noticing, and then tucked them into the Shinra HQ basement like action figures, right next to trillions of dollars’ worth of vehicles and robots, and mutated them into super-soldiers. This is a highly believable and respectable narrative.
Reeve explains that the Tsviets are Deepground’s elites, and besides their names, that that’s basically all Reeve knows, and even that from rifling through Scarlet’s files. Considering Deepground wasn’t necessarily relevant to the WRO rank-and-file until about an hour ago, he must have handed out a memo pretty damned fast if the sergeant recognized Rosso just seconds ago, in another part of the world! Reeve figures Heidegger, Scarlet and Hojo might have known more about Deepground, but they’re all dead (or so I assume Heidegger and Scarlet are dead, since Reeve makes no attempt to contact them), and he figures that Rufus doesn’t know anything at all, because of the chaos of his rise to power (though come to think of it, Reeve doesn’t make any on-screen attempt to talk to him, either…). (more…)