Chapter 12: Awakening Tears the Calm Apart
It’s September 21st, the day before Sephiroth, Zack and Cloud will ultimately be sent to Nibelheim, and Shotgun is attempting to helicopter her way directly to the Nibelheim reactor as a preliminary investigator. We haven’t checked in on her long before we suddenly cut to an unrelated section of Nibelheim mountainside, where we discover young Tifa Lockheart chasing a white cat with a Shu Takumi-style bandana around its neck.
Shotgun jumps from the helicopter (presumably with a parachute, although they never bothered to draw one) and the split second after she jumps, the wind picks up and she ends up landing on the peak of Mt. Nibel by accident. She calls Tseng and resolves to walk the rest of the way, but hasn’t gone far when she runs into a bird that attacks a Kimara Bug with some sloppily applied scaling effects, as though “flying out of the distance.” Judging from Ririn’s behaviour, you have to dodge the Mode 7 birds or be knocked off the bridges that line this span of the mountain. Ririn then takes a hidden path that loops behind a piece of foreground decoration, and seems to skip part of the map.