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Final Fantasy VIII
Is today a joyous day? Or an odious day?
Even though it might seem as it isn't, Edea is an extremely kind and loving person. She has been under the stigma of being a Sorceress ever since the age of five, and she has never resented the world for the prejudice it must have shown her. She spends her entire life devoted to helping others, focusing, of course upon the children she cared for in her orphanage. With Cid by her side to keep her in control of her powers, she would never have shown a single violent streak throughout her life, had Ultimecia not arrived and possessed her. Edea really loves children, as all of the children from her orphanage (which include the entire cast of Final Fantasy VIII, except for Rinoa) remmeber her fondly and are completely unable to wrap their minds around the idea that their beloved Matron could ever do the evil deeds Sorceress Edea performs. It seems though, that she cannot have any children of her own, since she and Cid have been married for at least thirteen years. Or she just didn't want to risk passing on Ultimecia's powers. She really doesn't like her powers and hates being a Sorceress and she's more than happy to give up her powers in Esthar. Though she probably feels quilty for having given them to Rinoa. She resents Ultimecia (understandably) for giving her the tainted powers that eventually allowed Ultimecia to possess her and use her as a pawn for evil; if she had any liking for the powers she first received at the age of five, it is clearly overruled by her loathing of Ultimecia's.
When Edea was five years old, she received the powers from an unknown Sorceress. She later married Cid, who fully knew her situation. They lived a happy life together and Edea started an orphanage for the Sorceress War orphans on the Centra continent. The children called her Matron. Many years later, Ultimecia had warped to the past and lay dying, Edea receive Ultimecia's powers, as she did not want any of the orphans to get them. After a short talk with the Squall Leonhart from the future, she and Cid began making plans to contain or eliminate her if and when she went bad. These plans resulted in the creation of SeeD and the Gardens. After Ellone was being sought by Dr. Odine to complete his research on her, Edea created the White SeeD, a group of older orphans assigned to protect Ellone.
Shortly before the game begins, Ultimecia took full control over Edea. During a broadcast by President Deling, Seifer tried to assassinate the president of Galbadia. Edea, or actually Ultimecia, took pity on Seifer and spirited him away with her. She survived an assassination attempted by SeeD, killed the president and took command of the Galbadian army afterwards. She declared SeeD as an enemy and ordered missile attacks on Trabia and Balamb Gardens. Balamb Garden flew away, but Trabia got hit. Later, forces from Galbadia brought over by Galbadia Garden attempted to invade Balamb Garden, with little success. Shortly after, she fell in battle with the party at Galbadia Garden and Ultimecia abandoned Edea and entered Rinoa. Edea then regained control over her body, explained what had happened to her, and later joined the party for a trip to Esthar. With the burden of her power finally lifted, Edea went back to the now-ruined orphanage, where she occasionally gave advice and background info to the party. At the end of the game, she is seen in the past with future Squall, who tells her about SeeD and Garden, and in the present with Cid attending a party at Balamb Garden.
The ultimate manifestation of Edea's Sorceress Power is her Limit Break, called the Ice Strike. When activated, she summons several large icicles that are magically hurled at the target, dealing massive damage. This Limit Break is also seen at the end of Disk One, where she uses it on Squall with near-lethal effect.
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