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SeeD... (...A code name, for Balamb Garden's elite mercenary force... SeeD... Combat specialists...) ...Don't you already know?
—Squall

SeeD (シード, Shīdo?) is a mercenary force in Final Fantasy VIII, whose operatives graduate from Balamb Garden. SeeD is a mercenary force for hire, conducting missions around the world as battle support and undercover operatives. Their services are requested by governments and civilians; their tasks range from providing military support to protecting civilians to slaying monsters.

Only Balamb Garden trains SeeD cadets, but members from the other Gardens can transfer to Balamb for the field exam. All SeeD are stationed at Balamb. The SeeD specialize in high-level para-magic via the use of Guardian Forces.

InformationEdit

See also: Information
SeeD (1)

Balamb Garden's mercenary force. Students 15 and older can participate in the written and field exams. They must pass both exams to become SeeD. SeeD members are paid by the Garden according to their rank. In the Garden, their status is no different from that of the other students.

SeeD (2)

SeeD conducts missions around the world. Most missions involve battle support and undercover work. SeeD is in high demand by groups requiring a small force of undercover specialists. Commissions made through such dispatches are an important part of Balamb Garden's income.

SeeD (3)

SeeD battle operations are noted for their skillful use of para-magic. Balamb Garden researches the use of GF in conjunction with para-magic. For this, Balamb Garden SeeD members master the most powerful forms of para-magic.

StoryEdit

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A teenage Squall tells Edea about the SeeD and the Garden.
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Sorceress Edea and Cid Kramer were a married couple who lived on the Centra coast near a lighthouse. Edea operated an orphanage for the children orphaned by the Sorceress War. One day, a dying sorceress from the future appeared at the orphanage from a time portal alongside a teenage Squall Leonhart, whom Edea recognized as an older version of a boy currently under her care. The sorceress died and passed on her powers to Edea, and Squall addressed her formally with a salute. Edea was confused when Squall introduced himself as a SeeD from Garden, but Squall said they were her idea. Edea said there can be only one Squall in this time, and the teenage Squall disappeared back into the time portal.

Edea came to believe that one day Squall, a boy in her orphanage, would defeat an evil sorceress. To prepare him for this future ordeal Edea and her husband Cid started the Garden to train Squall as a SeeD operative, along with other aspirants and children from the orphanage. The establishing of an anti-sorceress military force was seen as a danger for Edea as she is a sorceress herself, and Cid and Edea decided they can no longer stay together. While Cid went ahead with the Balamb Garden project, meeting the Shumi NORG and receiving his financial backing, Edea went into hiding on the White SeeD Ship with Squall's step-sister Ellone and other orphans from the orphanage who did not get adopted or enrolled into the Garden.

SeeD's true purpose as an anti-sorceress force was kept secret, and NORG came up with the idea of selling the SeeD services, and thus the SeeD was formed as a mercenary force for hire. As the SeeD's true purpose would be to battle a sorceress, they specialized in magic use, namely in the use of Guardian Forces, despite the controversy on their purported adversarial effects.

Squall grew up in Balamb Garden and trained to become a SeeD under Headmaster Cid's watchful eye, though he never learned of his significance or role in the Garden's founding. Twelve years on SeeD has become a robust military force known around the globe, but Cid and NORG's relationship has deteriorated, with NORG pushing for SeeD to be a pure business venture, while Cid is still preparing for the day Squall will take on a sorceress. Squall graduates and is sent out to a mission, but strange events are unravelling as Ellone has arrived at the Garden from the White SeeD Ship and told Cid Edea has abandoned them.

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Squall faces Edea during the SeeD's assassination attempt of her.
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Edea surfaces in Timber where the president of Galbadia, Vinzer Deling, announces her as a new ambassador. Seifer, a SeeD cadet and Squall's rival, takes the president hostage and is whisked away by Edea who convinces him to work for her. During the commotion returning to Balamb Garden becomes impossible and Squall's SeeD party retreats to Galbadia Garden for further orders. Galbadia Garden's Master, Martine, sends out Squall and his team to assassinate Sorceress Edea, Squall being unaware of her true identity. Edea publicly disposes of the president and assumes his role as the Galbadian dictator. Squall faces Edea and her "knight", Seifer, head on, and she is disgusted upon discovering Squall is a SeeD. Edea defeats Squall with her Ice Strike attack and the SeeD are taken prisoner. During their captivity Edea has Seifer torture Squall to extract information, namely, to divulge SeeD's true purpose and the reason they persecute sorceresses. Squall is confused by the interrogation, as he has no knowledge of SeeD being anything but a mercenary force for hire.

The SeeD escape and return to Balamb Garden where an all-out war has broken out between NORG and Cid. NORG wants to save the Garden from Sorceress Edea's wrath by apologizing for the assassination attempt and framing the culpable SeeD members as unaffiliated rogues, and to prove the SeeD's sincerity, wants to give up the SeeD members involved in the attack to her. Cid, meanwhile, has come to believe that the evil sorceress Edea formed the SeeD to vanquish is, in fact, herself, and although he doesn't understand why his wife has turned evil, he wants to stay true to the SeeD's origins as an anti-sorceress task force.

NORG is defeated and driven out of the now mobile Garden, and Cid tells Squall of the SeeD's true purpose, although he doesn't reveal Squall's role in its founding. The White SeeD Ship approaches the seaborne Garden to pick up Ellone, and Squall is surprised to find there is another faction of the SeeD he has never heard of, who refer to themselves as "Edea's SeeD." Likely feeling he cannot stay and wage war against his wife, Cid departs the Garden leaving everything in Squall's hands, promoting him a commander of SeeD. Squall, still unaware of his true significance, is baffled by Cid's decision, and briefly contemplates quitting. While Cid returns to the old orphanage, Squall leads the SeeD to a war against Sorceress Edea. They eventually uncover her true identity as the former matron of the orphanage they all grew up in, but even this revelation doesn't divert them from their task.

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SeeD battle the G-Army during the Battle of the Gardens.
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Balamb Garden SeeDs, led by Squall, enter an all-out war against Galbadia Garden's G-Forces, led by Squall's childhood rival Seifer, in the Battle of the Gardens. Squall leads his team to infiltrate the enemy Garden and face Sorceress Edea, who identifies them as the "legendary SeeD" destined to face her. The SeeD defeat her and the near-death experience brings Edea back to her former self, and she addresses Squall and his friends with kindness. Confused, everyone retreats to Edea's old orphanage to talk things over, where they meet Cid who is happy to have his wife back to her old self.

Edea explains she has been possessed by an evil sorceress Ultimecia who resides in the future. Ultimecia's true goal is time compression and to achieve it, she sends her mind back in time to possess other sorceresses to seek out Squall's sister Ellone, who has power over time and mysterious telepathic abilities. Squall no longer cares about the SeeD and the war against sorceresses, however, for a girl he has fallen in love with, Rinoa Heartilly, entered a coma during their battle against the possessed Edea.

Squall looks for the White SeeD Ship to reunite with Ellone whose mystical powers he hopes could help him cure Rinoa, but upon finding she has been taken to Esthar Squall decides to abandon the SeeD. He takes Rinoa with him and departs to Esthar, but his friends and Edea follow him. Who is left in charge of the SeeD during this time is unknown.

After saving Rinoa it is learned she has inherited Edea's sorceress powers and become a sorceress. Rinoa is skeptical of the future, seeing as Squall is still the leader of SeeD, an anti-sorceress army, but Squall assures Rinoa is not his enemy. The president of Esthar, Laguna Loire, calls Squall and his friends up for a final SeeD mission to take on Ultimecia, and with Ellone's help, Ultimecia casts the time compression spell and the SeeD use it to travel to the future. Along the shoreline of the orphanage that no longer exists in the future, they find scattered bodies of soldiers dressed in the White SeeD uniform, with Squall commenting that the SeeD have continued to fight sorceresses throughout the ages.

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The SeeD confront Ultimecia.

The SeeD confront Ultimecia at the summit of her castle where she voices her contempt of the SeeD and speaks of the event as if it was foretold. The time compression spell breaks upon her demise and the timeline begins to revert to its original form. While the others find their way back to their own time, Squall and Ultimecia appear at Edea's Orphanage of the past. Ultimecia dies and passes on her power to Edea, and Squall tells her he is a SeeD from the Garden. Edea tells him he is in the wrong time and he re-enters the time portal. Lost in time, he collapses but is found by Rinoa who brings him back to his own time.

Back on Balamb Garden the SeeD celebrate their victory over Ultimecia with Edea and Cid also attending.

To Become a SeeDEdit

SeeD candidates must be between 15 years to 19 years old; at 20, they can no longer apply. They have to pass a written exam, a field exam, and have to be accepted by the headmaster, Cid Kramer.

Field ExamEdit

The field exam is usually a live mission assigned to the Garden. While there are active SeeD members at hand during the exams to ensure the mission success, SeeD candidates are expected to conduct themselves professionally and strive to complete their group assigned missions to pass the exam.

Sometimes (usually due to difficulty of the mission) a prerequisite is required before a student can participate; either the obtainment of a Guardian Force, or the completion of a low-level mission, is the required prerequisite. In such circumstances, the student must be accompanied by a SeeD member for support and safety reasons.

Garden Instructors are SeeD members who have been promoted to (or assigned) teaching positions at Garden. It is unknown if any non-SeeD instructors work at Garden, but it seems unlikely. Since Instructors are SeeD they can accompany their students on the prerequisite missions, such as Quistis Trepe supporting Squall at the Fire Cavern.

The exam is graded via observations made during the mission.

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Zell is elected to become a SeeD after passing his Field Exam.
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Each candidate is judged upon:

  • Conduct: How the candidate behaves within the mission and within their team. In the game, the score is determined by how fast the player can escape the Dollet Communications Tower.
  • Judgment: The decisions the cadet makes and the effect of them upon the mission. In the game, the score is determined by how much time is left at the end of the Fire Cavern mission when Squall defeats Ifrit. The less time left, the higher the score.
  • Attack: How aggressive and skillful the candidate is during the mission. In the game, the score is determined by how many enemies are killed during the field exam.
  • Spirit: How brave and/or determined the candidate is during the mission. In the game the score is determined by how often the player flees from battle.
  • Attitude: Judges the candidate's moral and professional behavior during the mission. In the game, various individual actions determine this score, such as how many people they speak to.

The grading also includes any additional actions and/or events the examiners deem noteworthy.

The highest SeeD rank obtained depends on the difficulty of the mission where the exam was held, but usually the highest rank obtained is Rank 8, although some exceptions have been made.

The initial rank is calculated as such:[1]

Initial Rank = ([500 + Sum of Modifiers]/100) + Bonus
Min & Max Rank = 1 & 10

The tables below show SeeD Scores and Modifiers; the SeeD Scores are what are displayed in the in-game report card.

Perfect Exam ScoreEdit

Conduct

The score is determined by how fast the player can escape the Dollet Communications Tower.

Time Remaining SeeD Score Conduct Modifier
25:00 or more 100 80
24:00-24:59 90 70
23:00-23:59 80 60
20:00-22:59 70 50
19:00-19:59 60 30
17:00-18:59 50 20
15:00-16:59 40 10
10:00-14:59 30 0
6:00-9:59 20 -30
3:00-5:59 10 -50
0:00-2:59 0 -100
Judgment

The score is determined by how much time is left at the end of the Fire Cavern mission when Squall defeats Ifrit. The less time left, the higher the score, the best score given at 7 or fewer seconds remaining. The player can allow the game to remain in the screen where the player names Ifrit and let the time run out during it to get maximum score; although the timer does not appear on the naming screen it will keep counting down.

Time Remaining SeeD Score Judgment Modifier
00:00-00:07 100 100
0:08-0:29 90 80
0:30-0:59 80 70
1:00-1:59 70 50
2:00-2:59 60 30
3:00-9:59 50 0
10:00-10:59 40 -50
11:00-11:59 30 -60
12:00-12:59 20 -70
13:00-13:59 10 -90
14:00-14:59 5 -90
15:00+ 0 -100
Attack

The score is determined by how many enemies are killed during the field exam.

Kills SeeD Score Attack Modifier
75+ 100 100
50-74 80 75
25-49 80 50
20-24 50 50
15-19 30 10
10-14 20 -50
<10 0 -100
Spirit

The score is determined by how often the player escapes from battle. The best score is given if the player only has one escape — the mandatory one from X-ATM092.

Escapes SeeD Score Spirit Modifier
1 100 100
2 70 50
3-4 50 0
5-9 30 -50
10+ 0 -100
Attitude

Various individual actions determine this score. The score is determined by how many deductions the player suffers from their attitude during the exam, and some violations are more severe than others.

  • Talking to anyone apart from the fellow squad members Zell and Seifer from the moment Squall has his cadet uniform on gives 1 Deduction per each time Squall talks to them. Even talking to Cid or instructors is penalized.
    • Talking to either Seifer or Zell on the vessel prior to the landing gets a 1 Deduction each as well.
  • Disregarding Seifer's order in the vessel gives 1 Deduction.
  • Moving toward the radio tower before Seifer orders it gives 1 Deduction per try.
  • Talking to Biggs after defeating him gives 2 Deductions.
  • Jumping off the cliff like Selphie gives 5 Deductions.
  • Failing to save the dog from X-ATM092 gives 10 Deductions. If the player destroyed X-ATM092 before the time square, the dog is automatically saved.
  • Hiding in the pub when X-ATM092 passes gives 20 Deductions.
Deductions SeeD Score Attitude Modifier
0 100 100
1-8 80 70
9-13 70 50
14-17 50 30
18-24 30 0
25-29 10 -50
30-39 10 -60
40-49 10 -80
50+ 10 -100

When escaping the radio tower with a time limit there are two ways the player can deal with the robot spider: evading it, or destroying it; only the first battle is mandatory. In the screen where Selphie jumped down to follow Seifer, the party must cross as fast as they can. When coming down the mountain trail, the ground is shaking so the party must walk down. If they run, they are stopped by the shaking ground and X-ATM092 will catch up. On the bridge the party must run until X-ATM092 jumps over the party; the party must then run the other way until X-ATM092 will jump over them again, then turn around and run toward the town; the X-ATM092 won't have time to jump again. In the the town area evading X-ATM092 is easy; the player just needs to keep heading toward the beach.

If the player destroys the X-ATM092 they get a bonus score of 100 points and thus one whole rank to their starting rank. X-ATM092 cannot be destroyed in the initial battle, but if the player engages it in any time after it can be.

Uniform and MannerismsEdit

SeeD Uniform Sketch

Although casual attire is usually worn specifically due to the covert nature of SeeD missions, SeeD does have a formal uniform issued to its members upon graduation. It is worn during ceremony or due to the SeeD's own choice.

Both uniforms are reminiscent of Japanese school uniforms. The male uniform, modeled after the Japanese gakuran, has a standing collar buttoning down from top-to-bottom. The collar is part of a black tunic with gold trim and maroon cuffs. Pants are straight leg and tucked into black knee-high boots. A black Sam Browne belt is worn with the tunic and a blue and silver designed shield is worn over the shoulders. The shield tapers to a double point at the back.

The female uniform, modeled after the Japanese seeraafuku, consists of a black blouse with dark blue shoulders that echo the design of the sailor-style collar. Attached to the collar are two gold-trimmed "wings" that hang over the chest; a maroon tie is worn with a metal clasp adorned with the SeeD logo. The ensemble is completed with a straight skirt cutting off just above the knees. Although the original design appears to include black knee-high socks and black shoes, in the game, female SeeD members wear black knee-high boots instead for their full SeeD uniform, with the shoes and socks reserved for the SeeD trainee uniform.

SeeD RankingEdit

All students in the Garden training to be SeeD and have yet to graduate are considered SeeD cadets. SeeD field operatives have a ranking system from 1 to 30 (1 being the lowest rank and 30 being the highest). They can increase their ranking by completing written tests that cover a variety of subjects. Reaching SeeD rank 30 in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Top Rank.

The game uses 'SeeD Experience' to calculate the player's SeeD Rank. The formula is [SeeD Exp/100] = SeeD Rank[1]. The formula is rounded down. SeeD Rank 'A' is equivalent to 3100 SeeD Exp and the maximum is 3110, mere 10 points above the threshold. This is why the player's rank often drops from 'A' to 30 when the salary is paid; to prevent this the player should kill 10 enemies before receiving the next salary. Being paid salary for the first time in the Steam version earns the player the achievement First Salary.

Gaining SeeD ExperienceEdit

For every one enemy defeated the player gains a point of SeeD Experience. Enemies killed by Guardian Forces don't count. Every time the player's salary is paid they lose 10 SeeD Experience. When passing a written test the SeeD Experience is rounded to the next level. Several in-game events can increase or decrease the player's SeeD Exp. If the player handles all events perfectly, they can increase their rank with a total of 4.7.

  • Showing off Squall's gunblade to the two students sitting on the floor outside the second floor classroom lowers the player's rank by one; even if the player isn't a SeeD yet, it will later be deducted.
  • Trying to sneak out of Balamb Garden during the night of the SeeD graduation lowers the rank by one; if the player tries to leave three times, the rank will drop.
  • During the Timber train mission, if Squall is never detected by the guards he gains a SeeD rank. If he is detected fewer than ten times it has no effect on his rank, but if the guards spot him more than ten times his rank will drop.
  • The rank drops by one if the player escapes the Tomb of the Unknown King with the option available from the map.
  • The events in Missile Base can gain the player two ranks. See details here.
  • After defeating NORG there will be a male student outside the second floor classroom asking Squall to show him magic. If the player complies the player's rank decreases by one.
  • Completing the Master Fisherman quest in Fishermans Horizon will earn 20 SeeD Exp, 0.2 of a SeeD rank.
  • During Galbadian occupation of Balamb Town, depending on which method the player uses to find the captain, they will earn SeeD Experience: if they board the train they get 65 Exp, if they use the dog to sniff him out they get 100 Exp.
  • Completing the Shumi Village stone collecting quest will earn 50 SeeD Exp.
  • Defeating Ultima Weapon gives a whole SeeD Rank.

Written TestsEdit

SeeD rank tests are multiple choice and must be answered 100% correctly to raise a SeeD rank. The tests can only be taken up to Squall's current level (i.e if Squall is level 7, the player will only be able to take the tests up to #7). Ranking is decreased by misconduct in the field or if the operative is seen lagging behind.

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Rank AEdit

Above the 1 - 30 ranks lies the A-class SeeD (or Class A Elite SeeD). This is the highest ranking for a SeeD field operative. It can be reached via special consideration or through the written tests.

  • Commander: A newly created military rank awarded to Squall Leonhart allowing him full command over Balamb Garden and all SeeD members. This rank is deemed to be the official leader of SeeD.

Rank and PayEdit

A SeeD's income is dictated by his/her rank.

Rank 1: 500G
Rank 2: 1,000G
Rank 3: 1,500G
Rank 4: 2,000G
Rank 5: 3,000G
Rank 6: 4,000G
Rank 7: 5,000G
Rank 8: 6,000G
Rank 9: 7,000G
Rank 10: 8,000G
Rank 11: 9,000G
Rank 12: 10,000G
Rank 13: 11,000G
Rank 14: 12,000G
Rank 15: 12,500G
Rank 16: 13,000G
Rank 17: 13,500G
Rank 18: 14,000G
Rank 19: 14,500G
Rank 20: 15,000G
Rank 21: 15,500G
Rank 22: 16,000G
Rank 23: 16,500G
Rank 24: 17,000G
Rank 25: 17,500G
Rank 26: 18,000G
Rank 27: 18,500G
Rank 28: 19,000G
Rank 29: 19,500G
Rank 30: 20,000G
Rank A: 30,000G


SeeD InstitutionsEdit

Balamb GardenEdit

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Balamb Garden.
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Main article: Balamb Garden

Balamb Garden is located east of the town of Balamb. Students (usually orphans) attend this Garden in hopes of becoming SeeD. It is one of the three Gardens in the world, and it is where SeeDs are trained and stationed.

Trabia GardenEdit

Main article: Trabia Garden

While not responsible for training SeeD, Trabia and Balamb Garden carry out an exchange program by allowing would-be SeeD from Trabia to take the SeeD written test there.

Galbadia GardenEdit

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Galbadia Garden.
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Main article: Galbadia Garden

Does not train SeeD. However, contact is maintained between the headmasters of Galbadia and Balamb Gardens whenever there is a joint operation.

White SeeDEdit

Main article: White SeeD

White SeeD is an off-shoot mercenary group charged with protecting Ellone.

Musical ThemesEdit

Played during the various battle meetings between the SeeD, the musical extract "SeeD" is considered to be the theme of the elite mercenary group.

Other AppearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

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The SeeD uniform appears in Dissidia Final Fantasy as an optional outfit for Squall Leonhart. Little to no changes were made to the uniform's design for the game, and Squall wields either the Revolver or the Lionheart while wearing the formal military uniform.

MerchandiseEdit

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Zippo lighter with SeeD symbol.

An official Zippo Lighter with the SeeD logo was released in 1999. With only 400 pieces ever manufactured, the lighter is considered extremely rare. A collector's item, the lighter comes in a metal container with blue padding and includes a certificate of authenticity.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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The SeeD symbol is backwards in Zell's intro FMV.
  • In Balamb Garden, SeeD members have their own, private dorms.
  • The transcontinental railroad express from Balamb to Timber houses a private cabin for SeeD members.
  • During Zell's intro FMV, the SeeD symbol seen behind him has been flipped.
  • Despite not being a SeeD, Rinoa Heartilly can be paid salary when she is alone in the party during a mission in Deling City.
  • In Winhill the party can run into two men in SeeD uniform who claim to have been hired to protect the town. In truth, the two are Balamb Garden drop-outs, who only pose as SeeD members. The foreign benefactor who has hired them is implied to be Laguna.

ReferencesEdit

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