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The Temple of the Ancients is a location in Final Fantasy VII, built by the Cetra thousands of years ago to house the Black Materia. The outside of the temple is similar in architecture to the Mayan pyramid of Kukulkan. The interior is a large maze-like cavern of staircases, and includes a passage where the party must avoid falling boulders, and a large clock the party must operate, walking across its hands to access the rooms its hands can point to. The mural room where the source of the Black Materia is stored shows paintings similar to the ancient Egypt, depicting the summoning of Ultimate Magic, Meteor.
The Keystone is required to open the temple's door. The temple lies on an island, and can only be reached via the Tiny Bronco. It can only be visited once, and is replaced by a crater on the world map.
Cloud Strife and his party obtain the Keystone from Dio. Cait Sith turns out to be a double-agent for Shinra Electric Power Company and hands the Keystone to the Turks to grab the Black Materia before Sephiroth can.
Tseng, the leader of the Turks, enters the temple, but is attacked by Sephiroth who wounds Tseng and leaves him for dead. Cloud's party finds the temple surrounded by Sephiroth Clones and fights their way through until coming upon the room where the device to turn the temple into the Black Materia is kept.
Sephiroth appears in a ghostly form, telling the party about his plan to use the Black Materia to summon Meteor, and inflict an injury so deep to the Planet the Lifestream would concentrate its energy to heal it and he would merge with it to become a god. Sephiroth disappears, but the encounter triggers the Jenova cells inside Cloud to awaken him for the Reunion, and bring the Black Materia to Sephiroth.
The temple itself is the Black Materia, but the only way to shrink the temple is from the inside, so anybody shrinking is crushed. This was designed so nobody would get the Black Materia. Since Sephiroth is followed by fanatical clones, any of them could get the Black Materia for him. Cait Sith volunteers to do it, and as he goes to turn the temple to its Materia form, he bids farewell to the party.
Cloud's party escapes the temple as it turns into the Black Materia. Another Cait Sith, calling himself Cait Sith Number 2, comes up to rejoin the party. Cloud grabs the Black Materia, but Sephiroth returns and takes control of him, forcing Cloud to give up the Materia and attack Aeris, but he is knocked unconscious by the remaining party member. In a dream vision Aeris tells Cloud she is going to the Forgotten Capital to save the Planet from Sephiroth, and as Cloud comes to in Gongaga she has left.
The Temple of the Ancients is located to the South on Gaia's Eastern continent.
Item Store Edit
Well of Knowledge Edit
Then name in the menu of the area is simply Temple of the Ancients. The debug room references the area as "The Rock" (岩転がり, Iwa Korogari?, lit. Rolling Rock). The Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega titles the room 廊下 (Rōka?, lit. Corridor), though it labels the well of water as 知識の井戸 (Chishiki no Ido?, lit. Well of Knowledge).
Bottom of the Hole Edit
Void of Time Edit
- I: Trap Room (Toxic Frog x2, Jemnezmy)
- II: Blocked Passage
- III: Trap Room (8 eye x2)
- IV: Treasure Room (Princess Guard)
- V: Ribbon
- VI: Gate Room
- VII: Treasure Room (Trumpet Shell)
- VIII: Treasure Room (Megalixir)
- IX: Blocked Passage
- X: Well of Knowledge
- XI: Blocked Passage
- XII: Exit
- #Bottom of the Hole
Mural Room Edit
Gate Room Edit
The maze is the start of the Temple, where the player must follow the "spirit bodies" of the Cetra, that were left in the temple aeons ago solely to protect it. All the Ancients found here can heal HP/MP completely and prompt save. The first Ancient found also sells basic items.
Rolling boulders Edit
A long room where "U" shaped boulders roll towards Cloud. To proceed, Cloud must position himself to safety under the hollow part of the boulders. If he is crushed, the boulder will push him to the start of the room, where the player must start over; small HP damage will also be inflicted to all party members. Once the player reaches the end of the room, the boulders will stop. The Morph Materia can be collected here.
Clock puzzle Edit
Once getting past the room with the Rolling Boulders, the player will enter a circular room shaped like a huge clock, and the end of each number leads to a room. It is possible to move the hands of the clock, but only one at time. The hand moved is respective to where the player starts; if Cloud came from a room connected through the minute hand, he'll be only able to move the second hand, and vice-versa. By completing a full cycle, either clockwise or counterclockwise, the player can move the other hand as well.
- I = Enemy Encounter (Toxic Frog x2, Jemnezmy)
- II = Dead End
- III = Enemy Encounter (8 eye x2)
- IIII = Princess Guard
- V = Ribbon
- VI = Puzzle with doorways
- VII = Trumpet Shell
- VIII = Megalixir
- IX = Dead End
- X = Rolling Boulder Room
- XI = Dead End
- XII = Demons Gate/Temple Exit
The riddle of the clock is harder in the original Japanese version, because the player can't initially wind the clock. After being knocked off the clock three times, a flag is turned on which changes it to the version of the puzzle the player can control. This flag is always on in other versions of the game, so if the flag was turned off via hacking, the original version of the puzzle can be played on other versions of the game.
- Keystone (from Tseng at the entrance of the Temple)
- Turbo Ether
- Mind Source
- Silver Rifle
- Rocket Punch
- Luck Plus Materia (receipt message says "Lucky Plus" in PlayStation version)
- Morph Materia
- Princess Guard
- Trumpet Shell
- Nail Bat
- Work Glove
- Bahamut Materia
|Phoenix Down||300 gil|
|Maiden's Kiss||150 gil|
- Kelzmelzer x2
- Under Lizard
- Kelzmelzer x2, Toxic Frog x2
- Under Lizard, Toxic Frog x2
- Kelzmelzer x2 (Back attack)
- Kelzmelzer, Toxic Frog x2 (Back attack)
- Kelzmelzer x2 (Side attack)
Mural Room Edit
It is just available after examine the device that turn the temple into the Black Materia.
Under the Clock Edit
- Ancient Dragon x2 (Ambush) (appears each time player is pushed off the clock)
Room I Edit
Room III Edit
- 8 eye x2 (Boss)
Room VI Edit
- Red Dragon (Boss)
Room XII Edit
- Demons Gate (Boss)
Woodlands Area Edit
Creation and development Edit
How summons came to be is never explained within the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII releases or media, except for some dummied lines from the original Final Fantasy VII explained by Sephiroth after obtaining the Bahamut Materia in the Temple of the Ancients. The majority of the lines of explanation were not translated for the English version of Final Fantasy VII and can only be found in the original Japanese version.
Sephiroth explains that during the times of the Ancients there were beings created by the Planet that sealed their life energy in Materia. It is suggested the creatures that protect the Temple were created by the Planet, and it could be assumed the Red Dragon turns itself into the Bahamut Materia upon defeat.
The spirits protecting the temple have forgotten how to speak, but in an earlier version, the spirit in the room where the player can first buy items from it spoke with an accent that sounded like it was from a rural Japanese area, saying "welcome" and "come again". It is also suggested Cid's Mop would have been obtainable from here, but in the final game it is dug up from Bone Village instead.
The clock puzzle was harder in the original Japanese version, as instead of moving the minute hand the player had to "leave it up to the guard" and choose whether to move time backwards or forwards, then choose how much time should pass/revert. The challenge lied in memorizing the time interval each option corresponded to, as they did not point out the exact amount of time that would move. If the player stands on the hour or minute hand when the second hand moves across the one Cloud is standing on, the player will fall down the hole. In the original Japanese version falling three times would give the ability to move time precisely. In all later released, including Final Fantasy VII International, this second method is activated by default rendering the more difficult puzzle unused in these versions.
Musical themes Edit
The theme of the Temple of the Ancients is the "Forested Temple".
"Forested Temple" is included on the third disc of Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition compilation album.
Other appearances Edit
- The labyrinth was likely inspired by Relativity, a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher.
- The weapon and armor Aeris has equipped at the end of Temple of the Ancients visit are lost. Her Materia and accessory return to the player's inventory. The last possible moment to de-equip her is actually after the boss battles, so the player can still equip her the best gear and swap them out before they are gone, however, the window of opportunity is narrow: it is possible to open the menu during the moment Cloud lunges at Aeris at the bottom of the pit.
- ↑ Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega, p.288
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://thelifestream.net/ffvii-the-unused-text-part-8/