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- “From that day on I killed what was left of my emotions and focused on my work. It was the only way I could forget what had happened. I lost my family. The only thing that I could lean on after that was the Turks. But I don't want you to become like me. That's why I'll do this.”
Veld (ヴェルド, Verudo?), also known as Verdot, is the leader of the Turks in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. His official Shinra Electric Power Company title is "Head of the Department of Administrative Research". He is particular on matters relating to succeeding in missions and unforgiving when it comes to failure. Though many of his subordinates are intimidated by Veld's severity, they deeply respect him. After a disaster in Kalm caused by his commands, Veld's family was killed and he lost his arm. He replaced it with a prosthetic with a Materia inside it, so that he could continue to fight alongside his Turks.
He is called Veld in the English version of "Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII Compilation", but called both Veld and Verdot in official materials.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
A rookie Turk, Tseng, is assigned to investigate the kidnapping of a Shinra soldier from one of Shinra's Mako Reactors. Under Veld's command he is sent to search an unregistered vessel that has appeared in the Costa del Sol harbor. Finding the tortured soldier in the ship's confinement room, Tseng discovers the enemy has been buying stolen Shinra weapons from a black market weapons dealer, and has been stocking them aboard the ship. Torn between his duty as a Turk to investigate the stolen weapons further, and his determination to complete his mission to rescue the soldier, Tseng opts for the latter, and escapes the ship with the man.
Reprimanding Tseng on choosing the guard's life over the security of company secrets, Veld returns with Tseng to the vessel to destroy the weapons, their data, and to locate the information leak which allowed the weapons to be sold on the black market. As Veld heads to the hangar to destroy the weapons, Tseng is ordered to the control room to delete all files regarding the weapons. As he erases the files from the computer system, the anti-Shinra operatives escape with a hard copy of the data.
Seeing his mentor being assailed by the weapons in the hangar, Tseng attempts to go to his assistance, but Veld reprimands him again, reminding him a Turk's first priority is the completion of the mission. Locating the operatives carrying the hard data and dispatching them, Tseng, his initial mission completed, is now free to aid Veld in the hangar.
While destroying the weapons, a surviving anti-Shinra operative attempts to sink the vessel with the Turks still in it. As the ship sinks the ceiling collapses and Tseng is trapped beneath a steel girder. Urging his mentor to leave him, Veld instead risks his life to free his subordinate; receiving a facial injury from falling debris in the process.
While recovering in a Shinra medical facility, Veld explains why he stayed to help Tseng: as his mission had been completed, he, like Tseng, was free, and chose to help as that was what he wanted the Turks to be; loyal to the mission, but still good people at heart.
Following military efforts of the Shinra Army and their elite force, SOLDIER, the Wutai War draws to a close with Emperor Godo Kisaragi surrendering to Shinra. In the aftermath, remnant forces of opposition gather to continue the fight. Veld, wary the company's fight is far from over, recruits new members to the organization in anticipation of a coming conflict.
During AVALANCHE's attack on Junon the Mako Cannon is hijacked and Veld informs Shinra's leaders of this. President Shinra sends Reno to liberate it, leaving him open for Fuhito to enter the room and shoot him. Still alive, the President orders Veld to send in Sephiroth and the Mako Cannon is recaptured by Shinra.
Some time later, massing a search and destroy task force to attack the AVALANCHE base, Zack Fair is sent to bolster the Shinra forces. While embarking to their destination, a breaking bridge leads to Zack and the Player Turk being separated from the main force that is led into an AVALANCHE ambush. As Zack moves to free his captured comrades, the Player Turk is instructed by Veld, who is by now noting AVALANCHE has been receiving information from within Shinra, to assist in rescuing the SOLDIERs.
President Shinra, having become irate over his inability to uncover how AVALANCHE is receiving information from within the company, removes Veld from his post and replaces him with Heidegger. Hearing that AVALANCHE is targeting Junon, Heidegger sends the Turks as scouts who are to call him on anything suspicious so that he can send in his military.
His insistence on using the military instead of the Turks' specialized skills leaves the members, when AVALANCHE does attack Junon, reluctant to inform Heidegger. Tseng discovers AVALANCHE are after the airships docked in the city, but Heidegger attempts to let the situation escalate until it is viable to send in his military, and is using the Turks as expandable distractions and ignores their requests for coordinated information.
Veld approaches the President in Midgar and threatens to reveal all classified information he was privy to the media unless he is reinstated back as head of the Turks. His request granted, Veld co-ordinates the Turks into retaking the Junon airport, sending in additional troops and Martial Arts (Male) to assist. While the operation is a success, the Turks are no closer to discovering the leak within the Shinra executive offices.
- Main article: Nibelheim Incident
When the Shinra clean-up crew arrives at Nibelheim and the Nibelheim Reactor the Turks check on the laboratory equipment in the basement of the Nibelheim Mansion for Professor Hojo. Veld leads the way into the laboratory where he and the Player Turk get trapped in an illusion of the Player Turk's first encounter with AVALANCHE in Sector 8 during their first day on the job, caused by Lost Number. When that proves ineffectual, the monster changes the illusion to that of when Kalm was destroyed and Veld's wife and daughter were thought to have been killed and Veld was responsible for the incident's cover-up.
Lost Number paralyzes Veld with guilt, but he is defeated by the Player Turk and the illusion vanishes freeing Veld. As the survivors of Nibelheim are gathered up they are to be shipped into Hojo's laboratory, but the Turks are indecisive over the immorality of it and are allowed to leave while Veld handles the operation.
Reno and Tseng discover AVALANCHE has infiltrated and taken over the construction site of the Corel Reactor. Infiltrating the construction site through the Corel Mines thanks to Barret Wallace, the Player Turk enters the reactor to find Rufus Shinra there. Veld, having followed after Rufus, informs the Turks Rufus is the informant and supplier for AVALANCHE in a bid to remove his father from presidency. As Veld instructs his subordinates to place Rufus under arrest, Fuhito appears in an ambush to kill not just the Turks, but Rufus too; reasoning AVALANCHE no longer needs him. Elfé appears and her voice is recognized by Veld as that of his deceased daughter; Felicia.
Her memories revived as Veld explains who she is, Elfé is taken by her mysterious illness and she is carried out of the reactor by Fuhito. Torn between his duty and his desire to chase after his rediscovered daughter, the Turks encourage Veld to go after her. Before leaving Veld resigns his position to Tseng, who leads Rufus out of the reactor before Fuhito destroys it.
With the Player Turk rendered comatose due to injuries and Mako poisoning and Veld having deserted to pursue his daughter, Tseng is instructed to link with the Turks' secondary division to bolster numbers. Three years after Corel Reactor's destruction the Player Turk awakens from coma and three months afterwards, the Player Turk and Reno are tasked with the capture of an endangered species known as "Guardians of the Planet" in Cosmo Canyon for Professor Hojo.
While searching the canyon the pair visit Bugenhagen on Tseng's instruction and discover more about the monster Fuhito hopes to summon through Elfé's Materia and learns the Materia is sapping Elfé's life force to exist; as a result Veld, having not been sighted since Corel, is searching for a way to remove it without harming his daughter.
Searching for the Support MateriaEdit
After Zack Fair and Cloud Strife have escaped the Shinra Mansion Veld returns in Nibelheim and pours through the mansion's archives. Learning that he needs a certain Materia to remove the Materia from Elfé's body and stop it draining her life, Veld has been searching for these support Materia, learning the Turks already possess one given to them by Shears during the Corel Reactor incident.
Veld and the Player Turk search through the mansion and come across clues to another of Hojo's "research subjects", Vincent Valentine, Veld's old Turk partner, who informs them of the location of such a Materia elsewhere in the mansion. As AVALANCHE appears also looking for the support Materia, the Player Turk and Veld lose the orb to Fuhito while Scarlet informs the President in Midgar the Turks are assisting Veld in spite of their orders to "shoot on sight".
Hidden within their headquarters within the Shinra Building as Scarlet embarks on a hunt for them, the Turks meet with Reeve to locate the next Materia. Learning it is in the remains of the Gongaga Mako Reactor they, along with Cait Sith, steal a submarine from Junon to travel and evade the Shinra military.
Entering the reactor they find AVALANCHE troops already combing the facility for the support Materia. Thanks to the timely arrival of Veld and Shears, who was rescued by Veld in Corel and had been working with him since, the next support Materia is obtained.
Learning AVALANCHE is attempting to break into Corel Prison, the Turks presume a Materia piece must be there and embark across the desert to obtain it. The Player Turk finds the final support Materia, but is attacked by AVALANCHE's Ravens. Shears and Veld arrive to support the Player Turk and Shears takes Shalua Rui, who had been with the Player Turk, to a safe location. Scarlet catches up to them and surrounds the Player Turk and Veld. Attacking them into submission, Scarlet captures Veld and takes him back to Midgar to be executed.
While Tseng, Rude and Reno attempt to discern the location of where Veld is being held, the other Turks and Shears meet in Wall Market and split the Materia orbs among themselves before dispatching to look for Elfé. Assisted by Rufus, Tseng locates Veld and attempts to liberate him while ordering the Player Turk, who is being pursued by Shinra troops through Wall Market, to secure an escape out of Midgar. Elena of the Turks is kidnapped by the Ravens, and the Player Turk is forced to exchange the support Materia to free her.
Elsewhere in the Sector 5 Slums, Shears is confronted by Fuhito. He opts to go with Fuhito to find Elfé, but is instead beaten down and the support Materia stolen from him. While Reno, Rude and Tseng free Veld, the Player Turk commandeers a helicopter to chase after AVALANCHE before they use the support Materia to summon Zirconiade. While the Player Turk saves Elfé, the Materia inside her fuses with the support Materia on its own and Fuhito ascends to give the newly formed Materia orb to Zirconiade.
As the Player Turks all chase after Fuhito along the construct created by Zirconiade's summoning, Tseng, Reno, Rude, Veld and an awakened Elfé are captured by the Shinra military. Confronted with the offer that the Turks would be spared from capture and execution if Veld and Elfé are killed, Tseng turns his gun on the pair and fires, shooting the pair down, but not actually killing them.
As Tseng leaves with Veld and Elfé who are secretly still alive, Reno and Rude wait for their remaining comrades still fighting Zirconiade, which they destroy.
Following Zirconiade's defeat, a Weapon roused by the Planet to combat Zirconiade begins to consider the Turks a threat due to their defeat of Zirconiade and how, technically, they had destroyed what was a part of the Planet's ecology.
A number of weeks afterwards, Veld calls the Player Turks to inform the Weapon is now hunting them. After numerous hunts and battles across the Planet, the Turks finally destroy the Jade Weapon and return to their respective lives in exile.
During Meteorfall, Reno oversees the evacuation of Sector 4 while Rude clears Sector 2 and Elena clears Sector 3. Moving to clear Sector 5 together with Tseng, the four are met and assisted by the previous Turks and Veld returning to assist in the evacuation of the citizens.
As revealed in On the Way to a Smile, following the Meteor's destruction, the Turks leave, returning to the lives they had obtained in their exile, but also work to gather intelligence on the current state of the Planet from their respective locations and sending the information to Veld who in turn offers it to Tseng when required.
On one such offering, he informs Tseng about Mutten Kylegate, a former Shinra soldier who was noted for being sadistic, heading an enterprise to build a city near Midgar. After alluding to the possibility that Kylegate might by holding Rufus Shinra, who had been abducted while out of the Turks' protection, captive, Veld leaves for Junon to meet with Reeve Tuesti, who was also forming an enterprise known as World Regenesis Organization in the wake of Shinra's destruction.
- Main article: Veld (Boss)
Veld is fought as a boss in the Training Mode.