Welcome to 'ALT'. That is 'Anime Links and other Things'. This is the section with information on Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy VIII centres you on the character of Squall, a stoic young man who goes to a training centre named 'Balamb Garden'. He trains with a 'gunblade' and enters a test in which he becomes a SEED; that is a secret soldier used to protect the world or the government from supernatural things.
However, Squall's training partner, an irritable young blond enamed Seifer does not pass the exam, and his fury leads to his undoing.
Seifer is teased over to the dark side, becoming a Sorceress' Knight for the Sorceress Ultimecia. Ultimecia launches her attack upon the SEED ranks, using her Knight Seifer at the front of the rows. They burn and destroy all in their path for their mistress. Ultimecia is finally destroyed after Squall fought with Seifer, repeating the scene at the beginning where Seifer and Squall had scarred each other's faces with their gunblades.
Instead of killing Seifer, Squall spares him and the mind control wears off, Seifer becoming normal again and seeking to repent his sins while the dead Ultimecia is reborn as a harmless child and her power is passed to Squall's intended girlfriend Rinoa; whom he's met at the ball for the passers of the exam.
THE CHARACTERS OF FINAL FANTASY VIII
SQUALL LEONHART Age: 17, Height: 5' 8" The taciturn and reluctant hero. A cadet in SeeD, the special combat unit of the Balamb Garden Military Academy. His aloof and anti-social behavior makes him appear selfish and lacking a sense of team unity. Squall dislikes having others involved in his affairs and is best described as a lone wolf.
LAGUNA LOIRE Age: 27, Height: 5' 9" A passionate man whose pen is truly mightier than the sword. An ex-soldier turned journalist, Laguna is a strong willed man with amzing energy. His compassion for the unfortunate drives him to help the weak and bring down their oppressors. Using his writing as a mighty instrument of justice, he stands strong against the evils of the world.
SEIFER ALMASY Age: 18, Height: 6' 2" Squalls rival who causes havoc within Garden. A candidate for SeeD. Although Seifer is a naturally gifted soldier, his inability to take orders and control his temper has earned him the label of "problematic". Although recognizing and praising Squall's abilities, Seifer regards him as his ultimate rival.
RINOA HEARTILLY Age: 17, Height: 5' 3 1/2" A beautiful, spirited young woman. A lively individual with the ability to touch people's heart. Open and honest with her feelings, she speaks her mind without reservation. Driven by her ambitions, she can be difficult at times.
QUITIS TREPE Age: 18, Height: 5' 6" A top-notch member of SeeD who serves as Squall's instructor. A SeeD cadet at the age of 15, Quitis now instructs Squall and his companions at Balamb Garden. Contrary to her cool exterior, she occasionally has a difficult time coping with frustration and, as a result, can become depressed over trivial matters.
SELPHIE TILMITT Age: 17, Height: 5' 1 1/2" A spunky young woman with a carefree spirit. Selphie seems out of place in a military academy because of her innocent appearance and light-hearted personality. Her happy-go-lucky disposition and laid-back attitude tends to catch others off guard.
ZELL DINCHT Age: 17, Height: 5' 5" A Garden Cadet with unsurpassed martial arts skills. Aspiring to become like this grandfather who was once a soldier, Zell entered Garden at the age of 13. Not being one to think matters through, he is known to act on impulse rather than reasoning. At heart however, he is an honest, dedicated young man.
IRVINE KINNEAS Age: 17, Height: 6' 0" An expert gunman and consummate lady's man. Irvine is known as the "Best Shooter in Garden". His reputation for cherishing the company of women is almost as well known as his accuracy with a gun. Although he seems to be uncaring and frivolous at first glance, in reality he is sensitive and serious.