- Grimoire Valentine -

"Rushing into matters will take you nowhere..."


Occupation: Paleontologist,
    the leading scholar of the study
    of the stagnation of life
Weapon: Gun
Height: Ca. 6'0" (184 cm)
Birthdate: - (Perhaps February 14, 1913?)
Hometown: - (Maybe Kalm?)
Blood Type: - (A?)
Relatives: Vincent, son
Official appearances:
- Dirge of Cerberus
- Dirge of Cerberus PlayOnline
    (Mentioned, Scene VI)
- Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode
    ([Almost] Mentioned)

Original description:

- Vincent's father, who died before his time -

A free scientist, well known for being the
leading scholar in the study of the stagnation of life.
Discovered the Chaos Element and the Protomateria
together with his assistant Lucrecia and worked
with her to prove her thesis on Chaos and Omega.
However, he gave his life to protect Lucrecia
during a laboratory accident, and entrusted his
son Vincent to her with his last breath.

Nero's darkness was born from the condensation of
stagnant Lifestream that Grimoire researched.






- The Omega Reports -








Discovery!


-Ancient Tablet Discovered-

Soul wrought of terra corrupt,
Quelling Impurity,
Purging the stream
To beckon forth an ultimate fate.
Behold mighty Chaos,
Omega's squire to the lofty heavens.


                            After further study of the tablet by our research
                            team, it has been determined that this passage was
                            written by the Cetra over two thousand years ago.







No New Findings


-Memo-
                            Could "Omega" be a place and "Chaos" a person?
                            While our search of the site has continued,
                            we have been unable to locate any new artifacts
                            that may help us to answer our many questions.

-Promised Land-
                            Quite a few of my colleagues have come to the
                            conclusion that Omega may be the fabled
                            "promised land" to which legend states the Cetra
                            are to lead us. However, I still have my doubts.
                            If Omega were an actual location, then how could
                            Chaos be its "squire to the lofty heavens"?

                            Next month, administration will finally be sending
                            me the assistant I have been asking for. Rumor has
                            it she graduated at the top of her university class.







Alternate Theories


-Memo-
                            Review of several dated reports on our world's
                            Lifestream have shed new light on my theories
                            about the Cetra inscription. Just as we are born
                            from the flowing matter below our feet, I now
                            believe that Chaos and Omega may also be sentient
                            life forms that the planet creates at its own will.

                            If we were able to discover the exact location
                            where these two beings are to be born, the
                            scientific repercussions would be enormous.

                            I was informed by a fellow paleontologist this
                            morning that the company had discovered another
                            Cetra artefact, and a new large-scale research
                            project was scheduled to begin. She also said that
                            my assistant had been offered a place on the team.







The Terrasystem


-Memo-
                            The more I learn of this wondrous planet's
                            inner-workings, the more I am in awe of that
                            which lies before me.

                            Omega... Part of a system created by our world
                            to preserve the constant circulation of life. And
                            therein lies the key to solving this mystery...
                            For many years it has been documented that
                            local legends not only speak of this phenomenon
                            in terms of a planetary scale, but also suggest
                            that the entire cosmos may follow the same rules.

                            I must say, I am quite pleased with the work of
                            my fine assistant. Her ardent approach to the tasks
                            before her will most certainly lead us to the many
                            answers which continue to elude our team.







Omega and Chaos


                            The two names which appear on the tablet...

                            If Omega is to act as the ark which guides all life
                            to the boundless sea of stars... then what of Chaos?

                            The ancient inscription implies that his duty is to
                            "beckon forth and ultimate fate." Perhaps it is he
                            who is destined to lead us to Omega.

                            Soul wrought of terra corrupt...
                            What message lurks behind these ominous words?







Impurities


-Impurities in the Lifestream-

                            The spring that Dr. Valentine discovered is amazing!
                            I am certain that it is some sort of reservoir for the
                            "terra corrupt" mentioned on the Cetra tablet.

                            The doctor believes the crystalline spring contains
                            contaminated deposits of bioplasma that have
                            overflown from the pure Lifestream. In fact, all
                            of our readings indicate a strange type of energy
                            radiating from the site. Could this grotto be the
                            location where the legendary Chaos is destined
                            to be born?







Chaos


                            My conscience tells me that I must leave some sort
                            of record documenting all that I have attempted.

                            That which slumbers within him...
                            The antithesis of Omega... Chaos.

                            Soul wrought of terra corrupt...
                            Before Omega begins his journey to the sea of
                            stars, Chaos will scourge the world of all things
                            living, sending them back to the Lifestream...

                            Only to be left with the burden of bearing
                            the discarded remnants of a dying world.

                            And it was I who...
                            I am so sorry...







Protomateria


-Protomateria-

                            I have determined the materia found by
                            Dr. Valentine at the fountain of Chaos to be a
                            type of refined anti-matter formed within the
                            grotto over the past several millennia.

                            I believe the planet created this instrument
                            out of necessity as a means to control Choas
                            and prolong its own inevitable fate.

                            By controlling Chaos, the planet also succeeds
                            in preventing the advent of Omega. If Chaos is
                            allowed to fulfill his destiny of destruction,
                            Omega's awakening cannot be far behind.

                            That is why I...





- FFVII 10th Anniversary Ultimania Profile -







Grimoire Valentine
Vincent's father, who died before his time



                            PROFILE
                            Appearances: [DC]
                            Gender: Male
                            Personal Pronoun: Boku
                            Voice Actor: Jouji Nakata

                            "Deep within this grotto is where Chaos is destined to awake."

                            A free scientist, well-known for being the
                            leading scholar in the study of the stagnation of life.
                            Discovered the Chaos Element and the Protomateria
                            together with his assistant Lucrecia and worked
                            with her to prove her thesis on Chaos and Omega.
                            However, he gave his life to protect Lucrecia in
                            a laboratory accident, and entrusted his son
                            to her with his last breath.




                            The following text is from Nero's profile in the book:

                            Nero's darkness was born from the condensation of
                            stagnant Lifestream that Grimoire researched.





- Interviews -








                            The following text is taken from an interview with the
                            developers of Dirge of Cerberus:


                            Regarding Vincent's mantle. It seems that it's the same
                            mantle that is seen on Grimoire.
                            What is the origin/concept of this mantle?


Kitase: Oh right. When I was talking to Nomura about the design, I said, “Make
something that people can see on first sight and makes them recognize that they are
father and son”. From then on, it became a discussion about whether if using a mantle
was good idea or not. Grimoire's scarf somehow became Vincent's turban [the hairband],
it's the same thing, but it's worn in a different way. And that's why we think that if we
put something that can connect those two, when people see it, they will go,
“Oh! So this is the father!”

Nomura: When I was first asked to make a conceptual drawing of Grimoire Valentine,
I was also told on the spot that he is the father of Vincent, which made me quite shocked
and surprised *laughs*. However, I am not exactly the person who is responsible for the
making of Grimoire Valentine. Instead, it was Nakaaki, the sub character and mechanic
designer who drew the general appearance of Grimoire; but since [we have different styles]
the look [of the face] was very different from Vincent's, Grimoire's facial detail had to
be redrawn by me. About his clothing, it's basically what Kitase has already said.





- Dirge of Cerberus PlayOnline - Scene VI -






 

(This scene can also be directly downloaded.)






- The Protomateria


- The Crystal Fountain