- The Goddess Minerva -

"When the war of the beasts brings about the world's end
The goddess descends from the sky
Wings of light and dark spread afar
She guides us to bliss, her gift everlasting"



Official appearances:
- Crisis Core
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- Final Fantasy VII (Item: Minerva Band)
- Episode: Denzel (Statue)
- Advent Children (Statue)
Weapon:
- Staff
- Bow







    -Original description-
    With her body clad in an impressive suit
    of golden armor, she is an existence that
    transcends all matter. Beneath her helmet
    she is a beautiful woman with blond hair
    and green eyes. In Banora, at the end of
    the events of Crisis Core, Genesis fulfills
    his wish to meet her, and she appears in
    the mission "The Reigning Deity". She is
    interpreted to be the Goddess mentioned
    in LOVELESS, though her appearance is
    similar to a Summon, but it seems that her
    actions represent the will of the Lifestream.






- LOVELESS -








-The Poem-


Prologue

When the war of the beasts brings about the world's end
The goddess descends from the sky
Wings of light and dark spread afar
She guides us to bliss, her gift everlasting



Act I

Infinite in mystery is the gift of the goddess
We seek it thus, and take to the sky
Ripples form on the water's surface
The wandering soul knows no rest



Act II

There is no hate, only joy
For you are beloved by the goddess
Hero of the dawn, Healer of worlds

Dreams of the morrow hath the shattered soul
Pride is lost
Wings stripped away, the end is nigh



Act III

My friend, do you fly away now?
To a world that abhors you and I?
All that awaits you is a somber morrow
No matter where the winds may blow

My friend, your desire
Is the bringer of life, the gift of the goddess

Even if the morrow is barren of promises
Nothing shall forestall my return



Act IV

My friend, the fates are cruel
There are no dreams, no honor remains
The arrow has left the bow of the goddess

My soul, corrupted by vengeance
Hath endured torment, to find the end of the journey
In my own salvation
And your eternal slumber

Legend shall speak
Of sacrifice at world's end
The wind sails over the water's surface
Quietly, but surely



Act V

Even if the morrow is barren of promises
Nothing shall forestall my return
To become the dew that quenches the land
To spare the sands, the seas, the skies
I offer thee this silent sacrifice




-Inscriptions-


Act I

The infinite mystery
The gift of the goddess is what the three men seek
But their fates are scattered by war

One becomes a hero, one wanders the land
And the last is taken prisoner

But the three are still bound by a solemn oath
To seek the answer together, once again



Act II

Though the prisoner escapes, he is gravely wounded
His life is saved, however
By a woman of the opposing nation

He begins a life of seclusion with her
Which seems to hold the promise of eternal bliss

But as happiness grows, so does guilt
Of not fulfilling the oath to his friends



Act III

As the war sends the world hurtling towards destruction
The prisoner departs with his newfound love
And embarks on a new journey

He is guided by hope that the gift will bring bliss
And the oath that he swore to his friends

Though no oath is shared between the lovers
In their hearts they know they will meet again






-Conversations about LOVELESS-





       -Cid's Impression (Final Fantasy VII)


                  Cid: "You ever see the play "LOVELESS"?"


                  Cloud: "Yes"


                  Cid: "Yeah? Really? Well, that's fine.
                  They've been doin' that play every summer since I was a kid.
                  An' I remember seein' it just once...
                  That was when I was in Midgar interviewing to be a pilot.
                  I had some free time and thought I'd catch the play."
                  Now, I'm no big fan of the theater or anything.
                  But this thing put me to sleep, just like I thought it would.
                  Finally during the last scene, the guy next to me woke me up
                  tellin' me my snorin' was too loud.
                  So about all I really remember of that play is the end...
                  The sister of the lead asks her lover,


                  "Do you really have to leave?"


                  And the guy says,


                  "I promised. The people I love are waiting."

                  "......I don't understand. Not at all. But......
                  please take care of yourself."


                  "Of course... I'll come back to you.
                  Even if you don't promise to wait.
                  I'll return knowing that you'll be here."



                  I remember thinking when I heard those lines,
                  "*&%! What the hell's he talkin' about?"
                  But, you know... now I'm
                  not so sure...
                  I think I understand......"






       -Hojo's Impression (Crisis Core)

                  Genesis: "My friend, the fates are cruel
                  There are no dreams, no honor remains
                  The arrow has left the bow of the goddess"


                  Hojo: "The entire cast of Hollander's freak show!"

                  Zack: "Shut up, you!"

                  Genesis: ""LOVELESS" Act IV."

                  Hojo: "Where the two friends challenge each other to a duel.
                  An ancient epic. I read it thinking it might aid my research,
                  but... pure drivel."

                  Angeal: "How does the duel end?"

                  Hojo: "Unknown. The last act is missing,
                  and yet to be discovered."

                  Genesis: "There are various theories.
                  The mysterious gift of the goddess...
                  What is the meaning behind it? For us, at least."

                  Zack: "Hold it, Genesis!"

                  Genesis: "My soul, corrupted by vengeance
                  Hath endured torment, to find the end of the journey
                  In my own salvation
                  And your eternal slumber"







       -Sephiroth's Impression (Crisis Core)

                  Genesis: "Infinite in mystery is the gift of the goddess
                  We seek it thus, and take to the sky
                  Ripples form on the water's surface
                  The wandering soul knows no rest"


                  Sephiroth: ""LOVELESS" Act I."

                  Genesis: "You remembered."

                  Sephiroth: "How can I not when you've beaten it into my head?"




                  Genesis: "There is no hate, only joy
                  For you are beloved by the goddess
                  Hero of the dawn, Healer of worlds"


                  Sephiroth: ""LOVELESS" again? You never change."

                  Genesis: "Three friends go into battle. One is captured,
                  one flies away, the one that is left becomes a hero."

                  Sephiroth: "A common story."

                  Genesis: "If we were to enact it, would I be the one to play
                  the hero, or would you?"

                  Sephiroth: "It's all yours."

                  Genesis: "Indeed. After all, your glory should have been mine."

                  Sephiroth: "How petty."

                  Genesis: "In hindsight, perhaps. Now, what I want most...
                  is the "gift of the goddess.""




                  Sephiroth: "What do you want of me?"

                  Genesis: "Your traits cannot be copied unto others.
                  Your genes can't be diffused.
                  Therefore, your body cannot degrade.
                  Share your cells with me.

                  My friend, your desire
                  Is the bringer of life, the gift of the goddess"


                  [Genesis holds out a Banora White]

                  Sephiroth: "Whether your words are lies created to deceive me...
                  or the truth, that I have sought all my life...
                  it makes no difference."

                  [Knocks the apple out of Genesis's hand]

                  "You will rot."

                  Genesis: "I see...perfect monster, indeed.

                  When the war of the beasts bring about the world's end
                  The goddess descends from the sky
                  Wings of light and dark spread afar
                  She guides us to bliss
                  ...her gift everlasting."







       -Zack's Impression (Crisis Core)

                  Genesis: "Dreams of the morrow hath the shattered soul
                  Pride is lost
                  Wings stripped away, the end is nigh


                  Such is... the fate of a monster."

                  Zack: "We're not monsters, you hear me? We're SOLDIER!
                  Where's your honor?"

                  Genesis: "Even if the morrow is barren of promises
                  Nothing shall forestall my return


                  If this world seeks my destruction... it goes with me."

                  Zack: "Genesis..."




                  Genesis: "Your cells will be my gift of the goddess...
                  The degradation will cease."

                  Zack: "You...are twisted."

                  Genesis: "The monster has been harvested,
                  and can be discarded."

                  Zack: "You're the monster!"

                  Genesis: "Legend shall speak
                  Of sacrifice at world's end
                  The wind sails over the water's surface
                  Quietly, but surely"





                  Genesis: "The gift of the goddess...
                  A pure S cell sample will stop the degradation process."

                  Zack: "Pure?"

                  Genesis: "There are...two of you, on the run.
                  One is a former SOLDIER operative. The other, an infantryman."

                  Hollander: "That infantryman carries within his body the last pure
                  S-cells in the world!"

                  Zack: "Hey!"

                  Genesis: "Do you know the verse in Act IV that leads in to the
                  final act?"

                  Zack: "Of course not."

                  Genesis: "Legend shall speak
                  Of sacrifice at world's end
                  The wind sails over the water's surface
                  Quietly, but surely"


                  Zack: "Enough about sacrifices and endings!
                  I don't want to hear it!"

                  Genesis: "You don't understand the beauty of these words.
                  How tragic... I'm not surprised. Even I didn't understand all of it.
                  The greatest mystery behind the gift of the goddess...
                  "The water's surface." And the answer I have arrived at,
                  is the Lifestream."

                  Zack: "What?"

                  Genesis: "There are various theories regarding the missing
                  final act.
                  However, only my theory is correct. And I will prove it to you!"

                  Zack: "No, that won't be necessary!"

                  Genesis: "You will understand."



-Mails mentioning LOVELESS-





       -From Kunsel

                  Went to see LOVELESS

                  Genesis, K.I.A?
                  Yeah, right. Who do they think they're trying to fool?
                  Just got back from seeing the stage production of
                  LOVELESS in Midgar. Genesis was a big fan, wasn't he?
                  I usually don't care for classic drama, but it was pretty
                  damned good. The guy is the hero in the original, but
                  the play was more from the viewpoint of the girl who
                  helps the guy. When I heard that last line:
                  "Of course... I'll come back to you. Even if you don't
                  promise to wait. I'll return knowing that you'll be here."

                  Aw, man, that's when I lost it and just started bawling.






       -From Cissnei

                  When you come back

                  Are you in Nibelheim now?
                  I've got business in another freezing locale myself.
                  By the way, I couldn't help but notice that you were
                  reading LOVELESS while you were in Costa Del Sol.
                  That was Genesis's favorite work, wasn't it?
                  So have you finished it yet? I bet you got bored
                  of it in the middle and just tossed it away.
                  But there's a stage production of
                  LOVELESS now playing in Midgar. Let's go see it
                  when you get back. Who knows? It might just give
                  you the hint you're looking for.






       -Red Leather

                  Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 666

                  This issue is for the newcomers to Red Leather. As a welcome
                  gift, here is some basic information about Genesis.
                  Hobby: Reading. He happened upon a copy of LOVELESS
                  in his parents' study. It has been his favorite work
                  ever since.
                  Why he joined SOLDIER: The heroics of Sephiroth, who
                  is the same age as Genesis, inspired him to work for the
                  good of the world.
                  We will update you on any new information as it
                  becomes available.



                  Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 668

                  This is a report on our memorial service.
                  All of us in attendance read from LOVELESS,
                  Genesis's favorite work, and prayed for his soul.
                  On a lighter note, we are happy to report that
                  the apple jewelry was a smashing success!
                  We are planning to sell them online to those of
                  you who could not attend the event. If you would
                  like one, please reply to this address.
                  Supplies are limited. Order now!






       -Study Group

                  An invitation to LOVELESS

                  LOVELESS on stage is as popular as ever.
                  This year's production retains the love story from
                  the female point of view, with the focus on
                  Acts II and III, as usual. This interpretation features
                  additional scenes of the two friends, making it
                  closer to the original text.
                  Acts II and III of LOVELESS have become famous
                  thanks to the plays, but pundits agree that the
                  story's true value lies in Act IV.
                  Could this year's production make up for it?
                  Join us at the theatre as we decide for ourselves.



                  Declaration

                  The reason Genesis adored LOVELESS so much? He
                  claimed it provided answers to do many of the
                  mysteries in our world regarding history, science,
                  art, and astronomy.
                  But experts agree that the answer to the biggest
                  mystery was in the final act, which was scattered
                  and lost--and thus is worthy of further study.
                  Our dear Genesis also devoted his life to interpreting
                  the missing final act. As a devoted study group,
                  let's inherit his life's work in his memory!



                  Message to members

                  We have managed to compile Genesis's theories
                  on LOVELESS's final act into a single volume.
                  We are going to publish this book ourselves,
                  and decided that the book will be the basic
                  text for our future studies.
                  Participants in the LOVELESS study group are
                  required to purchase a copy.



                  Mystery of the final act

                  Our self-published book on Genesis's LOVELESS
                  theories have become a runaway bestseller.
                  Let's use this momentum to move forward in
                  our studies of the final act.
                  The biggest mystery of the final act is
                  what happens to the world after the "gift
                  of the goddess" is given.
                  The key to understanding this is in how we
                  interpret "the goddess" in this context, but
                  experts still cannot come to a consensus.



                  Thoughts on "the gift of the goddess"

                  The "gift of the goddess," the source of life, is said
                  to bring immortality. The most widely accepted theory
                  equates the gift of the goddess to the Banora White.
                  There is, however, another theory which advocates that
                  it is the planet, not any human, that becomes immortal.
                  This suggests two other interpretations of the gift.
                  One is an all-consuming destruction;
                  the other is an all-healing salvation.
                  Genesis believed in the latter, predicting some sort
                  of salvation from the gift of the goddess.



                  Our upcoming secret event!

                  Fellow Genesis fan club members:
                  Our annual memorial event is coming soon!
                  Of course, with all the witness accounts that keep
                  pouring in, it won't be so much a memorial for Genesis
                  as a gathering to wish his full-fledged return.
                  As for our always popular goods for sale,
                  this year we have prepared copies of
                  LOVELESS bound in custom leather.
                  We look forward to your attendance, and
                  don't forget to buy your special LOVELESS!



-Posters and Premiere Dates-


                  Before Crisis
                 
                  -Location: Midgar



                  Crisis Core

                  "LOVELESS Special stage
                            in 7.19 mon - 7.00 Premiere"

                  ([ ν ] - εγλ 0001)

                 
                  -Location: LOVELESS Avenue



                  Final Fantasy VII

                  "LOVELESS
                            MY BLOODY VALENTINE
                            6/25 6:00- Premiere"

                  ([ ν ] - εγλ 0007)

                 
                  -Location: Midgar



                  Advent Children (Complete)

                  "POUVEI (Power?) CO

                            STATION BUILDING
                            EAST STATION EDGE HEAD OFFICE
                            HOTEL EDGE SOUTHERN TOWER
                            S-EDGE Sta. Southern Gate

                            OPEN 6/25 18:00
                            LOVELESS"

                  ([ ν ] - εγλ 0009, Friday)

                 
                 
                 -Location: Edge



                  Dirge of Cerberus
                 
                  -Location: Edge




-Merchandise-


-LOVELESS Silver Pendant-

                  A LOVELESS silver pendant was released in December 2007.
                 


-LOVELESS Bag-

                              A LOVELESS bag was released on May 16, 2012.
                 





-FINAL FANTASY XIII-2-

                  "Loveless" is used an alternative answer to one of Captain
                  Cryptic's quiz questions in FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.




-LOVELESS


-LOVELESS Avenue




- Advent Children Limited Edition DVD Staff Commentary -






    According to the staff commentary track,
    there is a "secret meaning" to the winged
    statue outside of 7th Heaven, although
    they did not reveal what.







- Crisis Core: The Complete Guide -







       -The Meeting with Minerva

    "Minerva is similar to a Summon, and her intention was not
    necessarily to revive Genesis. The image of Minerva in her
    actions and expressions is a reflection of the will of the
    Lifestream."


    "Genesis, wanting to regain his pride as a SOLDIER, decided
    that it could not be found simply in the duty of SOLDIER.
    He then came to the conclusion that "I am not afraid of
    degradation or death". In short, Genesis's goal was that
    of "surmounting death". Genesis's strong desire to "fulfill
    the duty of a SOLDIER" was accepted by the Lifestream,
    in a way saying: "Then fulfill it"."


   "Minerva's facial expressions are meant to be a hint
    of the Lifestream's judgment, such as "Genesis has
    not yet fulfilled his duty as a SOLDIER" and
    "Genesis still has much left to learn"."


    "Thus, Genesis was able to achieve his goal of
    "surmounting death." And this event is connected
    to his future actions."





       -The Gift of the Goddess

    "What the three heroes of LOVELESS were searching
    for. Genesis believed that it would be able to cure his
    degradation and thus sought it out, attempting to recreate
    the conditions of LOVELESS in order to receive the Gift of
    the Goddess at the conclusion of his plan. However, after
    fighting with Zack, Genesis realized during his sleep that
    his "SOLDIER pride" was the Gift of the Goddess.

    Yet, the general theory is that the result of receiving the
    Gift of the Goddess is perpetual youth and longevity which
    in turn is connected to theories regarding the health
    benefits of Banora White apples. Moreover, while it is
    impossible for a person to become ageless, it has been
    proposed that this theory can be applied to the Planet
    itself, and in that case the Gift of the Goddess becomes
                                      "all-consuming destruction" or "all-healing salvation".





       -The Goddess Materia

    "The Materia required to open up the door that divides the
    Banora Underground. Before the door is a pedestal used to
    bring out their potency when all seven [the Light, Heaven,
    Ground, Star, Life, Being and Sabbath Materia] are
    placed in their respective sockets."





       -The Goddess Statue

    "A statue of the Goddess installed The Light of Doom in
    the Banora Underground. It was part of Genesis's
    attempt to recreate the world of LOVELESS, and after
    his meeting with Minerva the statue shattered."






       -The Red Orb

    "Refers to the red orb set in a large tree growing in
    The Light of Doom in the Banora Underground. It is a
    special kind of Materia which Genesis discovered by
    chance, and during his reenactment of LOVELESS it serves
    as the "Gift of the Goddess". In the game it is seen
    absorbing the surrounding Lifestream and giving its power
    to Genesis, but the details of its effects are unknown."




       -The Great Cavern of Wonders

    "A large, mysterious cavern discovered in the north.
    The Shinra army, Wutai remnants, and Genesis's Copy Army
    all sought what lurked deep inside of it. When the Wutai
    and Genesis forces were finally annihilated, only SOLDIER
    remained. Furthermore, within the cavern lurked monsters
    and machines and other things of abnormal strength, and
    in its darkest depths was where Minerva reigned as the
                                   source of the mysterious energy which permeated it."






- The Banora White -






    "The official name is Banora White. The trees bear
    fruit at random times during the year. Because of that,
    the townspeople affectionately call them dumbapples.
    The local farms had plenty to spare."

    -Angeal


    A unique, bluish species of apple which only grows
    in Banora. It has been interpreted by many as
    "Gift of the Goddess" mentioned in the
    famous epic LOVELESS.

    The popular Banora White Apple Juice is
    also produced in Banora.






- Mails Mentioning the Goddess -








Mystery of the final act
From: Study Group


                            Our self-published book on Genesis's LOVELESS
                            theories have become a runaway bestseller.
                            Let's use this momentum to move forward in
                            our studies of the final act.
                            The biggest mystery of the final act is
                            what happens to the world after the "gift
                            of the goddess" is given.
                            The key to understanding this is in how we
                            interpret "the goddess" in this context, but
                            experts still cannot come to a consensus.







Thoughts on "the gift of the goddess"
From: Study Group


                            The "gift of the goddess," the source of life, is said
                            to bring immortality. The most widely accepted theory
                            equates the gift of the goddess to the Banora White.
                            There is, however, another theory which advocates that
                            it is the planet, not any human, that becomes immortal.
                            This suggests two other interpretations of the gift.
                            One is an all-consuming destruction;
                            the other is an all-healing salvation.
                            Genesis believed in the latter, predicting some sort
                            of salvation from the gift of the goddess.







Breaking news
From: Red Leather


                            Here at Red Leather, we have received
                            numerous reports of Genesis sightings.
                            If Genesis does indeed live, despite
                            being reported as killed in action,
                            has he perhaps solved the riddle that
                            surround the "gift of the goddess"?
                            Genesis can never do wrong, and he
                            deserves our support!







A SOLDIER legend, so they say
From: Kunsel

    Someone apparently took care of this thing that's
    been on the back burner forever. All the bigwigs
    and everyone in SOLDIER are freaking out that
    it's the return of the SOLDIER legend.
    The source of the problem was apparently more powerful
    than a summon. Its materia reaction was so beyond measure,
    the gauge started to smoke. In fact, the materia power
                                      was so intense that other monsters, and even robots,
    became overloaded with mako and started going berserk.
    Anyway, I was thinking...This SOLDIER legend...
    Could everybody be talking about...YOU?







- Changes -






    The appearance of the
    Goddess statue was changed
    for the overseas release
    due to religious reasons.




















- The Minerva Band -






    Minerva Band can be found in Ancient Forest
    or stolen from Elena. This piece of armor can only be
    worn by women.

    Minerva armour is commonly featured in the FINAL FANTASY
    series and can usually only be worn by women.

    Also, Menrva is the name of the fal'Cie rukh in FINAL FANTASY XIII.





- The Wings of the Goddess -






    The design used for various ornaments and
    decorations, such as the detail on Buster
    Sword's hilt and in the church in the Midgar
    slums.

    On a side note, it is identical to the Cosmos
    symbol from Dissidia.






-Concept Art-



-CG Renders-



-CG Render - Goddess Statue (North American Edition)-



-FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME-