Vincent is a 57 year old former member of the Turks, which is an investigative branch of Shinra. Vincent is a completely optional character, but he should be recruited because he has some great plot relevant scenes. He is discovered by Cloud and the group in the basement of the Shina Mansion, and awoken from a deep slumber. Vincent was in love with Sephiroth’s mother, Lucrecia, who was experimented on during her pregnancy by Professor Hojo, who was also Sephiroth’s father. It was during this time that Lucrecia was injected with Jenova cells. When Vincent found out and confronted Professor Hojo, he was attacked and experimented on himself. The experiments left Vincent with an uncontrollable genetic mutation, and slowed down his aging process. Believing himself to be a monster, he locks himself in the basement of the Shina Mansion. When Cloud wakes Vincent up and tells him that Sephiroth is still alive, Vincent decides to join the party to stop Sephiroth and get revenge on Professor Hojo for what he has done to him.
“I was frozen in time, but I feel as if my time is just beginning… ” – Vincent