Welcome

Hi there and welcome to cissnei.net, a collective domain run by Fiona. This collective serves as an outlet for me to ramble on about stuff I find interesting, and houses my hobbyist websites to fictional characters from some of my favorite video games, anime and manga series.

You’re currently viewing layout version 3, which is created as part of the Flower Garden Layout Marathon at The Rose Keep. To navigate the site, please either scroll vertically or use the links on the navigation bar that will appear at the top of the page as you scroll.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy your stay!

Network

Below is a list of sites that are currently live within the collective and potential projects in varying stages of planning.

Pathfinders

Subject: Al Bhed Tribe
Series: Final Fantasy X/X-2
Opened: July 2003 (Relaunched June 2017)
Status: Minor Additions, Low Priority
URL: http://cissnei.net/albhed

The Al Bhed tribute was the first site I’ve ever made that I’d consider a "shrine". I originally have no plans to bring the site back but I decide to revamp it for the Fictional Worlds event that was held at Amassment.

Final Fantasy X is defnitely one of my top favorites from the franchise. Although I found the main storyline surrounding the main characters fairly interesting, what fascinated me the most was the world of Spira itself and the lores surrounding this world. For a minority group of inhabitants within the world of Spira, the Al Bhed certainly played a large role within the story of Spira and the world of Final Fantasy X. The Al Bhed offered an opposing viewpoint to the established world, challenging the followers of an established religion to think critically for themselves and not just do what they've been told.

The Al Bhed started out as pseudo antagonists, leaving a bad first impression and causing trouble for the player's party, but their villainous status was revoked as the game continued, and the player learned that the Al Bhed were striving for the same goal as the rest of Spira in their own radical and misunderstood ways. For me, I found myself easily drawn to misunderstood/misrepresented characters because they make me want to find out more about them for myself.

Dissonant

Subject: Judge MagisterGabranth
Series: Final Fantasy XII
Opened: January 2008 (Relaunched January 2017)
Status: Ongoing Completion, Low Priority
URL: http://cissnei.net/gabranth

As a secondary antagonist/supporting character, Gabranth is a character with an interesting setup that wasn’t explored as thoroughly as it could’ve been within the span of the Final Fantasy XII game. To me, Gabranth’s story within the game itself involves jumping from 10% anger at Basch to 1000% all of a sudden at Pharos then every bit of that just sort of disappears and he turns around to help the party fight Vayne so that the game can go on and conclude itself. This was especially noticeable for me on that first play through. I personally think that Gabranth’s (and potentially Basch’s) past and his relationship with Basch could’ve been expanded a little more within the game itself, but I had fun digging through other articles and the Ulimania guides for the site.

Uplift

Subject: Cissnei
Series: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Opened: October 2016
Status: Possible Revamp, Medium Priority
URL: http://cissnei.net/cissnei

I’ve wanted to make a Cissnei fansite since I first bought cissnei.net. I mean, it’s a given to have a namesake character fansite after the domain’s name, right? Anyway, Crisis Core is one of the few Final Fantasy games that I’ve played more than once just for the heck of it, and I think it’s one of the better Final Fantasy titles Square-Enix had put out in the past while, but that’s potentially because I love the original Final Fantasy VII game, so I’m biased.

I’ve already explain how awesome Cissnei is to me over on the Domain section, so I won’t repeat myself here.

Theorist

Subject: Ryugazaki Rei
Series: Free!
Opened: November 2016
Status: Possible Expansion, Low Priority
URL: http://cissnei.net/rei

Theorist was a random, spur-of-the-moment project after I was inspired to watch Free! from going through Lethe and Andrea’s shrines to Haru and Makoto respectively. Rei is a character that makes me laugh every time I watch the anime, because he has a tendency to get worked up fairly easily and he is a character who thinks he’s cool but is actually more of a loveable geek. Although our approaches to life’s struggles and how we handle our problems are vastly different, I still see parts of myself in Rei, mainly in where his insecurities about himself lie, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to make a fansite to Rei – to highlight that there is more to his character than being used for comedic effect within the show.

Incognito

Subject: Kazama Soya
Series: World Trigger
Opened: July 2017
Status: Newly Opened, Low Priority
URL: http://cissnei.net/kazama

Kazama has been listed as one of my projects since I've relaunched cissnei.net back in October 2016. It was one of the series I was actively watching/reading at the time when I listed it as a potential project in my collective, but I never really got around to it until the One Page One Month marathon that was being held at Amassment.

Despite being a minor supporting character, Kazama is probably my favorite character from the series because I appreciate that he doesn't let his own shortcomings get in his own way by choosing to work alongside with those shortcomings instead of fighting against or complaining about them. The fact that Kazama is very analytical and observant by nature also resonated with me, as I enjoy seeing how his brains work in different (battle) situations.


Future Projects

Domain

I first registered cissnei.net back around late 2007/early 2008 in an attempt to get myself back into making fansites. Although I ran a Trucy Wright (Ace Attorney series) fanlisting, and uploaded a Gabranth (FFXII) fansite at the time, the actual collective domain was never opened for public viewing before I disappeared completely from the shrining community.

Feeling nostalgic along with a strong desire to upkeep my coding and designing skills, I decided to have another go at making fansites again. I revived cissnei.net in (early) October 2016 but did not open the collective until I finished building my Cissnei (CC:FFVII) fansite, in late October of the same year.

Before cissnei.net, I ran al-bhed.net and kakashi.org back in the early to mid 2000s. However, my first ever fansite (using the term loosely here) was built in 1998 on Homestead (a service similar to Geocities). It was a general site about Pokemon and I was very proud of it even though I used the site builder/drag and drop feature and didn’t code anything in HTML. Needless to say, my abilities in web design and my ideas of what a fansite has changed drastically since my pre-teen days.



Name

This domain is named after the female Turks member mainly featured as a supporting character in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Cissnei, who has intrigued me before Crisis Core was released in North America. I have always liked the Turks after playing through Final Fantasy VII several times throughout the years, because I found them to be loveable “villains”, and a refreshing contrast to their bosses, the higher-ups at Shinra. I mean, being a Turks just makes your coolness factor level up to 99 in one shot, so what’s not to like about that?

All jokes aside, I like the fact that Cissnei is not the damsel in distress type of female character. She is treated as an equal within the Turks, and the Turks acknoweldges the fact that Cissnei is a competent member who can handle missions on her own. I also like the fact that Cissnei isn’t completely hard-edge and has a softer side to her, as seen in her interactions with Zack throughout Crisis Core.

Other less noble reasons of why I picked this domain name were 1) because I liked the way “Cissnei” sounds, and 2) because having a character domain name was all the rage back in the days, especially for Final Fantasy characters, as they were difficult to come by unless you’re willing to fork over more money for special domain extensions. I was really happy when I found that cissnei.net was available back in 2007/2008 (maybe because she was a minor character), and I’m still glad that it was free when I tried to purchase it again in 2016.

To learn more about the character known as Cissnei, please visit Uplift.



Layout

This is the third layout for cissnei.net, titled 1000 Needles as a homage to the Cactuar summon seen in many Final Fantasy titles. This layout is also my sad attempt at growing a (vitual) garden for my participation in Flower Garden Layout Marathon at The Rose Keep. Three keywords (bloom, greenery, fresh start) were given for the marathon as inspiration, and I think that the outcome of my layout most closely embodies the word bloom, which I feel I have taken way too literal.

Originally I wanted to use my own hand-painted watercolor roses for my layout (as seen in the image to the left), but I didn't really like how they turned out in the end. My second attempt turned into this ...crazy mess, but it's not something I dislike. I'm presonally more perplex at my own mind. Although I think that the random flowers and the cacti made little sense together, I actually do like the look of what I did. Personally, I'm most proud of the patterned backgrounds for the Network and Exeunt sections.

Anyway, with the exception of the images used within the Network section, the buttons for linking back to the collective, and the image of Cissnei from the paragraphs above, all of the graphics for this layout was hand-drawn/created by myself in Adobe Illustrator.