Full Name: Sneff
Occupation: Aged Illusionist
Home Time: 1020 A.D.
Home Area: S.S. Zelbess
Weight: 139 lbs.
Weapon Type: Shot
Innate Element: Yellow
- BigDeal - 3 Stars
- HPShuffle - 15 Stars
- SwordTrick - 35 Stars
- SwordStorm - SwordTrick, WandaSwords (Guile)
Sneff is the old and rough-hewn magician of the S.S. Zelbess. Having long practiced the art of entertainment magic, Sneff began his career by traveling far and wide throughout the world. On one of his travels to train as a magician, he went to the Temporal Vortex and found Sprigg, who gave him a berry. After he ate it, he gained the ability to change people into cats and back. Sneff also enrolled as a member of the Magic Guild, and though he graduated or left the guild before Guile became a member, he nonetheless stayed abreast of its performance. Sneff unfortunately developed a penchant for gambling and games of chance. While working at the S.S. Zelbess, he played against Fargo, who had rigged the roulette machine to guarantee a win for the house whenever desired. Sneff fell into servitude due to his mounting debts with Fargo, and grudgingly carried out his show night after night. He planned to one day pay off his debts with the revenue earned from the Sneff Family Show; however, he was still prone to gambling against Fargo at times to try his luck. During his tenure on the S.S. Zelbess, he also adopted Solt and Peppor as apprentices; they had washed up after the Dead Sea incident and remembered nothing of their previous affiliation with the Acacia Dragoons.
In 1020 A.D., he met Serge during one of his shows, accidentally transforming them into cats and straining his back. This precluded the ability to change them back; Serge used the feline form to his advantage to expose Fargo's cheating. Sneff then changed them back to normal, and, with the advent of the newfound knowledge of the casino, proceeded to win enough money to pay off his debt to the captain. As a free man, he then joined Serge's party, but promised to stay back and train his apprentices whenever he was not on the road. Around this time, he also met Guile, who he described as the rising star of the Magic Guild.
Chrono Cross HD Remaster Twitter bio: Sneff - "Gambling old magician" A self-proclaimed "magician" who loves to gamble. He used to be called a great magician, but he lost his fortune by frequenting casinos. He now owes Fargo a large sum of money and is forced to work for free on the stage of the Zelbess to cover the debt. He is skilled in a variety of magical arts, but his specialty is the "doppelganger," a technique that transforms humans into cats. He has a peculiar way of speaking, such as pronouncing "ji" as "dji".
Sneff's visit to the Temporal Vortex is found only in the Japanese version of Chrono Cross:
An old troll gave me a mysterious berry during my travels, long ago. She was saying someffing about the Bend of Time...
"In the old days, when I was on my journey of training, I got a mysterious fruit. I think I was in a Temporal Vortex or somewhere..."
The S.S. Zelbess never became a casino in this dimension, meaning Sneff probably found work elsewhere on Zenan mainland.
[Sneff] You shall once again open your wings in the free world, says the fortune.
Sneff: Yes. I know my liffe is ffull off mistakes. But I didn't know back then what I know now, so I have no regrets!
Sneff: So this must be the ffinal gate to the darkness off time. It's time ffor us to settle this once and ffor all. I'll show you the skills off a proffessional magician!
Sneff: There are encounters, and then there are ffarewells... Ffarewell, Serge! But iff I happen to spot you in an audience, I will ask you to volunteer again!