The game begins with Cloud meeting Jessie, Biggs, Wedge and Barret at the entrance of Midgar's Mako reactor No.1 after hijacking a train to get there. Barret is suspicious of Cloud as he doesn't trust someone one who used to work for Shinra. Jessie and the others are just grateful to have Clouds fighting expertise on their side. Barret explains that the Mako reactors are sucking the life out of the planet, which is why they must be destroyed. Cloud says he doesn't care; he's only in it for the money. Cloud follows Jessie into the reactor and goes deeper inside. Together with Barret they fight their way to the entrance of the reactor core. Just as they begin to lay explosive charges, Cloud clutches his head and a mysterious voice rings in his head. Then an alarm goes off and the reactor's self defence goes into overdrive. Cloud and Barret fight off a robotic guard scorpion. The fight has cost them time and they now have ten minutes to evacuate before the explosives goes off. On the way back though Cloud discovers Jessie has got stuck, he frees her and they make their way to the outside. As they escape the bombs goes off and Reactor No. 1 is put out of commission. AVALANCHE has scored their first major strike against Shinra, now its time to get to safety. Barret tells the gang to split up and meet at Sector 8 railway station. As Cloud gets moving he sees a beautiful young woman selling flowers. She stops him and asks about the explosion and Cloud buys a flower from her. Then he hurries off only to be confronted buy many Shinra Soldiers. He is surrounded, but escapes buy leaping off a railway bridge onto a passing train. In an amazing stroke of luck, it's the same train that the rest of AVALANCHE have got on. He climbs inside and everyone except Barret are happy to see him. Barret chews him out for his reckless behaviour. The rest of the journey passes uneventfully, Jessie explains to Cloud how she faked Ids for them so they could pass through Shinra's security checkpoints with out being detected. She also gives Cloud a lesson on the Midgar rail system and the structure of the city itself. Soon they are back at the Sector 7 slums and head to the bar "Seventh Heaven" which is run by Cloud's childhood friend Tifa. In the bar Cloud has a fight with Barret over the money he is owed. He prepares to leave but Tifa intervenes and persuades him to come on another mission. There is a flashback to the young Tifa and Cloud where she first makes him promise to come back and be a hero and rescue her. It is also where Cloud states he wants to be in SOLDIER and be like Sephiroth. After Cloud agrees to stay on and take out the Sector 5 Mako Reactor, Tifa is also to come along this time. The next day the board the train to sector 5, but a security alert forces them to abandon the train early. They use an underground subway to access the reactor. Deeper in the reactor core, Cloud has another spasm. He sees Tifa as a young girl standing over the dead body of her father in a similar reactor, she accuses Sephiroth of killing him. She picks up Sephiroth's discarded sword and runs into the reactor core. Cloud snaps out of the flashback. They plant the bomb at the core then begin to leave, but are stopped by Shinra Soldiers. The President of Shinra appears. He insults them then sets his new weapon Airbuster on them. Then he leaves. They defeat Airbuster but it explodes taking out the walkway and Cloud plunges into the city below. He awakes in the Sector 5 slums, inside a Church. Here he meets Aeris the flower girl again. She asks him to be her bodyguard and he agrees. Then Reno and Rude of the Turks turn up and begin to chase them. Cloud and Aeris escape up into the top of the church and then over the slum rooftops. They reach Aeris house where she introduces Elmyra, her adoptive mother. Aeris says she'll show Cloud back to sector seven the next day. She goes up to bed, and Elmyra asks Cloud if he could sneak out without Aeris knowing. But when Cloud does leave, Aeris is waiting for him at the entrance to sector six. They take a break at a deserted playground and from here see Tifa in a Chocobo carriage going into Wall Market. They follow her there and find she has gone to Don Corneo's place. So after running a few errands they get Cloud dressed as a lady and get into Don Corneo's brothel. Cloud is lucky enough to be picked to be his date for the night. As he keeps Corneo talking, Tifa and Aeris break away from their captors and come up to "rescue" Cloud. They then threaten Corneo and he tells them that Shinra are going to break the plate above sector seven and literally bury AVALANCHE. Then he opens a trapdoor and drops them in the sewers where the fight off Aps. (There is a short cut to the Shinra Headquarters where we see Reeve (Cait Sith) butting heads with Heidegger about the plan to destroy Sector 7. Reeve is against it, so the President gives him a few days off, so they can carry on without Reeve objecting) Tifa, Cloud and Aeris make their way through the Train Graveyard. At the other end they find AVALANCHE fighting with Shinra on the sector seven pillar. Jessie, Biggs and Wedge are killed. Aeris takes Marlene to safety. Tifa and Cloud go up to help. At the top they fight Reno of the Turks, but cannot disarm the bombs he has set. Then they see Aeris in the helicopter, she has been captured! They escape the exploding pillar and plate on a wire they use to swing down from. They end up in the sector 6 playground and Barret becomes more resolved to wipe Shinra out. Cloud also hears Sephiroth's voice telling him that he, Sephiroth is the rightful heir of the planet - an Ancient. They then head back to Aeris house only to find that although Marlene is safe, Aeris is now prisoner in Shinra's Headquarters. Elmyra tells them about how she found Aeris and Ifalna 15 years ago and that Aeris is an Ancient. They head to Wall Market and climb up a wire onto the top plate. They then make there way up to the final few floors of Shinra Headquarters. Up there they meet the Mayor, who tells them he has no power, he just looks after Shinra's paperwork. Further up they listen in on a conference with several top executives and Hojo in attendance. They say they plan not to rebuild sector 7, but instigate a neo-Midgar programme, which is linked to the Ancients and the ideal of the Promised Land. Hojo says he has been running tests on Aeris, but it would take to long to run full tests and says he plans to breed from her to make tougher subjects. They follow Hojo upstairs and Cloud is aghast to find a pod with a headless Jenova inside it. They then rescue Aeris from Hojo and meet the lion like creature Red XIII. But their attempt to escape is foiled by the Turks and they are taken before President Shinra. He tells them that Aeris is an Ancient and they plan to use her to find the Promised Land, where they can build a new Midgar in a Mako rich environment. He then sends them to be locked up. In the cell, Aeris reflects on the Promised Land and tells Tifa that she can hear voices from the planet and her mother sometimes, but she herself doesn't know where the Promised Land is. After that they go to sleep. When they awake their doors are unlocked and all the guards dead. They follow a trail of blood and find Jenova is missing from the pod she was in. They carry on further and find President Shinra dead with Sephiroth's sword stuck through him. They meet up with a terrified Palmer who says Sephiroth was ranting about not letting "us" (humans) have the Promised Land. Then Rufus the Presidents son turns up. Cloud stays and fights him, Tifa guards the escape route and Barret, Red XIII and Aeris go down in the lift and fight off the 100 Gunner. They reach the bottom, bickering like mad and Tifa greets them. They all hop into a three-wheel van and accompanied by Cloud on a motorbike they roar off. Shinra bikers chase them to the end of the motorway, then they fight the huge Motorball. After this they drop down from the incomplete road and exit Midgar's City walls. They are now out in the field and separate into two groups. They meet up in the nearby Village Kalm. They get a room and Cloud tells the group his story of the events in Nibelheim five years ago. However at this point in time he is using Zack memories. The first clue that this Cloud was at Nibelheim all along though can be found in the very first scene. There is an ordinary soldier suffering from motion sickness, Zack/Cloud says he never suffers from it, yet later we find out he does (when he talks to Yuffie on the Airship). Anyway, he basically narrates the story as told in the chronology above. Tifa is quiet while he talks about it. His flashback to seeing his mother is oddly broken up and he recalls his father dying when he was young. His flashback ends as he confronts Sephiroth in the Jenova Chamber. The group then decide to follow Sephiroth and find out what he is planning to do with Jenova. They set off for the Mythril Mine. After stopping by Chocobo Bill's farm to learn how to catch Chocobo's they cross the marshes and find evidence that Sephiroth had been through. A giant serpent, the Midgar Zolom is impaled on a tree. They enter the Mines and meet up with Tseng and Rude and new recruit to the Turks, Elena. She lets slip that they are also chasing Sephiroth and they are headed for Junon Harbour. So our heroes head for Junon next. At the run down town of Junon they help rescue a girl from a monster called Bottomswell. That night Cloud has a dream where he puzzles over why he did not see Tifa socially during the time he was in Nibelheim. When he awakes he uses the jumping skill of Mr. Dolphin to leap up into the main town of Junon Harbour. Here he disguises himself as a Shinra Soldier and snoops about the town. After having to partake in a televised parade in Rufus's honour, he ends up in front of Rufus and Heideigger and does a little display with some other soldiers. During his time in Junon, Cloud finds out that Shinra have an Airship prepared, they are using another called the Gelnika, Sephiroth has been seen in Junon but cannot be found and finally that Hojo left a letter of resignation and disappeared from Midgar. Cloud boards the boat headed for the other continent and soon discovers everyone else is aboard. But they can't relax long, Sephiroth is loose on board and kills a lot of people. They fight Jenova: BIRTH in the hold and actually get a glimpse of Sephiroth. The defeated pat of Jenova disappears and they are left pondering further what Sephiroths plan is. They then disembark on the Costa Del Sol. Here they find Hojo sunning himself on the beach, but he refuses to be forthcoming about anything so they leave and head for North Corel. On the way they are told a black-cloaked man has passed that way earlier. They reach North Corel, where Barret is given an unfriendly reception. The populous also speak of seeing a tattoo on the black clad figure. After hearing Barrets story of how Shinra betrayed the people of Corel they board the ropeway and travel to the Gold Saucer. Inside Barret stomps off. Cloud is approached by Dio the complex manager and asked if he knows what "Black materia" is. When Cloud demurs, he says a black-cloaked man had been through earlier asking about it. Wandering around, he is confronted by the bizarre Cait Sith. A small grey cat that rides a giant stuffed moogle. Cait Sith tries to tell his fortune and decides to tag along to see if any of them come true (though actually it's because he is Reeve...). Then they find murdered employees and hear reports that a man with a gun for an arm has done it. Dio appears and dumps them all down into Corel Prison. Down here they find an emotional and angry Barret. Asking around they discover that another gun-armed man called Dyne runs the place and it was him who shot everyone. Barret confronts Dyne, and after fighting him tells him that Marlene, Dynes daughter is still alive. Dyne though decides he can't go on living as the twisted, angry man he has become and entrusts Marlene to Barret forever. Then he kills himself. Barret then threatens a few people until Cloud is accepted as a Chocobo jockey (the only way out of the prison). Cloud wins the race and when it's over everyone is set free. Dio realised they were not to blame and gives them a buggy as compensation. They cross the desert and make their way round to Cosmo Canyon, where the buggy breaks down. They go into the canyon and Red XIII reveals that this is his home. They meet up with Red XIII's grandfather a man called Bugenhagen who has an Observatory at the top of the Canyon. Red XIII also reveals his real name as Nanaki. As they talk to people at the Canyon they find that this place is a centre for the study of the Planet. Nanaki tells the group that his race were the protectors of the Canyon and his mother was killed many years ago when the Canyon was attacked by the Gi Tribe. He detests his father whom he blames for running away and allowing his mother to die. They all then go up to Bugenhagen's Observatory. Bugenhagen has a large model of the planet. He tells them that the planet may die soon as he has been hearing its cries of pain getting louder. Bugenhagen explains that everything in the Universe is linked. When a person or any living things dies their body may rot away but their soul returns to the planet. These spirits merge into one, a life-force that covers the planet - this is called the "Lifestream". This Lifestream is full of Spirit Energy that infuses all new life and merges back together when that life is over. It not only makes people, animals and birds but Planets as well, if that Spirit Energy is drained, then the Planet will die. This is why Mako manufacturing is so destructive. The Spirit Energy is extracted from the Lifestream, compressed and turned into Mako. The energy is lost and without it the Planet will crumble and die. Bugenhagen then talks to Aeris in private, when she rejoins the group by Cosmo Candle she is a little upset. She is brooding about being the last Cetra and if she can save the planet. Barret finds a new impetus in the canyon after remembering he promised he would take Jessie, Biggs and Wedge there when they had beaten Shinra. Tifa is also pensive, the flames remind her of the events in Nibelheim, but she can't bring herself to talk to Cloud about it. Nanaki also speaks of his anger at his father. Bugenhagen comes down and tells Nanaki it is time he new the truth about his Father. He, Nanaki and Cloud enter the sealed up cave of the Gi. The Gi tribe were the creatures who attacked Cosmo Canyon many years before. The cave is filled with their vengeful spirits, which could not return to the Lifestream. They fight the ghost of the tribe leader - Gi Nattack. After this they find the petrified body of Nanaki's father - Seto. Now Nanaki knows the truth, his father died a hero's death defending the canyon. Bugenhagen tells Nanaki that he must continue to travel with Cloud, to give the Planet every chance of survival. As he resolves to be a hero like his father tears roll down Seto's stone cheeks... Nanaki rejoins the group and they carry on the Tifa and Cloud's hometown - Nibelheim. When they arrive both Tifa and Cloud are aghast to find the place is unchanged. It should have been ruined or at least shown some signs of the devastation Sephiroth wrecked on the place. They ask around and no one will acknowledge the events of five years ago. They accuse Cloud of lying and saying terrible things. Cloud and Tifa cannot remember who any of these people are. There is even someone living in Cloud's mothers house, but it is not his mother. They find several black-cloaked figures on the outskirts of the town. They are tattooed and speak Sephiroth's name and about becoming one with him. They speak of the "Reunion". They tell him Sephiroth is in the Mansion. So they go inside to look for him. Cloud confronts Sephiroth in the laboratory. Sephiroth seems to speaking riddles, he calls Jenova the "Calamity from the Skies" and Cloud demands to know if that means she is not an Ancient. Sephiroth asks Cloud if he is coming to the Reunion, then tells him he has no right to participate. Then he flies away leaving Cloud frustrated and confused. They have no option but to get in the buggy and carry on North. They roll up next in a place called Rocket Town, so called because a big rusty old rocket (No. 26) sits in the middle of the place. Asking around they discover that Sephiroth has passed though. They also find out that there is a pilot in town called the "Captain". A man who was destined to be the first man in space as part of Shinra's now abandoned space program. They got to the Captains house and see there is a small plane there called the "Tiny Bronco" they decide to ask if they can use it. They meet Shera, the Captains assistant who tells them that Rufus is on his way to discuss reopening the Space program. Then the Captain arrives and introduces himself as Cid. Cid then tells them about Shinra's Space program, how he blames Shera for messing up the launch of No. 26 and how Shinra changed from weapons manufacturer to Mako producers. Cid refuses to allow them to borrow the Tiny Bronco. Just then Palmer then Rufus turn up and demand to use it as well. There is a fracas between Palmer and our heroes and somehow they all climb aboard the Tiny Bronco and escape. Unfortunately they tail gets shot out, so the plane ditches in the sea. Luckily it can still be used as a boat. Cid decides to join them as he is fed up with Shinra and living in Rocket Town. Cid tells them that Rufus was chasing Sephiroth to the Temple of the Ancients. So they decide to try and find it before Shinra does. By lucky coincidence they land up on a small island where a trader lives. He tells them he sold an item called the Keystone to the manager of the Gold Saucer, this Keystone being the item that will unlock the Temple of Ancients. Apparently this Temple contains something called Ultimate Destruction Magic. So off they go to the Gold Saucer where Dio agrees to lend the Keystone to them. The cable car is broken so they spend the night in the Ghost Hotel. They try and make sense of the story so far. They surmise that Sephiroth is searching for the Promised Land but also something called Black Materia. They also think that the tattooed clones are something to do with Sephiroth. Nanaki is worried, he has a 13 tattoo and is scared he might go mad like the pathetic clones they have seen so far. Later that night Aeris and Cloud go out on a date. After taking part in a play they ride around the saucer on a monorail. Aeris tells Cloud how much he was like "him", Zack. She also says she wants to meet "Cloud". This confuses him, "I'm right here" he says... Later still Cait Sith reveals himself to be a Shinra spy. He takes the keystone and delivers it to Shinra. But he decides to stay with the group, saying he is troubled by his conscious. With a bit of blackmail, he is accepted to stay. He also knows how to get to the Temple of Ancients, so the next day they pilot the Tiny Bronco eastwards to get there. When they arrive they find more clones lurching around the place. Aeris and Cloud get inside and find Tseng lying wounded. He has been injured by Sephiroth and is rambling about how the Promised Land is not what Rufus and the others think it will be, he hands the Keystone to Cloud. He then falls unconscious. Cloud puts the Keystone on the Altar and they descend into a maze like structure of buildings. They chase a Lagomorph around the place until they finally catch it. Aeris says it's a spirit body of an Ancient, one that's lost the ability to talk over so many years. She is led to a pool of wisdom where the Ancients show her Sephiroth and Tseng's encounter. Sephiroth tells Tseng he plans to merge with the planet and become a god and the way to do it lies in the Temple. Then he stabs Tseng. They carry on deeper into the Temple where they meet Sephiroth. He informs them he plans to inflict a huge wound on the Planet and absorb the life energy that will gather there to heal it. He points to a mural on the wall and says it depicts the means to do this, by summoning a huge meteor. He then rushes at Cloud and disappears. Cloud begins to freak out, he splits into two mentally. He struggles to regain control and he becomes one again. After a fight with a Temple Guardian, they discover a small model of the Temple. It is labelled "Black Materia". Shaking the model causes the room to shake, they realise the model IS the Temple. Solving each puzzle will shrink the Temple down into a piece of Black material, but will crush the person inside as well. They decide they need to keep the Black Materia out of Sephiroth's hands, and Cait Sith volunteers his stuffed body for the task. They trust him and depart, fighting Demon Gate on the way. Cait Sith solves the puzzles and the Temple reduces down into a small piece of Black Materia sitting in the hole where the Temple was. They pick up the material and comment that no one can use it alone to summon Meteor. But then Sephiroth appears and informs them that his years travelling in the Lifestream have given him the knowledge and power to use the materia. Cloud then convulses and splits in two again. One stays standing still, the other lurches towards Sephiroth and hands him the Black Materia. He then collapses. Sephiroth laughs then departs. Aeris goes over to Cloud but he begins to attack her. Just this moment Cait Sith (mk.2) and the rest of the gang show up. Tifa yells at him and he passes out. Cloud dreams - he speaks to Aeris in a beautiful forest. She tells him she is going to handle Sephiroth alone. She then fades from view and Sephiroth appears and tells Cloud "we" must stop her soon. Then Cloud awakens in the Inn at Gongaga. The others tell him Aeris has gone. Cloud says he knows, and he knows she has gone to the City of the Ancients. He is paranoid about continuing, knowing he could betray them to Sephiroth, but Barret and Tifa talk him round. They take the Tiny Bronco north to Bone Village, where the archaeologists digging there tell them they saw Aeris enter the Sleeping Forest, which leads to the Forgotten City of the Ancients. They acquire the Lunar Harp and make their way through the Sleeping Forest to the deserted Forgotten City. They search though the beautiful coral like structures and get deeper into the city. They finally discover a small shrine by a pool of water and Aeris knelt in prayer beside it. Cloud leaps over to her and draws his sword, he is being compelled by Sephiroth to kill her, but Tifa snaps him out of it. But before they can do anything, Sephiroth descends out of nowhere and runs his sword though Aeris, killing her. She slowly falls to the ground; a small pearl of white materia falls from her body and bounces down into the water. Cloud cradles her dead body while Sephiroth informs him that his job is nearly done and now he will head north to the Promised Land. Cloud rages at him, but Sephiroth forces them to fight another part of Jenova (LIFE). Then he tells Cloud he (Cloud) cannot feel hurt, loss or pain as he is merely a puppet. Then he disappears. Cloud takes Aeris's body out into the deeper water and lets it drift down to a peaceful resting place... They all get together and listen as Cloud tells them he is determined to defeat Sephiroth, now more than ever. But he needs them to stop him from doing something terrible. They all agree and decide to go north to Icicle Inn. There they find evidence of Professor Gast's research. They discover they need to scale the Great Glacier. Then Elena (from the Turks) shows up and blames them for killing Tseng, giving Cloud a good punch up as payback. When Cloud comes round, they borrow some snowboards and off they all go. They arrive at the bottom of the Great Glacier and explore the frozen wastes until they find a small house at the bottom of the Glacial Cliff. Inside a man called Holzoff tells them that many hundreds of years ago something fell from the sky in the nearby area. They stay the night and scale the cliff the next day. They soon find themselves inside a huge crater. They follow the twisting pathways to the centre of the crater, coming across dying clones as they do so. The scene changes to the deck of an airship. Rufus, Hojo, Scarlet and Heidegger are aboard. They are descending into the crater that Rufus decides is the Promised Land as it is so Mako rich. Hojo muses to himself about the Reunion. Back to our heroes, they have made it to the centre of the Crater. Sephiroth is killing some more clones and when they confront him he decides his current body has "outlived its usefulness" and disappears. He gets into Cloud's head and tells him its time for the Reunion. They then battle Jenova: DEATH. Cloud figures out that a powerful will is at work in the area. He then hands the Black Materia to Nanaki for safekeeping. Leaving Nanaki, Barret and Cait Sith behind he, Tifa and Cid carry on. Sephiroth bombards Tifa and Cloud with images of Nibelheim five years ago, but the true events with Zack. Cloud dismisses this as a lie to undermine him, but Tifa is uncertain. Cloud demand to know why Sephiroth is doing this. Sephiroth calls him a failed experiment; a clone made by Hojo of Jenova cells and Mako whose "real" self was destined to obey Sephiroth, which is why he gave him the Black Materia. Not even worthy of a number tattoo. Sephiroth picks up on Tifa's doubts about Cloud. She cannot explain how he and Cloud share a common childhood memory of Nibelheim, yet she never saw him five years ago. Sephiroth says "Cloud" was created when he met up with Tifa in Midgar, the Jenova allowed him to shape himself around her memories of a boy name Cloud. Cloud stick to his guns, saying Sephiroth is lying. Then he tries to remember how he came to join SOLDIER and he can't. He collapses at this revelation. The scene shifts back to Rufus and Hojo who have walked into the central cave. Rufus is convinced it's the Promised Land. Hojo disagrees. They feel a rumble and a huge eye blinks at them. Hojo states that it is WEAPON, created to protect the planet. Meanwhile Sephiroth tricks Nanaki into following the others deeper into the cave. Cloud then arrives in the cave and warns Rufus and the others to leave. Nanaki shows up and Cloud asks him for the Black Materia. Cloud is now obeying Sephiroth. He apologises to everyone. Hojo is gleeful that his theory about Jenova cells reuniting has been proven, but then disgusted that only the failure made it. Cloud rise up into the ceiling and broods about how he was being summoned by Sephiroth not chasing him. He then hands the Black Materia to the cocooned body of the real Sephiroth. The whole cave begins to rumble and come apart. Rufus, Hojo and the rest make for the Airship, escaping just in time. WEAPON rises up out of the crater and seals it with an energy barrier. Everyone but Cloud makes it out OK. Tifa dreams - she is meeting Cloud at the sector 7 railway station. She remembers being uncomfortable about his memories, how he knew some stuff he shouldn't and how he forgot other stuff he should. How she wanted him to join AVALANCHE so she could keep an eye on him.. She awakens to find that she and Barret are locked up back in Junon Harbour. Barret explains that she has been out cold for seven days, in that time WEAPON is tearing the place up and Sephiroth has summoned a huge meteor that is hanging ominously in the sky. Rufus shows up and tells them they are to be executed to make the people feel better. They are being blamed for all the calamity Sephiroth has caused. Tifa is put in the gas chamber. As Scarlet locks her in WEAPON attacks. Using this as a diversion a disguised Cait Sith incapacitates Scarlet and frees Barret. Rufus is throwing everything he has at WEAPON but still it attacks. Scarlet recovers and locks Barret and Cait Sith out of the room where the gas chamber is. Luckily the guard dropped the key in the confusion and Tifa manages to let herself out. Rufus fires Junon's huge cannon at WEAPON, which retaliates by tearing a hole in the side of the harbour. Tifa is able to climb up and is chased down the barrel of the Sister Ray by Scarlet. They have a slap fight. Tifa then runs to the end of the cannon and leaps off, only to grab a ladder coming out of the side of the Shinra Airship (the Highwind). Cid is in control and Cait Sith, Barret and Nanaki are also safe and well. Tifa tries to think of what to do next, but she is very despondent. She wants to see Cloud again. Nanaki thinks that Cloud may have washed into the Lifestream. He says there are places where the Lifestream gushes up through cracks in the Ocean floor. So they head to one of these places, Mideel. Sure enough, in an AMAZING stroke of luck they find Cloud at Mideel. He washed up on the shore about a week before, but he is a wreck. He has been poisoned by Mako and is a drooling, shuddering shell. Sat in a wheelchair he can only jerk his head and mumble broken words. Gutted, Tifa lays her head on his knee and cries. Outside the clinic, the Doctor tells Barret and Cid that Cloud has had so much knowledge drenched Mako forced inside him that he has literally shut down mentally. Tifa decided she wants to stay with Cloud, Barret asks her if she is sure its him and not Sephiroth's shadow. She is adamant. So the others return to the Highwind and try to think of what to do next. Once aboard, Cait Sith lets them eavesdrop on a Shinra meeting. They plan to destroy Meteor by collecting Huge Materia from Mako reactors all over the planet. These are massive chunks of compressed Mako, which they will somehow ram into the meteor. They have collected it from Nibelheim and are planning to get some more from Fort Condor and North Corel. So Barret decides they must get this Huge Materia and they duly elect Cid leader. First they head for the reactor near North Corel. There they arrive too late to stop them loading the Materia onto a train. The manage to hijack the train though prevent it smashing though North Corel, they also acquire the Huge Materia. They then head for Fort Condor. This is place where the inhabitants protect a massive Phoenix that nests at the top in the abandoned reactor. They fight off Shinra's attack and witness the hatching of the new Phoenix. They collect the second Huge Materia and go back to the airship. They decide to go and check up on Cloud and Tifa back in Mideel. Back in Mideel and Cloud is still a clod. At that moment Ultimate Weapon appears and attacks. Barret, Cid and Nanaki fight it, but in the process the Lifestream begins to boil up. It bursts up out of the ground taking most of Mideel with it. Tifa and Cloud don't make it out in time and both plunge into the shining green depths... Now we enter a mixture of Cloud and Tifa's minds. Tifa find herself in a black expanse. Weird screeching noises surround her, she tries to run but gets nowhere. She collapses, pleading for Cloud to help her and spirals away into darkness... to come around on a strange platform suspended in the middle of space. Three paths lead off the platform, by each sits a Cloud. A fourth Cloud hangs over the area, transparent, clutching his head in pain. She approaches the first Cloud and they walk together, back to Nibelheim of five years ago. Finally Tifa tells Cloud that this memory is wrong, she never saw him that day. She waited for him, but he never showed up. Zack replaces Cloud and they come back to the platform with three Clouds. Cloud asks her if she is sure that young man was not him and she says yes. He remembers his promise to her when they were small, was it just a lie? They revisit that memory. Tifa ponders Sephiroth's assertion that she helped make Cloud from her own memories. But she thinks it is too real to be imagined, he must be remembering it. She says she believes he is the real Cloud from Nibelheim, but he does not. He has to find the truth himself. They arrive back again at the platform. She gets him to talk about memories only he could have known, not ones he could have got from her. He remembers the day Tifa's mum died and how Tifa went into Mt. Nibel and how he followed and got blamed for Tifa having an accident. How he wanted to be strong so Tifa would notice him. Frustrated by his inability to fit in, he starts to look down on the people around him. Except for Tifa. This memory proves to Tifa that he wasn't made five years ago, that they are getting closer to discovering the truth. They both agree to revisit Nibelheim and this time events unfold in Clouds head as they actually happened. He reveals he was there all along as one of the ordinary soldiers, too ashamed to admit he never made the grade. He remembers stabbing Sephiroth and knocking him into the Lifestream. Now he has faced the truth of his own past he combines back into one Cloud. Finally he is the real Cloud again.. With this coming to terms done with, he and Tifa exit the Lifestream and return to the normal world. They all reunite back on the ship and Cloud apologises to everyone. They then decide to go to Junon and the Underwater Reactor to try and swipe the last Huge Materia. They go to Junon and travel down into a deep underwater reactor. There they fight Reno and take control of a submarine. This they use to blow up the submarine carrying the Huge Materia. They then go back to Junon and spot another Shinra airship flying off towards Rocket Town. They get in the Highwind and give chase. Once in Rocket Town they discover that the plan is to load the Huge Materia into Rocket no. 26 and pilot it into meteor. A huge Materia bomb. Cid decides to take over the rocket. Cloud pleads with him, saying they have to retrieve the Materia, but Cid says he believes science can save them from Meteor and pushes Cloud aside. The argument is cut short by Palmer launching the Rocket with them inside it of it. Luckily there is an escape pod, so once Cid has got over his joy at being in space they retrieve the materia and go to the pod. On the way the faulty tank blows up injuring Cid. Cid realises he has wrongly blamed Shera all these years, when she was right about it being broken. Right on cue, Shera appears and helps get Cid into the pod. They get away and the Rocket smashes into Meteor. Parts break off, but it is not enough and Meteor carries on plunging towards the planets surface. Aboard the Highwind, the gang wonder if they were wrong to interfere with Shinra's plan. But Cid gives a rousing speech about how they should be the Planet's protectors. They hear a scream from the Planet and decide to go and see Bugenhagen for advice on what to do next. They go and see him, he asks them to look into their hearts for the way. Cloud and the others all think of Aeris and decide she is still the key to defeating Sephiroth. They decide to return to the Forgotten Capital with Bugenhagen in tow. On the way they share memories of Aeris. Cait Sith tells them that he (as Reeve) had informed Elmyra of her death. They soon arrive back at the Capitol and take Bugenhagen to the Shrine where she was killed. Bugenhagen figures out that the power needed to defeat Sephiroth and Meteor is "Holy". They realise they need the White Materia to summon Holy, but are unsure how to get it or use it. Bugenhagen says they need to find the Key to the Ancients to help him figure out what they should do next. So Cloud and the others leave him and go and look for it.. Would you believe it, they manage to find it using the submarine lurking on the bottom of the sea. They return with it to Bugenhagen and place it in the music box. A secret cave is revealed. They enter and Aeris's death is replayed. They realise that Aeris had already prayed for Holy. Holy is summoned, but Sephiroth is blocking it. The only way to release the power of Holy is to kill Sephiroth. They return to the Airship where Cait Sith informs them that the Junon Cannon has been moved to Shinra headquarters, where it is going to be fired at Sephiroth's energy barrier. Back at headquarters, Scarlet informs them that the cannon will fire Mako shells and is to be called the Sister Ray. Then feedback hits Cait Sith as Weapon rises out of the sea and commences attack upon Midgar. They decide to fly back there and try and defeat Weapon. Barret and Cait Sith then have a big fight over the morality of Barret's terrorist actions. Cait Sith also says he can't quit Shinra now, even though he wants to. In his position he can do more good where he is, than as another enemy of Shinra. As they head for Midgar, the Sister ray fires at Weapon, knocking it backwards. It retaliates with a barrage of energy blasts. The Highwind pitches in firing at Weapon as well. The huge energy blast from the Sister ray cuts through Weapon and carries on focused at the energy barrier around the Great North Cave, which is manages to dissipate. Weapon is dead, but unfortunately his energy blasts hit Midgar with full force. Rufus is killed in the ensuing explosions. Now the barrier is gone, our heroes fly over the crater. But before they can go inside they hear via Cait Sith that energy is still being supplied to the Sister Ray. It's overloading and the explosion it will create will destroy Midgar. Reeve takes control and discovers that Hojo is sending power to the cannon. He can't stop him as Reeve, so Cloud and the others decided to go and stop Hojo. Reeve tells Scarlet and Heidegger to stay out of their way. But they decide Reeve's time is up and call two guards to kick him out of the building. They intend to stop Hojo themselves using their new weapon the Proud Clod. Cloud and the others parachute into the Midgar slums, Cait Sith warns them Heidegger is out for their blood. They slip into a storm drain and find themselves in a maze of pipes then an underground railway. There they meet Reno, Rude and Elena and call a truce. Reno sees no point in fighting anymore and the Turks slope off. They climb back out onto Midgars streets near a large tower, there they face off against the Proud Clod and kill Scarlet and Heidegger. They then ascend the tower and confront Hojo at the top. Hojo has completely lost it and is ranting about sending more power to his son, Sephiroth. He abuses Cloud as a failure and tells them he has injected himself with Jenova Cells. He then mutates, so they kill him and shut down the energy feed. They are left to reflect on the bombshell that Sephiroth was Hojo's son. Then they go back to the Highwind and realise they now have to go to the centre of the North Cave and kill Sephiroth. Cloud tells them they have seven days to defeat Sephiroth before meteor falls and tells them to go and see their loved ones. They all go their separate ways. Tifa and Cloud sit on the edge of the crater and reflect that they both have nothing except each other now. They speak of how in the darkest moments they heard each other voices. Cloud mumbles that he always had so much he wanted to say to her, but no they are alone he can't think of anything. Tifa says gently to him: "Cloud... Words aren't the only thing that tell people what you're thinking..." Night falls. Next day, Tifa awakens next to Cloud and they had back up to the airship. At first they think they are alone, but the rest of the gang are waiting for them. All fired up they head for the North Cave and to Sephiroth. They fight their way down through a series of eerie caves. Finally they find the entrance to the middle of the crater. Half of the group stay behind to fight off the monsters, Cloud and the others drop down into the green, sparkling centre of the crater. As they leap across to the middle, they face even tougher battles, culminating in the fearsome Jenova: SYNTHESIS. After defeating her, the crystal structure they are stood upon breaks up and they go rushing into blackness. Cloud falls towards a glowing white sphere, Holy. He lands on a suspended stone platform, along with the others. Sephiroth appears in front of the white sphere of energy and forces them all up into the air. He torments them with rings of energy, but somehow they break free and challenge him. He appears to them as the huge mutated "Bizzaro" Sephiroth. They defeat that form, but a new form appears. "Safer" Sephiroth, a large, one-winged almost angel like figure now fights them. They defeat him and with the final blow his body breaks apart in a burst of light and energy. They make it back to the lip of the crater and rest. They ponder what will happen next. Suddenly Cloud convulses and hears Sephiroth in his head. He travels back into his mind and in a terrible rage destroys Sephiroth with his ultimate attack, the Omnislash. Sephiroth looks almost surprised as he finally dies for good. Surrounded by green Lifestream energy, Cloud sees it pooling and joining into a column of pure Holy energy. A female hand reaches out to him, he smiles.. Tifa grabs him at him as he sits on a ledge in the crater, everything crumbling around him. He is to far away and she topples over the edge. Cloud grabs her and Cait Sith pulls them both up onto safe ground. The Highwind appears just in time and they climb aboard. Now all they can do is watch and see if Holy does the trick. Back in Kalm, Marlene senses something and immediately thinks of Aeris. Now we see Midgar, Meteor has almost reached the surface, blasts of energy destroy first the upper plates then crash down into the slums. Then Holy appears, a point of white light gathering force and aimed directly at Meteor. A huge hole opens up in Meteor, just the size of Midgar. As the power of Holy hits Meteor, red energy pours down onto Midgar pummelling it. Shocked, Cloud and the others observe that Holy is having the opposite effect. Then they see first one, then two, then hundreds of pinpricks of green light appear all over the Planets surface. They rush towards the column of Holy light. They all combine in a huge mass of energy, the Lifestream, Holy, Meteor and Midgar. As Meteor begins to dissolve, the scene pulls out to reveal Aeris, surrounded by green light, smiling at you, the way she does at the beginning of the story... - 500 years later... Nanaki is running through a sandy red valley, two cubs trying to keep pace with him. He is much older now and his mane has grey hairs, but his tattoo is still visible. He stops on a plateau and howls. In the distance we see Midgar, now nothing more than a ruin, ablaze with flowers.