Part One can be found Here
Part Two can be found Here
Part Three can be found Here
Part Four can be found Here
Part Five can be found Here
Part Six can be found Here
Welcome to the seventh and final part of the story of Final Fantasy VII. It is only fitting that the last part is numbered after the game!
Arriving at the City of the Ancients, Bugen tells the group that the planet is telling him that it is in crisis. In order to save it, one must cast Holy, the most powerful defensive magic. Bugen explains that if one soul reaches the planet, while casting Holy, everything that causes damage to the planet would disappear, perhaps even living beings. But that is up to the planet to decide. Bugen finds some Cetra writing. Although he cannot understand it, Bugen finds two words written in chalk, key…music box. The music box is built in the center of the room. After finally deciphering the writings, the group finds the key in an underwater cave. Once combined, the music box begins to function, a curtain of water surrounding it. The last moments of Aerith's life playing on the curtain. Cloud notices Aerith's White Materia falling into the lake. Cloud finally understands the use of the White Materia. It was used to call Holy. Aerith had already prayed to the planet for Holy. I understand now Aerith, I'll do the rest, Cloud says, only to be faced by a common WE from his friends. Bugen explains Holy cannot move yet because something is stopping it. Sephiroth. While the group faces this new revelation of hope, they are warned that a WEAPON is in-bound to attack Midgar. Barret immediately jumps at Marlene's peril, but Caith reassures him she is in a safe place. This causes a fight within the group however, as Caith cannot justify how Barret can worry about his daughter, but still have killed so many when he blew up the Reactors. The arguing grows, until Cloud and Tifa finally manage to put it out. In order to redeem their past mistakes, Cloud orders the group to gear up, as they head to protect Midgar from WEAPON.
Thanks to their brave efforts, WEAPON retreats. At the same time, Rufus orders for the Sister Ray (transported from Junon to Midgar) to open fire upon the Northern Crater Barrier. Feeling this aura of destruction, WEAPON launches one last barrage of energy towards the Shinra building, taking out Rufus. The Sister Ray manages to fire however, piercing right through WEAPON and destroying the barrier at the Northern Crater. Before Cloud and his group decide to head to their final battle, but Caith warns them that Hojo has secluded himself at the top control panel of the Sister Ray and is planning on firing it again. Since it is connected to the Mako Reactors in Midgar, overfiring it can cause the destruction of Midgar. The group agrees they must put a stop to Hojo before going to confront Sephiroth. Before Caith can help anymore however, Reeve, the man behind Caith's operations, is put under arrest under the charges of treason by Heidegger, the new, self-proclaimed President of Shinra. Using the Highwind, the group parachutes into Midgar and war begins. After many battles, including the defeat of Proud Clod, a weapon create to fight the WEAPONS (and Heidegger and Scarlet within the machine) throughout the city, the group reaches Hojo.
Hojo confesses that he does not care for the life of Midgar. His only concern is to send the incredible energy of the Sister Ray for Sephiroth to absorb.After all, it is the least I can do for my son, Hojo confesses. Surprised and even more disgusted, Cloud now has even more fire to stop Hojo. Hojo has injected himself with a high amount of Jenova cells however, mutating his body into something else. After a dangerous fight, Cloud and his group have finally finished Shinra's rule. Back on the Highwind, Red tells the group Bugen suspects only one more week before Meteor hits the planet. Cloud tells the group however to go.
Cloud: Red XIII...... You want to see everyone in Cosmo Canyon again?
Red XIII: .........yes.
Cloud: (to Barret) You want to see Marlene, right?
Barret: Don't ask me that.
Cloud: We'll beat Sephiroth... Then, if we don't release the power of Holy in
seven days...... There won't be a planet left to protect. If we can't beat
Sephiroth... It's as good as death for us. We'll just go a few days sooner than
the rest who'll die from Meteor.
Barret: Don't be thinkin' you're gonna lose before you even fight!
Cloud: No! What I meant was... What are we all fighting for? I want us all to
understand that. Save the planet... for the future of the planet... Sure,
that's all fine. But really, is that really how it is? For me, this is a
personal feud. I want to beat Sephiroth. And settle my past. Saving the planet
just happens to be part of that. I've been thinking. I think we all are
fighting for ourselves. For ourselves... and that someone... something... what
ever it is, that's important to us. That's what we're fighting for. That's why
we keep up this battle for the planet.
Barret: You're right... It sounds cool sayin' it's to save the planet. But I
was the one who blew up that Mako Reactor...... Lookin' back on it now, I can
see that wasn't the right way to do things. I made a lot of friends and
innocent bystanders suffer... ...At first, it was revenge against Shinra. For
attackin' my town. But now...... Yeah. I'm fightin' for Marlene. For Marlene...
For Marlene's future... Yeah... I guess I want to save the planet for Marlene's
Cloud: Go and see her. Make sure you're right, and come back. All of you. Get
off the ship and find out your reasons for yourselves. I want you to make sure.
Then I want you to come back.
Cid: Maybe ain't none of us'll come back. Meteor's gonna kill us anyway. Let's
just forget any useless struggling!
Cloud: I know why I'm fighting. I'm fighting to save the planet, and that's
that. But besides that, There's something personal too... A very personal
memory that I have. What about you all? I want all of you to find that
something within yourselves. If you don't find it, then that's okay too. You
can't fight without a reason, right? So, I won't hold it against you if you
don't come back.
The group leaves, only Tifa and Cloud left. Tifa, like Cloud, has nowhere to go. Tifa is the only remnant of Cloud's past, and the same it is for Tifa with Cloud. Tifa confesses to Cloud that he is all that matters to her. Cloud and Tifa spend the night watching the sunset, outside the Higwind. At the same time, Red visits his grandfather, whom now on his deathbed, tells Red to be strong. Vincent finally finds Lucrecia's cave, where Lucrecia has been living within a crystallized Mako Fountain. Vincent recalls his tragic past. His confession to Lucrecia and his rejection, Lucrecia's pain and suffering, the birth of Sephiroth and his final moments as a human being. When confronting Hojo, Hojo shoots the young Turk. Experimenting on him, he turns Vincent into an incredible creature. More powerful, more agile than any human. He can recover from mortal wounds in a matter of minutes, making him almost immortal. But all of this at the cost of his humanity and his ability to feel. This is how the never aging Vincent Valentine came to be. Lucrecia asks Vincent what happened to her son, a baby she never got to hold. Vincent tells Lucrecia, that Sephiroth is dead (Both Red's and Vincent quest are optional, but are part of the cannon) Back at the Highwind, Cloud Strife is ready to depart. Tifa Lockheart, Barret Wallace, Nanaki Red XIII, Yuffie Kisaragi, Caith Sith, Cid Highwind and Vincent Valentine with him.
Safer Sephiroth, the One Winged Angel
Finally reaching Sephiroth after countless battles against monsters and the defeat of the ultimate Jenova, Cloud and his group are ready to show Sephiroth their determination. Sephiroth's power is such that he becomes Bizarro Sephiroth, a powerful creature and soon evolved into Safer Sephiroth, the One Winged Angel. Sephiroth's power however, is not enough to stop Cloud and his group. Whether or not Holy works, Cloud feels that they have done all they could. Destiny prepares something different for Cloud however, as he is summoned into the Spirit World by none other than Sephiroth, where the final battle truly begins. One on one now, the general and the mercenary clash. Cloud unleashes all of his energy, liberating his maximum attack, the Omnislash, a barrage of 15 consecutive slashes that cut through the sound barrier. After this attack, the general finally dies, his evil spirit dissipating into the Lifestream. The Lifestream surrounds Cloud, and soon a gentle hand appears from within. A gentle hand Cloud that makes the cold Cloud smile once again. Before taking the hand however, Cloud comes back to the real world. Tifa, with her hand stretched calls out to Cloud, as the Northern Crater collapses. Tifa falls, but the mercenary catches her and once again fulfill his promise.
The Final Battle (As seen in Advent Children)
Cloud: .....I think I'm beginning to understand.
Cloud: An answer from the Planet... the Promised Land... I think I can meet her... there
Tifa: Yeah, let's go meet her.
The rest of the group is also ok. However, Holy's movement is starting to destroy the cave. Lady Luck, don't fail me know, prays Cid, before dropping his cigarette from his mouth as the Highwind crashes into the crater. The group boards and the explosion of Holy takes them out of the crater. Before the Highwind completely falls into piece, Cid activates the emergency lever, jettisoning the bridge of the Higwind, which spreads wings and flies away. The group, flying over Midgar, watch as Meteor approaches. From Kalm, little Marlene watches as well. The flower girl?, Marlene says, as she feels a gentle spirit. From Cosmo Canyon, to Junon, the whole planet is in expectation to what will happen. Holy surrounds the city, but Meteor penetrates through. Forget about Midgar, we should begin to worry about the planet, Red proclaims.
With nothing else to do, the group prays for a miracle. And said miracle, happens. From within every reach of the planet, the Lifestream begins to emerge, creating a web of spirit energy, supporting Holy. The group watches in awe. The Lifestream, Cloud says to himself. A blinding light engulfs the world, and the last image we see, is that of Aerith Gainsborough, the planet's guardian angel. Credits roll.
Five hundred years later, a fire red fur creature runs amongst the plains, its two cubs in tow. Scaling the nearby cliffs, the creature and his cubs overlook the green paradise that has grown over Midgar. An older Red XIII watches over the city, where the laughter of children can be heard. The end.
I hope you have all enjoyed these entries and hopefully for those that have never experienced this masterpiece, I hope you do one day. But don't go, for tomorrow the entries will continue, going over the characters that make this tale one of the best stories in games.
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