It was an epic tale: a battle for the planet's survival.
The sprawling metropolis of Midgar had become the world's center. Mako, a seemingly unlimited source of energy, supplied power to everyone. This energy source was developed and monopolized by an entity known as the Shinra Electric Power Company, which covered the surface of the planet with energy distribution facilities called mako reactors. Shinra had grown into a malevolent industry with incontestable economic power, as well as a tyrannical hand in politics.
Unknown to most, mako was the source of all life on the planet—the very lifeblood pulsing through its veins. As mako was pumped from deep below the planet's surface, the world slowly crept toward its imminent demise. Cloud Strife, a mercenary formerly of Shinra's elite SOLDIER unit, agreed to cooperate with Avalanche, an anti-Shinra group established by Barret Wallace. However, Cloud could never have known what awaited him on his journey—his lost past and a cruel fate for the future. Many gathered around Cloud in this struggle
The hopes and dreams of this stalwart band came together and escalated into a battle against Sephiroth, a man intent on destroying the entire planet. Sephiroth, once a member of SOLDIER, was a legendary warrior who also served as Cloud's inspiration. Created through Shinra's Jenova Project, his power greatly surpassed that of any mere human. At one time in history, he was revered by all as a hero, but on the fateful day he discovered the secrets behind his birth, he set the town of Nibelheim ablaze and disappeared without a trace. As he vanished, he vowed to one day become ruler of the planet.
Several years later, he reappeared and initiated his plan to summon a wayward star from the cosmos and smash it into the surface of the planet using the ultimate destructive magic: Meteor. Aerith learned of the danger to the planet and prepared to use Holy, a sacred magic of the Ancients, to stop Meteor. However, she was felled by Sephiroth's blade.
Overcoming sorrow and despair, Cloud and his companions finally managed to defeat Sephiroth, but Meteor already hovered close above the planet's surface. The land screamed in agony as cities were slowly torn apart. In the midst of the chaos, Aerith's dying prayers were finally answered and Holy rose against the wicked magic. However, it was far too late, and nothing could stop the awesome strength of Meteor. At the moment when all seemed lost, the Lifestream appeared and synchronized with Holy, enveloping Meteor along with the entire planet...