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Midgar
Midgar on the World Map

Midgar is the capital city of the world of Final Fantasy VII and its spin-offs. It is the most technologically advanced location ever constructed on The Planet. Built by the Shinra Electric Power Company, it is home to the corporation's main headquarters, which dominates the city skyline. Thanks to its eight Mako Reactors, the city's massive power demands are easily met, but at a cost: the surrounding countryside has become a wasteland lacking any vegetation. Being ruled with an iron fist by the police-state Shinra and with its dark atmosphere, Midgar easily fits the vision of a dystopian future. It was largely destroyed by Meteor after the defeat of Sephiroth.

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Design

Diagram of Midgar, found in the Crisis Core Ultimania
Holographic model of Midgar, 1/10000 scale

Midgar was built over eight tiny villages, the names of which have now been lost. These eight towns make up the eight sectors of the Slums. Construction of the plate, Mako Reactor and the Shinra Headquarters began in 1976, to provide residence for Shinra's growing investment and employment base. Construction would take twenty-five years to complete, as in Crisis Core the city is still being built.

Midgar is a large circular structure divided up between two main layers, the paradise above the Plate, and the miserable slums below. The city itself is "floating" above the ground, supported by giant concrete pillars in each section. Above the plate, the richest and most powerful men in the world run most of the world's affairs. These include the Shinra executives, along with the de facto world leader, President Shinra. The upper layer has fine architecture, cobblestone streets, and theatrical performances of LOVELESS. The city is divided up into 9 Sectors. Sectors 1 through 8 all refer to the eight areas around Sector 0, which holds the main headquarters of Shinra.

Midgar Above the Plate

Being surrounded by walls that block access from the outside and divided up into sectors and layers, Midgar is difficult if not impossible to travel through on foot. The two layers are completely cut-off from each other outside of hidden paths made of various wreckage and junk. Instead, commuters have to use the extensive rail system to go to other parts of the city, all run on Midgar Standard Time, the only known Time Zone. The center of the lower layer is made up of a giant circular rail track, that spirals up to the top of the city. These rail systems are heavily monitored by the city's security system. Those without proper ID will be instantly arrested by the Shinra Security forces. The upper layer has highways that lead to and from Sector 0.

Miles underground the city, Shinra's darkest secrets lurk. There is an entire hidden city that is home to their Deepground program. After Meteor hit, the subterranean soldiers would be trapped beneath the surface for three years.

The Slums

The Slums Sector 7

Unlike the metropolitan and cosmopolitan top, the Slums are home to bitter poverty. Due to the "pizza" plate hundreds of feet above their head, the people of the Slums can go their entire lives without ever once seeing the sky above. While the top is designed with cobble-stone paths and fine architecture, the Slums' buildings represent the severe desperation of its population. Buildings range from permanent structures like houses and cottages, to crude edifices such as mobile-homes and huts. The homeless have to make do with whatever shelter they can find.

An interior view of the Slums' shop.

The Slums are filled with junk of all sorts, ruins of the days when they once were separate towns. Monsters roam the abandoned areas between the sectors. Crime flourishes in this rough environment, especially due to the lack of law and order. Criminal Syndicates, like that under Don Corneo serve vices of all kinds - and of all preferences. The Wall Market especially is home to nearly every perversion imaginable. Shinra allows such practices to go unregulated thanks to the Don being a valuable informant for terrorist activities based in the Slums.

AVALANCHE, led by Barret Wallace and made up of eco-terrorists and mercenaries like Cloud Strife, is the organization out to save the Planet from Shinra's draining of the world's lifeforce are a dangerous presence in the city. Largely ignored before, the organization managed to blow up the Sector 1 Reactor, causing one billion gil worth of damage and many deaths. Later attempts on the Sector 5 Reactor were less successful.

Despite the crime and perversion, not all is misery in the Slums. Aeris Gainsborough, being a Cetra, was actually able to grow flowers in the almost impossible climate underneath the plate. Her Church in Sector 5 was a sign of hope for the citizens, even beyond her death. A spectre of her can still be seen by children who continue to visit the place long after Aeris left Midgar with Cloud and his party.

Tifa Lockhart was also able to scratch out a life with her bar, the 7th Heaven. It functioned as the main base for AVALANCHE until Shinra destroyed it and the rest of Sector 7 by dropping a section of plate upon it.

Shinra Headquarters

Cloud, facing the Shinra building.
Main article: Shinra Headquarters

The Shinra Headquarters dominates the Midgar skyline, easily being much taller than any other structure in the entire city. Being in the center, it is the heart and soul of the metropolis. Mayor Domino works in the upper floors of the building. Although supposedly in control of the city, he is little more than a librarian; President Shinra himself rules the city on the top floor. Executive Reeve Tuesti is in charge of the urban development of the city. Only the shell of the building remains after the punishment it receives from both the Weapons and Meteor.

Neo Midgar

"Neo Midgar" was an idea thought up by President Shinra. It would be built in the legendary Promised Land, and would be an improved model based upon the current design of the present Midgar. Because the Promised Land was so full of mako that it would not even need to processed beforehand, it would clearly be a better location for the Shinra Company's headquarters. Because of plans to move to Neo Midgar, Sector 7 was not rebuilt after it was destroyed. After Shinra was destroyed and the Promised Land proven to be nothing like the company imagined, Neo Midgar was never built.

Story

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Midgar under construction

In Crisis Core, multiple steel griders around the city and the lack of the fortress-like walls around the city perimeter suggest that parts of Midgar are still being constructed at this time. A mail is received partway through the game revealing the completion of the Shinra headquarters scheduled in two years, and the surrounding city in seven.

Midgar serves as the headquarters for Zack Fair and other SOLDIER members. SOLDIER members spend their stand-by time on the 49th floor—the SOLDIER Floor—of the Shinra building. There, they can train, make materia from discovered Mako Stones, or pick up official Shinra equipment. Zack takes orders from Director Lazard two floors above.

During their off-time, Shinra employees go out into the city, seeing sights such as LOVELESS Avenue in Sector 8, or visit friends by using the rail system to travel down to the Slums. The Sector 8 square is a short walk away from the Sector 1 train station, which is directly connected to Sector 5.

Zack meets Aerith in the slums after being knocked off the upper plate and falling into her church. He continues to visit the slums to meet with her. Several missions, minigames, and fanclubs for several high ranking SOLDIER members are found in the city as well.

Genesis Rhapsodos sends his army to attack the city and rescue Dr. Hollander. The attack is defeated by SOLDIER easily, but Hollander is taken by the Genesis Army. When Zack leaves for Nibelheim, the player can no longer return to Midgar other than in brief, completely linear missions.

Final Fantasy VII

Midgar is the the first area visited in Final Fantasy VII and is the location of much of the first part of the game. Cloud Strife, working with AVALANCHE, fights Shinra to protect the Planet during this time. It is here that half of the party meets. Shinra uses extreme measures to defeat the terrorists: they drop the Plate down onto Sector 7. Aeris is kidnapped, and AVALANCHE is forced to attack the Shinra building to save her. The invasion fails, and all are kidnapped. Sephiroth appears to returns from the dead. It is generally accepted that Jenova's Body takes the appearnce of Sephiroth, and massacres all those on the top floor, including President Shinra. After this, the party begins to trail him around the entire world.

Midgar in chaos

Midgar once again becomes part of the plot when the Sister Ray is moved to the city. The Diamond WEAPON ascends out of the sea, and moves down towards Midgar to destroy the threat to the Planet. Now President, Rufus Shinra orders the cannon fired. It destroys the WEAPON, but the monster fires back. The top floors of the Shinra Building are destroyed, bringing chaos to the city. Professor Hojo takes control of the Sister Ray, and prepares to fire it again to help Sephiroth, who is in the Northern Crater. Cloud and his team parachute down into Midgar to defeat him. Along the way, they fight the Shinra Executives Scarlet and Heidegger, who are controlling a giant robot known as the Proud Clod. They destroy the machine and possibly kill both of the Executives inside. Finally, the party makes their way up to the cannon, where they kill Hojo and all of his hideous mutant forms.

The destruction of Midgar.

The city can be accessed in Disc 3 by finding the Key in Bone Village. However, only the Sector 5 Slums and the Wall Market can be explored. Here, Tifa's ultimate weapon, the Premium Heart, can be found inside the "fake" Item Shop at the Wall Market. As an Easter Egg, Aeris's ghost can be seen in the Sector 5 Church.

At the end of Final Fantasy VII, despite the best attempts of Cloud and his party to stop the cataclysm, Meteor fell on the city. Reeve had prepared for the disaster by moving the entire population into the Slums, but Meteor still managed to destroy the plate dividing the two sections. Aeris's Holy spell also failed to stop the falling rock, and it took the intervention of the Lifestream itself to save what remained of the city and the people living within. Midgar was only thirty-one years old by the time it was destroyed.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Cloud, overlooking the ruins of Midgar

After the fall of Meteor, Midgar is nothing but a sad ruin, completely uninhabitable despite attempts to rebuild. The Mako leaks created by the 8 Reactors that once kept the city running now make living in the ruins impossible. It now stands as a crumbling monument to its own former glory and to the folly of man's abuse of the Planet, as well as a tribute to the sacrifices made to save the Planet two years before. Most of the citizens have moved to the areas directly around the former capital, constructing a new city called Edge.

The city of Edge is built around the ruins of Midgar, and the citizens of the ruined city have largely recovered from the crisis. However, Cloud has not, and leaves Tifa to live in the Sector 5 Church, suffering from Geostigma in solitude. Tifa and Marlene come to investigate Cloud's whereabouts and find that he has been living here. One of Sephiroth's remnants, Loz, attacks. Tifa and Loz fight through the Church, and Tifa seems to have the upper hand. However, thanks to Loz's super-speed, he wins the battle.

Later on, once Loz and his brother Yazoo have both been defeated, only Kadaj remains. He grabs the head of his "mother" Jenova and runs with it into Midgar. Cloud chases him on his motorcycle, and they find themselves once again at Aerith's Church. Thanks to the purified spring beneath the flowers, Cloud's Geostigma is healed. Kadaj flees, and fuses with Jenova to become Sephiroth.

Cloud and Sephiroth fight through the city. Their massive battle causes even more damage to the rusted steel of a dead Midgar, and a large chunk of the Shinra Building collapses due to Sephiroth's actions. Cloud eventually defeats Sephiroth with a Omnislash version 5/6. Afterwards, healing rain sent from Aerith falls from the sky, curing the world of Geostigma.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

Main article: Battle of Midgar
Omega above Midgar
Vincent stands before the ruins of Sector 7.

Midgar once again is home to a battle in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. This time, it is between the forces of Deepground and the World Regenesis Organization, the latter of which launched a two-pronged attack from land and air for the protection of the Planet. The secretive Reactor 0 acts as Deepground's base of operations. Vincent Valentine must infiltrate the remains of the Shinra building to enter Reactor 0 from its only entrance, the President's secret elevator, and also goes through the train graveyard. Eventually, Deepground manages to summon the ultimate WEAPON, Omega. Vincent Valentine, using the power of Chaos, is able to defeat it before the world is drained of all life.

During the ending of Dirge of Cerberus, water can be seen near the outskirts, and a small amount of vegitation, such as grass and flowers, can be seen growing in the once lifeless desert.

Future

Midgar in the future

Five hundred years after the end of Final Fantasy VII, Red XIII and his cubs are seen running on the cliffs. They overlook the ruins of Midgar, now overgrown with vegetation. The once-source of pollution and abuse of the natural world now serves an ecosystem for all sorts of life. Part of the Midgar Area is now covered by a shallow sea. Whether or not mankind is still alive at this point is never revealed. However, the laughter of many children can be heard as the screen fades out, and some smoke can be seen rising out of the ruins.

This scene is shown at the end of Final Fantasy VII and was remade with much more advanced visuals for Advent Children.

Enemy formations

Sector 1 Reactor

Main article: Sector 1 Reactor#Enemy formations

Sector 7 Train Station

Main article: Train Graveyard#North (Before Aps is fought)

Sector 4

Sector 4 Train Tunnel

Lower Sector 4 Plate - Corridors

Lower Sector 4 Plate - Lattice Walkways

Sector 5 Reactor

Main article: Sector 5 Reactor#Enemy formations

Sector 6

Main article: Sector 6#Enemy formations

Don Corneo's Mansion

Main article: Wall Market#Enemy formations

Sewers

Train Graveyard

Main article: Train Graveyard#Enemy formations

Support Pillar

Main article: Sector 7#Enemy formations

Shinra Headquarters

Main article: Shinra Headquarters#Enemy formations

Midgar Highway

Midgar Area

Grassland

Dirt

Beach

Skies

Development

In the earliest ideas for the game, Final Fantasy VII was to take place in the real-world New York City. From this original idea, the fictional city of Midgar was born.

According to the Ultimania Omega, in an early draft of the script, Midgar was built by a group of "cultured" people wishing to escape the world below, which was rapidly running out of Mako energy. This early version of the script described Midgar as "a misshapen city built in the sky, covered in iron plates and the stench of sewage".

Other Appearances

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special

The Midgar Board

Midgar is a board in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special, a game that features cameos from several other Final Fantasy VII characters.

Second Life

The graphic metaverses of Second Life feature a number of Midgar and Final Fantasy VII related role playing sims, each with diverse communities. Though all of them are unofficial, some communities strive to maintain the stories and visions created by SquareEnix while others are only very loosely based on the game and its brands.

Trivia

  • Midgar is often seen only at night. Gameplay in Final Fantasy VII, Before Crisis, and Crisis Core all keep the city in the dark while the player is above the plate. It is only when they are in the Slums when sunlight can be seen trickling through the metal structure. Also, the Midgar area of the Final Fantasy VII World Map is always in night time.
  • Midgar in name might also refer to Norse mythology wherein Earth is know as Midgard.
1/1000 Scale Model of Midgar
  • At the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete press screening party in the Sony Building in Tokyo, a giant Midgar model was built to celebrate. It is similar to the model of Midgar found on Floor 65 of Shinra Headquarters in Final Fantasy VII. It even features an incomplete Sector 6 plate, which was still under construction during the events of Final Fantasy VII.

This article uses material from the "Midgar" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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