Rufus ShinraThe Lifestream courses through our Planet back and forth across the borders of life and death. If that cycle is the very truth of life then history, too, will inevitably repeat itself. So go on - bring your Jenovas and your Sephiroths. It won't matter. We'll do as life dictates and stop you every single time.
Three years ago came Meteor One year ago came the remnants Civilization threats to collapse once more although the threat isn't from some superpower force.
It's from Man itself.
Three years post-Meteor, much of Gaia is slowly returning to what could be thought of as normal. The WRO has been making life easier for its people, as much as possible. After Meteor, alternative means of energy had to be found. A quarter of the population of the newly forming city of Edge died that first winter when newly installed electrical systems failed. By the second year, many of the brownouts had been stopped or at least occurred infrequently enough that people were able to survive. Then came the horrors of Geostigma and the arrival of the remnants of Sephiroth.
Now in the winter of the third year, the World Regenesis Organization is beginning to be seen as a failing force to some. As winter moves into its hardest months, the people of Edge are demanding a change, something to make their lives better. The WRO, headed by Reeve, has taken over as a provisional government for the planet and is felt to blame for any and all problems springing up. Workers complain that the WRO set the wages too low, companies say that the safety standards are too high. More than a few politically motivated groups are calling for a return to Mako given the unexpected difficulties and occasional outages or shortages caused by switching over to electrical, oil, wind, or solar power. Some are calling for electricity to be produced for free to prevent deaths being blamed on the hard winter and high heating costs. It seems as one problem is dealt with, two more rise up for the WRO.
Worse yet, there are rumours of these rival factions to Reeve Tuesti's leadership being spawned at one of the two major power providers in Edge, either Fireland Industries or Shin-Ra Company. It has been publicly revealed that the WRO's biggest financial backer was and is Shin-Ra Company, causing outrage among those who believe that Shin-Ra was to blame for Meteor as well as the destruction that the remnants wreaked on Edge. Nowhere near the political stranglehold it had before, Shin-Ra has become as controversial as the WRO itself, sustaining more than a few violent protests against it. Fireland Industries, started up (officially) just after Meteor as a research company, although there are whispers that it truly began when Rufus Shinra ordered all of the Mako-devlopment and research groups shut down after coming to power. Some of the planet's top scientists in that area had found themselves out of work then and were approached by a man named Nin Fireland to start their own underground laboratory. After the fall of Shin-Ra and the end of their world monopoly, Fireland Industries went above ground... most of it anyways.
Whispers have begun about Fireland Industries that they are bringing back the SOLDIERs and worse Mako warped creations. For three years they have been working, although the major advances were made in the last one, after the passing of the remnants of SOLDIER's greatest warrior: Sephiroth.
An explosion rocks the ruins of old Midgar, originating in one of the abandoned and supposedly locked down old Shin-Ra Laboratories. A news crew wanting to film the aftermath and arriving emergency crews captures the image of three men walking out of the fire. The camera zooms in on their faces and fear returns to Edge. Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo have returned. In the wake of this, accusations begin to fly. Was it Shin-Ra or Fireland? Did the WRO know?
With Edge about to break out in rioting, what will you do? More importantly, who do you trust?