The Forgotten Capital, also known as the Forgotten City and the City of the Ancients, is a ruined city in Final Fantasy VII. It is located on the arctic Northern Continent, beyond the Sleeping Forest and far to the east of Icicle Inn.
A few of the houses still stand, many still containing furniture, artifacts, and even beds, indicating the area appears just as it did when it was abandoned long ago. Some points of interest in the Forgotten City include the Holy Machine, which allows one to communicate with The Planet, and an underground section of town consisting of several crystal buildings surrounding an altar.
As far as architecture goes, the inhabitants of the Capital incorporated nature into their buildings, many having roofs made up from Conch Shells and other organic sources. The general layout of the area seems to invoke an aquatic motif. Many of the buildings have a shell-like appearance. The ground seems to be similar to the sea floor.
Below the ground level is a hidden "castle" with medieval-style towers that is connected to the surface with a staircase made of light. This area holds a spring and an altar.
Role in the Storylinesửa
The city was the primary capital of the ancient Cetra civilization for about two millennia. After the Calamity from the Skies, Jenova, nearly wiped out the Cetra, the few survivors left gradually became assimilated into human culture. The city itself has been an abandoned ruin since then.
Cloud Strife and his party enter the Forgotten Capital in search of Aeris, the last of the Cetra line. She had left the party to summon Holy, through which she could defeat the cataclysm of Meteor. The party finds the place eerily silent. They spend the night, but are awoken in the middle of the night due to a strange sound.
As they investigate, they find a path down into the city's underground section. There they find Aeris praying to summon Holy. Cloud comes forward and being controlled by Sephiroth, almost kills her. He breaks the control and steps away; however, Sephiroth himself (or rather, a piece of Jenova made into Sephiroth's image under the latter's control) swoops down from the ceiling and ruthlessly kills Aeris, ending the line of the Cetra forever. Cloud, in a tearful rage, demands to know why Aeris had to be murdered so horribly. "Sephiroth" only laughs off his clone's emotion, and flies off, dropping a body piece that becomes Jenova∙LIFE for the party to fight. They defeat the creature and the party pay their last respects to Aeris and lay her body to rest and continue on their journey, badly shaken.
Bugenhagen comes with the party much later, after Meteor has been summoned. They come to find out just what Aeris was trying to do before Sephiroth cut her down. However, they need the Key to the Ancients to work the dormant machines inside the city.
The key is found at the bottom of the sea using the Submarine. When the key is used, the scene of Aeris's death is replayed. It is at this point that Bugenhagen realizes that Holy had already been summoned and that Sephiroth is blocking it. He must be killed in order to save the Planet.
Two years after Sephiroth's the defeat, Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo use the Capital as their base, bringing Tseng and Elena there to torture them, and later the Geostigma-infected children. Cloud goes to rescue the children, but is defeated because of the effects of Geostigma. Vincent Valentine saves Cloud and Marlene from the three remnants. Kadaj's true motives of luring the children to the location is revealed when he infuses the city's lake with negative Lifestream which turns the children into his mindless pawns.
- Magic Source
- Aurora Armlet
- Guard Source
- Enemy Skill Materia
- Comet Materia
- Viper Halberd
- Bolt Armlet
- Magic Plus
- Power Source
Approaching Forgotten Citysửa
Giant Conch Shellsửa
Corral Valley Cavesửa
- Boundfat, Boundfat x2, Boundfat
- Boundfat x2, Hungry (Back attack)
- Boundfat x3, Hungry
- Grimguard x3
- Hungry x2
- Hungry x2 (Ambush)