Cloud is a former member of SOLDIER, the elite guard of the Shinra corporation
in a distant land. Born in the rural town of Nibelheim, he grew up with a
girl named Tifa; aside from that, he doesn't speak about his past. Perhaps
it is because he simply doesn't remember it--however, there is also the
chance that he has had a troubled past.
After an major event in Nibelheim which he only partially remembers, he left
the ranks of SOLDIER and joined up with a rebel group called AVALANCHE, which
is lead by a man named Barrett that has a gun on his arm. Together, along
with Cloud's childhood friend Tifa and some other troops, they participated
in guerilla activity against the evil Shinra Corporation. However, the
President of Shinra executed a plan which caused the collapse of a massive
support structure on the rebels' hideout, crushing most of them aside from
Cloud, Barrett, Tifa, and a few select others.
Now Cloud leads his companions on a journey in search of a man named
Sephiroth, a legendary member of SOLDIER having nearly omnipotent power.
Cloud faintly remembers him, but knows that he is somehow tied in with his
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