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Deepground is a top-secret military organization created by Shinra Electric Power Company headed from the secretive Mako Reactor 0 beneath the Shinra Building in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and Final Fantasy VII Remake. According to a World Regenesis Organization (WRO) member, Deepground was originally a medical division for wounded SOLDIER members. They are the main antagonists of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and fight the WRO.

The combined force of Meteor and Holy crushing down on Midgar sealed the soldiers beneath the Shinra Tower, trapping them until their escape three years later. Deepground is connected to Genesis Rhapsodos, though only vague information exists on this subject. Deepground became an experimentation ground because of Genesis's evolution, and the Tsviets have been spliced with his genes. It is unknown which, if any, special abilities or advantages this grants the SOLDIER members of Deepground, as they bear no similarity to either Genesis himself or his copies. However, Rosso implies that Deepground's training methods were exceptionally brutal, to the extent that even members of the WRO would not have lasted a single day had they trained there.

History[]

Original continuity[]

As told in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, the Deepground facility underneath Midgar was built the same time the Shinra Headquarters, in 1976 as a medical lab for wounded SOLDIER members, and to house Mako Reactor 0 to power the facility and the Shinra Building above it. Before the war's end the facility was reformed into a secret prison for human experimentation with the aim of replacing the existing SOLDIER program with stronger, unquestionably loyal candidates. Deepground would be constructed and hidden from the world under order of President Shinra with the goal of creating an army of superhuman warriors without morality clouding their judgment. The only individuals who would come to be allowed to know of Deepground's existence at the time would be Heidegger, Scarlet, Professor Hojo, and President Shinra himself. In 1985, Rosso the Crimson was born, and would come to exhibit unusual skill in battle. Inspired by this success, the scientists pushed further and incorporated other research into their own.

The Tsviets.

Using Grimoire Valentine's research on stagnant mako, the scientists exposed human fetuses to the energy and Nero the Sable was born with power over darkness strong enough to draw his mother into another dimension upon his birth. To prevent later incidents like this, Nero was encased in a Mako suit to contain his power. Nero's older brother, Weiss the Immaculate, was not exposed to the procedure.

With anti-Shinra sentiment growing, President Shinra ordered more testing in Deepground to develop stronger SOLDIERs. More Shinra troops were sent to train and be experimented on in Deepground, their bodies pushed to the extent they needed mako baths for sustenance. Special suits were made for the troops to keep a current of mako flowing through them. Weiss began to show remarkable ability, which surprised the scientists as he had not been exposed to anything other than normal mako, and dubbed him a "perfect" SOLDIER". The experiments shattered Rosso's psyche, and she lost any shred of morality and humanity and loved the sight of the blood of her enemies. Nero, Rosso, and Weiss would become known as the Colored Tsviets.

The SOLDIER members trained in Deepground emerged stronger than their peers, and four in particular showed exceptional ability. President Shinra made the four the fourteenth unit of SOLDIER, the "Lost Force". The members of Lost Force were made the governors of Deepground, called "the Restrictors". Deepground members were implanted with control chips to force loyalty to the Restrictors, who swore fealty only to President Shinra. The training of the Deepground SOLDIERs grew harsher using virtual reality simulations, and more troops were sent down to train.

Shinra began sending down SOLDIER applicants and war conscripts against their will in addition to the experiments being done on children who were born in Deepground itself. Deepground was divided in four among the Restrictors who ruled their section with absolute power. Ranks were given to the Deepground SOLDIERs, with Tsviet as the highest rank all members aspired for. Argento was recruited from the Wutai War, and designed the weapons used by the other Tsviets.

Genesis joined the ranks of SOLDIER. Dr. Hollander explained to him the experiments that led to his birth, and how to use his copy abilities. The two deserted Shinra and declared war on the company. Meanwhile, as the Tsviets grew stronger, Shinra feared the three would become too strong to be contained by their control chips. Weiss was chained to Mako Reactor 0 and sedated, and Nero was given a new suit that bound his hands, containing his dark powers. Shelke was brought to Deepground where the experiments on her powers left her unable to physically develop beyond that of a nine-year-old. Her weak physical stature left her unable to take field assignments, but she was still invaluable, giving her the title "the Transparent".

As the Wutai War ended, anti-Shinra groups still troubled for the company. The Turks were sent out around the world to seek new recruits, and they found an exceptionally strong man named Azul. Though Azul escaped, upon discovering the reason for his capture he willingly continued to Midgar to join Deepground and prove himself. Azul volunteered to be used in the "Metamorphose Project", which experimented with shape-shifting abilities, and transformed into Arch Azul and slaughtered the other test subjects. Azul was dubbed "the Cerulean", and made the final colored Tsviet. Weiss began to aspire to overthrow the Restrictors, and plotted to use someone not bound by a control chip to do so.

Deepground members arrived in Banora to carry a near-dead Genesis back to Midgar's Reactor 0. Weiss begged Genesis to help them take over Deepground, but Genesis had reformed and was ashamed of his actions, and refused and left the facility. Genesis's cells were taken and injected into the colored Tsviets.

The Tsviets discovered a computer virus they could use to hack the Deepground supercomputer that controlled their chips and reprogram them, letting them move against their masters and the Tsviets took control of Deepground. The Restrictors' deaths unleashed a virus in Weiss's body as a booby trap should he rebel, which over time degraded his body.

Weiss, in an attempt to stop the virus, performed a Synaptic Net Dive. While in the Worldwide Network, Weiss came in contact with Professor Hojo's fragmented digital mind as he had transferred his consciousness into the network before his physical body's death. Hojo took control of Weiss's weakened mind and used his body and Deepground's resources to lay out a new plan. After much work, Deepground began to escape.

The Deepground Army prepares for battle on the surface.

As Deepground dug its way out of Midgar's remains, curious citizens began to dig into the Shinra Building to look for the company's secrets, hoping to find proof of human experiments and other nefarious deeds. Several thousand workers, soldiers, and civilians went missing soon after. The World Regenesis Organization took control of the situation to discover as much as possible about Deepground while preventing further harm. Deepground invaded Junon and Kalm, taking those not previously tainted by Geostigma, Jenova cells, or other contaminants, back to Reactor 0. Soon after, the cries of a thousand wailing souls could be heard in Edge emanating from the direction of Midgar.

After pushing Deepground out of Kalm, Vincent Valentine joined the WRO in their fight, as Deepground is targeting him as well. Vincent's body housed the Protomateria, a special materia used to control both Chaos and Omega. Vincent eventually learned the truth about his past, the experiments that altered his body, and Deepground itself. Hojo, under the guise of Weiss, attempted to create a pure lifestream, rapidly filled with the dead Deepground has kidnapped, to trick the planet into releasing Omega, its final defense. Omega would gather up the planet's lifestream and break atmosphere, traveling to a new planet while leaving the previous planet a cold and lifeless rock.

The WRO assaulted Midgar to stop Deepground's plan allowing Vincent to make his way into Deepground with the help of a former Tsviet: Shelke. Vincent exchanged bullets with other Tsviets, and lost control of Chaos, as Deepground had stolen the Protomateria. Chaos overtook Vincent's body, but he regained control using the Protomateria in Weiss's body. Together, Vincent and Chaos took on Weiss and Nero, and even Omega itself. With the Tsviets' defeat, Deepground lost the battle in Midgar, and was wiped out.

Remake continuity[]

Escaped test subject.

Escaped specimens from a rumored underground facility were a recurring problem for the residents of the Sector 7 slums. After the Sector 7 plate collapse the ground became unstable near Wedge's home, opening up a sinkhole that led to a Shinra Underground Test Site that was part of the top secret Deepground network of research facilities,[1] which Wedge fell into. Cloud, Barret, and Tifa entered the facility to rescue Wedge, encountering various failed test subjects that had transformed into monsters, and later returned to hunt down an escaped Type-0 Behemoth.

Scarlet leads Deepground soldiers.

In "Episode INTERmission", Yuffie Kisaragi and Sonon Kusakabe encountered a group of Deepground soldiers in the Shinra Building in Midgar while searching for the 'ultimate materia'. After they captured Scarlet, she deployed Deepground soldiers on the pair and unleashed Nero to whom Sonon sacrificed himself to save Yuffie.

Spoilers end here.

Members[]

Restrictors[]

At the beginning of Deepground four individuals battled their way through the harsh training regimes to gain the respect from their fellow SOLDIERs, proving themselves elite among the best. In recognition of their ability, the individuals were gathered to form a secret entity whose commands were handed down directly by President Shinra. All proof of the existence of these individuals was covered up, and to the handful of people who knew of them, they became SOLDIER Unit 14: Lost Force. To prevent opposition, restriction chips were planted into the brain stems of all Deepground SOLDIERs, controlled by each member of Lost Force. Lost Force became known thereafter as the Restrictors.

Tsviets[]

The last leaders of Deepground. Led by Weiss, they are a small, elite group each with different abilities. They act as the main bosses of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. The game's multiplayer mode introduced the Tsviets Argento and Pullum who, unlike the others, are not considered colored Tsviets.

Deepground Soldiers[]

The average soldiers are slightly more powerful versions of normal Shinra troops. They are both male and female, generally wield machine-guns and wear helmeted uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the Genesis clones. They are cleared for use of heavier weaponry should the need arise.

Deepground SOLDIERs are fought as enemies in "Episode INTERmission" in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

In the multiplayer mode of Dirge of Cerberus, Deepground ranks are further clarified. From lowest to highest, they are drone (DGD), scout (DGSC), trooper (DGT), commander (DGC), general (DGD), and Tsviet (TSV). Troopers appear in the single player game. They are noted to be trained for close range battle and are skilled to the approximation of a SOLDIER 2nd class. Tsviets spliced with Genesis's genetic material are referred to as colored Tsviets. Named characters for the given ranks, sans Tsviet, are as follows:

Drone
  • Peliry - He teaches the player character about magic; may have been named Wizz in the multiplayer beta.
  • Soar - He provides the player character with broken items.
Scout
  • Hiren - She will grow a dandelion for the player to give to Este-D.
  • Jingi - He is perpetually sick; half of his brain is later placed in a robot.
  • Yumi - She gives quests to the player; she is exclusive to the multiplayer beta version.
Trooper
  • Carry - She has romantic feelings for the general Iruka.
  • Emily - She assigns the player missions related to explosives.
  • Kon - He describes how to manage the members of the player's unit.
Commander
  • Banban-G - He allegedly stole Jingi's book.
  • Da-You - She provides the player character with information on battle matches.
  • Genza - He is not fond of the scout Jingi.
  • Maki - She hangs around a shop machine.
  • Masso - He has romantic feelings for the trooper Carry.
  • Sturm - He provides the player character with information on missions. He is fearful of one iteration of Officer - East.
General
  • Cataract - She oversees the computer system Patricia, which monitors Deepground soldiers.
  • Iruka - He is involved in various missions, and the target of Carry's affection.

Deepground Snipers[]

Ideally tucked away in hard-to-see corners at long range, snipers sport high-powered rifles with deadly accuracy. By the time one can see a sniper of Deepground caliber, it's usually too late to do anything.

Heavy Armored Soldiers B[]

These massive soldiers carry heavy rocket launchers in the event more firepower is needed. They are slow moving due to the heavy armor.

Heavy Armored Soldier S[]

Much like the heavy ordinance officers carry rocket launchers and explosives, heavy swordsmen are quicker and use large serrated swords in combat. They are extremely powerful and are not to be underestimated. They, like heavy ordinance officers, are usually granted command of Deepground field operations.

Paratroopers[]

Also known to the infantry as Shrike squads, these troopers carry rapid fire rifles and ride high-yield jet packs for quick movement. They rely more of their lightning fast attacks and maneuverability for protection, as a single well aimed shot can bring down a Shrike.

Pegasus Riders[]

Operating on a similar basis as the Shrike units, Pegasus riders ride specialized high-velocity zero-G bikes and carry rapid fire sub-machine guns. They are intended to be used for scouting and search and rescue operations, rather that out and out combat. Alone they are not much of a threat, but Pegasus riders tend to travel in squads to overwhelm and overpower single targets.

Officers[]

In the multiplayer mode, there are officers assigned to the four quadrants of Deepground lobby. They are referred to as Officer - East, Officer - South, Officer - West, and Officer - North. As indicated by the Deepground commander Sturm, officers are sometimes replaced; Officer East in particular has at least two iterations.

Researchers[]

Deepground scientists are involved in the creation of super soldiers and other morally suspect experiments. In the multiplayer mode, they wear white lab coats and gas masks.

  • Este-D
  • Ljungbery - He assigns the player a mission to kill mutated individuals.
  • Regis - An older man who allows the player character to change their voice and clothing in exchange for gil.
  • Renlen - Her manner of speech is complex.
  • Waldo - His specialty is deciphering notes and texts.

Beasts[]

Deepground employs the use of beasts, conditioned to attack targets with efficiency and aggression. They are deformed humans rather than natural beasts, and wear a helmet with a mouth hole so they can carry things in their mouth. Their weapon of choice is the knife on their posterior.

Deepground City[]

Perhaps one of the oldest segments in Midgar, Deepground's city architecture is similar to Kalm. While large, the city is not as multi-tiered and "stack built" like the Midgar sections, instead composed of numerous buildings of various height, spread over a set area. The settlement does have a "sky" area, though as Midgar is built over it, no actual sunlight can reach it. The buildings' internal structures are unknown, but the structure of the "walls" surrounding it are the same as typical Midgar designs. Mako Reactor 0 looms over the city and sets it in a faint green to red glow. The city is connected via a transport system similar to a mono-rail.

Gear[]

Symbol as seen in Crisis Core

Deepground SOLDIER members wear a color scheme of black contrasted with dark blue. While the normal SOLDIER uses swords as their main weapon, most of Deepground uses guns. The glowing strips adorning the uniforms of Deepground SOLDIERs have a specific function in Multiplayer Mode: to identify the members of opposing teams. Players competing in multiplayer missions would be assigned to either Team Shiva or Team Ifrit; members of Team Shiva would retain the standard blue glow, while members of Team Ifrit would be assigned a red glow. The red glow is also used for NPC Deepground SOLDIERs that act as enemies in various missions.

Artwork of a Deepground rifle.

The design of Deepground's arsenal of weapons is influenced by older weapon models dating back to World War II, in contrast to the modern day designs adapted for use by the WRO. For example, the standard Deepground assault rifle is a modified Lee Enfield rifle fitted with a hand-grip on the stock, compared to the WRO carbine based on the modern Sig 552 Assault rifle. The sub-machine guns used by the Deepground paratroopers are modified AK-47 rifles, while the missile launchers carried by ordinance officers are modeled after the classic German Panzerschreck.

Shelke the Transparent is able to connect through the helmets worn by the Deepground troops and, able to see what they can see, direct them during battles.

The design of the Deepground Commanders are influenced by Roman helmet designs, both having similar curves on the tops to be used for intimidation. It also draws inspiration from the original designs of the SOLDIER outfits portrayed in the original Final Fantasy VII (due to the chestplate joined to the shoulder pads).

The symbol they bear is the SOLDIER symbol on the original artwork for Cloud Strife Cloud-FFVIIArt and on his high-quality battle model, rather than the SOLDIER symbol SOLDIERLogo-ccvii seen in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

Deepground members appear as a character cards.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Deepground Troopers and Deepground Soldiers appear in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-elemental Forward cards.

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