Take Aerith someplace safe.Ifalna's last words
Ifalna was the last remaining pureblood Cetra and the mother of Aerith Gainsborough in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake. She is seen in flashback sequences: during the story Elmyra Gainsborough tells Cloud Strife and his friends of how she came to adopt Aerith, and through video logs found in an abandoned house in Icicle Inn.
Ifalna resembles her daughter, with emerald green eyes, long brown hair and bangs (though Ifalna wears hers loose). Ifalna wears a long-sleeved red dress with a purple wrap round her waist and dark red flats.
Ifalna loves her daughter, and wishes for her to be safe, even in a world that only wants to exploit them both.
Between 24 to 28 years ago, Professor Gast Faremis set out on a pilgrimage to search information on Jenova and the Cetra, otherwise known as the Ancients. He met Ifalna, one of the last Cetra, and took her to Icicle Inn on the Northern Continent for further study. The keywords section of the Crisis Core Complete Guide states that Gast helped Ifalna escape Shinra Electric Power Company the time he quit the company.
Ifalna entrusted her knowledge of Cetra, Weapons, and Jenova (also known as the "Calamity from the Sky") to Gast, who taped these conversations. The two fell in love and conceived a daughter, unbeknown to the Shinra Corporation. They remained hidden for the duration of the pregnancy, and Gast named his daughter Aerith. Twenty days after her birth, Professor Hojo located the family and demanded Gast hand over Ifalna and their daughter. When Gast resisted, he was shot by Hojo's henchmen and Ifalna and Aerith were relocated to a Shinra lab.
The pair were held prisoner for seven years, during which time Ifalna gave two things to her daughter: the White Materia, and the knowledge of how to use it to summon Holy. Ifalna escaped with Aerith, but was mortally wounded. On the steps of the Sector 7 Slums station, she entrusted Aerith to a nearby woman, Elmyra Gainsborough, and died of her injuries.
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Professor Hojo reveals that Shinra had salvaged Ifalna's corpse, with her cells being extracted from hair, skin, bones and internal organs for the research on the Ancients.
While under Shinra's custody, both Aerith and her mother were kept in a room equipped enough for basic needs (a bed, a bathroom, etc.). Surprisingly, they were almost treated as guests, with Aerith even being given crayons, which she used to draw on the walls of the room. According to Aerith, Shinra scientists would come to the room and take her mom away everyday, leaving her alone.
Behind the scenes
In Ifalna's concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura she is said to be 29 years old. Aerith states she could hear her mother's voice as a child and that, though she expected this to go away, it "never stopped". However, Ifalna plays no further role in the game, and is one of the few deceased characters connected to Aerith who does not appear in Hoshi o Meguru Otome.
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ifalna appears in a flashback in a story told by Elmyra. The reminisces are in sepia tone, but in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the scene's true colors are restored when using photo mode.