Sector 7 is one of the eight sectors of Midgar in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake. It also appears in some form in On the Way to a Smile, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. Only the undercity was ever shown until Final Fantasy VII Remake.
The sector's undercity, is the home of Tifa Lockhart, who runs the Seventh Heaven bar, a hideout for the Avalanche cell led by Barret Wallace and their source of income. It is the first town visited by the party after the attack on the Mako Reactor 1. The Upper Sector 7 town on the plate is the home of Shinra Electric Power Company employee residential areas, and the location of the family home of Jessie Rasberry. It is also the birthplace of Denzel.
Before Final Fantasy VII
Sector 7 existed as a town in Midgar, and the plate above the town began construction by Shinra in 1976. The town once had a name, but as with the rest of Midgar's sectors, none of its residents remember it. At some point, Shinra constructed the Shinra Underground Test Site beneath Sector 7.
In 1992, Ifalna arrived in the Sector 7 Undercity Station with her daughter Aerith. Elmyra Gainsborough, who had arrived at the station while waiting for her husband to return from the Wutai War, took Aerith in to her home in the Sector 5 slums.
Jessie, her mother Rowan Rasberry, and her father, lived on Sector 7's upper plate. Jessie aspired to be an actress on stage, and wished to perform at the Gold Saucer. When she finally landed a role, she had to withdraw after her father was sent into a coma as a result of a mako accident. Denzel also lived on the upper plate.
In October of 0007, the Avalanche cell led by Barret, comprising Biggs, Wedge, Jessie, and Tifa, established themselves in the Sector 7 Undercity, and Barret's daughter Marlene lived with them. Tifa became the owner and proprietor of Seventh Heaven. In October, Tifa found Cloud Strife, her childhood friend from Nibelheim, in the Sector 7 Undercity Station. Tifa noted that Cloud's memories were confused, and convinced Cloud to stay with Avalanche and join them for a mission.
In December of 0007, Barret's Avalanche cell, along with the hired mercenary Cloud, retreated to their hideout in the slums after bombing Mako Reactor 1 during "At the Hideout in the Slums". Following an argument with Barret, Tifa convinced Cloud to join the cell for another mission by reminding him of a promise he had made to her. Following this, the three set off to Mako Reactor 5.
With the help of Don Corneo, Shinra identified Sector 7 as Avalanche's base and chose to crush the plate. In "Prevent the Fall of the Plate", Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith returned to the base to help Avalanche fight Shinra. Shinra successfully dropped the plate, crushing the town and killing Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie. Cloud, Tifa, and Barret escaped using a zipline, and Aerith was able to rescue Marlene, but was captured by the Turks.
Denzel, a resident of Sector 7's upper plate, survived the fall, but was orphaned. He joined a band called the Sector Seven Scavengers, and made a living by selling scrap metal from the ruins of Sector 7 to the builders of the new city of Edge.
After bombing Mako Reactor 1, Barret's Avalanche cell, along with Cloud, returned to their hideout in the Sector 7 Undercity. In "Home Sweet Slum", Cloud met with Tifa after the mission, who was only able to give him a home at Marle's complex, but could only fund a quarter of his payment, promising to pay him after collecting money from filters. Cloud agreed to help her, and at her suggestion, the two helped many of the residents of the undercity in odd jobs to make a name for Cloud. They later rescued Johnny from Shinra, to prevent him from revealing more about Avalanche.
At the end of the day, the Avalanche cell planned to bomb Mako Reactor 5 with Barret, Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie. Barret did not want to rehire Cloud for fear of becoming too dependent on him, and Tifa was opposed to the bombing. Don Corneo sent henchmen to look for Barret, though Cloud refused to share more and fought them off.
In "Mad Dash", Cloud helped Jessie with a mission the same night on the upper plate of Sector 7. Biggs and Wedge went with them, worrying for Jessie, helped them, and the group used motorcycles to travel to the Shinra employee residential area on the upper plate through the Corkscrew Tunnel. Once there, Cloud grabbed an employee ID to access the Sector 7-6 Annex warehouse to investigate it. To buy her time, the group fought Shinra's defenses as well as a SOLDIER Roche, though another Avalanche cell attacked and allowed the four to flee to the slums using a parachute.
The next morning, the undercity was attacked by mysterious ghostly beings, hurting Jessie. As Wedge had been hurt from the mission the night before, Barret hired Cloud to replace Jessie, while Tifa replaced Wedge. Wedge, Barret, and Tifa returned from a successful mission, though Cloud had been separated from them. Tifa also went to Wall Market to interrogate Don Corneo, as his informants had continued snooping around for Barret.
Shinra identified Sector 7 as the home of Barret's Avalanche cell, and sent the Turks to separate the plate from the pillar, causing the plate to drop. Avalanche fought Shinra at the pillar. Cloud and Tifa, having learned of the plan from Corneo, returned to the undercity with their new friend Aerith in "Fight for Survival". While fighting, Wedge fell from the pillar, but survived with injuries after a grappling gun cushioned his fall. Aerith, with the help of Marle, evacuated residents but was intercepted by Tseng, and agreed to go with them in exchange for letting Marlene stay at her house in Sector 5. Meanwhile, Cloud and Tifa fought Shinra at the plate, finding Biggs severely injured and Jessie critically injured on the way. At the top, they met with Barret, but were unable to stop Reno and Rude from separating the plate, and fled with a zipline.
As the plate collapsed, the undercity was almost entirely crushed, and any survivors lost their homes. The ground had also become unstable, and by Wedge's house, caved in and created a hole to the Shinra Underground Test Site, a secret facility constructed below. In "A Broken World", after confirming at Aerith's house that Marlene survived, Barret, Cloud, and Tifa returned to Sector 7's collapsed plate area to look for survivors, and found themselves there when led by one of Wedge's cats. After escaping, this solidified their resolve to rescue Aerith.
With the help of Leslie Kyle in "In Search of Hope", the three procured powerful grappling guns allowing them to climb a wall by Wall Market to the collapsed Sector 7 plate. In "The Day Midgar Stood Still", the group traveled atop the plate toward the Shinra Building, and marveled at the extent of the damage. They fought through Shinra soldiers along the way, including the Valkyrie weapon, before finally reaching the building.
The Sector 7 locals later begin to rebuild and the clear the wreckage, and Biggs is also revealed to have survived.
The Sector 7 plate is a residential district for Shinra employees, including Jessie's father. The town is home to large, concrete houses alongside clean streets. Close by the employee housing area is the S7-6 Annex, a large Shinra warehouse just south of the residential area.
Upper Sector 7 is joined to a winding overhead tunnel with a road that leads into the employee housing area, a depot beneath it that connects to the Corkscrew Tunnel, and the nearby plate partition that joins Sector 7 with Sector 6.
The Sector 7 Undercity comprises run-down shanty homes across dirt floors and in-between crags, with very little vegetation growing and no natural light. The main areas of the slums are the residential area, which is close to the support pillar holding up the plate, as well as the Train Graveyard that is home to abandoned trains and warehouses.
The main attraction of the undercity is Seventh Heaven, a bar and restaurant owned by Tifa Lockhart, which also houses one Avalanche cell's secret headquarters beneath it. Aside from this, the town is home to the Beginner's Hall, which houses a weapon store in its bottom floor, as well as many other stores for residents. Among the town's notable residents are Tifa, Avalanche, and Johnny.
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, the town is also home to an apartment block named Stargazer Heights, where Cloud and Tifa live, as well as an abandoned Talagger factory nearby, and the Scrap Boulevard where monsters reside to the west of the residential area.
Located underneath the Sector 7 Undercity are tunnels, the Sewer System, and also an underground lab. The S7-6 Service Tunnel is a metal tunnel with wires running through it, serving as a power substation for the undercity. It can be accssed from Sector 6's Evergreen Park. Both the S7-6 Service Tunnel and the Trunk Line at the Sewer System provide a path to the Sector 7 Undercity from Sector 6.
More notably beneath Sector 7 is a vast Shinra laboratory with monsters experimented on behind cages, the Shinra Underground Test Site. This is an abandoned laboratory located underground, with several cages across its floors that house specimens from type B to E. Many of the monsters held within have escaped, and the bars on the cages are often bent out of shape.
Final Fantasy VII
In Final Fantasy VII, only the Sector 7 Undercity is explored in a map named Sector 7 Slums. This map is explored during the chapters "At the Hideout in the Slums," "To the No. 5 Reactor," and "Prevent the Fall of the Plate." The first two are non-combat quests as Cloud explores the area, while "Prevent the Fall of the Plate" is a combat quest involving a party of Cloud, Tifa, and Barret as they fight through the support pillar, eventually fighting Turks:Reno.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, several field maps take place in Sector 7: the Sector 7 Slums map located in the Undercity, the Sector 7 map located on the plate, the Train Graveyard, the Collapsed Plate Area comprising tunnels beneath, and finally the Collapsed Sector 7 Plate.
The Sector 7 Slums map is visited during the chapters "Home Sweet Slum," "Mad Dash," and "Fight for Survival," events similar to those in the original game. The field map also greatly resembles the original in terms of layout, though the area is greatly expanded with more non-player characters, and two dungeon areas are added in the form of Scrap Boulevard and the Abandonned Talagger Factory. In "Home Sweet Slum," a party of Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart explore the slums helping other characters, and a series of sidequests is available. Later, in "Fight for Survival," Cloud, Tifa, and Barret Wallace fight atop the plate and battle Reno as in the original game, though a new segment involves Aerith Gainsborough helping evacuate civilians.
The Upper Sector 7 map is a new area visited in "Mad Dash" by a party of Cloud. Here, Cloud helps Jessie Rasberry as she returns to her house and then robs a Shinra warehouse at the S7-6 Annex, along with Biggs and Wedge. A battle occurs against Shinra soldiers, and Roche.
In "Haunted," the Train Graveyard is explored by Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith. Like the original, several ghosts and monsters are fought along the way as the party must navigate abandoned trains, though two bosses are also fought in the form of Ghoul and Eligor (the latter of whom was a normal encounter in the original). The area is also expanded, with a vast maintenance facility seen in between.
The Sector 7 Collapsed Plate Area is visited in "A Broken World" and "Fight for Survival," as Cloud, Barret, and Tifa explore the area following the plate crash. Eventually, the three land in the Underground Test Site, a dungeon primarily involving Barret.
The Collapsed Sector 7 Plate is visited in chapter 15, "The Day Midgar Stood Still", as Cloud, Barret, and Tifa climb the rubble of the plate to reach the Shinra Building. Along the way, the group fight The Valkyrie, a Shinra weapon.