Banora Village is a town in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and home to many secrets. It is the only location of which Banora apples grow because of the village's rich soil, as in the area Lifestream runs near the surface. Banora is located on the Mideel continent, as evidenced by the Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Ultimania.
Banora was one of many sites examined by the Shinra Electric Power Company for the potential to host a Mako Reactor after they discovered Mako energy. The mines under the town were built with this purpose in mind, with the village constructed to conceal the construction and existence of the mines. Shinra employees were placed on the village's board of trustees to control it, but eventually the company lost interest in the site and Banora became a free village. After the Jenova Project, Genesis Rhapsodos was sent to live here under foster parents, as were Gillian Hewley and Angeal Hewley and others involved in Project G, to live under surveillance.
Banora became the only village in the world able to grow Banora White apples, due to an unknown property of the soil in the region. Because they bloom at random times, the villagers nicknamed them "dumbapples". As a child Genesis won a competition for the idea of Banora White Apple Juice, which would become Banora's trademark export. Genesis's family property hosted the largest Banora White tree in the village, and it was said to produce the tastiest apples.
As Genesis and Angeal grew up, they became best friends despite the differences between their families. Genesis's family was rich because they were the landlords of Banora, while Angeal's family was poor. By pure chance, Genesis found the abandoned Mako mines under the town and made a secret base there, a journal Zack Fair finds there recounting his desire to share Banora White juice with Sephiroth, who was the same age as Genesis but was a famous hero because of the Wutai War. Eventually, Genesis and Angeal left Banora to join SOLDIER, Genesis hoping to become a hero like Sephiroth.
During Crisis Core Zack and Tseng are sent to Banora Village to find Genesis's parents to see if their son has contacted them. They find the village has become a stronghold for Genesis, the townsfolk including Genesis's parents are dead, Gillian the only survivor, and Genesis has set up a base in a warehouse on the edge of town where Genesis Copies are being produced. As Zack and Tseng investigate the village, they find Genesis and Angeal, Zack believing Angeal killed his mother after finding her dead in her home and Angeal at the scene. Genesis summons Bahamut to battle Zack, and after he defeats it he and Tseng leave. Shinra orders Banora firebombed to destroy all evidence of Genesis's actions, leaving the town a crater. However, the bombing failed to destroy the mines under the town, where Hollander had constructed other testing facilities.
At the end of Crisis Core, Zack returns to Banora, realizing that Genesis's continued holding of a Banora White means he must still be using the village as a base since they grow nowhere else. Zack finds an entrance into the underground mines and explores the caverns. Genesis is located in an underground chamber where a tall tree holds an enormous Materia called the "Goddess Materia". Genesis absorbs power from the Materia and the Lifestream to become Genesis Avatar, and engages Zack.
With Genesis Avatar defeated, the goddess Minerva appears to Genesis in a vision and cures him of his degradation. Genesis duels Zack, and though defeated and weak, he survives as Zack carries him out of the caverns. Zack takes a bite of the Banora White juice, fulfilling Genesis's childhood dream by proxy since he carries Sephiroth's cells. Genesis falls unconscious from the battle as Lazard and the last Angeal Copy fade into the Lifestream. Zack takes Cloud and departs for Midgar, leaving Genesis behind.
Banora is located on Gaia's South-Eastern island mass.
- X-Potion x3
- Hi-Potion x2
- Total 505 Gil (extra 100-1500 gil depending on missile minigame score)
- Mp Up
- Elixir x2
- Bronze Armlet
- Phoenix Down
- Banora was a playable scenario in the Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Demo playable at Jump Festa in 2006. In the demo's climax Zack fights Ifrit, a boss which is only fought during the Wutai area of the game.