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Mideel(ミディール,Midīru?) is a hot springs town in the southern part of the Planet in Final Fantasy VII known for being a place where the Lifestream is close to the surface. It is located on a large island south of the eastern continent.
The party comes to Mideel to search for their lost leader, Cloud Strife, without even knowing if this person they have journeyed with since the events of Midgar is even the real Cloud, or just another Sephiroth Clone. Their lost comrade was last seen falling into the Lifestream at the Northern Cave, but since Mideel is close to the Lifestream, the party figure there is a good chance Cloud might have surfaced there.
Cloud is found in the doctor's clinic. He had washed ashore a week earlier, but is in the vegetative state of Mako Poisoning and all he can do is sit in his wheelchair and mutter incoherently. Tifa Lockhart stays with him, while the rest set off to fight Shinra for the Huge Materia, with Cid Highwind taking over the leader's role.
The town is shaken by a series of earthquakes when the party returns to check up on Cloud and Tifa. The Ultimate Weapon appears in the sky and the party battles the monster, but it flees. A flow of Lifestream swallows the town and Cloud and Tifa are pulled into the Lifestream where the two explore Cloud's Subconscious to unearth his true past and identity. They wash ashore and the others find them and take them aboard the Highwind, the recovered Cloud returning to the role of leader.
Before the town's destruction the player can find a busy shopper in all the shops. Post-destruction the other shops lose most of their stock, but the previous busy shopper will sell the party all of the previously available stock with inflated prices.
A good early level grinding spot is by taking the Tiny Bronco to one of the Mideel Area islands to fight enemies designed to be fought part way through Part 2 of the game.
When spoken to in his mako poisoning state, Cloud will mutter on about Xenogears, another RPG that was in development at the same time as Final Fantasy VII. Xenogears also includes a reference to Final Fantasy VII by displaying a poster of Tifa in one of the in-game areas.
According to Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega, Cloud's rescue scene was originally planned to be even longer; after washing up on the shore of Mideel with Tifa, Cloud would have been unconscious and Tifa would have had to revive him with CPR. During this stage Cloud would have a vision of being experimented by Professor Hojo in Nibelheim, and of his escape with Zack. The scene was moved to be viewed in the Shinra Mansion basement in the game's final version.