Final Fantasy VII: Stories of the Lifestream
Mako as an Energy Source
Mako is the most common source of electrical power on the Planet with coal a distant second. The process of power generation via Mako was begun by the Shinra Electric Power Company, based in Midgar. Mako extraction and its usage is considered environmentally unfriendly, and the eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE regularly attack Shinra’s Mako Reactors in hopes of stopping the process.
Prolonged exposure to Mako can lead to genetic mutation, poisoning, and ultimately death. Living things, both plants and animals, that have been over-exposed to Mako, can suddenly mutate. Monsters can be affected by natural Mako springs that well up from the soil, or, lately, monsters have been produced through Shinra’s experiments. People (notably those in SOLDIER) who have had prolonged exposure to Mako are identified by a glow in their eyes, referred to as “Mako eyes.” Besides its electrical uses, the elite Shinra task force, SOLDIER, is made up of operatives biologically augmented by Mako.
Members of SOLDIER are not only infused with Mako; they are also injected with Jenova cells, an experiment as part of the Jenova Project created by Professor Gast, a Shinra scientist. Jenova’s cells together with Mako give the members of SOLDIER far greater strength and cognitive ability than ordinary people possess, provided they are mentally strong enough to handle the Mako infusion process without succumbing to Mako poisoning. When this procedure is taken too far the subjects turn into Makonoids.
Mako, in various forms, is found in weapons used by Shinra. The Junon Mako Cannon uses a variety of Mako shells, and later, as the Sister Ray, fires a beam of raw Mako energy. As Materia, Mako has been employed by some of Shinra’s Turk operatives who wield it in their weapons and First Class members of SOLDIER are able to synthesize custom versions. In addition to the energy resource and weaponry allocations of Mako, the Shinra corporation develops Mako-powered cars for civilian purposes.
Exposure to Mako in its concentrated form can be dangerous to humans and typically results in a disorder known as “Mako Poisoning” or “Mako Addiction”.