Genesis and several other SOLDIER forces desert Shinra after an operation in Wutai. As SOLDIER further investigates the situation, Angeal also goes missing. Zack eventually tracks both Angeal and Genesis to their hometown of Banora. Zack sees Genesis mutate a single black wing from the left side of his back, while Angeal obtains a big white wing and one smaller wing from the right side his back. Due to his mothers shame, she kills herself. Genesis flies away while Zack helps to evacuate Angeal before the village is destroyed by Shinra bomb. Genesis then learns he has the ability to pass along his cells to others, mutating them in the same way, and creates an army of "Genesis copies" to attack Shinra headquarters. Though the forces are defeated, Angeal goes missing again. Zack and Sephiroth track down Genesis' mutation to a secret lab deep in a Midgar mako reactor, and learn that Dr. Hollander, a genetic researcher, had used both Genesis and Angeal as part of Project G, an attempt to clone human beings. Zack attempts to chase down Hollander but is stopped by Angeal, now with one white wing, intent on keeping Hollander alive. Angeal knocks Zack through the floor of the reactor into the slums of Midgar.