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The Genomes are a race of people appearing in Final Fantasy IX. They are beings produced by Garland. The majority of Genomes do not have souls, because they are meant to be the vessels for the souls of the people of Terra once the takeover of Gaia is complete, and because of this they have little emotional response. However, Garland made three Genomes with souls, who were more powerful than regular Genomes. The first of the three, Kuja, was created by chance. Kuja harbored an extraordinary will, but this trait came at the price of mortality. Put bluntly, his creation was a fluke, and Garland even considered discarding him because of it. Garland, however, changed his mind and decided to use Kuja as an "Angel of Death", a puppet to kill the inhabitants of Gaia and thus expedite its assimilation by Terra. Kuja's soul was not eternal, and therefore an even more powerful Genome was created to take his place when he expired. This Genome was Zidane. Kuja felt threatened by his younger "brother" and left him on the very planet Kuja was to destroy. The third Genome, Mikoto, was yet again a replacement for the already existing "Angels of Death", should they both fail in their mission to send Gaian souls to the crushing grasp of the Iifa Tree.


Genomes in Bran Bal

Zidane does not learn of his identity as a Genome until he and his party travels through the Shimmering Island to Terra. There, Mikoto leads the otherworlders to Bran Bal, the village of Genomes. Zidane and his companions are then shocked to discover that all the Genomes look exactly like him. However, all the Genomes save Mikoto are completely unresponsive, and Zidane asks Mikoto about their true nature. The female Genome's explanations serve only to send Zidane into a brooding state, unsure of his exact nature. Later, Garland appears before Zidane and reveals his entire plan for Gaia, Terra, Genomes, and his trio of Angels of Death.

After escaping Kuja's destruction of Terra on the Invincible, the party leaves the Genome survivors with the Black Mages, where they continue to live until the end of the game. Because the Genomes do not have souls, they will never age or die, and therefore serve as an interesting contrast to their new companions, as the Black Mages have souls but are cursed with a tragically short life.

This article uses material from the "Genome" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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