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Garnet and Eiko, both Summoners, performing a Summon

Summoners are a race of horned human-like people Final Fantasy IX. Their home is the city of Madain Sari in the Outer Continent. Their special power is the ability to Summon Eidolons, immensely powerful monsters that serve the Summoner. With Eidolons, Summoners have enough power to destroy whole cities. Physically, Summoners are no different from normal humans, except for a small horn on the tip of their forehead (seen on Eiko's head in the picture to the right).


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Hundreds of years before the start of Final Fantasy IX, the Summoners lived on the Mist Continent with the other peoples. However, during a failed Summoning experiment, the Eidolon Alexander goes berserk. To stop Alexander from ever being used again, the Summoners divided his summoning gem into four fragments and leave three with three countries on the Mist Continent. The final gem they take with themselves to a place where the earth's pulse concentrates, Madain Sari.

The Summoners lived peacefully in their new homeland until the arrival of Garland to Gaia. Rather than using their powers to dominate other races, the Summoners' main preoccupation was simply to study the nature of their Eidolons. Much of their work is seen on the Eidolon wall in Madain Sari. Seeing the Summoner's powers as a threat to his plans, Garland sent the Invincible to destroy Madain Sari along with most of the Summoner population. The only known survivors were a girl named Sarah, her mother Jane, and Eiko's parents and grandfather. Eiko was born three years after Madain Sari's destruction. Her parents died when she was extremely young, leaving her with her grandfather, until he died shortly before the game begins. Eiko survived all alone in the ruins of Madain Sari with the help of Moogles. Sarah's mother died after bringing her daughter to Alexandria, and the girl was raised by the kingdom's royal family as "Princess Garnet". Without anybody to teach her the ways of Summoning, and with her horn removed, Garnet had no idea she was any different from the people around her. By the time the game begins, Sarah and Eiko are the only summoners left.

Garnet's powers are only awakened by the time Final Fantasy IX starts, when her adopted mother, Queen Brahne, steals her Eidolons using a sinister magic. Meeting with Eiko, Garnet learns of her Summoner heritage, while she watches her deranged mother use her Eidolons for world conquest. Kuja, the Queen's manipulator, is in fact using Brahne's ambition to attempt to steal Alexander by gathering the four gems together. He destroys Brahne by using one of her stolen Eidolons, Bahamut, against her and then moves to attack Alexandria. Garnet and Eiko work together to summon Alexander to stop Kuja's attack, and continue to fight along side the other playable characters to defeat Kuja and finally save the world.

At the end of the game, both Garnet and Eiko are alive and well, showing that the Summoner legacy will most likely live on long after Final Fantasy IX.


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