Artemicion (アルテミシオン, Arutemishion?) is a recurring moogle in the Final Fantasy series. He is identified by his striped purple fur, though the origin of these stripes often differ between being his natural fur color, to fur dyeing.
Artemicion is in charge of the Mognet mail delivery syndicate. He relies on Zidane and his friends to deliver mail after he uses Mognet Central's supply of Superslick to oil his fur, depleting it and causing the machinery to break down.
Artemicion is one of the large cast of moogles in Final Fantasy IX. Though his presence throughout the game is not a major plot point, it is a source of comic relief. Artemicion is known for his disastrous encounters with fur dye, as the casual viewer can tell from his mottled purple fur.
- Main article: Striped Brigands
Artemicion runs a shop in Rebena Te Ra that sells pocket and pouch upgrades for magicite, Potions and Ethers. In Story Mode he also appears in a few dungeons accompanied by three moogles. These are dungeons the party can't exit, so Artemicion and the three moogles sell them items. At some point he resided in Rela Cyel before its destruction and knew Alhanalem from then.
When the party visit Rela Cyel Past, Artemicion can be seen with the three moogles stealing items from Rela Cyel before its destruction. He is sometimes gone from his shop and leaves it in the hands of other more lazy moogles. He eventually returns to run his shop in Multi-Player Mode.
Also, when the character Gnash or any Selkie is equipped with the Creatures Head and the Creatures Suit, it resembles Artemicion. Gnash also makes several references to the Striped Brigands throughout the game.
- “All you need to know about this town is that it's full of fashion crimes and its victims. But I'm here to stir things up and put some voom back in this city's vogue. Ah-ha! Here comes Fashion Disaster, Exhibit A. Whoa, what's with that haircut? Very, very dodgy. I'm a maestro with the scissors and curling iron. I can change your life-IF you're ready to be beautiful.”
Artemicion appears once more in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, in front of the library in Town, along with the Pavlov armor-clad Lilty, Elen Dok, that is his partner. He is a self-proclaimed fashion expert, and allows the player to change his or her hair color (unless he or she is a Yuke).
After defeating Larkeicus in the library, his location changes from outside the library, to on the roof of one of the stores in the main area of the town. A citizen nearby suspects he moved because he was in the way at the library, and that he wouldn't get any complaints here, although it "isn't exactly the best place to do business".
Artemicion appears in The Crystal Bearers at Costa Faguita, also sporting a Striped Apple design on his pom-pom, a reference to the Striped Brigands. Afterward, he can be found in various random locations throughout the game, and will drop gil if spoken to. He will ask the player not to tell anyone of his location, as he's a wanted criminal said to be linked with 188 crimes.
Artemicion from Final Fantasy IX appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with a water-elemental card.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
In Kingdom Hearts II, Artemicion isn't physically shown, but a moogle shop is named after him in Space Paranoids.
"Artemicion" is most likely a mistranliteration of "Artemision", the Greek name for the Temple of Artemis.