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Lindblum

The Regency of Lindblum.

Lindblum (リンドブルム, Rindoburumu?) is a regency located on the southernmost part of the Mist Continent in Final Fantasy IX. It shares a border with both Alexandria and Burmecia. It is the largest city in the game and is divided into four areas: the Business District, the Industrial District, the Theater District, and the Grand Castle. People transport from district to district via the Air Cabs. The regency itself is protected by the Lindblum Airfleet and lives under the rule of Regent Cid Fabool IX.

Lindblum is the largest community in Gaia as well as the most technologically advanced. Recently, ground-breaking technological discoveries in steam power have allowed Lindblum's engineers to forge Mist-free transportation vehicles, such as Air Cabs, and even steam-fueled airships.

StoryEdit

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Lindblum on the world map.

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Zidane and his group arrive at Lindblum after narrowly escaping from Alexandria. Thanks to Garnet's relations with the Lindblum royalty, they are welcomed inside the castle where they learn Regent Cid has transformed into an Oglop.

Zidane heads back into town while Vivi and Steiner explore the city districts. Wandering into a bar, Zidane reunites with Freya Crescent, an old friend he hasn't seen in three years. Later, Zidane returns to the castle to check up on Garnet, who is becoming depressed over her inability to act upon the rising problems facing the kingdoms of Alexandria and Lindblum.

Lindblum View

A view of Lindblum's expanse through the Castle's rooftop telescope.

In an effort to cheer her up, Zidane promises her a date if he wins the Festival of the Hunt. The festival's award ceremony is interrupted as a messenger arrives from Burmecia, informing the Regent that the country is under attack from a black mage army. The messenger dies soon after, succumbing to his wounds.

Immediately setting out to assist the Burmecians, Freya, along with Zidane and Vivi, travel by foot through the Dragon's Gate to Gizamaluke's Grotto. Garnet, without the blessing of her teammates or uncle, but nonetheless with Steiner following behind, returns to Alexandria to talk her mother out of attacking the other countries.

Both groups fail in their quests, and after the destruction of both Burmecia and Cleyra, Queen Brahne turns her sights on Lindblum Castle, hammering it with a barrage from her seafaring fleet hidden beneath the Mist. She teleports armies of black mages into the city before finally ending the battle with summoning Atomos's vortex winds to rip the castle apart. Not long after, having witnessed the attack, Zidane, Garnet, and Vivi return to the stricken city to regroup and plan their counter attack. They devise a plan to defeat Kuja, Brahne's weapon supplier, in the Outer Continent.

Near the end of the game Lindblum's airfleet joins the Second Battle of the Iifa Tree, led by Regent Cid.

LocationsEdit

Lindblum is situated atop a mountain peak far above the Mist-covered plains. Fortified from every side by the castle's grand walls and towers, the city is currently, due to the Mist, only safely accessible via airship through the Falcon's Gate. The city is divided into four districts.

Moving from one district to another requires the service of an air taxi. The Air Cab moves upon a rail that spans across Lindblum.

Lindblum Theater District

The Theater District Air Cab station.

Theater District

Overlooking the Falcon's Gate from a lofty height, the Theater District is home to Lindblum's famous theater. This has been the venue for many famous plays, including Moogle Wannabe 2 starring Lowell Bridges. It is also where the Aspiring Artist Michael's workshop is located. The Theater District is the home of Tantalus Theater Troupe, Baku's band of thieves. Time is marked by a bell that sounds at the end of each play performed in the theater.

Lindblum Industrial District

The Industrial District's pub.

Industrial District

The Industrial District is where the engineers work and live. Upon exiting the Air Cab station, a giant statue of Cid Fabool VIII can be viewed, built to honor the father of Cid IX. One of the most exciting projects going on in the Industrial District is the development of the steam engine, which works without the use of Mist. The Doom Pub, run by the barkeeper Bobo, is where Zidane reunites with his old friend, the Burmecian Dragoon; Freya Crescent. The district is destroyed during the Siege of Lindblum.

Lindblum Business District

The Business District's main street.

Business District

The Business District is one of the largest commercial areas in Gaia. Among its many shops is the synthesis shop. The vast array of shops include Alice's Item Shop, a weapon shop, Polom's Action Figures, Pepe's Milk Shop, Ivan's Fish Stack, Milla's Oil Shop and Grandma Pickle's corner stand, which sells Gysahl Pickles, a Lindblum delicacy.

Along with shops, it is also home to Lindblum's inn, which holds a Bobo Bird Statue that has been handed down from generation to generation between innkeepers. At the inn visitors can read comments left by previous patrons. If the player inspects the book on Disc 3 or 4, they can prompt Zidane to leave a comment as well.

Down the main street is the Hunter's Gate, the exit that leads to Pinnacle Rocks; on the other end is a church currently undergoing a renovation.

The Lindblum Grand CastleEdit

Main article: Lindblum Castle
Lindblum Castle

Lindblum Castle.

Regarded as the fourth district, Lindblum Grand Castle is an impressive structure with walls surrounding the entire city. It is home to Regent Cid, the ruler of Lindblum. It has a large airship dock, which houses the Lindblum air force. The castle is located in central Lindblum and consists of three levels.

Tetra MasterEdit

Tetra Master
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#095
Location: Among the rubble at the back of Business District (Disc 2-4)
Win from Adventurer at Daguerreo Left Hall (Disc 3-4)
Win from Black Mage No.33 at Black Mage Village Watermill (Disc 4)
Win from Strong Phantom at Memoria Lost Memory (Disc 4)


TreasureEdit

Disc 1Edit

Disc 2Edit

Disc 3Edit

Disc 4Edit

Note: For the Theater Ship card, Coral Ring, and 5000 Gil, only one can be obtained, depending on who wins the Festival of the Hunt. For the card, Vivi must win, Freya for the Coral Ring, and Zidane for the 5000 gil.

QuestsEdit

Autograph and Moogle SuitEdit

During the first visit to Lindblum, Zidane can go to the Theatre District to find Lowell, surrounded by his fans. He leaves, a man in a moogle costume appears, and then exits the area. Zidane can follow him to the artist's house, get an Autograph from Lowell, and find another key item, Moogle Suit, inside the house. These items serve no purpose other than raising the Treasure Hunter Rank.

Festival of the HuntEdit

Main article: Festival of the Hunt

The player must defeat enemies within a time limit to amass points. Depending on who wins the hunt a different reward is given.

Finding Potions for CidEdit

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Beautiful Potion.

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Cid's reaction to the potion.

On disc 3 after the party has arrived in Lindblum after Kuja's attack on Alexandria and after Garnet has lost her voice, Cid wishes to find a way to turn back into human. The party plans to make a potion for him, but must find the ingredients from the citizens of Lindblum.

The "Beautiful Potion" is held by Alice outside the weapon shop in the Business District.

The "Strange Potion" is in Artist Michael's studio, found in the left corner of house.

The "Unusual Potion" is received from Cinna at Tantalus's hideout at Theater District.

After returning to the castle Zidane will give Cid the newly-mixed potion, but the potion fails to turn him into a human, turning him into a frog instead.

Lost Family SidequestEdit

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The final Nero goes looking.

During Disc 4, a new sidequest becomes accessible where Zidane must repeatedly visit the Tantalus hideout in Lindblum's Theater District and talk to the various Nero family members. Starting with Benero and Zenero, a member of the Nero family will appear, saying the others are missing, then go and look for them. Each time Zidane returns to the hideout after a major event or battle in Memoria, a new member will be there, saying all the previous members are missing. This can be done repeatedly until Deathguise is defeated - the last major event that will trigger a new scene at the hideout.

After the scene with Penera, the final Nero family member, Zidane will comment on the huge family, and a treasure chest will appear inside the hideout with a Protect Ring inside.

The sidequest can be moved forward with every major event and battle in Memoria, and there are more Memoria events than necessary to perform the entire quest. This means the player can still complete the quest even if they do not go back to the hideout after every event. If the player completes the sidequest and continues to trigger more events in Memoria, the sidequest will seemingly start over again, but it cannot be completed again since there are not enough events to do so. Whether this was intended or a glitch is unknown.

The Nero family members as they appear are:

Benero and Zenero > Genero > Denero > Penero > Benera > Zenera > Genera > Denera > Penera.

The events in Memoria that move the sidequest forward are:

  1. The beginning of Disc 4.
  2. The battle with Nova Dragon.
  3. The battle with Maliris.
  4. The flashback of Alexander.
  5. The scene where Zidane talks to himself.
  6. The flashback of Dagger on the boat.
  7. The scene with the giant eye in the sky.
  8. The battle with Tiamat.
  9. The scene with the two planets colliding.
  10. The scene where Quina thinks he/she is drowning.
  11. The scene where Garland talks about memories.
  12. The battle with Kraken.
  13. The scene about Gaia's birth.
  14. The battle with Lich.
  15. The scene where Garland talks about the beginning and the Crystal.
  16. The scene where the party enters the Crystal World.
  17. The battle with Deathguise.

ShopsEdit

Torres' Synthesis Shop (Disc 1)Edit

Item Price (gil) Components
Butterfly Sword 300 Dagger, Mage Masher
The Ogre 700 Mage Masher x2
Cotton Robe 1000 Wrist, Steepled Hat
Desert Boots 300 Leather Hat, Leather Shirt
Yellow Scarf 400 Feather Hat, Steepled Hat
Glass Buckle 500 Glass Armlet, Leather Wrist

Torres' Synthesis Shop (Disc 2)Edit

Item Price (gil) Components
Butterfly Sword 300 Dagger, Mage Masher
The Ogre 700 Mage Masher x2
Exploda 1000 Mage Masher, Mythril Dagger
Cotton Robe 1000 Wrist, Steepled Hat
Silk Robe 2000 Silk Shirt, Bandana
Desert Boots 300 Leather Hat, Leather Shirt
Yellow Scarf 400 Feather Hat, Steepled Hat
Glass Buckle 500 Glass Armlet, Leather Wrist
Germinas Boots 900 Desert Boots, Fork
Cachusha 1000 Magus Hat, Rubber Helmet
Coral Ring 1200 Lightning Staff, Rod
Gold Choker 1300 Linen Cuirass, Soft
Magician Shoes 1500 Germinas Boots, Bone Wrist
Barette 1800 Needle Fork, Barbut
Power Belt 2000 Glass Buckle, Chain Mail

Wayne's Synthesis Shop (Disc 3/4)Edit

Item Price (gil) Components
The Ogre 700 Mage Masher x2
Exploda 1000 Mage Masher, Mythril Dagger
Rune Tooth 2000 Mythril Dagger x2
Angel Bless 9000 Mythril Dagger, Gladius
Cotton Robe 1000 Wrist, Steepled Hat
Silk Robe 2000 Silk Shirt, Bandana
Desert Boots 300 Leather Hat, Leather Shirt
Yellow Scarf 400 Feather Hat, Steepled Hat
Glass Buckle 500 Glass Armlet, Leather Wrist
Germinas Boots 900 Desert Boots, Fork
Cachusha 1000 Magus Hat, Rubber Helmet
Coral Ring 1200 Lightning Staff, Rod
Gold Choker 1300 Linen Cuirass, Soft
Magician Shoes 1500 Germinas Boots, Bone Wrist
Barette 1800 Needle Fork, Barbut
Power Belt 2000 Glass Buckle, Chain Mail
Madain's Ring 3000 Bone Wrist, Stardust Rod
Fairy Earrings 3200 Magic Armlet, Soft
Extension 3500 Lamia's Tiara, Multina Racket
Reflect Ring 7000 Anklet, Madain's Ring
Anklet 4000 Gold Choker, Peridot
Feather Boots 4000 Magician Shoes, Phoenix Pinion
Black Belt 4000 Twist Headband, Survival Vest
Pearl Rouge 5000 Moonstone, Elixir

Alice's Item ShopEdit

Item Price (gil)
Potion 50
Phoenix Down 150
Echo Screen 50
Soft 100
Antidote 50
Eye Drops 50
Annoyntment (Disc 2 onwards) 150
Tent 800

Dragoos' ArmoryEdit

Item Price (gil)
Dagger 320
Mage Masher 500
Mythril Dagger 950
Iron Sword 660
Javelin 880
Rod 260
Fork 1100
Leather Wrist 200
Glass Armlet 250
Bronze Gloves 480
Silver Gloves 720
Steepled Hat 250
Headgear 330
Iron Helm 450
Leather Plate 530
Linen Cuirass 800

Dragoos' Weapon Shop (Disc 2)Edit

Item Price (gil)
Dagger 320
Mage Masher 500
Mythril Dagger 950
Iron Sword 3780
Partisan 1600
Multina Racket 750
Stardust Rod 760
Flame Staff 1100
Ice Staff 980
Lightning Staff 1200
Leather Wrist 200
Glass Armlet 250
Bone Wrist 330
Mythril Armlet 500
Mythril Gloves 980
Thunder Gloves 1200
Headgear 330
Magus Hat 400
Bandana 500
Mage's Hat 600
Mythril Helm 1000
Silk Shirt 400
Leather Plate 530
Bronze Vest 670
Chain Plate 810
Mythril Vest 1180
Chain Mail 1200
Mythril Armor 1830

Dragoos' Weapon/Medicine Shop (Disc 3/4)Edit

Item Price (gil)
Coral Sword 4000
Partisan 1600
Ice Lance 2480
Poison Knuckles 5000
Magic Racket 1350
Healing Rod 1770
Lamia's Flute 3800
Cypress Pile 3200
Mythril Fork 4700
Pinwheel 200
Chimera Armlet 1200
Thunder Gloves 1200
Twist Headband 1200
Mantra Band 1500
Dark Hat 1800
Gold Helmet 1800
Magician Cloak 1850
Survival Vest 2900
Brigandine 4300
Mythril Armor 1830
Plate Mail 2320
Potion 50
Hi-Potion 200
Phoenix Down 150
Echo Screen 50
Soft 100
Antidote 50
Eye Drops 50
Magic Tag 100
Remedy 300
Annoyntment 150
Tent 800

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

In 1999, Squaresoft subcontracted a French company, Ex Machina, to create three FMVs including Lindblum. In turn, the company asked a sculptor, Charles-Éric Gogny, to create a model of Lindblum which the company would use in creating the FMVs which would serve as the basis for the 3D work in Maya and compositing work in Adobe AfterEffect and Avid Media Illusion.[1][2]

Musical ThemesEdit

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The theme that plays in Lindblum is called "Lindblum".

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

One of the original servers in Final Fantasy XIV was named Lindblum. It was merged with the Saronia server into the Sargatanas server.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Lindblum is present as a room for preset characters of the game's Multiplayer Mode Online Lobby.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

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Lindblum.

Lindblum appears as the BMS for "Festival of the Hunt".

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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Man quoting Star Trek.

  • A man near the air cab station will say, "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker!", a quote from Star Trek.
  • Lindblum soldiers wield a pole-arm with a hammer-like head, perhaps fitting for a city built on industry.
  • On the map in the opening video, and on the sign in the bottom left of the Rest Stop screen in Summit Station, and on the maps dotted around South Gate stations, the city is spelled as "Lindbulm". These graphics also appear in the original Japanese version of the game, and the Final Fantasy IX Ultimania uses the term "Lindbulm", so it is likely this is the Japanese English name for the region and the graphics were not updated for the English version.
  • Given that these mistakes appear out of dialogue and instead on maps and pre-rendered backgrounds, it could also mean that the dialogue "Lindblum" is instead a mistake.
  • Just outside the transport station in the Industrial District, there is a statue of Cid VIII, who built the first Mist-powered airship in 1762. Nine years later, he led a battle. Nine years after that, he died. It is engraved by Cid IX. The number nine is a recurring theme of this particular Final Fantasy title.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Cid Raines is the commander of an enormous airship named the Lindblum, referencing Cid Fabool IX and the city of Lindblum.
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Chocobo in Business District.

  • If the player looks closely enough, when in the Business District after the Siege of Lindblum, an out-of-place chocobo can be seen partially hovering above the ground, serving no actual purpose. It can be seen in the distance on the right hand side of the split junction area. Heading to the next camera angle (the fountain) will cause the chocobo to disappear. The chocobo is not actually a model, but instead a layer of the background. It is not known whether this was intentional or something left in the game and forgotten about prior to its release.

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