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So, this must be Garland's haunted mansion... Talk about bad taste in interior decorating.
Pandemonium is Garland's castle in Final Fantasy IX and the place where he docks the Invincible and oversees the soulless Genomes. Referred to as a floating castle, Pandemonium is situated near Bran Bal on the planet of Terra. It appears organic in design, with eyeballs, scales, horns, fangs and shells in its structure. Atop the Pandemonium rests a large red crystal.
Pandemonium is where the souls of Terra, killed in years long past, lay in stasis, anticipating the absorption of Gaia.
Pandemonium can only be accessed by a transport portal similar to those found within the castle proper. Inside, Garland reveals to Zidane his true purpose as an Angel of Death. Zidane is distressed by the news and tries to attack Garland, but he apparently modifies Zidane, causing him to pass out and altering him to become an "empty vessel", just like the other Genomes. Zidane is left on a throne in a secluded room. His friends come to try to help shake him out of his reverie, but Zidane brushes off their attempts. After several battles where various party members help Zidane defeat various monsters, he comes to grips with himself.
The party battles a Silver Dragon and then Garland. Though Garland continues to predict Gaia's eventual decay, the party defeats him, and Garland crawls to the fortress's precipice. The party spares his life, but Kuja enters Pandemonium on the Invincible and kicks Garland off the ledge, sending him plummeting to his death. Kuja enters Trance after being defeated in battle, and Pandemonium is destroyed, along with the rest of Terra.
Moorock in Bran Bal has never heard of Mognet, but upon learning of it wants to send a letter to Mozme in Pandemonium:
|My First Mognet|
From Moorock to Mozme
This is my first time using Mognet!
And my first letter! Kupo!
Hmm, what should I write about? Kupo?
Blu Mag Edit
- Shell Dragon
- Garland (Boss)
- Kuja (Boss)
- Trance Kuja (cinematic only)
- Silver Dragon (Boss)
Musical themes Edit
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During the three battles after Zidane learns of his nature as a Genome, the music that plays is titled "You're Not Alone".
Other appearances Edit
Pandaemonium appears as the Field Music Sequence for "Not Alone".
Pandaemonium is named after the castle of hell, Pandaemonium, from Final Fantasy II, which is named after the fortress that the fallen angel Lucifer builds in Hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost. The music that also plays in the location is a remix of the music played in Pandaemonium from Final Fantasy II, albeit at half the speed.
Pandæmonium comprises the Greek words pan, "all", and daimonion, "demon"; it can roughly be translated as "all demons". Pandæmonium is the castle of Lucifer and the capital of Hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost, and the word was invented by him. The word has also come to mean any wild disorder or chaos in English.
- Pandemonium's structure is covered in large eyes, some of which seem to follow visitors, giving the impression the structure is alive. This is in juxtaposition to being the place where the dead sleep in stasis. Another place in the game covered in blinking eyes is the final battle arena.