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We are in trouble!
Trouble are we in!
—Zorn and Thorn

Zorn (ゾーン, Zōn?) and Thorn (ソーン, Sōn?) are non-player characters from Final Fantasy IX who serve as Queen Brahne's court jesters and mages. They look nearly identical and wear similar clothing, Zorn wearing blue, and Thorn wearing red. In the game's English translation, Zorn and Thorn speak in an antimetabole speech pattern using the same words to reply to each other but in active and passive form. For example, Zorn would say, "Are you sure of this?" while Thorn would say, "Sure of this, are you?".

Zorn and Thorn were born in July of 1711, thus making them 88 years old.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Zorn and Thorn wear jester hats with bells, collared jackets and buttoned up shirts in blue and red respectively. Their jackets, color aside, are slightly different, as Zorn has a spade and a club suit on his left and right arm respectively, and Thorn has a heart and a diamond suit. While Zorn's blue makeup curves over his brow and nose in thin lines, Thorn's makeup colors his eye sockets in red, with a red circle above each eye. Their lips are of their respective colors, and both their faces are painted white.

Zorn and Thorn are over-dramatic and panicky, resorting to running around mindlessly when something goes wrong, and one always follows the other. They speak with exclamation, constantly shouting at each other and proclaiming the other is wrong. They are sycophants that court those in power and, despite their childish behavior, are loyal to those they serve. Zorn and Thorn have been known to act cowardly in times of danger and flee.

StoryEdit

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When Princess Garnet disappears from Alexandria Castle, Zorn and Thorn become frantic. Under Queen Brahne's orders, they track the princess and Zidane sights them at the peak of the Ice Cavern where the duo summon Black Waltz 1 to stall him while they flee. Zorn and Thorn later come along on the Alexandrian attack on Burmecia, appearing in Gizamaluke's Grotto and in Burmecia itself.

Eidolon extraction

Zorn and Thorn extracting Garnet's eidolons.

Zorn and Thorn have the power to extract eidolons from a person, which they do after capturing Garnet and holding her in the Alexandria Castle basement, extracting the eidolons Shiva, Ifrit, Atomos, Odin, and Bahamut for Queen Brahne's use.

Zorn and Thorn come to serve Kuja, Brahne's manipulator, after losing face to the queen. After kidnapping Eiko Carol, they attempt to extract eidolons from her in the depths of Mount Gulug, but are unsuccessful as a summoner must reach the age of sixteen for eidolons to be extracted. Defeated by Eiko's eidolon Madeen, it is revealed Zorn and Thorn are not truly twins and their true form is the two halves of the double-headed monster Meltigemini. When Meltigemini is reformed to cover Kuja's departure, Zidane and company end the monster for good.

BattleEdit

See also: Zorn (Boss), Thorn (Boss), and Meltigemini

Zorn and Thorn are fought as bosses in Alexandria Castle during the attempt to rescue Garnet. Meltigemini is the fusion of Zorn and Thorn and is fought upon Mount Gulug.

Musical ThemesEdit

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"Court Jesters" in Final Fantasy IX
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"Court Jesters" (月なきみそらの道化師たち, Tsukinaki Misora no Dōkeshitachi?), also known as "Jesters of the Moon", plays whenever the two make an appearance. It is the ninth track from the first disc of the Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack.

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

In an old development memo Hironobu Sakaguchi wrote to draft the Final Fantasy IX opening sequence he has later shared online, Zorn and Thorn are not two individual people, but, rather, their role is taken by a single tall old mage called "Zorn".[1] The queen is enjoying the play Tantalus Theater Troupe is putting on, and Zorn approaches her on the balcony where she is seated, but is stopped by "Lieutenant Steiner" who leads a guard of paladins for the queen's safety. Zorn says he has special permission to be let through and indicates to the queen he has urgent news. The queen waives him through and Zorn relays that Princess Garnet has taken the "stone of Leviathan" and a soldier handed it to her because she said that queen had asked her to get it. The queen says she never asked it, and the mage's follower comes and informs the princess is nowhere in the castle.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Zorn is the German word for "anger", while Thorn is an English word which alludes to suffering. In Christian belief, Jesus Christ was crowned with a wreath of thorns during his crucifixion.

The French localization of the game names them "Pile" and "Face", which can respectively mean "Heads" and "Tails", referring to the two sides of a coin.

TriviaEdit

  • During the party's battle with Zorn and Thorn, they use Twin magic similar to that used by Palom and Porom in Final Fantasy IV.
  • When Beatrix is attempting to reverse the sleeping spell cast on Garnet, Thorn says, "Irrevocable is the spell we have cast!" when in fact it was Kuja who cast the spell on the princess.

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