A drum that resonates with the earth, summoning an earthquake. Casts Earthquake IX.
—Final Fantasy II description
The Gaia Drum(大地のドラム, Daichi no Doramu?), also known as the Earth Drum or Earthen Drums, is a recurring offensive item in the Final Fantasy series. It has the power to summon earthquakes in all of its appearances. Avian foes are usually immune to its effects.
A mysterious drum said to harbor the power of the earth itself. Capable of inflicting a modest amount of earth damage, it has the unfortunate side effect of creating a rumbling that sweeps one off one's feet, invariably causing the drum to shatter in the process. Historians posit that it was a centerpiece in dwarven festival of old.
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[view·edit·purge]Gaia or Gaea was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion, one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). The Greek word "γαῖα" (transliterated as gaia or gaea) is a collateral form of "γῆ" meaning Earth. Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was named Gaea (Terra in more ancient documents). This is alluded to in Final Fantasy IX with the existence of Gaia's twin world.
The mythological name Gaia was revived in 1979 by James Lovelock, whose Gaia hypothesis proposes that living organisms and inorganic material are part of a dynamic system that shapes the Earth's biosphere, and maintains the Earth as a fit environment for life. In some Gaia theory approaches the Earth itself is viewed as an organism with self-regulatory functions. This theory is especially alluded to in the Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within take on Gaia as the planet's soul.