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Calendary[edit source]

The article says: Final Fantasy IX begins on January 15th, 1800 and ends on March 16th. Source?

The Final Fantasy IX Ultimania books, which give info not in the game. ScatheMote 14:11, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Any links to official sources to verify this? Personally, I'm finding it hard to believe the game takes place in winter, unless the continents shown are close to Gaia's equator or something, but that's just me.

This is a translated timeline from the Ultimania of Final Fantasy IX. ScatheMote 13:08, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Why do I get the feeling from reading it that they didn't bother coming up with most of this stuff until long after the game was finished?

That is most likely true. ScatheMote 13:20, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
The Ultimania expands the universe. That's the beauty of the Ultimania. They try to explain everything that's not in the game and make everything make as much sense as possible.  ILHI 13:25, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

It'd be alot better if it wasn't so obvious that they came up with this particular one {especially the characters' backgrounds and birthdates} only after realizing, "Oh crap, we didn't take our time making this game and now we need to figure out some kind of chronology for it because we couldn't be bothered to do it while we were actually working on the game". To me, it just shows how little most of the production team cared about IX until it became a huge success.

No, there are Ultimanias for most games in the series. ScatheMote 13:35, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

I'm aware of this, but those ones are mostly filled with stuff we found out throughout the games or even in the manuals because they actually took time with the story and characters--for example, one of the only big surprises in the FF6 Ultimania is Kefka's background {which, to be honest, does kinda sound like something out of a bad fanfic} and personal info.

"Advanced 1800 doesn't make sense"?[edit source]

How does it not make sense? It's certainly more advanced than the 1800 we'd usually think of. Take a look at the stuff they have and the things they say that didn't exist in the real world's 1800--I think it's worth a passing note.

Like airships. But it's still a fantasy game, and without such things it just wouldn't be right. Most games feel like their "old with fantasy features".  ILHI 13:07, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
Contrasting IX's calendar to the real world's calendar doesn't make sense. Our year 0 and Gaia's year 0 are two completely different landmarks. 8bit 14:27, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
While true, FFIX is still set in the past of our present day. I mean, it looks like it's set in the past. The only things suggesting otherwise are the "fantasy" elements (note: not "futuristic"). VII, VIII and XIII is futuristic. Most others is pasturistic (I don't know what the word I'm thinking of is).  ILHI 14:33, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

I wasn't just referring to things like airships or fantasy elements though, I was talking things like lightbulbs and phonographs and cheeseburgers and such. Then again, in retrospect, I suppose it be explained by the fact that Gaia's a different planet entirely.

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