Gilgamesh: Enough expository banter!
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Do Zidane, Kuja and Mikoto have the soul of a Terran or was Garland able to make souls from scratch too? Oni Dark Link 12:18, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

It is never explained, but I doubt they have Terran souls. My theory is that in the FFIX universe where memories act as the interconnectivity of all life, you sort of make a soul for yourself by living 'to the fullest' and accumulating memories. This is how the black mages like Vivi can have a soul that can return to the planet ("my memories will be part of the sky"), even if they were not born naturally from the planet. And also why Garland's soul can return to the planet (you can still talk to him in Memoria) even if he is clearly some kind of robot. And this is also why Garland fails to remove Zidane's soul and make him a regular Genome, because he's already lived a proper life and his soul belongs to him now. The genomes in Bran Bal on the other hand don't do anything and are 'empty' of life experience, so what memories they would be able to pass on to the crystal is limited, and probably they could thus be easily taken over by an experienced and dominant soul from the old Terra. But in the ending Mikoto says Kuja has given hope on all Genomes in how he decided to be more than just a vessel and live his own life, implying the other Genomes could follow in his path even if they were never given souls.Keltainentoukokuu (talk) 13:56, July 19, 2013 (UTC)
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