Princess Garnet Til Alexandros 17th (Dagger) - Devotion - "Someday I will be queen, but I will always be myself."
Story Line: As suggested by her name, Garnet is the Princess of Alexandria. In the beginning of the game, Zidane and Tantalus are sent on successful mission to kidnap her by Regent Cid. Garnet aquires a new name, Dagger, from Zidane in order to hide her identity. Garnet follows you throughout the game, finding out eventually that her mother has been plotting against everyone and raging wars. After her mother's death, Garnet becomes Queen of Alexandria, which she thought she was prepared for, but as she figures out, there's more to life than just acting proper. The special thing about Garnet is that she has the ability to summon Eidolons, which is just another name for our favorite summon monsters, and some new ones. This is because she actually belongs to an acient race of people who lived in Madain Sari before they were all wiped off the planet. Garnet's real mother brought her to Alexandria as a little girl to escape the giant eye, and because her real mother died, Garnet was taken into care of the royal family, who cut her summoning horn off. During the game, Garnet gets them extracted from her, but she does get them back, along with a ton more. In the end, Garnet learns that being herself is more important than being a queen. Story Line Score: 10
Overall Battle Performance: The battle system in FFIX is much more traditional Final Fantasy in that each character gets the option to attack, do a special skill, or use an item. The main difference is that every character can use magic. Different skills, called abilities, are learned from weapons, armor, and accessories. Abilities can then be equipped to a character, giving a wide range of choice for each battle. Magic is learned in the same way, but doesn't need to be equipped. FFIX has the Trance mode, in which a character turns a glowing white, and aquires special hidden powers during this time. Dagger is a white mage, and what lesson have we learned from white mages? Their weapons suck, yes! Actually I thought Dagger's weapons were better than Vivi's, so I've gotta give some credit there, but overall, just use her magic. Curative spells. And reflect is always a plus, especially at the end. Her summons are the normal FF summons, including a few new ones, but summoning is different in this game. The first time you use one, the whole sequence plays, but after that, it's very random. If you're lucky, the Eidolon will actually come again, because it does twice as much damage as when they just send their weapons. The chance of them appearing depends on how many jewels you have in your inventory, except for Atomos, who is just completely random. When Dagger is in Trance, Summon becomes Eidolon, and there is a geater chance of the Eidolon coming to help you. With Odin, equip the Odin's Sword ability, because if he doesn't cause death, he'll at least do some damage to the enemy. Overall Battle Performance Score: 8
Overall Contribution: Garnet is the object of affection in the Final Fantasy love story, well, the main one at least. She contributes much to the game in plot and also in battle, making her a well rounded female character. Overall Contribution Score: 10
My Opinion: I don't particularily like calling Garnet "Dagger", but to each his own. I liked Garnet for most of the game. I was stupid and took her to the Forgotten Continent even after Kuja told me that magic would not work there. But it was actually a good thing, because she can get really strong there, though, she has some trouble concentrating, and her attacks don't work half the time. Your choice. Why did she cut her hair off?!? What was the point of that?!? Thank God it was all back at the end, because she looked stupid without her long hair. But I gotta love her, because I was so proud of her at the end for running like that...and then hitting Zidane. Classic. My Opinion Score: 10
Garnet's Average Score: 9.5