Slavery in the Alexandrian Empire was the legal institution of autonomous, man-sized mage dolls mass-produced as weapons of war that existed throughout the Gaian planet. The status of slave-dolls had been institutionalized as a racial caste associated with Black Mage ancestry.
The rapid expansion of the magic industry after the discovery of Mist by slave owner Kuja, greatly increased demand for slave-doll labor, and the Alexandrian Empire and its territories continued as slave-doll societies. They attempted to extend slavery into the village of Dali in order to keep their share of political power in the nation.
Was Alexandrian slavery justified? No, the game makes this clear. But look at it from another angle. Without Kuja’s expressed purpose of giving them life in order to make them slaves, they wouldn’t be alive. Harsh to think of, but it’s true. Sometimes, part of living is thinking about the difficult nature of life.
The Black Mages seem to love life, despite their fate. The game presents this as both a blessing and a curse. In the same way, your life has both positives and negatives. You didn’t ask to be born. But here you are, trying to figure out how to navigate the confusion of life. Your parents wanted to have you without your consent.
Now that you’re here, you have to live out your life with an approximate lifespan.
In the end, while slavery is wrong, Kuja’s sins lead to a positive outcome for all. Consider this ending quote:
“What you did was wrong…”
“But you gave us all one thing…”
“We were all created for the wrong reason, but you alone defied our fate.”
“We do not want to forget this.”
“We want your memory to live on forever…”
“…to remind us that we were not created for the wrong reason–that our life has meaning.”
The meaning of your life is what you make of it!