Thanks to ceropoint for the inspiration!
Every Final Fantasy villain after Chaos is a time traveling David Bowie
Baram is Zigfried, bound to remaining on and attempting to rob the same train over and over and over and over
that or Kefka is Baram, but I could go on and on about that one
For those who remember, Baram was Shadow’s partner, back when the latter was called Clyde.
Shadow (under his real name Clyde) and Baram were bandits who once robbed a million gil from a train. To celebrate their success, Baram dubbed the duo “the Shadow Bandits”. Baram fell injured on the journey to flee the authorities and urged Clyde to get to safety. He asked Clyde to finish him off, afraid of what would happen should he be caught. Clyde refused and abandoned Baram, fleeing to Thamasa where he got married and fathered a child. Unable to bear his past, Clyde abandoned his family and changed his identity, renaming himself “Shadow”, after the name Baram dubbed the two of them.
We know what happens to Clyde (especially if we watch Shadow’s dreams in the inn).
But what happens to Baram?
I guess the canon answer is he dies, but we don’t really know what happens to him. Many people think he becomes another character (i.e. Gogo or even Kefka apparently!) so why not Siegfried (i.e. Zigfried)?
Siegfried makes his first appearance on the Phantom Train, where he disrupts Sabin, Shadow, and Cyan, who are working their way towards the front of the train. Siegfried picks a fight with them when they try to open a treasure chest. He is weak and easily defeated. However, he manages to escape with the treasure anyway.
Weak, seeing that he’s essentially not over his injuries. Fitting, as Baram made his reputation as a train robber. And what is the same train that Ziegfried is attempting to rob “over and over and over and over”? The Phantom Train, “the carrier of dead souls over to the afterlife”.