Where did Necron and Ozma come from? What and what are they?
There two of the biggest mysteries in Final Fantasy IX are Ozma and Necron. What are they and where do they come from?
Necron’s appearance comes at the end of the game. Zidane and company face him the Hill of Despair as the final battle. Yet, we really don’t know where he comes from. All we know is that Kuja’s actions awaken him somehow:
All life bears death from birth. Life fears death but lives only to die. It starts with anxiety. Anxiety becomes fear. Fear leads to anger… anger leads to hate… hate leads to suffering… The only cure for this fear is total destruction. Kuja was a victim of his own fear. He concluded he could only save himself by destroying the origin of all things – the crystal.
…Now, the theory is undeniable. Kuja’s action proves it. All things live to perish. At last, life has uncovered this truth. Now, it is time to end this world. I exist for one purpose… To return everything back to the zero world, where there is no life and no crystal to give life. In a world of nothing, fear does not exist. This is the world that all life desires. Foolish creature… Your fears have already deluded you.
One day, you will choose destruction over existence, as Kuja did. When he sought to destroy the crystal, the purpose of life ended. Now, come… Enter the zero world that you desire.
How does Necron know what Kuja did?
We find the otherworldly Ozma in the Air Garden, yet we’re not sure why he’s there. Though not explicitly stated, we find Ozma within the “Eidolon cave”. He takes shape as a whirling mass. If he were an Eidolon, he would be the manifestation of the planet’s collective memories gathered by its crystal. According to the Final Fantasy Wikia:
Eidolons are born out of the legends and mythologies numerous peoples have told since the beginning of time. The conjoined memories of said legends enter the Crystal as part of the peoples’ heritage and manifest into magical creatures, whom the Crystal creates as its protectors.
If it’s likely that Ozma is an Eidolon, he comes from the Crystal. In this sense, Ozma would be the collective conscious of all people. Yet, how did others forget Ozma, if he were an Eidolon from Gaia? Perhaps he’s an Eidolon from Terra. According to the Wikia:
The Terrans were unable to find an inexperienced planet to assimilate with, and due to Terra’s crystal growing weaker by the day Garland made the risky decision and chose the young planet of Gaia for Terra to fuse with. The Fusion was a disastrous failure as Gaia’s crystal rejected the process, ending up in the destruction of Gaia’s entire civilization and leaving the planet’s surface in ruin.
The otherworldly Terra’s landscape consists of pure crystalline structures and odd er enemies. Zidane and company encounter Movers, red balls, with two eyes. They appear in three and are very powerful. Noticeably, Ozma is spherical; it’s possible Ozma could be a “Super-Mover”, though not necessary. But if Ozma is an Eidolon from Terra, it remains an amalgamation of every thought, belief, an idea, etc. The people of Terra died long ago, forgetting Ozma’s true appearance. However, as powerful as Ozma is, he may have been Terra’s Crystal Guardian.
Yet, he exists fundamentally similar, residing in the Air Garden. Why? It could have something to do with Mist. Mist on Gaia the product of the souls. By the time Terra’s civilization collapsed, Mist flooded Gaia. When Mist clears, all of the souls vanish. They “evaporate”, so to speak. It’s possible Ozma floats to the sky along with the evaporated Mist. By the time the Mist clears, we can battle Ozma.
While Necron seems to come from nowhere, he most likely resides in Gaia’s Crystal as its Eidolon. Notice that throughout the battle, Necron doesn’t appear until Kuja destroys the Crystal. Necron knows of Kuja and his actions; Necron collected the memories of all humans up to that point. But when the Crystal shatters, Necron attempts to end all life. He mistakes Kuja’s actions for all of humanity’s, however; yet, the Crystal summons Necron to protect it from harm.
Where does he return? Notice that Necron is in the shape of a caduceus. This is the symbol for healing. Perhaps all isn’t lost, as Necron, known as the god of a deal, is the healing element of the Crystal.