This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Zidane Tribal [Thief]
Vivi Ornitier [Black Mage]
Adelbert Steiner [Magic Knight]
Garnet "Dagger" Alexandros [White Mage/Summoner]
Freya Crescent [Dragoon]
Quina Quen [Blue Mage]
Eiko Carol [White Mage/Summoner]
Amarant Coral [Monk]
Secret Character [Secret Job]
As the story opens, Zidane Tribal and a group of actors travel on their
airship to the kingdom of Alexandria, where they would perform a popular
play, "I Want to be Your Canary" - and kidnap Princess Garnet. Once
Zidane finally catches up with Garnet, though, something more
interesting happens: Garnet reveals that she wanted to be kidnapped in
order to get away from Alexandria. They escape alongside a small mage,
Vivi Ornitier, and the captain of the knights, Adelbert Steiner, but
their ship is shot down by Queen Brahne.
Once they make it back to civilization, they find out something more
interesting: that a group of black mages similar to Vivi are in pursuit
of the princess, and they are willing to kill Zidane and the others in
order to capture her. The same group of mages, meanwhile, are busy
taking over other rival kingdoms to Alexandria. Zidane, Garnet, and the
others look for reasons why...
Final Fantasy IX brings back the classic characters, music, and gameplay
that made it into the first five Final Fantasy games. Features from
Final Fantasy VI-VIII, such as refining and limit breaks, have also been
worked into the game.
The characters were designed by Yoshitaka Amano, the character designer
behind Final Fantasy I through VI, instead of Tetsuya Nomura, who
designed the characters to the last two Final Fantasy releases.