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"For my birthday, when I was ten, Papa gave me hair ribbons and chocolate and a new set of spanners and the chance to pilot an airship without Erin at the co-pilot's wheel. For Vivi's birthday, when he was twelve, he got a houseful of dead children and left us a very gentle little note and went off and Stopped.


Thirteen years have passed since the events of Final Fantasy IX, and Eiko Carol Fabool has grown into an intelligent, self-possessed young woman and the heir to the regency of Lindblum. She is beloved by her parents, keeps in touch with her old adventuring buddies, and is well on her way to becoming a talented airship engineer.

There are only two disappointments in her perfect world: her fading connection to her eidolons, and the lingering pain of losing her childhood friend, Vivi Ornitier, when she was ten. Otherwise, everything about her life seems almost too good to last.

And then Lindblum is attacked without warning by a violent unknown aggressor, and in trying to stop him, Eiko finds herself whisked away to the ruins of the Desert Palace. Trapped at the mercy of a madman, and armed with only her own wits and some half-forgotten white magic, Eiko struggles to find a way to escape and return home...while at the same time piecing together clues about her mysterious captor. What exactly is Black Tango? What is his connection to Kuja, to the black mages, and to the dead world of Terra? And what part did he play in Vivi's death?


Go Not Gently is quite possibly the best-known FFIX fanfiction on the internet, and certainly among the best. It tackles the darker side of many of the same questions about life, death, and survival that were raised by the original game, and provides some very interesting explorations of the inner workings of magic and summoning on Gaia. In the process, it paints vivid, well-painted portraits of all the familiar FFIX heroes thirteen years down the line, and adds a small but judicious handful of original characters to the mix.

Oh, and there are Black Mages. Lots and lots of Black Mages.

If all this sounds good to you, go and read the story before scrolling down. There are some extremely powerful plot twists that are really best experienced fresh, and only the most major are spoiler tagged below. You have been warned.


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  • Babies Ever After: Zidane and Garnet have two children, with a third on the way at the time of the story.
  • Battle Butler: Black Mages are capable of turning the destructive forces of nature itself to their will. Rain prefers making sandwiches and keeping Eiko's rooms in order.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell Tango what to do. Also, don't hurt his "children". That goes for Eiko, too.
    "You do not blow up Eiko Carol's people in Eiko Carol's city!"
  • Death Fic: The loss of poor Vivi still drives the plotline, even thirteen years later.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Eiko ends up giving these to a lot of the Black Mages. Rain, in particular, comes to mind.
  • Psycho Prototype: There's a reason why Tango's name sounds so reminiscent of the Black Waltzes.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Tango's occasional lapses into childish tantrums and pouting only make him that much creepier. And more tragic, when his backstory is revealed.
  • Race Against the Clock: Black Mages have a limited lifespan, and Tango and Eiko won't let them stop without a fight.
  • The Reveal: Black Tango is in fact Vivi Ornitier himself, driven mad by the grief of watching his own people die.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The black mages, according to Tango. Not to mention Vivi himself. ...supposedly.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Zidane half-jokes about this at one point:
    (Dagger)'s called in the cavalry and all the fine horses and all the fine men, and last time I heard even Quina was sharpening all the forks in the kitchen and asking if this guy was good to eat.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Arguably, this all could have been avoided if Eiko had let the Lindblum air force take on Tango...although, then again, he might have just slaughtered them all and moved on to Alexandria.
  • Tragic Villain: All Tango wants is a world where his children can live. It's not his fault that according to his calculations, everyone else has to die to facilitate this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Eidolons to Eiko, upon realizing she intends to summon Necron. They all mutiny and refuse to help her.
  • Winged Humanoid: Black Tango, same as all the other Waltzes. Also, Eiko in her Trance form.
  • Wrench Wench: Eiko, although it's more of an informed ability.


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