History and Story

You taught me that life doesn't last forever. That's why we have to help each other and live life to the fullest.

- Quote at the end of Freya's Epilogue.


WARNING: This page contains major spoilers for Final Fantasy IX. We strongly recommend readers to have completed the game before reading any further.

History

Freya and Fratley, before the latter leaves for his journey
Freya and Fratley, before the latter leaves for his journey

Freya was born sometime in July, 1778. Not much is known about her early childhood, other than Freya describing herself as a "selfish child". During her teens, Freya met Sir Iron-tail Fratley, a young Burmecian Dragon Knight no older than four years her senior, and decided to enlist as a Dragon Knight under his tutelage. While she served as his squire, Freya soon developed feelings for him, and love soon blossomed between the two. At sixteen, Freya was officially knighted as a Dragon Knight, the youngest to enlist in Burmecian history.

A few months after her knighting ceremony, Fratley decided to embark on a world-wide quest to maintain peace among the three nations. Before leaving, he promised Freya he would return. Two years later, rumors about Fratley's death began to surface, leaving her devasted. Determined to confirm these rumors herself, Freya resigned from her post in the Dragon Knights, and left Burmecia to embark on a quest to search for Fratley herself. Her search became fruitless, and all she found where mutterings of where Fratley had last visited.

Eventually her travels led her to Lindblum, where she met Zidane. The two became close friends, and later embarked on a few adventures together; whereas Freya was concerned with her lover's whereabouts, Zidane wanted to find the homeland of his origins. Unable to find success on either front, they soon parted ways and Zidane returned to Lindblum, while Freya continued to travel the Mist Continent in search of Fratley.

Story

During the game, Zidane meets Freya again in Lindblum, teasing her by pretending to not remember her name. While they catch up on old times, they discuss the Festival of the Hunt, which Freya participates in annually and invites Zidane to follow suit. During the festival, Freya becomes one of the top hunters, and depending on how the festival plays out, she'll win and the party will be rewarded with a Coral Ring.

After the winner is announced, a Burmecian soldier enters Regent Cid's throne room and informs everyone of a Black Mage attack on Burmecia before dying. Cid orders for reinforcements to be sent to investigate the attack, against the advice of Minister Artania. Zidane, Freya and Vivi choose to go instead, after Dagger and Steiner subdue the former three with Sleeping Weed and depart for Alexandria. On the way to Gizamaluke's Grotto, the party may choose to visit Qu's Marsh and recruit Quina Quen, should the player decide to do so.

Upon arrival at the Grotto, Freya is visibly shocked by the number of dead soldiers outside the entrance. The party enters and finds Zorn and Thorn leading several Black Mages around thr Grotto. The twins ahev also taken control of Master Gizamaluke, the Grotto's guardian. Freya and her comrades are forced to fight him in order to pass through, before finally making it to Burmecia.

The party finds the city is in ruins, as a number of soldiers and civilian casualties are strewn across the streets. Freya remarks that it's been five years since she last visited her home town, and vows to take up arms as a Dragon Knight once more. The party navigates through the city ruins, meeting a few surviving Nezumi who plead with Freya to escape with them. She refuses, and the party eventually reaches the palace. Fearing for the worst, she scales a large statue with Zidane and Vivi to spy on Queen Brahne, General Beatrix, and Kuja, who are standing in the middle of the Colosseum-like throne room discussing their next plan.

The party confronts Beatrix
The party confronts Beatrix

While the party overhear the conversation, Freya has a flashback of her love, Sir Fratley. She is soon snapped back to her senses when a lone Burmecian soldier attempts to challenge Beatrix. The party intervene before he is killed, but they are swiftly defeated by Beatrix who compares them to "mere insects". They leave for Cleyra, with Kuja taunting Freya and Zidane before escaping on his Silver Dragon. The party decides to travel to Cleyra before they do, where the King of Burmecia and other survivors are taking refuge.

While the party stays in Cleyra, Freya participates in a ritual dance intended to strengthen the sandstorm protecting Cleyra. During the dance, the strings on the harp used for the ritual all snap, causing the sandstorm to disperse. This is seen as a bad omen among the local Cleyrans, which means that the Alexandrians are free to attack the trunk without interference. The party try to fend off the attackers, but are soon driven back to the cathedral. Before the survivors are killed by a group of Black Mages, another Dragon Knight appears to dispatch the opposition, allowing Freya and her friends to escape inside.

Freya performs the sandstorm ritual with the Cleyran shine maidens
Freya performs the sandstorm ritual with the Cleyran shine maidens

Inside the church, it is revealed that the mystery Dragon Knight is Sir Fratley, Freya's lost love. She gives him an impassioned speech about her quest to find him, and the disturbing rumors that he died somewhere on the field. Fratley then drops the bombshell on her by stating that he doesn't remember who she is, or any of his friends for that matter. It is soon revealed by Puck (who went in search of Fratley himself) that the legendary Dragon Knight was stricken with Amnesia, the only thing he is able to remember is his title of Dragon Knight. After the revelation, Fratley then departs again, leaving Freya heart-broken.

While she mourns, Beatrix enters the scene and holds the Cleyran High Priest at sword point, taking the jewel atop of the harp and fleeing. The party gives chase and fight Beatrix again, who swiftly defeats them once more before escaping via telepod. The party gives chase (except for Quina, if the party recruited him/her), arriving on board Brahne's flag ship, the Red Rose. From here, they witness Brahne summoning the eidolon Odin, who destroys the Cleyran tree with his Gungnir attack. Freya is left devastated, and breaks down as she mourns for the loss of her friends and loved ones.

Before she has any real time to grieve though, Freya and the others overhear Beatrix's dissatisfaction with the Queen and her Black Mages and eidolons. Brahne, having no further use for Dagger, orders for her to be executed, prompting the party to travel to Alexandria via telepod before Brahne gets there first. The party succeeds in rescuing Dagger from Zorn and Thorn, with the help of Steiner, and as they attempt to escape, they are confronted by Beatrix again.

Freya and Beatrix cover the party's escape
Freya and Beatrix cover the party's escape

After seeing the truth about her Queen's intentions, Beatrix has a change of heart and volunteers to cover the party's escape. Although Freya doesn't forgive the general for her part in the atrocities behind Burmecia and Cleyra, she and Steiner volunteer to stay behind as well, while Zidane, Dagger and Vivi flee to Gargan Roo. The trio of knights are eventually overwhelmed by the monsters summoned by Zorn and Thorn, but are rescued at the last minute by Tantalus, a group of thieves posing as an actor's troupe whom Zidane was a part of.

Some time later, Freya is soon nursed back to health and returns to Alexandria, after Queen Brahne is killed somewhere on the Outer Continent. She encounters Amarant and, after a brief spat, the two nearly engage in a duel. Zidane manages to intervene before either are arrested, though Freya is visibly upset at him for stalling in his quest to stop Kuja. Later, when the party stays in Treno, depending on the player's actions, she may coax Amarant into revealing his past with Zidane in Treno, or join Zidane and Vivi as they explore Quan's Dwelling nearby. The party is soon called back to Alexandria, after Kuja attacks the city with Bahamut.

Amarant reveals his past to Freya
Amarant reveals his past to Freya

Following the destruction of Alexandria, the party relocates to Lindblum to plan their next move. While they recuperate, Freya runs into Burmecian soldiers Doyle and Gray, who survived the attack on Burmecia. They invite her to help with rebuilding the city, but she declines, vowing to complete her quest to defeat Kuja first before returning home. Although she seems happy at the prospect of reuniting with her friends, she still mourns over the loss of Fratley.

From this point on, Freya becomes a supporting character for the rest of the story. If Vivi, Steiner and Eiko join Zidane to find the Gulag stone, she will lead the party in their escape from Kuja's Desert Palace. Later, she travels with Amarant to the Fire Shrine, where they use the Fire Mirror to break the seal leading to Terra. It is here where they learn to develop a sort of respect for one another. Afterward, she joins the party in Terra, where she helps Zidane defeat Amdusias and helps him recover from the anguish of discovering the true nature of his origins, and finally to Memoria, where she participates in the final battle against Kuja and Necron, the Darkness of Eternity. If Zidane is absent for the final battle lineup against Necron, Freya will rally the party instead.

Epilogue

Freya, as seen during the ending FMV
Freya, as seen during the ending FMV

Some time after the events of the game, Freya is seen helping to rebuild Burmecia with Sir Fratley who, despite still suffering from memory loss, has grown closer to Freya. The two then rekindle their romance once more, as Freya decides she wants to cherish their time together. She later appears for the encore performance of Tantalus in time to applaud Zidane's return to Alexandria.