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October 19, 2012
""Silence! All was stripped from me. Only hatred for the brother who fled our homeland remains mine!"
Judge Gabranth (ジャッジ・ガブラス, Jajji Gaburasu?), born Noah fon Ronsenburg (ノア・フォン・ローゼンバーグ, Noa fon Rōzenbāgu?), is a character in Final Fantasy XII. A major antagonist, he is a Judge Magister, the highest rank possible in the Archadian Empire's military. While he appears to serve the Empire faithfully, a torn and broken man lies behind his lordly façade. He is Basch fon Ronsenburg's twin brother, and is personally responsible for Basch's disgrace and the fall of Dalmasca to Archadian rule. This also makes him a personal enemy of Vaan and Ashe.
A silhouette of Gabranth forms the logo for Final Fantasy XII."
"Gabranth is a tall man with short blond hair and hazel eyes, and as Basch's identical twin brother the two share facial features. Compared to Basch, Gabranth has shorter hair, no facial hair, and lacks Basch's scar over the eye. Throughout Final Fantasy XII Gabranth wears the armor of a Judge Magister, a full suit of plate mail with a horned helmet and a long black cape with the symbol of the Empire in red on the back. Gabranth wields two swords in battle, the longer Chaos Blade and the shorter Highway Star, which can connect at the handles into a dual-bladed weapon.
Throughout Final Fantasy XII Gabranth demonstrates a ruthless and cruel demeanor, imprisoning his brother and keeping him alive while informing him of every failure his former knights suffer after the Archadian occupation. Despite his cruel attitude, Gabranth remains a respectful follower to Emperor Gramis, to the point the Emperor trusts him enough to appoint him bodyguard to his son Larsa.
Even though he acts as a faithful soldier to the Empire, Gabranth's motivations are related to his profound hatred towards his believed dishonorable failure at protecting Landis, and in turn he directs his hatred towards Basch for abandoning him and his mother to fight for Dalmasca. By the end of the story, Gabranth is a broken man, regretting even more his defeat to his brother and failing to protect Larsa. After his showdown with Basch, Gabranth regains his motivations, and makes amends with his brother."
"Gabranth is a boss in Final Fantasy XII. Brother to Basch, the party fights Gabranth twice. First at the Pharos at Ridorana, and once again on board the Sky Fortress Bahamut. He is also present in Trial Mode, at Stage 100, in Final Fantasy XII International."
"Genus: Imperial Army
Page 1: Observations
Being a member of the Order of Judges of the Imperial Archadian Ministry of Law, and Judge Magister of the 9th Bureau.
The 9th Bureau, led by Gabranth, is primarily concerned with the gathering and dissemination of information. As a result, many of the bureau's activities are shrouded in secrecy.
Gabranth, and his power, are respected by other Judge Magisters, and Emperor Gramis himself places great faith in this younger Judge."
"The second battle is much harder because Gabranth will use Innocence, a strong attack with incredible range. The party should always start by dispelling Gabranth's Haste and Protect. At 50% HP, a cutscene between Gabranth and Basch (if he is in the party) will begin. After the scene, the player must dispel Gabranth again and get ready to use Curaja, because right after Gabranth casts Renew, he will use Innocence. When his HP reaches 25%, his Defense increases and he will constantly use Innocence. Also his attacks get faster and deadlier and he hits combos more often. At this point the player can use a Quickening chain and finish him off."