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A modern-day scholar of medieval Ivalician history. Arazlam is also well known as an archaeologist and theologian, and many recall the controversy sparked by his interpretation of the Durai papers. He has penned such classic works as "The Enigmatic War of the Lions", "The True Saint Ajora", and "The Durai Papers: 400 Years of Truth".
—Personae section

Arazlam Durai is a minor character from Final Fantasy Tactics. While the character is referred to as Alazlam J. D. and Alazlam J. Durai in the original Final Fantasy Tactics (his identity as a descendant of Orran Durai not being revealed until the end of the game), the War of the Lions port shortens his name to Arazlam Durai.


Arazlam is the descendant of Orran Durai, the writer of the Durai Papers, which were never published since Orran was executed for heresy. Arazlam claims to have rediscovered the report, curiously not destroyed by the Church of Glabados, and convinces the player that the so-called hero Delita Heiral was not what he seemed to be, and that the relatively unknown Ramza Beoulve was the real hero.

Arazlam is 53 years old. In the CGI cel-shaded scenes, he gets the map of Ivalice and reads the Durai Papers before the scene changes to 400 years ago where Delita along with his group are heading to Orbonne.

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The body is but a vessel for the soul, a puppet which bends to the soul's tyranny. And lo, the body is not eternal, for it must feed on the flesh of others, lest it return to the dust from whence it came. Therefore must the soul deceive, despise and murder men.
—A.J. Durai

Arazlam is credited as A.J. Durai and the passage above is a quote attributed to him during the prologue. It is unclear when Durai penned the writings quoted; on the official website an excerpt written by A.J. Durai after Ashley's trip to Leá Monde places the earthquake that destroyed the city "20 years ago". Yet, the rest of the website places it either "more than 20 years ago" or "25 years ago". The game itself says "25 years ago".



  • It seems that the events of Final Fantasy Tactics take place 400 and some years before Arazlam Durai finds the papers, as hinted by one of the books he wrote, The Durai Papers: 400 Years of Truth.

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