Dr. Arecia Al-Rashia (ドクター アレシア・アルラシア, Dokutā Areshia Arurashia?) is a supporting character in Final Fantasy Type-0. She is an archsorceress in the Dominion of Rubrum, the head of the Sorcery Division at Akademeia and a member of the Consortium of Eight. She is one of the most influential people of Orience. She hand-picked the initial members of Class Zero, who refer to her as "Mother." Whenever cadets of Class Zero die in battle, Arecia will revive them when they are brought back to Akademeia or a town.
Arecia has a personal Eidolon, Bahamut ZERO, of which not even high-ranking Sorcery officials are privy to details about. All that is known about it is that its abilities are on a different level than those of the dominion's other summons.
Arecia has pale skin and hazel eyes and wears red-rimmed glasses. She has long black hair held back with a lavender headband except for two slim sidelocks. She wears a layered white top, black gloves and slim flared pants that fade from lavender to gray. She wears red low-heeled boots and several scarves: a plum-colored one wrapped around her neck, and two long gray and green scarves draped over her shoulders. Arecia wears an ornamental necklace and carries a cigarette in a holder. According to the Rubicus, Arecia's age is unknown and she is 5'5" tall.
Head of the Sorcery Division and the most influential member of the Consortium of Eight, Dr. Al-Rashia carries herself with an air of authority and intrigue. Ace and his classmates refer to her as "Mother," but she bears no biological relation to any of the Class Zero cadets. Although she is brilliant enough to single-handedly facilitate the development and improvement of the dominion's magic, the doctor has also earned a reputation for her rather brash and daring demeanor. She has maintained a powerful presence at Akademeia for as far back as anyone can remember, but no one knows exactly how long she has held her position.
Regarded as a genius, Arecia's job is to develop and reform magic around Akademeia. She is depicted as aloof, eccentric and secretive to the point of irritating her fellow consortium members. While she treats nearly everyone around her with indifference or disdain, she shows a different face to Class Zero and Chancellor Khalia Chival VI. With Chival, she displays a frank understanding, while she actively cares for the original twelve members of Class Zero. She sees the class as her children, just as the members of Class Zero see and treat her as their mother.
In her true role as one of the central figures of Orience, she holds a scientific attitude in line with her human profession, along with a faith in human potential not seen in her counterpart Gala. Her faith in humanity and love for Class Zero eventually influence her decisions concerning Orience's fate.
Arecia Al-Rashia is one of the divine servants tasked with overseeing Orience alongside Gala and Diva. Arecia follows the will of the Divine Pulse, and together with Gala (who serves Lindzei), strives to open Etro's Gate. The pair set up the four Crystals to civilize the people of Orience and to keep the world balanced. Orience is stuck in a spiral to facilitate the opening of the Gate. While Gala chooses to sacrifice the lives of everyone in Orience to force the Gate open, Arecia's method is to find and foster a group of chosen souls which hold great power so they will naturally ascend and open the gate of their own accord.
Arecia heads Akademeia's Sorcery Division and oversees magic development, but also acts as a doctor within the school. She is one of the very few people in Akademeia who knows the secret of phantoma-based magic skills. No one knows when she came to the academy, and she is viewed as an archsorceress who can do the impossible. In the year 833, Arecia created what would later become known as Class Zero from children whom she tutored personally adopting them and conditioning them to see her as their mother.
When the Militesi Empire attacks Rubrum they deploy crystal jammers to cut the dominion forces from the Vermilion Bird Crystal, rendering them vulnerable. As Arecia's team of cadets can withstand the effect of the crystal jammer due to drawing their power from phantoma, they are deployed to deal with it. One of her students, Ace, requests a communicator be delivered to him for the mission and asks for a dominion legionary named Izana Kunagiri to bring it. Arecia relays the information to the chancellor who approves the request. Arecia's students infiltrate the Militesi structures and destroy the crystal jammer. They confront the White Tiger Secundus l'Cie Qun'mi Tru'e at the Akademeia arena and destroy her magitek armor, the Dáinsleif, and the crystal jammer within. As power returns to the Vermilion Bird Crystal, Rubrum drives the Militesi forces out of Akademeia.
Impressed by her students' prowess Chancellor Khalia Chival approves them admitted to Akademeia as Class Zero, much to the disdain of the other classes who view Class Zero as different and getting an easy ride on Arecia's coattails. Two new members are admitted to the class, Machina Kunagiri and Rem Tokimiya. Arecia is disdainful of the two, viewing them as inferior to her hand-picked cadets, and asks Ace to not tell the two the truth behind phantoma, saying the only thing Machina and Rem need to know is that phantoma is the origin of their magic power. Kurasame Susaya becomes Class Zero's commanding officer on Arecia's orders, much to the surprise of the cadets who had expected Arecia in that role. Class Zero is deployed to retake the Rubrum Region from the empire, and after returning from a successful mission Ace overhears Arecia arguing with the commandant in her office. The commandant, Suzuhisa Higato, wants to know why Izana was deployed, as he had perished in the capital liberation. Arecia brushes off the death of one soldier, and reminds the commandant she had the chancellor's support in heeding Ace's request. Ace, whose memories of Izana have been removed by the Vermilion Bird Crystal, learns Izana was Machina's brother and becomes burdened by guilt, unable to recall why he had requested Izana's aid.
Arecia shows the cadets the Altocrystarium, a machine that empowers the cadets' magic in exchange for the phantoma they harvest from the battlefield. She keeps monitoring Rem's condition and informs her that she doesn't have much time left, and that her illness will cause her pain. Rem replies that she understands and asks that she keep illness a secret from Class Zero, especially Machina. Later, as the Vermilion Bird l'Cie Lady Caetuna and Lord Zhuyu meet in the crystal chamber, the Vermilion Bird Crystal begins to shine. Arecia can feel the effect and states it all "happens all over again." The Crystal's shine indicates that far away in the imperial capital of Ingram Queen Andoria invokes the Fabula Pact, a peace agreement made between the four peristylia of Orience that grants a short-lived ceasefire.
During the peace talks Queen Andoria is assassinated and the blame is placed on Class Zero and the dominion for their supposed dissatisfaction with the truce conditions. As the chancellor and his entourage return to Akademeia post-haste as the war is to commence immediately, Class Zero is left behind and must escape Ingram with their lives while unable to contact the dominion. The Kingdom of Concordia allies with the empire who begin a joint military campaign to lay waste to Rubrum. Back in Akademeia the Consortium of Eight discusses the situation, the provost, cadetmaster and commandant ready to blame Class Zero, accusing them for running away instead of standing trial to clear the misunderstanding, and to have supposedly switched off their COMMs to not be reached. Arecia finds this ridiculous, receiving the commandant's wrath. The chancellor brings up the Vermilion Bird Secundus l'Cie Lady Caetuna who wants to use Verboten Eidolon against the Militesi-Concordia coalition lest they try to invade Rubrum.
Arecia visits the Vermilion Bird Crystal, pondering how time flies. Cater from Class Zero asks for a check up and Arecia invites her to the office. Cater is spooked by something Trey had told her about experiencing déjà vu, but Arecia assures her not to worry and that she is perfectly healthy. Class Zero is deployed to the eastern front to battle Concordian wyverns and if the cadets fall against Shinryu Celestia, Arecia summons Bahamut ZERO to annihilate her to save her children. The western front is falling back and thus Class Zero is recalled as reinforcements to destroy the empire's crystal jammer allowing for Lady Caetuna to begin summoning Alexander to obliterate the Militesi forces. News of Rubrum's victory and Caetuna having entered crystal stasis arrive to Akademeia. Arecia meets with the chancellor, commenting her children made it out safely. The chancellor tells her Caetuna's sublimation means the Will of the Crystal has been served, and Arecia agrees, saying there is meaning in all things.
As Finis begins, Arecia appears before Class Zero to tell them that while everything before them was preordained, they are destined to make an ultimate decision. Her pretense in Akademeia deters Gala and his Rursus Army from launching a full assault on the building. After Class Zero sacrifice themselves to defeat Gala's chosen servant, Arecia is on the point of resetting the Spiral again. However, a suggestion from Tiz and Joker convinces a curious Arecia to revive Machina and Rem to know the details of her former students changing the fate of the world by refusing to become l'Cie as originally expected, while restoring the Oriencians' ability to remember their dead. After this, she leaves Orience forever, leaving her ultimate fate unknown.
Arecia can be found in the Sorcery Division during the afternoon and night.
Arecia has her own eponymous theme, "Arecia Al-Rashia".
In Final Fantasy Type-0, Arecia is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in the Japanese version and Eliza Jane Schneider in the English version. She shares her Japanese voice actress with Ultimecia from Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, as well as Rosso from Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.
Arecia appears on a card in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game depicting her in the pose from her official render with Rubrum's emblem in the background. Another card depicts her official artwork.
Arecia, when translated into Arabic, means "Laid anchored" (أرسى الراسية, "Arasia al-Rasya") or may also be translated to mean "Laid on the Anchored."
- After Zhuyu is forced into crystal stasis, Arecia stops the Rursan Warriors, as she is interested in the reason that Class Zero refuse to become l'Cie.
- According to Ace, Arecia taught him how to sing the song "Zero".
- In the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Type-0, her titles are rendered in katanana rather than hiragana or kanji: for instance the title "Doctor" uses the katakana (ドクター, Dokutā?) rather than the kanji (医者, Isha?).
- Next to Cid Highwind, she is the second character in the Final Fantasy series known to smoke.