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 initials 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 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 dark 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.
She can be found in the Sorcery Division during the afternoon and night.
Arecia is head of Akademeia's Sorcery Division and oversees magic development, but also acts as a doctor within the school. 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 and conditioned them to see her as a motherly figure.
When Militesi Empire attacks Rubrum they deploy crystal jammers to cut the Rubrum forces from the Vermilion Bird Crystal, rendering them vulnerable. As Arecia's team of cadets can withstand the effect of the crystal jammer, 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 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 l'Cie Qun'mi Tru'e at the Akademeia arena and destroy her magitek armor and the crystal jammer within. As power returns to the Vermilion Bird Crystal, Rubrum drives the Militesi forces out of Akademeia.
Impressed by Arecia's 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 also 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 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 a military commander 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 commander 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 her condition a secret from Class Zero, especially Machina. Later, as the l'Cie Lady Caetuna and Lord Zhuyu meet in the crystal chamber, the Vermilion Bird Crystal begins to shine. Arecia can feel the effect as well 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.
Arecia is also visited by Cater at one point, and she assures her not to worry of the strange deja vu she is feeling during missions.
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.
Towards the game's end, she is seen approaching Machina and Rem's crystal and reviving them. It transpires that she is actually a higher being who has witnessed the events of Type-0 repeat endlessly where the world is destroyed by the actions of Cid Aulstyne. Furthermore, whenever her "children" were on the verge of death against powerful opponents that would hinder their destined demise, Arecia would intervene on their behalf with Eidolons.
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. Soon after, Arecia eventually decides to remove the four crystals from Orience's history. In this new timeline, in a scene of the alternate ending, Arecia negates the war of the previous cycle and thus ensures that in a new future Class Zero and all who perished in the war would live.
It has been revealed that Arecia and Gala are actually deities who respectively follow the will of Pulse and Lindzei, each seeking out Etro's Gate through different means: Gala chooses to "sacrifice billions of lives" to force the gate to open, while Arecia focuses on certain souls with great power, resulting in minimal loss of life. They set up four crystals to civilize the people of Orience and to keep the world balanced. Also, they set up the repeating events of Type-0.
According to the Nameless Tome featured in the Rubicus, sixteen "constellations" were found at the same time. The Sixteen will arrive in the world at a certain moment in the form of human beings, to see if they have the strength to prevent Finis from occurring and open Etro's gate.
Four of them were abandoned by Arecia in the past 600,104,971 experiments, leaving twelve:
- The First - Ace - represents the power of trust.
- The Second - Deuce - represents the power of gentleness.
- The Third - Trey - represents the power of knowledge.
- The Fourth - Cater - represents the power of bravery.
- The Fifth - Cinque - represents the power of innocence.
- The Sixth - Sice - represents the power of persistence.
- The Seventh - Seven - represents the power of understanding.
- The Eighth - Eight - represents the power of calm.
- The Ninth - Nine - represents the power of action.
- The Tenth - Jack - represents the power of ignorance.
- The Eleventh - Queen - represents the power of intelligence.
- The Twelfth - King - represents the power of resolve.
- The abandoned four represent the powers of fear - Machina, love - Rem, pain - Joker, and decrepitude - Tiz.
Previous experiments ended with failure: when the balance was broken (one of the Four Nations took control of the whole of Orience), Gala's Rursan Army began to wipe out Orience as a sacrifice, the chosen Twelve chose to become l'Cie and died trying to defend their land, and Tempus Finis arrived regardless. The Rursan Arbiter, a human chosen and possessed by Gala, collected the Twelve's phantoma in order to prepare for the next time. In the 600,104,972nd repetition, though the experiment fails again, after Joker and Tiz inform Arecia about the Twelve's last moment, Arecia decides to give up the experiment and leaves Orience.
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?).