Hear me, Ramza. For generations, we Beoulves have stood foremost of those who serve the Crown. Ours is the soul of a knight. Become a knight worthy of your name. Tolerate no injustice. Stray not from the true path. You will know the path you must walk. A Beoulve can... can walk no other...
Barbaneth Beoulve, also known as Balbanes Beoulve, is a minor but influential character of the House Beoulve from Final Fantasy Tactics. He is the father of the four Beoulve children: Dycedarg, Zalbaag, Ramza, and Alma. Barbaneth is mentioned many times throughout but only appears once during a flashback.
Barbaneth appears to have a light gray hair tied in a ponytail, brown eyes and a goatee. He also had wrinkles on his forehead.
Before dying while he was bedridden, he was dressed in a dark brown and pale yellow collared robe with a pale pink turtleneck underneath.
Barbaneth is a strong-willed old man who cares for his children Dycedarg, Zalbaag, Ramza, and Alma. When he dies, he tells Alma to be strong as well. Ramza, close to his father, hugs him as he passes away.
(Ramza,) The issue of his father's paramour, a baseborn woman of the Lugria family...
Barbaneth was married to a noblewoman with whom he had his sons Dycedarg and Zalbaag. At some point (either before or after his wife's death) he had an affair with another woman, of the peasant Lugria family, who gave birth to Ramza, and later, Alma Beoulve.
In the outbreak of the Fifty Years' War Barbaneth carried the Beoulve name with honor, fighting gallantly and serving the royal family. He proved himself a fierce warrior, leading the Order of the Northern Sky within the ranks of the Ivalician army against Ordalia. He secured victories where others had perished and his ferocity struck fear in the Ordalian army. After the war, he attained the title "Knight Gallant" for services rendered in the line of duty.
Not long after the conclusion of the war Barbaneth fell ill and was forced to retire. While on his deathbed, Barbaneth continued to advise his children and to carry on the House Beoulve name with dignity and justice. He told his final words to his son, Ramza, and died peacefully shortly afterward.
In truth, Barbaneth's illness was not of natural causes, but of the poison, Mossfungus. His oldest son, Dycedarg, plotted the murder to succeed him as the head of House Beoulve. A conversation between Dycedarg and the templar knight Loffrey Wodring is overheard by Zalbaag, who visits their father's graveside to confirm it.
Zalbaag returns to avenge Barbaneth's death with assistance from his younger brother, Ramza. Dycedarg, having been corrupted by the Zodiac Stone given to him by Loffrey, transforms into the Lucavi demon Adrammelech and kills Zalbaag, who is later reincarnated as a zombie controlled by the Lucavi to face Ramza in battle. Ramza faces Zalbaag and painstakingly slays him enabling him to destroy the demon.
- In Vagrant Story, a jewel named Balvus is associated with Barbaneth Beoulve.