You wear the mummer's motley well, Bergan.
- —Judge Drace to Judge Bergan
Judge Drace (ドレイス, Doreisu?) is a character in Final Fantasy XII. A minor character, she is the only female Judge Magister, the highest rank possible in the Archadian Empire. She serves as a mentor to the young Lord Larsa.
Like the other Judge Magisters, Drace wears a suit of full plate mail with a long black cape, the symbol of the Empire on the back in red. Unique design features of her armor includes large curved plates around her hips and thighs, and a helmet with orb protrusions on the sides. The former design feature may be due to Drace being the only female judge, and thus her armor was given a more curved appearance.
Beneath her helmet, Drace has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. Her weapon is a dual-headed club with a longer, larger head on one end, and both themed in an enigmatic arthropod like design, sporting the apparent preserved and possibly reinforced bodies of insect based monsters with some limbs and anatomy jutting out metal blades. As with the weapons of the other Judges, it can separate into two halves and wielded as two individual weapons.
Drace is the only one of the Archadian Judges to be open with her distrust of Vayne due to his ruthless pursuit of power and past crimes. Of the five judges, she is shown to be closest to Gabranth, while Bergan, Ghis, and Zargabaath are uncomfortable with Drace's open suspicions of Vayne. By contrast, she prefers the younger Larsa, pleased with his growth and his active role in trying to find a peaceful solution to averting war with the Resistance and Rozarria.
In the manga adaptation, Drace was involved in the battle of Nalbina Fortress and fought against Basch face to face, commending his unique swordsmanship and commenting his swordsmanship "is different", hinting to Gabranth, though Basch does not understand her.
Spare me your lies! I see the serpent coiled here before me!
- —Judge Drace, to Vayne
First, Drace appears talking to Judge Gabranth about how it is important to defend Larsa, as the Imperial Senate is soon to discover Larsa will not be a puppet emperor and discuss how the Senate likes to manipulate their rulers from the shadows. She voices displeasure and lack of trust towards Vayne, thinking him ruthless in his role for the death of his two brothers and suspecting him responsible for Judge Zecht's disappearance after the battle of Nabudis. She is chastised by Bergan and Zargabaath for voicing her opinion.
Later, Drace is with the other Judges overseeing Emperor Gramis's body. She is the only Judge willing to admit Vayne was responsible for the late Emperor's death, but when she draws her sword against Vayne, Judge Bergan attacks her. Vayne tests Gabranth's loyalty by ordering him to execute Drace. Reluctantly, he does so, but as Drace dies, she asks Gabranth to protect the Lord Larsa.
Creation and developmentEdit
The localization team did ADR recording to picture without the actors seeing the picture for many of the Judges, who were largely British stage actors recording in a studio in the UK with us giving direction over an ISDN line. Because the Judges' faces are usually covered by their helmet, the actors' ability to match lip syncing was not as important for these roles. Unlike most Judges, a local actor was chosen for Drace. The localization team was praised Julia Fletcher's performance, saying "she knocked it out of the park with an incredible performance, emotional, dramatic, and yet perfectly in sync with the lip flaps."
- Main article: Drace (boss)
She can only be fought in International Zodiac Job System Trial Mode, at Stage 100 along with four other Judge Magisters.
Drace appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
- Of the three judges on the cover art of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the one on the right shares the appearance of Judge Drace.