- "You wear the mummer's motley well, Bergan."
- —Judge Drace
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.
Appearance and personalityEdit
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. As with the weapons of the other Judges, it can separate for Drace to dual wield the two halves as 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, and suspects Judge Zecht's vanishing after the battle of Nabudis to be Vayne's fault somehow. 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. Fearing for Larsa's fate due to the Senate desiring a puppet ruler they can control and thinking Larsa is that puppet, Drace's concerns for Larsa motivate her to speak to Gramis about protecting the young heir, and later to make her dying wish for Gabranth to protect Larsa now that Vayne is the Emperor. Of the five judges, she is shown to be closest to Gabranth, while the other three are uncomfortable with Drace's open suspicions of Vayne.
In the manga adaptation serialized in GanGan Powered, a manga magazine published by Square Enix, 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. When it is revealed the attack was ruse to keep Dalmasca's reinforcements away from the Fortress, the forces retreat, and Drace, wounded on her arm, promises to repay Basch in the future.
- "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. 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 pulls out her sword against Vayne, Judge Bergan attacks her. Vayne tests Gabranth's loyalty by ordering him to execute Drace. He does so, reluctantly, but as Drace dies, she asks Gabranth to protect the Lord Larsa.
- 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.
- Drace shares her English voice actress, Julia Fletcher, with Yunalesca from Final Fantasy X and the female voice of Orphan from Final Fantasy XIII