- "Methods do not interest me. Only results."
- —Judge Ghis
Judge Ghis (ギース, Gīsu?) is a character in Final Fantasy XII. An antagonist, he is a Judge Magister, the highest rank possible in the Archadian Empire. An older Judge, he leads the Imperial 8th Fleet, a detachment of the Western Armada, aboard his flagship, the Dreadnought Leviathan. Ghis is best described as a careerist and a schemer.
Appearance and personalityEdit
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Ghis is first seen with Marquis Ondore at the Lhusu Mines in Bhujerba where the Empire gets its magicite for use in Draklor Laboratory. Ghis taunts Ondore in his position as Archadia's lapdog. They bump into Penelo and Larsa, and Ghis becomes outraged at having found her in the mines in the company of the Emperor's potential heir, but Larsa interferes and takes her to safety.
Responsible for capturing Princess Ashe, Ghis's men found her in the Garamsythe Waterway, and she was taken aboard the Leviathan. Here, Ghis keeps a close eye on her. Later, when Vaan and the party are sent aboard the Leviathan, they encounter Ghis on the bridge. He tells everyone the woman they thought was Amalia was really the Princess Ashe.
He takes the Dusk Shard from the party, and sends them to the brig with the intention of executing them. The party escapes, but Ghis manages to cut them off at the hangar where he sees the power of nethicite first-hand, when one of his spells is absorbed by Penelo's piece of manufacted nethicite. Ghis fights the party, but is defeated, letting the party escape on an Atomos.
Ghis manages to capture the party again at the Tomb of Raithwall. This time, he takes the Dawn Shard off them. Wanting to test its power for himself, he places the Dawn Shard in the Leviathan's engine. At first, the results look good, giving Judge Ghis delusions of grandeur. As he begins to contemplate taking the crown for himself, the shard reacts violently, causing the engine to malfunction. Ghis, along with his entire fleet, is destroyed in the resulting explosion, though Ashe and her party escape.
In the Final Fantasy XII manga, Ghis appears in a prominent role earlier in the story. He takes charge of the imperial forces from Gabranth during the attack on the palace, and leads a force of soldiers into the Garamsythe Waterway, where Ghis single-handedly destroys a Firemane. He then battles Balthier and Fran and overpowers them until he is distracted by Vaan, allowing Fran to get in close to freeze his sword and attack him. However, Ghis's men take Balthier captive, and Fran and Vaan stand down, the three being sent to the Nalbina Dungeons.
|Mark Wing-Davey as Ghis|
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- Main article: Judge Ghis (Boss)
The party fights Ghis while trying to escape the Leviathan after rescuing Princess Ashe. While he is defeated, he survives the battle, and appears again after the Tomb of Raithwall.
Judge Ghis appears on promotional card for Final Fantasy Trading Card Game depicting his official render.
- When Ghis casts a spell at the party in the Dreadnought Leviathan, it looks like Flare, even with the same animation as the Flare spell in Final Fantasy XII.
- In Dissidia Final Fantasy and its extended universe, Gabranth appears as a playable character. Although none of the other judges appear, Gabranth borrows Ghis's Aero as a Bravery attack.
- Ghis's voice actor, Mark Wing-Davey, is married to Anita Carey, the voice of Venat.