- "I am collecting star-shaped coins called Stellazzio."
- —Queen Stella
Queen Stella is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy IX. She is duck-like in appearance, even occasionally quacking like a duck in her speech. Despite her name, she is unlikely of royal blood, though she is a noblewoman in the city of Treno.
She is called "Queen" because all Treno mansion owners (Knight, Bishop, Queen, and King) are pieces in the game of chess. Stella plays a role in one of the side missions in Final Fantasy IX, namely the search for the crafted coins of the artist Stellazzio.
- Main article: Stellazzio
There is a total of thirteen coins, the last of which can only be found after having given the other twelve to Queen Stella, and then asking for them back. Each coin contains a part of a story, which reveals the location of the thirteenth Stellazzio coin. Each time a coin is delivered, Queen Stella gives the party a reward. Oddly, when receiving a coin, she expresses her joy by quacking multiple times, as a duck would.
- Main article: Stella#Etymology
Stella is the Latin word for "star", the shape of Stellazzio.
- Stella is also an adept Tetra Master player and can be challenged by the player. Her card collection is relatively rare and her assistant also has a similar deck.