|Age||13 (16 in the re-release)|
|Final Fantasy Tactics Character|
- "Faith offers no shield against Sky Mantra, for words are treacherous things."
- —Rapha Galthena
Rapha Galthena, (Rafa Garusena) also known as Rafa Galthana, is a character from Final Fantasy Tactics. She possesses a very rare ability called Sky Mantra, which along with her brother Marach's Nether Mantra is coveted and exploited by Grand Duke Gerrith Barrington of Riovanes. Her birthday is March 1.
Misery Under BarringtonEdit
Shortly after Rapha and Marach were born, Grand Duke Barrington arrived in the village seeking to take the children to use their Sky and Nether Mantra for his own purposes. When the leaders of the town refused to allow this, Barrington had the village razed, and kidnapped the two youths. Rapha grew up believing that Barrington has saved them from their village, and was tricked into serving him as part of the Khamja, an elite assassination team in the Fifty Years' War.
After discovering that Barrington was indeed responsible for their village's destruction, Rapha confronted the Duke. She suffered cruel mistreatment under Barrington, the Duke went so far as to rape Rapha, leading her to realize Barrington's true nature. She secretly longed to escape Barrington and to have revenge on him. The two children grew up, but Rapha was never able to convince Marach of the truth.
Defection to RamzaEdit
When Barrington got involved in the battle between Ramza Beoulve and the Lucavi, he dispatched Rapha and Marach to deal with Ramza. After Marach informed Ramza that his sister Alma was being held at Riovanes, Marach waited for Ramza in a nearby town with several of Barrington's soldiers. As Ramza approached however, Rapha once again tried to convince her brother of the truth.
She failed, and when Ramza arrived, she defected. Ramza was able to rescue her and drove Marach off. Rapha then told Ramza about Barrington, but Marach had disguised himself as a frog and had overheard the conversation. He threatened to have Alma harmed unless Ramza and Rapha immediately bring the Scriptures of Germonique to Barrington.
Battle on the RoofEdit
Ramza and Rapha then approached Riovanes Castle, where they immediately ran into Marach outside. A battle ensued, and Rapha soon saw that she could not convince her brother of the truth. She teleported away and Marach followed suit, leaving Ramza and his forces to fend for himself against the remaining guards. As Ramza made his way inside the castle and fought Belias, Rapha confronted Barrington, who had just escaped a foul encounter with Hashmal, on the roof of the castle. Rapha aimed her weapon at Barrington, but was paralyzed with fear and memories of the rape and could not bring herself to attack.
Barrington gloated over his apparent victory, but he was unaware that Marach had overheard him. Marach emerged from his hiding spot, now aware of the truth, and demanded to know if what Barrington had just said was the truth. Enraged, Barrington pulled out a gun and fired at Rapha, but Marach knocked her out of the way and took the bullet himself. At that moment, Ramza, having just defeated Belias, came up onto the roof. Barrington demanded that Ramza hand over the Auracite, but was suddenly thrown off the roof by the Ultima Demon Lettie, disguised as a human girl. Fellow Ultima demon in disguise Celia and Marquis Elmdore revealed their presences, and all three attacked Rapha. Ramza drove them off, but Marach had been mortally wounded.
Just when it appeared Rapha had lost her brother, she sensed something unusual in the Scorpio Stone. She inherently activated it much to Ramza's surprise, but instead of causing a Lucavi to appear, it restored Marach to life. Ramza, Rapha, and Marach then scoured the castle for Alma, and failing to find her, determined that Folmarv Tengille had her. Rapha joins Ramza's entourage to get rid of the remaining Lucavi.
Rapha is a guest character from the Walled City of Yardrow until the end of chapter III. She starts as a level 22 Skyseer with 31 Bravery, 69 Faith, and comes equipped with the Musk Pole, Celebrant's Miter, White Robe, and Elven Cloak. She comes with the Sky Mantra command, as well as other random abilities. It is of note that out of all special characters in the game, Rapha has the lowest starting Bravery, making her the most useful for getting rare treasures using the Move-Find Item ability. On a side note, her cutscene on the roof depicts her wielding a katana, even though her job class can't equip katanas, much less can this skill be obtained by the player for her in the few battles they have her as a guest beforehand.
When fought in Rendezvous Missions #11: All-Star Melee, she is 2 levels higher than the highest level deployed character, and starts with 31 Bravery and 69 Faith. She is still a Skyseer, and is equipped with the Eight-Fluted Pole, Thief's Cap, Black Garb, and Septiéme. She has access to the Sky Mantra and White Magick commands, as well as to the abilities Soulbind, Swiftness, and Move +2.
When fought in Rendezvous Missions #14: Brave Story, she is level 99 and starts with 41 Bravery and 69 Faith. She is equipped with the Eight-Fluted Pole, Thief's Cap, Black Garb, and Featherweave Cloak, and has access to the Sky Mantra and Items commands, as well as the abilities Nature's Wrath, Swiftness, and Manafont.