Scion that is both horse and woman, wielding utter control over the souls that wander the underworld, in opposition to the Martyr Igeyorhm, scion of light. Though she once served the gods as a guardian, when Ultima announced her rebellion, Shemhazai went to her, whispering of the gods' hidden weaknesses. She then descended upon the land without leave of the gods, and taught men of destruction and evil. For this was she stricken down and bound.
Shemhazai, the Whisperer (密告者シュミハザ, Mikkokusha Shumihaza?, lit. Shemhazai, the Betrayer) is an Esper from the world of Ivalice. The Esper of Soul, she represents the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Shemhazai's hands resemble crossbows, she has horse-like qualities and from her power of Soul, her color sign is pink. She is also referred to as the Dhanus Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.
Shemhazai is found in the lowest reaches of Giruvegan, just before the warp point leading to the Occuria, in the Gate of Fire. It can be assumed they sealed her here to protect them. Shemhazai is the third of the five Espers obtained during the main story.
Shemhazai's License costs 50 LP, and she requires two Mist Charges to summon.
His whispers echo between lightning's flash and thunder's crash.
Shemhazai returns, along with many of the other Espers. She is the Rank III Lightning Melee summon. She appears in Mission 67: Echo of Thunder. Upon her defeat, Balthier gains the Quickening Element of Treachery, and Shemhazai becomes available on the Ring of Pacts. Interestingly, the in-game text describes her as male.
Shemhazai appears as a Scion. She can be called by anyone equipping the Armlet of Whispers when the Smash Gauge is orange. When summoned, she uses Soul Purge on one target of choice with 100% accuracy.
A randomly encountered party consisting of five Yellow Chocobos and one Level 99 Red Chocobo named Redhawk can be encountered, appearing in the Corpolk Field of the Goug region. Defeating them will grant the clan the accessory needed to summon Shemhazai, the Armlet of Whispers.
The summon deals damage equal to the total amount of damage a character has done over the course of the game, so Shemhazai is the easiest Scion to deal enough damage to guarantee a one-hit-kill.
Shemhazai is derived from the name of the fallen angel, Samyaza. Samyaza is a fallen angel of apocryphal Jewish and Christian tradition that ranked in the heavenly hierarchy as one of the Watchers.
She is also referred to as the Dhanus Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.
- Despite not having a "traditional" elemental affinity in Final Fantasy XII, in Revenant Wings, Shemhazai is the level three Lightning Scion on the Ring of Pacts.
- In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Shemhazai is the only Esper that returns with her ultimate attack, Soul Purge, as her normal attack.
- In Revenant Wings Shemhazai is referred to as being male, despite specifically being referred to as female in Final Fantasy XII.
- Shemhazai is the only Esper not based upon a previous Final Fantasy antagonist or Final Fantasy Tactics Lucavi, though fans have drawn parallels between her and Ultimecia.