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Blessed—or cursed, perhaps—with the power of the Rursus, Cid awakens as adjudicator of all in the depths of Pandæmonium.
Much like his formidable, supple-bodied creators, Cid wields his Rursan weapon with great finesse. He also exercises his newly acquired authority as Arbiter by delivering retribution upon all those who oppose him. With a single touch, Cid can extract his opponent's phantoma, inflicting instant death.
However, despite his demigod status, Cid is not invincible. By harvesting the twelve phantoma housed within his core, one can turn the tables and pass Final Judgment upon the Arbiter himself.
For the first battle, the player cannot seriously harm the Arbiter, and must fight until it kills all their party members.
For the second battle, all attacks from the Arbiter only take the party members down to 1 HP, and they are under constant Regen status. The player must land a Breaksight on the Arbiter to inflict 9999 damage and then absorb one of the red phantoma orbs on the Arbiter. Doing so KO's the active party member, and the player can call on another to continue the fight with the same strategy. As the Arbiter's phantoma are absorbed, it becomes unable to use some of its attacks, and it begins to collapse onto the battlefield. The final party member must land several Breaksight strikes on the Arbiter to deplete the last of its HP.
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"Vermilion Fire" plays during the final battle against the Rursan Arbiter.
Rursus is of Latin origin and has many meanings. The most popular are "again," "anew," "backwards," or "on the contrary."
- The Arbiter's helmet has a vertical glowing eye, much like the depiction of Etro's gate in-game, leading to speculation about the origin and nature of the Arbiter. The Arbiter's true Focus may be to try and become Agito themselves by harvesting the phantoma from those who brave Pandæmonium to challenge him.
- The Rursan Arbiter is also known as the "Judge". His job is to judge whether an Agito has been born into Orience, and if there is no Agito, to commence the end of the world. This may be akin to the Last Judgment, part of the eschatological world view of the Abrahamic religions and in the Frashokereti of Zoroastrianism. In Christian theology, it is the final and eternal judgment by God of the people in every nation resulting in the glorification of some and the punishment of others.