- “The future of Dalmasca will not be stolen.”
- —Vossler Azelas
Vossler York Azelas is a guest character in Final Fantasy XII. A former captain of the Order of the Knights of Dalmasca, he now fights with the Resistance to restore the kingdom he once served loyally. The manga version expands on his story from what is seen in the game.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Vossler is a tall, muscled man with tanned skin typical of a Dalmascan, though he has dark hair when most Dalmascans are blond. He has stubble across his jawline, and wears a set of leather and metal plate armor with a wide collar that exposes his neck and the upper portion of his chest, revealing a leather choker round his neck and a green undershirt. Beneath his leg greaves, Vossler wears purple trousers. His sword is slung across his back when not in use.
Proud and patriotic Vossler will defend Dalmasca no matter the cost. He can be harsh, telling Basch to leave Reks behind as he was injured and potentially a liability but stands for what he believes in and keeps a close ear to the ground, listening for anything that might be beneficial to the movement of the Resistance. Vossler's alliance rests with Dalmasca he seeks to have restored. The manga version elaborates on his paranoid side, showing Vossler struggles to trust his own men when faced with a possibility of a traitor among their ranks.
As told in the manga, Vossler fought in the war against the Urutan-Yensa ten years ago alongside Basch. Three years ago when a 16-year-old Ashe met Prince Rasler of Nabradia with whom Dalmasca wanted to ally, Vossler aided Basch in quelling a conspiracy on King Raminas's life aimed to force Dalmasca in allying with the Rozarrian Empire.
Vossler accompanied Basch during the Battle of Nalbina Fortress when the Archadian Empire invaded Nabradia. Following Archadia's occupation, they presented Dalmasca with the terms of surrender and implored King Raminas to sign it at Nalbina Fortress. Information reached the Order that the Empire aimed to kill Raminas afterward, and so Basch and Vossler set out with a small garrison of troops. They were separated with Reks ending up witnessing "Basch" confess to assassinating the King himself. Like Reks, Vossler too was tricked into thinking Basch was responsible for Raminas's murder. After the battle he fled underground and joined the Resistance alongside Princess Ashe who was declared dead by Marquis Halim Ondore IV of the supposedly neutral Skycity of Bhujerba. For the next two years Vossler protected the Princess and gathered as many Dalmascan soldiers he could to start a Resistance to restore their kingdom.
Vayne Solidor is appointed as consul of Dalmasca and the Resistance plan to storm the palace on the night of his inauguration. The manga elaborates that Vossler and a band of Dalmascan insurgents sneaked weapons and troops into the Royal Palace of Rabanastre through the Garamsythe Waterway. Vossler realizes the insurgence was lead into a trap and orders a retreat, but Ashe, accompanying him under the alias "Amalia," refuses to admit defeat. Vossler orders Ashe taken to safety through the Waterway, but the troops he sends with her are Imperial informants and aware of her identity and Ashe ends up joining the thief Vaan and sky pirate duo Balthier and Fran to escape. Judge Ghis finds them and has his soldiers take Ashe captive. Vossler arrives and attacks Ghis when he realizes he is too late to save Ashe. Vossler awakens in a bed with bandaged wounds, wondering how he survived his fight with Ghis, when a shadowed figure approaches him.
After Basch escapes the Nalbina Dungeons with Vaan and the sky pirates after two years of imprisonment, he finds his way to the Resistance hideout in Rabanastre Lowtown where he is reunited with Vossler. Skeptical of the disgraced captain, he refuses to aid Basch to save Ashe from aboard Dreadnought Leviathan. In the manga version Vossler gives Basch Old Dalan's delivered sword and warns him the Resistance will be watching him, confiding in his aide that Ghis warned him of spies in the Resistance, and worries no one can be trusted. Vossler leaves the Resistance to rescue Ashe from the Dreadnought Leviathan himself, paranoid about spies and wondering if Basch or his lieutenants are secretly working for Vayne. In Bhujerba Basch has sought Marquis Ondore's help who arranges for Basch, Vaan, Balthier and Fran to be captured and sent to the Leviathan so they can rescue Ashe. In the manga, Vossler arrives to speak to Ondore, telling he does not trust him after his announcements that favored the Empire two years ago. Ondore explains he allowed Basch to be captured so he will be taken to the Leviathan and encourages Vossler to trust them both.
Aboard the Leviathan Vossler saves Basch's group who have freed Ashe disguised as an Archadian soldier, and he and Basch agree to ally their strength to protect the Princess. The group flees to the airship deck and in the manga Basch, Vossler and Vaan fight the Archadians to buy time while Balthier seizes an airship. Ghis arrives, and Vossler takes Larsa Ferrinas Solidor, Vayne's younger brother, hostage, to stay the Judge's hand. Ghis attacks with a spell declaring Larsa is prepared to die as an Imperial, but the spell is absorbed by a piece of manufacted nethicite Larsa had given Vaan's friend Penelo who is also with them. Basch wounds Ghis and Balthier starts the airship. The group escapes and Vossler tells Basch he understands the need for friendship and trust.
Ashe prepares to meet with Ondore, and Vossler departs trusting Ashe's protection to Basch. In the manga, Vossler meets with the Resistance leaders but his failed attack on the palace and growing paranoia about who he can and cannot trust causes them to doubt his leadership. A Resistance leader, Amadeo, has been imprisoned for suspicion of treason, but Vossler has faith in him, telling him that in the Urutan-Yensa war Amadeo's father served for Dalmasca and tutored him and Basch. Vossler releases Amadeo and the other leaders confess they wish to surrender to Vayne, deeming him a politically competent leader who will listen to their desire for peace. Refusing to yield, Vossler is stabbed by one of the leaders, but he defeats them using the Time Magick Balance to return his wounds on his enemies. Amadeo reveals he is a spy for Ghis and flees the room to the rest of the Resistance. He declares Vossler has gone mad and is betraying them, and Vossler is held at swordpoint by his own men.
Vossler tends to his wounds as he flees his pursuers. Ghis traps Vossler with Archadian soldiers and offers him a deal; deliver the Dawn Shard and he will aid Vossler in restoring Dalmasca's monarchy. As the Resistance soldiers seek Vossler, Amadeo is overheard discussing what to do about Vossler and Ghis, and the Resistance turns on him, a bangaa officer finding Vossler as he leaves Ghis. Vossler has accepted Ghis's proposal and strikes down the bangaa to depart alone.
In the Nam-Yensa Sandsea Vossler meets up with Ashe and Basch's party, offering his aid in retrieving the Dawn Shard from the Tomb of Raithwall and telling them the Resistance will aid them once they have the shard. He expresses his disdain for the company of sky pirates. In the manga, Ashe is attacked by a Garuda, and is saved by Basch and Vossler while Vaan, Balthier and Fran kill the Garuda. The group enters the tomb and finds their way to Belias's chamber. Basch, Vossler, Fran and Balthier battle Belias while Ashe, Vaan and Penelo try to get the Dawn Shard. Vaan wishes to assist in fighting Belias when the four do poorly, but Ashe exclaims their mission to retrieve the Dawn Shard takes priority, and Basch and Vossler would die to see Dalmasca restored. Vaan leaves her to retrieve the shard herself and Ashe returns to protect Vaan before Belias can strike him down, and the group defeats it.
Once the party gets the Dawn Shard they are taken aboard the Leviathan and Vossler reveals he has teamed up with the Archadian Empire to help restore Dalmasca. Vossler is defeated soon after on the Shiva, where he and his men are attacked by Fran in a Mist rage. He apologizes and tells Basch it is up to him to protect the Princess now. Basch forgives his old friend, but the ensuing nethicite overload from the Leviathan's drive all but annihilates the 8th fleet, heavily damaging the Shiva, and that is the last that is seen of him.
When Vossler joins the party as a guest his level is the average level of the two highest leveled party members +4. In the International version, he has gained Souleater, Wither, Expose, Addle and Shear.
He comes equipped with Nightmare greatsword, Scale Mail or Chainmail armor, Sallet or Winged Helm helmet, and the Armguard.
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- Main article: Vossler (Boss)
Vossler is fought as a boss on board the airship Shiva.
Vossler appears in the Trading Card Game depicted on a single card with his official render. That card is a part of the "Fire" set.