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Al-Cid Margrace
Sprite(s) Portrait of Al-Cid In-game sprite of Al-Cid
Japanese アルシド・マルガラス
Romaji Arushido Marugarasu
Age
Tribe Hume
Job class Agent
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 Character
"I would lay down my life at a single word to be sure… but I harbor no maundering delusions of valiant grandeur."
—Al-Cid Margrace

Al-Cid Margrace is a recurring character in the Ivalice Alliance. A member of the ruling family of Rozarria, he is a romantic man with a heavy Spanish accent. However, behind his romantic gestures is a man well aware of the world and its workings. Al-Cid is a gentleman of fortune who has no tolerance for those who intend to harm women. Although he is likened to a prince in Grimoire of the Rift, he is quick to state that he is but one of many, perhaps suggesting that he is not in direct line to the throne but rather a younger sibling or cousin to the true heir.

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Final Fantasy XII

In Final Fantasy XII, he is first encountered in the Temple of Kiltia in Mt. Bur-Omisace. Always following behind him is a maid, perpetually silent, and always willing to carry anything he hands her. During the end credits, one of the Yoshida sketches shows that Al-Cid has four maids, although this idea may have been abandoned later on.

Al-Cid with four of his maids.

Al-Cid wants peace between Rozarria and Archadia. As such, he is in talks with Larsa for a peaceful resolution between the two empires. However, with Emperor Gramis' assassination, he is forced to change his plans. When Larsa leaves with Judge Gabranth in an attempt to ensure peace on Mt. Bur-Omisace, Judge Bergan attacks with Al-Cid defending himself from the Judge's troops as the Gran Kiltias was murdered by Bergan himself. Exhausted from his fight as Bergan was defeated by Ashe and her group, Al-Cid offers Ashe to accompany him back to Rozarria for her safety, but she declines. Respecting her choice, Al-Cid departs to Rozarria, to continue his best to keep war from breaking out.

The party meet Al-Cid one last time at Balfonheim Port, where he tells the party that a great battle is about to begin, the Resistance and Rozarria against Archadia, and the battle field will be Dalmasca. He then leaves, asking Ashe to visit Rozarria sometime.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

While Al-Cid makes no direct appearance in the game, Ashe briefly mentions her recent visit to Rozarria, implying that she did indeed take Al-Cid up on the offer he issued in Final Fantasy XII. What actually transpired is unknown, and no references are made to what Rozarria looks like or what kind of culture it has.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

"One of the Malgaras family who controls Rozarria. Masters of espionage who travel the world in search of information. They are well known for keeping a woman, or several, in every port."
—Description


Al-Cid returns as a playable character in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. He uses a gun as his weapon, and his set job, Agent, revolves around protecting women. You battle him in the mission, "A Dashing Duel." Once you complete the game and finish "A Dashing Duel," check the notices in the pub and then go to Targ Wood to get him as a recruit. Al-Cid is popular with Adelle while Luso Clemens comments on his "attitude", although it doesn't bother him as much when he finds out Al-Cid is a prince. Luso is also outraged when Cid accepts him into the clan, while Penelo comments it is because Cid "understands him". Before he joins the clan he tells the female assistant whom he is constantly accompanied by her services are no longer needed.

Abilities

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

He has access to the unique job, Agent. The descriptions of his action-abilities are several of his quotes from Final Fantasy XII (such as "I would lay down my life at a single word..." and "What do my little birds have to say?"), rather than actual descriptions of the ability's effect.

Etymology

The name of Al-Cid is likely inspired by the historical Spanish hero El Cid, the hero during the Taifa wars in Vandalusia/Andalucia (Arabic Al-Andalus). The term "El Cid" comes from Al Sayid, which means "The Lord" in Arabic. Margrace is likely an alternate form of the title Margrave which itself comes from the German word Mark-graf (a "Boundary/Land-Count").


This article uses material from the "Al-Cid Margrace" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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