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Tellah
Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano
Sprite(s) Tellah's SNES menu portrait Tellah's GBA menu portrait Tellah's DS portrait Tellah's in-game battle sprite Tellah during battle in the Mobile Phone version
Japanese name Tella
Kana テラ
Romaji Tera
Voice actor(s)
(Japanese)
Gorou Naya
Voice actor(s)
(English)
Lee Everest
Job Sage
Skill White, Black, Recall
Birthplace Kaipo
Age 60
Height 5'10" (1.77 m)
Weight 105 lbs (48 kg)
Laterality Right-Handed
Final Fantasy IV Character
"You spoony bard!"
—Tellah

Tellah is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV. He is the Great Sage of Mysidia, and thus is a master of both White and Black Magic. However, due to his old age, he can only remember a few of his many spells. He has a short temper, and will not hesitate to get defensive when something happens to someone or something he is close to.

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Story

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)
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Final Fantasy IV

It is unknown when Tellah arrived at or left Mysidia. However, it is known that he had a daughter, Anna. He was overprotective of Anna, especially after the death of his wife. One day, Edward Chris von Muir, the prince of Damcyan, disguised as a Bard, came to visit Anna, and the two fell in love and ran away. Tellah was furious, and went out to search for Anna. However, he was very weak and could not make it on his own. He was having trouble defeating the Octomammoth, a monster that was guarding the Underground Waterway. When Cecil Harvey and Rydia were traveling through the Underground Waterway searching for the Sand Pearl, they came across Tellah and offered their help. Tellah accepted, and the three were able to defeat Octomammath and head to Damcyan.

However, when they arrived, the Red Wings attacked Damcyan and stole their Crystal of Fire. Everyone was injured, including Anna. Tellah blamed this incident on Edward, and began to attack him (it is here where Tellah uses his memorable catch phrase, "You spoony Bard!" which has become popular amongst many Final Fantasy fans). However, Anna breaks the fight up and explains that she loves Edward, and that it was Golbez who took the Crystal. Anna then dies, and Tellah swears to get revenge on Golbez. He leaves the three alone.

Tellah does not show up again until Cecil, Palom, and Porom are climbing Mount Ordeals with the hope that Cecil will become a Paladin. Tellah is on the mountain in search of the legendary magic Meteor, which would help him defeat Golbez. Tellah agreed to help them as well. When they reached the top of the mountain, however, they met Scarmiglione of Earth, one of Golbez's Archfiends of Elements. Scarmiglione attacked them, but they were able to defeat him twice. After this, they arrived at a room full of mirrors. A mysterious light, who referred to Cecil as "my son," commanded him to take a sword, which transformed him into a Paladin. However, Cecil had to overcome his former feelings of hatred by battling himself. He succeeded, and became a full fledged Paladin. Tellah also learned Meteor at this time, and remembered all the spells he had forgotten.

Cecil, Tellah, Palom, and Porom returned to Mysidia, where the Elder of Mysidia congratulated them. He also spoke of the Mysidian Legend of the sword Cecil now wielded, and how only a Chosen One could wield it. Cecil then agreed to defeat Golbez. When the Elder noticed Tellah, Tellah told him of his plans to defeat Golbez using Meteor. However, the Elder reminded Tellah that he should never fight with a vengeance, and that Tellah would die if he were to ever cast Meteor, due to his old age, however, Tellah was not swayed, and the Elder admitted that he could not stop Tellah. Cecil then asked the Elder to open the Devil's Road that leads to Baron, and the Elder obliged. In Baron, Cecil and his friends learned that Cid had created a new airship, but was arrested when he refused to let the king see it. Cecil tried to enter the castle, however, the guards would not let him enter. He overheard that a Karate Man was invited to be an officer in Baron, and that he was hanging out at the inn. Cecil went there, and found out that it was, in fact, Yang Fang Leiden. Yang ordered the guards to attack Cecil, and then attacked him himself. However, Cecil was able to snap Yang back to reality, and Yang realized that he was under the control of the king of Baron the whole time. Yang then rejoined the party, and found the Key of Baron in his pocket, which the party then used to enter Baron Castle via the Ancient Waterway.

Cecil's party reached the castle, and met up with Baigan there. Baigan tells Cecil that he is not under Golbez's control, and that he is loyal only to the King of Baron. He offers to help Cecil, and Cecil accepts the help. However, Palom and Porom smell a monster in the area, and point Baigan out as the monster. Cecil's party then fights Baigan, and Palom and Porom warn Cecil to tread lightly around Baron. Cecil then proceeds to meet the king, who is upset that Cecil became a Paladin. However, when Cecil mentions the king of Baron's true name, the king lets out that he killed the real king, and Cecil then demands that the king reveal himself. It turned out that the king was in fact Cagnazzo, the Archfiend of Water. Cecil's party then fought Cagnazzo and won. Cid escaped prison after this, and greeted Cecil enthusiastically. Cid then joined Cecil's party. However, Cagnazzo had one last trick up his sleeve. When Cecil tried to escape, the walls began to cave in. Palom and Porom had to save Cecil's party by petrifying themselves. Tellah tried to heal them, but to no avail. Cid then took them to his newest airship; the Enterprise.

Tellah's DS model

Cecil could not escape on the Enterprise without an encounter with the Red Wings. Kain issued an ultimatum to Cecil. Cecil would either get Kain the Crystal of Earth in Troia or Rosa would die. Cecil had no choice but to go to Troia. There, he learned from the Epopts that the Dark Elf, a monster who lives in Lodestone Cavern to the north, had stolen the Crystal. He also found Edward who was recovering from the Leviathan attack. Edward gave Cecil a Whisperweed because he was too weak to help Cecil out.

Cecil's party then headed to Lodestone Cavern to meet with the Dark Elf. However, the cave was covered in a magnetic field, and Cecil and his friends could not equip metallic weapons or armor. The Dark Elf was thus able to defeat Cecil. Edward was able to sense this, and began to play a melody on his harp. The Whisperweed reacted to this, and the Dark Elf lost control of himself. As a result, he became weak, and Cecil could attack him with his sword. He was then able to reclaim the Crystal of Earth. He and his party then headed back to Troia, where Kain contacted him and made him get on the Enterprise. Before leaving, however, the party visited Edward one more time, and Tellah told Edward that Anna was happy to be loved by a man like Edward. Edward asked Tellah to avenge Anna for his sake too, and Tellah agreed to do so.

Kain then guided Cecil's party to the Tower of Zot, where Golbez was holding Rosa prisoner. Golbez told Cecil's party that he wanted them to "receive" the reward, and made them come to him. Cecil's party then climbed the tower, and had to fight The Magus Sisters at the top. After the fight, they met Golbez, who took the Crystal and would not free Rosa. Tellah then attacked Golbez out of vengeance for Anna, and began casting spells on Golbez. However, they had no effect. He then cast Meteor on Golbez, severely wounding him. Cecil then rushed forward to strike, but Golbez knocked him down. Golbez then told Cecil that it was not over, and escaped. However, his control of Kain was broken. Cecil's party surrounded Tellah, who was dying due to the effects of him casting Meteor. He asked Cecil, Yang and Cid to avenge Anna for him, and then died.

In one last Hurrah, during the fight with Zeromus, Tellah and his daughter Anna both grant the party their power to help overcome the evil before them. Though departed, they quite clearly demonstrate their strength of character alongside the living during that encounter.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Tellah as he appears in The After Years

Tellah's spirit appears before Edward in The After Years along with Anna's. He tells him that Anna wants him to find happiness. Throughout Palom's story, he seeks to become a great sage and follow in Tellah's footsteps.

Equipment and Stats

Tellah has some of the worst stats in the game, both physically and magically. This is due to his old age, and due to the fact that he is a Sage. His MP, in particular, does not increase above 90, so even the child Rydia will surpass his usefulness to the party as he rapidly drains all of his magic power with his higher level spells (Fire 3 burns off 30 MP, or 1/3 of his full total). This ensures that the player will never try to cast Meteor with him (Meteor costs 99 MP), which plotwise can kill him for just casting it. Nonetheless, this can be circumvented by using a Soma Drop (giving Tellah 100 MP, one more than Meteor's 99 MP cost). His equipment consists of rods and staves, as well as mage equipment. Unlike other characters, Tellah's physical stats actually decrease when he levels up as well.

Abilities

Tellah using Recall

Tellah has the ability to cast both White and Black Magic. When he first joins, he only knows a handful of spells in each class. He knows the Black Magics Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Stop and Osmose, and the White Magics Cura, Life, Blink, Esuna, Confuse and Teleport. In the Game Boy Advance, DS and PlayStation re-releases of the game, as well as the original Japanese release of the SNES version, he has access to the Recall ability, which allows him to cast a random White or Black Magic spell. The spells Tellah can use with Recall are:

Spell Chance
Toad 31%
Fire 10%
Blizzard 10%
Thunder 10%
Fira 6%
Blizzara 6%
Thundara 6%
Firaga 4%
Blizzaga 4%
Thundaga 4%
Bubble 3%
Faith 3%
Bravery 3%

Once Cecil becomes a Paladin, Tellah gains access to all spells except Holy, Arise, Quake, Death, and Flare. He cannot cast Meteor--even though he knows it--due to its high MP cost. At this point he loses Recall, however.

In the Nintendo DS version, Tellah has two more spells initially, the spells Poison and Silence. Once he remembers all his spells he also learns Arise, he may use Meteor provided a Soma Drop is used on him, and he keeps the ability to use Recall, which may cast a spell he doesn't normally have access to.

Spells

Before Mount Ordeals

White Magic
Spell Level Learned
Blink N/A
Confuse N/A
Cura N/A
Raise N/A
Silence N/A
Teleport N/A
Black Magic
Spell Level Learned
Fire N/A
Blizzard N/A
Osmose N/A
Poison N/A
Sleep N/A
Thunder N/A

After Mount Ordeals

White Magic
Spell Level Learned
Arise N/A
Berserk N/A
Cure N/A
Curaga N/A
Curaja N/A
Dispel N/A
Float N/A
Haste N/A
Hold N/A
Libra N/A
Mini N/A
Protect N/A
Reflect N/A
Shell N/A
Sight N/A
Slow N/A
Black Magic
Spell Level Learned
Bio N/A
Blizzara N/A
Blizzaga N/A
Break N/A
Drain N/A
Fira N/A
Firaga N/A
Meteor N/A
Pig N/A
Thundara N/A
Thundaga N/A
Toad N/A
Tornado N/A
Warp N/A

Etymology

Tellah is probably an "Engrish" form of Terah (Hebrew תֶּרַח Téraḥ), the Biblical patriarch who was father of Abraham and grandfather of Lot. Tellah's Japanese name, テラ (Tera) is also the Japanese name for Terah. In Hebrew, the name is also slang for "old man", and Tellah is known for his old age and sagely position. In the processes of mitosis and meiosis, the telophase and anaphase resemble Tellah and Anna if they are pronounced a certain way.

Trivia

  • In the English localization of the DS version, Tellah is pronounced [ˈtɛ.lə].
  • In the Chronicles port or DS remake of the game if you use a Soma Drop on Tellah increasing his MP to 100, he can use Meteor despite not being able to in the story without dying.

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

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