- "Bwahahaha! Kuja! So you finally decided to show your girly face here! You're all that stands between me and total domination! Gehehe!"
- —Queen Brahne
Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI (ブラネ・ラザ・アレクソンドロス１６世, Burane Raza Arekusandorosu 16-sei) is Alexandria's ruler and mother of Princess Garnet in Final Fantasy IX. Through the course of the game, she is the cause of much death and destruction, but Garnet often testifies that her mother had once been a kind and well-liked ruler of Alexandria and not the power-hungry person she became when the King passed away and the mysterious Kuja started to show his face within the castle walls.
- "It breaks my heart to see such greed! The war was my fault? No, no! Your mother wanted it! All I did was give her a little push!"
- —Kuja to Garnet
Brahne was born in 1760 and ruled Alexandria peacefully for many years until her husband died. In the year that followed the King's death, Garnet noticed changes in Brahne's behavior. Kuja had convinced Brahne to wage war against the neighboring countries of Lindblum and Burmecia using an army of mechanical Black Mages, that run on the mist that covered the entire Mist Continent. When Kuja told her that her (secretly) adopted daughter Garnet possessed the power to summon Eidolons, her greed for power was fueled even more. It consumed her to the point that she ordered her court jesters and mystics, Zorn and Thorn, to extract the Eidolons from Garnet for her own use.
Once Brahne had gained the ability to summon through the use of mystical stones extracted from Garnet, and had a large enough Black Mage army, she set out to wage war on neighboring kingdoms. She successfully destroyed both Burmecia and Cleyra (the latter through the Eidolon Odin), and greatly damaged Lindblum Castle. Brahne's undoing would prove to be her pride and lust for power when she turned on the source of that power: Kuja. Unfortunately, when she summoned Bahamut to attack Kuja, he took control of the Eidolon with the Invincible, and proceeded to unleash a Mega Flare that destroyed Brahne's fleet.
Her battered escape pod washes ashore on a nearby beach, where Garnet finds her. With her dying breath, Brahne asks for forgiveness from Garnet for the things she did and passes away in her daughter's arms. Despite Brahne's campaign for power, the people still remember her fondly, and a peaceful tomb is constructed for her alongside Alexandria Castle.
Kuja later claims on Terra that it was her soul, filled with greed, that let him enter Trance. There may be some truth in this since the dead souls of the people of Gaia, redirected by the Iifa Tree into Terra, are what allowed Kuja to achieve Trance.
- According to one of the Alexandrian castle cooks (Ovenmeister), Queen Brahne's favorite dish is deep-fried bat.