Bestiary entry Edit
Page 1: Observations Edit
- Priests of high enough rank to speak directly to the gods are alone allowed to communicate with these executors of divine will. Their bodies are fashioned of a curious crystalline metal, the composition and nature of which is beyond modern metallurgical knowledge. When they descend to the earth from their home in the heavens, they strike swiftly, and with malice apparent. It is thought the babil's numbers are growing, and some scholars warn that a great reckoning may soon be at hand.
Page 2: Morgen's Research Notes Edit
- The emissaries of the gods descend to us from the paradise far above the sky we know. Therefore must they travel between the land and the sky, for which they use the wondrous metal einherjarium, otherwise known as cloudstone. The babil, servants of the gods, have bodies rich in this substance. How many have tried to steal the cloudstone from them and thereby reach paradise? How many have the gods stricken down for that heresy?
Babil is one of three enemies in Final Fantasy XII that is cited to have an MP value greater than 999 in official guides. However, one of these three, Elvoret, can only be syphoned for 999 MP, indicating this may be the maximum MP value for enemies. Because Babil has Safety, its MP can't be syphoned, and thus its exact MP value is hard to check.
The Babil is named after the Tower of Babel. Tower of Babel is from a story from the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament/Torah, as well as other various ancient documents. The story tells of how early humanity was living in one city (violating the commandment to spread out and fill the Earth) and began construction on a great tower that would extend to the heavens so they could see God. However, God destroyed the tower and confused their language, forcing people to spread out among the Earth.The
It being a golem may indicate that it also draws inspiration from the Giant of Babil from Final Fantasy IV, as well as its Rare Game version, "Tower", referring to the Tower of Babil. The "cloudstone" they use alludes to Vagrant Story.