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Born in 684 Old Valendian, Ffamran mied Bunansa is the son of [[Cidolfus Demen Bunansa]], the head of House Bunansa and a scientist in employ of the [[Archadia|Archadian Empire]]. He showed such promise at a young age he was made an [[Archadian Judges|Archadian Judge]] at only sixteen years old. In 700, after his father returned from [[Giruvegan]], Ffamran noticed Cid's sanity fading: he talked to someone who wasn't there, raving on about "bringing the reins of history back to the hands of man." This strained their relationship until Ffamran could not stand the sight of his father.
 
Born in 684 Old Valendian, Ffamran mied Bunansa is the son of [[Cidolfus Demen Bunansa]], the head of House Bunansa and a scientist in employ of the [[Archadia|Archadian Empire]]. He showed such promise at a young age he was made an [[Archadian Judges|Archadian Judge]] at only sixteen years old. In 700, after his father returned from [[Giruvegan]], Ffamran noticed Cid's sanity fading: he talked to someone who wasn't there, raving on about "bringing the reins of history back to the hands of man." This strained their relationship until Ffamran could not stand the sight of his father.
   
Ffamran's falling out with his father, combined with Archadia's political maneuvers, made him decide to leave his post as Judge and flee [[Archades]], stealing a new prototype fighter ship. After going into hiding he upgraded the ship (so much it no longer resembles the original design) and named it the ''Strahl''. Ffamran took on the name "Balthier" as an alias to help cast aside his ties with Archades. Partnering with a [[viera]] companion named [[Fran]], he flew the skies of Ivalice searching for treasure, gaining notoriety as a sky pirate, and increasing the bounty on his head.
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Ffamran's falling out with his father, combined with Archadia's political maneuvers, made him decide to leave his post as Judge and flee [[Archades]], stealing a new prototype fighter ship. After going into hiding he upgraded the ship (so much it no longer resembles the original design) and named it the ''Strahl''. Ffamran took on the name "Balthier" as an alias to help cast aside his ties with Archades. Partnering with a [[viera]] companion named Fran, he flew the skies of Ivalice searching for treasure, gaining notoriety as a sky pirate, and increasing the bounty on his head.
   
 
[[File:Fran and balthier.png|thumb|left|Balthier and Fran surprise Vaan in the Palace treasury.]]
 
[[File:Fran and balthier.png|thumb|left|Balthier and Fran surprise Vaan in the Palace treasury.]]
In 706 Old Valendian, Balthier and Fran head to the Royal Palace of Rabanastre's treasury where they find [[Vaan]] holding the [[Dusk Shard|Goddess's Magicite]]. Balthier demands he hand it over, but before he can retrieve the [[magicite]] the ''[[List of airships#Ifrit|Ifrit]]'' attacks the palace. Vaan escapes and Balthier reluctantly follows him.
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In 706 Old Valendian, Balthier and Fran head to the Royal Palace of Rabanastre's treasury where they find Vaan holding the [[Dusk Shard|Goddess's Magicite]]. Balthier demands he hand it over, but before he can retrieve the [[magicite]] the ''[[List of airships#Ifrit|Ifrit]]'' attacks the palace. Vaan escapes and Balthier reluctantly follows him.
   
 
He chases Vaan out into the palace grounds, where amid the battle between the [[Resistance (Final Fantasy XII)|Resistance]] forces and the Imperials, Balthier throws Vaan onto his hovercraft, piloted by Fran. In [[Final Fantasy XII (manga)|the manga]], Vaan is accosted by [[Vayne Carudas Solidor]] and [[Archadian Judges|Judge Magister]] [[Gabranth]] and is saved by Balthier. The Goddess's Magicite, really a piece of deifacted [[nethicite]], renders the hovercraft unresponsive, and the trio crashes into the [[Garamsythe Waterway]].
 
He chases Vaan out into the palace grounds, where amid the battle between the [[Resistance (Final Fantasy XII)|Resistance]] forces and the Imperials, Balthier throws Vaan onto his hovercraft, piloted by Fran. In [[Final Fantasy XII (manga)|the manga]], Vaan is accosted by [[Vayne Carudas Solidor]] and [[Archadian Judges|Judge Magister]] [[Gabranth]] and is saved by Balthier. The Goddess's Magicite, really a piece of deifacted [[nethicite]], renders the hovercraft unresponsive, and the trio crashes into the [[Garamsythe Waterway]].
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Balthier joins forces with Vaan to find a way out though Vaan is determined to keep the magicite. Balthier suspects the new consul, Vayne, deliberately lured the Resistance out of hiding to attack the palace. They encounter a Resistance fighter named Amalia who joins them despite her distaste of her "thieving" company.
 
Balthier joins forces with Vaan to find a way out though Vaan is determined to keep the magicite. Balthier suspects the new consul, Vayne, deliberately lured the Resistance out of hiding to attack the palace. They encounter a Resistance fighter named Amalia who joins them despite her distaste of her "thieving" company.
   
[[File:Balthier-gives-his-handkerchief.png|thumb|Balthier gives his handkerchief to Penelo]]
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[[File:Balthier-gives-his-handkerchief.png|thumb|Balthier gives his handkerchief to Penelo.]]
 
After the party defeats the [[Firemane (Final Fantasy XII)|Firemane]], Vayne (in the game) or [[Ghis|Judge Ghis]] (in the manga) with a battalion of soldiers ambush the party. Despite Amalia's insistence that her company is innocent, they are taken captive. As they are marched out onto the streets of Rabanastre Balthier meets Vaan's friend [[Penelo]] who weeps at the sight of Vaan being led away. To avoid a scene, Balthier gives Penelo his handkerchief and assures her Vaan will be safe. Unknown to Balthier, the bounty hunter [[Ba'Gamnan]] watches the exchange from the shadows.
 
After the party defeats the [[Firemane (Final Fantasy XII)|Firemane]], Vayne (in the game) or [[Ghis|Judge Ghis]] (in the manga) with a battalion of soldiers ambush the party. Despite Amalia's insistence that her company is innocent, they are taken captive. As they are marched out onto the streets of Rabanastre Balthier meets Vaan's friend [[Penelo]] who weeps at the sight of Vaan being led away. To avoid a scene, Balthier gives Penelo his handkerchief and assures her Vaan will be safe. Unknown to Balthier, the bounty hunter [[Ba'Gamnan]] watches the exchange from the shadows.
   
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In the game, Balthier finds Vaan in battle with three [[Daguza|seeq dungeon masters]] and joins the fray. After their victory, Balthier and Vaan hide within the dungeon arena where Balthier overhears Ba'Gamnan, who has followed him to Nalbina, along with Judge Gabranth. With Fran they follow Gabranth into an Oubliette where they find an emaciated [[Basch fon Ronsenburg]] imprisoned.
 
In the game, Balthier finds Vaan in battle with three [[Daguza|seeq dungeon masters]] and joins the fray. After their victory, Balthier and Vaan hide within the dungeon arena where Balthier overhears Ba'Gamnan, who has followed him to Nalbina, along with Judge Gabranth. With Fran they follow Gabranth into an Oubliette where they find an emaciated [[Basch fon Ronsenburg]] imprisoned.
   
Following Gabranth's departure, Basch pleads with the party to set him free. Balthier is indifferent, but Vaan cannot control his rage at the King-Slayer, said to have also killed Vaan's brother Reks, and jumps atop Basch's cage, attracting the guards. Fran asks everyone to hold onto the cage and drops it to the [[Barheim Passage]], inadvertently freeing Basch. Balthier allows him to join the party as another sword arm, as they navigate their way to an exit. Basch explains it was his twin brother [[Gabranth]] who killed the king and Vaan's brother in his guise; Balthier notes the two do have similar faces.
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Following Gabranth's departure, Basch pleads with the party to set him free. Balthier is indifferent, but Vaan cannot control his rage at the King-Slayer, said to have also killed Vaan's brother Reks, and jumps atop Basch's cage, attracting the guards. Fran asks everyone to hold onto the cage and drops it to the [[Barheim Passage]], inadvertently freeing Basch. Balthier allows him to join the party as another sword arm, as they navigate their way to an exit. Basch explains it was his twin brother Gabranth who killed the king and Vaan's brother in his guise; Balthier notes the two do have similar faces.
   
 
Back in Rabanastre, the party disperses. While Vaan and Basch go meet the Resistance, Balthier and Fran retire to the Sandsea tavern. Balthier is accosted by the [[bangaa]] [[Migelo]], who claims Ba'Gamnan has kidnapped Penelo because he mistook her as someone close to Balthier. Balthier's act of kindness to Penelo when he offered his handkerchief, has been repaid with trouble for them all. Balthier is initially unwilling to go to [[Bhujerba]] to rescue her, but Basch asks him to fly him there so he can meet [[Halim Ondore IV|Marquis Ondore]], and when Vaan promises Balthier the Goddess's Magicite in return, he agrees to fly them all to the sky city.
 
Back in Rabanastre, the party disperses. While Vaan and Basch go meet the Resistance, Balthier and Fran retire to the Sandsea tavern. Balthier is accosted by the [[bangaa]] [[Migelo]], who claims Ba'Gamnan has kidnapped Penelo because he mistook her as someone close to Balthier. Balthier's act of kindness to Penelo when he offered his handkerchief, has been repaid with trouble for them all. Balthier is initially unwilling to go to [[Bhujerba]] to rescue her, but Basch asks him to fly him there so he can meet [[Halim Ondore IV|Marquis Ondore]], and when Vaan promises Balthier the Goddess's Magicite in return, he agrees to fly them all to the sky city.
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Balthier suggests they attract the Resistance's attention to gain entrance into the estate. After Vaan spreads rumors of the supposedly executed Basch still being alive, the Resistance grants them an audience. To reunite Basch with Amalia Ondore alerts Judge Ghis and has them arrested and taken aboard the Imperial flagship [[Dreadnought Leviathan|Dreadnought ''Leviathan'']].
 
Balthier suggests they attract the Resistance's attention to gain entrance into the estate. After Vaan spreads rumors of the supposedly executed Basch still being alive, the Resistance grants them an audience. To reunite Basch with Amalia Ondore alerts Judge Ghis and has them arrested and taken aboard the Imperial flagship [[Dreadnought Leviathan|Dreadnought ''Leviathan'']].
   
Amalia's true identity is that of the reportedly dead Princess [[Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca]]. Judge Ghis takes the Goddess's Magicite from Vaan, and Amalia's accomplice in the Resistance, [[Vossler York Azelas|Vossler]], helps the party escape on an ''[[Atomos (Final Fantasy XII)|Atomos]]'' Imperial carrier ship back to Bhujerba. [[Ashe]] is advised to stay within Ondore's estate lest she undermine Ondore's plans, but Balthier finds her aboard the ''Strahl'', attempting to steal it.
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Amalia's true identity is that of the reportedly dead Princess [[Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca]]. Judge Ghis takes the Goddess's Magicite from Vaan, and Amalia's accomplice in the Resistance, [[Vossler York Azelas|Vossler]], helps the party escape on an ''[[Atomos (Final Fantasy XII)|Atomos]]'' Imperial carrier ship back to Bhujerba. Ashe is advised to stay within Ondore's estate lest she undermine Ondore's plans, but Balthier finds her aboard the ''Strahl'', attempting to steal it.
   
 
[[File:Balthier threatened.jpg|thumb|right|Balthier threatened by Judge Ghis onboard the ''Leviathan'']]
 
[[File:Balthier threatened.jpg|thumb|right|Balthier threatened by Judge Ghis onboard the ''Leviathan'']]
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