Judges have absolute power, and that power must not be abused.Judgemaster Cid Randell
Judgemaster Cid is Mewt Randell's father from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. In the fantasy world of Ivalice, he is the Judgemaster, leader of the Judges that enforce Ivalice's laws. While he can perform all of the duties of a normal judge, he also has the power to issue Advanced Laws, which can result in a Red Card for a character that takes any action forbidden by the Advanced Law.
Cid is a tall, somewhat thin-set man with a goatee and unkempt brown hair tied back in a rattail. Before Ivalice is transformed, he wears a leather fur-lined jacket and green pants, and stands in a stooped posture. While in Ivalice, he carries himself upright and wears traditional suit of Judge armor without the helmet.
Cid's large rounded sword in the artwork had appeared in the Bishop's ability "Judge", while Marche also has the same large rounded sword in his artwork. This may imply that the sword in Cid's artwork is indeed the Judge Sword. Regardless, the player cannot obtain it for personal use. The large rounded sword is also seen in the hands of Luso Clemens, the hero of Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. The sword looks largely identical to the weapon held by Rue, the protagonist in Threads of Fate, another Square title.
In the real world, Cid has fallen on hard times following the death of his wife, becoming lackadaisical and prone to drinking. After arriving in Ivalice, his demeanor has changed to an upright, determined, and morally sound Judgemaster who maintains peace and order while still making time to be with his son, Mewt.
In real life, the death of his wife, Remedi, caused Cid to fall into a deep depression and turn to drinking. He began to get in trouble in public. During one such encounter, Mewt and his friends catch him cringing before two men chastizing him for his previous actions. After Mewt and his friends accidentally transform reality with the Gran Grimoire, Cid was remade into the Judgemaster due to Mewt not wanting him to be a slob.
Initially, Cid is hostile toward Marche Radiuju's attempts to revert the world to normal, but upon seeing a vision of the real world following Exodus's defeat, Cid realizes that his actions are not in Mewt's best interests and resigns from the palace. Cid helps Marche deal with Llednar Twem, a dark version of Mewt created by Queen Remedi, defeating him by wielding one of Ezel Berbier's Anti-Laws against him to enable Marche to harm him.
Although Cid is powerful, he has several limits. Despite his ability to use Advanced Laws, he cannot prevent Ezel Berbier from nullifying those laws with an Anti-Law. Cid cannot enter a battle as a combatant and enforce the law at the same time, or stop others from changing the laws with Law Cards, or in the case of the Li-Grim, by using its Lawshift ability.
Completing all 300 missions unlocks the first of the Corrupt Judges bonus missions at the pub, "Cleanup Time". Before the engagement in Cadoan, Judgemaster Cid arrives and takes the player's side in battle. After the mission, Cid requests to join Clan Nutsy. If dismissed, he can be re-recruited by the mission "Cid's Mission".
Cid is a Judgemaster and equips heavy armor and shields. His weapon of choice is a Knightsword. The Judgemaster's ability set, Advanced Law, surpasses the power of normal Judges. One weakness of Cid is that he lacks any Secondary Action, Reaction, Support, or Combo abilities, and he cannot learn any from items. He cannot be afflicted with Haste.
In the global releases, the player may recruit Cid following the mission "Cleanup Time". He is initially equipped with a Lohengrin, Diamond Armor, Diamond Helm, Opal Shield, and Bracers while already having mastered all of his Judgemaster abilities. Because his job class's growth is identical to a Paladin's, his stats are more in-line with Attack and Defense with low Speed.
Behind the scenes
In the original Japanese version, Cid's original introductory scene has him drunkenly introduce himself to Mewt's friends, with Mewt asking him to return home. In the global releases, he is never mentioned to be drunk, with his introduction being changed to have Mewt and his friends simply find him cringing before two men after causing an unknown incident. Cid's drunken portrait was replaced with his portrait originally used during the game's finale.
Cid was not playable in the Japanese version, serving only as a story character and Judge in specific story battles. In the global versions, Cid was added as a playable character for players to unlock in the newly added post-game missions.
Cid appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a Lightning-elemental Backup card and an Ice-elemental Forward card.
Randell is a different spelling of "Randall".Randall is a Medieval surname, which contains two Germanic elements meaning "shield" and "wolf".