I couldn't finish 'em. Looks like this's gonna get complicated.
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Story[edit | edit source]
While in Palamecian custody on the Dreadnought, Princess Hilda is switched with a Lamia Queen disguised as her to fool the rebel forces. Firion and his party storm the empire's warship and rescue Cid and the false princess, taking them back to Altair. After the party returns from Deist, the Lamia Queen attempts to seduce Firion, revealing her true form, and the party engages her in battle.
Battle[edit | edit source]
The Lamia Queen is a notoriously tricky foe that employs dangerous status effects. Her regular physical attack frequently puts its targets to Sleep, and she uses Charm IX to confuse the party members. She may cast Blink XVI on herself, making it nearly impossible to hit her with physical attacks. The Sleep effect tends to wear off quickly, but can be dangerous if it disables the party's main healer.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
A Level 5 Basuna spell cures confused characters. Shell increases resistance to confusion—if needed, several Shell Tomes can be procured before the battle and used on the first turn to cast Shell IV on everyone. Silence or Fog can work if leveled high, but the Lamia Queen's Magic Defense makes inflicting either status unlikely. The party should have sufficient MP before, as a cast of Blink XVI can make her impossible to damage with normal attacks.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
The battle has one of the first instances of the theme "Battle Scene A". The music prior to the battle is "Danse des petits cygnes (Act II No. 13 4th movement)" from the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Lamia was a beautiful Libyan queen who turned into a child-eating demon. She is often referred to as having the lower half of a snake and sometimes a large mouth (lamia in Greek means "large shark", while laimos means gullet).In Greek mythology,
Later characteristics attributed to her are similar to that of succubi, in that the lamia seduces men, enticing them to feed on their blood. It is said they reside in towers or secluded areas and have magical abilities.