Auron, I am honored that you care for me so. But I have come to kill grief itself. I will defeat Sin, and lift the veil of sorrow covering Spira.
High Summoner Braska, also known as Lord Braska or simply Braska, is a non-player character from Final Fantasy X. He is Yuna's father, Cid's brother-in-law, and Rikku and Brother's uncle. He became a high summoner by defeating Sin ten years before the events of Final Fantasy X.
At the age of 35, Braska was a tall man who had blue eyes, from whom Yuna inherited her one blue eye. He wore an elaborate robe in shades of red made of broad overlapping petals with wide sleeves that covered his hands. Over the robe he wore a wide gray sash with a pattern of connecting circles. The sign on his sash was the letter "A" in Yevon alphabet, which symbolizes Yevon.
Braska wore an elaborate dark blue headdress that resembled Arabian head-wraps or desert headgear. It was held in place by a band that had a blue stone in front and a long trail that curved behind him. On each side hung a pale blue tassel. He wore a white beaded bracelet and wielded a summoner's staff.
What does it matter? No one believes that I, a fallen summoner wed to an Al Bhed...could possibly defeat Sin. This is what they say. No one expects us to succeed.
Braska was a kind, cheerful man, desiring peace and unity and willing to sacrifice his life for the future of the world. He loved his wife, never caring that she was Al Bhed, even though their relationship was controversial: she was disowned by her brother and was shunned by the other Al Bhed in addition to the rest of Spira and their daughter was disregarded by Yevonites and Al Bhed alike. Braska cared for his guardians, Auron and Jecht, his dear friends.
Braska was a priest of Bevelle who visited the Al Bhed in the hopes of furthering relations with them and Yevonites. He fell in love, and when he was 27, eloped with the younger sister of Cid, the Al Bhed leader. When Yevon discovered the miscegenation, Braska was cast out of the clergy, and his wife was disowned by Cid, though tensions on both sides lessened after Yuna's birth.
When Yuna was four years old her mother traveled to Bikanel to mend the ties with her family, but her ship was attacked by Sin and she was killed. Braska resolved to become a summoner and defeat Sin to stop anyone else from suffering as he did. The priests of Bevelle and many other Yevonites looked down on him due to his choice of bride and half-breed daughter, and did not believe he could complete the pilgrimage. Braska chose Auron and Jecht as his guardians, as they, too, were held in similar regard.
On the slopes of Mt. Gagazet, Braska left a video sphere for Yuna, letting her know that whatever path she chose for her life, he would be proud. At the end of his pilgrimage Braska learned the Final Aeon was created by sacrificing one of his guardians to be made into its fayth. He did not want to choose, but Jecht insisted to become Braska's Final Aeon. Braska asked Auron to watch over Yuna, wanting her future to be peaceful and happy since he would not be there, and Jecht made the same request for his son Tidus.
After Braska sacrificed his life for the Final Summoning, his spirit descended into the Farplane and a statue of him was raised in each of the temples of Yevon in Spira, although during the events of Final Fantasy X, a monk in the Besaid Temple tells the party it took more than ten years for the temple there to receive a statue of Braska following his rise to high summoner. Yuna decides to follow her father's footsteps in becoming a summoner and defeating Sin, and witnesses a ghostly vision of him on the Farplane while passing through Guadosalam. She finds the movie spheres left behind by Braska during his pilgrimage.
When she reaches Yunalesca in Zanarkand Dome and learns one of her guardians must be made fayth for the Final Aeon, she rejects the rite. Yunalesca tries to persuade Yuna by saying Braska had gladly sacrificed a guardian alongside himself to give Spira short respite from Sin, but Yuna disagrees, saying Braska had wanted to free Spira, not perpetuate its cycle of suffering in knowing Sin will be reborn. Having viewed the spheres Braska had left for her, and certain of her father's will to free Spira, Yuna has the strength to reject the Final Summoning and find another way to defeat Sin without using a Final Aeon.
Braska is voiced by Takuma Suzuki in the Japanese version.
Braska is an ally and a summonable Legend depicted in his Final Fantasy X outfit.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Braska is a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event Window on the Past as the First Time Reward for completing the event's Djose Temple stage in Part 1. He is associated with Ifrit and Ixion.