|Protection of the Saint
Alma Mater is an ability in the Dragon Quest series. It protects against instant death attacks.
This ability is learned with 70 skill points allocated into Faith skill. When used, it surrounds the performer in a holy aura that negates instant death abilities for 7~10 turns. Even if the user is affected by the spell or skill, they will survive with 1 HP. Being afflicted causes the aura to dissipate, and it must be reapplied thereafter.
Serena learns the skill through the Wands section of her character builder, wherein it costs 13 points to unlock. It costs 8 MP to perform, and functions slightly differently: as long as a character's health is higher than 50% they will survive any fatal blow. The protection lasts exactly four turns, and must be reapplied in the event salvation.