|Dragon Quest series character|
|Ramia / Empyrea|
|Dragon Quest III|
Ramia (ラーミア), also known as Empyrea (レティス), is a legendary phoenix that plays a prominent role in Dragon Quest III and Dragon Quest VIII. She is also an obtainable monster in both Dragon Quest Monsters 2 and the Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker sub-series. In each appearance, she is depicted as a gigantic bird-like being of godly majesty and grace.
In the English version of VIII, her voice is provided by Jessica Martin
When the party first discovers the Leiamland shrine, Ramia is only an egg being guarded by a pair of twin sisters. In order to hatch her egg, the hero and his/her party must gather the Six Orbs from around the world and place them on pedestals surrounding it. Once hatched, Ramia serves as the series' first aerial transportation, allowing access to such places as Baramos' castle and the Dragon Queen's castle in the central continent. However, Ramia cannot travel to the World of Darkness, nor can she land where the player cannot walk, such as high mountains and bodies of water.
The theme that plays while riding Ramia is Heavenly Flight.
Many years later, Empyrea had laid an egg on her eyrie near Empycchu. The egg, however, was stolen by Rhapthorne's agent Gemon and taken to the Dark World. Although Gemon was defeated by the party, he managed to destroy the egg before dying. The soul of Empyrea's son remained, however, and became the Godbird's Soulstone, which enabled the party to take to the skies.
After Rhapthorne's resurrection, Empyrea sent the party to collect the orbs containing the spirits of the Seven Sages and gave to them the Godbird Sceptre. She also joined the party for the final battle, allowing them to travel on her wings.
Following Rhapthorne's final destruction, Empyrea carried the party back to Trodain Castle, where she revealed that her true name was, in fact, Ramia. She demonstrates her power to travel to other worlds, fading into the distance as she regales that she kept the name the six sages bestowed upon her out of her respect for them.
When using the Godbird's Soulstone, an ambient version of Heavenly Flight is used.
As a Boss
The legendary bird is found in the Cragvaration area post-game, in the same nest previously occupied by Gemon. The Godbird's most damaging move is Lightning Storm, which does up to 287~350 lightning damage to the entire party.
- The twins who accompany Ramia in both of her main series appearances are a reference to the faerie-like attendants of Mothra known as the Shobijin. Both sets wear clothing reminiscent of Pacific islanders, speak on behalf of a divine begin, talk in unison, and pray for the hatching/manifestation of their holy one.
- Mothra herself is mentioned by Yuji Horii as a part of his trivia quiz in the developer's room ending of Chrono Trigger.
- The iconography of Erdrick bears a distinct resemblance to Ramia, appearing on the sword, shield, and armor of legend. Even the hero's emblem bears Ramia's visage, likely owning to her significance in III's chain of events.