Iseria Queen / Ethereal Queen
The strongest foe in various games of the Valkyrie Profile series, the Ethereal Queen is a powerful woman whose might is unbelievably catastrophic. She appears as the final challenge of the Bonus Area called the Seraphic Gate.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth Seraphic Gate Appears as the most powerful entity in the game, after defeating Gabriel Celeste; she additionally quotes that you may have defeated Gabriel Celeste but will not defeat her. In this series she has two forms, the first form which is the standard mode while fighting her, decreasing her HP to less than half will cause her to transform into her second form which is visualized by an imposed angel image beside her while fighting against the party. Her attacks are Queen's War Dance, Cross Airrade, Final Cherio and Extension Force. Her Purify Weird Soul is Empress Massacre and her Great Magic is Cosmic Spear.
Valkyrie Profile 2 : Silmeria Seraphic Gate Appears still as the most powerful entity in the game, wherein the Seraphic Gate is a separate dimension from Midgard, where she governs it as the ruler and queen. In the sequence with her, she vocalizes that she is the most powerful being of that dimension and invites Alicia to stay with her in the Seraphic Gate. Alicia refuses her request, prompting a battle. Her attacks are Astral Maze, Explosion, Prismatic Missile, Scarlet Shield, Dazzled Eye, Regenerate, Empress Massacre, and her Soul Crush is the Great Magic Phantom Destruction. Defeating the Ethereal Queen rewards the player with the most powerful staff in the game, the Holy Wand of Telos, which grants use of the Holy element Great Magic, Phantom Destruction.
Valyrie Profile : Covenant of the Plume The Ethereal Queen also makes an appearance as the most powerful foe in the game.
tri-Ace Cameo Appearances
Iseria Queen / Ethereal Queen is one of the two celestial beings that make appearances as one of the two "superbosses" seen in bonus dungeons after the game has already been beaten, the other of which is Gabriel Celeste. Of the two the Ethereal Queen is always considered stronger. These two appear in almost every tri-Ace game usually being the most powerful enemies. The Star Ocean series and Ratiata Stories also features the Ethereal Queen as a bonus superboss.
Even though the Ethereal Queen is only shown as a "superboss" on most of tri-Ace games without involving herself in the main plots of the games, she is always shown talking with the protagonists before the battle, denoting certain characteristics that vary almost zero within each game. Most of the talks with the protagonists involve how she is "very different from Gabriel Celeste" and how the protagonists will "know what true despair is" meaning she is egotistical or over confident of herself, but given how she most of the time includes insults such as "the likes of you" it denotes more of an egotistical personality. Other games feature her in a more passive and respectful way, in how she is impressed that the protagonists have "reached so far" and how she offers them to server her or live within her realm under her command, something they do not really approve as they are not eager to serve her, making her to take on arms in those who oppose her word normally saying "you wish to fight, so be it" that is used in Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. showing how her personality does not vary within the series. However this admiration she feels for the protagonists, often dissapears quickly either by a next dialogue in her talking, or in game quotes.
Her relationship with Gabriel Celeste, has been a matter of much debate. It is implied they are mother and son, but also they are referied as siblings, the latter being the most known and accepted. One change that has been made to resemble a more close link within the two Celestial Beings, is the change of the soundtrack. Her first appearance in Star Ocean 2: Second Story and Valkyrie Profile feature her with the theme "Mighty Blow" that is later changed to "Incarnation of the Devil" that was the original theme for Gabriel Celeste, which the two often share even within the most recent titles.
The first games in which she appears, such as Star Ocean: Second Story, Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, feature Ethereal Queen as a mere pallete swap of Gabriel Celeste (he having blue wings and blue aura, she having both red) and much harder with few unique moves, this later changes in later games such as Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Radiata Stories, Star Ocean: Till the end of time, and so on. In which both have different clothes, different wing shapes, and sometimes are featured with different color of skin and different hairstyles, being also the Crescent Moon-shaped staff originally used by the two, kept to her, while Gabriel is more often seen using a Lance-shaped rod, if not a real Lance.
The Ethereal Queen is normally named as the hardest foe in each game, however some titles make an exception to this rule. Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria feature Dirna Hamilton as a superboss only fought when the Ethereal Queen was defeated, Star Ocean: Second Story features Indalecio limiter off as stronger than her, and Star Ocean: Till the end of time features Freya as a superboss that can only be fought with the orb acquired after defeating her, being in this game the first one in which the Ethereal Queen is commonly called as easier than Gabriel Celeste, being the only apparently time in which the latter has gained certain superiority over her, although this can be attributed to the difference in the player's level when they are fought. If fought at the same level, the Ethereal Queen remains the more powerful.
Her moves, often feature the use of Holy attacks, such as Celestial Star or Phantom Destruction, and also more "wicked" moves such as unleashing powerful rings or "halo" shaped blasts that normally hit the player for multiple times, being this included in her most known move "Empress Massacre" in which she brutally hits the player with an incredible ammount of hits (normally 20+) for astonishing damage that gurantees the character attacked to not survive unless they can revive by themselves. Another move that was later removed was her ability to transform, that was featured in Valkyrie Profile in which she shows an image looking similar to her but in a more evil way, where she literally becomes more agressive, something that was later removes in later games.
Even if the Ethereal Queen only appears as a superboss, she has become somehow popular, the fact plenty of tri-Ace games give the option to the player to refight her as much as they want and in harder modes, proves players really enjoy fighting her, hence how she still remains as a strong opponent in which winning is by no means easy, unless using strategies that often involve great risks (such as having weakened characters to boost their power).