- "The only point is at the end of my sword, fool!"
- —Albel to Fayt
Albel Nox is an Elicoorian swordsman from the kingdom of Airyglyph and one of the main characters of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Known as Albel the Wicked, he fights against the group for most parts of the first half of the game as leader of the Black Brigade. Albel is easily identified by the gauntlet on his left arm.
He is an excellent combatant specializing in the katana, a special kind of sword, and in one-on-one combat, he is said to possess skills comparable to Duke Vox, the captain of the Dragon Brigade. He will join the team in order to defeat the Vendeeni.
- "Albel Nox is a captain of the Black Brigade, one of the three branches of the military in the Kingdom of Airyglyph. Known as Albel the Wicked for his cruelty, Albel is a fantastic swordsman who specializes in one-on-one combat."
- —Official Strategy Guide
During Albel's Ascension of the Flame ceremony, which occurred when he was fifteen years old, he failed to take his place among the knights of the Dragon Brigade when he was unable to release his own individual feelings and commune with the spirit of the air dragon. He should have died for his hubris as the dragons breathed their fury upon him, but his father Glou Nox shielded him with his own body and bore the brunt of the flames, saving his life. However, Albel lost his left arm in the incident.
Lord Glou Nox, Albel's father, was good friends with Count Woltar, the third leader of Airyglyph's military, and Count Woltar came to look after the young and mischievous Albel. Albel's left arm was severely burned as a result of his failed attempt to make a partnership with a dragon. His father's death has led Albel to self-loathing, as he thinks that he did not deserve to be saved as he had failed. It has been hypothesized that because of a fear that someone will sacrifice themselves to save him again, he keeps others at arm's length, so that he (and they) won't get hurt again. Regardless, Albel is socially inept; he speaks little, and that which he says is often derogatory or threatening in nature, and he often refers to others as "maggots," "worms," and "fools."
Albel has since worn a clawed gauntlet over his wounded and scarred arm. He prefers to take no prisoners and leave no survivors in battle, a lack of mercy that perhaps explains his nickname of "the Wicked." In the events of the game, Albel is first encountered by Fayt, Nel, and Cliff at Airyglyph's Kirlsa Training Facility. However, he only mocks the group before deciding to leave without a fight and report the defeat of his political rival in the Airyglyph military. He is next seen in the Bequerel Mountain Path, where he does in fact attack Fayt, Nel, and Cliff. After he is defeated, Fayt decides to spare his life with the same excuse used by Albel at the training facility ("Easy wins have never been my style"). Unfortunately for Albel, after letting the valuable engineer Fayt escape twice, Duke Vox claims that his repeated failure was because Albel was actually a traitor, rather than an incompetent. The ploy works, and Albel is imprisoned by the King of Airyglyph.
After the Vendeeni attack, Albel is pardoned and sent with Fayt, Cliff, Nel, and Maria's group as a representative of Airyglyph in the taming of The Marquis, the King of Dragons. If Fayt is sufficiently "nice" to Albel in a certain event, which is when you spend the night in Peterny before going to Urssa Lava Caves watch the event and when Albel asks if you hate him and say no. Albel is one of the three characters from Elicoor II who may accompany Fayt on his initial journey to Moonbase and beyond, saying that he needed to find excitement somewhere else since the war is over and Vox is dead. If Albel is not acquired then, he may be recruited upon the return to Elicoor II considerably later in the game if Peppita Rossetti did not join Fayt's band. But in this case, Fayt must fight Albel one on one in order to recruit him. Woltar will say that Albel is in the caves where the group fought Crossel.
Either way that Albel is recruited, he rather "forces" himself into the group. If he is defeated at the Urssa Lava Caves, he seems to try and force himself into the group, automatically saying "All right fools. Let's go." before the others decide whether they want Albel or not. He can be accepted or rejected this time, but if Fayt defeats Albel a second time after rejecting him the first time, he truly forces himself into joining Fayt's group and becomes permanent, whether the player wants him or not.
- See Also: Albel Nox (Boss)
Albel Nox is fought as a boss at the Bequerel Mountain Path. He later joins the group before the journey to the Urssa Lava Caves or during the return to Elicoor II after the events at the Moonbase.
Albel's fighting style is based on quick attacks with a katana and making use of his ability to channel energy through his gauntlet. His Minor Attacks are unique, as they can be consecutively chained for as long as his Fury lasts; giving him great Combo potential. Albel's fighting style is a modified version of the Edarl Sword Style.
In terms of statistics, Albel has decent attacking power, but his defense is relatively lacking. Albel works best as a back-up fighter for heavy-hitters.
|Skill Name||Level Acq||HP/MP Useage||Fury%||CP|
|Air Slash||Default||10/5% HP||10/30||2|
|Shockwave Swirl||Default||20/5% HP||10/30||2|
|Palm of Destruction||26||25/5% HP||20/47||4|
|Aura Wall||32||50/5% HP||25/45||4|
|Double Slash||35||20/5% HP||20/40||4|
|Vampiric Flash||40||500/20% MP||20/40||6|
|Hand of Doom||45||120/10% HP||25/52||5|
|Dragon Roar||50||150/12% HP||30/62||7|
|Air Slash of Fury||Has to be found in the Maze of Tribulations B6F||600/12% HP||20/47||6|
|Double Slash of Fury||Has to be found in the Sphere Company 135th level||10/5% HP||20/42||6|
The track that plays when you first meet Albel and during the boss battles against him is called "Malicious Fingers". Also, in the first meeting with Albel in Kirlsa Training Facility, after the defeat of Shelby, the track played is "The Divine Spirit Of Language" . These can be considered to be Albel's theme songs.