- "Heh...heheheh...Philia. It's all your fault. You betrayed me."
- —Gabriel with his limter off
Gabriel, also known as Indalecio, is the main antagonist of Star Ocean: The Second Story and the leader of the Ten Wise Men. He is at first depicted as being the leader of a team composed of highly skilled people calling themselves The Ten Wise Men, who attempted to take control of the universe four billion years ago. After a long imprisonment in Eternity Space, they have returned to attempt to conquer the Universe once more.
The truth is that Gabriel, once known as Dr. Lantis, is in fact the creator of the Ten Wise Men, who are actually biological weapons created by order of Energy Nede's ancient government to keep ruling the universe with an iron fist four billion years ago. Due to the death of his daughter, Lantis reprogrammed the Wise Men and made himself their leader in order to destroy the universe instead of conquering it. He then sealed the ten of them away for four billion years when he realized how difficult it would be to accomplish his goal at that point in time.
Four billion years ago, Nede ruled over the whole universe with an iron fist, not allowing freedom to conquered planets. A little information on their technology was leaked to planets wishing to be free, who then took that opportunity to band together and wage war against Nede for their freedom. Nede resisted well, but estimation showed they would soon be outnumbered if events continued in the same manner, so they had to find a solution to stop the opposition.
Creation of the Ten Wise Men
There lived a genius scientist named Lantis. He and his daughter Philia lived four billion years ago on Nede during the time of the war. Nede's government requested the creation of biological weapons in order to win the war and to keep their iron grip on the universe. Lantis then created the Ten Wise Men, supreme and near-invincible biological weapons, in order to put an end to the revolt.
Nevertheless, some people outside of Nede and even inhabitants of Nede itself disliked the Ten Wise Men project, as creating biological weapons was a crime and went against natural law (what Earthlings also think by the time of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time). Philia was killed during a terrorist act by a group opposing the Ten Wise Men project. The Nedian military tried to hide this information from Lantis, but despite their efforts, he eventually found out what had become of his daughter through the information gathering units within the group (Raphael, Zadkiel, and Camael).
After learning of Philia's death, Lantis went mad with anger and grief, and he decided to reprogram the Ten Wise Men. Originally created to tyranically rule the universe, he altered them to instead destroy the universe he now considered imperfect and decaying. Lantis made another artificial being, Philia, named after his own daughter, in which he attempted to resurrect Philia's consciousness. In many respects, from her actions to her appearance, he succeeded in resurrecting Philia. For unknown reasons, he programmed this reincarnation to act as a limiter on the power he would soon obtain, perhaps subconsciously wanting to give the universe a chance. But the Ten Wise Men had unexpected difficulties achieving their goal, and Lantis committed suicide.
But Lantis did not plan on leaving his plan unfinished. He programed Gabriel, the last unfinished member of the Ten Wise Men and who was not originally meant to be the leader, but rather a last-resort weapon of total destruction, to be the vessel of Lantis's consciousness after his suicide. This effectively made Lantis himself the last of the Ten Wise Men and, due to the new programming, their leader. As the Nedians had eventually cornered the Wise Men and Dr. Lantis in his lab, they were all sealed—by Lantis himself before he commited suicide—in Eternity Space, a dimensional void where time does not advance, and can only be accessed from the outside, leaving the Nedians to assume the Ten Wise Men would be trapped forever. However, Gabriel/Lantis had a way to escape Eternity Space, which he enacted on a day in the far future, when they would then be able to fulfill their plans.
Four billion years after the War, Gabriel (who now had the conciousness of Dr. Lantis) had escaped Eternity Space and, as part of his plan, sent himself and the rest of the Ten Wise Men along with a Quadratic Sphere to the planet nearest to Energy Nede, which happened to be the planet Expel. Gabriel, along with the other Wise Men, then used the Sphere's energy to move the planet toward Nede. This caused a dark, radiation-like influence to spread all over the planet, creating natural disasters, the appearance of dangerous monsters, the transformation of animals into monsters, and negative influence on the behavior of civilians. As people of an underdeveloped planet, the Expellians first thought the Sphere to be a rare meteorite, and dubbed it the "Sorcery Globe". The presence of Rena, whose pendant was in fact a Quadratic Key, advanced his plan, moving the planet in a matter of months instead of a hundred years, as it would have without her Quadratic Key interacting with the Quadratic Sphere.
Gabriel is first seen when Claude, Rena, and the others reach the top of Eluria Tower, where the Ten Wise Men wait by the Sphere, but stays in the shadows for most of the discussion, instead leaving most of the speaking to his subordinates. His only words are that it is impossible for them to save Expel even if they wanted to; he then orders the others to teleport to Nede using their power just before the collision of Expel against Nede's energy shield. The Ten Wise Men soon discover after the collision of the planets that their power has also teleported Claude, Rena, and the others to Energy Nede, but he does not consider them a threat and orders the others to leave them be.
On Energy Nede, Gabriel takes possesion of the Symbol of Annihilation in order to destroy the universe. He later acquires the resources and technology to built an antimatter cannon which he uses to destroy the Calnus in front of Claude, killing his father in the process. Lucifer claims that they plan to use the lost Nedian technology that includes the cannon and teleporters to conquer the universe, but one can conclude that this was to hide their true goal since the party were unaware of it at the time.
Gabriel does not appear again until the end of the game. If the player completes several side quests, the truth about Gabriel's and Philia's pasts can be unlocked before the final confrontation at the top of Phynal.
At the very top of Phynal, where the final battle takes place, Gabriel is seen standing before the Quadratic Sphere, which he plans to use in conjunction with the Crest of Annihilation to destroy the universe. The resulting battle with Claude and the others varies greatly in difficulty, depending upon whether the Private Action involving Philia has been completed or not. If it has not, Philia acts as a seal on his power, weakening him greatly. However, if the limiter is released, Gabriel uses all his power, making the last battle much more difficult.
The discussion also varies depending on if this Private Action is completed or not. If his limiter is still on, Gabriel speaks about destroying the universe. If the limiter is released, however, he will first kill Philia, then express his anger and hatred for the universe.
Gabriel is clad in white and red, has long red hair, and piercing green eyes. He was never drawn in detail in any artwork or cutscenes prior to the remake, Second Evolution, in which he appears to be in his 20-30's.
In the anime, his appearance is similar, except that his hair is shown as greyish white.
Gabriel's personality previous to Philia's death is unknown. In-game, his actual personality is hard to identify since he doesn't show up often, and Dr. Lantis himself is little more than a name in the secret files. From what is viewed in-game though, the common sentiment among fans is that Gabriel is blizzard cold, confident, highly intelligent, stoic, reserved, and often speaks in a formal well-read manner. Some fans comment that he has a personality that commands respect.
Philia is his daughter. His sorrow at her death was the reason he programed the Ten Wise Men to destroy the universe. He created an artificial life form named Philia, in which he attempted to resurrect her consciousness; it is hinted that he did, indeed, succeed. Yet Philia rejects his plan to destroy the universe, and in the Private Action that will lift Gabriel's limiter, she will ask the hero to kill her—an act which will indeed bring her death, but by Gabriel's hand.
Philia herself acts as a limiter on Gabriel's true power, and after her death, Gabriel is able to attack at full strength.
Ten Wise Men
The Ten Wise Men all loyally obey Gabriel's orders, with the exception of Lucifer, who wishes to replace Gabriel and dominate the universe rather than destroy it.
Being the leader of the Ten Wise Men Gabriel is a strong as they get, with a Large 500,000 HP with 10,000 MP. Gabriel's battle stance consists him of floating in mid-air holding a tome in his hand. He'll likely start off the battle by spamming his Divine Wave ability to catch your melee fighters offguard, and likely killing them. He will often do this 3-4 times before going off for a regular attack or spell. He has a very high attack and magic attack, and he is difficult to stunlock, as he moves around quickly. Unlike the other wise men, he is immune to being dazed, making it even harder to stunlock him.
His spell list consists of the attacking spells Star Flare (light), Southern Cross (star), Noah (water), Earthquake (earth) and Explode (fire). He also uses the healing spell Fairylight and the status changing spells Angelfeather and Curse.
When you get him down to nearly half he'll use his "trick up his sleeve" "Time of Truth" in which he'll display his true nature. Gabriel is now accompanied by Philia. Gabriel is now stronger, he floats up slightly more and has a higher status with a more widespread of spells at his disposal. He moves faster and casts spells faster, but this time he moves around while he's casting spells making it extremely difficult to knock him out of it in time. He also has a new special art, "Divine Comedy" ("Song of the Gods" in its remake), which is a light elemental move that attacks the entire party. For very strong damage even with resistance, this move can still take a possible 9999 damage from the player and its party members making it all up to luck and guts in order to survive it.
If the player attends the right PAs you can fight a stronger Gabriel known as 'Unlimited Gabriel'. In this confrontation the player finds out who Gabriel really is. Gabriel kills Philia prompting that she betrayed him and then attacks the heros saying after he's done with them. he will make this "trash heap of a universe disappear without a trace". In this form Gabriel has an amazing 1,500,000 HP with a 20,000 MP. He's a much stronger version of his second form, carrying the same spells and moves, but with a much higher status. He is also much faster and casts spells even quicker then before, he can't be caught even with characters wearing bunny shoes making it very hard to be stun locked.
- In the PSX version if you battle Unlimited Gabriel on Universe Mode his MP automatically goes down to 999 as the creators of the game didn't program it to go higher then 20,000 it is unknown if this can be considered a glitch however.
- Gabriel is the only storyline character featured in the tri-Ace games as a whole to have become not only the Final Boss, but also one of the Final Super Boss, effectivelly making him the only tri-Ace villain to have possibly surpassed the company's strongest trademark boss, the Ethereal Queen. This suggests that Gabriel may be more powerful than any character or antagonist that has appeared in any game that also featured the Ethereal Queen (such as Valkyrie Profile), with the exception of 4-D beings, who can manipulate the 3-D universe as they please.
- However, it is debatable whether the Ethereal Queen or Gabriel Unlimited is more difficult; though the Queen is vastly superior in terms of HP, AVD, HIT, and ATK and is much harder to gain access to (suggesting she may have been meant to be the final superboss) and many would argue that the Queen is more difficult due to her much higher HP, AVD, and counter attacks, Gabriel Unlimited can cast powerful spells. While these spells can be easily avoided and interrupted and a powerful enough party can kill him so fast and stun-lock him so much that he can't retaliate, the spells can potenetially wipe the entire party all at once, something that the Queen cannot do. Also, the player could choose to fight either one of them before the other.