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Arubboth

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PRONUNCIATION: ahr-RUH-bawth
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: Unknown
ORIGINS NAME: Did not appear
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Did not appear
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Arubboth

    Arubboth was the name of the palace of the heavens. It was a massive, crystalline fortress accessed via a warp gate in the north end of the village of Machanon. After Firion, Maria, Guy and Ricard Highwind killed Emperor Mateus in his stronghold within the swirling Cyclone, his soul split in two. The dark half plummeted to Hell and became master of the infernal palace Pandaemonium, while the light half rose to the heavens and took control of Arubboth. The palace soon became infested with vicious and powerful monsters. The Emperor's light half called forth the souls of Minwu, Josef, Ricard and Scott, who had all fallen in battle against the Palamecian Empire, to Arubboth to ask for their forgiveness and to live eternally with him in the heavens. At the same time, Firion and his companions were in Pandaemonium battling the Emperor's dark half. Spurned on by their companions struggle, Minwu and the fallen heroes refused the light Emperor's offer. The Emperor revealed his true nature and attacked the heroes, who vanquished him in an epic showdown in Arubboth's crystalline throne room. As both halves of his soul were destroyed, the evil Emperor Mateus and the Palamecian Empire were finally defeated.

GAME INFO
    Arubboth is accessed by using the northern warp gate in Machanon. The floors are mirrored copies of the floors of Pandaemonium, and the heroes initially believe they are in the palace of Hell when they first arrive. In game, the castle is referred to as the "Unknown Palace" until Emperor Mateus reveals that they are in Arubboth, the palace of the heavens.

NAME ORIGIN
    Arubboth was the name of one of the twelve districts marked by King Solomon, mentioned in the Bible in 1 Kings 4:10. It was a lowland area in south-central Israel. The name may come from the Hebrew word for "windows". In angelology, Arubboth, or Araboth, is believed to be the name of the seventh heaven, ruled by the archangel Cassiel and is the home of God and the Divine Throne.

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