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VAGRANT STORY
        + THE GAME & STORY
        + CAST OF CHARACTERS
        + CRIMSON BLADES SOUNDTRACK
        + FANLISTING
        + FANLISTING MEMBERS

VAGRANT STORY / SYDNEY LOSSTAROT
FINAL FANTASY XII / THE SKIES ABOVE
        + VAGRANT STORY REFERENCES AND INFLUENCES

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IN OUR DARKEST HOUR
VAGRANT STORY
THE ORDER OF THE CRIMSON BLADES

This is what is known as a fan soundtrack. Namely, to make a compilation of music of one's own choosing that is relevant to the subject at hand; this was made for a livejournal community that deals in such. In Our Darkest Hour was originally a song slated for the tracklist, but its rock sensibilities were too much a mood shift-- the name remained, though, and taints this site also.

This soundtrack was for the sole purpose of entertaining me with creepy girl music while I play seamstress for great justice; there's also a couple of tracks for Sydney Losstarot, because I am weak and I love him like a disease, and lightning strike me if I fail to include Building A Mystery on a Vagrant Story playlist. But think of it as the overall creepy air and unease the Crimson Blades are living while in LeŠ Monde.

Light on description, my apologies, because I think the music and quotes speak for themselves, and it's really about the atmosphere. (Also, because I superfail in comparison to the amazing dialogue of this game.) Though if the music and song transitions-- transitions made primarily for mood-- don't make sense to you, it's because I sometimes suffer from awful musical sense. Ah ha.





I. IN THE CENTER: EXCERPT / Christopher Burns
If you were to die and to be, let us say, put into the earth in a box...?



II. BUILDING A MYSTERY / Sarah McLachlan
You woke up screaming aloud
A prayer from your secret god
You feed off our fears
And hold back your tears

Oh you're a beautiful
A beautiful fucked up man
You're setting up your
Razor wire shrine

"In my dreams, I see an evil tyrantís hands, which would choke the world. And he is the only one blind to his folly." -- Sydney Losstarot

This song even comes with a list! You really don't want me to start with the Losstarot loving-- it comes in unsuitable proportions for human consumption.



III. HAUNTED / Poe
Don't cry
There's always a way
Here in November in this house of leaves we'll pray
Please, I know it's hard to believe
To see a perfect forest
Through so many splintered trees
You and me
And these shadows keep on changing

"Faemdos! Lamkin! Answer me, for the love of God!! Follow the snowflies... Right..." -- Commander Grissom

They should equip Grissom with a GPS system, or he'll go running blind around Snowfly Forest and trip over groundroots because the trees totally move when you aren't looking and would steal your pants if they could. Watch out for the ending bit of this song, because it's the madness of those creepy little girls who come after you hefting huge bloody knives. :D :D :D



IV. INTRO / Jorane
"The Dark is formless and invisible. It invades the body like a plague, an unseen visitor."



V. BLACKBIRD ON GREY SKY / Black Forest / Black Sea
"A tyrant always dies alone, Guildenstern. Surrounded by silver-tongued leeches, he is utterly alone. He sows sorrow and reaps death." -- Sydney Losstarot



VI. HUNTER'S KISS / Rasputina
Hereís a sad story about a deer and a man

A romantic scene from a lullaby.
In a clearing green, where his eyes met mine.
I was frozen motion. Oh! His bow was raised.
Then the fleeting notion that my life he'd save.

But I saw it coming, flying through the air.
Feathered backside humming. Miss me, hit me where
Where it will only hurt me, not a mortal wound.

"This is my game. I run, you give chase. I am the hart, and you are the hunter. But this hart has laid a few snares of his own..." -- Sydney Losstarot

Baby, I love the gentle way you shoot crossbow bolts into my chest. ♥

A hart, by the by, is a deer. And for those not familiar with this game: Agent Of Good!Ashley Riot confronts Prophet Of Bad!Sydney Losstarot with a crossbow, and shoots him when Sydney makes a grab for a sword. Ashley totally cardiac arrests when Sydney rises from the ground, yanks the bolt out, and throws off a witticism like Buffy Summers on a good hair day. Like I said, totally love at first sight, no seriously I totally don't ship them, but I can see where everybody else is coming from. Though, prease to be not making Sydney into a weepy uke girl wtf kthnx. D:



VII. GIRLS WITHOUT HANDS / Laika
In the shadow
Sleepless shadow
I have fallen far below

Out of focus
Sickly focus
Breathless in between hours

"Y-your cause... There is no... place for me... for our dream..."
"I love you, Samantha. As God is my witness."
"I... too, once thought so..."

Samantha falling from the cathedral top with Guildenstern's dagger in her belly, the sacrificial lamb for his greater cause.



VIII. RAINING BLOOD / Tori Amos
Pierced from below, souls of my treacherous past
Betrayed by many, now ornaments dripping above
Awaiting the hour of reprisal
Your time slips away
Raining blood from a lacerated sky
Bleeding its horror creating my structure
Now I shall reign in blood

"For our realm is sick. It suppurates with profiteers! Fawning merchants licking the boots of the nobility! They do nothing and blame others for their failure; they steal menís dreams and twist them to nightmares... We must cleanse this corruption. There must be strong, unwavering justice. And there must be fear to enforce that justice." -- Romeo Guildenstern

"It is a wretched rule that does not value human life." -- Sydney Losstarot



IX. ANGELICA / Lamb
"The world does not want a savior. These wretches leading lives of misery do not need salvation. The rotting branch must be pruned."
"Come, help celebrate my ascension!" -- Romeo Guildenstern



X. BEAU COMME LE SOLEIL / Notre-Dame de Paris
Il est beau comme le soleil
Est-ce un prince un fils de roi
Je sens l'amour qui s'ťveille
Au fond de moi
Plus fort que moi
Il est beau comme le soleil
C'est un prince, un fils de roi
De roi... je crois

Il est beau comme le soleil
C'est un voyou, un soldat
Quand il me serre contre lui
Je voudrais fuir mais je ne puis
Il est beau comme le soleil
C'est un voyou, un soldat
Soldat... du roi

"Warping the minds of men and shepherding the masses has always been your churchís domain. You lure sheep with empty miracles and a dead god. ...or perhaps you, too, are a sheep, Samantha? A poor little lamb, bleating for your faith as though it were milk of the poppy. Yet mark your savior well, for he is one of the demons you so fear, Samantha."

"Be silent!"

"A sweeter faith still is the draught called 'love'."

Does anybody ever listen to Sydney when he dishes out some friendly advice? You too, Grissom, I'm looking right at you. And, Duane, those slugs would never have eaten your garden if you had just listened to Sydney. Seriously, guys. Love is blind and makes you stupid and it pushes you off cathedral tops when you aren't looking. D: D: D:

(Rough translation of the lyrics here.)



XI. DARK MIRROR / Soulwire

"Coward! Ye are a stain on the escutcheon of our order. The loss of our Brothers cannot be helped. Pray that fate will not be as cruel a mistress to us."

"G-god... My soul... is not ready..."

FIGHT INTERMISSION WITH FATHER DUANE!
Oh, poor Duane. You totally jinxed yourself with that one.



XII. IMPRISONED CIRCLE / Soulwire

"This is madness! Youíll die."
"I, too... I can summon. It is not your sacred right!!"
"And I say youíll die!"

"I must avenge the foul murder of my brother, Duane."

FIGHT INTERMISSION WITH FATHER GRISSOM!
Oh, poor Grissom. You totally bit off more then you can swallow.



XIII. HAIL TO WHATEVER YOU FOUND IN THE SUNLIGHT / Rilo Kiley
Hail to those who have come
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Pray for those who have gone
From the sunlight that surrounds you

And the weather changes not halfway between your house and mine

"The dead walk in greater numbers as the day wanes. Theyíll walk beneath the stars when eventide comes..."
"You would fight this battle differently?"
"It is not that! I... No training could prepare one for this..."
"Lost your nerve, Samantha? War is change. We must follow suit."

Commander Neesa VS LeŠ Monde. HEAVEN OR HELL LET'S ROCK! Version, upbeat girlpop in the key of zombie and minor. But, you know, if by upbeat you also mean channeling badassery and unease and praying to God for the strength to kick some ass.



XIV. SAVE ME (TANGENTS REMIX) / The Tea Party
I regret to tell you, your man has died tonight.
He was a brave man, he fought a brave fight.
He was killed by the other side.
He was killed by the other men's knives.

Why must you love this man, he is your brother?
This is easy to understand, my son, there is no other.
I cannot pretend to love this man like my father.
I cannot pretend, mother, there is no other.

"Go! Go now!"
"And what then? We are finished!"
"We must tell them what has happened here! Flee, Neesa!"
"Come back alive, Tieger! Alive!!"

"You did this! You killed our Brother... They will sing songs of your death here!"
-- Commander Tieger



XV. BUTTERFLY CAUGHT / Massive Attack
Nearly worn
Kneeling like a supplicant
Darkened skin
Afraid to see
Radiate
Open lips
Keep smiling for me

"Stop him... Stop Guildenstern. Those who crave the Dark cannot control the Dark. You must stop him, kill him... before the Dark sucks his living soul dry. Ashley, I... Iím..." -- Sydney Losstarot

"I know." -- Ashley Riot

Romeo Guildenstern, a winged monster drenched with Dark flying over a cathedral roof. It's everybody's crazy time.



XVI. HALF LIFE / Sneaker Pimps
Itís not enough to stay here almost trying
You keep your last laugh watch this dying
Itís just half time vertigo
And if you want an answer I donít know

If you had completed me
Donít think Iíd be pleased with you
Donít think Iíd compete with you
With half of me to take

Half life nothing Iíd call home
Itís lucky how these phantom limb bee stings never show

"The body is but a vessel for the soul, a puppet which bends to the soulís tyranny. And lo, the body is not eternal, for it must feed on the flesh of others, lest it return to the dust whence it came. Therefore must the soul deceive, despise, and murder men." -- A. J. Durai

"What is death? Is it the ruination of the flesh? Surely, that is death, but it is only one facet of the truth. True death... is the death of the soul. Even should their flesh crumble to decay, their souls will wander eternally. The undying of LeŠ Monde do die... But it is... an incomplete death." -- Romeo Guildenstern



XVII. SING FOR ABSOLUTION / Muse
There's nowhere left to hide
In no one to confide
The truth runs deep inside
And will never die

Sing for absolution
I will be singing
Falling from your grace
Our wrongs remain unrectified
And our souls won't be exhumed

"All were found dead. At the entrance, other bodies were found: two knights of the Cardinalís Crimson Blades. Our men were murdered with swords, but the Knights' wounds show they died by their own hands. At present, we have taken the bodies into our custody, and our specialists are continuing the examination."
-- Excerpt from Graylands Incident Investigation Board (section 3.14)

Commander Neesa totally got out alive, bitches. Don't make me come over there. :(



TOTALLY VEERING OFF FROM THE SUPPOSED CREEPY--
but totally completing the soundtrack with some much needed ass shakin'

OPENING MOVIE ~ FIGHT MIX / Hitoshi Sakimoto
There's a big sadface emoticon on my part because ocremix.org doesn't have, like, any mixes for this game. I almost cheated and used some groovy Final Fantasy Tactics thing, but, well, if I'm going to cheat, I might as well cheat it all official soundtrack style. Not to say Final Fantasy Tactics isn't totally sexy in that little pink number.



ZOMBIE-KILLER BOYFRIEND / Pretty As Puke
Guildenstern and Samantha. You know it to be true.



FAME / Fame: The Musical
Baby, I'll be tough, too much is not enough.
I can ride your heart till it breaks, ooh, I got what it takes

I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly.
I feel it comin' together, people will see me and cry.
I'm gonna make it to heaven, light up the sky like a flame
I'm gonna live forever, baby, remember my name

OH GUILDENSTERN REMEMBER US WHEN YOU HIT IT BIG ON BROADWAY. I actually have a half-baked soundtrack for this game made entirely of disco and 80's musical showstoppers, but fully owing up to this will probably get my fandom badge revoked. ♥





You can download the entire soundtrack here, and PLEASE DO NOT DIRECT LINK THIS. And though it's basically my little mixtape of love to the Crimson Blades and Vagrant Story, if any of the artists seem like they're tagging some great awesome-- and they are, damnit-- I heartfully encourage you to throw money at them. If only because Jorane is crazy cello invented language brilliant like that.