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"Liberi Fatali" is a prominent theme from Final Fantasy VIII. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and it is, notably, the composer's first experiment with a combination of chorus and orchestra for music.

Nobuo Uematsu states that, along with "Eyes on Me", "Liberi Fatali" is one of the two main themes of Final Fantasy VIII.

Game AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

"Liberi Fatali" plays during the opening full motion video of Final Fantasy VIII, and its Latin meaning, "Fated Children", refers to the main playable cast of Final Fantasy VIII whom are within the ages of 17 and 18 years. Its lyrics were written by Taro Yamashita and Kazushige Nojima.

The central melody and elements of "Liberi Fatali" is incorporated in several other themes of the game, including "The Landing", "The Stage is Set", "Premonition", and the game's "Ending Theme".

"Liberi Fatali" is the first track of the first disc of the Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack.

LyricsEdit

The phrase Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec is an anagram of the phrases "Succession of Witches" and "Love", two of the main themes in the game. It is not an actual phrase in Latin.

Latin
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Excitate vos e somno, liberi mei
Cunae sunt non
Excitate vos e somno, liberi fatali
Somnus est non
Surgite
Invenite
Veni hortum veritatis
Horti verna veritatis
Ardente veritate
Urite mala mundi
Ardente veritate
Incendite tenebras mundi
Valete liberi
Diebus fatalibus
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
English Translation
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Wake up from your sleep, my children
Your childhood years are gone
Wake from your sleep, Fated Children
Your slumber is over
Arise
Discover
Come to the Garden of Truth
The Spring of the Garden of Truth
With the Fiery Truth
Burn away the Evils of the World
With the Fiery Truth
Light the Darkness of the World
Be strong, Children
On the Fated Days
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec
Fithos lusec wecos vinosec

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The original version of "Liberi Fatali" is part of the Final Fantasy VIII Music Pack DLC distributed through the PlayStation Network. It may be automatically selected for Arcade and Quick Battles featuring Squall Leonhart, Ultimecia or Laguna Loire, or taking place at Ultimecia's Castle.

Arrangement Album appearancesEdit

FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

An orchestrated arrangement of "Liberi Fatali" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included in the album FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII. It is the first track of the album.

The Best of Final Fantasy 1994 - 1999: A Musical TributeEdit

A version performed by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra is included on this "best of" type album. The vocals are performed by Tamara Woodman. It is the eight track of the album.

Final Fantasy RemixEdit

A remix of the song by DJ duo Ante is included on this album.

Final Fantasy VIII ChipsEdit

The song is part of the 8-bit arrangement album as its first track.

Final Fantasy Orchestra AlbumEdit

"Liberi Fatali" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IXEdit

"Liberi Fatali" is the sixth song in this piano arrangement album.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final FantasyEdit

"Liberi Fatali" is the second track on this album. Released in 2007.

Live performancesEdit

20020220 music from Final FantasyEdit

20020220 music from Final Fantasy is a live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on Feb. 20, 2002. "Liberi Fatali" opens the concert.

Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy-Edit

20020220 music from Final Fantasy orchestral arrangement of "Liberi Fatali" was performed by a full orchestra at the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour. "Liberi Fatali" would always open the concert, and when asked to name his favorite act from the concert, the composer Nobuo Uematsu picked "Liberi Fatali", and explaining his reasoning with "Liberi Fatali" being his first experiment to combine choral and orchestra.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final FantasyEdit

The orchestral arrangement performed at the 20020220 music from Final Fantasy concert was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this live orchestra concert recording.

Vanafest 2012Edit

"Liberi Fatali" was performed by the Earthbound Papas at the 2012 edition of Vanafest, the Final Fantasy XI Festival.

Compilation Album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best CollectionEdit

The original version of the theme is also included in this "best of" album as the first track.

Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy Original SoundtrackEdit

"Liberi Fatali"'s original version was released as the first track of this collection of themes present in the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Final Fantasy VinylsEdit

"Liberi Fatali" is included on the first disc of this collector's edition set.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

"Liberi Fatali" translates roughly as "Fated Children" though the correct form of the Latin adjective, Fatalis, would be Fatales, i. e. Liberi Fatales.

TriviaEdit

  • Monty Oum used this song for background music for the fourth episode of Dead Fantasy.
  • In the 2004 Summer Olympics, the American synchronized swimming duo consisting of Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova were awarded the bronze medal for their performance to the pieces "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" and "Liberi Fatali".
  • Liberi Fatali is used a few times in the chinese drama, My Date With A Vampire 2.

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