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"Locus"
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FFXIV Locus
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"Locus" is a battle theme from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, used by most bosses within Alexander. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken.

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIV: HeavenswardEdit

XIV "Locus" plays during boss fights within Alexander.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

"Locus" features both a male and a female singer. It is unclear who they represent, though it is likely that the male represents Dayan or Alexander itself, and the female voice is Mide. Together with the "gobbie-speak" vocalist from Metal - Alexander Awakes, who is likely to be Quickthinx Allthoughts (or, by extension, Shanoa), the three singers of Alexander's boss themes represent the three most important characters in Alexander's storyline.

The lyrics of "Locus" describe several major spoilers: Alexander's ability to travel through time ("No time enough tomorrow / For turning back to where we began"), drain the world of aether ("Ever feeding off the fallacy creating this mess / Deep down"), and simulate entire universes to calculate its optimal actions ("Your world's a fantasy, you've failed the test / Ever forging all new fallacies creating more mess / Directly through this bleak machine"). For this reason, the vocalists' words are heavily distorted, and the official lyrics were released (after much misinterpretation by fans) only after the events of Alexander: Midas revealed that Alexander could time-travel.

Though it may be a coincidence, it is somewhat disturbing to note that the female voice mentions "Falling back right into the system of / Falling back on all that's erased", and at the end of the raid, Mide quite literally falls into Alexander's core systems, which would erase life from the world by draining all of the land's aether if not for the stable time loop Mide, Dayan, and Alexander create.

Spoilers end here.

The following passage is sampled in other Alexander themes — specifically, Metal - Brute Justice Mode, Exponential Entropy, and the theme that plays when fighting through Entropy within the Soul of the Creator — and thus can be viewed as the leitmotif of Alexander:

Falling back right into the system of
Falling back on all that's erased
When fighting back right out of this system
Means falling back right into this space
Yes, falling back right in with the system
Who'll see you falling back to the end
When falling back is better than simply
Falling back into pieces again

LyricsEdit

Seeking the peace of reason
Sheep in a peaceless season
Reason to keep believing
Waken the beast who's sleeping
Let go this destiny, you're caught in a trance
Ever marking time inside a dream, no sign of advance,
You see, the mortal coil we serve is taut like a spring
Step back! Two-step, two-step, two-step, one two three
Our world's a fantasy, no more than a test
Ever feeding off the fallacy creating this mess
Deep down inside this bleak machine with all of the rest
Break free! Two-phase, two-phase electricity
Time turning up the volume
Time turning on us always
No time enough tomorrow
For turning back to where we began
Twenty-two sectors tested
Fragments in one direction
Celestial noise detected
Delirium unsuspected
Static tuned in to reason
Time in the aether deepens
Transmissions blink uncompleted
Seven two three two three...<send>
Arrested destiny, alone in a trance
No escaping from this waking dream, no hope of advance,
You see, the mortal coil we serve is naught but a spring
Unwind! Too slow, too quick, too much to believe
Your world's a fantasy, you've failed the test
Ever forging all new fallacies creating more mess
Directly through this bleak machine, with all of the rest
DC! Dying, dying electricity
Falling back right into the system of
Falling back on all that's erased
When fighting back right out of this system
Means falling back right into this space
Yes, falling back right in with the system
Who'll see you falling back to the end
When falling back is better than simply
Falling back into pieces again
Silent steel breathing, breathing
Memory writing, reading
Error! Repeat deleting
Radicals flowing free and
Energy slowly seeping
Suspending all disbelief in
Synergy with our being
Synapses fire in three, then...

Non-Square Enix appearancesEdit

"Locus" is used as the theme of News Check 11, a news broadcast on NHK General (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

EtymologyEdit

The Latin word locus (plural "loci") means "place". It has a number of English meanings, but in particular refers to the concepts of a locus of control, the perceived degree of control one has over his life, and a geometric locus, a set of points in space that meets a set of conditions.

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