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The title of this song, played during the trailer for FF Versus XIII, means 'sleep,' but there is nothing restful about the forceful vocals singing of coming war.

"Somnus", also titled "Somnus Nemoris," is the main theme of Final Fantasy XV. It was composed by Yoko Shimomura and served as background music in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

"Somnus" opens with a somber piano melody, and its Latin lyrics are sung by Aundréa L. Hopkins.[1] The song is a bonus track on the album Drammatica: The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura.

LyricsEdit

LatinEdit

Deus dormit
Et liberi ignem faciunt
Numquam extinguunt
Ne expergisci possit
Omnia dividit
Tragedia coram
Amandum quae
Et nocte perpetua
In desperatione
Auroram videre potest
Mane tempus expergiscendi.

English translationEdit

God sleeps
And children are able to light a flame
They never extinguish
But he will never awake
Separate everything,
This tragedy destroys,
every beloved thing.
And in this endless night,
In despair
He may see the dawn
That will awake him in the next morning

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XVEdit

An arrangement of "Somnus" featuring a solo violin plays on the title screens of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, and Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV.

Hajime Tabata has stated that even though "Stand By Me" is now the official theme song, "Somnus" is still prominent in Final Fantasy XV.[2]

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

"Somnus" is used in a downloadable Field Music Sequence. The background that appears during this FMS depicts a city similar in appearance to Insomnia. "Somnus" is the only downloadable piece not to be available in the game's iOS version or sequel.

Other appearancesEdit

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVEdit

An instrumental version of "Somnus" is featured.

EtymologyEdit

Somnus means "sleep" in Latin. It is also the name of the Roman personification of sleep, whose equivalent in Greek mythology is Hypnos.

TriviaEdit

  • The logo of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XV is designed to represent a closed eye, referring to "Somnus."[3]

ReferencesEdit

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