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"Somnus"
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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" is the main theme of Final Fantasy XV.[1] 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.[2] The song is a bonus track on the album Drammatica: The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura.

Lyrics Edit

Latin Edit

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

English translation Edit

God sleeps
And his children start a fire
Which they cannot extinguish
And he will never be able to awake.
Every tragedy divides,
before our very eyes,
the things which should be loved.
And in this endless night,
In despair,
He can see the dawn
That will awake him in the next morning

Game appearances Edit

Final Fantasy XV Edit

XV An arrangement of "Somnus" featuring a solo violin plays on the title screens of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy XV. Another arrangement is heard each time Noctis Lucis Caelum obtains one of his ancestors' weapons in a royal tomb.

The original version of "Somnus" plays when Noctis and his friends return to Insomnia in the final chapter of Final Fantasy XV. A third arrangement of the piece, called "Magna Insomnia," serves as the game's final boss theme. A final version, titled "Somnus Ultima", plays in the interactive finale before the end credits.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Edit

TFF "Somnus" is used in a downloadable Field Music Sequence. It is categorized as being a song from Final Fantasy Versus XIII. 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 iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy or Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Other appearances Edit

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Edit

An instrumental version of "Somnus" is heard during the scene in which King Regis Lucis Caelum holds a party to celebrate the signing of a peace treaty between Lucis and Niflheim.

Arrangement album appearancesEdit

FINAL FANTASY XV Original Soundtrack: Piano ArrangementsEdit

A piano arrangement of "Somnus" is included in the piano arrangements album included with the game's limited edition soundtrack. It is the first track of the album.

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XVEdit

"Somnus" will appear on the Piano Collections album set to release 22 February, 2017.[3]

Etymology Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • The logo of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XV is designed to represent a closed eye, in reference to "Somnus."[4]

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