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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", also called "Somnus Nemoris", is the main theme of Final Fantasy XV. First heard in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the piece was composed by Yoko Shimomura and included on one of her albums, Drammatica.

"Somnus" opens with a somber piano melody. This is followed with Latin vocals contributed by Aundréa L. Hopkins.[1] Despite no longer being the theme song of Final Fantasy XV, it still maintains a key musical role in the game.[2]

LyricsEdit

Latin lyricsEdit

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

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

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

"Somnus" is used in a Field Music Sequence that is available as DLC. The background that appears during this FMS depicts a large city similar in appearance to Insomnia. Out of the 52 pieces available as DLC in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, "Somnus" is the only one not used in the iOS version or sequel.

EtymologyEdit

Somnus is the Latin word for "sleep," the personification of sleep, and the name of the Roman god of sleep, whose Greek counterpart is Hypnos. This is a possible reference to the logo of Final Fantasy XV, which depicts a sleeping person.

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