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Dion Lesage and Bahamut

"Ascension" is a boss theme in Final Fantasy XVI. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Ryo Furukawa, with lyrics written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox.

This dramatic theme is a condensed representation of the life of Dion Lesage, Dominant of Bahamut.[1]

When Soken thought about Dion's whole life, he saw him as a very sad person. For the music of the battle with Bahamut, the theme of "tragic" was inlaid throughout the melody and chord development. Soken had the impression that Dion was a dazzling prince, and that he was passionate, so he expressed that image in the melody.[2]

Lyrics[]

The official lyrics were released via Square Enix Music's Twitter account.[3] The lyrics were released again later on the Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack.

On wings of an angel forsaken
Our destinies lie
In courage, conviction (through the night)
We find our redemption (find our light)
That we might make our ascension
Burden shouldered
Seven worlds of teardrops falling to the sea
Bitter seeds, these, e're yearning to be
Free!
Holy Mother set us free!
Strike our irons, be our
Solace
Temperance
Virtue
Vengeance
Firmament over us
Fundament 'neath us
Take flight into the starry heavens
On high, celestial procession
Fire on ruby mountaintop
To guide us to the word of god(dess)
Solace
Temperance
Virtue
Ascension!
Guide our spirits ever higher
And higher and higher and higher, higher!
On wings of Faith
We'll rise again
Ware ye the madness
The breeds inside us
Tides of fury flowing, ebbing
Mists of malice whorling, wending
Veil of nothing, never-ending
Dare not seek what lurketh down beneath
No!
An evil hiding from the sun
Blinded, he screameth eschaton immanent

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XVI[]

Bahamut from Final Fantasy XVI artwork

Bahamut

"Ascension" is the theme that plays during the Eikon boss battle between Ifrit Risen and Bahamut. It is track 21 of disc 5 on the Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack.

"The Battle of Belenus Tor" is an arrangement by TomoLow that combines Dion's leitmotif with "The Riddle", the theme of Barnabas Tharmr. It plays in a cutscene where Odin clashes with Bahamut during the Battle of Belenus Tor. It is track 21 of disc 2 on the original soundtrack.

"From the Shadows" is an arrangement by Takafumi Imamura that plays in a cutscene where Dion and Joshua Rosfield discuss Ultima and the fate of the realm. It is track 11 of disc 5 on the original soundtrack.

"My Decree" is an arrangement by Justin Frieden that plays in a cutscene where Dion proclaims his half-brother Emperor Olivier Lesage and his mother Anabella to be traitors. It is track 12 of disc 5 on the original soundtrack.

"Beyond the Heavens" is an arrangement by Masayoshi Soken that plays during the third phase of the first battle against Bahamut, after the Phoenix engages Bahamut alone and Ifrit reenters the battle. It is track 20 of disc 5 on the original soundtrack.

"Heal" is an arrangement by Daiki Ishikawa that plays in a cutscene where Dion recovers from his injuries with Kihel's help. It is track 15 of disc 6 on the original soundtrack.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line[]

"Ascension" appears as a Battle Music Stage in the Final Fantasy XVI DLC pack, released on November 1st, 2023.[4] It features a difficulty level of 3, 5, 9, and 14 for its Basic, Expert, Ultimate, and Supreme Scores, respectively.

The stage's visuals are modeled after the arena in which Clive and Joshua Rosfield, united as Ifrit Risen, battle against Dion Lesage as Bahamut.

Etymology[]

Ascension is a belief held to be true by multiple religions. Since death is the normal end to an individual's life on Earth and the beginning of the afterlife, entering Heaven without dying first is considered exceptional and usually a sign of God's special recognition of the individual's piety.

In biblical cosmology, the firmament is the vast solid dome created by God during the Genesis creation narrative to divide the primal sea into upper and lower portions so that the dry land could appear. The word comes from the Latin firmāmentum which was used in the Vulgate to translate the Ancient Greek στερέωμᾰ (steréōma) in the Septuagint, which in turn was used to translate the Hebrew רָקִיעַ (rāqī́aʿ).

Eschaton means the day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives. The word comes from the Ancient Greek ἔσχατον (éskhaton), neuter singular of ἔσχατος (éskhatos), meaning "last".

The doctrine or theory of immanence holds that the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world. It is held by some philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence. Immanence is usually applied in monotheistic, pantheistic, pandeistic, or panentheistic faiths to suggest that the spiritual world permeates the mundane. It is often contrasted with theories of transcendence, in which the divine is seen to be outside the material world. The word comes from the Late Latin immanēns, from immanēre, and from immaneō, which means "I remain in".

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