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"eScape" (エスケープ ~次元の狭間オメガ:アルファ編~, Esukēpu ~Jigen no Hazama Omega: Arufa-hen~?, lit. Escape ~Dimension's Space Omega: Alpha~) is the boss theme of Omega from Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood[]

"eScape" plays in the Alphascape V3.0 Alphascape V3.0, where the player fights Omega for the first time. The maritime-themed lyrics fit into a greater theme in Alphascape depicting Omega as a ship of cosmic proportions; for example, Omega has Larboard and Starboard Wave Cannons. It is the 4th track in Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

"eScape" was arranged into "A Long Fall" (ロングフォール ~異界遺構 シルクス・ツイニング~, Rongofōru ~Ikai Ikō Shirukusu Tsuiningu?, lit. Long Fall ~Otherworldly Ruins Syrcus Twinning~), the theme of The Twinning The Twinning and the 83rd track in Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack. "A Long Fall" was arranged by Soken and contains elements of "Out of the Labyrinth", "Shattered", "Rise" and the "Prelude".

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

"eScape (Journeys)" is used as the theme of The Stigma Dreamscape The Stigma Dreamscape. It is the 58th track in Endwalker: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Lyrics[]

The official lyrics for "eScape" were released during the lore panel of the Fan Festival 2018 in Las Vegas.[1] The lyrics were released again later on Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

eScape[]

English
A drifting tender
Come ride, heroes, ride
Her galleon severed
Away with the tide
The stormheads gather
Come ride, heroes, ride
Illusions scattered
Away with the tide
Why
Do weathered warriors wander their way whither wanting wonders wait
Hark the heralds, anchors aweigh! Hither happens mine escape
Freedom forgone, sinking apace. Comets crumble, Phoebus fades
Under cosmic clamor decayed, hides a path untaken
Ancient echoes
Come ride, heroes, ride
In deafening silence
Away with the tide
A wave of hazard
Come ride, heroes, ride
A-whorling inward
Away with the tide
Time
Stellar stories starward bestrewn, slipping sidewise, see, they're snakes
Twixt the leaves you'll find naught amiss—missing aughts and crossing fates
Freedom surgent shifting ahead, comets dancing in her wake
To the cosmic clarion's accord, along the path not taken
Try, dare the dead tread ahead on a road that is borrowed
Design, through the sum of their sons do they seek tomorrow
Tonight, witness then as the end shall begin what was final
Their lies, folding back, further back, ever back to the primal
Japanese translation
彷徨える連絡船
さあ、乗り込め、英雄たちよ
母線から切り離され
潮流と共に流されゆく
沸き立つ嵐雲
さあ、乗り込め、英雄たちよ
散乱せし舘覚
潮流と共に流されゆく
何故―
疲弊せし戦士たちは、欲深き奇跡が待つ場所へと彷徨うのだろう
伝令、抜錨せよ! 離脱(エスケープ)の好機が到来する!
控えめな自由さえ、急送に消えゆく 彗星は崩れ、輝ける者(ポイボス)も消えゆく
腐敗せし宇宙の喧騒の下に潜伏することこそ、選ばれざる道
古のこだま
さあ、乗り込め、英雄たちよ
耳をつんざくばかりの沈黙の中
潮流と共に流されゆく
危険という名の波
さあ、乗り込め、英雄たちよ
渦へと呑まれ
潮流と共に流されゆく
刻とは―
天に散らされし星の物語、蛇の如く、遺いずりまわる
(ベータ)の合間に異常はなく、失われしは「(ゼロ)」と交わる運命
急上昇する自由が前方に転じ、その船跡に彗星が踊る
宇宙のクラリオンが奏でる和音に合わせ、選ばれざる道の途上
かの死者が、借り物の陰謀の道を進もうと挑む
子孫の成し遂げたものを通じ、彼らは明日へと生き延びようとする
今宵見よ、終わり(オメガ)が終結させしものを、再び始める(アルファ)のだ
彼らの偽りは戻り、永遠に戻り、そして原点へと還るのだ

A Long Fall[]

A drifting tender
Come ride, heroes, ride
Her galleon severed
Away with the tide
The stormheads gather
Come ride, heroes, ride
Illusions scattered
Away with the tide
Try, dare the dead tread ahead on a road that is borrowed
Design, through the sum of their sons do they seek tomorrow
Tonight, witness then as the end shall begin what was final
Their lies, folding back, further back, ever back to the primal

Arrangement album appearances[]

Journeys: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

A band arrangement of "eScape" is performed by the Primals which appears in this album.

Pulse: Final Fantasy XIV Remix Album[]

An EDM remix of "A Long Fall" arranged by Takafumi Imamura was featured on the album Pulse: Final Fantasy XIV Remix Album.

Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

Koji Fox, Masayoshi Soken, and Ascian cosplayer dance to twinning.mp4 in the music video for "A Long Fall".

"A Long Fall" was arranged by the Primals for their album Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~. The music video features the Primals dancing to the various in-game dances, as well as a dance associated to the song by the fanbase.[2]

A piano arrangement of "A Long Fall" was released in the album, both arranged and played by Keiko.

Behind the scenes[]

Because of stayhome, I have high IL unwanted flesh attached to my belly. I'll have to do that dance when I listen to that song too!

Masayoshi Soken, on twinning.mp4[3]

"eScape" was composed by Masayoshi Soken. The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and the vocalists are Fox and Soken, who described "eScape" as a "cosmic sea shanty".[1]

"eScape" was used in the 2019 April Fool's joke, wherein Square Enix announced an "Omega" smart speaker. When the couple in the "commercial" for Omega asks for "romantic music" while frying chicken tenders, Omega begins to play eScape.[4] This is because many players have misheard the first few lines as "Chicken tenders / Get ready to fry" or a similar mondegreen, rather than "A drifting tender / Come ride, heroes, ride".[5]

"A Long Fall" was praised for its catchiness and energy. Music producer Alex Moukala argued that the song was successful because of its funky guitar chords, and compared the song to an anime opening.[6] The Gamer wrote, "I have danced my way through ... The Twinning and I know you have too," and praised the music video for "calling out" players for dancing to "A Long Fall".[7]

After the release of Shadowbringers, YouTuber kcat729 released a video called "twinning.mp4" of a dance laid over footage of the Twinning and with "A Long Fall" playing at the same beat as the dance; there were two red, one blue, and one green dancers, so that the dancers formed a light party.[8]. Other fans followed suit with dance videos of their own.[6][9] twinning.mp4 was popular enough that The Primals incorporated the dance from it into their music video for "A Long Fall".[2] According to Soken, this was because he needed more exercise after a year in quarantine due to COVID-19, while Naoki Yoshida said that the development team wanted "to see the players getting happy and excited".[3][10] The 2021 Digital Fanfest featured a live performance of twinning.mp4, with Toshio Murouchi as the healer.[10]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 (2018, November 16). FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival 2018 in Las Vegas Day1 (2/2). Square Enix. Archived from the original on February 21, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Square Enix (2021, February 24). FINAL FANTASY XIV: Scions & Sinners – A Long Fall Music Video (THE PRIMALS). Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Masayoshi Soken (2020, June 9). ニー祖堅 Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  4. Square Enix (2019, April 1). Presenting Omega, Your New Smart Home Assistant - FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  5. Zepla HQ (2018, October 10). MISHEARD LYRICS - Alphascape v3.0 [O11]. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alex Moukala (2020, February 18). Music Producer Reacts: FFXIV The Twinning Theme (A Long Fall). YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  7. Shearon, Andrea (2021, February 24). "Final Fantasy 14's Composer Knows You Dance In The Twinning, That's Why This New Scions & Sinners Music Video Is So Good". From The Gamer. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  8. kcat729 (2019, August 27). twinning.mp4. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  9. MyJoJob (2020, August 4). The Twinning.mp4. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Flores, Natalie (2021, May 24). "FFXIV Director Naoki Yoshida Speaks About Fan Fest, Y'shtola's Skin Color Changes, and NPC Dating". From Fanbyte. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021.

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