Final Fantasy Wiki
Advertisement

"Locus" (ローカス 〜機工城アレキサンダー:起動編〜, Rōkasu ~Kikō-jō Arekisandā: Kidō-hen~?, lit. Locus ~Machine Castle Alexander: Startup~) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, used by most bosses within Alexander.

It was composed by Masayoshi Soken. The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and the vocalists are both Fox and Soken.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

"Locus" plays during most boss fights within Alexander Alexander.

It is the 57th track in Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

"Locus (Duality)" plays as the boss theme against the Tycoon in The Twinning The Twinning as well as against Living Liquid in The Epic of Alexander (Ultimate) The Epic of Alexander (Ultimate).

It is the 1st track in Death Unto Dawn: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Composition[]

"Locus" features both a male and a female singer. It is unclear who they represent, though it is likely that the male represents Dayan or Alexander itself, and the female voice is Mide. Together with the "gobbie-speak" vocalist from "Metal", who is likely to be Quickthinx Allthoughts (or, by extension, Shanoa), the three singers of Alexander's boss themes represent the three most important characters in Alexander's storyline.

The lyrics of "Locus" describe several major spoilers: Alexander's ability to travel through time ("No time enough tomorrow / For turning back to where we began"), drain the world of aether ("Ever feeding off the fallacy creating this mess / Deep down"), and simulate entire universes to calculate its optimal actions ("Your world's a fantasy, you've failed the test / Ever forging all new fallacies creating more mess / Directly through this bleak machine"). For this reason, the vocalists' words are heavily distorted, and the official lyrics were released (after much misinterpretation by fans) only after the events of Alexander: Midas revealed that Alexander could time-travel.

Though it may be a coincidence, it is somewhat disturbing to note that the female voice mentions "Falling back right into the system of / Falling back on all that's erased", and at the end of the raid, Mide quite literally falls into Alexander's core systems, which would erase life from the world by draining all of the land's aether if not for the stable time loop Mide, Dayan, and Alexander create.

The following passage is sampled in other Alexander themes — specifically, "Metal - Brute Justice Mode", "Exponential Entropy", and the theme that plays when fighting through Entropy within the Soul of the Creator — and thus can be viewed as the leitmotif of Alexander:

Falling back right into the system of
Falling back on all that's erased
When fighting back right out of this system
Means falling back right into this space
Yes, falling back right in with the system
Who'll see you falling back to the end
When falling back is better than simply
Falling back into pieces again

Lyrics[]

The official lyrics were released on Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

English
Seeking the peace of reason
Sheep in a peaceless season
Reason to keep believing
Waken the beast who's sleeping
Let go this destiny, you're caught in a trance
Ever marking time inside a dream, no sign of advance,
You see, the mortal coil we serve is taut like a spring
Step back! Two-step, two-step, two-step, one two three
Our world's a fantasy, no more than a test
Ever feeding off the fallacy creating this mess
Deep down inside this bleak machine with all of the rest
Break free! Two-phase, two-phase electricity
Time turning up the volume
Time turning on us always
No time enough tomorrow
For turning back to where we began
Twenty-two sectors tested
Fragments in one direction
Celestial noise detected
Delirium unsuspected
Static tuned in to reason
Time in the aether deepens
Transmissions blink uncompleted
Seven two three two three...<send>
Arrested destiny, alone in a trance
No escaping from this waking dream, no hope for advance,
You see, the mortal coil we serve is naught but a spring
Unwind! Too slow, too quick, too much to believe
Your world's a fantasy, you've failed the test
Ever forging all new fallacies creating more mess
Directly through this bleak machine, with all of the rest
DC! Dying, dying, electricity
Falling back right into the system of
Falling back on all that's erased
When fighting back right out of this system
Means falling back right into this space
Yes, falling back right in with the system
Who'll see you falling back to the end
When falling back is better than simply
Falling back into pieces again
Silent steel breathing, breathing
Memory writing, reading
Error! Repeat deleting
Radicals flowing free and
Energy slowly seeping
Suspending all disbelief in
Synergy with our being
Synapses fire in three, then...
Japanese translation
理性という平和を探し求める
平和なき時代の羊たち
信じ続ける理由
眠れる獣を目覚めさせろ
この運命を手放せ、お前は夢幻に囚われた
夢の中で足踏み続け、前に進む気配もなく
そう、我らが仕える「騒がしき世」がバネの如く張る
一歩後退! 二歩、二歩、二歩、一、二、三!
我らの世界は幻想にして、実験に過ぎず
このカオスを生み出す誤謬を糧とする
全員が、この希望なき機械の奥深くにいる
待避せよ! 二相、二相電流!
時間が音量を上げ
時間が我らを裏切り
明日には時間が足りない
始点に戻るためには
二十二区画の走査完了
一方向に断片アリ
天体のノイズを発見
精神錯乱の疑いナシ
雑音を理性に周波数を合わせる
エーテルに浸かる時間が長くなり
伝送は未完了のまま
七、二、三、二、三......送信!
停止した運命、夢幻の中で独り
この白昼夢から脱出不可、前進もまた不可
そう、我らが仕える「騒がしき世」はバネに過ぎず
解け! 遅すぎ、速すぎ、信じがたき情報過多!
お前の世界は幻想にして、実験結果は不合格
新たな誤謬を生み、更なるカオスを生み出す
全員が、この希望なき機械を突破する
直流! 死亡、死亡、感電死!
消されたすべてに依存するシステムに
流され込んで落ちてゆく
このシステムから抜け出すために戦うことは
この場所に戻ることを意味する
そう、お前を最下位に落とすシステムに
またもや流れ落ちてゆく
単純にふたたび壊されるより
後退する方がまだマシ
物言わぬ金属が息を吸い
メモリー書き込み、読み込み
エラー! 繰り返して削除
基が流れるように遊離する
エネルギーが徐々に浸透
我が存在との相乗効果
不信の一時停止
シナプス伝達まで、あと三秒......

Live performances[]

The Primals: Zepp Tour 2018 - Trial By Shadow[]

"Locus" was performed by the Primals in a live concert.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Duality ~Arrangement Album~[]

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

The Primals[]

An arrangement of "Locus" appears in the Primals' debut album.

Non-Square Enix appearances[]

"Locus" is used as the theme of News Check 11, a news broadcast on NHK General (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

Etymology[]

The Latin word locus (plural "loci") means "place". It has a number of English meanings, but in particular refers to the concepts of a locus of control, the perceived degree of control one has over his life, and a geometric locus, a set of points in space that meets a set of conditions.

External links[]

Advertisement