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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 orchestrated by Kaoru Wada, 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. The original lyrics were written by Tetsuya Nomura, translated into Latin by Taro Yamashita, and adapted into lyrics by Kazuhiro Komiya.

The song was first released as a bonus track on the album Drammatica: The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura where the pianist was Shinko Ogata and the strings were played by the Masatsugu Shinozaki Group.

Lyrics[]

No official lyrics for "Somnus" were released.

Latin
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.
Unofficial English translation
God sleeps
And his sons start a fire,
Which they cannot extinguish,
and he will never be able to awaken.
Every tragedy divides,
Before our very eyes,
those things which ought to be loved.
And through this endless night,
In despair,
He can see the dawn,
Which will awake him the next morning.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XV[]

A version of "Somnus" plays when Noctis collects a royal arm.

"Somnus (Instrumental Version)" features a solo violin and 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.

"Somnus (Instrumental Version)" is the 1st track of disc 1 on the Final Fantasy XV: Original Soundtrack.

The original version of "Somnus" plays when Noctis and his friends return to Insomnia in the final chapter. A third arrangement of the piece, called "Magna Insomnia", serves as the final boss theme. A fourth version, titled "Somnus Ultima", plays as Noctis deals the final blow before the end credits.

"Somnus" and "Somnus Ultima" are the 16th and 20th tracks of disc 4 on the original soundtrack, respectively.

A fifth rendition plays after the party defeats Cerberus in Chapter 14 of the Windows and Royal Editions.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn[]

A festive arrangement of "Somnus" plays during the prologue, taking place during the Founder's Day Festival. Bars from "Somnus" are used alongside Ardyn's theme in the final boss theme that plays during the battle against Somnus.

"Magna Insomnia" plays during the Kingly Clash against Noctis.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin[]

"Will You Resist or Accept? – Motif from "Somnus"" is an arrangement of "Somnus" which appears in the game. It was co-composed and arranged by Naoshi Mizuta.

It is the 29th track of disc 3 on the Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin Original Soundtrack.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

"Somnus" is a downloadable Field Music Sequence categorized as being from Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Its background depicts a city similar in appearance to Insomnia. "Somnus" is the only downloadable piece not to be available in the iOS version.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

"Somnus Ultima" is included as part of the 7th anniversary medley.

Other appearances[]

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV[]

"Somnus (Instrumental Version)" is heard during the scene in which King Regis holds a party to celebrate the signing of a peace treaty between Lucis and Niflheim. A grand piano and a violinist appear briefly on the background when the theme starts to play.

It is the 17th track of disc 1 on the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV: Original Soundtrack.

Live performances[]

Final Fantasy XV Live at Abbey Road Studios[]

"Somnus" was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios on September 7, 2016.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XV[]

"Dreaming of the Dawn -Somnus-", arranged by Sachiko Miyano and performed by Yui Morishita (Duke of Pianeet), appears on the Piano Collections album released on 22 February, 2017.

The same track was also included in the piano arrangements album that is included with the game's limited edition soundtrack. It is the 1st track of the album.

Distant Worlds IV: more music from FINAL FANTASY[]

"Somnus (Instrumental Version)" was performed by the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and was recorded for the album. Arnie Roth performed the violin solo.

Behind the scenes[]

The logo of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XV is designed to represent a closed eye, in reference to "Somnus."[2] The Founder King, Somnus Lucis Caelum, appears to be named after the theme.

Etymology[]

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

References[]

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