"The Beginning of the End" is the second track on the original soundtrack's first disc. "The Beginning of the End" is director Hajime Tabata's favorite track from the soundtrack. It has several arrangements and variations in other tracks, such as "Horror of the Abyss"; "Arms of Steel"; "A Day Like Any Other"; "The Heart Boils"; "War: Life of Darkness"; "The Vanishing Soul"; "Human Strength and Weaknesses".
"Divine Fire"; "Guided Conclusion"; and the final battle theme, "Vermilion Fire", are orchestral versions of "The Beginning of the End" with distinct lyrics. It also appears as the last segment in the game's ending theme, "Type Zero".
"Three Hours That Changed the World" is an instrumental version of "The Beginning of the End" that is associated with Class Zero and can be heard during the first mission and prior to the final boss battle.
"The Beginning of the End"
Principium finis venit
O Progredimini, Bellatores Albi!
Delete legatum Deorum Veterum
Ut progrediamini ad mundum novum!
Delete fatum creatum Dis Veteribus
Ut faciatis omnes caelum et terram nostras!
Nonne auditis clamores vitarum evanescentium?
Eorum Phoenix numquam resurget rursum.
Fine fortasse nihil est.
Fine fortasse nihil est vobis lucrari.
Currite, Bellatores Rubri!
Donec animi dati Matre exstinguant.
Pugnate, Bellatores Rubri!
Donec mundus fictus Matre
Currite per hunc mundum sine
Memoria ulla mortuorum,
usque ad diem quo Mors vobis basium de
quod fato vestro liberet vos.
The beginning of the end has come,
O March forth, White Warriors!
End the legacy of the Old Gods,
So that you might usher in a new world!
Destroy the fates given to you by the Old Gods
So that you might fashion the earth and the heavens as your own!
Do you not hear the cries of fleeting lives?
Their Phoenix will never rise again.
Warriors of Rubrum!
In the end perhaps there is nothing.
In the end perhaps there is nothing to avail you.
Hurry, Warriors of Rubrum!
As the souls given to you by Mother start to expire.
Fight, Warriors of Rubrum!
As the false world created by Mother comes to an end once again.
A new arrangement and the original PlayStation Portable version are available from the shop for 3,600 gil. Dissidia Final Fantasy -Arcade- Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 also has a version without the vocals, and an acoustic arrangement with ChriS Ito singing the vocals and Takeharu Ishimoto playing the guitar.