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"The Worm's Tail" (龍の尾 〜神龍討滅戦〜, Ryū no O ~Shinryū Tōmetsusen~?, lit. Dragon's Tail ~God Dragon Showdown~) is a final boss theme in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Yoshitaka Suzuki.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood[]

"The Worm's Tail" plays in the second phase of the battle with Shinryu in The Royal Menagerie The Royal Menagerie and in The Minstrel's Ballad: Shinryu's Domain The Minstrel's Ballad: Shinryu's Domain.

It is the 44th track in Stormblood: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

The introduction of "The Worm's Tail" was used in "The Final Day", the medley for the first phase of the battle with the Endsinger in The Final Day The Final Day.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

An arrangement titled "The Worm's Tail (Arrangement)" appears in the game. It was arranged by Takeharu Ishimoto.

It is the 14th track on disc 2 in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Original Soundtrack Vol. 2.

Lyrics[]

Like "Ultima" and "Heroes", with the exception of the last part, it uses nonsensical lyrics in-game, but was given actual lyrics for the Final Fantasy XIV Orchestra Concert 2019 -Eorzean Symphony-, written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox. The lyrics were released on the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2.

Eorzean Symphony version[]

The official lyrics do not include the italicized lyrics, which are from a previous stanza.

English/Latin
Come don the mask of blind betrayal
E'er does the head devour its tail
As iron bends to steel
O'er my rivals I prevail
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego primus (I am the Beginning)
et novissimus (And the End)
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego finis (I am the Last)
et principium (And the First)
Duty lost in liberty
Found lost in loyalty lost
Found in liberty
Found most disloyal
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego primus (I am the Beginning)
et novissimus (And the End)
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego finis (I am the Last)
et principium (And the First)
Storm of blood
Born from blood
Of our fallen brothers
Borne upon our hands
Cradled in our arms
Swelling in our hearts
Raise your weary head
Heed the call to arms
Ringing in your heart
Come don the mask of blind betrayal
E'er does the head devour its tail
As iron bends to steel
O'er my rivals I prevail
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego primus (I am the Beginning)
et novissimus (And the End)
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego finis (I am the Last)
et principium (And the First)
Duty lost in liberty
Found lost in loyalty lost
Found in liberty
Found most disloyal
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego primus (I am the Beginning)
et novissimus (And the End)
Ecce venio (Behold, I am come)
Ego finis (I am the Last)
et principium (And the First)
Storm of blood
Sworn in blood
Forged in fire and thunder
'Neath burnt skies
Kindred lives
Brave the surge together
Storm of blood
Born from blood
Of our fallen brothers
Borne upon our hands
Cradled in our arms
Swelling in our hearts
Raise your weary head
Heed the call to arms
Ringing in your heart
Turn your eyes ahead
Cast aside the dark
Ever trust your heart
Japanese translation
裏切りの仮面をつけよう
頭が尾を喰い続ける
鉄が鋼に断たれるように
我らが必ず勝利する
見よ、わたしはすぐに来る
わたしは最初の者であり
最後の者である
見よ、わたしはすぐに来る
わたしは最後の者であり
最初の者である
自由の中に消えし使命が
失われし忠義の内より見出されん
自由の中に見出され
忠義にあらずと気づくだろう
見よ、わたしはすぐに来る
わたしは最初の者であり
最後の者である
見よ、わたしはすぐに来る
わたしは最後の者であり
最初の者である
斃れた我らが同胞より
生み出されし
血の嵐
我らの手により運ばれ
我らの腕により抱かれ
我らの心を満たしゆく
重き頭を上げ
心に鳴り響く
闘争への招集に応えよ
炎と雷に鍛造され
宣誓されし
血の嵐
焼けた空の下
同志が
嵐を共に耐える
斃れた我らが同胞より
生み出されし
血の嵐
我らの手により運ばれ
我らの腕により抱かれ
我らの心を満たしゆく
重き頭を上げ
心に鳴り響く
闘争への招集に応えよ
目を前に向け
闇を捨て去り
その心を永遠に信じぬけ

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV - The Best[]

"The Worm's Tail (Chiptune Version)" appears as a bonus track in the album.

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XIV[]

A piano arrangement of "The Worm's Tail" was released in the album, both arranged and performed by Keiko.

Journeys: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

A piano arrangement of "The Worm's Tail" was released in the album, both arranged and played by Keiko.

Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Arrangement Album Vol.2[]

An orchestral arrangement was released with Sachiko Miyano as the arranger and recording director. It was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nikikai Chorus Group.

Live performances[]

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2[]

An orchestral arrangement of "The Worm's Tail" orchestrated by the recording director Sachiko Miyano was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nikikai Chorus Group. It was performed as an encore for the Eorzean Symphony concert.

It is also in the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2 (Concert version).

Behind the scenes[]

When Yoshitaka Suzuki was making the track, he thought it was for the first phase of the battle with Shinryu.[1]

References[]

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