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Ravana, the Savior of the Gnaths.
"Unbending Steel"
Music

"Unbending Steel" (曲がらぬ刃 〜蛮神ラーヴァナ討滅戦〜, Magaranu Ha ~Banshin Rāvana Tōmetsusen~?, lit. Unbreakable Blade ~Savage God Ravana Showdown~) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward for the primal Ravana, Lord of the Hive.

It was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Yoshitaka Suzuki and Soken. The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and the vocals were provided by Dan Inoue.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

"Unbending Steel" is Ravana's second theme in Thok ast Thok Thok ast Thok. It starts playing after he uses his ultimate attack, Bloody Fuller.

It is the 21st track in Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Lyrics[]

The lyrics are from the official soundtrack.[1]

During the first time Ravana uses his ability rotation after casting Bloody Fuller, his attacks are timed to go off at the same time as their respective lyrics: he casts The Rose of Conviction, The Rose of Hatred, and the Rose of Conquest. This is not a typo; the singer's voice is clearly saying "the rose of conquest", but the official lyric, confusingly, is "the rose of contest".

English
High, on high I stand
Gazing down to see
The endless garden
Awaiting me
Red bloometh the rose of conviction
And red bloometh the rose of hate
Yes red bloometh the rose of contest[note 1]
Firmly bound to its fate
And the war, it wageth on
The storm, it rageth on
The bold ever fight on
Their lives echoed in song
Fall, like snow they fall
Petals plucked and strewn
Yet from their seeds grow
This war anew
Blood trickling down from my fullers
And blood trickling down from mine hands
Yes, blood trickling down to Hydaelyn
Until I alone stand
The war, still wageth on
The storm, still rageth on
The bold blindly march on
Their lives, lost in a song
Japanese translation
高みに立ち
見下せば
終わりなき園が
我を待つ
信念の薔薇は赤く咲く
そして、憎悪の薔薇も赤く咲く
そう、抗争の薔薇も赤く咲く
運命に囚われ......
そして、戦争は続く
嵐は続く
英雄は永遠に戦い続け
彼らの偉業は、詩の中で鳴り響く
雪のように舞い落ちる
花びらは千切られ、散りゆく
そう、彼らの種から育つのは
新たな戦争
我が剣の血溝より血が垂れ落ちる
そして、我が手からも血が垂れ落ちる
そう、ハイデリンに血が垂れ落ちる
我独りが残るまで
戦争はまだ続く
嵐はまだ続く
英雄は意味もなく行進を続け
彼らの偉業は、詩の中で失われる

Live performances[]

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

"Unbending Steel" was performed by the Primals in a live concert.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Duality ~Arrangement Album~[]

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

The Primals[]

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

Behind the scenes[]

During the development of Heavensward there were plans for "Unbending Steel" to have Gnathic or Dragonspeak lyrics before ultimately settling on English. Portions of these lyrics were shown during a panel at PAX Prime in 2015,[2] though they only corresponded to the first three verses of the song's English lyrics.

Gnathic lyrics[]

Dulin ast dulan ast doth
Kalin ast Kalan ast doth
Thok anyx ast Ranish ast doth
Thok vathik ast gnathik ast Koth
Thoth oka thoth y sa kenne
an in-a an in-a in-eth
Thoth oka thoth dula kenne
an in-a an in-a thon-eth
Ast Ravana Gnath Ravana
Gnath Ravana Ast Ravana
Ast Ravana Gnath Ravana
Gnath Ravana Gnath Ravana!

Dragonspeak lyrics[]

Tahn aih an aih an
Hess loh hess ala
Whei an gron afah
Whei an afah
Haff gron y shall loon rhe na-a
A haff gron y eil loon rhe na
Ess haff gron y whor loon rhe na
Taih ong akh ah ala
A kohl whor ala na
A kohl stoh ala na
A whor gahn ala na
Ohsk ahm in akh in na (na)

Notes[]

  1. The official lyrics say "the rose of contest", even though the attack name and vocalist both say "the rose of conquest".

References[]

  1. se (2016). 'Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack'. p. 7-8. Square Enix.
  2. Square Enix (n.d.) . FFXIV Koji & Soken's Wild Ride (PAX Prime 2015). YouTube. Archived from the original on August 8, 2021.
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