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glory / damnation

glory / damnation
an INDA fst
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a mix for Iasca Leror that was, and Marloven Hess that is; for nine hundred years of children raised for war.

The alternative title for this mix would have been born to ride under the banner of the damned, from Senrid: "The old king said we Marlovens were born to ride under the Banner of the Damned."
It is a mix for the troubled link between glory and damnation, framed by the three Marloven kings

Bloody Shirt (remix) - Imagine Dragons

blood in your hair though
blood on your shirt
The first thing you have to know about Marlovan history is this: someone is gonna get hurt. That's a truism of any power game, but it goes double in a country where war is a national pastime and an expectation; where military victories bring honour and glory, and martial skill is prized above all else. Power is dangerous, and people do nasty, bloody things for it in the dark. So the first Montredavan-An king is murdered in his bed, his throne usurped, his descendants imprisoned within their ancestral lands. So his ancestral banner is given over to the academy where children are trained for war. So Dogpiss Noth dies, and Inda is exiled, for the schemes of the Sierandael. So Ivandred is betrayed for the ambitions of his friends and the schemes of his enemies. So Senrid's father is killed, and his uncle comes close to destroying them all.
I: Evred
Three songs for Evred and a Marlovan golden age. Evred ruled over the Halian subcontinent, the largest Marlovan Empire in history; who defeated the Venn Empire’s invasion; who inherited a land torn by internal and external strife, economically impoverished, without the aid of magical amenities; who not only inherited this land at the age of eighteen but held it, in increasing peace and prosperity, for nearly fifty years; who was the first and only Marlovan King in history to voluntarily step down, handing rule of his vast empire peacefully and successfully to his son. Who spent his whole life torn between duty and compromise, trust and broken promises.
Warriors - Imagine Dragons
as a child you would wait and watch from far away
but you always knew that you'd be the one to work while they all play

Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars
we were the kings and queens of promise
we were the victims of ourselves

Battle Born - The Killers
no, you can't stop now

The Golden Age - Woodkid

I could not believe the light would ever go
but the golden age is over
Evred ruled over the greatest Marlovan Empire in history; and after the wars of conquest and the Venn invasion, he ruled in peace and prosperity. That didn't last that long after he stepped down. Over the next centuries, the former Marlovan empire disingrates into squabbling pieces and internecine warfare; it's always been rare for Marlovan rulers to die peacefully of old age.

II: Ivandred
Four songs for the damned. Ivandred had to contend not only with his father's pride and fear, but with the legend of Inda, against whom he was often compared: a merciless measure of success. Fathers and sons, the Academy the harshest and cruelest it's ever been. PTSD is a viable training technique, right? Between the academy, the old king's ambitions, Emras's magic, the Herskalt's manipulations and Ivandred's conquests, is it any wonder things started to go so wrong?  At last, betrayed and outmaneuvered, Ivandred makes his last ride out of Darchelde and into Norsunder.
Everything in its Own Time - Indigo Girls
around the table the white haired men have gathered
spilling their sons' blood like table wine

Ghost Under Rocks - Ra Ra Riot
you have spent them
you have gone and dreamt them dry

Glory and Gore - Lorde
victory's contagious

Ready Aim Fire - Imagine Dragons
we never quite thought we could lose it all
and empires fall in just one day
you close your eyes and the glory fades

Centuries - Fall Out Boy
as long as there's a light my shadow's over you
History, and memory, and legend. Inda became a legend, larger than life and almost unbelievable; more myth than man. Evred vanished into the mists of time. Hadand was remembered as the last great Marlovan queen. But Ivandred's ride into Norsunder leaves a pall over Marloven history. He becomes a bogeyman to frighten children; his story told once to children and his name never mentioned again.

III: Senrid
Four songs for Senrid, and hope for the future. Senrid wasn't brought up to have much truck with morals, or with compassion, or with the rule of law. But he chooses them anyway. Chooses to be good and compassionate and just, and keeps choosing that at every turn. And he's slowly, slowly remaking Marloven Hess in his own image. Turning it into a place where the rule of law prevails over the rule of privilege. More than that, turning it into a place where war and fighting are not the be-all and end-all of life. It's not going to be easy, and it's not going to be quick, and there's a war to fight with Norsunder first. But I can't help hoping he's gonna succeed.
Front Line - Pillar
drive on and don't look back
it doesn't mean we can't learn from our past

When They Come For Me - Linkin Park
y'all oughta stop talking start trying to catch up

Wars Will Always Happen - Punchline
hold your breath
and don't forget
that wars will always happen
and we will always fight them

Battle Cry - Angel Haze ft. Sia
I got lives in my hands and I'm fighting to make 'em change


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 13th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous! I have it queued up as soon as the sleepers in the house wake up and are gone.

More when I get a chance to listen.
Sep. 14th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
That was awesome!
Sep. 15th, 2016 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh, that was very cool!
Sep. 17th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
Love that you did separate ones for each of these great protagonists!
Oct. 17th, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you (belatedly) for this! (I downloaded it but kept the tab open because I didn't have a chance to listen for a while.)
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