last updated December 7, 2016
KRITHANNIA, MARIKOTH, LETHRIX, D'SHEA & PHAELOUS.
EVENTS: Knowledge of Truth, Breaking of Bonds, Solitude and Sanity, When Love Must Die
A Dutch rock band begun 1996, to which I was introduced in 2007 but also around where my familiarity ends, as they are still quite active.. Their sound has evolved more over their career than many, perhaps akin to Abney Park in that it changes their identity to some. This particular album has style in common with Evanescence (released around the same time).
These particular entries have a slant of unfairness to it as they are for Krithannia, both her past and future combined, but this is not immediately apparent in Surfacing--only vaguely hinted. I listened to these songs a lot while writing her Bonus Story for patrons at my Patreon page. If nothing else, there are hints in the lyrics of these songs, and the singer could be Krithannia's voice (despite her calm demeanor, she contains great power and great passion).
"The Howling" (minus the chorus)
We've been seeing what you wanted,
Got us cornered right now
Falling asleep from our vanity
May cost us our lives
We've been searching all night long
But there's no trace to be found
It's like they all have just vanished
But I know they're around
The sun is rising
The screams have gone
Too many have fallen
Few still stand tall
Is this the ending
Of what we've begun?
Will we remember
What we've done wrong?
For the second one, it's a strong hint about the connection between Krithannia and the Priest who punished Tamuril. It's pretty clear in the sound.
The classic song written by Great Britain's band "Queen" and associated with the cult classic "Highlander." It is performed here as a duet by two collaborating Dutch bands in the early 2000's.
This particular cover is a tribute to Varessa D'Shea and Headmaster Phaelous and their tragic love which had no safe harbor.
Originally written by a classic American music duo in 1963-64, the cover I am using for this character is specifically the one released by the American metal band Disturbed in 2015. This was the first cover that made me think I'd heard the well-known song new again. David Draiman has an astonishing voice when he's not doing the unique growl he's known for...and he brings it in this song at just the right moment..
This song, done this way, works for Lethrix, believe it or not. Aside from the few anachronisms (a subway, for example), it captures a perfect tone for a very long-lived observer of the world, one who sees time pass at a different pace from all the other races, who is alone most of the time, dreaming much of that time, and whose Underdark is avoided even by his own kind.
With his nearest peers being a psionic god in a tomb and the other a manipulative demon queen reaching out from the Abyss, Lethrix is probably the To'vah who is closest to insanity, and embracing it is what keeps him balanced.
"Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence