Have you ever been listening to some tunes and thought to yourself, “OME, this would make a great RPG plot/story line/character concept”? If you have then you know what this is going to be about – and if you haven’t, dudes, you need to get your musical mojo on because music is a great source of inspiration for all sorts of things! These are things I have been thinking about for some time, so, forgive me, but some of these ideas are a bit more developed than others. In any case, I hope you can see how they could work.
Oh, and prior warning, this includes, a fair amount of METAL! :8
Rhapsody of Fire – The Emerald Sword & Dawn of Victory
If you are in for some high-fantasy stuff, this is perfect. Both songs are really fast paced and they scream epicness. Starting with Dawn of Victory, I think it is pretty obvious but here is a lot of stuff for a very cool battle/fight.
Fire is raging on the battlefield
While Arwald is fighting the war of the kings
The army of Dargor, the thunder, the storm…
So people are calling the brave and his sword
No time left to save the wise throne!
Shades of a past not so far to forget…
The rise of the demons from their bloody hell!
So come mighty warrior to light the lost hope
For Tharos the dragon and your cosmic soul…
Now handle your emerald sword!
The ancient cross of war
For the holy town of gods
Gloria, gloria perpetua
In this dawn of victory
It may be worth mentioning by know that, Rhapsody, being cool and all that have created this epic legend of the Emerald Sword Saga through their different albums, so there is a lot of back story throughout the different songs that you can “appropriate”/”modify” for your own story. My thoughts with this was to essentially recreated something of the likes of what David Gemmel does with the Legend series about Druss – Dros Delnoch, about to fall, all depending on this one die-hard guy to turn the very unlikely odds in your favour. So, if you are thinking of a perilous war, right on the edge, pulling off a Helm’s Deep sorta thing, this could give you plenty of juice (and soundtrack). It complements nicely with Emerald Sword:
With lyrics of the type “On the way to the glory I’ll honor my sword
To serve right ideals and justice for all”, this, to me, reflects an amazing embodiment of your classic DnD paladin. In fact, I recall that we did use such throughout our Dragonlance campaign for our Knight of Solamnia. So if you are struggling to shape up your LG champ, here is some more:
For the king for the land for the mountains
For the green valleys where dragons fly
For the glory the power to win the black lord
I will search for the emerald sword
Only a warrior with a clear heart
Could have the honor to be kissed by the sun
Yes, I’m that warrior I followed my way
Led by the force of cosmic soul I can reach the sword
I mean, if I would find a cleric preaching this on my way to the market, I think I’d be sold.
Blind Guardian – Skalds and Shadows
A night like this, when visions come true
Would you believe in a tale like this
A lay of bliss, a praise in the old lore
Come to the blazing fire and
See me in the shadows
Songs I will sing
Of runes and rings
Just hand me my harp
This night turns into myth
Nothing seems real
But you soon will feel
The world we live in is another skald´s
Dream in the shadows
Dream in the shadows