Final Fantasy VIII – Succession of Witches

It’s important for an antagonist to make a powerful entrance.  When a villain first appears on the scene, players should be immediately intimidated and impressed by their presentation.  A vivid costume and strong gait will often strike fear into the hearts of the men and women behind the controller.  The musical themes for such characters are typically just as bold as their appearance.  Heavy percussion, sharp string sections, and even a shrill choir performance are the perfect match for a forceful entrance.  However, an air of mystery can be just as effective when introducing a potential threat.

When Edea Kramer makes her debut in Final Fantasy VIII, she isn’t a conquering marauder or vengeful soldier bent on destruction.  She doesn’t enter with a bold monologue or maniacal laugh.  Edea simply… appears.

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Initially described as an ambassador, Edea is known only as The Sorceress when she shows up in the first act of Final Fantasy VIII.  She interrupts an attempt on a corrupt politician’s life, paralyzing the player’s characters with her magic while whisking away another character altogether.  The mood she presents is one of an alluring predator; the tone of a creature that is totally in control of a situation.  The music that accompanies her entrance is equally mysterious and powerful.

The notes of a harpsichord are the first sounds of Succession of Witches.  The sound is equal parts inviting and unsettling, matching the character of The Sorceress.  A soft and ominous melody follows, along with the vocal theme of Final Fantasy VIII.  The song seems so harmless at first, maybe even a bit comforting.  But a heavy bass soon enters, revealing the deadly nature of the theme and Edea at the same time.

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