Post-NaNo Update: BGM and Fight Scenes

I’ve mentioned I’m using Sabaton to get through writing the tricky parts of this fight scene. “The Last Stand,” “Winged Hussars”, and “Sparta” are particularly helpful so far. There is also a bit of music in the fight scene.

That’s a bit trickier. I had to pick things out of copyright (to avoid any potential problems), that fit the setting and what the characters were trying to do. Fortunately given what they’re up against, old traditional hymnal-type music really is what would come to mind.

It probably would have been easier not to use music at all. But leaving it out….

Well. Myrrh is a Christian, of an old, old version of the faith. And song is one of the oldest expressions of faith and worship. More than that, she is an enchantress; and that comes from incantare, someone who sings.

Also, it’s a callback to some of the early bits the Intrepid cops hear about magic and monsters in the first part of the book. Because after all, in the best foreshadowing tradition, if you list off ways to kill monsters a bunch of them had better show up at the end. 😉


16 thoughts on “Post-NaNo Update: BGM and Fight Scenes

  1. Chant, then? Gregorian chant is based on ancient Jewish liturgical music which means some form of it ought to have been around for Myrrh to learn when she was young.

    And some of the Psalms get bloodthirsty.

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    1. They certainly do. Psalms are heavy hitters!

      And heh. I had to go a bit more recent than chant, because there are other people there as well, and Myrrh needs every bit of belief focused into this she can get. 😉


  2. Speaking of theme music for writing/imagining scenes, another source I can suggest is MiracleOfSound.

    Link to his Youtube page where he does videos set to his music.

    To save page loading time I’ll just put up links to three songs that I’ve found to be rather idea sparking.

    We are War

    Pawns of War

    The Lucky Ones
    When I first listened to this one I was reminded of some of the themes you brought up in Project Tatterdemalion.


    1. See, bursting into song is something I do when I’m on the verge of losing my temper. I don’t know why, sometimes instead of screaming at the person I’m furious with I’ll just randomly start singing instead. (It does usually break the tension though. So much better than breaking faces!)

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    2. There’s also the effect of a number of men singing together on the battlefield. See Zulu.

      If I can pull this off, this may be a fairly significant part of current major WIP.

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  3. My kid who listens to Miracle of Sound suggests Nord Mead. But best preferred fighting music in this household( since you’re not going for ancient) is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’s, all instrumental battle pieces. We find words distracting. Here are some titles and a couple links to give you a taste.

    Battle Scherzo –
    It plays when heroic awesome is going on,although not always for actual physical battle.
    Knives and Shadows (plays when villains are on top

    Envy Revealed, (plays for bad guys winning);
    Clash of the Alchemists, (could go either way)
    March of the Moving Dolls (creepy critters advancing) ,
    Envy Revealed Adagio ,
    Amestris Military March (plays when heroes have the upper hand but may not last),

    Philosophorum Omega (plays once, when the climactic point is most desperate)

    Next Chapter,
    Crisis in the North,
    To Be King,
    Versus Homunculus,
    Xing Symphony,
    Fanfare for the Brave,
    Land of Ishvala.
    Intrepid (plays only for heroes),


  4. “Because after all, in the best foreshadowing tradition, if you list off ways to kill monsters a bunch of them had better show up at the end.”

    Hee. And if you’re playing with Tropes and invoking Murphy, the one of that bunch should be the, “There’s no way anyone did this that’s impossible!” suggestion that was tossed in not quite at random.

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