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A remix of Singing Hill - Harmonics FRELIA - released in Akiko Shikata's Harmonia album, which this tells another of the myths belonging to the Legends of Rhaplanca, this time telling a story in which Maoh and Rhaplanca were a knight and a princess respectively. The title translates to "The Sacrifice of Rhaplanca".

Maoh had lost his parents in a war several years prior while Rhaplanca's mother abandoned her when she was still very young. Both children came to live together and grew alongside each other. Several years later, Maoh was recruited as a knight in the city of Lelentas while Rhaplanca went on to become a popular singer in one of the city's bars.

One day, Maoh proposed marriage to Rhaplanca but she refused his feelings, saying that she would only cause him pain and sadness. The next day, Rhaplanca was kidnapped by the priests of Lelentas, who tried to sacrifice her in order to fulfill the ancient oath that was made many years prior: that a Demon would provide the city's inhabitants with power and prosperity for as long as they sacrificed to it a girl per year. Maoh immediately understood the situation when he saw Rhaplanca's crying face and rushed to save her.

When the sacrifice ritual was nearing its climax, the Demon appeared and Maoh fought against him to protect Rhaplanca. However, none of his attacks had any effect against the Demon's regenerative abilities and it seemed he was doomed to be killed by it, until a certain sword fell in the ground before him. This was the sword that was used to make the oath with the Demon, and using it, Maoh was able to defeat the Demon. The priests were killed in the chaos that ensued during the Demon's agony while Rhaplanca and Maoh retreated further into the forest.

When Rhaplanca awakened, Maoh explained to her everything that had happened, and while she insisted on giving up her life in order to fulfill the oath despite the Demon's death, Maoh calmed her down and convinced her to keep on living at his side. Thus, Rhaplanca cried long and hard in Maoh's chest while he consoled her. However, his actions doomed Lelentas, which was filled with famine and plague shortly after, and it fell under the attacks of the neighboring cities shortly after.

No one can say for certain if Maoh's actions were correct or incorrect, as well as there being many ways to interpret the ending according to each person's moral compass and values.[1]

Singing Hill - Salavec rhaplanca -
Harmonia Information
Unaltered Name謳う丘~Salavec rhaplanca~ (Utau Oka ~Salavec rhaplanca~)
AlbumHarmonia
SingerAkiko Shikata
ComposerAkira Tsuchiya
ArrangerAkira Tsuchiya
LyricsAkira Tsuchiya
Translated Byaquagon


Lyrics

pauwel sos khal waats melenas yor.
pauwel sos khal waats melenas yor.
The power for protecting the person you treasure so much

salavec rhaplanca...
salavec rhaplanca...
The Sacrifice of Rhaplanca

[1] jy ra cc ci ce je xa jy ra cc ci ce je xa rcc jy ra cc ar foul.
[2] Yee hhh re sss Yee ttt we sss vvi Yee hhh re ar foul ciel
[3] Haaa tie yor ini en nha parge yor ar foul ciel.
[4] yyya jjje ZZZa tte ggi
[5] ar foul ciel!

[1] jy ra cc ci ce je xa jy ra cc ci ce je xa rcc jy ra cc ar foul.
[2] Yee hhh re sss Yee ttt we sss vvi Yee hhh re ar foul ciel
[3] Haaa tie yor ini en nha parge yor ar foul ciel.
[4] yyya jjje ZZZa tte ggi
[5] ar foul ciel!
Oh, sacred light, give me the power to protect myself. Oh, sacred light, give me the power to protect myself and this growing life in this mystery
Let the great light protect our loved ones, let us wish for it. Let the great fire protect us in this mysterious world
Passionately, I'll restrain you to initialize your summoning here, and detach you from this mysterious world.
Let us offer a sacrifice to the light of our beloved gods
To the mysterious world

[1] Wee ki ra linen melifan heighte,
[2] ya ya re cause dor ya ya akata cyuie.

[1] Wee ki ra linen melifan heighte,
[2] ya ya re cause dor ya ya akata cyuie.
I'll tell you the story of a war
The sorrowful story of a cursed land

[1] garlden LELENTAS degle syunaht.
[2] stelled viega clemenzen dsier.

[1] garlden LELENTAS degle syunaht.
[2] stelled viega clemenzen dsier.
Nothing remained of the city of Lelentas
Blades that struggled against each other, insane desires

[1] den, diviega gyenel swant der dilete,
[2] ya ya ya deleir saash ya ya yassa ruinie jenge.

[1] den, diviega gyenel swant der dilete,
[2] ya ya ya deleir saash ya ya yassa ruinie jenge.
However, a great wizard saved this land by bestowing the God's divine protection upon it
The God of Disaster and the destruction of their enemies

[1] en prasrity skit flip sarrifis...
[2] zwihander gat heighte en endia

[1] en prasrity skit flip sarrifis...
[2] zwihander gat heighte en endia
And the God promised the citizens prosperity in exchange for them offering Him sacrifices
The cursed war ended in their victory

魔の神祀り栄える 街の門の脇
歌姫と騎士の少年は 二人暮らしていた
ma no kami matsurihaeru machi no mon no hashi
utahime to kishi no shounen wa futari kurashiteita
At the side of the gates to the city that prospered worshiping the Demon
A singing Princess and a knight Boy lived together

幼き頃"独り"が "独り"と出逢いて
愛で合うも 契りの木の実を 姫は食べず謳う
osanaki koro "hitori" ga "hitori" to deaite
medeau mo chigiri no kinomi o hime wa tabezu utau
A lonely girl and a lonely boy met each other when they were children
But even though they loved each other so much, the Princess sang without eating the seed of vows:

「刻の歯車止めて 永久に二人過ごせたら…」
届かぬ 願いは 神の姫故
"[toki no haguruma tomete towa ni futari sugosetara...]"
todokanu negai wa kami no himeyue
"[If we could stop the gears of time and live together like this forevermore...]"
Such was her impossible wish, as the Princess was promised to the God

闇が地震う時 姫は曳かれ連れられた
結いだ手と手 剣に裂かれ
少年は唯一人 誓いを胸に駆けゆく
yami ga chi furuu toki hime wa hikaretsurerareta
yuida te to te ken ni sakare
shounen wa tada hitori chikai o mune ni kakeyuku
When the darkness caused the land to shake, the Princess was pulled and taken away from him
Their joined hands were torn apart by swords
And now he was alone, the vow they had exchanged crossed the Boy's chest
   wee yant gagis whai re sarrifis rhaplanca...
   enesse ridalnae tasyue omnis mea... ah- a-...

   wee yant gagis whai re sarrifis rhaplanca...
   enesse ridalnae tasyue omnis mea... ah- a-...
Why must Rhaplanca be sacrificed!? She's an irreplaceable and precious person to me...
   wee guwo gagis whai manafeeze ouwua walasye.
   cause gauzewiga cupla ar mea!!

   wee guwo gagis whai manafeeze ouwua walasye.
   cause gauzewiga cupla ar mea!!
There are so many other people over this world, so why must it be her!?

[1] deleir saash... deleir saash... sarrifis melvaz rhaplanca...
[2] Was quel gagis gyasya ar ciel en jass pauwel etealune celetille dsier echrra ee deleir saash!

[1] deleir saash... deleir saash... sarrifis melvaz rhaplanca...
[2] Was quel gagis gyasya ar ciel en jass pauwel etealune celetille dsier echrra ee deleir saash!
Oh God of Disaster, oh God of Disaster, we shall now sacrifice this bride, Rhaplanca, to you!
Bestow upon us the power to rule this land! Bestow upon us perpetual power and blessings! Oh God! Oh Resound!

[1] engassya sarrifis gyengyat gool phiz gyajlee grandus nozess omnis ciel
[2] Rrha quel gagis gyengyat melvaz prooth 1 en skit yehah 999 walasye hartes!
[2] deleir saash nha tes here deleir saash nha tes here deleir saash nha tes here gyengyat her rhaplanca!
[3] Rrha quel ga yehar spitze wearequewie manafeeze melenas melvaz mea tek kierre rhaplanca!

[1] engassya sarrifis gyengyat gool phiz gyajlee grandus nozess omnis ciel
[2] Rrha quel gagis gyengyat melvaz prooth 1 en skit yehah 999 warasye hartes!
[2] deleir saash nha tes here deleir saash nha tes here deleir saash nha tes here gyengyat her rhaplanca!
[3] Rrha quel ga yehar spitze wearequewie manafeeze melenas melvaz mea tek kierre rhaplanca!
Bring the sacrifice forth! Greedily devour her with your starving body! Protect the sinners! Crush the world!
Suck dry the blood of a single [bride]!! Promise us the happiness for the 999 people we love!!
Oh Demon, come forth! Oh Demon, come forth! Oh Demon, come forth! Devour Rhaplanca!
I want to set Rhaplanca free! Please live, my beloved! I'll go now, Rhaplanca!!

jastil gigeadeth deleir saash!!
jastil gigeadeth deleir saash!!
Come, Demon of steel!

[1] 贄たる嫁 全てを我に! 叶わぬなら 血に災いを!
[2] 逃げよ姫!光の袂へ! 魔の神弑奉れや!
[1] nietaru yome ware o subete ni! kanawanunara chi ni wazawai o!
[2] nigeru yo hime! hikari no tamato e! ma no kami shisasagen ya!
Oh sacrificial Bride, bring us everything! If we don't grant Him this, a bloody calamity will ensue!
Run away, Princess, to where the light is! Bring death to the Demonic God!
   sos melenas 1 sos 999 sos yehah mea stelled yuez...
   sos melenas 1 sos 999 sos yehah mea stelled yuez...
For the sake of a single beloved person, for the sake of 999 people, for their own happiness, we fight against each other!

[1] 血濡れた街の民が栄える為に 姫に課し贖罪 解き放て!
[2] この地の穣り 数多の御魂 定め破りて 呪われよ!
[1] chi nureta machi no tami ga sakaeru tame ni hime ni kashizokuzai tokihanate!
[2] kono chi no minori amata no midama sadame yaburite noraware yo!
You who impose atonement upon the Princess just for the people of your blood-soaked city to prosper, let her go!
You who break the laws founded over countless souls that bring prosperity to our land, be cursed!
   na faf granme rhaplanca stel spitze deleir saash
   na faf granme rhaplanca stel manaf deleir saash!!!

   na faf granme rhaplanca stel spitze deleir saash
   na faf granme rhaplanca stel manaf deleir saash!!!
Don't be afraid, think only of the Princess! Jump into the Demon's chest!
Don't be afraid, think only of the Princess! Stab the Demon's heart!!!

savath saash prooth yehar yasra quive.
savath saash prooth yehar yasra quive.
The God's blood gushes out, and a gentle silence comes

「幾千の魂裂いて 万の剣受けようと
構わない 君だけが せかいのすべて…」
"ikusen no tama saite man no tsurugi ukeyou to
kamawanai kimi dake ga sekai no subete..."
"Even if I were to be struck by thousands of swords that tear apart millions of souls,
I wouldn't mind it, because only you mean everything in the world to me..."

贄の血啜る魔は 皆焼き尽くせばいい
唯一羽の小鳥でも 少年には世界 そのもの
nie no chi susuru ma wa minna yakitsukuseba ii
tada ichiwa no kotori demo shounen ni wa sekai sono mono
He wouldn't mind if the Demon that drank the sacrifices' blood burned everyone to death,
As a single little bird was the world itself to the Boy

雫零す姫を 抱きしめ瞼閉じる
ずっと共にいるからと 胸に誓いて
shizuku kobosu hime o dakishime mabuta tojiru
zutto tomo ni iru kara to mune ni chikaite
He closed his eyes as he hugged the crying Princess,
And he swore in his heart, "Because we'll always be together..."
   van kil walasye van nozess omnis ciel was yea ra wearequewie
   van kil walasye van nozess omnis ciel was yea ra wearequewie
Even if this kills everyone else, even if this makes the rest of the world our enemies, I won't hesitate doing it if it'll save Rhaplanca!

[1] Wee ki ra linen melifan heighte,
[2] ya ya re cause dor ya ya akata cyuie.

[1] Wee ki ra linen melifan heighte,
[2] ya ya re cause dor ya ya akata cyuie.
I'll tell you the story of a war
The sorrowful story of a cursed land

[1] garlden LELENTAS degle syunaht.
[2] stelled viega clemenzen dsier.

[1] garlden LELENTAS degle syunaht.
[2] stelled viega clemenzen dsier.
Nothing remained of the city of Lelentas
Blades that struggled against each other, insane desires

[1] re degle art re crudea garlden
[2] nozess yura garlden nozess wasara dor

[1] re degle art re crudea garlden
[2] nozess yura garlden nozess wasara dor
Afterwards, Lelentas was destroyed by the neighboring cities
Even the power balance in the city crumbled away and it lost its abundant lands

[1] 1 en 999 stelled linen
[2] akata stelled neen zetsfy

[1] 1 en 999 stelled linen
[2] akata stelled neen zetsfy
This was the entirety of the story that has been handed down by the name of the [War Between 1 Person and 999 People]
It is the story of an extremely cruel war

enne yehah yor melenas
enne yehah yor melenas
At the least, make sure to wish for the happiness of the one precious to you

Story Told in This Song

Prologue

A long, long time ago, a very brutal war started on this region.
There were so many cities and kingdoms over it that food scarcity and famine became commonplace all over it, and because of this, wars frequently started for the ownership of the most fertile soils.
This was too the case for the city that serves as the setting for this story: [Lelentas]. No, it might be better to say that Lelentas was the most tragic victim of this war due to the atrocities that frequently repeated on it.
Since Lelentas was located at the very center of this land, it frequently was raided and attacked by the other cities and kingdoms on the region, and at several points it was left at the very verge of crisis.
However, this situation greatly changed due to a lone traveling Wizard that came to this city many years ago.
The Wizard summoned an ancient Demon and made a pact between him and Lelentas so he would attack all of the cities and kingdoms around it.
The Demon's power was incredible, and thanks to it, the wars ended in an overwhelming victory for Lelentas.
Many years passed after these events. Thanks to the pact with the Demon, Lelentas greatly prospered.
The city that formerly had been the oppressed by the constant raids and pillages now controlled all of the countries that had attacked it and strictly enforced its laws over them.
Yes, the pact promised Lelentas the rule of this region eternally and perpetually.
And for this to continue forever, they would have to sacrifice a single [bride] to Him every year in exchange.

Chapter I

Lelentas, the city overflowing with liveliness.
The people of this city were very prosperous.
Because they received taxes from the other neighboring cities, the life had become so easy for them that they didn't even have to work to live.
A temple was located at the very center of the city, and around it, several stores and houses were built.
The temple was the place for praying to the Demon that sustained the wealth of this city, and almost all of its citizens worshiped Him.
Thanks to this Demon, Lelentas was capable of gaining the control of the other countries, so it was natural that He had several worshipers.
The wealth the Demon gave them was immeasurable and everything seemed inferior when compared to it. Or at least that was what all the inhabitants of this city said.
However, the Demon demanded something in exchange for this vast wealth, and that somethign was the blood of a single girl.

On one corner of the city, at the side of the huge door called the Soaring God Gate that connected Lelentas with the outside world, a boy called Maoh lived.
Maoh was one of the knights that protected this city.
While he still was of low rank, he was picked among the countryside soldiers due to his skill with the sword, which made him a promising recruit.
He was taken to this peaceful city and lived many productive days within it.
And this was because he had a lover. Or at least that's how Maoh thought of her.
The name of his lover was Rhaplanca.
He was brought to her house when he was very young and they grew as childhood friends who always played together.
Maoh's parents had perished in the war that happened many years ago, while Rhaplanca's mother abandoned her when she was still very young.
They were always alone, but since they were always together, a strong bond was formed between them.
And thus, they began living together before they had even noticed it.

Chapter II

Maoh loved Rhaplanca.
Rhaplanca worked as a songstress in a nearby bar and always sang wonderful songs.
Maoh seriously thought that if she worked by doing whatever she liked the most, the day would pass faster and they would be able to be together faster.
And most likely, Rhaplanca was thinking the same of him.
Actually, Rhaplanca did think the same.
Maoh continued doing what he liked the most and the days went faster than the time one would take to count all of the stars in the sky.
This was the extent to which they loved each other.

However, there was something that made Maoh worried.
Recently, he had seen Rhaplanca with a very sad face very frequently.
He couldn't help getting worried whenever he saw her expression.
And he also regretted not being able to do anything while he saw her troubled face.
Maoh told Rhaplanca that he was worried about her and would help her as much as she needed.
However, Rhaplanca merely replied by smiling in the same way she did whenever she was with Maoh.
Maoh began feeling that his relationship with Rhaplanca needed to advance to something else, and a certain day, he expressed to her his decision.

"I really like you. If I'm at your side, we'll be able to overcome any kind of difficult or hard times together. So please, marry me"
However, Rhaplanca replied with a voice filled with sadness.
"I'm sorry, Maoh. We aren't fated to be together. The feelings you have for me really make me happy. But... If we were together, I'd only cause you pain and unhappiness. So, please, let's not talk about this anymore from now on. Forgive me..."
Rhaplanca's reply was something completely unexpected to Maoh.

Chapter III

That night, Maoh, downcast due to Rhaplanca's reply, left their house and headed to a cape in the outskirts of the city.
When he reached that place, he gazed at the beautiful arc drawn by the slender crescent moon.
He absentmindedly raised his eyes to contemplate it and sat down on the cape's ground, wondering to himself about the events of the day.
"Did I misunderstand Rhaplanca's feelings all this time? Or it's just that my feelings for her aren't strong enough...? Would I be able to give up on marrying Rhaplanca with how I'm right now? No, that's something I'll never do!"
Maoh stood up again at once and moved his fingers as if he were to pluck the bow-shaped moon that he continued gazing at. He wanted to present Rhaplanca with a ring that was similar to this bowstring-shaped moon.
He then remembered the day in which he had decided to walk alongside Rhaplanca.
They had been together since they were children. They always had walked together.
To him, something like a life without Rhaplanca was simply impossible. He wanted both of them to share everything in their lives.
And then, he decided he would tell her that. He would tell her that once more: that he wanted to be with Rhaplanca for the rest of his life.

At that moment, Rhaplanca was also looking at the moon from the window of their house, while her eyes filled with tears.
Rhaplanca knew it. Once this moon waned a little later, a dark night would come and her life would disappear.
And she herself didn't want to die yet.
"If we could stop the gears of time and live together like this forevermore, I wouldn't have to wish for anything else..."
This was the song that Rhaplanca quietly whispered to herself.

The night ended, and once dawn came, Maoh went to the village in which both of them had been born to meet with Rhaplanca.
She had returned to her parents' home, which was a very poor farm located in the outskirts of the village.
That day, when Maoh had arrived at the house, he noticed that there were several priests in front of it.
This strange view gave a feeling of dread to Maoh, and pushing the priests aside, he entered into Rhaplanca's house.
There, he saw Rhaplanca dressed with a beautiful white dress that he had never seen before.
"Rhaplanca!"
Maoh didn't even stop to think before screaming.
This scream sent shivers all over her body, making Rhaplanca rise her head. However, she immediately lowered it again.
The priests ignored Maoh, forced Rhaplanca to stand up and exited the house with her.
Maoh immediately took her hand. At this point, he understood that he would never see her again.
"She isn't something that your filthy hands can touch!"
The voice of the priests resounded like a thunder.
"This girl is the offering that we will sacrifice to our God. She isn't something that any person can touch"
Maoh then began to be pulled away by the many priests and at end he was separated from Rhaplanca.
Maoh then tried to violently reach for her, but he saw how Rhaplanca merely stood before him with a faint smile.
Her pale cheeks and the tears falling along them were telling him something.

At that moment, Maoh finally understood.
Rhaplanca had been chosen since long ago as a sacrifice for the God.
These chosen ones were forbidden from telling about it to anyone, because if they told it to anyone, these people who heard about it would fall dead by the curse of the Demon.
That too was one of the laws the Demon had imposed.
Therefore, Rhaplanca never told Maoh anything about this and was always suffering by herself.
Then, Rhaplanca vanished together with the row of priests.

Chapter IV

Maoh was decided. That was why he was here now.
He pledged to himself that he would never leave Rhaplanca alone.
That was why he was here.
"Even if everyone else in the world wished for Rhaplanca's death, I'd wish for her to live, even if that was an unforgivable sin".
"Oh Demon, make this girl your Bride" "Oh Demon, we sacrifice her to you"
"Oh Demon, give prosperity to this city" "Oh Demon, give us perpetual wealth and power" "Oh Demon, suck dry the blood of this girl" "Oh Demon, promise us happiness for these 999 people" "Oh Demon, come forth!" "Oh Demon, come forth!"
The sacrificial rites were conducted inside a forest, far away from the city of Lelentas.
In the same place where the Wizard had summoned the Devil, there was a sacrificial altar.
While he hid in the trees' grove, Maoh surveyed the situation.
Beyond the thickets, there were several priests offering prayers while surrounding Rhaplanca for some reason.
His feet got frozen and he was attacked by feelings of wanting to run away.
While part of this came from the fear he had for the battle he was about to fight, that wasn't the only thing he felt.
Saving Rhaplanca was also directly related to making the city lose the divine protection the Devil provided to them, which was considered to be the greatest sin by the inhabitants of Lelentas.
Given how much he wanted to live in this city, Maoh had resigned himself to these yearly sacrifices and lived peacefully in it as one of its citizens.
And now, he was going to destroy all of that for the sake of his own happiness.
"Could anyone ever forgive such a deed...?"
Everytime that thought crossed Maoh's head, he filled with guilt and terror for the destruction that would ensue, which froze him in the spot.
However, to fight off against that, he continued repeated to himself his decision to "not run away", all because Rhaplanca was everything to him.
"Even if this will cause everyone to hate me, even if this would lead to me getting attacked and killed, until the very last instant of my life, I'll continue protecting Rhaplanca's life. After all, if I don't protect her, who else's going to do it?"

Chapter V

The prayers were interrupted, as if the priests weren't prepared for completing the rites.
Making use of this chance, Maoh jumped out of his hideout and something unbelievable struck his eyes.
In that place, a gigantic shadow towered like an enormous rock... it was the Demon that gave the prosperity to this city.
An incredible terror struck Maoh. However, that vanished as soon as he saw the figure of the girl standing on the side of the Demon.
Before the Demon had tried to stab him with his spear, Maoh rolled to Rhaplanca's side, and began circling her.
"I've come for you, Rhaplanca!"
The Demon roared in anger. He then scolded the priests, who fell to their knees.
"Bring that girl to me... Otherwise, I shall destroy your city!!"
Then, the Demon attacked. Maoh continued circling and protecting Rhaplanca.
While Maoh initially thought about running away with her, he soon understood that this would be impossible.
Therefore, he could only make a choice: fight against the Demon.
He decided that he would fight against the Demon while protecting Rhaplanca.
The demon then thrust his spear into the land, which triggered a large earthquake.
Maoh also attacked. He quickly moved around the Demon and slashed him.
Maoh had quite a notorious strength, or at least he would have had a hard time losing against a human opponent.
However, even if he had managed to harm the Demon with that slash, he quickly retook his posture and the wound healed almost immediately.
At this rate, Maoh was going to be defeated at any time...
His heart was colored by despair and was on the verge of breaking into pieces...
But then a sword fell before his eyes.

That was the same Sword of Pledge the Wizard had used for making the pact with the Demon.
Before he could even think, Maoh took that sword and stabbed the Demon with it.
He began feeling an strong vibration as he stabbed. Immediately, the Demon raged while screaming in his death agony. The strength of his screams enraged both the skies and the land.
While circling Rhaplanca, Maoh understood that this attack had been enough to end the battle.
As the Demon continued with his enormous roar, he slowly began disappearing into the sky.
The priests were buried by the rubble that the raging Demon had sent flying around himself and thus were killed.

Once the Demon disappeared, the only thing that remained was the silence.
However, this place immediately filled with noises.
Maoh then ran to Rhaplanca's side.

Chapter VI

Rhaplanca awakened.
A sky filled with stars greeted her eyes. However, that view was immediately covered by Maoh's figure.
He was greatly glad to see her awake and his joy made Rhaplanca smile too.
However, a moment later, she suddenly remembered everything that had happened and this darkened her expression.
"Maoh... I was supposed to be sacrificed to the Demon. Why am I still alive?"
Maoh told her about how he had followed her and how he had killed the Demon.
Then he took Rhaplanca's hands between his own.
"Come, let's hurry. We have to run away from here!"
However, Rhaplanca began shivering and couldn't move at all.
"But this means... If I'm not sacrificed... The pact with the Demon will be rescinded and this city will be... Maoh, I can't run away with you. I'll have to extinguish my life right here by myself. If I do so, no one will have to know that you caused this disaster. Please, Maoh. Live a long life for the two of us"
However, Maoh didn't let her go and instead gave Rhaplanca an strong, kind gaze.
"I won't leave you behind. We'll always be together. If you'll stay here, I'll stay here as well. I'm here just because I wanted to always be at your side. I was afraid, too. I might have caused a disaster that will engulf all this city by saving you. It's likely that I'll also encounter a great sadness in the eyes of a lot of people and that many of them lost some of their loved ones, just like the families of these priests that just died. However... I thoughy that I wouldn't mind at all shouldering these sins all by myself. No matter how much I think about it, the fact that you're everything to me won't ever change. That's also the decision I took. Even if everyone else despises me, even if everyone else throws stones at me, if I have your smiling face at my side, I'll keep on living. Because you have suffered so much already, I'll protect you. So please, allow me to live at your side"
Upon hearing these words, it was like the dam on Rhaplanca's feelings had broken: she began crying and her tears started flowing.
She buried her face in Maoh's chest and just continued crying, sobbing, and screaming Maoh's name.

I'm sorry, Rhaplanca. It might have been just because I didn't want to be left all alone.
However, even if 999 people wish for your death, even if you yourself wish for your death, I'll continue wishing for you to live, because I want us to walk through life together. Because I want us to share both our happiness and difficulties.
Even if the catastrophe I've caused to befall on this city curses us eternally, I'll endure it if I can be at your side.
It's okay even if I'm the only one that has to receive a punishment for all of this.
No matter what happens, I'll continue protecting you forever.
For as long as I live.

Epilogue

This was a rumor that was initially told by a married couple that modestly lived inside a deep forest many years later.
They once received a traveler in their home and since they didn't have any tea or space to allow him to stay for a night, they told this story to him.
About how the city of Lelentas was attacked and fell into ruin from the attacks from the nearby cities.
The city once had the divine protection of a Demon, but once they lost it, both plague and famine rampaged through it.
And then, once the rumors of Lelentas losing the Demon reached the ears of the nearby countries, it fell from the constant attacks it received.
According to stories from the soldiers that raided the city, Lelentas supposedly lost the Demon because a lone knight saved the princess that was going to be sacrificed.
No one knows if this was truth or false, and it became a popular topic throughout the land, being now known and transmitted in several cities as the story of the [War Between 1 Person and 999 People].
Yes, even after its neighbors ruled over it again and attained prosperity, Lelentas continued fighting for a long time.
A very cruel battle, in which many people fought to protect their precious city and a single person fought to protect his precious one.
And thus, it's said that somewhere in this world, a similar battle is being fought everyday.
"So at least, make sure that you can at least give happiness to your precious person"
And thus, they finished telling this story to the traveler.

Explanation

This story is part of a series of myths that have been passed down during generations in the land of Metafalss, which serves as the setting for the PS2 game [Ar tonelico 2].
They are called the [Legends of Rhaplanca], and aside of the current one, titled [The Record of the Demon That Rules in Silence], there are many other stories.
Among the ones we have already presented to the public, there are the [Record of the Souls Bestowed With Death] and the [Record of Cultivating a Tree Despite a Life of Difficulties].
The former one was represented by the insert songs from the previously mentioned game [EXEC_HIBERNATION/.] and [METHOD_IMPLANTA/.], while the latter was represented by the song [EXEC_with.METHOD_METAFALICA/.]
These Legends of Rhaplanca are what gave birth to the community based on an unique civilization that we now call Metafalss, and all of them have a consistent theme.
Said theme is [What is the true utopia?], and it's like a cycle of searching for an ideal society.
The people of Metafalss are brought up with great importance on their moral education and they also live in a region that is surrounded by several steep mountains.
They are pretty much inhabiting a region that barely can shelter life. Due to this, the people made their lifelong mission to create an utopia by themselves, reason why they research and work diligently everyday.
They investigated everything they could about the utopia myths, wrote them down, and finally compiled them all.
Since in almost all these myths the main characters are people working their hardest for the realization of an utopia, their core is giving the lesson that [if you believe and work hard enough, the utopia will come to us].
However, there are extremely rare exceptions to this. One such story is the one we just told here, the [salavec rhaplanca] one.

In salavec rhaplanca, the city of [Lelentas], which was represented as the utopia in this story, was destroyed at the end.
This is because Lelentas was a city created from the basis of having to sacrifice someone, in other words: invoking the concept of retribution we know as [karma], which is one of the ways in which we could interpret its themes.
And since the Legends of Rhaplanca all tell stories about utopias, that way of interpreting it wouldn't be incorrect either.
However, there's actually one and more different way of interpreting the story.
That interpretation is the fact that the utopia to Maoh and Rhaplanca is both of them being at each other's side.
salavec rhaplanca is also an story that depicts the fight between overwhelmingly different numbers of people due to having opposing interests.
Maoh saved Rhaplanca because he wanted to spend days filled with happiness at her side, while the people of the city wanted to sacrifice Rhaplanca for the sake of themselves and their families.
While Maoh stole the happiness of many people in the end, if he hadn't done anything, the people of the city would crushed his hopes of living alongside Rhaplanca.
There will be both people that will attack Maoh for what he did, while there will also be others that will sympathize with his cause. Thus, there can't be a single conclusion among everyone if what he did was right or wrong.
This is merely due to the fact that we all have different values and different ways of seeking happiness.

This story has too this kind of meaning, that even if an story has a single ending, several conclusions can be taken from it.
This is because if its ending was happy or unhappy, that's something that only your heart can decide.

References

  1. salavec Rhaplanca -Record of the Demon That Rules in Silence- Special Gust Shop Booklet

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