Les Misérables might have inspired Nomura. The Opera Maria and Draco informed the plot for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Take a look at the story:
The armies of the East are battling the forces of the west. The hero of the western army is Draco, who is in love with the western princess, Maria. When the west loses the war and Draco is presumed lost, Maria is forced to marry the eastern Prince, Ralse.
If this were to follow the game strictly:
- Nyx would be Draco
- Lunafreya would be Maria
- Noctis would be Prince Ralse
From what we know of the story, this doesn’t sound right.
If it does mirror the opera, what’s changed?
Let’s analyze the famous song
Aria de Mezzo Carattere:
Oh my hero, so far away now.
Will I ever see your smile?
Love goes away, like night into day.
It’s just a fading dream.
This is Lunafreya singing. The hero could refer to Nyx, but most likely Noctis. Like night into day may refer to the passage of time or Noctis’ passing.
I’m the darkness, you’re the stars.
Our love is brighter than the sun.
For eternity, for me, there can be,
Only you, my chosen one…
Lunafreya is actually the moon. Stella would have been the stars. Noctis would be the night. Caelum is a Latin word meaning “sky”. Noctis Lucis Caelum is Latin for “Sky of the Night’s Light” or “Sky of the Light’s Night”. She might be expressing the love they have for each other. But perhaps Lunafreya means that without Noctis (the only one for her), she is bleak inside.
Must I forget you? Our solemn promise?
Will autumn take the place of spring?
What shall I do? I’m lost without you.
Speak to me once more!
The solemn promise may be their marriage and the joining of their respective kingdoms. But it may also take on a deeper meaning in the game (revolving around the gods of eternity).
We must part now, my life goes on.
But my heart won’t give you up.
Ere I walk away, let me hear you say,
I meant as much to you…
Referring to how Noctis and Lunafreya, and their distance apart.
So gently, you touched my heart.
I will be forever yours.
Come what may, I won’t age a day,
I’ll wait for you, always…
Lunafreya will wait for Noctis, whom she deeply adores. She won’t age a day, so she’ll still look the way she did at the beginning of the game.
At least, this is what could have been in the game…