The Voice of Humans Prose in Old Frontiers | World Anvil

The Voice of Humans

This article was recounted by a low ranking Arcadian Chanter and scribed by an Drakkengard Archivist. This information is intentionally incomplete as it is told from a layman's perspective.

That ol' tune? Yea I know it, learnt it from my ma, she learnt it from her ma. I know it by heart, dunno what it means but Eothas bless, is it catchy. Want to hear it? Bet there's some [Humans] nearby that'll join in if we start singing.
— Random Human



Tired: the hearts of sons and daughters
Dead: this empire that we've built
Fight to drive our foes away
Steel and blood is what we know

This: the war we fought so long
Gone: this battle that we've lost
Waiting, strong, to build our future
One, united, working 'til we fall

Tired: the hearts of sons and daughters
Dead: this empire that we've built
Fight to drive our foes away
Steel and blood is what we know

And we all fight, 'til we're lifeless.
Together, together
By our lord's light, this is our might
Together, together


Humans everywhere in our lives, cities, and even families [1] and yet they are just unassuming social mimics; Humans have no homelands, no culture, no identity, and no desires of their own. Humans have only one thing in common, one things binds them together, this song, this rhythm, these few words so innately ingrained in their nonexistent heritage.   But between our nations[2] there is 8000 years of history and yet there have been no records nor evidence of any independent Human sovereignty, let alone an empire. In spite of this fact, this chant goes back as far as anyone can remember, passed down along millennias through countless Humans across the world.   We may be responsible for recording this world's history faithfully but it seems the only explanation is that we expunged the humans from history. I can not fathom the scale of such deeds but if our leaders made that decision then there must be reason for it. My duty and curiosity compels me but I dare not pursue this task for I fear what will happen when the Humans learn the such truth.   I fear that one way or another, this song will outlive our nation.  


Author's Notes

This hymn is heavily inspired on this based on We All Lift Together, a warframe music video developed by Digital Extremes.

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Jul 20, 2018 03:42

Nice article, I love the interesting tidbit into the history of your world about the history of humans being erased. Although, I am curious when they say erased does this mean there are no structures or buildings that might suggest a grader history for humans?

Jul 20, 2018 06:29

Thanks! I will clarify that in the article, but yes there are no human structures, ruins, nor physical evidence of a human civilization.

Jul 20, 2018 05:59 by Ademal

I heard the song before even finding the credit in the author's note. ;)   I'd be curious to hear a human's perspective on this song as well, a firsthand account of what it means to them. All the same, it does a good job putting an ominous strength in the human identity.

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Jul 20, 2018 06:32

What can I say? I got addicted to Warframe again.
But yea, that's a good suggestion. I'll add a quote that defines the human perspective.

Jul 20, 2018 13:16 by Keontez George

That ending is dope! I gotta read more.

Aug 23, 2018 09:01 by Tikal

Great piece of lore as well as kudos on the effort of a song!

Aug 23, 2018 23:39

Thanks! It was an effort

Aug 23, 2018 10:40 by Ixian Technocrat

I assume the humans in this world are savages currently, who have no knowledge of writing and songs are the only way to pass history, right? It would be interesting to hear whether the dominant species feel threatened by this song. If it may rile the humans to war against them.

Aug 23, 2018 23:44

Maybe I should put it an emphasis in the article but humans are social mimics in the sense they just copy their surroundings and blends into every culture with no ulterior motive, which is unusual in this world to have no drive.

Aug 23, 2018 10:59

I like this, it's a very cool take on humans that can otherwise come off as quite boring and bland in many settings.

Aug 23, 2018 23:47

Thanks! I do try to subvert a lot of tropes in this setting