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Music: Razia's Shadow
"The unrelenting constancy of love and hope will rescue and restore you from any scope."
The End and the Beginning

Raziaís Shadow is a musical written by Forgive Durden. Released in 2008, it contains not only the lead singer of the band, Thomas Dutton, but the vocal talents of such artists as Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Greta Salpeter of The Hush Sound, and Lizzie Huffman of Man in the Blue Van, to name a few.

There are two acts in the album, separated by a short intermission. The story begins with the creation of the world by O the Scientist and the betrayal of his most talented cherub that plunges half of the land into eternal night. A century later, we meet Adakias, the prince of the dark, who wants nothing more than to leave his arid home and venture into the light.

The Missing Piece
Life is Looking Up
The Spider and the Lamps
Toba the Tura
The Oracle
A Hundred-Year, Minute-Long Intermission
The Exit
Itís True Love
Meet the King
Holy the Sea
Doctor, Doctor
The End and the Beginning

Raziaís Shadow contains examples of:

  • Adipose Rex: Anhura's father, going by the art for him, is this.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Going by character names, three main characters are Ahrima, Adakias, and Anhura; there is also Toba the Tura, Doctor Dumaya, and the brothers Baba and Baruka Bawaba.
    • Not to mention these lines from the last track, The End and the Beginning:
    She requires riches, recherche, riding with rodomontading roues
    Casanovas have charmed with chiffons, so chichi.
    Chased her with their conceited coteries
    She's been propositioned, propounded, by every pompous prince,
    Given panniers of Peleus pears and plums polished
    I've been seduced with shimmering, sparkling, stones,
    Squired by suitors to sizable chateaus
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Well, more like, Girl Wants Nice Boy Who Happens To Come From the Wrong Side of the Mountain.
  • Angry Mob Song: Parts of The Exit
  • Bald of Evil: Well, evil in a way, in the case of Ahrima.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Adakias is dead and the future of the world is left unclear, such as whether Anhura has to stay with the Doctor, if she stays with Pallis, if she actually helps to fix up the world, etc. Still, the two halves of the world are together again and will live in peace and harmony.
  • Break the Cutie: It's Sangara's part in The Exit.
  • Cain and Abel: Especially when you consider that Pallis kills Adakias.
  • Concept Album
  • Dark Is Evil: Most of the darkness.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Adakias and the Bawaba Brothers.
  • Dark Reprise: The End and the Beginning reprises the tunes in The Exit and Itís True Love towards the end.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Anhura, at least in appearance (if we count white as blonde).
  • Distressed Damsel: Anhura, once she comes down with the illness.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Adakias happens to fall in love with the princess of the light.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Most of the song titles, such as It's True Love, and Doctor, Doctor.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Ahrima pulls this pretty early on due to the influence of the Barayas the Spider.
  • Falling in Love Montage: Well, more of Falling in Love Songs with The Missing Piece and Itís True Love.
  • Family Values Villain: Let it be said, Pallis does care for his brother to some extent.
  • Fate Drives Us Together: Fate and prophecy is a main point, including romantically.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Averted.
  • Greed: Part of King Malka's problem with his daughter's marriage to Adakias.
  • Grief Song: Toward the end of The End and the Beginning.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Pallis towards the end, after killing Adakias by accident.
  • Heel Realization: Toba the Tura.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Various characters.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Subtle example: when the citizens of the dark demand to know why Adakias isn't more like Pallis in "The Exit", he gives the excuse that who his family is isn't a true indicator of who he is. But when he learns that he's a direct descendant of Ahrima in "Holy the Sea", it takes all of five seconds for him to proclaim that his lineage guarantees that he's The Chosen One.
  • "I Am" Song: Sort of, in Life is Looking Up
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Doctor Dumaya, and his price for healing Anhura from the sickness of the dark.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Not a cough specifically, but Adakias' presence around Anhura causes her to become deathly ill due to her exposure to his darkness.
  • "I Want" Song: Life is Looking Up and The Exit, which does double duty as a Somewhere Song.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Pallis becomes this in his efforts to drag Adakias back to the dark.
  • Light Is Not Good: Not /EVIL/, per se, but Anhura's father, King Malka is certainly greedy.
  • Love at First Sight: Adakias and Anhura.
  • Mind Screw: Gargul the Oracle looks pretty freaky.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Dumaya.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Twice, once in Toba the Tura, once in The End and the Beginning.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Well, brother. And Pallis is not pleased . . .
  • Mysterious Past: To Anhura, until she discovers Adakias' lineage.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Many of them.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Justified, as it's in song form.
  • Shout-Out: "I'm the spider, crawl inside her" in The Spider and the Lamps is a reference to Say Anything (of whom the lead singer, Max Bemis, provides the voice of Barayas)'s own Spidersong.
  • Somewhere Song: The Exit.
  • Talking Animal: Well, Talking Spider.
  • The Chosen One: Well, the chosen pair in Adakias and Anhura.
  • The Dark Side: The world is divided in half with this as one side and the light as the other.
  • The End of the Beginning: Nearly verbatim the last song on the album, The End and the Beginning; also, in Genesis, "This is the beginning and the end, the rise and the fall . . . "
  • The Musical
  • The Power of Love: Very strong theme, See page quote. Also, it brings the world back together.
  • Time Skip: The entire point of the appropriately named A Hundred-Year, Minute-Long Intermission.
  • Villain Song: The The Spider and the Lamps, touches of one in Meet the King, Doctor, Doctor, to a point in The End and the Beginning.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The entire point of Toba the Tura, touched upon in The Oracle.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Sort of implied in Holy the Sea, for Adakias. "Watch out for the wicked ones who call themselves beloved ones," indeed.

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