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.

Tracklist:

  1. "Genesis"
  2. "The Missing Piece"
  3. "Life is Looking Up"
  4. "The Spider and the Lamps"
  5. "Toba the Tura"
  6. "The Oracle"
  7. "A Hundred-Year, Minute-Long Intermission"
  8. "The Exit"
  9. "Itís True Love"
  10. "Meet the King"
  11. "Holy the Sea"
  12. "Doctor, Doctor"
  13. "The End and the Beginning"


Raziaís tropes:

  • 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
  • Adipose Rex: Anhura's father, going by the art for him, is this.
  • 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", where the people start to rise.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, evil in a way, in the case of Ahrima.
  • Big "NO!": BROTHER NOOOOOOOOOOO
  • 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.
  • The Chosen One: Well, the chosen pair in Adakias and Anhura.
  • Concept Album: See the description in the introduction to this article.
  • Damsel in Distress: Anhura, once she comes down with the illness.
  • 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.
  • The Dark Side: The world is divided in half with this as one side and the light as the other.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Anhura, at least in appearance (if we count white as blonde).
  • 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 . . . "
  • 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" is the moment when this happens.
  • 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.
  • The Musical: Its full title is: "Razia's Shadow: A Musical".
  • 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.
  • The Power of Love: Very strong theme, see page quote. Also, it brings the world back together.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Razias Shadow