This one was tough. War of Nytefall: Eradication is where I start moving deeper into the emotional spectrum. Primarily through Clyde and Mab’s relationship, which is still a subplot here. The main story is about Leo Kandrel and the Fist of Durag being a threat to the Dawn Fangs. So, there’s a lot to unpack here. You would think taking songs about war or enemies like last week would work, but it doesn’t feel right. That was about a grudge while this is a group trying to wipe out another group. I had to think a lot more about tone than subject matter here.
While not the original version, this one stuck in my mind a lot while I was writing Eradication. It makes me think of cults, especially in the part the singer is trying to convince others to do something. There is also the idea that, if successful, the voices of the Dawn Fangs will be silenced forever.
With the religious aspect of the story, I felt like this could work for the followers of Leo Kandrel. It’s made clear that he’s created a rogue sect of the Duragian order, so his people are kind of stepping off their path. Some of the were surely questioning it at several points, especially during the climax.
I wish I could put my finger on why this one keeps coming to my mind. It could be that this is part of a war that involves a change to Windemere’s environment. Maybe it’s how some characters are trying to fight that flow while others are questioning their purpose in these events. Either way, it works for me.