When we Zelda fans yearn for something dark, cryptic, and shrouded in mystery, we often turn to Majora’s Mask, and rightfully so. This game contains some of the eeriest content we’ve seen from this beloved franchise, and one of the most haunting elements of this game is the countdown to Termina’s demise.
The “Oath to Order” has always been one of my favorite Zelda songs, and Rozen Audio brings this melody to life in a chilling orchestration. Starting out with an unsettling Clocktown melody, which transitions into a soft rendition of Skull Kid’s theme. From then on, it only becomes more suspenseful as the day progresses as the clock ticks on, coming to a halt with one final ring of the bells. Then it begins: A repetitious tune plays throughout the piece, like a ticking clock, reminding us of the limited time that Termina has left.
Once the ocarina sounds, the song progressively becomes not only frightening but powerful and suspenseful. The organ growing stronger, the drums beating heavily, and the rumbling of the falling moon getting closer. The strings shriek as the music comes to an end.
This interpretation of this song is not just a musical piece, but cinematic experience. One can only imagine this to be the song of horrors that the citizens of Termina must have experienced on that fateful night. I can imagine a cryptic narrative being spoken by the Happy Mask Salesman as the scene plays out and the song intensifies.
In three days time, the moon will fall,
Unless the hero saves us all,
The Oath to Order he must play,
If we’re to live another day,
The Giants cause the moon to rise,
and put an end to Termina’s Demise.
Happy Halloween, my friends.