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1. Anvil of Crom, from Conan the Barbarian
Grog, the party's massive Goliath barbarian, needs a big, sweeping theme song. What could be more appropriate than the intro from the film Conan the Barbarian, which inspired the whole character class? The pounding drums and blaring horns are the perfect soundtrack to swing a massive axe to.
2. Book of Days, by Enya
The ethereal music of Enya seemed like a perfect choice for Keyleth, the nature-loving druid who is the heir to the Air tribe of the Ashari people. The lyrics to this particular song reflect the spiritual quest she's currently undertaking, the Aramente, in which she must journey to the four corners of the world (the D&D world, unlike ours, has corners) to meet with the heads of the other tribes and uncover her own hidden strengths.
3. The Gauntlet, by Nathan Rogers
The gunslinger Percy is a man driven by a thirst for revenge against the people who killed his family. To illustrate this obsession, I've chosen this song by the scrappy Canadian singer-songwriter Nathan Rogers. It's an anthem to the goal of vengeance, the vow of a Nemesis who can't be turned aside.
4. Healing Hands, by Marc Cohn
Pike is the party's healer, a critical role (har!) for any band of adventurers. Marc Cohn's tender love song, with its references to "deeper grace" and "the holy grail," reflects Pike's faith as a cleric of Saranrae, the goddess of healing and redemption. And if the "healing" in the song seems to be a bit more sensual than spiritual in nature, well, you can always hear the lyrics as her fellow adventurer Scanlan's expression of his passion.
5. The Man With The Magic Touch, by the Brian Setzer Orchestra
Scanlan, that lovable rascal, seems to have a gift for turning any situation to his advantage - sometimes with his silver tongue, and sometimes with his magical musical skills. The "magic touch" in this song could also be interpreted as a reference to Bigby's Hand, one of the gnomish bard's favorite spells.
6. Journey of the Sorcerer, by the Eagles
Dragonborn sorcerer Tiberius has left the party, but I couldn't bear to leave him out of the playlist, so I've included "Journey of the Sorcerer" to send him on his way. The energetic, yet slightly eerie instrumental seemed appropriately draconic in tone. (Incidentally, this piece was also the theme to the 1980s radio series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," which Tiberius, as a scholar, would no doubt appreciate.)
7. Lawyers, Guns and Money, by Warren Zevon
My husband suggested this song to represent the rogue Vax'ildan, who is always wandering off on his own and getting into trouble. Fortunately, he can count on the rest of the party to show up and bail him out - Percy with his gun, Vex with the money, and Scanlan in the guise of a lawyer named Burt Reynolds.
8. Hunting Girl, by Jethro Tull
This tale of a "high born hunting girl" seemed like the perfect choice for Vex'ahlia, the daughter of an elven king who's deadly with a bow. Although she doesn't tend to go around having "random encounters" with farmhands, she has been known to wink indiscriminately at gentlemen of all descriptions.
9. The Bear And the Maiden Fair, by the Hold Steady (from the Game of Thrones soundtrack)
The final member of the party is Vex'ahlia's bear companion, Trinket. He doesn't say much, but his devotion to Vex - and hers to him - is unswerving. This ballad from the Game of Thrones soundtrack relates a story much like theirs - a chance meeting between a bear and a maiden that transformed both their lives forever.
10. Magic Carpet Ride, by Steppenwolf
This one is for the party as a whole, in memory of the many rides they shared together on their late, lamented magic carpet. But it's also dedicated to dungeon master Matthew Mercer, the true wizard who has taken all of us fans on this magical ride of a story. As a bonus, the first line of the song refers to a "sound machine" - which happens to be a loose English translation of "vox machina." Spooky, or what?
By the way, I've never had a Spotify account until now - I set one up solely because I was so pleased with my new playlist and wanted to share it with other Critters. Anyone else want to play?