- "There is a harbor town at the foot of a hill that can be seen from Tenuto. When night falls, the lights from the town shine like diamonds... ...and open the hearts of those who gaze upon their illustrious splendor."
Ritardando is a wealthy coastal city in the World of Eternal Sonata located at the south of the kingdom of Forte, southeast of Tenuto Village. It is the home city of Allegretto and Beat, two of the main male protagonists of Eternal Sonata and they have a secret hideout here.
The tax rates in Ritardando are high for all imports and exports, including essentials such as bread. The only item not taxed in Ritardando is mineral powder, and a pharmacy dedicated to its sale can be found in the east of the city.
It is a water-abundant market city and has many fountains, along with the Mandolin Church at the north and extended sewage system below the surface of the city and stores. The city is south of Fort Fermata and Forte City and borders the Blues Sea.
- Allegretto: "...when you're down there it's all cluttered and noisy. And the streets are dirty. The reality isn't nearly as peaceful."
- Polka: "Oh, I see."
- Allegretto: "But I guess this is how you see it all the time, huh? Wow, I gotta admit, it's not too shabby."
- — Allegretto admires the view of Ritardando from Tenuto's flower field.
The town is first seen in the opening of Eternal Sonata as it is described how Tenuto Village enjoys a beautiful view of it. A bit later on, the city is introduced proper as Allegretto and Beat are shown beating a hasty retreat from the city's bakery. The two have just stolen bread to deliver to hungry orphans that live under the town's sewers. They prove too fast for the lady who runs the bakery, who threatens to poison the dough next time.
Allegretto and Beat travel to the sewers to deliver the bread and return to their hideout, where they discuss the situation. Allegretto decides that they must head to Forte City to seek an audience with Count Waltz to discuss the possibility of lowering taxes on items other than mineral powder.
Much later on, after the party has been split up, most of them reunite in Ritardando. Beat and Frédéric François Chopin arrive at the hideout, where they find Allegretto waiting for them. He explains the tragedy of Claves's death at the hands of the Forte agent Rondo and states that Andantino leader Jazz has gone to Baroque City to speak with Prince Crescendo. He asks after Polka, and Beat explains that she went to Tenuto Village to visit with her mother. Allegretto agrees to provide Frederic with a tour of the town and during the tour, the party notices a commotion at the Mandolin Church. A group heard some noises coming from underneath the church and fear it could be something dangerous.
The lady whose bakery that Allegretto and Beat stole from notices them and confronts them about their deeds. The group decides that the two can make up for their crimes by going to investigate the noises. As they enter the church, Viola and the two Guardians of Agogo Forest, Salsa and March follow behind. They explain that they had just arrived and saw the commotion, and the party entering the church. Allegretto excuses himself to go fetch Polka, stating that with this many talented people, they don't need his help. Annoyed, the party is left to travel into the Mandolin Church Catacombs and confront the boss monster lurking there.
Score Piece ParticipantEdit
- Worrywart Horn (Chapter 5+)
- Score Piece 1, 17, 23 for Rank B - Snowpuff Cookie
- Score Piece 3 for Rank A - Cherry EZI
Behind the scenesEdit
- In either Chapter 1 or 2, after the fight with Bread Gang the player can speak with Lib in the sewers area to receive a Stick. If they then return to the main city area and speak with a man at the edge of the beach, he will accept the Stick and provide the Dentures in exchange. This is the first part of a trading sidequest that can allow the player to earn an extra accessory of their choice.
- There are a number of things to examine within the city of Ritardando, but only three provide treasures. There are two pieces in the shop that are being peddled for the outrageous price of one million gold, later increased to the outrageous price of five million dollar. Neither can ever be purchased, even if the player manages to obtain this much gold by battling the opponents deep within the Mysterious Unison. The pharmacy contains a number of mineral powder based tonics that can be examined for amusing comments, but cannot be purchased, as the entire party is rightfully wary of mineral powder.
Ritardando is a direction in musical notation that means "a gradual decrease in tempo."