- Falsetto: "Once the fortress was completed, people weren't able to leave Forte at all. The people put up with being confined in Forte at first, but a situation like that couldn't last. Eventually, discontentment spread, rebellion erupted, and the selfish king was dethroned."
- Viola: "How sad."
- Allegretto: "Not really. Sounds like he got what he deserved"
- Jazz: "No, I think that's the only way he thought he could protect himself. He wanted to be thought well of, to be praised and admired, to be loved forever. He turned his back on his faults and lived a life of fantasy..."
- — The party discusses the Sage King.
At some point in the history of Forte, the realm was ruled by a leader who came to be known the Sage King.
The Sage King was a seemingly wise king who once ruled over Forte. He was respected for his honesty and benevolence and, due to his kind rule, the culture of Forte flourished, resulting in many great achievements in labor, culture and technology. Unfortunately, the king was flawed in that he came to value too much the love and appreciation of his subjects. To this end, he build Fort Fermata, a fort between Forte City and the Cabasa Bridge, which served the purpose of keeping all of the citizens of Forte City trapped there. Eventually, discontentment spread and the Sage King was overthrown.
In later years, the history regarding the true purpose of Fort Fermata was lost and most Forte citizens incorrectly came to believe that it was built to protect Forte City from pirates that might invade by assaulting Ritardando from the Blues Sea.
In Eternal Sonata, Falsetto of Andantino relates the story of the Sage King as the party travels to the Cabasa Bridge on their way to Viola's house. Viola finds the story sad, though Allegretto thinks that the king got what he deserved. Jazz, however, states that the king simply thought this was the only way he could protect himself and that in the end, he lost all the friends who could have counseled him against his cowardly heart, thus making his story a tragedy.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The story of the Sage King is one of the major explorations of the concept of "escapism," a key theme explored in Eternal Sonata.
- A "sage-king" is defined as an ideal ruler of antiquity who combined the virtue and wisdom of a sage with the power of a king to exemplify virtue in government. The character of Crescendo could fit this conception to some degree.