Ori and the Blind Forest – The Spirit Tree

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Update as of 11/11/2021 :

Thanks to the devotion of ranking team member Timbo – I am proud to announce that the map is going for a ranked status !
Here is hoping it will get it’s due and those who will play the map therafter will not only experience the games greatnes, but also be rewarded with a generous amount of PP ! 😀

Map has also been polished with a few new notes and patterns with lightshow changes !

Stay tuned for updates ! 🙂

In all my years of playing video games……….few games managed to really steer an emotional attachment quite like Ori and the Blind forest.

Apart from amazing art work, fun gameplay, sad and eventful story – the soundtrack is superb and magnifies the experience – credit to the composer Gareth Coker for such an amazing score and Aerali Brighton for her angel like vocal voice.

Some claimed the soundtrack was so good that it made them tear on the menu screen already…….having mapped that OST already, it’s time to move on to yet another amazing OST !

This map will feature 5 total difficulties, with 2 modes – One Saber included ! Forwarding the story narration and elaboration of the previous Main Menu track, it’s time to move on with the story for those interested ! 😀

SPOILER AHEAD – for those who have not played the game and do wish to one day !
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Following the previous narration, Ori, one of the magical lights spirits that resides in the magical Spirit Tree of the great Nibel forest, got lost in the stormy night.

Unable to immediatly act, the Spirit Tree carfeuly watches his son drift away in the form of a leaf in the harsh storm…….. From afar, one of the forests residents – a bear like creature by the name of Naru watches the storm and suddenly sees Ori drifting besides her.

Immediatly, she investigates the matter and follows Oris trail untill he lands safe and sound on a nearby rock, taking on his form and being born.
Feeling the need to protect a helpless and new-born baby creature, Naru embraces Ori like a mother to son and adopts him as one of her own kin, taking Ori back to her cave.
All the while the Spirit Tree watches from afar

……………………..The following morning………………..

Ori, waking up to an unfamiliar cave, goes outside and sees his saviour – Naru ! Wasting no time, he happily strolls over to her !
Happy to see her adoptive son, Naru throws Ori to her back and begins to show him her way of life, one that includes gathering fruits, building bridges to cross rivers and plenty of eating……

That same day, when the night has fallen on the forest of Nibel, the Spirit Tree has decided to call back his son – Ori in the form of a lightshow in hopes that his son returns back to his forever home.

Ori and Naru were feasting on thier prized fruits that same night.
Deciding to preserve some of the fruits for tomorrow, Ori took some of the fruits back to the cave.

While he does so and crosses a hill in the open field, the Spirit Tree has lit up the entire forest and threw an aura of light that sparked the entire sky ! Dazed and stunned by the lightshow, the confused Ori knows not how to act…… The frightful and confused Naru quickly picks up Ori and runs to the nearby cave, intercepting the Spirit Trees plan.

Unfortunately……….following the Spirit Trees amazing light show, a night resident of the forest has taken an ill liking to it and has decided to raid the tree of it’s power !
Following that same raid, all took an ill turn in the forest, hence the Spirit Tree greatly weakened and the forest has started to slowly die……. Confused by the sudden decay of the forest, Naru gathers all the remaining fruits that they stored which has lasted them for a couple of days.

But that same supply was about to run out as well….. Starving for food, Naru gave Ori the last fruit so he may live while starving herself out.
Ori, determined to find food for his mother, sets out to scavenge for food – and found a jackpot on one of the nearby trees ! Unfortunately……..a dreadful surprise was waiting him………

on his return to the cave, he found Naru, all but still. Handing over the fruits to her with joy, he was confused as to why she was not responding to his gesture.
From a closer inspection he understood that his adoptive mother starved herself to death so that he may live……. Hearthbroken and shocked, Ori embraces Naru one last time before setting off to the open fields and deeper to the decaying forest…..

Sad, alone and with no food or the Spirit Trees light, Ori started to draw his last breathes……….step by step he grew weaker untill he finally collapsed… Unknow to Ori, he has fallen not far from the Spirit Tree. Sensing his sons near-death dire condition, the Spirit Tree directs all his power to one last concentrated life trail of flowers……

Absorbing the life that has beeng given to him, Ori is resurrected anew !
Confused by the situation, Ori took his first steps into the Sunken Glades in order to find more answers as to the forest condition…..
Pressing forward into the Glades, Ori encounteres a mysterious light…….which turns out to be – Sein ! one of the lost shards of power and the eyes of the Spirit Tree and Forest.

Communicating with Sein, Ori started to understand the forests dire situation and how he came back to life with the Spirit Trees final blessing.
They both understood that reaching the Spirit Tree in order to understand what happened in that Dreadful Night will be the first major piece in the effort of restoring the forest of Nibel to it’s former life.

……………………………..Some time passes………………………………….

After crossing the Glades, figthing corrupted creatures, solving puzzles and unlocking the final door, Ori and Sein reach the Spirit Tree….. Entering the open fields and watching the Spirit Tree tower above, Ori can’t help but feel he has entered a Sacred Ground – his home and where his kin lay in dorment due to the Spirit Trees demise.

Exhausted and weak, the Spirit tree lays somber and still while Ori intakes his surroundings…… From here on out, Sein explains what has happened in that Dreadful
Night that Ori failed to reunite with the Spirit Tree.

Can Ori find his wits and spirit to take on the responsibility to save the forest from the ever-coming demise of the forest and his entire kin ? …………………………………………………………………………………………………
Another chapter in the story of Ori……..
Experience the beautiful OST and effects of the Sacred Ground that is….the fields of the Spirit Tree !

Many thanks to monster, Kaltern and the BSMG for providing much needed feedback to get the map to where it is now !

Hope you enjoy ! 🙂

Map preview by Javierattor – 

Map preview by……a Special guest for the Ori fans ! 😀 –

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