KH Dark Road’s latest update had opened new doors to one question that always nagged me in particular. What is that voice? Since the ground zero of KH 1, we’ve always seen a voice in the start of Sora’s journey down to the very end of that particular installment. It was a voice that ushered courage and belief into him. Causes him to question aspects of himself and come to meet the starting reins pertaining to his strength of heart.
Do I believe it’s solely darkness that produces this? That is yet to be seen. But for the given content, I’m going to be primarily focusing on this phenomenon.
Emotions are not only a source of great strength in the KH universe. It can also extend to becoming a primordial language as shown by the above. Through the means of darkness this assumed archaic language can be spoken by synchronizing their feelings. To me personally this was the missing puzzle piece to a lot of the unexplained instances parts of the main cast had went through.
How about we take it from one of the earlier scene’s we’ve come across? Sora’s newly birthed heart coming to the stage in other to rescue Ventus, who remained upon the brink of losing everything he had.
Forcefully thrown into the dive as he was about to dwindle into nothing, that’s when Ventus had made his first encounter with Sora. Hadn’t it been odd how despite being a newborn he would’ve capable of perfect speech? If we fit in the details of Dark Road’s update above, we suddenly hold an answer to this.
To begin with Sora was born at the Destiny Islands, a caring family and many other elements that would bolster up the strength in emotion as he comes to take in many experiences. While there is still mystery as to how the connection with Ventus was established while Sora was just born or a baby, in their universe it looks like communication within the heart is highly more advanced even for newborns. A massive difference as to how you’d perceive a regular babbling baby on the normal plane of reality.
Could Sora be one of the few able to actually hear this despite taking no means of the corridors? Throughout the series we’ve seen examples that he’s still privy towards this old language without truly realizing it.
For this I’ll offer up some slack. The Dive to the Heart seems to give the subconscious mind/Heart Avatar the means to pick up upon it. This is why I believe that through sleep or bordering between life and death becomes the easiest points to pick up upon it.
And now we learned that within the dark corridors one can also begin to align in a way to hear this voice.
A lot of this seems to involve being steeped within the darkness to learn this specific means.
So does that also goes for beings aligned with the darkness too?
Let’s take a glance at these two instances. Sora’s first dive and encounter with the Darkside, to Data-Sora’s encounter with his own Heartless that exponentially grew Beginning with the first Dark Side, I’ve made my judgement through the camera angles and how after the battle, it looked down upon Sora, that same phenomenon occurs where expresses what it believes.
Whether this voice is tethered entirely to this Darkside can be up for debate. Let’s tilt it over to Data Sora’s encounter with the Heartless. While this is more subtle as we’re unsure if the Datascape allows for this to be seen by others, Sora once again had picked up upon the Heartless’s emotions in it’s singleminded goal.
The severity of the situation didn’t really give mind to how extremely odd this exchange was. Seeing how it’s highly believed that Heartless aren’t capable of being cognizant.
This doesn’t come to count the other side of the spectrum. Unlike the Heartless, we’ve seen a lot more examples that Nobodies are also capable of this form of communication. While little is still known on the truths about their physiology and their honest way of being. We’ve come to see through multiple experiences that they also hold the particular ability to speak to people within their minds. This serves as another tie of the lost language of emotion to reveal itself.
To begin? Let’s start with Sora’s very first encounter with Xemnas. After seemingly phasing through him, he’s suddenly struck with a storm of memories from his own journey. As to why this happened, I’m not sure. What can I say is that it tilted up a high state of emotional awareness within him, leading him to be the only one to hear what Xemnas talked about in this encounterthrough the language of emotion.
I do find this strange considering how insistent he is on not feeling emotions. We’ve yet to see to see the full story on it however, Xehanort poses a similar issue in Dark Road, he holds a difficult time gaining any form of stimulus in terms of emotion, a trait that seemingly passed over to Xemnas.
Draw this further to the Dusk Nobodies that often crossed Sora and Roxas both.
Sora and by extension Roxas may hold a special affinity of picking up on this voice considering their origins. That’s without needing to utilize the corridors, being exposed to toxic amounts of this corrosive darkness on top of that. (This could inevitably be done by any being that holds ties with a heart.) Heartless, Nobodies and instances within the Dive to the Heart all correlates this to being a unique ability of the Heart itself. Just as we’ve see how the light of connections had tethered people together, now and then we’ve seen how the darkness and pain manages to accomplish the same.
All of this was a fresh answer thanks to Dark Road’s update. I’ll leave this last bit here as a bit to speculate and ponder upon for the new saga of Kingdom Hearts to come.
KHux spoilers and theory time about the recent update.
VANITAS IS AMNESIAC DARKNESS
I think Vanitas is amnesiac Darkness that created a new identity based on his connection to Ven and Sora. His situation would be similar to Apprentice Xehanort, a person who was also amnesiac with two hearts (Xehanort and Terra) that developed new memories until he realized who he was in the end. Marluxia could be another example, other than Apprentice Xehanort.
In the character files, Vanitas said “What do you think I am, to you? Just what the hell do you think I am? I am darkness. And that means you all can be the light. Isn’t that right? And then at the same time, I’m both you and not you”
In his mind, he said that to Sora and Ven.
But also, in the KH3 novel, Vanitas said “I wonder what kind of person the real me. Even that is beyond my comprehension.” —> “However, I do have some memories left within me. Memories from long, long ago. Really, truly, ancient memories. Why do I have these memories?” ——> “Whose memories did that knowledge come from? Was it me? Or Ventus? Perhaps it was a fragment of somebody else’s memories.” —> “I don’t know. All I know now is that I must bring my other half back to me. Just who am I? I am half of Ventus. I am…”
Vanitas discovered that he possessed vague ancient memories from X era and he can’t tell if it’s his own, Ventus, or someone else. He was also confused with existence.
Then Re:mind came out. Ventus told Vanitas that they were the same person. A sudden turn happened. Vanitas mocked Ventus for believing that they were the same and said “This may shock you, but we’re not the same like you think. I was just hidden deep inside of you, for a real long time. All Xehanort did… was tear me right out of you!”
Even in the Japanese version, Vanitas said that he and Ventus were originally separated existences that was hidden until Xehanort extracted him out.
Me: I wanted to doubt at first until I realized that Ventus had a little amount of darkness inside of him yet was able to produce a new “human” being (Vanitas) that can act like a human but also harbor a power to create species from their negative emotions (the unversed) is sorta weird and fishy. Compared to Sora, who also have little amount of darkness but he only managed to produce a shadow lol
There was no reason for this extra addition detail to added if it wasn’t important and it coincidentally lines up to what MoM said about darkness changing their forms and hiding inside of people. But also, the camera purposely focusing on the eyeball on Vanitas’ Keyblade as he says this.
Me: Now why would Vanitas change or shift his stance about him and Ventus being the same person so sudden? Vanitas used to taunt and call Ventus “his better half” or referred himself as Ven’s “other half” So what happened now? And if I had to guess why his stance change: Because his memories as Darkness resurfaced.
Me: If Vanitas realized who he truly was towards the end like Apprentice Xehanort or Marluxia did, then Vanitas choosing to stay as his “real self” aka darkness but also acknowledging that Ventus and Sora shaped out or defined his existence despite the circumstances, perfectly lines up.
That’s my theory.
If Vanitas comes back, I do not think it’s going to be the same “Vanitas” as we may think. Either way, I am excited if Vanitas comes back!
A lot of the attention I’ve come to notice when it comes to Darkness is often what are they going to do next. Understandably so as we’re coming to learn extra hints that leads to the ruin to the current Dandelions.
Yet I’d like to drop a different perspective for the fans of KH today. What is something that could make Darkness come to sweat under that grimy coat they always tend to wear? I’ve believe that I at least have a solid lead to that one fear that could make all their future manipulating no how to get shattered like glass. First off let’s consider that it holds a relationship who will likely be the biggest threat to the current Guardians, The Master of Masters.
You could literally consider this a deal with the devil to offer a brief break in Keyblade War. (Light vs Darkness.)
So why would I consider this a deal? We’ve come to know that Darkness acts as a guide for Maleficent, from recent updates, also come to manipulate events in order to assist this particular outcome that they both want to come for.
(In the real world that is.)
In short for the sacrifice of the old world, Darkness also has free reign to do what it likes in the current, long as it abides by certain restrictions to the plan. Lives can to be forfeited/sacrificed as long as key players are shifted through the boundaries.
(In this case the Dandelion/Foretellers. Whether the rest/potentially the player come to survive or fall is of no consequence.)
Not only is Darkness is here in order to guide Maleficent back to her time. More importantly it’s to keep her from obtaining crucial information.
And this 7th world happens to be where that supposed weakness that can bring all these plans to ruin rest at. In comparison to many other worlds, one thing they never wanted Foretellers/Dandelions and the Keykids in general to see no matter what.
These are the listed worlds of KHUX that are explorable both in the KHX and KHUX days. So just what happens to be missing between that and all the visited princesses?
None other than–
Radiant Garden. This alongside of the past of how Kairi came to be one of those very princesses.
Discovering the past of this world would ultimately come to be the threat of flipping the works of these malicious forces in the future to come.
So there’s been an ongoing question in the fandom ever since it’s appearance, that of the Black Box. The question has always been ‘what’s within the box’. As if the box itself doesn’t matter, that only the contents within is the thing we really need to be worried about.
Yet through my recent reflections of Kingdom Hearts, I’ve reached a new conclusion about it.
What if we see is actually what we get? That the box itself, while holding the possibility something important is inside, is equally important in the locked form it is right now, it stands for an important aspect in a larger picture by being unknown.
A known existence with a unknown inside?
Throughout the series of Kingdom Hearts we’ve seen many quest being made by the progress of science. Ranging from understanding the heart, creating bodies/vessels to hold hearts; The Replica Program, to be no different then a natural born human vessel/body. Yet one aspect that’s also been dabbled on is also creating a heart. I’d like to bring something to your attention.
Believe it or not these very concepts come back to meet up in Kingdom Hearts 3. There’s an encounter in San Fransokyo that dabbles with the same concepts during the conducted experiments there. That form of Riku there brings up the very key concepts that we can see here.
Yet Sora is also quick to counter with another key concept of this recipe.
We’ve also many examples ranging of these concepts all throughout the series. It’s through this very adventure that the ingredients to create a heart is being formed. The Keyblade Wars themselves being the perfect breeding ground of creating Hearts– yet, if we were to take this list literally, one aspect would happen to be missing in the modern age.
This very thing right here. The box that managed to be slung through the ages in order to reached this determined point in time.
Could creating a heart through this extensive research be part of the plan all along? From the beginning, so many people and monstrosities within the series vied for Hearts, Kingdom Hearts and to grow hearts of their own, to see if Hearts could be born in realms like data. The potential for Hearts to be able to go through the river of time itself and still be in one piece is a incredibly valuable power in it’s own.
As for what made me think to link the Black Box to this concept here, in the Japanese version of KH:Back Cover, the Master of Masters threw up an interesting keyword to me. On top of the condition that the box is to never be opened under any circumstances–
I believe it’s the element of surprise, which is why the direction for it to never be opened is important.
So this now brings the question, why in the worlds would anything like this need to be necessary to begin with? I to this day still have no clear idea on the MoM’s motives, but if there’s heavy play with life and death through the use of Hearts, it does bring me towards one potential conclusion.
This would serve as a method to bring life back to the dead, truly. In the Final World, an important distinction to make is these are people on the brink. Their hearts were for the most part eradicated, and under normal circumstances it’s incredibly difficult to regain a heart that faced near annihilation. It’s a realm where the soul barely hangs on with all it has, usually be attachments/connections to the realm of the living. Could it also apply for people who also go beyond the border to the True Death Chirithy talked?
Could this be used as a method to revive someone or something along that brink?
It could just be as easily a ploy in order to produce the very energy of the heart in mass quantities without needing to bring new lives into the world, to make manmade energy source in comparison to needing to draw power from Kingdom Hearts. Heck it could just be a Heart to be made for himself.
Bonus Note: This adds a touch more clarity/insight on this one throw away line Xemnas said.
Bonus Note 2: It’s funny how Ansem’s code made this distinct wording when talking on the heart subject.
Posted this up on another blog of mine buuut! Decided I wanted to get in out there to the public as well after gathering up the ideas. Just my mind of thoughts on the recent break of khux events in the update.
THIS TIME PLAY IS ONLY GETTING BIGGER.
But now it’s finally
reaching some pieces I feel like I can snap together. First and
foremost, Maleficent and her hidden intel from this Darkness person to get into the future.
Her new goal is to find this mysterious ark in the realm of the real Daybreak Town, this is the way how she’ll get back to the future she was always a part of.
Yet, doesn’t this thing about an ark sounds kinda familiar?
From my viewpoint, this ark here is a method of travel we’ve seen our heroes use since the start of this franchise.
catch for this to work however is that Maleficent will have to
sacrifice her body, becoming nothing more than a heart to travel through
the river of time back to the future. So while in this ark, she’d be
nothing more then a helpless heart being sealed up within the ship
When she returns to the future, she needs two things to return her form.
being this mysterious intermediary that can reconstruct the flesh,
giving the your heart the open opportunity to recreate your body.
The next would be none other then memories. Which back in Kingdom Hearts 2, was the aspect of herself she got exactly.
Right at the mysterious tower.
This is what led to her revival within the place sadly as Yen Sid had departed from the tower on business.
Yet! This strikes up a few questions.
Such as the ark? I do have one
possibility on what it may have been, all due to the timing of the
scenes themselves. The above scene with Maleficent didn’t transpire-
Until Yen Sid had fished back the Gummi Ship here, which was the one
Sora and Co. previously lost within the hotpot of chaos that happened at
the ‘End of the World’ during the final battle with Ansem.
Could this ship managed to dip all the way off into the Age of Fairy Tales in the past, only to be hoisted back into the future in a ploy with the new gen Foretellers, Ephemer and co?
Itttt would not be the first time a Gummi Ship has done this in series. Mickey along with the gang here visited once.
See that right there? I’ve looked at my share of Gummi Ship Cutscenes and not once did they ever yeet themselves out at what looks like that.
This scene here is when Riku departed with Namine from Radiant Garden. IN terms of flying speed, this is extremely civil in comparison to how what comparison to what looks like light speed.
Speaking of which–
That sames to be a condition required in order to send a ship through that travel. I could sit here and go on about potentials as to why Gummi ships have builds that can endure this and potentially not hold risk for time travel, but I’ll digress.
Also for a bonus question! Seeing how there’s an intermediary that can allow hearts to restore their own body outside of needing Replicas to do so. This begs the question.
Could the Black Box itself be this mysterious intermediary required? Take the epilogue for example. All the potentials could be there in order to have this summoning take place.
Luxu being the key for the foretellers to be properly remembered.
Another special note I wanna make of this the sight of Ira’s body as he’s stepping through this rift of dust, it’s faint but-
You can see what I believe is a faint blue tinge around him, the same kind of build Sora was during his steps into the Final World after being destroyed. It was as if stated above, their hearts held all the pieces needed in order to build themselves back to completion.
To make it more interest? There’s another instance where this played out as well.
When Kairi had seemingly drew back Sora from that fate as a Heartless with Roxas not being acquired. Sora was only a heart at that point, yet, it was due to some mysterious circumstances here (I’m gauging with her being a Princess of Heart/Strong being of light) that made this possible. This is like the Ultimate stage of the Replica deal, since it’s just a brand new, flesh and blood body without any of the complications. (Aside from the intermediary thing.)
All you need is the connections bred within memories to make it so.
With the closing of (almost I see you Re:Mind DLC.) the Dark Seeker saga there has been a roller coaster of emotions going strong. From what I seen a lot of people had their respective focus, it’s time I brought my own to the table. All in all I want to explore details that really matted down it’s presence in KH3 alongside the heavy focus of death whether the element being experienced or those already thrown into that realm.
Alongside of death was the power of belief.
In the hardest experience yet for the Guardians of Light. There was one lesson in particular being branched out.
Things have and will change as many more experiences come to shape up people who they are. In some aspects things are not always meant to stay the same. What should’ve been experienced in a normal setting instead took the place in an adventure beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Today we’ll be exploring the shifts and changes that the power of believing and coming to recognize just how much they lacked it initially in multiple facets.
Only for their adventures from their high points to low points provide answers for things they should’ve been carrying for each other since the very beginning.
The Destiny Trio.
This post will include the change of dynamic between all three pretty much! (Going in the order of Sora and Riku - Riku and Kairi - Sora and Kairi. They’ve all held doubts and lacked belief in some form, let’s see how this strengthened itself throughout the games.
Sora and Riku
(This is primarily Riku centric since Sora fills up the quota on this. The only doubts that were stewed from his end was Riku’s potential death by Roxas.)
For these two the biggest foil that served to as a unconscious downfall for these two would be Riku’s perception of Sora. All things considered as they’ve practically grew up together, first as a part of two, soon growing to three as Kairi joins in. Riku’s role as the group’s de facto responsible one normally plays a big part in this. Not even the expanse of his soul searching adventures had really touched on this one particular aspect.
Truly believing in Sora.
The reasons list themselves out well enough! Riku throughout his adventures constantly finds Sora in states of needing protection, something likely ingrained into him during their childhood days.
Only for it to be lead off into their years up to points like this.
This comes to reinforce the need better than ever to Riku that he should carry the role of a guardian for them. Simultaneously helpful but also destructive in the terms of Sora’s and Kairi’s personal growth. What it winds up creating is an imbalance in their friendship that leads to difficulties that Sora has come to hide.
To a degree Sora does need the help during these periods. Fresh from losing his powers and having to stumble around a palace that mix/matched his memories due to Namine? Then on top of that waking up a whole year fresh out of slumber alongside the risky unknown deals (from Sora’s end) including Roxas and Namine? This continued to reinforce Riku’s resolve to carry all this upon his own shoulders.
To protect both Sora and Kairi while working from the shadows. During the period of KH2 Riku was an active force that stays behind the scenes, offering clues and sometimes broader pushes in order to get Sora where he needs to go. In his eyes, Sora hasn’t completely proven that they stand in the position of dependable equals. Not that this is used in a offensive manner– but when this is combined together with one of Riku’s personal traits during his upbringing?
He’s.. a bit of an awkward guy.
On top of having a cocky disposition brewed from the way they grew up during their childhood. Riku really didn’t hold back in laying those conceited thoughts thick here. (Points for honesty though.)
Couple this with the extensive amount of time he had to spend mulling in the realm of darkness, dealing with inner demons on top of dealing with a makeshift deal with the devil (Ansem SoD) and it becomes a rough series of events. Riku’s experiences left him out of touch socially and this even comes up with his lack of perception to his friend’s inner thoughts or social cues. Time hasn’t been a luxury in allowing him to settle back into some form of order. So plenty of his perspective that could’ve been a given hand with assistance wounds up becoming self-centered, absorbed moreso in his own problems compared to others.
Leading this back to his relationship to Sora and you can see while holding good intentions, it’s silently building a secret ordeal that’s going to boil well over the top at one of the worst possible times as he said some hurtful things.
One of the most crucial points is post Mark of Mastery alongside the cutscenes settled into point of Kingdom Heart’s 3.
This is at a point where Sora is literally at his lowest. Fresh from failing the test, watching his best friend pass (which isn’t bad but still disheartening) only for the main majority of the game he begins to get mentally clobbered.from both a majority of his allies and all of his foes alike. Despite clawing his way back from the ground up, Sora is constantly reminded that he’s failed the test (BUT DID HE REALLY YEN SID?), is reduced down to a weakened state and short–? He can’t do a damn thing.
Keep in mind that a chunk of this comes from Riku. This here is a person that Sora comes to really look up too the most and aspired to be like. Sora never held doubts about Riku’s strength and potential, he believes in the guy he looks up too.
Yet could Riku truly say the same? It all comes to a head during this moment here.
The Keyblade War.
It’s only when they lose it all that the sheer weight of Sora’s doubt, what he’s been practically fed to believe and the crushed hope explodes out in a way that Riku found himself now painfully aware of.
What he was in the part of causing all this time.
Riku obtains a painful kick of reality right in this moment. This is what his actions combined with the collective, despite having no intentions to, has caused.
It all makes sense in that moment. For as much as he’s come to admire Sora’s strengths in turn, aspiring to be like that himself– One important element was missing from all of this. Where was the actual belief in Sora?
Riku’s realization in these very moments are demonstrated both here and post war.
He’s willing to put his very life on the line to show Sora that he thinks so too, that he believes in his friend.
Not only once, but twice even when the riskiest moments of their entire lives by far come into play. The first being the deaths they experienced here–
The next? When it’s all over as Kairi’s passing weighs heavy upon them. There’s no doubt or hesitation the moment when Sora says be knows an answer that will set things right. Riku remembers from that day–
And how it applies to the current.
They’ve broken the bounds as Riku comes to understand while this is, it’s also not the same crybaby kid who use to follow him back on their island days. Sora has become an extraordinary force all on his own, someone to be proud of and also to believe in.
Someone he’s willing to stand alongside of and believe he will pull through. No longer the boy who needs to stay in the shadow of his protection.
Riku and Kairi
(Riku and Sora share the same deal when it comes to Kairi specifically. So this will be more from Kairi’s perspective as Riku’s resolution was quicker in his department.)
The story of these two when we’re introduced to Kingdom Hearts is held at a static point. As the day of their big trip nears it fills Kairi with an anxiety she can’t place for the world of her just yet. However she can feel the shifts and changes about him, unknowingly being due to her potent sensitivity to the darkness itself as she’s a Princess of Heart.
She has come to notice since the topic of ‘Going to other worlds’ got involved, just how intense this makes Riku. It’s a sudden shift from the old days that were treasured immensely treasured considering her circumstances. Kairi at this point of the game has been afraid of the concept of change and there’s little choice but to face it head on. Riku’s curiosity of achieving this venture no matter the cause invites darkness to raid Destiny Islands as the door to darkness is open. Sadly this leaves Kairi in the comatose state and they practically don’t interact at all for a duration longer then both Sora and Kairi had.
Though in KH1 you do see one particular cutscene. One that really sticks up about Riku’s perspective of Kairi.
He never held the idea that she’s completely dependent on them. In his eyes being part of their group meant she had the wit and guts to handle her own until they all reunited. This could be a clear parallel from Sora’s worried sick approach in just wanting to ensure she’s a-okay.
By the time their encounters resume it’s within KH2. Riku has been ensuring to keep a safe eye upon Kairi from the shadows as well as Sora, playing at the unknown factor to help keep her out of harm’s way. Sadly his plans and attempts weren’t at fruitful as he wished as she’s soon inevitably captured.
What this leaves all in all is a lot of time for Kairi to have her share of worries about Riku. Would he be okay? Would things turn out well? The distance and time between them provided no possible answers for her until they reach The World that Never Was. It’s within these worlds that the two of them get to interact without the immediate threat of danger looming right over them. Due to her senses and Namine’s additional words on the matter, she comes to see the truth.
Where she comes to see the extent of the sacrifice he made.
Yet this doesn’t come to negatively effect their relationship in the slightest. Kairi holds nothing but relief in her heart to actually see him alive after the last time being caught in that man’s clutches. She has come to realize through his actions at Hollow Bastion that Riku did manage come back to his senses, but a change has been made, there was no longer a reason for doubt to creep into the crevices of her heart.
As a result? The external appearance doesn’t become a factor she minds at all. She knows and believes that the Riku she grew up with and adores is the same no matter the body. This is a sentiment that’s also shared with Sora too during this stage. Kairi’s power to see the truth underneath shadows gives them a forward answer that their childhood friend is still with them.
From Riku’s perspective there also comes another good scene from this game. Catching her bravery both at Hollow Bastion and her prepared to take on Saix at Xemnas’s castle makes him come to a important realization. She’s changed and her bravery is way more grand then he initially realized. It gives him a chance to truly see that Kairi wasn’t someone that needed the form of protection that both he and Sora wanted to provide. Instead, Riku comes to show this form of belief in his own way.
By giving her the means to fight.
This is his way of casting away those old beliefs (yet not entirely) by a pretty big leap. He recognizes that outside of the situation itself that Kairi is made just as tough as him and Sora. Yet this could linger with the potential possibility he wants her have a means to always stay safe if there’s times where she is truly on her own.
Either or this establishes how their bond managed to grow and change as well with the course of time.
Sora and Kairi
For one of them this already goes without question. Kairi’s belief in Sora manifested itself into a incredible power that brought him back from the brink time and time again. From the first time he becomes a Heartless, to the time the door to light appears due to the feelings contained within her letter, up until the most recent time where her belief reached a point in strength that it keeps Sora from being conceptually destroyed. The times she carried this unshakable faith in him existed since the times of KH1. There is one particular that does stand out too.
During a time where Sora had reached a seemingly impossible wall in his quest, he’s brought to a pause, doubts and worry coiling together to create a natural frustration. If they can’t go and continue on their quest then how are they supposed to reunite with the others? How do they make things right? A voice manages to break through to Sora from the depths of his heart in order to relay one powerfully simple message that allowed everything to fall into place.
That allowed the path to be open.
Kairi’s voice comes to answer that call.
Leading to the transition to exploring her memories and opening the path to Hollow Bastion.
As for Kairi’s belief keeping Sora tied to realm of light? There was actually a callback to some previously made words of Kairi’s conviction.
Needless to say her strength of belief in Sora has reached unshakable points and allowed incredible points to happen.
Yet– what about Sora to Kairi? The same couldn’t be easily said all the way until Kingdom hearts 3.
A lot of this stems from the childhood whimsy of how he viewed their relationship from the very beginning.
Him as a brave knight alongside of Riku, protecting the princess from any immediate threat or monster that stood upon their path. For Sora this concept has never really been shook in the scope of their adventure. Time and time again it’s actually reinforced similar to Riku’s perspective of Sora needing a guardian himself. Again these are good intentions that hold the ill side effect of an idealized position. Relationships are something that change and grow over time.
So through the games this goes it’s own changes starting from their reunion scene back in Traverse Town.
She’s correct. They have stuck together all the way up to this point of the journey and succeeded. However Sora wasn’t aware of that until Hollow Bastion. It’s one thing if he was carrying her heart, yet now that she’s back in her body? The idea of her leading the charge with him against these things, even to go and save Riku just comes to terrify him.
Ultimately he convinces her that she can play this by his rules, instead, giving him the good luck charm as a means offering her protection even if she can’t be there herself to supply it.
Fast forward to KH2 and after the newest line of struggles they come to meet each other once again. Taken from the context that Kairi has a keyblade and all of them are now active fighters, even seeing Kairi’s measures of actively coming to his rescue, Sora begins to see her in a touch of a different light. This is where that seed of belief in her abilities is settled down and begins to grow.
Sora is beginning to see that not everything is that idealized fantasy from his childhood days. If given the chance Kairi can be out here on the field handling her own, fighting alongside of them instead of the princess that needs their doting protection.
Bring the events up to Kingdom Hearts 3 and this is where so many of the truths come to hit. After Sora already suffers from the grueling trials they endured, how he vents out the frustration of really not being useful/believed in for himself and himself alone. Alongside the instance with Riku shared before, there’s also one shared with Kairi that holds significant importantance.
Their climb back up from the deep abyss.
For Sora who only saw these events that happened with her before as miracles of the heart. He gets a dose of reality as with witnessing Kairi still standing strong in the void, waiting for him, a lot of things come to light (no pun intended) on his viewpoint of her.
He comes to see just how much Kairi has been a force in keeping him protected all this time. During this event Sora comes to even reflect silently as he travels through the darkness with her. It was Kairi, similar to what he seen in recent adventures where these miraculous things happened and people were brought back from the absolute brink. He realizes how with their relationship there was sharp similarities.
Yet beyond that something strikes Sora in the midst of realizations.
For all of the trust, lack of doubt, absolute conviction that Kairi holds for him to pull through any situation… Can he really say he’s done the same?
Can he say that he held level of belief remotely close to the point she holds it for him? It’s during this time that Sora finally comes to step up to that plate.
He comes to believe in Kairi and it’ll continue to grow as it reaches a plane equal to her’s.
This comes to show in the following scenes of the keyblade graveyard. All things considered you think Sora would be a mess of paranoia and worries with them barely scraping by the embrace of death. Yet he’s determined, not only to see this fight through, but also in order to apply what he should’ve been applying since the beginning. Letting Kairi go to handle her own battles in the Skein of Serverance, coming into the scene now to protect Kairi similar to those draws that time long ago.
But to fight by her side instead.
Fast forward further and we’re at the end of the current installment. This scene in particular always stood out for me and not for reasons that are sad. We all know what’s coming and that Sora eventually comes to pay the price for his abuse of the Power of Waking. You would think that he would tilt towards the point of tears as the situation seems irreversible and aim to claim him lifelong. Yet– while Kairi does wind up crying a bit, something about Sora and Kairi stand out in this exchange.
It can be seen from the way they look at each other with smiles upon their faces.
These are the looks of two people who have no intentions of saying goodbye to each other.
Sora in fact holds a look of confidence within his eyes. This journey has been their toughest yet but it’s through almost losing it all that he comes to see the true extents of those close to him, in particular, just how much Kairi believed in him with what key element that he’s utilized within KH3 time and time again.
Applying all of his heart.
This time? With all of his heart he’s going to believe in Kairi as well. That together, they will find a way for them to reunite even before these universally impossible odds.
He’s going to believe in her potential the same way as Kairi always believed in his. To keep true to their oath of always keeping each other safe, truly safe.
From DDD’s game these bits of lore from Yen Sid are the best parts to
me. Coupling this up with recent string of stuff we’ve seen going down.
Xehanort been causing all of this sheer chaos just to grasp on a
imitation/replica model of the actual X-Blade? The lore still stands that the real X-blade has been split into the 7 - 13 deal. Even so that’s still a phenomenal power as displayed up in KH3.
Was that really going to go and show him the door to Kingdom Hearts? At this point we’ll never really know.
Though this text here stands out to me for that reason. I’ve always been a believer that there’s been a Keyblade War before the one simulated by the MoM in KHUX. A lot of lore to shift through from either conversations or Secret Reports tell of the Keyblade War that spans across the entire galaxy.
We’ve never seen keyblades actively snatch the light out of someone– of course, all cases outside of one.
What we have learned from Xehanort is that in truth it’s not really all that hard to make one of these out of using either Keyblade clashing or to just outright split and use someone’s heart as the materials instead.
Question: Oh i have another question I don't know if u have answered this before. But this is something that confuses me and i want to hear your take When riku says "to protect what matters" who is do you think he is referring to? A part of me believes he is referring to only sora and it pains me
Well, you’ll probably be relieved to hear that I don’t think he’s just talking about Sora. For starters, there’s no reason for him to be so damn vague if he’s talking about Sora. Riku isn’t shy about how much he cares for Sora. If he wanted to say Sora, he could easily say “the strength to protect what matters, like my friend Sora,” or even just “the strength to protect Sora.” The only reason to keep it vague is if he’s thinking of several people
And, personally, I think it does a disservice to Riku’s character to ignore all of the other bonds he has. Riku has several people that he cares about
Riku loves Kairi. The fandom (and, unfortunately, the games) may undersell their relationship, but to say that Riku doesn’t love Kairi just means that you don’t understand Riku
Riku, the guy who turned on Sora in KH1 when he thought that Sora had replaced him and Kairi, and didn’t care enough about waking Kairi up for his tastes
And who literally joined the side of Darkness to get her heart back
Who, if the manga is any indication, spared Xion because he saw her as Kairi
Who instantly falls back into a teasing pattern with her when they have actual speaking lines together for the first time in games
So, I think to say that he isn’t at least also thinking of Kairi completely ignores one of Riku’s most central and important relationships. Personally, I subscribe to the opposite idea of the SRT. That Riku’s “things that matter” doesn’t “grow to become love for one person” (which actually feels regressive in characterization to me) but that it expands to include more and more people as he grows older because his sense of empathy develops more and more. And I think that’s what Kairi was teasing him about in the screenshots above, too! Sora’s power is that he’s able to bond strongly with anyone. If Riku’s becoming more Sora-like, then it’s safe to say that he’s gone from having a single-minded determination to protect only a select few people and throw out anyone “unworthy” (KH1) to an encompassing love that extends even to Aqua, who he only met briefly but holds in high regard due to what she’s done for him in his life, and Terra, who he knew for even less time but who he recognizes unintentionally went further down a path that Riku was able to escape and he wants to lend support back since he knows what it was like
So I really do think that Riku’s thinking of multiple people. Sora, Kairi, Mickey, Terra, Aqua… and maybe even everyone else who went to the Graveyard with them, but those five especially are people that he cares deeply for and has grown to be able to protect the way all of them have protected him in the past
[Edit: And Namine. Can’t forget the fact that Namine saved him in CoM and part of his story in KH3 involved getting her a replica body. So six people, minimum]
Ey time to hit up the chopping up again with some new theory stuff. So let’s get the mold all set up for this one.
We’ve seen Sora out here doing his thing for god knows how many years now. (Even if it’s a billion times shorter in the canon.) Out here being a force of good trying to help any and all he can, all while protecting the worlds and at reuniting so many people together to boot.
Yet for all the sunshine and radiance that’s typically noted of Sora, what about the other side? A fundamentally important side of the Keyblade wielder that’s served as a secret bastion of keeping so many lost hearts safe?
Ever since the end KH3. (Seeing how Rage form played a essential part in the Xehanort showdown.) I’ve been drawing the conclusions that the story direction is finally angling towards that point in his journey. Finally addressing a tidbit we’ve seen in KH1, started really popping off in KH2 and onwards.
Sora is finally reaching the arc where he confronts, confides and inevitably unites to create a peaceful balance with the darkness inside of him to reach a required strength.
For all the insidious qualities we’ve seen carried with the element of Darkness in this series– Seeing how it’s produced by rage, anger, loneliness, the hurt, down to various sorrows. Isn’t it curious how in comparison to all the chaotic factors associated with it, Sora’s darkness managed to be a peaceful tide that protectively held the sleeping hearts of Ventus, Roxas and Xion without devouring their individuality? (Kairi’s too. Though her case is a trickier one to think on, being a Princess of Light and all.)
Hearts do hold the equated balance of the two elements alongside countless possibilities.
While Darkness may be the natural harbor for negative feelings, this is exactly the strength I believe Sora needs to face the future endeavors that pertain with the regretful spirits of the Final World, alongside the plagued despair of those who lost seemingly everything in the Keyblade war.
So why don’t we dive into the knitty gritty of cool details?
It’s been a hell of a long ride! With the doors (and not the windows) shut on the Dark Seeker Saga, the KH gang here have gone and triumphed over some insurmountable odds.
Many have grown, recovered, realized, obtained clarity and understanding through their own personal journeys within this arc. So what does that leave now? Not even the end of KH3 could be called a complete happy ending, and I’m not just talking about Sora vanishing out of that cusp of reality.
In fact this pinpoint doesn’t have to do with the obvious hit of the Xigbar/Luxu reveal alongside the foretellers. See of course there’s going to be antagonist to clash with our Keyblade Heroes and bring them to new heights.
I want to direct your attention to a different location altogether. A place seemingly so filled with light that it should be a safe haven, yet it’s an incredibly somber atmosphere filled with shattered souls barely hanging onto individual sense of self through sorrows and regrets. That’s right I’m talking about–
From Sora’s arrival we’ve already gained the general gist of this place. To even be able to get here your heart has to be practically obliterated outside of the final vestiges of light that are the lingering remnants that makes a person who they are. Many of the stars here come baring tales that hold all one particularly haunting motif.
Wishes of what they’ve could’ve done, changed, seen.
From my perspective these aren’t the lives of people who got to experience the longevity in their lives. Rather, it was cut fatally short through destruction.
For crying out loud there’s a god honest child who doesn’t even realize they’re in afterlife, that they literally were cast to oblivion by unknown forces while waiting for a father that literally cannot come to them.
All things considered this is a horrendously depressing place to arrive at for the serene beauty it carries.
For the series of Kingdom Hearts do you truly believe that things could be noted as a happy ending if a place like this still lingers? Circumstance, the power of bonds and iron will from multiple sources allowed Sora to materialize, interact and come to learn of this place’s existance for what I believe is a good reason.
This is another place where his strength will come to mend the hurt of those suffering, potentially bringing them to peace or life once more.
To spice up matters would you believe this isn’t the first time we’ve seen such a realm? A place where decimated remnants of individual place wound up coming to settle as a graveyard? The KH veterans would have a good idea, yet, to those who are still juggling around the 13 tons of lore this series has, I’m talking about this location here–
Here it is. Almost seems uncannily familiar doesn’t it? A place where the Sky and Sea meet upon the horizon, holding the lost remnants of the fallen within it’s grasp.
Opposite of the Final World, the End of the World was a graveyard for fallen worlds. Worlds that had their hearts decimated and devoured by the Heartless, leaving only these remnants to fall here to settle in a melded existence until the actions of Sora and the gang inevitable freed and brought these said worlds back to life.
In my eyes it almost feels as if it’s a flip in the script. So many of the matters where light needed to break through, to burn away the dark forces drawing everything into oblivion was done in the Dark Seeker saga. To those familiar with Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, this is where it feels as if a different place is going to take place.
One where the problems and sorrows created by the zealotry over Light/Lux blinded so many people over the true machinations that persuaded them to fight a unneeded war. This is the arc where alongside Sora and the gang, I believe his power of connecting to others and the darkness he carries will be the key.
The ideas of this sprung the title called Chain of Memories actually. During a moment where Riku was facing his wit’s end, it’s the encouraging words of Namine (Using Kairi’s image as a familar face for comfort) speaking– with a unique brand of wisdom at that about the concepts of Light and Darkness, also introducing a perspective that many of the people initially and still don’t share up to this point in the series. (Such as the Daybreak folk, Eraqus.)
(Incoming long list of pictures.)
As for how Namine knew this? Your guess is truly good as mine.
Yet I believe this was a critical bit of information of how the future arc of the series is going to play out. Light and Darkness and obtaining that natural understanding of it alongside of connections, that’s always been one of the fundamental cores of their journey. This what we’ve seen Riku who primarily been focused centrally upon his core ideals, inner demons and the fight through that, to ultimately overcome and become outstandingly strong.
Now I believe in ways the script will be flipped for them. Where Riku is the one reaching out and helping in the realms above while Sora who intends to do the same, needs to find a way combat and align with the negative emotions/darkness inside of him, to also turn that into strength.
Isn’t it funny how Sora never quite met that level of inner peace however? In fact over the course of KH3 in the earlier bits where Riku found his resolutions, Sora found himself wedged deeper into a pit of doubt that’s often makeshift bridged (briefly) by the help of his friends, never did we find him having a inner struggle outside of his encounters with the Darkside. While his darkness reveals explosive signs of growth, it’s never a power he truly embraces, rather, it’s the power of his connections with others and fostering the strength of his burning light in other to reach the incredible heights he has, a different path of adversity.
Believing in his friends is one thing, yet, ironically, believing in himself comes a lot harder compared to many other things
The belief in him naturally came from the many who come to surround him. To time and time again try to show him, that he’s a incredible person to place their faith into.
As we’ve seen from the games time and time again itself, there is one person’s belief that’s so purely lacking in doubt that it kept his entirety tethered into reality. Despite the distance, despite the both of them being torn asunder. The one who believed in that potential from the very beginning.
So for the future arcs while of course attention needs to payed to other wielders, the new plot terrors coming in strong, for Sora I believe that obtaining this inner strength that allows him to embrace his Darkness and use it for positivity as consciously compared to unconsciously is going to be of great importance.
At this point his Darkness/Heartless form is growing at a rate where it could potentially devour him and all of his strength otherwise.
It was through his darkness that Roxas and Namine came to be as existences. It was through his Darkness that despite clearly being forgotten by everyone and seemingly everything, Xion managed to hold onto her existence instead of finding oblivion. It was darkness of Sora’s heart that also allowed Ventus to rest and remain in the realm of light instead of potentially ending up in the Final World himself.
This power was cultivated, tested even throughout the series in ensuring he held the iron will to not break down from enduring the hurt of the many carried within him. He cradles them within his darkness then allows them to be sustained and bathed with the strength of his ever growing light.
As we enter a new chapter, I believe that task of being the wayfinder for lost souls while unraveling the mysteries of everything going on is far from over. Sora here will find a way to clutch it on out.
This time it’s those along the borders of death that will come to need the Guardians. Those lost stars and the children tricked into enacting the Keyblade War are depending on that.
I’m gonna tell you right now that I believe Daybreak Town’s Keyblade War is not the one. Rather, this war is a orchestrated event for the Master of Masters to obtain a desired outcome.
Tied with getting this theory out here will be another point. The X-blades we’ve seen in the series up to KH3′s point are fake models.
Wassup folks. I’m too deep in this KH lore stuff myself so I figured it was high time I got my hand into it.
One of the biggest things for me when it comes to figuring all of this stuff out is beginnings. All of that time mess/illusions/hiding can’t go and touch the point where the true events went down. Speaking of true events I think there’s one aspect that isn’t touched on often enough.
The Master of Masters’s Knowledge.
His power speaks for itself. One of Nomura’s newly introduced characters is a true know-it-all despite his chaotic acting. In a way he kickstarted the jump of a new Keyblade generation with his actions. (Extremely questionable as the methods may be.)
Take this for example.
Abilities like this just don’t grow on trees. Follow this up with his abilities to be able to create the guides known as Chirithies that have a function to transform into Darkling (aka keyblade wielders corrupted) devouring Nightmares, and this alone can already stir some natural wonder of the guy. The question I bring is how do you come to know these abilities in place full of children/students? In order to gain this experience I believe that you need be around people that are either your equal or superior to you in these aspects. None of that happens to be around as from hindsight the MoM himself is vastly superior to everyone within that town.
Adding to this is the way the Station of Awakening was personally manipulated for practically every keybearer within Daybreak. I believe his hand had to be delved into this as well.
This is about to only get longer. So buckle in and grab a nice snack for this read.
Here you have Sora’s. From the jump you can see this is a personal calling/awakening to the great journey and trials he’ll have ahead. It comes in the unconscious lesson of giving his inner strength form for his soon to be awakening.
Then as for Daybreak wielders?
Hey. So what’s the union you gonna join?
This is only the start of the many conflicting angles we’re about to see. Daybreak itself is too controlled of a environment in many ways, even keeping personal growth is allotted to Medals made from one of the MoM’s creations; the Book of Prophecies (or the BoP for shorthand). This butts heads strongly with the style we’ve seen Sora and party come to develop their strengths over the course of titles.
So where in world could he gain the grounds to cultivate the abilities to the wildly high levels he have them now?
A place further back.
Now what’s following up is what leads me believe this.
Point: Conflicting Legends. What we see vs What we hear.
Legends. Legends. Legends.
Here we have one of the central points that have everything muddled in incredible mystery. What do we really believe is the cause of it all? Let’s tackle the two that– while are in some degrees the same, have conflicting points of interest. I’ll go and lay them out here.
“Long ago, people lived in peace, bathed in the warmth of light. Everyone loved the light. Then people begin to fight over it. They wanted to keep it for themselves. And Darkness was born in their hearts. The Darkness spread, swallowing the light and many people’s hearts.”
“It covered everything, and the world disappeared.”
“But small fragments of light survived, in the hearts of children. With these fragments of light, children rebuilt the lost world. It’s the world we live in now.”
What we hear here keeps out a deluge of smaller details that we as the viewers would be privy too. Obviously one of those factors would be the use of Keyblades seen in KHUX. So what about the other? The one other aspect that– while mentioned in KHUX, was never directly brought to a point of being contested?
Kingdom Hearts and the X-blade.
Never once in the events of the game did we find those wielders actively driving conflict out in the name of these two entities. It was always in the name of Lux, it was this form light itself they were tasked to gather.
I’ll give you the context behind this scene. None of the unions stole from each other. From what we learn it’s actually the Dark Chirithy that the Foretellers are on high alert for (yet never can seem to find) who plucked away from Lux across unions. This in turn created further discord and unrest since all of these keykids were more or less tasked to do this, as they were told everything would be destroyed by Darkness if it wasn’t. This is one of the triggers to the Daybreak Keyblade War.
Their wars were generated over this light gathered within the BoP as the means of a power source. Outside of Kingdom Hearts being known to a faint degree, it’s never actively sought after by any of the keykids.
In fact? The only one who wanted to wanted to use Kingdom Hearts was Foreteller Gula, in order to call back the Master of Masters. Yet.. something is off on this as well.
This is just my speculation on the matter. I truly don’t know if this is the method or if he plans to make it one. So far the only people we’ve seen managing to summon Kingdom Hearts are people that bare the No Name keyblade.
Yet this could also be why the Keyblade Graveyard is the perfect ground for summoning Kingdom Hearts. It’s a land of fallen wielders that in KH3– we’ve seen that can still tap into their light despite their fallen forms. In that way there could be an abundance of Lux that saturate these grounds that makes the summoning for it possible. Feel free to let me know if you have any ideas.
Moving on this legend reflects strong upon the events of KHUX. How the desperation and manipulation of Lux (light) ultimate drew forth this world’s demise.
Now to move on!
2. The findings of Xehanort and Master Yen Sid. (Their recalling of he legend)
Now to move further into the present days. There’s a good deal of information to lay out here. So I’ll give you the information then hop to applying my own two cents.
In ancient times, no such buffers kept the larger World
divided; there were no walls of light enclosing each smaller world the
way they do today. Nothing prevented one from physically interfering
with the next.
At that time, the World was filled with light, and a great
many Keyblade wielders. But without buffers, the worlds began to
squabble over ownership of the light. You see, they learned of the
Keyblade’s true use. War broke out as each of the Keyblade wielders
struggled to lay claim to an almighty entity known as Kingdom Hearts.
Kingdom Hearts could be described as an aggregate of hearts.
Worlds, too, have hearts, just like people; each world’s heart is
concealed from sight, beyond a hidden door.
By gathering all the hearts
of all the worlds in a single place, one may complete Kingdom Hearts.
And when Kingdom Hearts is complete, it is said the one who
opens its door will bring about the creation of the Next World. Such a
feat is above any human. Or, to put it a different way: whoever opens
that door will be reborn as something far greater than human.
Light and darkness are two sides of the same coin; without
darkness, there is no light. The Keyblade wielders’ great war over
Kingdom Hearts was fought by defenders of the light, servants of
darkness, those who sought to reconcile the two, and those motivated by
nothing more than lust for power. A whole spectrum of thought was swept
into the conflict, and the worlds that did not go to war found the war
brought to them. In the end, the whole World was cast into darkness.
That was how the ancient Keyblade War drew to a close. To this day, no one has ever managed to open the door to Kingdom Hearts.
Some time later, the little light that remained in the hearts
of the few gave rise to the World we know today: one made of many
worlds behind just as many walls, so that the Keyblade War would not be
There are three families of Keyblades: the Keyblades of light we wield, Keyblades of darkness, and Keyblades of heart.
The first and second families differ only in origin;
Keyblades of darkness are found in the realm of darkness, and are
counterparts to the Keyblades we use in the realm of light.
The third type of key, the Keyblade of heart, came into
existence when the World was reorganized after the Keyblade War. Without
this key, Kingdom Hearts is forever beyond a person’s reach. Only by
gathering together seven hearts of pure light—hearts completely devoid
of darkness—may one forge a Keyblade of heart and open the door to
Kingdom Hearts.And, as stated before, opening this door arguably gives that person control over all worlds and all people.
I have uncovered the Keyblade’s ultimate mystery. You see,
besides the three families of Keyblades, there is another “Key Blade.”
While it may sound the same when spoken, it is notated uniquely:
“χ-blade.” And make no mistake, while it resembles a normal Keyblade, it
is something altogether different.
Keyblades are said to be man-made counterparts to Kingdom Hearts. The χ-blade, however, coexists with Kingdom Hearts.
It is only forged when two hearts of equal power
intersect—one heart of pure darkness, one heart of pure light. At the
time of its forging, Kingdom Hearts appears. It must be noted, though,
that this Kingdom Hearts is special. Unlike the Kingdoms brought about
forcibly and artificially through the collection of hearts, THIS Kingdom
Hearts is a perfect and complete union of ALL the worlds’ hearts.
Surely it was over this that the ancient Keyblade War was fought.
If so, the walls that divide the worlds today are of little
consequence. With the χ-blade, all their hearts could be instantly
reunited—and the Keyblade War, refought.
Now as this stands it’s a pretty big haul of information. This was the course of information discovered over Xehanort’s time of traveling the worlds. As I’m sure you noticed about his findings, some key deals are seemingly missing on this.
But before all of this? Let’s dive into Yen Sid’s piece. This is where it gets even more interesting.
“Long ago, in the age of fairy tales, the World was filled with light– a gift, many believed, from an unseen power known as “Kingdom Hearts”. You see, Kingdom Hearts was protected by it’s counterpart, the “X-Blade”, so that none could ever lay hands on it’s mysteries.”
“But in time, the World was overrun by legions that wanted the light all for themselves, and the first shadows were cast upon the land.”
“These warriors crafted “keyblades” in the image of the original X-Blade, and waged a great war over Kingdom Hearts. We call this the Keyblade War.”
“But though the war extinguished all light from the World, the Darkness could not reach the brightness inside of every child’s heart. With that light, the World was remade as we know it today, with countless smaller worlds shining like stars in the sky.”
“As for the real X-Blade, it did not survive the battle. The two elements that created it, one of darkness and one of light, shattered into twenty pieces– , sevenof light; thirteen of darkness. “
“And as for the source of all light– the one true Kingdom Hearts– It was swallowed by the Darkness. Never to be seen again. As long as it remains there, even the brightest world will have it’s dark corners.”
“After all light begets darkness and darkness is drawn to light. For this reason, some decided to use the Keyblade– a weapon designed to conquer Light– To defend the light instead. These were the first heroes of the Keyblade.”
You begin to see how this is leading up? What I believe is that over time the true legend of what happens with the Keyblade War is vastly shrouded in mystery for multiple reasons. Bit by bit however, pieces of the truth for entirely different stories were coming out into the spotlight.
Kairi’s grandmother’s legend speaks of the Age of Fairy Tales we’re experiencing via KHUX.
The discoveries of Xehanort and Yen Sid speak of is an Age of Fairy Tales from what where I believe the Master of Masters was the one born and raised within, a time where he could gather all the knowledge, skills, strength he could require to execute his current plans. No one knows the full story of this mysterious and mythical time aside from what I believe, is the one man who carries these many gifts and scale from that time into the events we seen.
How horrendous would the results be if Xehanort had the means of creating the true X-blade? This is what leads to my final point.
Bonus note: See how it says that Kingdom Hearts was swallowed by darkness? In all the times we’ve seen Kingdom Hearts have it ever just existed harmlessly? The only times I’ve come to see it summoned–
Is coming out of the depths of Darkness itself.
Point: X-Blade Replicas
Xehanort’s saga can ultimately be penned down to a man who wanted to discover the true secrets of everything. Throughout his lifespan, his time has been spent constantly trying to ‘get outside the box’, actively increasing the scale the more he comes to discovery.
Initially it begins with getting off his worlds, then it extends once he accomplishes that, to wanting to discovery secrets of the Keyblade– then it elevates further, desiring to know what happens if a man can accomplish the task of grasping onto the true beginning of everything?
He served as the perfect tool to unlock the flood gates of darkness required for the bigger puppet master to take the stage. In the end, he was nothing more than a scapegoat.
Xehanort’s conquest was never meant to succeed along with his desire to even find these answers to begin with. Similar to many who fall into these machinations, Xehanort’s chance to obtain this power was 0% as one key asset would forever remain out of his reach.
The Thirteen Darknesses.
This would lead him on the road to doing the best he could with his current knowledge and materials in order to reenact this war to the best of his ability. His first genuine try of accomplishing this?
Ventus and Vanitas.
We’ve seen how this one quickly how this one fell apart. He went with the theory of attempting to unite a pure light and pure darkness together in the form of these two after initially splitting them. This ultimately made a bad variation of the X-blade as the internal struggle of Ventus and Vanitas kept it from grasping any real power.
This in turn gives Terra and Aqua enough time to spoil this little science experiment for good. In turn it didn’t hold that true power.
So then more story events come to pass as we ultimately see what his next approach to creating the X-Blade is.Kingdom Hearts 3′s Keyblade war.
And after his many manipulations it seems like it works out as a big success.
At this point if you have the almighty counterpart to Kingdom Hearts itself then this should be it, right? He got his hands upon the almighty power and this ultimately means that the our Guardians of Light hit the big game over.
Yet? How come this is the end result?
In theory wielding the X-Blade should be the equivalent of singlehandedly taking hold of a power equal to Kingdom Hearts itself. There was no step into godhood, no advanced powers that even for the KH series standards was above and beyond.
Sora triumphed. Despite receiving a significant boost in strength from combining the 13 of himself into one and fighting against the Trinity Trio (Sora/Donald/Goofy) he ultimately falls. Despite coming to wield this X-Blade, among all the times we’ve seen people get their keyblades shattered– one would think against a Keyblade of this magnitude that this would be it for Sora’s.
Yet Sora’s not only managed to fight it neck to neck while retaining it’s form, it overpowered Xehanort thanks to grand will of Sora and his friends.
What I believe is that if this was the true X-Blade, they’ve truly would’ve lost without him needing to exert any effort.
So amidst all of this, where did Xehanort go wrong? The answer was before us all this time.
If the 7 Princesses of Light are the ones to carry the light portion of the X-Blade, where in the worlds is their mirror counterparts that habor the 13 Darknesses used to truly bring the form of the X-Blade back again?
What Xehanort attempted to do was substitute himself as the required 13 in order to forge the blade, while creating a power clash with the 7 Guardians to generate the required conditions to make one. It worked. The only issue was that akin his first efforts, ultimately what he creates is a fake. One that holds considerable power and may have some strong effects, yet it’s no step into KH godhood.
One key piece that’s been kept out of the game so far is the true 13 Darknesses that will make the counterpart that truly co-exists with Kingdom Hearts. No one knows where they are, no one can find them, in my eyes this move is a intentional all.
We’ve might only see the prototype versions for what would be the true Organization XIII.
After all, why grant a King’s prize to a Fool’s errand?