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The Kingdom Hearts Series Unwrapped {Contains Major Spoilers + 56k}

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 Kingdom Hearts
 U   n   w   r   a   p   p   e   d
a guide by Sir-Climhazzard
The facts, the fiction, and the formularization of the Kingdom Hearts series.

Preface and Notices

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Hello, and welcome to Kingdom Hearts Unwrapped, a compilation of the concrete and the abstract plot lines of Disney and Square-Enix's epic series about hearts, souls, and the keys that bind them. The ultimate intention of this documentation is to not only increase everyone's knowledge of Kingdom Hearts, but also to get people to think more deeply about the series, making the replay value of the games exponentially greater.
Yes, now to the fun part.  Let's get this ball rolling. :mantongue:     
 
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1:
Kingdom Hearts
 
1.1 The Facts
A . . . . . Opening Cinema
B . . . . . Dive to the Heart
C . . . . . Destiny Islands and The Secret Place
D . . . . . Traverse Town
E . . . . . Hollow Bastian (Post Radiant Garden)
F . . . . . The End of the World
G . . . . . Kingdom Hearts
H . . . . . The Secret Ending
 
1.2 The Fiction
A . . . . . Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead?
 
1.3 The Formularizations
A . . . . . Separated
B . . . . . Kairi Knew All Along
C . . . . . Deja Vu
D . . . . . Under The Sea
E . . . . . A Key Island
F . . . . . It Takes One To Save One
G . . . . . A Bridge
H . . . . . Keyblades Can Not Tell The Difference
 
1.4 Important Vocabulary
A . . . . . Traverse
B . . . . . Bastian
C . . . . . Hollow
D . . . . . Radiant
E . . . . . Heartless
 

Chapter 2:
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Re: Chain of Memories
 
2.1 The Facts
A . . . . . Castle Oblivion
B . . . . . Riku and Riku Replica
C . . . . . Liar Liar Pants On Fire
D . . . . . Ansem and DiZ
 
2.2 The Formularizations
A . . . . . The Flower Pods
B . . . . . The Two Towers
 
2.3 Important Vocabulary
A . . . . . Oblivion
 

Chapter 3:
Kingdom Hearts II
 
3.1 The Facts
A . . . . . Line The Pieces Up
B . . . . . Sanctuary
C . . . . . The White Room
D . . . . . The Tower
E . . . . . The Secret Passage
F . . . . . Radiant Garden (Post Kingdom Hearts I)
G . . . . . The World That Never Was
 
3.2 The Fiction
A . . . . . Ansem's Laboratory
 
3.3 The Formularization
A . . . . . Maleficent Prevails
 
3.4 Important Vocabulary
A . . . . . Nobody
B . . . . . Twilight
 

Chapter 4:
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, 358/2 Days, and Coded
 
4.1 The Facts
A . . . . . Birth By Sleep
B . . . . . 358/2 Days
C . . . . . Coded
 
4.2 The Fiction
A . . . . . Mysterious Figure
 
4.3 The Formularization
A . . . . . Final Mix+
 
End Table of Contents.
 
 
 

Chapter 1:
Kingdom Hearts

 
1.1 The Facts
 
A | Opening Cinema
 
The original Kingdom Hearts begins with a computer generated cinema of Sora, the young protagonist of the story, drifting in a foggy, submerged darkness. He says, "I've been having these weird thoughts lately. Like, is any of this for real? Or not?" He continues to drift and then suddenly awakens on the beach of Destiny Islands, his home. Riku, Sora's long-time friend, is standing knee-deep in the ocean, staring off into the horizon as if in a trance. Sora takes a step toward him and the tide recedes quickly creating a tsunami which engulfs Riku as he turns and faces Sora, hand outstretched. The two are forced underwater by the tsunami and separated when the current pulls them in opposite directions. The time changes from midday to sunset and Sora emerges from the water to find Kairi waiting for him on the shore. They smile, and Kairi, startled, notices something falling from the sky. Sora turns around to look, and sees what appears to be his own body falling like a meteor from the clouds towards the ocean. Both "Soras" fall into the ocean, merge into one, and continue cascading to the depths of the deep blue. He lands on a dark floor, which bursts into a sparkling firecracker of doves which fly into the distance. The dark floor, now revealed in light, is a stained-glass panel of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
 
You can watch the video here
 
B | Dive to the Heart
 
Dive to the Heart is the curious location where Sora decides where his strengths and weaknesses will lie. There are also a good deal of Heartless in Dive to the Heart*, including Darkside, an extremely large Heartless who returns continuously as a boss throughout the story.
 
*Pictured below, Sora falling to it, with bubbles trailing behind, signifying being underwater.
 
 
In Dive to the Heart, the very first thing Sora sees is Snow White*, Sleeping Beauty*, Cinderella*, and Belle*, four of the seven Princesses of Heart who later in the story are revealed as vital to completing the final keyhole of Hollow Bastian which leads to Kingdom Hearts.  Maleficent, the "leader" of the Heartless, needs all seven Princesses of Heart to complete the keyhole.  Knowing Kairi is one of the seven, Maleficent, one of the main antagonists in the story, tricks Riku into helping her kidnap Kairi so Kingdom Hearts can be opened.
 
*Pictured below, from top left clockwise: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella. (Picture Being Replaced)
 
 
C | Destiny Islands and The Secret Place
 
Destiny Islands* is home to what Sora, Kairi, Riku, and Wakka call The Secret Place - a small cave in the side of the island. Inside is a plethora of boulders and a mysterious door that no one can figure out how to open. Occasionally, a strange deep voice coming from within the door talks to Sora, who seems to be the only one who can hear it. One evening, the voice warns Sora about various premonitions, and tells him that he understands "very little" about those premonitions. That evening is the last that Sora will spend on Destiny Islands for a long time.
 
*Pictured below, via a sky shot. (Picture Being Replaced)
 
Something important to note, however, Riku's explanation of sharing a paopu fruit with another person. The same evening as the conversation with the disturbed voice, Riku tells Sora that when two people share a paopu fruit "they'll remain a part of each other's lives no matter what"*, which holds true when Kairi brings Sora back from the form of a Heartless later in the game.
 
 
Later that night, Darkside appears on Destiny Islands, along with a terrible storm. Sora receives the Keyblade to destroy the heartless that appear on the island. The sky, is filled with dark clouds and huge chunks of the island are sucked up into the sky during the storm. It is actually not a storm at all, however. It is Destiny Islands being absorbed into The End of the World, the place where worlds go when their hearts have been stolen away by Heartless.
 
D | Traverse Town
 
The adventure aspect of the game kicks off in Traverse Town* when Sora is engulfed off of Destiny Islands and is awakened by Pluto in an alleyway.
 
*Pictured below, Sora awakens in Traverse Town.
 
 
During his time exploring Traverse Town, Sora meets an assortment of characters, including the two most significant to the storyline at this time, Aeris Gainsborough and Squall Leonhart, who has changed his name to Leon. Leon tells Sora of a wise man named Ansem who lived in his home world, Hollow Bastion. Ansem, as Leon explains, once studied heartless in his laboratories there. Sora learns that the Heartless consume hearts, and a keyblade is the only weapon that can destroy them, and return the hearts to the people and worlds from whence they came.
 
E | Hollow Bastion
 
A bastion is a fortified place, a defensive stronghold, or a group that defends a principal or belief.  So the word bastion refers both to the defensive nature of the castle, and also to Organization XIII, the group of people who defend their beliefs there in Kingdom Hearts II. The word hollow means to be void of substance or character, emptiness. With all of that said, the literal translation of Hollow Bastion is: "A group of people defending emptiness." It is also important to remember that the game states that Hollow Bastion was once a place of power in the universe, the capital, much like Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. Its name was not Hollow Bastion when it was a place of power, however.  During its time of power, its name was Radiant Garden, and it was ruled by Ansem The Wise. Radiant means to be bright with joy and hope, filled entirely with light.  This means at some point it was a great place that was filled with light, and at some point, a turning point, it was infiltrated by darkness and emptiness, and a group of people began defending that emptiness.
 
Radiant Garden, was also home to a secret underground laboratory where Ansem The Wise and his six apprentices conducted experiments and research on the behavior of hearts. Around this time, King Mickey spoke with Ansem The Wise, warning him of the potential disastrous consequences of his research. Ansem The Wise discontinued his involvement with the project. Ansem's six apprentices, however, did not agree with King Mickey about ending the research on hearts, and they continued the studies without Ansem's approval. Their research backfired like King Mickey predicted and Nobodies of all six assistants were born.
 
Xehanort, Ansem's first assistant, became a nobody and began calling himself Xemnas, which is Ansem re-spelled with an "X" added.  Xemnas and the other five assistants who were now Nobodies, formed what is Organization XIII in Kingdom Hearts II.
 
*Pictured below with an eerie dramatization of what lies below, and its floating laser transportations.
 
(Picture Being Replaced)
 
 
Eventually, when Sora and his companions Donald and Goofy reach Hollow Bastion, where Leon said Ansem resides, they find Riku who forcibly steals the keyblade from Sora. (see section 1.3 The Formularizations as to why the keyblade accepted Riku as a wielder).
 
Later, Sora confronts Maleficent, the evil witch who tricked Riku into giving up his heart to find Kairi. Riku, however, stabs Maleficent with his new dark-releasing keyblade synthesized from the pure hearts of six of the seven Princesses of Heart (Kairi is the seventh Princess of Heart and her heart is not in the keyblade, because it is trapped inside of Sora's body and has been ever since the stormy night on Destiny Islands when her heart was taken). Maleficent's heart, now unlocked by Riku's keyblade, releases all of its darkness, transforming her into a giant dragon.
 
After the Maleficent's dragon form is destroyed, Sora finds Riku who reveals himself as Xehanort's Heartless in possession of Riku's body. Sora and Xehanort's Heartless fight and Sora stabs himself with the dark keyblade in order to release Kairi's heart, but ends up releasing his own heart too. When the keyblade shatters, the hearts of the six princesses return. When Kairi's heart returns to her from Sora's body, the keyhole to Kingdom Hearts opens because all seven hearts of the Princesses of Heart were finally in its presence.
 
Sora becomes a Heartless but Kairi's heart resturns him to normal. He then seals the newly opened keyhole at Hollow Bastion and finds himself at The End of The World.
 
F | The End of The World
 
After a world's heart is stolen by heartless, the physical form of the world is descended into The End of The World*.  The stolen hearts of the worlds were thrown into Kingdom Hearts by Heartless.
 
*Pictured below, before its destruction when Kingdom Hearts is opened by Xehanort's Heartless.
 
 
Xehanort's Heartless confronts Sora on Destiny Islands via the portal inside The End of The World. He rips a hole into the center of the Island where the Secret Place used to be. Beneath the Island is the World of Chaos, which Xehanort synthesizes with. It is also revealed that Kingdom Hearts is located there as well. Sora, Donald, and Goofy defeat Xehanort's Heartless, but with his last shred of strength, he manages to open the door to Kingdom Hearts, which bursts open with the light from the hearts of all of the worlds that had been trapped inside. The light engulfs and kills Xehanort's Heartless, and the hearts are restored to all of the worlds, which eliminates The End of The World.
 
G | Kingdom Hearts
 
After Xehanort's Heartless is destroyed by the light from the hearts of the worlds locked inside Kingdom Hearts, Sora, Donald, and Goofy find King Mickey. King Mickey stays inside of Kingdom Hearts with Riku, and Sora stays outside of Kingdom Hearts so that they can together close Kingdom Hearts again to prevent the darkness from escaping.
 
Simultaneously, because the hearts of all of the worlds have been released from Kingdom Hearts, including the heart to Destiny Islands, the worlds begin restoring from the darkness. Kairi, standing on a small patch of sand from the beach of Destiny Islands which is reforming, is carried away with it in the process.
 
During the ending cinema, Sora and Kairi touch hands one last time and promise to find each other, and then Kairi is swept off to The Destiny Islands. Kingdom Hearts begins raining orbs of light, which are actually all of the pieces of Destiny Islands forming back together. One orb of light falls into Kairi's hands*, probably the paopu fruit she held before Destiny Islands were thrown into The End of the World at the beginning of the game during the stormy evening.
 
*Pictured below, the orb falls into Kairi's hands.
 
 
 
When Destiny Islands is done reforming, Kairi stands on the beach watching the last bit of Kingdom Hearts sink down into the ocean*.
 
*Pictured below, Kingdom Hearts submerges into the ocean.
 
 
Just as it submerges, a burst of orbs shoots into the sky* replacing the emptiness in the sky where stars, worlds, used to be.
 
*Pictured below.
 
 
You can watch the ending here.
 
H | The Secret Ending
 
During the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts, Another Side, Another Story, we get the first glance at The World That Never Was. A hooded figure duel-wielding keyblades is on the ground when a group of Heartless appear. The hooded figure is actually Roxas, Sora's Nobody who was born when Sora stabbed himself with the dark keyblade in Hollow Bastion. Riku is on top of a building nearby, and confronts Roxas about why he wields a keyblade, and the two fight, but Riku uses the power of darkness given to him by Maleficent, to prevail over Roxas.
 
Numerous lines flash across the screen giving hints to the plot of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II including:
  • "Where's Sora?"
  • "Your Highness! But why!"
  • "Who is Nobody, you ask? Why, they are the non-existent ones."
  • "Door of light..."
  • "Behind the darkness..."
  • "ENDLESS."
  • "HEARTLESS."
  • "NOBODIES."
  • "13."
  • "You are the source of all Heartless."
  • "Sora... why?"
  • "Maybe our journey meant nothing after all."
  • "His voice... I don't hear it anymore."
  • "We need to find him."
  • "What is this place?"
  • "Is this the answer you've been looking for?"
  • "What took you so long, Kairi?"
  • "This is the world in its true form."
  • "This time, I'll fight."
  • "It's not over yet."
  • "You are not my concern!"
  • "We'll go together."

You can watch the secret ending here.
 
1.2 The Fiction
 
A | Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead?
 
Maleficent, thought to be dead after Sora defeats the contents of her heart in the form of a dragon at Hollow Bastion, is actually still alive and returns in Kingdom Hearts II to again spread chaos upon the world.
 
1.3 The Formularizations:
 
A | Separated
 
Sora and Riku being separated in the opening video is perhaps a metaphoric premonition of the fact that Riku crosses to the dark side for most of the game, while Sora does not, and thus they are separated.
 
B | Kairi Knew All Along
 
Kairi was waiting on the beach for Sora, as if she knew he was coming, yet she was completely shocked when he was falling out of the sky.
 
C | Deja Vu
 
The scene where Sora drifts towards Dive to the Heart is exactly the same as when Roxas (Kingdom Hearts II) drifts to Dive to the Heart, which implies that both Roxas and Sora have been to Dive to The Heart. Although, Roxas was only there through Sora's memory of being there.
 
D | Under The Sea
 
Dive to the Heart* might be directly underneath Destiny Islands, for two reasons. Firstly, the word dive is usually associated with water, and the only worlds with oceans or large bodies of water are Destiny Islands, Atlantica, and Hollow Bastian. Secondly, Dive to the Heart looks surprisingly similar to where you fight Xehanort's Heartless at the end of the game, the entrance of which is a large hole in the very center of Destiny Islands. Also note that the hole which leads to the World of Chaos under Destiny Islands is in the same location where the door within the Secret Place once was (where Sora would ocassionally hear a voice). Sora also finds Kingdom Hearts in the World of Chaos, which is perhaps in the same location as Dive to the Heart.
 
E | A Key Island
 
Despite the significance to the storyline, the Destiny Islands are never really explained in-depth. How Sora, Riku, Kairi and the others got there, where the Destiny Islands are, and what their connection is to other worlds is not mentioned. What is known, however, is that the game starts and ends in Destiny Islands.
 
F | It Takes One To Save One
 
The evening Destiny Islands is attacked by heartless is when Kairi's heart is stolen from her. It somehow finds its way to Sora, who holds it inside of him throughout the majority of the game, until it returns to her at Hollow Bastion when Sora stabs himself with Xehanort's Heartless' (in possession of Riku) dark-releasing Keyblade. This releases both Kairi's heart and Sora's heart. Kairi awakens, and Sora turns into a heartless. When Sora finds Kairi, however, her heart lends itself to Sora in order to bring him back to human form. This might imply that the only way it is possible for one person's heart to bring another person back from being heartless is if the heart being lent can completely fill the void where the heartless' heart once was. In other words, someone with a not very strong heart cannot bring someone back to life who had a much stronger heart. Kairi's heart was equally as strong as Sora's, so she was able to bring him back.
 
G | A Bridge
 
A side-note about Traverse Town - traverse mean to travel or pass across, over or through and also to extend across like a bridge. This might be symbolic of Sora not being the first or only person to be pulled mysteriously from the Destiny Islands to another world, and in any case implies that there is a connection or bridge between The Destiny Islands and other worlds. Similar to real life, however, bridges can be broken, disconnecting places from one another until the bridge is rebuilt.
 
H | Keyblades Can Not Tell The Difference
 
When Riku takes the keyblade from Sora and the keyblade does not immediately return to Sora, it symbolizes that keyblades are not only used by people with good intentions. This is confirmed in Ansem Report 9, which states "The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend says its wielder saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon it". This suggests that keyblades choose their wielders based on strength of heart alone, not whether or not the heart is good or evil. So, perhaps at the moment Riku takes the keyblade from Sora, his strength of heart is greater than Sora's.
 
1.5 Important Vocabulary
 
A | Traverse
 
1. To pass or cross over, along, or through.
2. To extend across or over, like a bridge.
 
B | Bastion
 
1. A place with a defensive stronghold.
2. A group of people who defend some principle or belief.
 
C | Hollow
 
1. To be void or empty of substance or character.
 
D | Radiant
 
1. Shining with vibrance, hope, and light.
 
E | Heartless
 
1. Unfeeling; unkind; unsympathetic; harsh; cruel.
2. Lacking courage or enthusiasm; spiritless; disheartened.
 

Chapter 2:
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Re: Chain of Memories

 
2.1 The Facts
 
A | Castle Oblivion
 
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories takes place in Castle Oblivion*, an evil fortress standing thirteen stories high and twelve stories underground.
 
 
The castle's lord is the eleventh member of Organization XIII, Marluxia, or "The Graceful Assassin".  Marluxia makes an appearance in the opening cinema of Kingdom Hearts II as the blonde man with the scyth-type weapon in the white hallway of Castle Oblivion. Marluxia and Larxene, the 12th member of Organization XIII, are trying to overthrow the Organization and make it their own by using Naminé, a special Nobody born from Kairi's pure heart.  Naminé, a witch of extraordinary powers, has the ability to rearrange, remove, and create memories.  Marluxia and Larxene, being the intimidating figures that they are, easily order Naminé to manipulate Sora's memories.
 
Sora, Donald and Goofy, after wandering about after the events of the first Kingdom Hearts, stumble upon Castle Oblivion and go inside.  They stroll down a white hallway until they meet a cloaked figure who tells them that they will forget all of their memories and abilities once they've entered the castle.*
 
*Pictured below.
 
(Picture Being Replaced)
 
The hooded figure, Marluxia, gives Sora a deck of cards containing his memories.  Marluxia continues by explaining that Castle Oblivion is a mysterious place where your memories become real again.  He also explains that the further up in Castle Oblivion that Sora goes, the more memories he loses.
 
B | Riku and Riku Replica
 
Simultaneously, Riku, who found a way to escape the Dark Realm of Kingdom Hearts is in the basement of the castle, trying to reach the ground floor.  Vexen, the 4th member of Organization XIII, battles Riku in one of the basement floors of the castle and steals Riku's DNA or Data, in the process of the fight and creates a Riku Replica who, unlike the real Riku, is not afraid to use dark powers freely.  Vexen's intention is for the "stronger" Riku Replica to dispose of the real Riku.
 
The Riku Replica is implanted with fake memories of being on Destiny Islands with Naminé, and thus he believes himself to be the real Riku.  Sora, who is implanted with the same memories of Naminé, also believes that she is the one from his past on Destiny Islands.  After Naminé finally meets Sora in person, however, she becomes aware of the fact that what she is doing is wrong, and she tells Sora the truth about his past and how she is not in it.
 
Naminé spoils Marluxia's plans when she tells Sora the truth about his memory implants.  Marluxia's plan was to brainwash Sora with the memories and then steal his keyblade and use its power to overthrow Xemnas and the Organization.
 
C | Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire
 
Axel, or "Flurry of Dancing Flames" pretends to be allies with Marluxia and Larxene, and tells them that he will aid them in overthrowing the Organization.  Marluxia tells Axel to kill Vexen, who is against their plans at overthrowing Organization XIII.  Vexen, who tries to tell Sora about Marluxia* and Roxas in Twilight Town, is killed by Axel*.
 
*Pictured below, left to right, Axel and Marluxia.
 
 
Axel finally confronts Marluxia and is prepared to kill him, but Marluxia grabs Naminé and uses her as a human shield, as to avoid being killed.  When Sora arrives, Marluxia and Naminé vanish and re-appear on the top of Castle Oblivion.  Once Marluxia was defeated on top of Castle Oblivion, Naminé attempts to rescue Sora, Donald, and Goofy by placing them all in flower pods which induce an abstract kind of sleep which can restore lost memories.  This abstract sleep, however, will also cause them to forget about the events inside Castle Oblivion, or so Naminé tells them.
 
D | Ansem & DiZ.
 
Riku finds out that Xehanort's Heartless, who previously possessed him, was trying once again to take control of Riku's body.  Fortunately for Riku, King Mickey was able to stop Xehanort's Heartless from accomplishing anything, and Riku remained himself.
 
Riku arrives in Twilight Town and meets DiZ (which means Darkness in Zero), who is actually Ansem the Wise, hiding in an old abandoned mansion in the forest.  DiZ conceals himself entirely in bandages as not to reveal his true identity until his name was entirely cleared of association with the unapproved research continued by his first assistant.  DiZ arranges a meeting between Riku and Naminé, but Riku Replica once again has a change of heart and decides to fight with the actual Riku in order to see who is truly stronger.  Riku Replica is defeated, and soon after Naminé tells the actual Riku that some of Xehanort's Heartless will always be in his heart, but he can control that darkness and remain himself by using it for good to help Sora, Donald, and Goofy* rid the world of evil.
 
*Pictured below inside Castle Oblivion.
 
 
2.2 The Formularization
 
A | The Flower Pods
 
The flower pods that Naminé puts Sora, Donald, and Goofy in at the end of Chain of Memories are supposed to restore their memories.
 
B | The Two Towers?
 
While Xemnas resides in The Castle That Never Was, within The World That Never Was, Marluxia and many other members of Organization XIII can be found within Castle Oblivion.  Oblivion means the state of being forgotten or unknown. 
 
2.4 Important Vocabulary
 
A | Oblivion 
 
1. The state of being completely forgotten or unknown.
 

Chapter 3:
Kingdom Hearts II

 
3.1 The Facts
 
A | Line The Pieces Up
 
The Kingdom Hearts II opening cinema starts with the line "A scattered dream that's like a far-off memory, a far-off memory that's like a scattered dream.  I want to line the pieces up.  Yours and mine."  This entire thing is probably hinting at Sora's connection to Roxas.  Firstly, the phrase "scattered dream" is probably refering to Sora's abnormal sleep, which Naminé has put Sora in during Chain of Memories in order to restore his memories of Kairi and Destiny Islands.  The phrase "far-off memory" probably refers to all of Sora's memories with Kairi and Riku on Destiny Islands, considering those memories are the farest in the past that we know about right now - we don't know about memories that Sora might have before Destiny Islands, if he even has any at all.
 
Next we see a young Kairi sitting on the beach of Destiny Islands waiting for Sora, like she told him she would.  Then Sora, Kairi, and Riku are near the big paopu tree that they used to sit on during the first Kingdom Hearts - it's a flashback.  Suddenly Kairi and Riku turn to dust and blow away in the wind, because they are memories which are now gone.  Not long after, the entire island bursts into dust because it is also a memory, and then Sora is at Hollow Bastion.  The scene where Sora stabs himself with Xehanort's Heartless' dark keyblade is shown, and we see two orbs of light emerge from Sora's chest, which are Sora's heart, and Kairi's heart both being released at once.*  It is important to note that both Roxas and Naminé are born at this exact second.  Xehanort's heartless finally reveals his true form to Sora as well, and we see him being engulfed in the light from Kingdom Hearts.
 
*Pictured below.
 
 
Another flashback occurs, this time it's of Kairi right after Kingdom Hearts is opened and The End of The World is destroyed while the worlds begin reforming with their regained hearts.  Kairi watches Kingdom Hearts as it submerges beneath the ocean of Destiny Islands, and then Kairi turns to dust again, being a memory, but reforms as the present older Kairi who is still waiting for Sora to return.
 
Then it jumps to the ending of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, when Sora reaches the top of Castle Oblivion to find Naminé reforming his memories by drawing them in an art booklet.  She draws a flower pod, the device which restores memories lost in Castle Oblivion, and it becomes real, surrounding Sora and sending him into an abnormal sleep* which causes his memories to return.  Suddenly, Sora is flying through nothingness, which disintigrates revealing his home, Destiny Islands.  Sora, Kairi, and Riku are shown holding hands on the beach, which then turns to dust revealing Sora's Nobody, Roxas who is dreaming of falling into Dive to the Heart because Sora's memories of it are returning.
 
*Pictured below.
 
 
Finally, Roxas appears in cloaked form on a mysterious beach, and approaches DiV, once Ansem The Wise.  DiV tells Roxas that he has been to see Sora, who is sleeping in the flower pod created by Naminé in Castle Oblivion.  He then asks Roxas if he remembers his true name, and suddenly Roxas has a series of flashbacks from Destiny Islands, when Kairi calls out "Sora?".
 
B | Sanctuary
 
The song "Sanctuary" by Utada Hikaru which plays during the opening cinema has information which may also hint at the storyline.  Take a look at the lyrics:
 
"In you and I there's a new land
Angel's in flight
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I (I need more affection than you know)
My sanctuary, my sanctuary, yeah
Where fears and lies melt away
Music will tie
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I (I need more affection than you know)
What's left of me what's left of me now

I watch you fast asleep
All I fear means nothing

snwod dna spu ynam os (so many ups and downs)
My heart's a battleground
snoitome eurt deen I (I need true emotion)
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I (I need more affection than you know)
snoitome eurt deen I (I need true emotion)

You show me how to see
That nothing is whole and nothing is broken

My fears and lies
Melt away
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I"
The entire song seems to be the ballad of what a Nobody is and what a Nobody wants.  Nobodies cannot feel emotion or affection, but they desperately want to, which is in the lines "I need more affection than you know" and "I need true emotion".  Nobodies need a heart to feel emotions and affection so that they can become complete or whole which is in the line "You show me how to see that nothing is whole and nothing is broken".  It is also explained in the Ansem Reports that Nobodies do not care what heart they get or where they get it from, they just want someone's heart so they can finally emerge from the feeling of being incomplete.  So the line "my heart's a battleground" probably refers to the Nobodies fighting over who gets a heart, possibly Sora's.
 
C | The White Room
 
People who've played Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II probably noticed the similarity between The White Room in the abandoned mansion of Twilight Town, and the top of Oblivion Castle.
 
Namine restores Sora's memories via the flower pod, but she has to draw his memories on paper first before they can be restored.  This might explain why only the room that she drew in looked like Oblivion Castle.  She might have drawn a picture of her memory of Oblivion Castle, causing the memory to be restored and hence changing the look of the room.
 
 It is important to note that DiZ brought Naminé, Sora, Donald, and Goofy to Twilight Town from Oblivion Castle so that Naminé could more efficiently restore Sora's memories without interuption.  Also, Roxas needed to be in a secure environment, so DiZ created the simulation of Twilight Town to occupy him and keep him away from Organization XIII while Sora's memories are being restored.  The simulation Twilight Town where Roxas is, eternally trapped between light and darkness (hence the everlasting sunset), is invaded by Nobodies via a secret passage underneath the basement of the mansion (it leads to The World That Never Was) before Sora's memories are completely restored. This puts DiZ's plans at revenge against Organization XIII at risk.  The only true way to keep Sora safe from Organization XIII is for his Nobody, Roxas, to merge back with him.   As Sora sleeps beneath the mansion and regains memories, Roxas has many confusing dreams.  Nobodies continue to invade Twilight Town, but Sora finally wakes up from his abnormal sleep in the flower pod beneath the abandoned mansion in actual Twilight Town.  He is sent on a journey by King Mickey* and Yen Sid to stop Organization XIII from collecting hearts and also to find Riku and Kairi.  Donald and Goofy are, of course, by Sora's side throughout the game.
 
*Pictured below in Twilight Town.
 
 
D | The Tower
 
Twilight Town is also home to The Tower, where Yen Sid, Flora*, Fauna*, and Merryweather* reside.  The only means of getting to The Tower from Twilight Town is by train, as The Tower seems to be on a floating chunk of land in the middle of nowhere.  It is here that Sora recieves his three drive forms and learns of The Nobodies and Organization XIII.
 
*Pictured below giving Sora his drive forms.
 
 
Maleficent, thought to be defeated at Hollow Bastion during the first Kingdom Hearts after she is stabbed by Xehanort's Heartless and then slayed by Sora afterwards, is revived here as well.  She recruits Pete to help spawn her evil plans to obtain a castle from which she can rule the world.
 
E | The Secret Passage
 
Sora, Donald and Goofy, after traveling to numerous worlds and saving them from the chaos of Nobodies and Organization XIII, finally return to Twilight Town, but this time they go to the simulated Twilight Town created by Ansem via the machine in the basement of the abandoned mansion.  In simulated Twilight Town, Sora, Donald, and Goofy find the secret passage beneath the basement of the mansion which leads to The World That Never Was, Organization XIII's home world.
 
F | Radiant Garden
 
Hollow Bastion, even though restored after Kingdom Hearts was originally opened, is in a state of disarray, as Heartless and Nobodies continually invade the world* and disrupt the citizens who are trying to rebuild it to its former, much nicer, state.
 
*Pictured below, Heartless and Nobodies invade Hollow Bastion.
 
 
The task of rebuilding is made even more difficult when Maleficent, now revived, makes her home at a nearby tower called Villain's Vale Tower which is all but unbreakable, as it is surrounded by a solid wall of heartless and darkness.  Ansem's computer system in his laboratory also goes on the fritz and the MCP tries to destroy the city with its own security system, but Sora and Tron defeat the MCP and save the city, which is then renamed Radiant Garden.
 
G | The World That Never Was
 
In The World That Never Was, Sora encounters DiZ, who finally uncovers his fact and reveals himself as Ansem The Wise.  He attempts to use a machine to trap Kingdom Hearts in a digital form so that Xemnas, Xehanort's Nobody, cannot bond with it.  Ansem The Wise tells Sora and King Mickey that he was a fool to think that he could fully understand a heart, and he also apologizes to Roxas, who had already merged back with Sora, for all the pain he has caused him.  Ansem sets the machine up and turns it on but Organization XIII has collected so many hearts that the machine overloads and explodes, killing Ansem The Wise in the process.
 
Soon afterward, Xemnas bonds with the remains of Kingdom Hearts not destroyed by Ansem's machine.
 
Sora and Riku are seperated from the others and they fight and defeat Xemnas, but are afterward trapped in an empty void.  Later, however, they are reunited with Donald, Goofy, King Mickey, and Kairi on Destiny Islands. Later we see Sora, Riku and Kairi reading a letter from King Mickey himself.  What we do not know is what the letter contains.
 
You can see the ending of Kingdom Hearts II here.
 
3.2 The Fiction
 
A | Ansem's Laboratory
 
The underground laboratory, thought by many to be one of Ansem's ideas, was actually thought of by Zexion, the sixth member of Organization XIII, and Ansem's youngest assistant.  His name used to be Lenzo before the research backfired and the Nobodies were formed.
 
3.3 The Formularization
 
A | Maleficent Prevails
 
The very last time Maleficent is encountered is in The Castle That Never Was, when Heartless begin infiltrating the castle by the thousands.  However, the game never shows her die.  All we know is that she planned on taking The Castle That Never Was for herself as soon as Sora rid it of Xemnas and Organization XIII.  She may still be alive and well and reaking some more chaos in Kingdom Hearts III.
 
3.4 Important Vocabulary
 
A | Nobody
 
1. A person of no importance, influence, or power.
 
B | Twilight
 
1. A state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.
2. A period of decline following growth or success.
 

Chapter 4:
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, 358/2 Days, and Coded

 
4.1 The Facts
 
A | Birth By Sleep
 
"Long before Sora took up the Keyblade, there were other Keyblade masters. One of these masters, Xehanort, disappeared one day along with his apprentice. This event proved to be a foreshadowing of great disaster to come. Aware of the threat, another master ordered his three apprentices to seek out Xehanort and his cohort."
 
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, confirmed by Square-Enix at the Tokyo Game Show 2007, is a single-player adventure game for the PlayStation Portable which will feature Terra, Aqua, Ventus as the main protagonists and Maleficent as the main antagonist. Terra Aqua, and Ventus are in search of a missing Keyblade Master, Xehanort and his apprentice. Birth By Sleep is a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts, so expect to see some characters from the first game make appearances in younger forms.
 
B | 358/2 Days
 
Roxas and Axel were watching the sunset from their usual spot on the station's clock tower after a long day of collecting "hearts" from the Heartless, as ordered by Organization XIII. When their daily work ended, they often spent their evenings there. They talked about the day's work and other things over ice cream.

"Do you know why the sun looks red as it sinks below the horizon? It's because among the countless colors comprising light, red travels the greatest distance."

"You're just trying to show off, Axel!"

It was idle chatter between two boys without hearts.
This is the untold story of Organization XIII's Roxas.
 
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, confirmed by Square-Enix at the Tokyo Game Show 2007, is a multi-player adventure game for the Nintendo DS. It will feature Roxas, Axel, and Organization XIII as the main cast of characters.
 
C | Coded
 
Kingdom Hearts: Coded is a single-player adventure game for the mobile phone.  It features Jiminy Cricket, King Mickey, and Sora as the main cast of characters.
 
The storyline revolves around this scenario:
 
After the events of the original Kingdom Hearts, Jiminy Cricket returned to Disney Castle to organize his journal. While he arranged his records, his eyes fell upon a page with a mysterious message.

"We must return to free them from their torment."

However, no matter how hard Jiminy tried to recall the source of the text, he couldn't remember. So the King digitized the contents of the journal and started an investigation. Within the world traced from the contents of Jiminy's Journal, a boy awoke on Destiny Island. It was the beginning of a new quest for a virtual Sora.
 
4.2 The Fiction
 
A | Mysterious Figure
 
During the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts II, we see three armored people.  Terra and Ven are the two men, and Aqua is the woman.  We also see a mysterious bald man, who, from confirmation of Square-Enix's PSP game Birth By Sleep, is Master Xehanort.
 
You can watch the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts II here.
 
4.3 The Formularization
 
A | Final Mix+
 
In the secret video of Final Mix+ we see a bald man walking towards three armored people, the same ones from the Secret Ending of Kingdom Hearts II. This proves that the shadowy figure walking towards the three armored people in the Secret Ending of Kingdom Hearts II is not Sora. 
 
At any rate, Ansem Report 9 states that "The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend said its wielder saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon it."  The bald man in the CG cinema is obviously bringing chaos and ruin upon the world, like the Ansem Report 9 says. Additionally, in the first Kingdom Hearts, King Triton from Atlantica says that the keyblade master is evil.  During the Secret Ending of Kingdom Hearts II, one of the phrases that flashes across the screen is "Master of Keyblade". So, this bald man might be the Master of Keyblade, who is undoubtedly evil like King Triton said. The fact that King Triton new about the Master of Keyblade being evil in the first Kingdom Hearts leads me to believe that the video could be in the past - otherwise why would King Triton say something like that, and how would he know about it to begin with unless it had already happened.
 
Now, there are numerous theories as to who the bald man is (UPDATE: Square-Enix confirmed the figure as Master Xehanort), but the best thing I can recognize is that it is in fact Xehanort. I say this because of a distinct costume similarity between the bald man in the video, and Xehanort's Heartless. Also shockingly similar is the entity that comes out of the bald man's body, which stands to his right.  It looks stunningly similar to Dark Riku. This would make sense too, since Xehanort's Heartless possessed Riku in the original Kingdom Hearts and left part of his darkness inside of him even after he was gone from Riku's body.  Let's take a look:
 
 
 
If this theory were true, and Xehanort was the Master of Keyblade at one time, it means that when Ansem The Wise found him battered up and without any memories, he had completely forgotten about being the Master of Keyblade. Perhaps the letter from King Mickey at the end of Kingdom Hearts II tells Sora, Riku, and Kairi that Xehanort is somehow still a live and has regained his memories of being Master of Keyblade, and now plans to once again bring chaos to the world like in the Final Mix+ video.
 
Also note that during the Final Mix+ video, "Xehanort", seems to split into two, while walking towards the other warriors. The duplicate Xehanort that came from the actual Xehanort's body changes form, however, into what looks like a Heartless or a Nobody, which confirms that Ansem The Wise found Xehanort originally, without a heart, yet somehow he remained in human form, not changing into Nobody or a Heartless (like maybe he was soul-less).
 
Something confusing, though, is King Mickey shown at the very end of the clip holding the Star Seeker keyblade which Sora does not receive until Kingdom Hearts II.
 
You can watch the Final Mix+ CG cinema here.
 

 
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This is great work. This would surely help the new people to the franchise understand the story as a whole so far. This had to take awhile, this is great
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This probably took you awhile to do all that. But it's a great job what you did.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 is not the next chapter (CH. 4), the next game will not have a number, and will be a new "series."
The ending to Kingdom Hearts 2 more than suggested the series was not yet over, but Square Enix has remained especially mum on the future of the series. Series creator Tetsuya Nomura may already have his hands busy with Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but he hasn't abandoned his Disney collaboration. In fact, it may be spiraling in a new direction.

Eurogamer translated a recent Degenki PlayStation interview, where he discussed what he's working on next. "First, it's not Kingdom HeartsIII," said Nomura. "Of course, because we're calling it a 'new' series, it won't be KHIII. Also, it's a series, so it probably won't be just one title."

Does that mean Kingdom Hearts is over? Probably not. The franchise is pure money to Square Enix, and just because Nomura's left the creative reigns could mean little. Then again, maybe Nomura's purposely throwing us off course -- he's the one who actually knows what's going on, and maybe Kingdom Hearts isn't as dead as we're being lead to believe.
Though, I guess Kingdom Hearts 3 COULD be the next chapter depending how you look at this information.


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Wow, you must really have put your heart and soul into that post.  Nice job!

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just to let you know The big knight that you fight is name is Ven.
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downlink II wrote:
Kingdom Hearts 3 is not the next chapter (CH. 4), the next game will not have a number, and will be a new "series."
The ending to Kingdom Hearts 2 more than suggested the series was not yet over, but Square Enix has remained especially mum on the future of the series. Series creator Tetsuya Nomura may already have his hands busy with Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but he hasn't abandoned his Disney collaboration. In fact, it may be spiraling in a new direction.

Eurogamer translated a recent Degenki PlayStation interview, where he discussed what he's working on next. "First, it's not Kingdom HeartsIII," said Nomura. "Of course, because we're calling it a 'new' series, it won't be KHIII. Also, it's a series, so it probably won't be just one title."

Does that mean Kingdom Hearts is over? Probably not. The franchise is pure money to Square Enix, and just because Nomura's left the creative reigns could mean little. Then again, maybe Nomura's purposely throwing us off course -- he's the one who actually knows what's going on, and maybe Kingdom Hearts isn't as dead as we're being lead to believe.
Though, I guess Kingdom Hearts 3 COULD be the next chapter depending how you look at this information.


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Thanks but I'm still going to call it Kingdom Hearts III, for the sake of simplicity.  It's too confusing to be like Kingdom Hearts 1/2 or New Kingdom Hearts... I guess technically if I was just going by numbers and the amount of games made, it would be Kingdom Hearts IV, but I'm not including Chain of Memories as a number.... because then that game would be Kingdom Hearts II, and Kingdom Hearts II would be Kingdom Hearts III.
 
Plus, I don't think ANYONE can truly say what is in store for the next installment.  I mean Nomura said himself that when they made the Secret Ending to Kingdom Hearts II, they had absolutely no concrete plot and he didn't even really know who the three armored nights were or what their faces looked like.... until he later drew them up after the game was already released.  So quite honestly I don't think even Nomura knows what the next installment holds and he's probably too busy to think about it right now.


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just to let you know The big knight that you fight is name is Ven.


Which one?
 
...and is that a fact or a theory, because if it's a fact I need hardcore proof (links!) before I add it to the guide.
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SEAL LEADER wrote:
just to let you know The big knight that you fight is name is Ven.


Which one?
 
...and is that a fact or a theory, because if it's a fact I need hardcore proof (links!) before I add it to the guide.


The oldest boy knight the one you fight in the desert. It was in a interview idk where it is tho.
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That was just great man. Good work!
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