trapped in revamp hell
- Nov 1, 2009
KINGDOM HEARTS Union X has updated with Part 1 of its finale.
(Ephemer, Skuld and Player wait outside of Ven's room.)
Ephemer: I hope everything’s alright…
Skuld: I’m sure it is…
Ephemer: He knows it wasn't Ven's fault, right?
Skuld: …Should we go in?
Ephemer: No. Lauriam asked us to give them some time alone. He swore everything was fine. We should trust him.
Skuld: All right…
Darkness said the world is going to end. Do you think that’s true?
Ephemer: There's so much we don't know about this place.
And not only that, but the Masters, darkness…
Skuld: That’s true…
Ephemer: But, remember what Lady Ava told us? When this world is engulfed by darkness, it’ll just fall asleep.
Skuld: I remember.
Ephemer: Even if the end of the world really is coming, I'm not going to lose hope. Not until the very end.
I had no small part in establishing the Dandelions.
They’re my responsibility, so I’m going to do my best to save everyone. That's all I can say.
Skuld: Ephemer, you don’t have to carry this burden alone. Everyone stands with you.
Brain said it too, didn’t he? We believe in our leader, never forget that.
Ephemer: Thanks, Skuld. You’ve always got my back.
(Suddenly, they hear footsteps approaching. They turn to see who it is.)
Ephemer: Oh? Who are you?
(Meanwhile, Lauriam is in Ven's room, watching over him as he sleeps.)
Lauriam: I'm sorry, Ventus…
It wasn't your fault. I understand that now.
It’s just that, ‘the darkness' was too vague a concept for me to pin my hatred on,
I couldn’t help but turn my attention to you instead.
I know I’m being selfish, but these feelings would be too much to bear without a target to subject them to.
Tell me, is Darkness really gone?
Or has it become one with you, like you said…
If it’s still within you right now, then I…
(As Lauriam grieves, he feels his sister's presence beside him.)
Strelitzia: Hatred, rage, sadness… That's exactly what they want…
You have to let it go.
Go back to being my kind and gentle big brother.
(Lauriam snaps out of it.)
(Ephemer knocks at the door.)
Ephemer: Lauriam, someone’s here to see you.
(He rejoins the others to find Elrena waiting for him.)
(She summons her Chirithy.)
Elrena: The thing is, this little guy…
Well, I don't know if it's true or not, but he claims he saw Strelitzia recently…
Lauriam: Huh?! What?! Where??
Chirithy: I don't know if it really was her, but…
Two or three days ago…
(Flashback: Chirithy is taking a nap atop a roof. He wakes up to see someone with red hair in a white robe accompanied by a man in a black coat walking through the streets of Daybreak Town.)
Chirithy: I saw someone who looked a lot like her on the hill, walking towards town with someone in a black coat…
Lauriam: What could this mean…
(The group goes to consult with Brain in the Foretellers' Chamber.)
It's not enough to prove anything either way, but it’s definitely interesting…
Ephemer: A black coat…
One of the Masters?
Chirithy: Most likely…
The Master of Masters and Luxu are the only ones who wear a coat like that.
Brain: The Master was supposed to have vanished. So why…
And in the data world at that…
Huh? Wait, could it be…
Brain: Why was this data world created in the first place?
Skuld: As a backup for the real one, right?
Brain: Yes. To preserve the world as it was before the Keyblade War.
In other words, Strelitzia’s data should be here.
Lauriam: You mean there's even data of people? How can that be? I thought this place only contains data of worlds, not its inhabitants.
If that’s true, then we’d all have doppelgangers running around.
Brain: If they backed up the entire world, then it wouldn't be too far-fetched for data of us to exist somewhere.
Perhaps it’s just inaccessible. After all, Elrena did see a glitched version of Strelitzia.
If the person Chirithy saw really was your sister, then it’s possible someone was able to access her data and extract it.
Lauriam: Strelitzia's data?
Why would someone do that?? Could that data be used to bring her back?
Brain: I don't know…
Skuld: But, who could have done something like that? There aren't any Masters left, right?
Lauriam: Maybe we’ll find more clues if we return to the real world.
Brain: We might. Lauriam, you said there's a room lined with pods in the basement. If what Darkness said is true, then we can use those to return to the real world. But, they also said it’s linked to the end of the world. And if that's the case…
Ephemer: We don't have time to worry about that right now. Let's make our way down and check things out.
(Everyone nods in agreement.
Ephemer: Ven can't move on his own yet. Would you mind…?
Lauriam: Not at all.
(The group heads out. Brain lingers back and stares at the Book of Prophecies.)
(The True Dandelion departs in the real world, leaving Luxu and Darkness alone.)
Darkness: I don't know who you just sent, but there's only 5 pods left.
I wonder who will survive…
Luxu: You didn't read that part in the Book of Prophecies?
Darkness: Nope. Wasn’t interested.
Luxu: So what exactly ARE you interested in?
Darkness: Expansion. We are concerned with nothing else.
Luxu: Can’t say I really get it.
Darkness: We could say the same to you.
Why would you go to all the trouble of raising these Keyblade wielders only to trap them in a data world and abandon them?
Luxu: Look, nobody knows what that man is thinking.
Darkness: So you’re just blindly following his orders?
Luxu: Not necessarily. I may not understand the reasons behind everything he does, but I can make a pretty good guess.
Darkness: A shot in the dark.
Luxu: Perhaps. But some things are clear as day.
Like how much he hates the darkness.
Darkness: Hate, huh…
Fair enough, it is the same for us.
We despise the light.
Luxu: Can I ask you one thing? What are you doing here?
Darkness: To propagate throughout the data world using its signals.
Then we will travel to the next era with the chosen one, and proliferate there.
Luxu: You weren't kidding, you really do only care about growing your numbers.
So no matter the world, no matter the time, you'll always be there…
Talk about creepy.
(He summons his Keyblade.)
Darkness: Hmm? I thought meddling was strictly off-limits?
Luxu: Sure, when it comes to the Dandelions. But I'm not doing this for them.
I’m doing this because my enemy is right before my very eyes.
Darkness: I am formless. You cannot destroy me.
Luxu: I’m well aware.
Darkness: Then don't waste your time.
(Luxu approaches Darkness, goading them. They teleport away to keep distance.)
Luxu: But you see, if you stay a formless being of pure intent forever, your sense of self will eventually dissipate into nothing.
When the Master was a boy, you had a form, didn't you?
But you threw it away in order to defeat the light, turning darkness into a collective consciousness.
In time, your consciousness as both one and many will fade, reducing you to plain old shadows.
That’s when you realized, you do need a physical form.
You call it infection and expansion, but you're really just trying to nest inside beings with hearts and steal their bodies.
Talk it up all you want, but the truth is, your "grand master plan" is stupid and shallow.
(Darkness zips close to Luxu to threaten him but he moves away, unfazed.)
Luxu: It seems you haven’t realized the Master's true plan.
Darkness: What are you saying…
Luxu: Besides you, there are five more darknesses with individual will.
One of them is definitely in the data world.
So, where are the other four?
Darkness: You're well informed…
Yes, six of us, including myself, remained after the war. When we awoke, we found ourselves in the data world.
Luxu: But you hitched a ride with the witch and returned to the real world…
Meaning the other five are still in the data world, aren’t they?
Luxu: Then you’re the only one in my way.
Darkness: As you are in mine.
(Darkness rises into the air, gathering energy and preparing for battle.)
(The gang arrives in the basement and approach the ark.)
Ephemer: There are six pods left...
Lauriam: The witch used one.
Ephemer: But there are seven of us here…
Skuld: We’re one short.
Brain: Two. This one’s broken. That leaves only five.
Ephemer: What should we do?
(They approach the terminal. Brain tries to figure out what's going on and brings up a visual of Daybreak Town corroding, taking everyone aback.)
Brain: We're running out of time. We have to decide who’s leaving now.
Skuld: Decide? But what will happen to the ones who stay behind?
Player: Yeah, and what about the rest of the Dandelions?
Brain: They’ll go to sleep, just like a computer in sleep mode.
Brain: Lady Ava taught us back in the Union days.
When the world is engulfed by darkness, it’ll fall asleep.
Ephemer: That’s right.
Brain: The Master foresaw this, and thought to create a backup.
That's what this data world is-- a place to give us shelter, even at the cost of trapping us in here.
If the data world shuts down due to some sort of outside influence, rebooting it will be enough to restore it to its previous state.
The end of this world is nothing like what’ll happen to the real one. It’ll just go to sleep.
Ephemer: So the real world is the one we should be worried about.
Brain: Even if we use the ark to go back to the real world, we’ll have to use it again from there, and who knows what kind of world we'll end up in?
Is escape really the answer…?
Lauriam: Stay or go, it's a gamble either way…
Brain: But if none of us go back to the real world, then there'll be no one out there who knows about what’s happened, and we'd lose our chance to save the ones left behind.
Ephemer: We can't let the line of Keyblade wielders die here.
Brain: Ephemer and I should split up.
Ephemer: I was thinking the same thing. Brain, you have to return to the real world. You’re the only one who can give the ones remaining here a fighting chance.
Brain: Got it.
(Elrena steps forward.)
Elrena: I'm not a Union Leader or anything, so…
Skuld: The only way to ensure our survival is to use the ark to go back to the real world.
We’re the ones responsible for this. That’s why you, Ven, and Player should be the ones to go.
Ephemer: Alright. Brain, Player, Elrena, and Ven will go.
Then between Skuld and Lauriam--
Skuld: That’s right. Lauriam will take the last one.
(Skuld interrupts, to their surprise.)
Skuld: Lauriam, there's a chance that your little sister could come back.
You should be there on the other side to greet her.
Besides, you'd have more luck finding the truth behind these sightings of her back in the real world.
Elrena: I don’t deserve a spot…
Lauriam: Yes you do. Thanks to you, I finally have hope again.
Please, help me find my sister.
(She nods, accepting.)
Brain: Listen, at the end of the day, we only have so many means of escape and so many spots available.
When I get back, I won’t rest until I find a way to save everyone here.
Ephemer: We can’t afford to waste any more time.
Let's prioritize the people here right now.
Player: I'll stay.
I'm not even a Dandelion. The only reason I’m here is because you're my friend.
If you're staying, Ephemer, then so am I.
Player: Besides, I don't want to have to wait around for you again.
Skuld: Well, I’m not going to leave the two of here.
Brain: Fine. Then let's leave one pod for the time being.
I might be able to figure out a way to bring all three of you back at once.
Lauriam: Do you already have an idea?
(He opens the pods.)
Ephemer: Okay, let's hurry. Laurium, put Ven in a pod, and then get in one yourself.
You too, Elrena.
(They make their way towards the ark.)
Ephemer: Brain, take care of them.
(Brain nods, leaving operations to Ephemer, but he pauses.)
Brain: Oh yeah. Here, take this.
(He summons the Master's Defender and gives it to Ephemer.)
Ephemer: But this is yours…
Brain: It was meant for you.
(He also gives him the Book of Prophecies.)
Brain: I didn’t end up using it, but if you're ever lost on the road ahead, don't hesitate to open it.
You’ll find a way to make it through this.
Ephemer: …Okay. But I'm just holding onto them for you. As far as I’m concerned, Lady Ava wanted you to have them.
Brain: But you’ve always wanted to read the Book of Prophecies, right? Lady Ava told me as much. I'm sure she gave them to me so I could do exactly this.
May your heart be your guiding key. Just like mine is for me.
Ephemer: Thank you.
Brain: I’ll get you guys out, no matter what.
(They bump fists. Brain makes his way towards the ark, waving goodbye to Skuld. Ephemer sits down at the terminal.)
Ephemer: Player, are you sure about this?
Player: Yeah. If this is what fate has in store for me, then there's no one I'd rather have by my side.
(Ephemer sets the ark in motion.)
Ephemer: Please, be safe.
(The pods close. Brain and the others depart.)