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So I've been a naughty boy and done some reading. Haven't spoiled everything, but I have gotten bits and pieces of the story.

Two things I'd like to focus on and theorize about:

1. Dual Wielding
2. Pureblood vs Emblem

The first is something that Nomura said would be explained in BbS. And really, the answer is obvious. Two hearts, like we suspected. But I'm talking more specifically about the dual wielding of the Kingdom Key.

I don't know all of the specifics, but I do know that Vanitas, Ventus' darkness, manages to obtain this X-Blades, which is supposed to be the most powerful keyblade or what have you. Whatever means he had in obtaining it, the important part is that, if Vanitas could wield it, so could Ven. Ven was destined for the X-Blade. This would obviously still be true for him when his heart went to Sora.

Meanwhile, there's Riku. I don't know if it's actually explained, but Terra clearly sees some kind of potential in Riku, the same qualifications that allowed Ventus/Vanitas to be a wielder of the X-Blade (I'd imagine there's got to be something more to wielding it than just any old keyblade, and whatever that something is, Riku has it).

Perhaps there is always someone who is intended to wield the X-Blade, a sort of lineage (whether or not they actually wield it in their lifetime is something else entirely). Riku was the one destined to be next in line after Ven. However, Sora's connection to Ven messed up the system. Rather than reuniting with Kingdom Hearts, Ven's heart stuck around. Thus, by the time Riku was ready to wield, there was still another heart destined for the X-Blade.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Aqua managed to break the X-Blade, right?
So we've got two hearts destined for one, split keyblade. Put the pieces together. Or rather, take them apart.
One half goes to Ven's heart in Sora, the other goes to Riku. Ven's half, Riku's half.

But Ven's heart lay dormant in Sora (something I'll get into shortly), so, Riku is the first to get his "half."
And Sora steals it.
As we see in that fateful scene, he reaches out to Riku, and his light connects with Riku's heart, passing ownership to Sora.
Suddenly, that scene makes a lot of sense. Rather than the keyblade choosing Sora because of his light (which a keyblade doesn't do), or because Riku's heart was weak (it wasn't, and still wouldn't explain why the KK would go to the closest available "strong" heart), it went to Sora because, Ven's heart within him was destined for the X-Blade.

In other words, Sora is running around with Riku's "half."
And after the struggle in Hollow Bastion, when Sora claims the KK anew, at that point I believe that he himself had reached the qualifications of wielding the X-Blade. He was wielding that half with his own heart, not because of someone else's heart within him (you'll see why this makes sense in a second), though his connection to Ven undoubtedly helped him reach that point.

When Sora uses the dark keyblade, Kairi's heart returns to her, his heart gets released, and what happens to Ven's heart? Please note that the dark keyblade doesn't just simply release hearts, it unlocks their potential, as we see with Maleficence. Thus, Kairi's heart was restored. And Ven's... went from dormant, to active. It took over the vessel, and Sora's heart got the boot. Hence, Roxas.

So, when Sora is restored, sans Ven's heart, he can still wield the Keyblade (what was once Riku's half), because, over the course of his journey, he became destined for it.
Meanwhile, Ven's reactivated heart allowed Roxas to wield Ven's "half." The first time Roxas uses the KK, then, is the first time we see Ven's half.

Then there's the whole issue with Xion. Even if her keyblade was fake (left open for debate, really), it at least mimicked Riku's "half." As a Sora clone, she inherited a replica of Riku's "half."

This explains the following scene:
YouTube - 04-KH Days - The Man in Black Reflects

Riku clearly recognizes the feeling of the keyblade, even if it's fake, and is reflecting on it (notice how his gesture looks like he's wielding a KK).
Additionally, it explains Xion's connection to Riku, seen in the infamous Snarl of Memories. In order to wield a copy of Riku's half (again, now Sora's), she drew upon not only Sora's memories, but a connection to Riku's, the original wielder.

And when Xion returned to Sora, Sora's ability to wield was connected to Roxas. Think of Xion like a road block- she was an interference between Sora and Riku since she was taking Sora's memories. When Sora's memories returned, Roxas and Sora became fully connected again. And Roxas, being a true wielder unlike Xion, received the ability to wield Riku's half. For the first time, Riku's half and Ven's half were used by one wielder, and this ability is passed on to Sora when Roxas returns to him (albeit, he must draw on the connection to Ven's heart in the drive forms in order to dual wield).

It's only a matter of time, then, before Sora learns how to reunite these two pieces.
As for Riku's dual wielding- I won't speculate on until I learn more. While the same principle may be at work (two hearts in one being), I doubt the scenario is the exact same.



As for the Heartless, I know many were ripshit about Nomura supposedly contradicting himself about their appearance, but I'd like to provide some potential insight.

Hey, where is this?

Ventus: You are?

I am just a birthed heart.

Ventus: Why--this is in my heart?

The light was overflowing.
If you proceed in that direction--you'll be here.

Ventus: Right... I'm lacking my heart. Surely that's the reason. But--soon, I will lose it entirely.

If that's the case, you should connect with my heart.

Ventus: Huh?

Our hearts came into contact. The lacking heart is connected to two hearts, blocked. Someday, that heart will be filled with ones own power.

Ventus: Yeah. I understand.

Then wake up... Together--

Ventus and mysterious voice: Let's open the door.

That dialogue is at the beginning of the game, in Ven's awakening. Ven is communicating with Sora's heart, I believe, but that's besides the point.

One phrase caught me off guard.
A "birthed heart."

That is to say, there are "unbirthed hearts"?
Well, what's a "birthed" heart, first of all? Clearly, a heart that has been born. A heart created from Kingdom Hearts, and, you guessed it, residing in an individual born into this world.

So this becomes an existential kind of question- if that's a birthed heart, an "unbirthed" heart must exist beforehand, and a "debirthed" heart afterward. That is, a piece of Kingdom Hearts deep within the darkness, a heart which does not belong to any individual (be it because that individual has yet to be born, or has passed on).

And that's why there's a distinction between Purebloods and Emblems. The original Heartless, all Purebloods, only existed within the Dark Realm (though we see MX has found a way to let them out) as the darkness of non-born hearts. Xehanort's experimentation bridged the gap. He found a way to introduce the Heartless process to the heart of a sentient being. From this, he created his own Heartless, Emblems, which began to spread among people like a plague, while the Purebloods began to proliferate in both birthed and non-birthed hearts alike.

If Kingdom Hearts is light, then all hearts are essentially light. Light and Darkness must both exist in balance. Thus, some of Kingdom Hearts is naturally consumed by darkness, creating the Pureblood Heartless. Xehanort tipped the balance, finding a way to let the heartless reproduce in this world, allowing the darkness to consume more and more individuals.

As for why Purebloods don't release Hearts while Emblems do, I think it's in the way they consume the heart. Both are darkness of the heart, but Emblems only engulf the heart, while Purebloods consume it entirely. Thus, the heart is only trapped in an Emblem while it is essentially destroyed in a Pureblood (though, obviously, it can be restored).
 

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I don't really agree with you on the X Blade. If you don't mind me saying, but I think I heard that Ven IS the X Blade. I can be wrong though.

And I also believe that IKK is the other half of the X Blade. The blade is the perfect balance of light and darkness. The KK and the IKK each come from their specific realms and together create the ultimate weapon that can unlock KH.

EDIT: But you are right on spot with the Heartless thing. Yet another great theory/answer. (But I still don't think family is important, Kairi's granny aside)
 
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I don't really agree with you on the X Blade. If you don't mind me saying, but I think I heard that Ven IS the X Blade. I can be wrong though.

Uh, then Vanitas would be wielding Ven to fight Ven.

And I also believe that IKK is the other half of the X Blade. The blade is the perfect balance of light and darkness. The KK and the IKK each come from their specific realms and together create the ultimate weapon that can unlock KH.

Doesn't make sense.
If that were the case, wouldn't the X-Blade consist of an interlocking Kingdom Key and Inverse Kingdom Key, as opposed to two KKs?

There's a reason why they showed us in Days that dual wielding consists of two Kingdom Keys.
 

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Great theory. Agree with almost everything but the X-Blade part, isn't the other half of the blade the Invert Kingdom Key.
 

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I thought it could have been the KK and the IKK. Maybe at that point, there were 2 KK but some evil rubbed off on one and made it inverted when the X-blade was destroyed? (Way too far fetched, but wanted to toss it out there.)
 

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Uh, then Vanitas would be wielding Ven to fight Ven.

Or rather:

Vanitas would be manifesting his half of the X-Blade. Van and Ven being manifested of the same heart, one half light and one half darkness, then they would each have half of the X-Blade, one light half and one dark half. So, Vanitas manifested his half, the dark half, of the X-Blade, so he could try and absorb the light half of it, Ven.

Then again, this is guesswork, as I'm trying to spoil myself as little as possible. (No, I have not seen the secret ending, but yes, I know what each character's fate is.)
 

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Uh, then Vanitas would be wielding Ven to fight Ven.

But that was inside of Ven's heart. So it is possible for Vanitas to be wielding the weapon since it is a inner representation of who has the most control at the time.



Doesn't make sense.
If that were the case, wouldn't the X-Blade consist of an interlocking Kingdom Key and Inverse Kingdom Key, as opposed to two KKs?

There's a reason why they showed us in Days that dual wielding consists of two Kingdom Keys.

Because when the X Blade was first made there were no KKs. Just the X Blade. With the meddling of MX and Vanitas, it most likely why the IKK looks how it does. Because the X Blade is considered to be Ven himself and Vanitas is the darkness in Ven, then it would give one of the two KKs more affinity to darkness and after Ven defeats Vanitas, it split the weapon and made KK and IKK. But that is speculation and I can be very much wrong.
 

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i aggre with this great theroy all the way it would all so seem the two kk wilders can let the other use there keyblades as roxas let xion use his sora was using rikus
 
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Why thank you, Roxas, I agree.


I thought it could have been the KK and the IKK. Maybe at that point, there were 2 KK but some evil rubbed off on one and made it inverted when the X-blade was destroyed? (Way too far fetched, but wanted to toss it out there.)

The IKK isn't evil, it's exterior is just dark.

Vanitas would be manifesting his half of the X-Blade. Van and Ven being manifested of the same heart, one half light and one half darkness, then they would each have half of the X-Blade, one light half and one dark half. So, Vanitas manifested his half, the dark half, of the X-Blade, so he could try and absorb the light half of it, Ven.

The X-Blade looked a lot more than 50% complete.


But that was inside of Ven's heart. So it is possible for Vanitas to be wielding the weapon since it is a inner representation of who has the most control at the time.

Ok, then try this- How is Vanitas-Ven wielding a complete X-Blade outside of the Dive to the Heart?



Because when the X Blade was first made there were no KKs. Just the X Blade. With the meddling of MX and Vanitas, it most likely why the IKK looks how it does. Because the X Blade is considered to be Ven himself and Vanitas is the darkness in Ven, then it would give one of the two KKs more affinity to darkness and after Ven defeats Vanitas, it split the weapon and made KK and IKK. But that is speculation and I can be very much wrong.

Honestly, I thought you were just throwing this idea out there non-seriously.
It's a pretty ludicrous idea.
See with your eyes.
Two Kingdom Keys.
 

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I do love ths theory, made a lot of sense. The only part, as others have said before me, that i do not agree on is the xblade creation bit. I'm sure the xblade was created when the two different conflicting parts of vens heart ( him and vanitus) came together. It was ventus who was meant to get the xblade, but he did not succum to the darkness so vanitas was created etc.
 

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Ok, then try this- How is Vanitas-Ven wielding a complete X-Blade outside of the Dive to the Heart?

Because the two became one again which created the X-Blade. And I said I might be wrong. Not that I am definitely sure. I'm just saying I don't believe your X Blade theory.
 

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what puzzles me is the IKK is called the dark realms keybalde by yen sid but uptil bbs it was [supposedly] 1 half of the x-blade, so if the kk is the light realms key the Ikk the darks waht were the x-balde b4 the seperation?
 

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what if there were 2 X-blades a light realm and a dark realm..... probably not true but, namora said the next game probably might not be 3 , and they might explore the time the king was in the dark realm, so every thing hasnt been explored yet
 

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i want 2 know what realm is the x-blade?
since yen sid said mickey "found" the dark realms keyblade, and if sora's is the lights then what is the x-blade
 
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what if there were 2 X-blades a light realm and a dark realm..... probably not true but, namora said the next game probably might not be 3 , and they might explore the time the king was in the dark realm, so every thing hasnt been explored yet

Honestly, it's hard to say.

Whether you're a believer that the X-Blade became dual KKs or that it split into one KK and the IKK, either way it complicates the prophecy from the first game.

KK and IKK were supposed to be the two keys with which the DtD could be opened and sealed, but that clearly wasn't always the case.
 

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1. I'm sure your theory is well thought out, but something I have come to realize about KH, is that it never makes that much sense, nor is it ever that specific. So I am fairly sure that your theory is wrong. No offense.
2. Don't place too much significance on wording. You are dealing with tentative quick translations.
3. You place too much importance on Riku right from the begining. Sora is the main character, and the plot will reflect that. He has the power to connect his heart with anyone. There is nothing in BBS about Riku being meant to weild the xblade(the potential Terra saw i Riku was unrelated to the xblade), and absoloutely no connection between Riku and Ven. Ven at no point reached out to Riku.
4. You are overthinking it. Nomura hasn't been planning the next KH since he made KH1.
 
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