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7. Hearts Of Darkness (1)


Darkness is a force parallel to Light, and is also used in the form of attacks in the Kingdom Hearts universe. Darkness has been known to cause the loss of people's hearts if they have delved too deep into it. Slowly suppressed and conquered by darkness's influence, these unfortunate souls become Heartless and, if their Heart is strong enough, leave behind a body that becomes a Nobody.




7. Hearts of Darkness (1)


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Though darkness is mostly used by the series's villains and is believed to be pure evil, it is not entirely malevolent; friendly characters are able to use the powers of darkness to some effect, ranging from opening the Corridors of Darkness to projecting dark energy blasts (one of Riku's abilities in Kingdom Hearts II).


Additionally, King Mickey, a heroic character, uses the Kingdom Key D, which originates in the Realm of Darkness. Nonetheless, different characters have different views on darkness; Aqua regards it as nothing but "hate and rage," while Mickey insists that light and darkness are interdependent and cannot exist without one another.


Nearly all beings have darkness in their hearts, but the levels of darkness and light vary from person to person. For instance, Sora has less darkness in his heart than Pete or Maleficent. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, as all seven of the Princesses of Heart naturally have hearts completely devoid of darkness. As a result of Master Xehanort forcibly removing the darkness from his heart, Ventus's heart is pure light as well.


Originally, according to the Master of Masters, Darkness had a physical form, long ago it constantly clashed with the physical form of it's counterpart Light but realizing they weren't getting anywhere Darkness tried a different approach. At some point, the Darkness cast off its physical form so that it could attack and corrupt the hearts of people. These thirteen original darknesses having individual wills, but lacking their own form, attacked people's hearts to grow their numbers. These numerous Darknesses of derived form became the Heartless. Others chose not to gain form and be as individuals, body-less and able to one day possess those with strong hearts.


Soon it fought against those that wielded the of power light called Keyblade wielders with oldest being the Master of Masters and his several comrades. Even though, the Darkness was capable of communicating, but the Master of Masters could not get through to it, nor vice versa, describing them as having an unconventional thought process and being unable to understand the reasons behind peoples actions. The origin of Darkness is unknown, and their desire or end goal is unknown even to the Master of Masters. All he knows is that they feed off the discord in peoples hearts, and are repelled by the pure of heart, as their thoughts and emotions are completely alien to them. Darkness is aware and intelligent enough to watch and gather information, including reading the Book of Prophecy, but are as unable to understand the motivations of people as people are of them.


As Darkness could not be defeated while formless, the Master of Masters engineered the Keyblade War, and raised his students, then sowed discord with the idea of a Traitor, planting doubt into their hearts. The five Union leaders, Luxu and himself, all with hearts so strong they could not be possessed, but containing doubt and anxiety, would attract and trap the seven strongest Darknesses within themselves.


The Unversed are Darkness made real thanks to Vanitas, a being of pure darkness. It was the plan of Master Xehanort to open the way to Kingdom Hearts and rearrange the order of the worlds by allowing more Darkness to be in balance with the Light, effectively sending all the worlds into the Realm Between. Terra has trouble controlling his Darkness, scarring Braig's face by accident and even succumbing to it to protect his friends from the crazed Keyblade Master. Terra-Xehanort is almost swallowed by the Realm of Darkness, but is saved by Aqua, who takes his place in the Darkness.


In Kingdom Hearts, the roles of light and darkness play very typical roles in the story and game mechanics, with light being a positive aspect, and darkness being a negative one, since the Heartless are the embodiment of Darkness. Most of Sora and company's quest is aimed at closing the Door to Darkness and eliminating Heartless creatures. The entire story seems at first very biased towards the force of Light. However, one important belief about light is that there is always "a light in the deepest darkness".


The most major story development about light and darkness in the story is Riku's constant struggle throughout the game against the darkness in his heart. He tries to shun the darkness and "Ansem" out of him, but he cannot do it. Because of this, "Ansem" taunts him that darkness is his destiny. Riku finally finds a revelation in himself when he talks with Naminé after Zexion, in the guise of Sora, blinds him with light. Riku finds that darkness is not bad, and he should use it along with light to help defeat his enemies, and give him more power.


This changes Riku, and "Ansem", thinking that Riku has turned to the darkness, mockingly tells him that he was right about Riku's destiny. Riku fights "Ansem" and destroys him. However, "Ansem" still lingers in Riku's heart. Riku later declines Naminé's offer to seal "Ansem" away in Riku's heart. Then, at the end of the story, DiZ asks Riku which path he wishes to take. He decides to take the road to dawn, a path leading from darkness to light.


Captain Hook's greed for treasure brings out his darkness, which cause Heartless to spawn at places marked on treasure maps Pete tricked him into using. His darkness turns a true treasure into the Ruler of the Sky.


During Roxas's coma, Vexen, Larxene, Lexaeus, Marluxia and Zexion faded into darkness because of the events that transpired at Castle Oblivion; slain by either Sora and Riku or betrayed by Axel and killed by the Riku Replica.


Riku, in the form of Ansem, has control over numerous powers of darkness. He is able to cast Dark Firaga, open Corridors of Darkness, and use darkness in finishing moves for his combos. After Riku returns to normal, he can no longer use the Corridors of Darkness, but is able to use Dark Firaga and Dark Shield, among other attacks. The "All's End" attack of the Session Limit involves Riku charging his keyblade with Darkness in equal measure to Sora's Light.


Organization XIII uses the power of darkness to summon the Corridors of Darkness and some of them also use darkness in combat: Luxord, by conjuring an orb of energy, can unleash dark tendrils at Sora that cannot be dodged. Marluxia's Absent Silehoutte is able to use darkness combined with his thorns to create a whirlwind to pull Sora and also create circles of dark thorns. Roxas, despite using the power of light in his boss fight majorly, is able to make use of one darkness attack by throwing his Keyblade and then unleashing a wave of dark power to draw Sora in. Xemnas can trap Sora in an orb of dark energy capable of slowly draining his health and wrap himself in a protective field of dark energy. After Xemnas absorbs the remnants of Kingdom Hearts, his power over darkness increases and he uses it alongside the powers of light, with him not only retaining the ability to cast a draining orb of dark energy, which is somewhat enhanced, but also becoming capable of creating thorns of black energy and surrounding the entire arena of his final battle with darkness as part of his desperation move.


Darkness is even used by Sora in the game. He is able to control darkness in his Anti Form, where he turns into a shadowy silhouette of himself and attacks enemies with darkness. In addition to greatly enhancing his speed and agility, allowing him to unleash devastating barrages of attacks in moments and easily avoid attacks, he can also unleash a burst of darkness and even fire a large barrage of dark magic blasts.


When Sora and the others confront Xemnas, he asks the warriors why they hate darkness. King Mickey replies that they do not really hate it, they are just scared of it. He goes on to say that the world has both light and darkness, and darkness is half of everything. He then says that it makes him wonder why they are scared of the dark. Riku answers that "it's because of what's lurking inside it", meaning Xemnas and the other villains.


New beings of darkness are introduced in the Realm of Sleep; the Dream Eaters. They seek out the Keyholes of the worlds within that realm; some are friendly and seek to help others while the others are evil and seek to destroy.


Frollo uses his darkness to create the Wargoyle and to command the Dream Eaters, believing them to be divine gifts to enforce what he believes to be the law (exterminating all Gypsies) in La Cité des Cloches.


Riku can also use Darkness Defense moves after gaining an amount of 1450 medals in Flick Rush. The moves that can be bought at the shop are Dark Roll, in which Riku turns into a shadow that glides a significant distance away from the enemy and a Dark Barrier, which blocks all incoming attacks. He also has four other moves that he obtains at different parts of the game. When blocking, he can use Counter Aura which he raises his keyblade and sends out a wave around him of darkness, blasting enemies back. Similarly, after being hit by an enemy attack, Riku can use Payback Blast to shoot the nearest enemy with a homing dark projectile from the tip of his keyblade. The other one allows him to teleport behind the enemy before an attack hits you, the third one applys with the second which allows you to unleash a shadow attack combo on them after teleporting.


Master Xehanort reveals that his ultimate plan to forge the X-blade again is to place fragments of his heart into others in order to turn them into Xehanorts, which are needed to form the thirteen hearts of darkness, that shall battle seven hearts of pure light in a near future. However, he only has 12 vessels in his possession, and lacks a thirteenth one to complete the true Organization XIII, so he kidnapped Sora before the Mark of Mastery Exam started. 041b061a72


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