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Dark Road: Chapter 2 - The Presence of Darkness



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KINGDOM HEARTS Dark Road updated with new story scenes and main quests No.21~40.

Watch scenes with English translations below, thanks to goldpanner

Update: Global version's story update has been delayed to the beginning of August.

Update 2: Added scenes from Global version.


 

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(Xehanort monologues.)

Who am I?

I began to ask this question when I began to be aware of other people——

The friends with whom I shared the same classroom, shared time together.

Light-hearted moments with them formed my daily routine.

Those gentle days were sometimes boring, and perhaps that was a comfort

But, I began to realize that the classroom was exactly like the island I came from.

Cycling through a routine in a tiny place,

I simply moved from one box to another.

Despite rejecting such a world, I was back where I started.

The box itself must not be the real issue.

How do I interact with others? What do I pay attention to about them?

The environment in which you spend daily life mold your heart, as you grow into yourself.

But, you can be influenced during that molding, and your heart can be changed.

It could happen anywhere. It could be something very simple to anyone else.

It could be the light. It could be the darkness.

(Xehanort, Eraqus and Urd are waiting in the Wonderland forest. Eraqus is pacing back and forth.)

Eraqus: They sure are taking their sweet time. Do you think they're running late?

Urd: Look who's talking!

Eraqus: Hey, I happen to know a thing or two about tardiness.

Urd: And you’re… proud of that?

Eraqus: A skill is a skill—

Xehanort: Quiet. We're being watched.

Eraqus: It's probably just Bragi and...

(Eraqus looks up, screams and falls over, startling the other two.)

Eraqus: Aaaaah!

Xehanort: What happened?

Urd: What is it?

(They hasten to his side. He points up at the slowly appearing Cheshire Cat.)

Cheshire Cat: Well now, it seems I've been spotted.

Urd: A local?

Xehanort: Who are you?

Cheshire Cat: Not who, but what. I am a Cheshire Cat.

Eraqus: A cat? Okay, we're dealing with cats now.

Cheshire Cat: The friends you're waiting for aren't coming.

Xehanort: How do you know we're waiting?

Cheshire Cat: The Cheshire Cat has all the answers. I am quite a remarkable cat.

Eraqus: If you have all the answers, then tell me this: what happened to the others?

Cheshire Cat: Your friends are being held prisoner.

Keyblade wielders: !

Xehanort: Prisoner? Where?

Cheshire Cat: Where indeed? They lie in deep shadow. I can't really see.

(He disappears. Eraqus hurries up.)

Eraqus: Hey, wait!

Urd: What do we do?

Xehanort: I mean, what can we do? We don't have any leads...

Eraqus: So what, we do nothing? We need to go out and start looking right awa...

(The Cheshire Cat reappears, startling Eraqus yet again.)

Eraqus: Ahhhhhh!

Cheshire Cat: Oh yes, I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.

(He disappears again.)

Eraqus: Is he gone...?

Urd: Find out? What did he mean by that?

Xehanort: Hm...

(They think for a moment.)

Xehanort: I think I've got it.

(Suddenly, a bunch of Spade Card Soldiers run up and surround them.)

Urd: What now?

Spade Soldier: More of you criminals, huh? You'll pay for stirring up trouble in our kingdom!

Eraqus: Wait, we’re just looking for our friends.

Spade Soldier: No excuses.

Spade Soldier: Arrest them!

Eraqus: Are they serious? I’m not following any of this...

(They threaten the Keyblade wielders, when suddenly a voice calls out to them.)

???: You there!

(A Heart Card Soldier approaches.)

Heart Soldier: What are you doing? The trial is about to start!

Spade Soldier: We were about to arrest this shady lot...

Heart Soldier: Do it later. If you're late to the trial, you might lose your heads too.

(The Heart Soldier leads the rest of them away, leaving the Keyblade wielders alone.)

Eraqus: Uh, what? They're just going to leave?

Urd: I guess we don't have to worry about it.

Xehanort: For now, at least. But I think the others are in serious trouble.

Urd: How do you know?

Xehanort: Those cards just said "more of you criminals." That means they must have already come across some people like us...

Eraqus: Oh!

(Eraqus comes to a realization.)

Eraqus: They're being held prisoner, and are about to be put on trial. It fits what that cat said earlier.

Urd: But why a trial?

Xehanort: Who knows. But it seems this world has a strange version of "order."

Urd: Well then, we know what we have to do.

Eraqus: Let's get to the courtroom and save our friends.

(The White Rabbit runs up onto his podium, blowing a trumpet loudly.)

White Rabbit: Court is now in session.

(The Queen of Hearts presides over the trial. Bragi, Hermod and Vor are at the stand.)

White Rabbit: The defendants are charged with trespassing in Her Majesty the Queen's dominion, and inciting violence.

Bragi: Please, wait. I'm sorry for trespassing. But I don't agree that we incited violence. We were just fighting the monsters...

Queen of Hearts: Did you hear that? They just confessed not only to trespassing, but also committing an outrageous crime.

Bragi: Crime…? You mean, fighting the monsters?

Queen of Hearts: Everything in this land belongs to me. I'm the only one allowed to do as I please.

Bragi: Everything? Even the monsters…?

Queen of Hearts: Well of course.

Bragi: That's absurd.

(The other three watch the trial from the safety of hedges.)

Eraqus: I've seen enough.

(He summons his Keyblade, ready to charge in.)

Xehanort: Wait. What are you going to do with that Keyblade?

Eraqus: Isn't it obvious? I'm going to rescue them.

Xehanort: You're going to attack the inhabitants of this world? What about the "order?"

(Eraqus dismisses his Keyblade.)

Urd: So what do we do then?

Xehanort: Well, I'm not saying we should just sit here and watch.

(Eraqus and Urd smile at Xehanort.)

Xehanort: Why are you smiling?

Let's go!

Eraqus: Yeah!

(They charge in. Meanwhile...)

Queen of Hearts: This court finds the defendants... guilty!

(The cavalry arrives.)

Eraqus: Objection, objection!

Bragi: You guys!

Xehanort: This trial is a sham. I refuse to accept it. 

Queen of Hearts: Just who do you think you are? How dare you interfere!

It doesn't matter a bit what you or anyone else might think the way is. All ways here are my ways!!

Xehanort: A trial should carry out justice under the law. You can't just go by your own pompous opinion.

Unless, you're the one making the rules in this world?

Queen of Hearts: Of course. When the mob is allowed to say and do as they please, their contempt for others leads to quarrel and trouble.

I am the one who must...

Xehanort: You must control them, because you are the law?

Eraqus: But there's a way to do this, you know? Do you honestly believe they've committed a crime?

Aren't you just controlling your people through fear?

Queen of Hearts: Fear? I don't see any, do you!?

(The wielders turn to see the White Rabbit and all the Card Soldiers shaking from the queen's outburst.)

Queen of Hearts: Take a look. Those with power reign supreme.

Enough questions.

Off with their heads.

Card Soldiers: Off with their heads.

(The card soldiers gather together, and block off the exit.)

Card Soldiers: Off with their heads.

(They stack together to form a tower. Eraqus turns to Xehanort.)

Eraqus: Now what? Do you have a plan?

Xehanort: She can't be reasoned with. We'll have to think on the fly.

Eraqus: You know, that's my favorite kind of plan.

(Eraqus gets ready but suddenly, Xehanort notices something behind them.)

Xehanort: What…?

(He spots a dark presence behind the queen, which quickly vanishes.)

Queen of Hearts: Round them up and cut off their heads!

(The card soldiers approach the wielders, when suddenly they're blown back by a powerful attack. The wielders stand ready as the Fairy Reaper appears.)

Urd: What!?

(Eraqus summons his Keyblade and looks at Xehanort.)

Eraqus: You're okay with this, right?

Xehanort: Yeah.

(Everyone summons their Keyblades and prepare for battle. The White Rabbit takes the opportunity to escape.)

White Rabbit: W-well, sentencing has concluded. Court is adjourned.

(The queen takes her leave as well.)

Queen of Hearts: What are you doing? You have no right to come into my kingdom and do as you please!

(The card soldiers try again to face the Fairy Reaper but are easily pushed over.)

Bragi: How reckless...

(The soldiers cower in fear. Bragi and the others rush to defend them from the Heartless's attack.)

Eraqus: Bragi!

(They do their best to fight back but the Reaper blows them all away.)

Eraqus: Bragi!!

(It turns its attention to Eraqus's group now.)

Xehanort: This thing is pretty tough. Think you can handle it?

Eraqus: There's no other choice.

(The gang reconvenes in the woods.)

Eraqus: I'm glad you're all okay.

Bragi: A weakling like that isn't going to finish me off.

Hermod: We have discovered an extremely formidable foe, though.

Eraqus: Really? I won't say it wasn't a challenge, but if we could take it down ourselves then it wasn't all that bad.

(Hermod shakes his head.)

Hermod: I'm not talking about the Heartless.

Bragi: But aren't they the enemy?

Vor: Yeah, that was drilled into us in class.

Urd: I see what you're getting at. I suppose it is hard to judge.

Eraqus: Come on guys, just spit it out.

Hermod: There's an even stronger enemy than the Heartless: the darkness in people's hearts.

The Queen of Hearts rules over her subjects with fear. Under our worldview, we would call that evil. But if that is the nature of "order" in this world, then who are we to decide what's right and what's wrong.

Urd: In other words, we can't just go swinging our Keyblades around thoughtlessly.

Eraqus: Is that why you didn't resist when they arrested you?

Vor: Yeah. We didn't have a choice.

Eraqus: I see... I wonder if that's also what happened to the upper classmen? If they came into contact with the darkness of human malice, and weren't able to do anything because of world order,

maybe they were captured, and if so they could already be...

Bragi: What do you think, Xehanort?

(Xehanort doesn't answer. He's been silent the whole time, alone with his own thoughts.)

Bragi: Xehanort!

Xehanort: Oh, uh, yeah, what?

Eraqus: I was talking about the upper classmen. Like, what if it wasn't Heartless, but people touched by darkness that got to them...

(Flash to UX: Brain, Ephemer, Skuld and Ven on the hill.)

Brain: Darkness conceals all...

Even people.

(Flash to moments earlier, when the gang faced the Card Soldiers; the Queen of Hearts stands with a shadowy presence behind her.)

Xehanort & Eraqus: Darkness conceals all...

Even people.

(They look at each other in shock.)

Xehanort: What…?

Eraqus: What yourself?

Xehanort: I mean… I...

Hermod: A darkness that hides people, hm...

Xehanort: Yeah… The Queen of Hearts misunderstood the nature of power.

If that becomes a recurring theme, then maybe someday Keyblades will have to be used against other people.

Eraqus: Still, I want to believe in them, and in the light in their hearts.

Xehanort: Yeah...

Urd: Anyway, we should be focusing on finding the missing upper classmen right now.

Vor: That is our goal, after all.

Bragi: I wish it were that simple.

Hermod: Well then, don't jinx us.

(Eraqus approaches Xehanort to talk privately as the others continue with the conversation.)

Eraqus: What's wrong? You look frazzled.

Xehanort: It's just...

(Flashback to earlier.)

Eraqus: But there's a way to do this, you know? Do you honestly believe they've committed a crime?

Aren't you just controlling your people through fear?

Queen of Hearts: Fear? I don't see any, do you!?

(End flashback.)

Xehanort: Maybe people could be unaware of any darkness hiding within them.

Eraqus: You really think so?

Xehanort: I don't know if I could turn my Keyblade on someone who didn't even know they had darkness inside…

Eraqus: It is quite a dilemma...

Xehanort: I think our search is going to get a lot more complicated...

Vor: What are you two talking about?

Eraqus: Just whether there's any point in continuing our search in this world.

Hermod: If it's possible that the upper classmen were put on trial, then yes, we need to keep looking.

Bragi: But what if they catch us again?

Urd: It might be better to split up. Some of us can keep looking here, and the others can move on to the next world.

(Eraqus looks at Xehanort. He nods.)

Eraqus: Xehanort and I will continue the investigation here.

Vor: Just the two of you?

Xehanort: Yeah. We'll stand out less this way.

(Vor has a mischievous look on her face.)

Eraqus: W-what is it, Vor?

Vor: You guys are acting suspicious. Maybe I'll stay here too!

Eraqus: Xehanort, what should we do?

(Party switching time. For the sake of this playthrough, we're keeping the team of Xehanort-Eraqus-Urd as is. Since Vor isn't in the party, she slumps over, defeated.)

Vor: Awwwwwwww.

Eraqus: Maybe next time.

Xehanort: Okay. Let's regroup once we find something.

(ALTERNATE: Vor gets to tag along with Eraqus and Xehanort. Eraqus doesn't look too pleased.)

Vor: Alright! Don't worry guys, I'll stay out of your way.

Eraqus: You better.

(Vor jumps up and down with joy. Eraqus sighs.)

Xehanort: Okay. Let's regroup once we find something.

(4 years later)

(The card soldiers march Xehanort to the stand.)

White Rabbit: Court is now in session.

The defendant is charged with trespassing in Her Majesty the Queen's dominion, and inciting violence.

Queen of Hearts: Again? Strange things do sneak in from time to time.

Who are you, and where are you from?

Xehanort: You don't remember me?

(Dark flames erupt behind the queen.)

Xehanort: I knew it. I can see the darkness.

(The queen shouts for the trial to begin. Xehanort takes the stand.)

Next Episode 3: The Purpose of the Journey


Quest Recommended Level
No.21~30 LV18~24
No.31~40 LV24~28

Additionally, players can now purchase Quest Keys in the shop for 18,000 BP. The 10-run limit on the BP event quest has also been lifted.

 
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Use this to discuss the story update in the meantime while we get the videos up, please and thank you~

My condolences to Global players, hopefully tomorrow will be the day!
 

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Added JP videos.

Edit: the presence of Darkness 👀
 
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Just finished the 20 missions, tbh a bit disappointed but not with the story.

The story actually blew my mind when Eraqus and Xehanort had the same flashback and said the same sentence, i didn't expect that. I have some ideas about why that happened but I'm still uncertain, first i want to see the ending of Union X.

Also, it seems that all the chapters of the main story will end with the flashback of 4 years later

What i'm disappointed is that there's just 1 new heartless(well, actually 2 but 1 must be from an event since it didn't appear in the main missions(the main account just showed that the second heartless is Ifrit from the collaboration)) and we can just defeat him 1 time like the flame core unless he appears in an event later because we can't repeat the main story missions.

Of course he could appear in another world later as a mob but it's still annoying. Also, no new worlds, but at least they used wonderland for the main story i guess...

For the next update i'm sure we should be at least level 45-50, it's not a problem i wanted to be lvl 50 for the next month but the staff should make a way to win more BP

And it's interesting that now you can buy the quest key with 18k BP, it's practically a lottery now, in case you get 2+ golds then you win but if not you lose 4k, but right now that's not really a problem because the new event is easy and fast, you can win 2.4k with just one round, if you make 2 you've win the loses and you can buy another quest key xD
 

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(Haven't watched the clips yet, waiting to play it, no spoilers please)
So, am I to understand that after releasing the first episode globally, now they're going back to staggering JP and NA release like with Union X? I'm sorry, but I'm so done if that's the case. What a slap in the face. There's no excuse if that is indeed the case. If they're just a day late, that's still stupid (as Katsagu mentioned, they should have everything finished for it), but I guess I'm more okay with that. But if they're really just doing this month-deferral shit for no reason again, I'm going to be really pissed.
 

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Thanks for the video uploads Sign. For those of us who can't play these are highly important. While I don't know what's being said it looks like the Wonderland world is more complete then Agrabah was when Team Xehanort visited. That's what I call them, Team Xehanort. And while it looks to be the same plot they always use in Wonderland, at least Alice wasn't on trial this time. And the cards stacked on each other like that was neat. Can't wait to see the translations for this.
 

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Thanks for the video uploads Sign. For those of us who can't play these are highly important. While I don't know what's being said it looks like the Wonderland world is more complete then Agrabah was when Team Xehanort visited. That's what I call them, Team Xehanort. And while it looks to be the same plot they always use in Wonderland, at least Alice wasn't on trial this time. And the cards stacked on each other like that was neat. Can't wait to see the translations for this.
Imagine if they come back and some random girl with a name similar to Alice ends up on trial.
 

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They could at least give some info about the Global release on the NA Twitter account. Not knowing when it will arrive is really frustrating. I am trying to resist watching the videos before playing but it looks interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing more dialogue with the rest of the students to learn more about their personalities.
 

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They could at least give some info about the Global release on the NA Twitter account. Not knowing when it will arrive is really frustrating.
A couple of hours after midnight PT, which is when the story should have been included, they updated a notice from a couple of weeks ago to reflect the delay:

■ [Updated 7/30]
Main Quest was suppose to happen in July, however it got moved to the beginning of August!
So at least knowing it'll drop during the beginning of August is better than the initial confusion when there was nothing. If their Twitter was used for more than "here's what's coming today" and the odd "strategy and tips" then I'd have expected them to tweet about this delay (they still could!) but alas, just gotta wait until the work is done and ready to go.
 

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Looks like Global is already not running neck and neck with JP. Love you so much, SE! Never buying another weekly again :^)

As for the content, I really do like how Xe/Er have the same sayings of the Brain saying. Because, this is showing the divergence between their two thought processes. We have to see more of the characterization, but remember that much of KHDR is already "foretold" given that we know where Xe and Er end up at the end of their journeys (in KH3).
 

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A couple of hours after midnight PT, which is when the story should have been included, they updated a notice from a couple of weeks ago to reflect the delay:



So at least knowing it'll drop during the beginning of August is better than the initial confusion when there was nothing. If their Twitter was used for more than "here's what's coming today" and the odd "strategy and tips" then I'd have expected them to tweet about this delay (they still could!) but alas, just gotta wait until the work is done and ready to go.
Thank you. I will have to remember to look at the notices carefully when updates are due.

This 'BP quest key lottery' makes me wonder about the probability of getting 2+ golds and being a net winner is. Part of me wants to get 100 quest keys and record each result to estimate what the odds of being a winner are.
 

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Honestly this delay kind of got me a bit down on the game. I felt I had an objective for all that grinding, pulling, doing events and that was to experience the story as it came out for myself. But right now that's kind of impossible like this when I like to be on the centre of KH discussion online.

I'm not sure what reasons they have for the delay, being ambiguous is not helping them and delaying it by more than one day honestly doesn't make much sense to me. Beginning of August could mean a ton of things.
 

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A couple of hours after midnight PT, which is when the story should have been included, they updated a notice from a couple of weeks ago to reflect the delay:



So at least knowing it'll drop during the beginning of August is better than the initial confusion when there was nothing. If their Twitter was used for more than "here's what's coming today" and the odd "strategy and tips" then I'd have expected them to tweet about this delay (they still could!) but alas, just gotta wait until the work is done and ready to go.
To be honest, I can forgive it if it's just a one-time delay of a few days. That's no big deal, and what with covid and everything you have to expect some things here and there to be a little out of step. That's just reasonable.
But on the other hand, I'm not really in a lenient or generous mood with Bitgroove. I still find the continuing delay on the Union X quests inexcusable, and if this keeps happening with Dark Road, I'm just gonna shift to YouTube like everybody else. There was never a reason to delay Union X, and there's certainly no excuse for introducing delays here, too. So, if it's just a one-time screw-up, that's cool, but this better not be an indication of future practices. There are VERY few redeeming graces about either of these games as it is.
 

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I gave in and looked at the translations and I actually love this. They actually adapt the world's story to Xehanort's story well. It's interesting that Xehanort is the one reluctant to break the rules about the Order of the world. I can't wait to see where this talk of people tainted by darkness leads. Also, the appearance of the Queen of Hearts raises some more questions about how the chronology of the series works. Sorry, too many thoughts in one post but I genuinely think this really interesting.
 
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