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Correct, but notice, as we were kinda getting at, the Roxas, Axel, and Xion symbols aren't included on this art piece, and did not show up in-game.

As for the ones that *are* included, here's what we have:

On the Light set, from left to right: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Terra, Aqua, Ventus

On the Dark set, likewise: Master Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, Xigbar, Saix, Yong Xehanort, Marluxia, Vanitas, Larxene, Demyx*, Vexen*, Luxord, Riku Replica*

*Note: These three asterisked I am not totally certain of, but seem within reason and the best possible guesses; the rest of them I am pretty much certain of, and can dig up reasoning and evidence to support them if need be
Strange that Axel isn't at least on the lights but Terra is. I know he was last minute but so was Kairi. Demxy and Vexen but no Terranort and Xion? I think I'm reading too much into it though. Still the symbols of the pieces fascinate me.
 

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Strange that Axel isn't at least on the lights but Terra is. I know he was last minute but so was Kairi. Demxy and Vexen but no Terranort and Xion? I think I'm reading too much into it though. Still the symbols of the pieces fascinate me.
While this artwork doesn't show a dark Terra piece, a dark Terra piece does show up very briefly in cutscenes in-game, though it's hard to catch. They likely figured there was no point in putting the same drawing in this art book twice, just with a color swap.

But yeah, for some reason, Axel, Roxas, and Xion don't appear anywhere, in-game or in art here--not sure if maybe they were trying to keep their final alignments secret or what, and if maybe the lack of Axel was to represent his place as a bit of a rogue/surprise player in Xehanort's eyes.

I can more or less see the way all of these symbols represent their respective people...EXCEPT Repliku. That one just comes out of nowhere for me. I can see how the Demyx and Vexen ones look like a part of their respective weapons. I can see how Xion's works. But that Repliku thing. All I ever see is something related to Maleficent.

 

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While this artwork doesn't show a dark Terra piece, a dark Terra piece does show up very briefly in cutscenes in-game, though it's hard to catch. They likely figured there was no point in putting the same drawing in this art book twice, just with a color swap.

But yeah, for some reason, Axel, Roxas, and Xion don't appear anywhere, in-game or in art here--not sure if maybe they were trying to keep their final alignments secret or what, and if maybe the lack of Axel was to represent his place as a bit of a rogue/surprise player in Xehanort's eyes.

I can more or less see the way all of these symbols represent their respective people...EXCEPT Repliku. That one just comes out of nowhere for me. I can see how the Demyx and Vexen ones look like a part of their respective weapons. I can see how Xion's works. But that Repliku thing. All I ever see is something related to Maleficent.

It makes sense to not show a Roxas piece and even Xion's since the game ignores her until the very end. But Axel not having one is still strange to me. I know the chess pieces don't mean much to the overall story of what happened but I dunno. Just feels odd. I suppose it doesn't matter now because everyone now has a piece.

Why wasn't Maleficent a Seeker with that form you just showed in that gif lol.
 

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It makes sense to not show a Roxas piece and even Xion's since the game ignores her until the very end. But Axel not having one is still strange to me. I know the chess pieces don't mean much to the overall story of what happened but I dunno. Just feels odd. I suppose it doesn't matter now because everyone now has a piece.

Why wasn't Maleficent a Seeker with that form you just showed in that gif lol.
Really makes ya wonder, doesn't it?

Honestly, and this has definitely been said by others, the whole point of Repliku's piece looking like that could be intentional, just to kinda showcase Riku's relationship with Maleficent in his darker days, even if Repliku himself never had that.

The Seeker Riku seemed to kinda combine all forms of antagonist-Riku we've seen so far anyways: he pretended to be Ansem-Riku at first, he used data/Blox in a callback to Jimminy's Journal Riku (who went bugged and fought us in Dark Riku's outfit at one point), and in the end he turned out to be Riku Replica.
 

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My best guest for why there was a light Terra piece and not an Axel piece is that the originally Destined Guardians, where the Destiny Trio, Wayfinder Trio and Mickey.

I mean in DDD Mickey did make it seem like the Guardian's he was planning on were himself, Riku, Sora, the Wayfinders and maybe Kairi, seeing he knew of her wielding in TWTNW.

While this explanation kinda works for the Guardians, it really doesn't hold up with the Darknesses. Yes, we know that Vexen and Demyx were original candidates, that were later benched by the Replicas. Maybe in the original line up, in which Terra was a light, Maleficent was one of the 13?

That said I wouldn't really know what the purpose of there being originally destined Seekers and Guardians and than the alternative, if the whole Seekers Vs. Guardians thing is over with now.
 

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While this explanation kinda works for the Guardians, it really doesn't hold up with the Darknesses. Yes, we know that Vexen and Demyx were original candidates, that were later benched by the Replicas. Maybe in the original line up, in which Terra was a light, Maleficent was one of the 13?

So that's actually a bit of a thing I'd like to make a bigger thread/topic all about at a later time--I would like to investigate the exact "timeline" of the True Org's members, and I'm not entirely sure how much of the narrative given by characters regarding that might actually be misleading. Demyx implies the two Reserve members were benched in favor of "Replicas", but who that means and whether that's even accurate is tenuous at best. Again, topic for another time/place.

I don't generally think the lineup on that art book represents things accurately, because in the game cutscenes, there is a dark Terra piece along with the light one. So I think the art book stuff is just there to represent references of what assets were used in-game, and so a drawing of the dark Terra piece would have been superfluous.

I think what was there in-game was supposed to be sort of a compilation of everyone who is considered a major Light or Darkness in general, at least from the start. Again, weird that Axel was absent from the board, and Donald and Goofy as well. But with the Seekers, I can see them just having all Seekers present, including reserves, but excluding the ones that were meant to be spoilers/surprises narratively speaking (so basically just Xion).

Idk, it's a bloody mess, and I need to get my research and paperwork together to post one, maybe two, threads that tie into this mess, just to gauge public opinion and knowledge on the matter.
 

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So that's actually a bit of a thing I'd like to make a bigger thread/topic all about at a later time--I would like to investigate the exact "timeline" of the True Org's members, and I'm not entirely sure how much of the narrative given by characters regarding that might actually be misleading. Demyx implies the two Reserve members were benched in favor of "Replicas", but who that means and whether that's even accurate is tenuous at best. Again, topic for another time/place.

I don't generally think the lineup on that art book represents things accurately, because in the game cutscenes, there is a dark Terra piece along with the light one. So I think the art book stuff is just there to represent references of what assets were used in-game, and so a drawing of the dark Terra piece would have been superfluous.

I think what was there in-game was supposed to be sort of a compilation of everyone who is considered a major Light or Darkness in general, at least from the start. Again, weird that Axel was absent from the board, and Donald and Goofy as well. But with the Seekers, I can see them just having all Seekers present, including reserves, but excluding the ones that were meant to be spoilers/surprises narratively speaking (so basically just Xion).

Idk, it's a bloody mess, and I need to get my research and paperwork together to post one, maybe two, threads that tie into this mess, just to gauge public opinion and knowledge on the matter.
I've wondered about the Seekers timeline as well. Vexen and Demyx are sub-members yet they act like they were benched as if they were active but no longer. Then there's the whole "why do you even need bench members when they have 13+ members already." But like you said for another thread.
 

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who wants to meet up and play this in the windowsill with me? to keep things authentic, my personality will go through a re-write between moves and I will go from a creepy evil schemer to a well-meaning but misguided friend right around the time you start cheating.
Count me in. I’ll open with an en passant and then you’ll proceed to talk about some war with keys involved which I know nothing about. You’ll tell me to drop the facade, but I’m just too clueless. You ramble about the future, light, darkness but dude we’re playing chess, so can you JUST SHUT UP AND LET ME FOCUS?!
 

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idk how to play chess but im getting it still


The general consensus seems to be it's the last gold piece here, the golden dragon-head looking doodad--why that is, however, I'm still to this day totally unsure.
i think the dragon one is terranort and the bird looking one is vexan and the one to its left is demyx.

Half those symbols I can't figure out. First thing this KH chess set needs to do is tell who is who. None of these symbols look like Dark Riku. Yet there is one that looks like Vexen's who wasn't even in the war. So confusing lol.
the dragon is terranort and the bird looking one is vexan and the one to its left is demyx. this was the og 13 seekers but for some reason xehanort and/or numora changed that idea.

Correct, but notice, as we were kinda getting at, the Roxas, Axel, and Xion symbols aren't included on this art piece, and did not show up in-game.

As for the ones that *are* included, here's what we have:

On the Light set, from left to right: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Terra, Aqua, Ventus

On the Dark set, likewise: Master Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, Xigbar, Saix, Yong Xehanort, Marluxia, Vanitas, Larxene, Demyx*, Vexen*, Luxord, Riku Replica*

*Note: These three asterisked I am not totally certain of, but seem within reason and the best possible guesses; the rest of them I am pretty much certain of, and can dig up reasoning and evidence to support them if need be
its not riku replica. its terranort cus he was norted before riku replica and was xehanort's 1st vessel
 

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I don't know how to play chess at all, and the moment I saw this in KH 3 trailers I was thinking "there's no way in heck they're going to actually make this into merchandise, they can't even release the organization's weapons officially"
And here I am, proven wrong, and wanting this thing just to display it.
 

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the dragon is terranort and the bird looking one is vexan and the one to its left is demyx. this was the og 13 seekers but for some reason xehanort and/or numora changed that idea.
I may sound dumb asking this, but which one is the dragon one? Trying to figure some of these pieces out confuse me.
 

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Huh, I suppose from a certain angle it looks like a dragon. Though I don't know what a dragon has to do with Terra. They should have given him a piece that looks similar to Lingering Will...or one that resembles nuts. You know Terra is a fan of nuts.
 

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During the game cutscenes there are gold Terra pieces. Terra actually gets tossed around the board a bit.

I think those two pieces are Vexen and Demyx, showing their shield and sitar upside-down to symbolize that they're reserve members who defect from the dark side.
 

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Place your bets on how expensive it's gonna be

Gunning for $200 but part of me thinks it'll be even more

Gonna buy it anyway
I was wondering the same thing... I would hope to get it for 100, but could see it going all the way up to 5... just depends on what it's made of.
 

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i would pay over $500 for this set to be made of quality materials. Bottom line is either its gonna be super expensive or crafted with shitty reflective paint or an aluminum shell, and abs resin with lead cores to give the pieces some weight. Real marble/polished metal pieces is definitely asking too much but anything else won't have the authenticity that we all want.
 
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