trapped in revamp hell
- Nov 1, 2009
Kingdom Hearts Union X's finale was released today!
Edit 6/9/2021: Finale stealth release for the Global version.
Japanese - Fan Translated
(Flashback of Luxu’s conversation with MoM before his departure.)
Luxu: This world is going to end?
Master: Like I said before, right now we have no way to win against the darkness.
We needed more time- time to train all those Keyblade wielders, so that someday, the Keyblade will be passed to those chosen to defeat the darkness.
The Dandelions are seeds of light meant to be sown into the future. This world merely exists to hold the darkness back until those seeds are ready to fly.
Then, the sun will set on this duskless dawn. And our plan will have succeeded at last.
Luxu: I should get going.
(He takes the box and starts dragging it away, when the Master speaks again.)
Master: Oh right, there’s one more thing.
Luxu: Just one?
Master: Remember what I said, about my age-old battle with the darkness?
During the course of that conflict, the darkness abandoned their form, and shifted from physical attacks to attacks on the human heart. In doing so, they were able to take the lives of many of my friends.
But, it was a double-edged sword. You see, I realized that when they threw away their form, they lost their own consciousness.
That brings us to today.
Luxu: So the darkness we're fighting now has no form?
Master: "7 is perfect, and lucky, and bright. 13 is discordant, unlucky: a blight."
As that saying goes, there were originally 13 founding pieces of darkness. These thirteen darknesses expanded, propagating more formless shadows like themselves, and one turned into a whole.
As their numbers grew, a breed of darkness with form came into being - the Heartless.
And the collective without a form became individuals, waiting for the opportunity to nest within those who possess strong hearts.
Luxu: I see…
(The screen gets dark. Images of the other Foretellers appear and rotate around them.)
Master: We cannot defeat the darkness if it remains formless. To make it vulnerable, we need vessels with strong hearts.
That's where you guys come in.
Luxu: You don't mean…
Master: Look, I know that sounds bad, but hey, it wasn't like I was JUST training you to become vessels.
I wanted you to make your hearts so strong that when Darkness took root in them, you wouldn't lose to it.
Luxu: I can't…
Master: Don't forget! This is a battle between human and inhuman.
Don't let sentimentality cloud your goal.
I wouldn't have entrusted the fate of humanity to you guys if I didn't believe in you.
The darkness has thirteen main parts, and among them are seven particularly deadly ones. Those are prime for being locked in our hearts.
The darkness that take root within us will be divided and conquered.
That's what the Keyblade War is for.
(Back to the room.)
Luxu: ……So the traitor among the Union leaders, the war… It's all for this purpose……
Master: That's right. That passage in the Book of Prophecies is a tool.
Negative emotions like suspicion and discord create prime nesting grounds for darkness. I needed you all to feel them with all your hearts.
As conflicting emotions collide, they become amplified.
Thus, the seven strongest of the thirteen darknesses will reside in our hearts.
Luxu: Our hearts?
Master: As for the other six, well.
Five will be locked away in the new Union Leaders who will come after we're gone, and one will stay trapped in this world.
Luxu: I won't let you do that!!
We cannot sacrifice this much!!
Master: What did I just say? Don't let sentimentality cloud the goal.
Sure, those who lose their hearts to Darkness will suffer a crueler, more miserable fate. I've seen it happen to so many people I loved, to my friends, with my own eyes.
But the battle of light and dark isn't a hero's tale.
The fundamental dignity of all those who have hearts is at stake.
I'm not planning to sacrifice anyone.
I'm preparing ways to save them.
(Luxu takes the box and leaves.)
Master: May your heart be your guiding key…
Whatever you think, however you feel…
You are the key to everything.
I have high hopes for you, Luxu the traitor…
(In the real world, Daybreak Town continues to be ravaged. Lauriam and Elrena watch as Brain types away at the terminal. Ven is left sleeping in his pod.)
Elrena: How’s it going?
I tried to see if the original transfer system between the real and data worlds had a way to bring everyone back in one go, but we might not have enough time for that…
Lauriam: I see…
Brain: There is an alternative.
We may not be able to save every Dandelion, but I think we can bring back those three.
(Two pods open.)
Before that, you two, get in the ark.
Brain: If we want to bring Ephemer and the others back, we’ll have to race against time.
You should leave now, just in case.
Lauriam: What did you mean by "another way"?
Brain: I'll send the remaining two pods back to the data world. That should bring them back in time.
Lauriam: I see.
Brain: This is our only shot.
Hurry, get in.
Lauriam: Will you be okay by yourself?
Brain: Right now, you’re the only Union leader certain to make it out of this world.
We're all connected. From Ephemer to me, from me to you. So let me see you off as you pave the way for the future to come.
Brain: I don't know when or where you’ll arrive. But, your heart is the waypoint...
Make sure your duty is etched clearly onto it.
Lauriam: I thought that since we couldn't find Strelitzia's data, perhaps people weren't stored as data after all. But I was wrong.
We will find her this time.
Brain: Those feelings will be your waypoint, and lead you to her.
I hope you get to see your sister again.
(The two shake hands.)
Lauriam: We'll meet again. I know we will.
(Lauriam and Elrena enter the pods.)
Brain: May your heart be your guiding key──
(Brain closes the pods and enters the command to send them off, but violent shaking suddenly occurs.)
(The ark departs. Brain realizes someone else is in the room.)
Brain: Who's there!?
(He turns around to find a figure in a black coat.)
???: Just you, huh?
(Back in the data world, Ephemer, Skuld and Player wait for Brain to make his move.)
Skuld: Do you think they made it back to the real world safely?
Ephemer: Brain is with them. They'll be alright.
Player: Yeah. He does seem smarter than you, Ephemer.
Ephemer: Excuse me??
(They share a laugh.)
Skuld: It's hard to believe the world is ending.
Ephemer: Yeah. It's so quiet.
(Player suddenly notices something is wrong. They turn around and summon their Keyblade, trying to get the others' attention.)
(Skuld and Ephemer realize what's going on.)
Ephemer: No way……
(They're surrounded by 4 Darknesses.)
Skuld: Four of them...?
Darkness 1: Don't be nervous. We didn't come to fight.
Darkness 2: We want you to open the gate for us before you leave.
Ephemer: What gate?
Darkness 2: Didn't the first shadow tell you? Our goal is to expand.
We’re going to pass through the portal and infect all kinds of worlds.
Ephemer: And you think we’d just happily comply after hearing that?
Darkness 1: Resistance is futile. You know how strong we are.
Darkness 3: Perhaps you’d prefer if we just take over your body.
(Darkness 2 vanishes and reappears between the wielders.)
Darkness 2: Or, we could consume your friends right in front of you, until you open the gate for us in humiliating defeat. Would that be better?
Ephemer: ……I refuse.
(He summons his Keyblade and slashes at them, but they just disappear. The three wielders move to confront them with Keyblades in hand.)
Darkness 1: How foolish……
(Ephemer looks back at Player and whispers to them.)
Ephemer: (As soon as the fight starts, get into the ark.)
Ephemer: (If only one of us can survive, I want it to be you…)
(Player is reluctant. They lower their Keyblade.)
Player: How foolish……
Skuld: What is it, Player?
Player: This is why humans can never defeat the darkness.
(Player attacks Ephemer to everyone's shock. He's barely able to defend himself.)
Ephemer: What are you doing?
(Skuld tries to break them up, but Player bats her away with little effort.)
Player: Player's heart has fallen into the dark abyss.
Player: Your voice can't reach them now.
Player: Didn't we tell you? We have no form. We cannot be destroyed...
Skuld: You're the one from before. You weren't defeated after all…
(Player attacks Ephemer, sending him all the way across the room.)
Player: We might give them back, if you open the door.
(Skuld hurries to his side. The two get ready to do battle against the Player as the Darknesses look on.)
Player: Don't interfere. Just watch.
(Ephemer and Skuld collapse from their battle against the Darkness-possessed Player.)
Player: You should have gotten in the ark…
Ephemer: Stop it……Player……
(They approach the defenseless Skuld and raise their Keyblade, ready to strike.)
Player: Hate me, Ephemer…
That will only sustain us.
(Ephemer shoots a beam from his Keyblade right through Player, creating a portal behind them. Player and the Darknesses are sucked in)
Ephemer: I'm sorry……
I'm so sorry……
(He closes the portal.)
(Back with Brain and the black coat.)
???: Just you, huh?
Brain: That's right. Who are you?
???: I am Luxu, a disciple of the Master of Masters.
Brain: What? Lord Luxu, I heard you disappeared before the Unions were formed…
Luxu: That's not important. Tell me, are you a Union leader?
Brain: Yes, I am. My name is Brain.
Luxu: If you're alone, then that means…
(He counts the pods.)
What happened to the other Union leaders?
Brain: One made it out. Two more are still inside the data.
Luxu: Hmm? That only accounts for four, including you. Was the last one struck down?
Luxu: I see……
So, I take it you'll be using this pod?
Brain: No. We have a Dandelion ally still in the data. I'm going to send these two pods into the data. There's still one on that side, which will allow all three to come back.
Luxu: And what about you?
Brain: I'm staying here in this era. There are a large number of Dandelions left in the data world, and I plan to awaken them.
Brain: Yes. Lady Ava told me that when a world is consumed by darkness it goes to sleep.
Luxu: That is usually the case, but this data world is different.
Brain: What do you mean?
Luxu: It's a cage built to trap the darkness. Once it's consumed, there's no getting out.
Luxu: Plus… This unfinished ark you're using? It requires a medium to rebuild your form at the destination, as well as someone who remembers you.
Did you know that before you used it?
Brain: Sort of……
Luxu: Do you have a plan?
Only to give what remains of my life to fulfill this duty.
(Luxu approaches Brain.)
Luxu: You're brilliant in every sense of the word.
It'd be a waste if your life were to end here.
(Back with Ephemer and Skuld. Ephemer carries Skuld in his arms as two more pods materialize.)
Ephemer: Let's go, together……
(He places her in a pod and looks towards the remaining pod meant for Player. After a brief pause, he gets into his own pod and the two depart the data world.)
(Player lies in the path within the cable leading to , surrounded by the 4 Darknesses.)
Darkness 1: Nice work……
Darkness 2: Using his rage to get him to open the portal…
Darkness 3: We can use this to get to all kinds of data worlds…
Darkness 4: When are you going to get rid of that meatbag? It's fragile, and if it dies, so do you.
(All of a sudden, Player starts laughing.)
Darkness 3: What's so funny?
Player: I'm surprised by how easy the darkness is to fool. Or is it just you guys in particular?
Darkness 4: Wait, you're not……
Player: So even though you don't have forms, you can't pass through unless someone unlocks the way?
What a shame.
(They get up and use their Keyblade to shoot a beam of light across the way.)
Player: Ephemer locked the way in. Now I've done the same to the way out.
You're trapped in this portal cable.
Darkness 1: Did you pretend to be possessed, just to make this happen?
Player: You finally figured it out? We’ve won.
Darkness 1: You wretch───────────！！
(The Darknesses shoot up into the air and zip around in anger. Player falls to the ground in exhaustion as Chirithy arrives to comfort them.)
Player: I'm sorry…… for dragging you into this.
(They embrace as light engulfs them.)
(Ephemer and Skuld arrive in the real world to find the room empty.)
Ephemer: I wonder if the others got out.
(The world shakes.)
Skuld: What should we do, Ephemer?
Ephemer: Let's take a look outside.
(They exit the room to see the sun set on Daybreak Town as the world falls to pieces around them.)
Ephemer: Skuld, it's too dangerous out here.
Let's go back inside…
Skuld: It took so long to build, but only an instant to destroy…
Ephemer: Come on.
(They head back in.)
(Continued flashback of the Master's conversation with Darkness.)
Darkness: The things you humans do are beyond comprehension.
Master: We humans?
Darkness: Well, maybe just you.
Master: Do you want to understand me?
Darkness: It is important to know one's enemy.
Master: Are you speaking for everyone there? Or just yourself?
Master: Our first game board is a small world. The smaller the world, the easier it is to control.
So let's open up it up little by little, as if we were lining up books of fairy tales one by one. As we add book after book, the realm expands into infinity.
The problem is, although there are places in the world where light cannot reach, there is no place darkness cannot.
It will cost many lives and take many lifetimes, but the world will expand more and more. Yet wherever it unfolds, darkness will follow.
Darkness has the overwhelming advantage. We can try countless times to escape to a world without darkness, but you'll always be there.
Darkness: Because we're friends.
Master: Well, sometimes we need some space.
Darkness: Which world do you intend to disappear in?
Master: A world unseen, and inconceivable. Somewhere neither darkness nor light can take control…
Darkness: Where is that?
Master: What is the one clear difference between humans and other living beings?
Humans want to believe that once they are gone, there's still another world waiting for them.
I want to believe that too. In a world beyond life I can imagine, a fictional world…
Darkness: Fictional? Do you mean a data world?
Master: If whatever is being imagined can be made real, then it belongs to reality.
But as I told you, I'm talking about a world that's inconceivable.
Darkness: Which is?
Master: Somewhere neither eyes nor voice can reach. A world of ※
(Back with Ephemer and Skuld.)
Ephemer: Skuld, get in.
(She nods. The two get in their pods, and Skuld starts to cry.)
Skuld: Thank you, Ephemer…
I'm glad I'm not alone.
Ephemer: No giving up, right, Skuld? Not until the very end.
(Ephemer thinks back to when he met Player, and their first adventure together. He cries at the loss of his friend.)
(The pods close and are buried in rubble.)
(Player and Chirithy are floating in a white space, surrounded by other wielders with their Chirithy. They watch as the others wielders fade away and their Chirithy grabs hold of their hearts, then transform into different Dream Eaters.)
Player: What are those……?
Chirithy: We are connected to the hearts of you Keyblade wielders. When your hearts fade, so do we.
When you fall asleep, we become something that can protect you in the meantime.
Player: Will I sleep too…?
Chirithy: Well, that's up to you.
Player: You mean I could choose not to?
Chirithy: If you refuse sleep, you will join with a brand new heart.
(We see a black-haired woman in a strange town, giving a baby to a cloaked figure. The figure brings the baby to Destiny Islands. The screen flashes, and the baby is now grown as the teenaged Xehanort. The figure watches from afar, then topples over when Xehanort begins to move.
The screen changes again to show Xehanort's arrival in Scala ad Caelum, and his time with Eraqus.
Back to Player and Chirithy. Player closes their eyes, completely calm.)
Chirithy: What is it?
Player: I guess the adventure continues.
(They embrace once more, and Player's heart floats away.)
(Multiple scenes play. First, we see one of the ark's pods floats across an ocean, with the remnants of Daybreak Town scattered across its surface. It makes contact with some rubble and stops, triggering the door to open and revealing its passenger to be Ephemer.
Next, Maleficent's pet raven Diablo brings her cloak to the Mysterious Tower.
Lauriam awakens to find himself in Dwarf Woodlands, while Elrena lies in Enchanted Dominion.
Ven is left in the Barrens and is approached by a mysterious figure.
Elsewhere, Luxu drags the black box across the way with No Name in hand. He glances at the Keyblade.)
Luxu: May your heart be your guiding key……
(He lifts up his hood, revealing a face that looks exactly like Brain's.)
(Brain finds himself in the mysterious city we saw earlier.)
Brain: Where am I……
(He's approached by a stranger, carrying his hat.)
???: You're Brain, right?
(He returns Brain's hat.)
So it was true.
Brain: Who are you?
???: Oh, excuse me. I'm Sigurd.
Wait a moment, I have to report back.
(Sigurd turns and mutters to himself for a moment before addressing Brain again.)
Sigurd: Thank you for waiting. I'll take you to HQ.
Brain: HQ?? Mind explaining that a little more first?
Sigurd: It was set in stone that you would escape the destruction of Daybreak Town and arrive here today. And that we'd be here to meet you.
Brain: What does that mean?? I’m a bit lost here.
Sigurd: We'll explain it all at HQ.
Brain: Wait. Where are the others? I had friends who escaped with me, they should be here too.
Sigurd: You're the only one who arrived in this era.
Brain: …oh… I see……
Sigurd: It's natural to be confused…
We should get going.
(Sigurd leads Brain towards a fountain and gazes up at the statue that tops it. Brain follows and is shocked by what he sees.)
Brain: Is that……
Sigurd: That's the man who built this town, Scala Ad Caelum. The First Keyblade Master,
(A statue of Ephemer wielding the Master's Defender stands at the top of the fountain. Brain looks on in pride.)
Brain: Yeah… I know him.
I'm proud to call him my best friend.
[An Oath to Return