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Now some might say it doesn't add up with Vanitas' backstory in the BBS novel, but it would not be the first time that something that was in the novels is ignored in favor of a new development.
Maybe that explains her interest in Pete's time travel method? It's interesting that Pete was able to open a doorway to: 1) another world and 2) another time from Hollow Bastion (the apparent location of this "Arc" device).
Could there have been something in The World That Never Was that facilitated Maleficent wanting that world, besides it being a "castle"? I'm just thinking that if she knew about time travel, the past and "Darkness", then maybe her new mission started in KH2?
I think so, yeah. Brain's prodding basically opened the floodgates. Ven's even younger at this point; he didn't have any friends until he joined the Union leaders so being told he didn't belong and that he might have been involved with the death of his friend's sister would have been absolutely devastating.
I mean that's what I assumed. After all, Ven became a heart of pure light afterwards and judging from the fact that nothing seems to indicate that here in the past, he must have a little darkness within him, much like someone like Sora has darkness. If Ven was Darkness's way of smuggling itself through undetected then all of this is logical thought at this point. It also explains what's up with Vanitas and the Unversed; after all why can Vanitas birth these creature of darkness just by having a heart of pure darkness? I mean a good amount of people just stopped asking that question but now we have something of an answer that makes sense.
Does "breath" of darkness mean the smell of darkness / stench of light lore lives on?
Catching up on the UX videos I was excited to see Maleficent's sense of smell was still a thing. Seriously. I want to know what the MoM smells like and if Riku will be able to figure out his identity without needing a face reveal!
All things considered, somebody on Gamefaqs said the KH3 light novel indicates Vanitas and Darkness connection, however it’s vague. Though the light novels should be taken as a grain of salt. For instance, Vanitas said the unversed or "dark masses' ' have consistently existed in Ventus before the split. Likely implying that the unversed originated from Darkness. Which could (or would) explain why Vanitas was born with the abilities. Or on the other hand when Vanitas implied that he had ancient memories. He was unable to tell if the recollections belonged to Ventus or someone else. Towards the end of the section, he was aware that he was Ventus' other half yet probably realized he was something beyond Ven's other half as well. It's difficult to tell because of the cliffhanger toward the end.
I'm inclined to believe Vanitas is a hybrid. Lol Darkness and Ventus birthed Vanitas. Sora sprinkled in his creation.
Maybe, but wouldn't Ven also be unusually resistant rather than vulnerable to such things? It is a person's own darkness that makes them vulnerable, as seen from Ansem/Riku and Maleficent/Terra. What the pureness makes Ven vulnerable to is deception, because it makes him unable to think like a bad guy.Maybe that is also why "Darkness" refrains from using Ven directly via possession to commit any bad act because doing so would "taint" Ven's pureness and thus compromise its perfect hiding place.
Of course, that's also a valid reading of it. Good point!Maybe, but wouldn't Ven also be unusually resistant rather than vulnerable to such things? It is a person's own darkness that makes them vulnerable, as seen from Ansem/Riku and Maleficent/Terra. What the pureness makes Ven vulnerable to is deception, because it makes him unable to think like a bad guy.
It may be more intended than you think.The unversed being a byproduct of Darkness rather than from Vanitas/the split makes a lot of sense. Obviously, that's not what Nomura intended when he made BbS, but it kinda fits way better if he has that power as a result of this Darkness figure.
- How did the killer know that Strelitzia is a union leader? We have gone through this many times. Only MoM, Ava, Strelitzia herself, and her Chirithy had that information.
- How did the killer know that Strelitzia would go into the building at the time she did? Only Strelitzia herself and her own Chirithy knew that, and Elrena's Chirithy could have guessed it. And even they knew it only a few minutes before it actually happened. But Ven was invited to the scene beforehand, which tells us that there was some kind of planned plot going on.
- Why was the murder and swap necessary at all? If the Darkness needs one of the union leaders as his vessel, why not use Strelitzia for that? Note how similar personalities she and Ven appear to be, both full of potential but lacking self-confidence.
- Why invite Ven on the murder scene? The logical thing for the Darkness to do would be committing the murder in secrecy, picking up the book, and then going to find Ven. Having him on scene creates an unnecessary risk of him remembering the murder, which in fact is exactly what has happened now.
- How does the Darkness have access to the Book of Prophecies, and how does he know the inside of the clock tower? It seems that for this, the Darkness must be one of the known characters: MoM, Luxu, one of the foretellers, or one of the union leaders. And of those, looks like everyone but the union leaders can be ruled out by other things we know about the
Anyone who views the Master's teachings with a critical eye would know to observe, watch, observe and act only whena bsolutely necessary. But the Clown Squad and all the kids therein chose an early demise
To be honest I am still on the impression that Gula is involved somehow although I don't have a tangible theory yet on how.
I do have a hunch that Gula and Ven might be connected somehow, perhaps another sibling pair with Gula being the older brother?
I hope not. If the hope that was inside the box turned out to be a sleeping megalomaniac, I’d rather just throw myself into the bottom of the Caribbean.
The only problem with that though was that he was seen some 70+ years ago talking to YX, so he seems to be moving about with complete autonomy. Luxu seems really eager to bring him back though, although I don’t know why since the man seems to come and go as he pleases. Bring him back from where? What on earth is he doing?
Aha... I knew there was something about the location in which Ven got his book. He said "near the tower", which yeah, is where Strelitzia got hers. Ava seems so consistent about where and when she hands off the books, why does Strelitzia seem so rushed?
The unversed being a byproduct of Darkness rather than from Vanitas/the split makes a lot of sense. Obviously, that's not what Nomura intended when he made BbS, but it kinda fits way better if he has that power as a result of this Darkness figure.
3. This one really is going to require some Gomu-Gomu levels of stretching, but here's what I think could be a reason: Maybe Ven's special in a certain regard. Xehanort found him one day and made him an apprentice. Ven refused to use darkness, so Xehanort split his heart in half and planned to leave him on Destiny Islands to die. It's not until Sora comes around as a newborn and saves Ven. But Xehanort didn't give this up, he then brings him to Eraqus in order for Ven to eventually become strong enough to be used again as a tool.
Something that sticks out to me is that Xehanort said to Ven "Eraqus knows what you are." That's a really weird sentence to say, because that makes it sound like Ven is a monster instead of a victim by happenstance. But what if it's both? Going by ReMind, it's evident that Darkness is still within Ven. What I'm thinking is, maybe there's certain mental barriers that prevent Darkness from influencing Strelitzia, but it allowed to override Ven perfectly fine.
Not to mention, if Strelitizia was chosen to be a Union Leader by the Master of Masters, it's implied that she was strong enough of a wielder to handle her own. Ven apparently wasn't particularly remarkable, Ephemer didn't know who he was at all prior to the meeting. That's the only thing I can think of -- Darkness needed a host, and Ven happened to meet the requirements.
You know, if those two are related and Ven started to essentially "lose" his older brother, it would explain why he took to Terra so well. He's close with Aqua too, but he looks up to Terra as a big brother, and while it's not strange at all... Maybe there's more to it. Who knows?
Whatever that meant originally, it's possible that Eraqus and Xehanort could know something about Ventus if they are seeing visions from the UX era in DR. Fwiw when I played BBS I did get the impression that Ventus was even then meant to be more important later on. In Xehanort's report he says they were 'destined to meet'.Something that sticks out to me is that Xehanort said to Ven "Eraqus knows what you are." That's a really weird sentence to say, because that makes it sound like Ven is a monster instead of a victim by happenstance. But what if it's both? Going by ReMind, it's evident that Darkness is still within Ven. What I'm thinking is, maybe there's certain mental barriers that prevent Darkness from influencing Strelitzia, but it allowed to override Ven perfectly fine.
yeah this is the feeling I'm also getting they seem to be more in the know than most of the Foretellers seemed to be. I mean it's possible they know this stuff because they have access to the Book of Prophecy, but their dialog implies they don't have access to it and have a long running relationship with the MoM.Another thing darkness knows that they shouldn’t is how and why Maleficient Time travels in the first place. They know about Xehanort, they know the MoM purposely left out certain worlds, they even know that Riku stabbing Maleficent is what gave her the idea to time travel in the first place.
So either darkness is an extremely omnipotent being, or they are working in tandem with the MoM who has seen the future and is helping to act out his plan.
Darkness specifically says that they know Maleficent exists in the future because of the Book of Prophecies, though they haven't read 'everything' in it.yeah this is the feeling I'm also getting they seem to be more in the know than most of the Foretellers seemed to be. I mean it's possible they know this stuff because they have access to the Book of Prophecy, but their dialog implies they don't have access to it and have a long running relationship with the MoM.
Oh right, for some reason I remembered it as them having read bits of it, but not really having access to the book. But that's not what was stated. So they just haven't read and memorized all of it, which considering how much must be in that book makes sense.Darkness specifically says that they know Maleficent exists in the future because of the Book of Prophecies, though they haven't read 'everything' in it.
Considering how multiple beings already pointed out how "pure" and kind Ventus is there might be indeed something special about him, yet when it comes to Strelitzia and comparing the two one thing I thinks stands out despite their similarities in terms of personality is that Strelitzia got something young Ven apparently doesn't: A stable support network of friends and family.
Despite being shy and also somewhat lacking in self-confidence Strelitzia did have friends and support already from others, be it Elrena (even if only barely) and her brother Lauriam.
We don't know much about Ven's life before he meets the other Dandelion leaders (during the timeline of Browser-Chi), only that he was a "loner" and apparently very lonely despite wishing to have friends and other connections with people.
On top of this Ventus seems to be younger than most if not all the other keykids who all seem to be between 14 to 16 in age while Ven is 11 or 12.
Darkness choosing Ven over Strelitzia might have been just because it was easier for them to slip in.
As for Xehanort's statements, applying Occam's Razor I would say this was about Ven being literally the light side ingredient of the X-blade at BBS times and nothing pertaining to past issues.
Furthermore, Darkness also does not possess Ventus as they perform the murder themselves instead of controlling Ven to do it.
When Maleficent controlled Terra to steal Aurora's heart, Terra's body moved and did the deed himself. In this case Darkness does all by themselves while Ven is just standing there in trance, his body not taking any action as if he was really just the "Taxi" Darkness used to move around.
He also only starts to move when "Darkness" orders him to, not unlike the flashback when Xehanort first brought Ven to Land of Departure where his heart was still partly damaged.
Good point and observation. Sometimes during BBS Ven truly acts like a little puppy when it comes to Terra and it does seem like he needs/wants a sort of older protective figure.
In UX times Ven is still a child and from the few statements we got of his life before he met Ephemer and the others there are hints that he might have been a sort of abandoned kid.
And in all honesty Gula is not someone I would imagine to be well-suited to look after a child even before the stress of his role drove him ever deeper into depression.