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5 story quests have been added! Thanks to goldpanner for the translations!
(King Candy swims through the code, linking cables to a Heartless node. Vaneloppe’s node is left disconnected and forgotten.)
(Player spots Vaneloppe fixing up her kart. They approach her.)
Vaneloppe: Hey! Thanks for the help back there!
(Meanwhile, Ralph is lurking about.)
Ralph: I can't get my medal back if I'm in jail.
(He spots Vaneloppe.)
Ralph: It's that little crumbsnatcher.
(...and Player as well.)
Ralph: And you're here too, you thorn in my side.
Vaneloppe: What do you think? Take another gander. Pretty great, huh?
Built it myself!
(She proudly shows off her pedal pusher. Player is concerned.)
Vaneloppe: What do you mean, protection? You're saying I have to back out of the race?
I paid my fee. I'm on the board. So yeah, I'm definitely racing.
(Suddenly, Flap Bugs appear! Player tries to hold them back but some get away and start destroying Vaneloppe's kart.)
Vaneloppe: Stop. You're breaking it!
(Ralph watches this unfold and decides to stand up to them.)
Ralph: Hey! Leave her alone!
(He and Player team up to combat the bugs.)
(Ralph and Player defeat the bugs. Vaneloppe returns to her now destroyed kart, visibly upset. She glares at Ralph.)
Vaneloppe: What are YOU looking at?
Ralph: You're welcome, you rotten little thief.
Vaneloppe: I'm not a thief. I just borrowed your stupid coin. I was gonna give it back to you as soon as I won the race.
Ralph: It's not a coin. It is a medal.
Vaneloppe: Coin. Medal. Just go back to your own dumb game and win another one.
Ralph: I can't. I didn't win it in my game. I won it in Hero's Duty.
You better get it back for me, toot-sweet, sister!
Vaneloppe: Well, unless you've got a go-kart hidden in the fat folds of your neck, I can't help you.
(She gets an idea.)
Vaneloppe: Look, you want that medal, right? And I want to race. So, here's what I'm thinking; you help me get a new kart, a real kart, and I'll win the race and get you back your medal.
Ralph: You want me to help you?
(Vaneloppe gestures to Player.)
Vaneloppe: Well, why not? Besides, they've already agreed to it.
(Player is caught off guard but still nods.)
Come on, what do you say, friend?
Ralph: We are not friends.
(Vaneloppe tries to appeal to Ralph.)
Vaneloppe: Ah come on, pal. You son of a gun.
Come on buddy, let's shake on it.
Come on chumbo. Ralph, my man. My main man.
(Ralph continues to snub her.)
Vaneloppe: Hey, my arm's getting tired. We have a deal or not?
Ralph: You better win.
(He takes Vaneloppe's hand. She offers her other one to Player. The three link together.)
Vaneloppe: Alright! Then we're off to the Kart Factory!
(Brain and Ephemer wait on the hill for Chirithy to return.)
Chirithy: I brought them~
(He runs towards Brain and leaps onto his lap. Brain stands up and sets Chirithy down.)
(Ven and Skuld arrive. Brain is surprised but plays it cool.)
Ven: Brain, Ephemer, you were together?
What's going on?
Ephemer: Both of them?
(He looks at Brain, who in turn looks at Chirithy disapprovingly.)
Chirithy: Hey, nothing I could do about it~
Ven: Hey guys, did you see? It's snowing!
Skuld: Chirithy said you had something to tell us. Why did you call us all the way out here?
Brain: Mmm~ guess we’ll have to make this work.
I have some questions for you.
Who appointed you to be a Union Leader?
Skuld: Lady Ava, of course.
Ven: Yeah, it was Lady Ava.
Ephemer: No, it wasn't.
Brain: Where were you and Lady Ava when this happened?
Skuld: Right here.
Ven: For me, it was… near the tower.
Brain: …I see.
(Brain and Ephemer exchange looks. Skuld notices and confronts them.)
Skuld: What's going on? This feels like an interrogation.
Ephemer: We have our reasons, Skuld.
Ven: Are we suspects or something?
Brain: The truth is, Lady Ava entrusted something to me and me alone.
(He takes out the Book of Prophecies.)
Skuld: That's…! The Book of Prophecies??
Brain: Yes, but that's not the issue.
Lady Ava slipped a note inside this book. Written on it were the names of the five Union Leaders, with a circle drawn around the name of the leader who was supposed to receive the Book of Prophecies.
Skuld: Supposed to…?
You mean, your name wasn't circled, Brain?
Brain: It's wasn't. I figured that out when the book was given to me.
(He thinks back to his meeting with Ava.)
Brain: Lady Ava wanted to change the future written in the Book of Prophecies, and so she gave the book to me instead of the leader originally intended to get it.
But, there's one more problem. The names of the Union Leaders.
Among these five names, there’s one who isn't here with us today: Strelitzia - Lauriam's little sister.
Skuld: What? So, did Lady Ava change that too?
Brain: I don't think so.
As you all know, Strelitzia is missing. It's possible that something has happened to her.
If Lady Ava was behind the change in Union Leaders, she wouldn't have had a reason to give me this note in the first place.
She certainly isn't above suspicion in regards to Strelitzia's disappearance, but I don't believe she would do such a thing.
Skuld: What if she appointed another Union Leader because she knew something had happened to Strelitzia?
Brain: Strelitzia was last seen before the bell tolled to signal the start of the Keyblade War. Despite hesitating over whether to even join the Dandelions herself, she became desperate to invite Player.
It’s likely that she was appointed by Lady Ava to be a Union Leader, and thus found out about the Keyblade War.
If Lady Ava was recasting these roles on such short notice, she would have told someone. At the very least, she would have told me, the one she entrusted with the Book of Prophecies in order to change our destinies.
Skuld: That's true…
Was Laurium's name on the note?
Ephemer: Yes, it was.
Lauriam has been dealing with the matter surrounding Strelitzia, so we plan on talking to him once we learn more about what happened.
Brain: The questions we asked you before helped us to determine whether or not the person involved was aware of this replacement. That way, things won't change between us even once the truth is out.
That's what Ephemer and I decided on when we discussed this.
Ephemer: I don't think this person was aware of their situation.
So, I’d like for us to continue working together just like we’ve been doing, as friends, in order to solve this mystery.
(Brain approaches Ven and puts his arm around him.)
Brain: Ventus, your name wasn't on the note.
(Maleficent descends into the depths of the tower.)
Maleficent: Well I never. This place has terrible security.
Darkness: That's because nobody ever comes down here, seeing as how it is forbidden.
Maleficent: You were like this with the ark as well.
You're quite familiar with the forces on this side. Exactly what kind of connection do you have here?
Darkness: Let’s just say, they’re a very, very old acquaintance.
Maleficent: And why does this acquaintance of yours need me to return to my original time?
Darkness: You're to become a guide.
Darkness: Didn't I explain this already? In order to transcend time, one needs an intermediary that can reconstruct their flesh, and people who remember them.
Those things don't exist in the future for the people who reside here.
So, if we send you back, you can act as a guide for them.
Maleficent: The denizens of this world will travel to the future?
Darkness: You'll get to return to your original time no matter what. Why bother with the rest of the details?
Maleficent: Hmph! Very well.
(Darkness leads Maleficent towards a gate, lined with gears. It appears to be a dead end.)
Darkness: This is it.
How do we get inside?
(Darkness opens a large corridor.)
Maleficent: I see.
(She finds herself in a large room with a strange contraption lined with capsules (it's the room in the Hollow Bastion portal of the World Terminus in KH1) Maleficent approaches one of the capsules.)
Maleficent: Is this it?
(The lid pops open, and Maleficent peers inside.)
Darkness: If you wish to return right away, get inside.
Maleficent: No, I don't think I will.
Darkness: If you know what's good for you, you'll go back without digging too deep.
(Suddenly, the sound of the gate opening rings out.)
Maleficent: Well, who do we have here?
(Darkness disappears. A voice calls out.)
???: What are you doing here?
Lauriam: I hope you realize, I’m required to take you down.
(He summons his Keyblade, Divine Rose.)