- Nov 6, 2012
You're making this way more complicated than it really is. Of course Ansem doesn't exist in YX's time, that's the whole point of time travel.
Xehanort always had the desire to time travel (and the power to move forward in time, but this is debatable) past that encounter with Ansem; Ansem wouldn't exist otherwise. Ansem exists in YX's future, even if it hasn't happened yet. And he goes back in time to make sure that future happens ...
In the one and only timeline, Ansem messed with the past, leading to his creation, leading to him going back, leading to his creation ... A stable loop, in a single timeline.
Also, any time displaced body will for sure return to his time in the same condition, at the exact time of departure, with no memories. This can happen when they run out of time, or are destroyed. So, as YX cannot escape his present, his future will always exist.
Time travel stuff is always complicated, but I believe KH's is one of the simplest.
That's literally all I was getting at (except Ansem would have been created either way since a being that doesn't exist yet can't tell Xehanort to make him exist). I'm saying he went back in his timeline and changed it. The rule is, you can't mess with the timeline events since that's against the rules, so I was just saying there was one thing that was overlooked. The reason more than one timeline came up is it's the only possible way that a timeline wasn't altered as some claimed, but as you understand it was; and according to Nomura's rule set, that can't be, and of course he only wants/has (us too) one timeline. I won't touch the other time traveling rules and 13 vessels again since no one seems to be getting what I'm trying to say about the rules of time travel at all. But as I said, it certainly doesn't matter to me. I was more than fine with, Xehanort can do whatever because he can, and KH3 is going to be amazing because of it lol However, I also thank you for your response.