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Riku ([personal profile] inherited) wrote2011-09-25 02:45 am

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- Ending up on the other side of the door, telling Sora to "take care of her."

Note: He'll take this memory once he gets it from Turquoise.

But this is the end of KH, as in, the first game. Riku has been through a lot and he ends up in the Realm of Darkness. He realizes that's the way things are, but it'll be okay, because Sora's on the other side. Some part of him is conscious that this is a ... reborn development, and he really, really deeply cares about Sora and Kairi. Taking care of her—Kairi—is extremely important, more important than anything. And that he trusts Sora is a big deal.

This is going to change nothing about Riku in Aather because ... of how he is.

Fighting Roxas to be able to take him back to Ansem to begin the process of acclimating him back with Sora.

Here's the stuff:

this video and this video

(A hooded Roxas walks through the Dark City streets. His destination: The
Castle That Never Was. He takes out his two Keyblades. A horde of
Neoshadows appear and he holds the blades up in a cross-shape, they become
the Oathkeeper and Oblivion. He strikes down the Heartless effortlessly
and runs to Memory's Skyscraper. It begins to rain. Neoshadows emerge from
the ground where he walks. The neon lights of the city buzzing in his
ears, the rain sizzling off their hot cores. He takes out the Oathkeeper
and Oblivion, spins them, and strikes them together as if challenging
the Heartless to attack. The Neoshadows fall to the deadly blades. The
Heartless continue to appear. Roxas stands at the base of the skyscraper
and looks up. Riku stands atop the building, over the large flickering
video screen. Roxas jumps to the side of the building and runs up the
length of it, striking down more Neoshadows as they follow him upward
relentlessly. Roxas tosses the Oblivion upward as Riku dives down to
catch it. As he does, he gasps from the flood of memories of Xion pouring
into his mind. Flashes of a wounded Xion on a Bridge, and in his arms
on an Island. Riku and Roxas pass each other over the large video screen.
Roxas reaches the top of the skyscraper and looks down at the ground. More
Heartless emerge around Riku, who clutches his head. A Neoshadow lunges
for him, but he strikes it down. Roxas jumps from the top of the building
and the two of them attack the Heartless without a sound. The darkness is
dispelled and Riku's memories of Xion flicker. They turn toward each other
and jump backwards)

Roxas: Who are you?

Riku: What does it matter? I'm here for you.

Roxas: Why are you trying to stop me?

Riku: Because I want back the rest of Sora's memories.

Roxas: Sora, Sora, Sora! Enough about Sora!

Riku: Do you have some kind of plan?

Roxas: I'm going to set Kingdom Hearts free! Then everything can go
back to the way it was! Me, and Axel, and...and her can go on having
ice cream together.

Riku (looking at the Oblivion): Her? You mean Xion? It's a struggle just
to remember the name now, isn't it? Either way, I can't let you go doing
anything crazy.

Roxas: I have to find this Sora person, and freeing Kingdom Hearts is
the only way! I want Xion back. I want my life back!

Riku: If you try and make contact with Kingdom Hearts, the last thing
you'll get is your life back. The Organization will destroy you.

Roxas: Shut up!

(Roxas attacks Riku. After a powerful and emotional battle, Roxas stands
over Riku, who is sitting on the ground. Memories of Roxas, Axel, and
Xion having ice cream fill Roxas's head)

Riku: Why!? Why do you have the Keyblade?

(Roxas looks at the Oathkeeper, but shakes it off)

Roxas: Shut up!

(Roxas attacks Riku, but Riku knocks him away, the Keyblade tossed from
his hand. Riku walks up to the body of Roxas and slams his Keyblade into
the ground. He stands there for a moment. He gasps as Roxas struggles
to get up, using the Oblivion for support. He stands and pulls it out
of the ground, running at Riku, who shoots a Dark Firaga spell at him.
Roxas blasts through the spell and lunges at Riku, who jumps away)

Roxas: Why don't you quit?

Riku: Come on, Sora. I thought you were stronger than that.

Roxas: Huh? Get real! Look which one of us is winning.

(Roxas is surprised at this outburst)

Riku: So it's true. You really are his Nobody. Guess DiZ was right after all.

Roxas: What are you talking about? I am me! Nobody else!

(Roxas summons both Keyblades and runs to strike him again. Riku dodges the
first attack, but misses to block the second one and gets hit in the arm.
He hears a voice)

Xion: Riku, please! You have to stop him!

Roxas: How many times do I have to beat you?

(Riku struggles to stand, holding his arm weakly)

Riku: All right. You've left me with no other choice.

Roxas: What?

Riku: I have to release the power in my heart--

(He stands and takes off his blindfold, letting it fall to the ground)

Riku: The dark power that I've been holding back. Even...if it changes
me forever.

(He lets out a scream as pillars of dark energy surrounds him. Roxas
readies his Keyblades once again. The energy clears to reveal the body
of a white-haired man and his Guardian counterpart, hovering in the air.
Riku teleports in front of Roxas and the Guardian grabs him by the torso
and arms, forcing him to drop his Keyblades. They clatter to the ground
and vanish)

Riku: I have accepted it.

(Later, Riku stands over Roxas's body. The memories of Xion begin to
fade, as if in a dream, until only Roxas and Axel sit upon the clock
tower. DiZ enters through a corridor of darkness and Riku puts his hood up)

Riku: DiZ...he could feel Sora.

DiZ: Oh, he told you how he "felt," did he? Ridiculous. A Nobody cannot
feel anything.

Riku: If he had met Sora, things might have been different.

Xion: Roxas, don't be sad. I came from you and Sora. I am you...the same
way that I am Sora. You'll forget me, but the memories themselves will
never go away. Memories of you and me will always be together...
forever, inside him.

Information!: This means that Riku is going to have a better understanding of Roxas and Sora, and also the Darkness inside. He knows it's something he can draw on to protect his friends (and right now, Riku doesn't know it's ... kind of not there anymore for obvious reasons). He's already aware that Roxas shouldn't be gone from Sora, but this will cement it. Given his first memory, he knows what he did here was wrong, and he firmly understands more than anything that Roxas just wanted to live his own life and be happy and eat ice cream. Gale is dead, and Riku is exceedingly cold about it, because it's how he can handle everything. I split this up weird, but what he gets here is an extreme disconnect from himself in order to do anything necessary for his friends.

In a lot of ways, this answers a lot of questions: why he's more powerful later on, why he's different, what he's done to Roxas, what Darkness is, what Nobodies are to a greater extent. I assumed that Ansem made a point of REMINDING Riku how useless they were before he asked him to destroy Naminé, so he had a solid idea of them, but this just hammers it in. Obviously, in this, Roxas is feeling. He's sad, broken, desperate, and Riku doesn't give a fuck. Or visibly doesn't, because Sora comes first. Because he's already gone too far and Xion gave up her life. There's no turning back.

This will also cement the fact that Roxas and Ventus both existing not making any kind of sense, because it was about bringing back Gale into Roxas who then would be given to Sora. There are no other pieces, so why is Ventus there? Furthermore, if Roxas exists in Aather, what is up with Sora? Riku doesn't necessarily understand the bigger picture, so obviously, he is going to be concerned for his friend. In a lot of ways, this will be the biggest memory to impact him on the Sora front. He has friends back home that need him, too. And he would do anything for him. The internal conflict of being split between them is probably not there yet, but it's obviously coming.
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[personal profile] unionoftheheart 2011-09-25 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] regrets 2011-09-25 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
lol I prioritized it because ... yes.
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[personal profile] unionoftheheart 2011-09-25 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
go go gadget conflict bomb