"The bubble shields our hearts and the power o the keys from the darkness but I can't hold it for long and as for the flying part the streets are crowded even with a vessel on the ground we would still move slower and I hope to get there before our enemies. Now please lets get there and get this done.
Tesla obligied the old man and zoomed off on the course set.
Merric and King Mickey enter the Hall of the Cornerstone of Light. "Mickey I'm going to study this thing as quickly as possible if there is anything you might need for the return trip then you might want to retrieve it." He took a few things out of his pocket and put them together. He then scanned the cornerstone as Mickey stepped out of the room and off to collect a few things. Merric typed in notes into a wrist computer and at the other end of the hall a corridor opened up and Master Xehnort stepped through.
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Kaz nodded and shrugged "I suppose, but what is it exactly that you need at the stadium?" he asked as he stood up, the ship now hovering a few yards away from the entrance to the large building. "I doubt you play Blitzball, Master Yen Sid." he said with a grin as he looked out the window to the large stadium.
Vanitas had kept himself submerged within the dark realm, but he was standing in the center of the stadium, the young man was waiting patiently. He needed to handle things very carefully in the next few moments. He was sure that there were more people in the ship than just Kazen and the old Master. So, he would bide his time and wait for the perfect moment. He was however, a bit annoyed at his change of plans. "Come on...come out here already..."
Yen-sid looked out of the ship and stood up. "Now we need to be over the stadium then I will reveal my plan.
Tesla whirled the Raven up in the air and hovered over the stadium. "Yes sir."
Yen-sid stood in the middle of the ship and started to divulge his plan. "My Kazen you will stay here and so will Seig unless we need back up Seig will come down or Kazen you will fly this ship outta here. Now the stadium has a sphere of water that fills up and I intend for that to be the start of the new hearts for the worlds. Raslan will help with that and so will Merric once he gets back with his info on the cornerstone. Master Eraqus will arrive with the others when the time is right for the last part. We will see resistance and as a matter of fact we will meet it as soon as we hit the ground. Tesla I want you to activate the stadium when we get do there and I want you to super charge Lario before we go down there as well as Seig if we need his for back up. We will protect this place at all cost!" Yen-sid looked into their face and he would take no resistance from them this plan had to work.
Tesla stood up and went over to the old wizard. "Alright we heard what the man said lets get to it." A hatch opened up in the floor and Tesla stuck his head and hand out firing a green bolt of energy at the stadium and then it sprung to life. He came up and then the floor closed as the others gathered around him. He touched Lario and Seig loosing energy into them.
Yen-sid backed up along with Tesla and Lario. "Remeber only if we need back up is too Seig come down." Yen-sid with the other two disappeard in a flash of light onto the stadium benches. "Tesla and Lario be on your gaurd. I will construct a barrier of light around this place." Lario summoned his keyblade and Tesla shifted from green to red energy.
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Kaz crossed his arms and as they disappeared he raised an eyebrow. "Great, I'm left holding the bag." he said to himself as he sat in the pilot's seat. He leaned back in the chair and closed his eyes. He was annoyed with Yen Sid, this plan of his made sense, but he was using too many resources for it. It wasn't necessary for the five of them to be there, specifically with three of them being Keybearers.
"He left me here too ya know." Seig said as he checked the navigation controls and peered out the window to what the others were doing in the stadium. "I've gotta admit though, I am very curious as to what it is he plans to do with the stadium." Seig shrugged and leaned back in his own chair, idley watching the group in the stadium on one of the ships monitors.
Upon feeling the group descend into the stadium Vanitas quickly left the area. "Damn, the old wizard didn't bring him down." he thought to himself before he noticed the ship hovering high above the area. "He's in the ship..." upon realizing that Vanitas grinned and disappeared into a corridor of darkness, only to drop onto the ship a moment later.
A loud thud brought Kazen from his drowsy half sleep state and he looked around the ship trying to find out what it was. "Hmm..." he thought to himself before he began checking the monitors, when he found nothing he let out a sigh of annoyance and crossed his arms. "Probably just something from down below..." he muttered to himself. He looked over to where Seig had been sitting and saw the young man had been asleep as well. The process of what Yen Sid had been trying to accomplish was taking a long, long time. It had been at least two hours since they arrived at the stadium.
Vanits felt a surge of energy run through his form as he was so close to one of his targets. He held up his hand and summoned his Void Gear and charged it with dark energy, dropping out of the realm of darkness as he prepared his attack. He jumped into the air and brought his blade down hard upon the ship, shattering the windows and leaving a large hole in the roof of the vehicle, through which he descended and upon seeing both Kazen and the young man he didn't know he grinned and pointed his Keyblade at his target. "You've been rather difficult to track down." he said as he gave a smug laugh.
The loud thud Kaz had heard before was suddenly accompanied by the sounds of glass shattering and metal being bent and broken. Kazen covered his eyes and he suddenly felt a very powerful dark presence in the ship with him. He opened his eyes and straightened himself only to be met with the blade of Vanitas. "What are you doing here!?" he demanded as he summoned his own Keyblade and held it pointed at his enemy. "What do you want from me?"
He grinned and looked over his shoulder to see Seig standing there, keyblade in hand as well. "Soo, there's another Keybearer on the scene then hmmm? Sadly though, you're not invited to this party." he said as he opened a dark portal and lunged toward Seig, kicking him through it and leaving just himself and Kazen alone in the ship. "Now then, seeing as we're alone now. We can have our little discussion without any.... interruptions." he said as he stepped forward, stopping only when Kaz's Keyblade was pressed against his chest.
"What did you do with him!?" Kaz demanded as Vanitas removed Seig from the ship. For some reason he had been unable to move during this entire event. He now stood there, motionless as Vanitas stepped closer, and even closer still. His keyblade going right through him as he now stood face to face with the young man, his eyes burning bright gold as he stared into Kaz's own green eyes. "What...why can't I...why can't I move..."
And without warning the two were gone. The ships engines failed and it crashed to the ground outside the stadium, empty save for the wreckage it left behind.
A few moments later a corridor of darkness opened up where Master Yen Sid had been standing, and from it Seig was thrown, he landed at Master Yen Sid's feet and immediately jumped to his own, dashing towards the ship only to see it fall from the sky a moment or two later. "Kazen!! That guy...who was he!?" he demanded, swinging his Keyblade, the Twilight Sanctity around angrily as he tried to vent his anger. "Master Yen Sid, I tried...I don't know what happened...he just popped up out of nowhere and I couldn't do anything to stop him. I've failed you...I've failed Kazen...and the others..." he said a she fell to his knees and slumped his shoulders.
Yen-sid grew anrgy very quick as he realized he hadn't held the barrier around the ship up becuase if he had Kazen would still be there. "Seig my boy you have not failed and it seems that since you were not taken as well your heart has not tuned to the others yet. But soon it will because now that one has been taken the rest will feel it and your heart will start to resonate with the others. I must hide that truth for now for you are our ace in the hole. Even if Vanitas absorbs the others the true form of the X-blade cannot be formed." Yen-sid summoned a ball of light and Eraqus and the other appeared on it they understood what it ment and they went into hiding quickly and gathered strength for the battle that might happen with Vanitas. "I have alerted the others to be on high gaurd." The stadium was full and Yen-sid had been enchanting it several times he sighed and wondered what he could do now they needed warriors to protect this place and he could not keep up the enchantments on his own but he was going to keep going.
Tesla came over to Yen-sid. "Cid is bringing his fleet to the stadium as well as several people that wish to see this plan suceed."
Yen-sid smiled triumphently "It was if you were reading my mind boy." He laughed half heartedly awaiting the fleet.
Merric stood infront of the cornerstone as he summoned his keyblade oblivion and his gunblade Darkstar. "What are you doing here Xehnort!?" He got into battle stance ready for a fight.
Master Xehnort chuckled as he stop a good 15 feet from Merric. "My boy you will recieve no fight from me." He waved his hand and Merric's weapons were dispersed. "I have only come to tell you that your friend has been taking by my creation and that you will never achieve what you are trying to do. If I have to bring force to this you and your friends will see the full force of darkness and I will not stop them. But if you stop now and let the X-blade be formed you will have your powers back and rule this world in darkness forever!"
A moment later Maleficent appeared in the room in a burst of green flame. "Yes my boy you remeber the darkness all too well. Please return to my side my son." She then put an aura of dark green magic on Merric and he fell to the ground writhing in pain.
"You will not take me witch I may remeber the darkness but it doesn't control me!" he screamed as he tried to summon his keyblade but couldn't.
Xehnort smiled as he saw the boy turn right before his eyes into Maleficent's slave once more. "Once a puppet always a puppet...." he turned and opened a corridor "....even when you were older and a formitable opponet." he then stepped through and left the two alone.
Maleficent threw her hands up in the air and kackled "And soon it all shall be mine!!"
Merric forced himself to stand and stare at the witch "Over my dead body!!" he summoned his keyblade and rushed at her but she flung him back. He then got back up and got close to her before she stopped him again her evil smile inches from his face before she threw him backwards into the base of the cornerstone.
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-----DIVE TO THE HEART------
Vanitas had taken Kazen deep into the realm of their hearts.
Kazen slowly tried to open his eyes, glancing around himself as he fell further, and further into the darkness that seemed to have consumed him. "Where...where am I? I'm falling.....falling into darkness..." he said to himself as he drifted further into the abyss. After what seemed like forever he felt himself slow, and his body steadily slipped to a halt as he landed on a large stained glass platform. It was emblazoned with an image of Sora, and among the many intricate designs were images of himself, Roxas, Ventus, Seig, and Vanitas. "What is this..." he looked around and took a step forward.
Vanitas appeared in the center of the platform, he was holding a broken X-blade in one hand, and the other was stretched outward, as if he were extending it to Kazen. "Come, join with me and together we will forge more of the X-blade. We'll be one step closer to our goal." he said in a soft, yet commanding tone.
"You're kidding right? What makes you think I'd join you?" he demanded as he summoned his own Keyblade and held his gaze as he stared Vanitas down. "You can't have Kingdom Hearts. No matter how many times you come back, we'll be here to defeat you." as he said this he held his blade up, pointing it at Vanitas.
"Wretched boy you will succumb to my power!" she again leashed her power on him again and he screamed in pain again. She began to laugh hysterically.
Merric's mind was breaking he felt it her power was digging and taking root within him. He had only one chance and that was the cornerstone's untapped power and he hoped it would not take much. He began to reach up towards the light but she increased her power. He then withdrew for a second but the used the pain to propel him towards his goal. The moment he touch the orb full of pure light and power something he hadn't felt in years surged through him. He summoned his gunblade Darkstar and the light raced through him into his weapon changing it. It spoke its name in the lunging attack that Merric lanched at Maleficent. Dawnbringer. He unleashed several combos on her before she stepped back and fled in another burst of flame. He then noticed that he was burning well more or less covered with energy like a white hot flame.
King Mickey enter the room with his keyblade "Merric is everything alright I heard a comotion down here but couldn't open the door till now!?" the king ran over too him as he fell to the ground only and now only half there after the energy he just used he spoke to the king.
"I...have what...we need." He coughed slightly then said "Take us back."
The king nodded and ordered the brooms to get them back to the ship.
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-----Dive to the Heart----
Vanitas grinned and swung the X-blade at his opponent. "You'd fight me? Knowing that if you do you'd lose your heart?" he laughed heartily at this thought and tightened his grip on the incomplete X-blade. "We have to complete this weapon. We HAVE to open Kingdom Hearts. In order to do that I need all of you. We need to unite as one, and together we will reshape the world. Only the X-blade master can open the door, and change the world." he said as he held the weapon above his head and a glimmer of light broke through the darkness. "There, Kazen. That is your way out. It's closing fast though, so if you intend to leave this abyss you'll defeat me quickly!!"
Kazen summoned his Keyblade and shook his head. "Why!? Why do you want to change the world? What kind of person would want to bring this realm into darkness!?" he demanded as he charged towards Vanitas, his Keyblade flaring with energy as he attacked his enemy. The darker young man returned his attacks with powerful ones of his own as they fought atop the platform. "Even if I don't leave this place...I'll defeat you...I have to."
Vanitas just laughed as he continued his assault. He swung the X-blade in wide arcs, sending shock waves of dark energy from it as he fought against his other half. "Come Kazen, we'll be so much happier together. Don't you see yet? You aren't even supposed to be here!" he said as he locked blades with Kazen. "You're just a toy, a play thing. Nothing more than a broken object that's forgotten what it's true purpose is!" he yelled as he jumped up and brought the X-blade down, shattering the platform and sending the two of them deeper into the abyss.
-----The Eternal Abyss------
Kazen fought back against Vanitas, but when the platform was shattered he fell into the darkness, his keyblade dispersed into nothing and he fell further away from the light. Kazen slowly became more aware of his surroundings a moment or two later, he was on another platform, this one bore the image of Himself. "W-What did he mean...what did he mean that I'm....broken?" he asked himself as he looked around, Vanitas was nowhere to be seen.
----The Keyblade Graveyard----
Vanitas appeared from a dark corridor into the barren wastelands of the keyblade Graveyard. He stretched and popped his neck as he looked around. "Master Xehanort!!" he screamed as he held out his arms, the young man gazed towards the sky. His golden eyes had shifted color now, only one of them remained the original gold. The other was a dark green, the color of Kazen's eyes. "Come to me when I call for you! Something went wrong with the toy. It didn't go as you said it would, he is resisting me..."
Master Xehnort exited the corridor that he had left Maleficent and Merric fighting in. "Vanitas there is nothing wrong with the boy he just has more heart in his fight than you. You only fight to open the door you have no resolve but your toy as you call him does." Master Xehnort chuckled a little "Use his resolve learn from it and in the end you will be a master over him and his heart. Now stop wasting time and form the X-blade!" He stared at the boy knowing he was a flurry of emotion and unstable but Xehnort made sure that he knew how to follow orders. He smiled his grimly smile and waited for him to act.
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Vanitas clenched his fists when the master entered the graveyard and he stared him down. "You're telling me my heart's weaker than his!?" he shook his head and summoned the X-blade "He IS just a toy. Nothing more, he's a part of me. I fight to open the door, not for you!" he declared as he held the X-blade tightly his his hand. The weapon remained incomplete, but with the addition of Kazen's heart it held a brighter glow and pieces of it had been restored. "It's not ready yet. I need the others."
Kazen stood on the platform, gazing outward. His eyes half closed as he struggled to maintain his balance. "I've lost...he beat me..." he mumbled to himself as he looked upwards, the portal of light that Vanitas had opened was still there, but it seemed over a hundred miles away now. He had no hope of reaching it in his current state.
Do not be afraid...
Upon hearing that voice Kaz shook his head, "I'm lost here...there's nothing I can do...I've lost to him."
You have not lost yet. He cannot defeat you so long as you do not lose sight of the light within the darkness. But you must take the first steps toward the light, can you do it?
He stumbled forward and tried to hold his balance. The young man stepped forward on shaky legs and unstable footings. "The light...within the darkness..."