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X XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX (AO3 mirror) is a Kingdom Hearts fanfic by wingedcatgirl. Tempest, a fictionalized version of the author, finds herself thrust into the Kingdom Hearts multiverse when Earth falls to darkness and she gets a Keyblade because of course she does, Keyblades stopped being special in canon like seven entries ago. Organization XIII has inexplicably come back, a whole generation of Original Character antagonists (and allies) is suddenly active again after in-universe decades, and Xehanort is still planning to Xehanort it up (even if he's taking a pause to reevaluate these new circumstances). Because why would a small number of easily-handled plots ever happen in the Kingdom Hearts multiverse?
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This fanfic contains examples of
- Accidental Misnaming: Only mentioned in passing, but Tempest and Lea get a bonding moment over their shared experience with this.
- Animated Armor: The Assault Armor, which Sora calls out as a cliche (since Guard/Opposite Armor and Trinity Armor already existed).
- Applied Phlebotinum: "Flux", a substance released when light clashes with darkness, has high magical energy and is therefore very desirable. It doesn't really serve any purpose beyond being desirable.
- Blatant Lies: Roxas and Xion plan to report that Tempest's escape was entirely unexpected, and their absence was because they spent that time in "hot pursuit". This causes Tempest to imagine Xigbar shrugging and saying "okay I believe you".
- Blood from the Mouth: As part of Tempest's Power-Strain Blackout, though as she's in a Dive to the Heart at the time, it seems to correspond to something other than hemoptysis and vanishes as soon as she wakes up.
- Call-Back: When Tempest first summons her Keyblade in the waking world, she starts to repeat her Magic A Is Magic A rant from the first chapter, before getting deja vu and yelling about that instead.
- Commonality Connection: Tempest and Lea get a bonding moment over having to deal with people getting their names wrong.
- Crossover: It's Kingdom Hearts, so naturally crossing-over happens. So far, Fallen London has made an appearance, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil is also named as one of the worlds containing a Plot Coupon.
- Dramatic Irony: Tempest forgets her entire Dive to the Heart, since it's a dream, and spends several chapters unaware that she has a Keyblade.
- Ensemble Cast: Of a sort. While Tempest is the protagonist, she spends her time in the company of a rotating selection of secondary characters.
- Fictional Color: Fallen London's Irrigo (the color of forgetting) and Violant (the color of troublesome connections) show up. A random merchant lady claims Tempest and Riku have traces of Irrigo on them implied to have something to do with Xion and sells them a pot of Violant ink to counteract it. Assuming they ever figure out how.
- Hand Wave: The reason Organization XIII is back turns out to be the Kingdom Hearts Encoder did it. Remember, that device Ansem said "anything could happen" when it exploded? Well, turns out "resurrecting several antagonists" is a subset of "anything".
- Hypocritical Humor: Luke warns Tempest, Sora, and Kairi not to forget about Xehanort to fixate on the Points of Shadow. He then immediately declares his intention to forget about Xehanort and fixate on the Points of Shadow for a while.
- I Do Not Own: Appears in the first chapter, entirely so it can be repeated with the word "still" inserted a bunch of times in the second chapter. The AO3 mirror makes a different joke, lampshading that this trope isn't part of the culture there.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Discussed in the first chapter. When Tempest realizes that she has a Keyblade, she immediately goes into a rant about how she can't just have a Keyblade. "The tutorial voice" suggests that she could be the progenitor of a new line of Keyblades, since that's something that necessarily must happen from time to time, but admits when pressed that this isn't actually the case.
- Narnia Time: As in canon, time between worlds isn't synced, or even particularly predictable. Tempest figures that this is how Luke had enough time to transition that she couldn't recognize him at all, when from Tempest's perspective she last saw him twelve days ago and he hadn't even come out as trans.
- Oddly Common Rarity: Tempest lampshades that Keyblades have become this.
"What do you people even want from me? I'm at least 60% sure I have no particular significance - and having a Keyblade doesn't count anymore."
- Painting the Medium: The Fallen London segment is mostly written in third-person, unlike the rest of the story, and uses titles in its Nameless Narrative style, though Tempest and Riku still use names in the dialogue.
- People Jars: In Vexen's lab, related to the Replica Project. Described "eloquently" as "those people-holding tubes iconic of a mad scientist's lair".
- Power-Strain Blackout: Happens at the end of the first chapter, when Tempest unleashes a ridiculous amount of magic without really controlling it.
- Ret Gone: Xion is hinted to have gone this way again as of chapter 7.
- Rule #1: Yuffie insists hers is "constant vigilance", though the others don't recall her ever saying that, and Cid claims she's changed it at least three times. Rule zero is, of course, "Sensei is always right".
- Rule of Drama: Discussed — Luke's theory for why every world mentioned so far is one Tempest was already familiar with is that the Kingdom Hearts multiverse has a sense of drama.
- Self-Insert Fic: The author makes absolutely no attempt to hide this.
- Shout-Out: A handful of the author's notes open with "ATUHOR'S NOSE".
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Invoked by Tempest; when a cat in the Fifth City asks her if she's an "outsider", she doesn't really want to deny it but feels obligated to make a token attempt to uphold The Masquerade. So she says "I believe I'm contractually obligated to answer that question with a 'no'."
- That Man Is Dead: DiZ is back to being DiZ, on the grounds that "Ansem the Wise" fully intended to die in the explosion of the Kingdom Hearts Encoder.
- Transgender: Tempest is a trans woman, as you would likely have assumed if you happened to know the author. Her brother Luke is a trans man. The scientist Nox, who wrote the reports on Points of Shadow, is also a trans woman.
- Training from Hell: Yuffie puts Tempest through this, partly because Tempest would otherwise have no combat skills at all (notwithstanding Tempest's Keyblade, which neither of them knew about at the time), and partly because she was annoyed that Tempest expected her to do this.
- Undisclosed Funds: The price of assembling a Gummi Ship isn't stated directly, only scribbled by Cid on a piece of paper, but Tempest estimates that it'd take her a month of non-stop Heartless-slaying without spending time or money on anything else.
- Wrong Context Magic: Tempest complains that the return of Organization XIII is this, since among other oddities it has resulted in Axel and Lea walking around at the same time, despite the fact that there should only be one body between them. The explosion of the Kingdom Hearts Encoder was not, strictly speaking, "wrong context", but it certainly didn't follow any of the other rules of magic in the setting.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Light clashing with darkness releases phlebotinum called "flux". Points of Shadow are naturally-occurring oddities in the fabric of spacetime that amplify this effect up to potentially causing a localized Reality-Breaking Paradox.
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