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Fanfic / The Shrouded Path

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The Shrouded Pathis a Kingdom Hearts crossover with Silent Hill featuring the main protagonists from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

Set in an AU universe, the story begins when Aqua, Terra and Ven are sent on a mission to locate Master Xehanort. Somewhere along the way, they end up losing Ven, but manage to trace him to a town called Silent Hill. . .

The Shrouded Path also has a Darker and Edgier sequel under the title Those Who Fight Monsters.


Characters from these works appear:

Tropes applying to both works include:

  • Abandoned Hospital: Ridgeview Clinic. Brookhaven Hospital looks like it's going to be this, but it's actually inhabited.

Tropes Applying Exclusively to The Shrouded Path include:

  • Demonic Possession: Vanitas attempts this on Terra, but ultimately fails. He has better luck with brainwashing Aqua.
  • Distress Call: Terra receives one from Ven via radio
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  • Drone of Dread: In Silent Hill fashion, a air raid siren announces the shift to the Otherworld.
  • Heroic BSoD: Terra falls into one, but snaps out of it once he's told his friends are in danger.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Terra nearly kills Aqua, paving the way for Vanitas to take over her mind.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Instead of being broken, the trials Silent Hill puts Terra through just help him master his inner darkness, which he then uses to save his friends.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Individually, all three members of the trio have plenty of opportunities to escape, but they absolutely refuse to leave without the others. However, it's averted with both Xion and Ansem the Wise.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Xion fighting The Corruption with nothing but a flashlight and some aglaophotis.

Tropes applying exclusively to Those Who Fight Monsters include:

  • Alone with the Psycho: Aqua is captured by Vanitas and held prisoner inside her own home.
  • Batman Gambit: Vanitas lures Aqua away from the Land of Departure as part of a plot to make Master Eraqus leave. This way, that world is left undefended and Vanitas can take it over at his leisure.
  • Berserk Button: In addition to Terra's berserk button, Ven now has one regarding Xion's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ven is the nicest and sanest of his friends, but by the end of the story, is arguably the strongest
  • Big Damn Heroes: Vanitas captures Ven and starts to torture him. What does Terra do? Break away from Maleficent's mind control and proceed to rescue him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In The Shrouded Path, Terra's Wayfinder was modified to be able to track his friends' whereabouts. When Terra falls under a sleeping spell and Ven is left on his own, he uses Terra's Wayfinder to track Aqua.