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Nightmare Fuel / Kingdom Hearts χ

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Even years ago, the Heartless were unstoppable forces

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  • The Keyblade War. The End of the World, caused not by Heartless, but the forces that should be Good all killing each other. There was a faction of children that escaped before it happened. The Dandelions. You were not in that group. You will be right in the middle of the battlefield when everything goes straight to hell.
    • Even worse: many of the people caught up in the war haven't even reached adulthood yet.
    • While fighting in the Keyblade War, you fight four of the Foretellersnote . Gula challenges you just because you're both there and it's a war, after all. Invi promises to make your suffering quick. Aced tries to take you out of the picture to prevent you from interfering with his plans, and he only fails because Ira interrupts to fight him. Likewise, Ira goes in to Mercy Kill you only to be interrupted by Aced. Only Ava seems to be trying not to kill you, and she begs you to leave and go with the Dandelions, knowing you likely won't survive if you stay.
  • The Master of Masters, as he's portrayed in Back Cover, can be considered this. Either he's Ambiguously Evil or just Creepy Good. If he turns out to be the former, though, he may very well be the most interesting villain the series has had thus far.
    • While it's uncertain whether or not his actions are deliberate, the roles he assigns to every Foreteller certainly seems suspect enough to make one wonder if he's taking advantage of his position of power and instigating conflict and hostility between the five.
      • Which is further muddied by him telling everyone but Ava the exact thing they needed to do in order to not start the Keyblade War. Ira just had to lead and keep everyone calm, which he failed at by splitting the group apart via telling them that someone MUST be a traitor (and split it even further with Invi by only telling her about the lost page) and failing to keep the group calm. Invi needed to just mediated and watch over the group, something she failed at by taking it to mean to spy on everyone and tell Ira everything with no respect for what it might mean. Guila needed to solve the mystery of the book/lost page and not trust everyone (aka not get into an alliance) and he basically gave up and waited for the traitor to reveal themselves instead of figuring it out on his own using the book. Aced was just meant to support and keep Ira on the right path as a leader, which he failed after causing the Foretellers to doubt Ira and not repair the trust with him until he's dying. Luxu needed to stay out of sight but it was him getting spotted by Ava that sparked the keyblade war.
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    • His interactions with Luxu are arguably the most interesting of the bunch, seeing as he entrusts him with a box that he's never allowed to open, and a Keyblade that was forged with his own eye at the center. (The implications of that alone are unsettling in itself.) Then there's the reveal that his task for Luxu is merely a case of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy; the fact that the Book of Prophecies exists is because Luxu has passed down the Keyblade from wielder to wielder, and in turn, has enabled the Master the ability to see the future. If the Master's response to Luxu's reaction is any indication, his apprentice is clearly rattled by his enthusiasm, if not the revelation alone.
      The Master: (casually) What's the matter? Come on, you did a fantastic job! At least smile a little!
    • As if his dialogue with Luxu in his last scene isn't off-putting enough, the original score that's playing in the background sounds as if someone's bashing their fingers against a piano in a deliberately chaotic manner, giving a distinct impression that the Master may or may not be a bit out of his mind. Possibly because he became unbalanced after seeing everything that Xehanort did.
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  • Mission 546 onwards. Remember the Darklings, aka the Heartless of Keyblade wielders in Daybreak Town? Well, they're COMMON ENEMIES in this mission and appear as such in the next few missions! Sure, they're not as hard as the Boss Darklings in 540, but it still makes you wonder just how many keyblade wielders have died and fallen to Darkness at this time. Keep in mind, the wielders were all children or teens at best! The worst bit is that they don't fade into darkness when they run out of health, they just flee.
  • Seeing Aced in Back Cover and then looking at him in the finale of χ [chi] is a trip, seeing how the abrasive but well-meaning master somehow winds up trying to make himself king, ready and willing to kill anyone who stands in his way—even if they're children.
  • Same goes for Luxu. In Back Cover, he's just an ordinarily Adorkable kid whom the Master love to tease. As he's doing the role given by Master of the Masters up to Ava confronting him, he becomes almost emotionless and somewhat uncaring to the upcoming Keyblade War while casually explaining to Ava that the war is unavoidable and that his role is only just to watch.
  • Elrena and her Chirithy coming across the building where Strelitzia and her Chirithy were killed. While investigating, they're startled by a flickering apparition/afterimage of Strelitzia and her Chirithy in their final moments.
    • Shortly afterwards, Ven and Skuld see glitched-out apparitions of Ava and the Master of Masters in garbled conversation inside the Foretellers' study, and then the entire clock tower starts glitching out.
    • We now know who her murderer was, and no one was prepared for it. Ventus killed Strelitzia. This paints a quote from Vanitas in Re:Mind in a new light. He claimed that he, or at least the darkness that made him, was always part of Ven and Master Xehanort just drew it out.


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