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Aeleus' Story "Cultivating Darkness" and Dilan's Story "Blooming Rose" Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files translations

The Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files has received more story translations. These translations are courtesy of @petalscythe!

For those unaware, the Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files features over 200 characters from the entirety of the series thus far, with several short stories from Tomoco Kanemaki (the writer of the Kingdom Hearts light novels).

You can purchase the book for ¥3,080 (approx. $28.03) from the Square Enix e-Store directly or from AitaiKuji, who deliver official and exclusive Japanese pop culture items!

We have covered translations for:

The translations for Aeleus' story "Cultivating Darkness" and Dilan's story "Blooming Rose" can be viewed below!

Aeleus' Story 
Cultivating Darkness 


I still have a vague awareness of somewhere.

I don’t understand it, but after I was defeated at Castle Oblivion, I lingered somewhere. I had intended to control the darkness, but I think I was the one controlled. I conceded defeat after I fought with Riku and I was extinguished. Perhaps, even more than wanting my heart, I was allured by the darkness?

Unlike Even and Dilan who were still unstable, after I awoke, I was fully conscious and had time to think clearly. And I keep thinking about it even now, although it’s still hazy.

What was that darkness? I feel like I still want the power that Riku had for myself. I had intended to take control of it, but instead I was defeated and erased.

In the end, Riku used the darkness I urged him to command, so he did not fall into our grasp. If I’d had that strength for myself, maybe none of this would have happened.

This world is beautiful and tranquil. It is this world that I wished for. But there may have been tranquility in the darkness, too.

Even now, I am seized by these thoughts. Perhaps I am not qualified to be an apprentice.



Dilan's Story

Blooming Rose


People love this garden, where water, the source of all life, springs forth, and fragrant flowers bloom all over. Tending to those flowers was part of our daily routine as guards. Gazing at the flowers, I remember the red rose I tried to take during my time as a Nobody. That rose was a symbol of love, but it was also cursed. After all, love is but a curse. At the time, I thought its power was trivial.

Someone once asked me about love. This was before the rose. That rose was cursed, and thus so too was the beast. And at the time, so was I, in a way, and I suspect that is why I was extinguished. Thoughts of Kingdom Hearts kept my heart lingering in a purgatory, until it finally moved on to erasure. In short, a curse. And thus are strong, overbearing feelings like love also a curse.

A fragrant flower in my boorish hands. By nature, these hands know only the weight of a lance. But a flower is blooming in them all the same. I will not put it in a glass case; this flower will bloom right where it is.

Why didn’t we choose to leave things as they were? All I can do now is regret having gone too far.

Now, for love, we’ll leave things be.



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Lol, even in extra story space these two were still given the short stick. Still, these are some interesting seeds of character development being laid here, so maybe it might lead to something interesting in future titles. I always did want to know more about how the members of the Organization are as full people, able to freely emote and express themselves as complex humans with emotions, desires, insecurities, etc. So hopefully now that most of them are re-completed we might get to learn more about them as the series develops into it's new saga.

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It was cool seeing Dilan reference the Beast and the rose. In Days Roxas's asked him about love, was that a callback? Aeleus' was to the point. No matter how static he is I seem to always enjoy the big guy. Probably for that iconic limit break smack lol. They had more of a voice here then in the games.

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