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  1. Today's artwork: Yozora
  2. TrinityXaos#

    Yozora Drawing May 2023

    My best attempt at drawing Yozora.
  3. What do you guys think about Yozora's personality so far? What would you want from Yozora as a person in his own story?
  4. Can I put up Data Greeting screenshots and Kingstagram images on the forums?
  5. Welp, this feeling came up while I was finishing up the PlayStation version of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory: I want to see Kairi have something worthwhile, like her own game or novel. As an individual, Kairi has had the least amount of screen time to show us who she is. All we got was her past as a little girl in Radiant Garden and with Sora. It’s like she is the third wheel when it comes to Sora and Riku’s bond and their adventures, which stinks for her. With Kingdom Hearts IV as the start of a new story arc, I would like Kairi to have her adventures that EXCLUDES Sora, by a lot. Let Kairi be a person without a man! Also, let Kairi be a person without falling into Disney tropes and clichés like the Disney princesses. Kairi deserves better! Am I done with the demands? Yes. I can say I want a Kairi story as much as I want. But I’m not sure how possible it will be with Square Enix’s current productions. It may take a long time for Kairi to have her own standalone if Square sees potential in telling a story with her front and center. Instead, I might end up sticking to fanfiction. It’s been a long time since I read any fanfiction, so I don’t know any recent takes on Kairi aside from my own piece, “Of Light and Darkness – Chaos.” I only have one problem with that, though: it’s more of a Jack Garland introduction to me than a Kairi piece. The only other idea I have for a Kairi fanfiction comes from the latter half of 2022. The few key points about it were that Kairi would get separated from Aqua on an investigation mission, there would be a lot of original characters, and it would have a different direction from Kingdom Heart IV’s Quadratum and the concept of reality. Kairi’s adventures could function parallel to what was described for Sora’s in Kingdom Hearts IV (and how Roxas explored worlds in 358/2 Days). Kairi would visit a world for a while and return to the hub world and go about her daily life before going back to the field. If it were possible, I would also include costumes for Kairi to wear. Some of them are outfits from the previous titles (Kingdom Hearts I and II) for nostalgia. Other outfits are new costumes to reflect Kairi’s life and events. And finally, there could be outfits that are like Sora’s formchanges, each outfit reflecting a bond from the Guardians of Light (sans Sora and his counterparts). Throughout the story, there could be flashbacks that show Kairi’s life in both Radiant Garden and Destiny Islands. Who are Kairi’s parents and what were they like? How was Kairi as an Islander and as a student? How did she, Sora, and Riku develop their friendships? Currently, in my idea space, I don’t have many original characters for a possible fanfiction. Honestly, I don’t have a full scenario for how Kairi’s story could play out. What I do have is two major original characters: a queen/empress who stands out differently from Kairi, and a former Dark Keyblade Master who protects her for the genuinely good. One of the key ideas is that the worlds surrounding the hub world are aware of each other and go against the known world order. So, there is an issue for Aqua and a moral conflict for Kairi. The core idea, though, is how Kairi handles being on her own without anyone she knows to guide her. Who is she without the Guardians of Light, the Keyblade, or Sora? That’s the story premise I would want to be explored in a Kingdom Hearts title about Kairi. What do you guys think about this? Let me know in the comment section. Until then, thank you for reading this post.
  6. How would Garland be brought into the Kingdom Hearts universe? Should he be the Garland from the original Final Fantasy? The Dissidia version? Or should he be Jack Garland from Stranger of Paradise? I would love for Garland to be an interesting neutral character instead of a plain old villain like Maleficent.
  7. I voted Final Fantasy XV. I also would love for Square to reveal more about Versus XIII's original designs and scenarios. Still would been nice to see the contrasts in story and style.
  8. Who is King Deoxys? What is the tone for the fan game? What's the story premise? A Final Fantasy world I wouldn't mind seeing is probably Ivalice.
  9. Thank you for the answer, @FadedSparkle.
  10. Wow, people are voting for Kingdom Hearts III. I wonder why they find that version of Kairi the best.
  11. Which numbered Kingdom Hearts title had the best interpretation of Kairi's personality?
  12. Thanks for your feedback. I honestly wasn't sure how dark I was going with this story. I also wasn't sure how well I have written Kairi, maybe I really don't know her. I probably shouldn't have been listening to music like "Blood Upon The Snow" from God of War Ragnarök for inspiration. That had added to the dark/aggressive nature of the viewpoint. I did have this idea an unknown entity inflicting Kairi's heart with darkness and locking away her Keyblade powers, but it would have come after this story. Sacrifice, to me, becames less noble when you think about it. Even if the sacrifice came from a selfless place, it would still carry negative consequences. For example, Aqua's sacrifice to save Terra-Xehanort had severe consequences in the long run. It could be seen similar to an upsetting topic where those who remain are left without complete closure or understanding. So, I'm not sure where to go about tackling Kairi's actual response to sacrifice yet. Sometime today, I was thinking about using Noctis' Final Fantasy XV personality as a basis for writing Kairi as a person. There might have some similarities to Noctis' feelings about his last moments with his father when Kairi thought about Sora's actions. I also thought of Kairi just releasing her anger because of what she learned about the Wayfinder's choices. She found out her birth parents and her beloved grandmother were lost because Aqua saved the man who took her away from them. That anger also had consequences as Aqua starts to become concerned. About Aqua, I guess I wanted her to carry some of Eraqus and that will end up making her viewed negatively in the possible future. Aqua had just seen Kairi's past anger as a warning sign and something that needed to be addressed or monitored. In a way, Aqua is repeating a past mistake in not seeing the whole story like with Terra. Also, there is the whole Princess of Heart matter about Kairi, so Aqua will try to keep Kairi under further watch. Thank you again for your feedback. I hope you don't take offense to some of my reasoning in this reply. I also hope my reasoning wasn't too argumentative. Maybe I should revisit Kingdom Hearts and study the characters as best I can.
  13. Sacrifice. What a despicable thing, Kairi thought to herself. How can anyone be okay with doing such a thing? This question has been trapped inside her mind since she left the Final World. Every time she thought about him disappearing, not once, but twice, doesn’t just give her sorrow. It provided her with anger. The anger she didn’t know she could have. Why did he smile when he left her? Left them? Didn’t he think things through? How much it would hurt everyone? He didn’t save her. He just gave grief to her and everyone else. Perhaps learning from Master Aqua could give her a chance to release her pain. Kairi didn’t think about it when she announced her decision to Master Yen Sid. If she had, would he permit it? Would he understand? Would the others? Maybe they just wouldn’t care. … It was sometime after she arrived and started her training with Master Aqua that Kairi came to regret it. Even though she knew he wasn’t Xehanort, Kairi couldn’t shake off the resemblance Terra had to the man who took her away from her grandmother. Ventus was so much like Sora, with his smile and his gestures, Kairi wasn’t sure if she wanted to ask Ventus about Sora. Or if she could use him as practice for when she screams her grief at the real deal. Then there’s Master Aqua. She seemed so absolute in her teaching and philosophy; Kairi felt a chilling resemblance to Sora. That selflessness hurts. Then she was told their stories… Kairi had to turn away from the three. She had to go to the training grounds. She didn’t remember what happened next, except for a heavy scream. When she came to, she saw the poles torn to pieces and the shocked expressions of her teachers. The return to the castle was in silence. … Maybe she had darkness in her heart. Yet, she didn’t care. She hated it. She hated sacrifice. She hated them for sacrificing themselves. She hated him for sacrificing himself. She didn’t care if she had darkness. She wanted it. She wanted it to grieve. To cry, to scream, to rage, and to fall. What would everyone say about it? Darkness was the ultimate evil in their eyes. Well, maybe not Roxas and the others in Twilight Town. But Kairi didn’t want to think about Axel and Xion right now. They made the same choice as everyone else she knows with the Keyblade. All but Roxas. He didn’t get the choice. He was forced to give up. … Master Yen Sid called before Master Aqua could call him. He had a task for her. Some worlds were behaving oddly as if they are connected. Such interaction between worlds shouldn’t be possible, nor is it allowed. The task was to investigate these worlds and determine if the World Order needed to be restored. Just what is the world order, Kairi wanted to ask. What was the point of it anymore? She had been in Traverse Town, and she had seen Hayner, Pence, and Olette on her Island’s beach with the others. Too bad Master Aqua was the only one to talk to Master Yen Sid and no one else. Kairi volunteered to go with her to these worlds. Kairi needed to leave the Land of Departure. She reasoned to everyone that if the only Master went, she should follow and learn further from both Master Aqua’s teachings and experience. Terra seemed to have agreed with her argument. Ventus was silent. Perhaps he was afraid of her? Kairi saw it on Master Aqua’s face – she didn’t believe Kairi’s words. But Terra’s support and Ventus’ fear must have convinced her. Master Aqua nodded slowly and told Kairi to gather what she needed. Kairi only sighed in relief when she left the master’s harsh gaze. It was only when they were outside Master Aqua give Kairi a cold, stern glare. She told her student that she must follow her orders at ALL times and disobedience would immediately send her off to Master Yen Sid for discipline. For the first time since she met the woman, Kairi fear her. So, she wisely and formally replied yes. … Despite the fear Master Aqua imposed on her, Kairi felt she needed to do this. She wanted to journey to different worlds with Riku and Sora once upon a time. Now, she was finally going to see these new places with her own eyes. Not from reading or through someone else’s eyes. This was her chance to begin anew, and Kairi won’t let anyone, or anything, stop her this time.
  14. I actually have some ideas of my own with Kairi...
  15. I guess I want more human consequences.
  16. I am asking, because I want to believe there should be consequences for Sora's actions. The consequences being negative opinions about Sora from his friends. I think it's worth exploring that area on how Sora's sacrifices impact everyone. Do they accept it willy-nilly, or do they have serious problems that they need to let out?
  17. So far, I think Kairi would be fine around elderly characters. Two out of three major relationships with elderly characters were positive, after all. As for the third one...it's Xehanort. The major known hobby Kairi has so far is writing. Specifically, writing letters. I mean, outside secret reports, the only other person who writes about their experiences was Roxas with his diary. So maybe Kairi could keep personal records of her own adventures if given the chance. I don't know if I want her to be stuck with any traditional hobbies like shopping and cooking. The only other hobby she had was crafts, since she made the Oathkeeper Wayfinder in the original Kingdom Hearts. As far as we know about Kairi's education, she was probably in high school. Sora and Riku end up losing a year of education because they were away from Destiny Islands. I know school doesn't always mean experience, but Kairi might have some advantages over the boys thanks to her learning. Kairi at her best and at her worst: I'm thinking about when Ellie (The Last of Us Part II) and Atreus (God of War) were at their individual best and worst versions of themselves. Ellie at her best in The Last of Us Part II is someone who can love and can have fun with those she loves. One example of Ellie in her darkest hours would be how she dealt with Nora. Atreus is generally a good and friendly kind, but he does become violent and rude with people during one segment of his initial game. Now, what about Kairi, when will she be at her best and how far will she go into her "darkness?" How dependent is Kairi? I fear she is too dependent on Sora and that needs to be addressed eventually. There is also the question about how dependent Kairi is with her Keyblade. If she can't use it, how far can she go through her adventures without it? Her relationships with characters like Sora, RIku, and Aqua are also important. We tend to think of Kairi and Sora as romantic partners, but we never get their daily interactions like Roxas and Xion had. We are told that Riku and Kairi are good friends, but when they chat, it's either about Sora or the plot. Hopefully we get to SEE something from her time with Aqua. The final question can be the basis for a story about Kairi and her own adventures while Sora is AWOL. Maybe give her a journey where she can't rely on the other Guardians of Light for help. One that explores her life and her humanity.
  18. Okay, I just wrote up some ideas about writing Kairi, including a few goals, inspirations/benchmarks, and questions about Kairi. KINGDOM HEARTS How to Write Kairi.docx
  19. I might have already asked this before; I maybe should ask this on the Kingdom Hearts general forum, but I'm going to ask: How would you write Kairi as an actual character or a living person? Kairi may have an inconsistent character based on the source material. The numbered titles were written by different writers, and the spin-offs rarely showed Kairi. So, how would anyone do justice when writing Kairi?
  20. Looks like, at this time of writing, Drakengard and Parasite Eve are in a three-way tie. What are the "[other] game" though?
  21. Hello, In case any Kingdom Hearts fan has missed it: the online fan event, March Caprice, is coming back around next year. I already signed up to be an illustrator and a writer. Although I have time to create my contributions, I don’t fully know what they will be about. Right now, I have an idea about drawing Sora with Final Fantasy Versus XIII in mind. It’s the writing part that I want to figure out. So far, I am thinking about writing something for Kairi, whether it’s a story or a discussion piece. Maybe if I bounce off some ideas, I can come up with a base plan to work off of. If I take the story path, I want the time setting planted in-between Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts IV. The current ideas for the actual story are to focus on Kairi’s mentality and her opinions about her history, or rather her “weakness.” Would Aqua be a good mentor for Kairi or would Aqua end up restricting Kairi’s growth? Will there be a problem that requires the Guardians to deal with? Aside from Sora’s disappearance and the Lost Masters/Foretellers. If I take the discussion path, I might end up talking about what I would like for Kairi’s future post-Melody of Memory. I may have already mentioned a few ideas for a Kairi game (click here for reference), but I wouldn’t mind talking about it more as a conversation. All while coming up with new ideas that add up. There are already some concepts worth exploring, like the World Order. Ultimately, I want to see a game story that is about Kairi as the active protagonist. I want to know more about her as a human being, and none of the magical damsel role from the previous games. Who is Kairi without relying on Sora in any form? Who is she on her own and with other people? What does she like and dislike? Here is the question I should ask: how do you write Kairi as a person? Thanks for reading. (Also on DeviantArt)
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