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((OOC: You have to have been in Part 2 topics to come here. No joining otherwise.))
Everything had progressed to this final stage. Together, those assembled began to scale the tower to Xemnas' Lab.
"They're coming for you now, those sounds are obvious," Principal Hitagawa mused from her seat within the caged area Xemnas kept her in, "You're all alone now in your cause." She knew there was nothing she could do from inside the cage, but the least she could manage was to taunt her captor.
"The funny thing," Xemnas began as he rose from the chair he was seated at clasping some device in his left hand, "and what you don't realize... is that this is exactly how I planned everything to go. The greatest of powers always require sacrifice...one world holds a stone of absolute power but is created only at the cost of the lives of humans... your world's own Hiro Tsukasa had a spell that cost his own soul to use... I have studied all worlds... ultimate power comes with ultimate sacrifice. The Organization, this very castle... I constructed all of this to be destroyed and grant me Kingdom Hearts."
"They'll stop you!" Ayumi retorted back quickly in a rare moment of being angry herself, "Kingdom Hearts isn't complete and you're all that remains of the Organization. There's nothing th-"
However, her words were cut short by Xemnas who turned facing her with a wicked grin upon his face, "On the contrary little Key. Your precious students and their allies just completed Kingdom Hearts for me on their way here."
Ayumi Hitagawa's eyes widened in shock, though still not quite sure of the meaning in Xemnas' words. However, there was no more time to puzzle such meanings as the doors to the top level of the tower literally blew open; everyone arriving to stand before Xemnas...
As the joint force reached the top of The Altar of Naught the remaining door before them was broken down instantly as the flooded into the foyer of the large chamber. Principal Hitagawa could be noticed immediately, dressed in an elaborate white dress, seated upon a chair within a large cage and standing in the center of the room as if he had been waiting the entire time was Xemnas.
"Greetings," Xemnas spoke in an excited tone, "It's so enjoyable to see the last of my little pawns once more. We met all that time ago... as allies... and even though some of you doubted my interests from the start you still danced right along letting me call each and every move you'd make."
Raising an arm Xemnas began to pursue a very long speech, a personal obsession of his, "I'm sure that weak boy's information reached you so you're aware I also command the Heartless. Do you feel foolish? The Organization beseeched you to help destroy this evil yet unbeknown even to them I was the one pulling their strings. Every invasion, every attack, everything. And along every step you all followed barely questioning the actions you were taking. Do you all know or remember why I pitted you against the Heartless?"
"The defeat of each one," he continued, "Pushed Kingdom Hearts closer and closer to reaching its finished state; ready to be used. Not for all of you to save the worlds but for me to realize my goal. And like children who understand only violence you've followed along completing it for me without me so much as lifting a single finger."
"No," Ayumi suddenly cried out, "He's bluffing all of you... just before everyone arrived in The World That Never Was he was remarking on Kingdom Hearts still being incomplete, don't let him break your spirits.... He-"
"SILENCE!" Xemnas bellowed in anger at the interruption, "The Key doesn't tell the truth. However, it is not her fault. She merely doesn't know the full picture. Kingdom Hearts is completed... and all of you standing before me, and my Organization Members, finished it. Long have I researched Kingdom Hearts and the Heartless... long before other Nobodies or the Org even existed. Before I granted the Zodiac Stones to my followers I experimented on them... intrinsically altering the natural energies held by the Lucavi... while they remained the same for all intensive purposes I had threaded their very essence... their life force, if you will, into the Heartless. If you're too stupid to get it... consider them as becoming Master-level Heartless. The death of each one, with so much power they held, easily equaling the equivalent of killing millions of heartless at once."
"You all," Xemnas continued, "Were far too slow completing Kingdom Hearts. Many times you failed to even save the worlds from the very simple scenarios I created. It was necessary to speed along that process so I brought the Lucavi into the picture. I was aware of the spies presence for some time and that one of my own Nobodies would betray me but I allowed it to slide. Letting them think they had one upped me when really they would bait you all to come here in one final grand display of power to be heroes. In doing so you would face my Nobodies, forcing them to awaken their Lucavi and upon their defeat super-charge Kingdom Hearts to its completion."
"And so here we are," Xemnas chuckled in delight, "The heroes gathered to make their final stand against their enemy. Kingdom Hearts ripe for the picking of the victor. I could not have staged and more traditional or satisfying story. Before you all die, however, you have a right to know what I intend to use Kingdom Hearts for. I think that's only fair since I have all of you to thank for its completion."
"The moment I became a Nobody," Xemnas grinned evily, "I understood the nature of reality. So much pain and suffering exists. People can live for years and years and years suffering, hating their lives, hating everything... being completely and utterly miserable and what do we say? That it is pain that validates happiness? There will always be bad times so cherish the good? A great writer once wrote that to understand supreme bliss once had to have felt supreme sadness, but do lifetimes upon lifetimes of suffering validate whatever small pieces of happiness some seem to get? Once I became a Nobody I felt none of these things. No joy, but also no sadness."
"This way," Xemnas' grin grew wider, "Is perfection. Emotions cloud people's judgement and influence their actions many times to negative ends. Without them one can properly pick the most logical answer at all times and efficiently make choices. I want to end all that suffering... throughout the history of many worlds it was the radical ideas of geniuses like myself that truly created progress. I want to make the ultimate progress. With Kingdom Hearts granting my wish I shall merge all worlds into a single Perfect World. One where all exists together as one, fully understanding everything about others, and feeling no emotions. It will not only be the perfected reality, but together all of us collectively will have become the perfect lifeform."
"However," Xemnas let out a soft sigh, "This world is not for you before my eyes. The last of my precious pawns. You deserve an ending to your story before my Era begins, so I will grant it now. After your deaths I will sacrifice the Key to Kingdom Hearts and awakening ultimate power I will merge all worlds and create The World of Nothingness."
"BASTARD!" Hiro Tsukasa suddenly cried out from the group rushing forward past those in front of him and drawing forth Tyrfing, The Sword of Sorcery. He was tired of listening to a man so obsessed with his own words he would talk on endlessly, a man claiming to be a genius, claiming to know what was best for the entire Multiverse. The time for talking was over, in Hiro's eyes.
Smirking Xemnas vanished. In truth he was merely moving, however, he was so fast none present could keep up. A single second later he appeared crouched in front of Hiro missing the sword swing as he raised his palm and placed it gently on Hiro's stomach as a sudden burst of Nothingness energy flared out.
Hiro Tsukasa went flying back slamming into the wall near the entrance and slid down slowly his body slumping as he touched the ground; the gaping hole on his stomach a perfectly clean cut from the energy blast. Unconscious? Dying? Already gone? There was hardly time to wonder.
"Tch," Xemnas scoffed as he stood back up straight dusting off his Org Cloak, "It seems that one didn't embrace the Keyblade like the rest of you. His Heart was pathetically weak. Now, let us play out this final Act." Finally, Xemnas raised his left hand which had been clutching some device the entire time. It was a small controller of sorts with a single button.
Pressing it Ayumi suddenly hunched over in her chair crying out in pain as a crimson-colored barrier wall expanded from one end of the room to the other enveloping the entire chamber in red light save the small Foyer area where everyone was gathered.
"This is my newest little trinket," Xemnas explained, "Kingdom Hearts is ultimate power but it comes all at once. I wondered... what if you could tap into that power and use it without actually activating it? This was my prototype to test the issue and it seems a striking success. An unfortunate side-effect, however, is that it inflicts great pain on the Key as she is the interface through which activates Kingdom Hearts. However, I assume I'll kill you all long before she reaches the limit her body can withstand."
Xemnas pocketed the remote and then threw his arms up in triumph, "I call this masterpiece the Heart Barrier. Within this field of red light only six Hearts can exist. Once that limit is reached the barrier will expel all other Hearts from entering. Your dear Principal counts as one... as you may well know... I posses no Heart and thus five more of you may enter. Let us consider this a Tag Match of sorts... however, I am giving you pathetic beings a handicap as I have nobody to tag out with."
"NOW!" Xemnas cried out as he took a readied pose for battle, "COME PAWNS! Fight your Master... fight... suffer...despair knowing you can never win... and die by my hands! Let us close this story and open the way for my new Era!!!"
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((OOC: So yeah, rules for this. Only 5 people can be in fighting Xemnas at once. You can hop out at will and if there are open spots hop in at will. You might sometimes be force-hit knocked out of the Heart Barrier so other people can take turns as well. Be creative and use the fact you can tag out to your advantage. Even if you're not in the Barrier you can still post being all spectator-y or what not.))