“We know so little about the Keyblade War…
…only that it was just the beginning.”
--Master Xehanort, Birth by Sleep
The worlds have long coexisted peacefully. While each has its own domain separate from the others, corridors of light allow anyone to travel between them, interacting and enjoying the peace and prosperity of their time together. The chosen wielders of the Keyblade guard the denizens of the worlds as they travel from one to another, protecting them from those who would seek to disrupt the order and turn all to chaos. Thus has the World always existed, and thus has it ever been thought to exist for all eternity.
Yet there has always been one other duty of the Keyblade wielders: to protect Kingdom Hearts, where the hearts of all worlds are connected. Only legend can say what lies beyond that most sacred of doors, yet there are always those who would seek to find out.
Evil festers beyond the glow of the light, as the brave Keyblade wielders are well aware. Unbeknownst to them, however, evil is ever present among those who wield the light as well. Kingdom Hearts draws not only the denizens of darkness, but also the heroes of the light. Some seek to open the door purely to satisfy their own curiosity, others to wield the infinite power that is said to lie beyond. Yet that power is far too great for any mere mortal to wield, or so the legend says. Those who have allowed themselves to become so obsessed with their goal to gain control of Kingdom Hearts have lost themselves, falling victim to the darkness in their hearts or allowing their righteous light to smother them. The worlds have paid for the actions of these wielders, playing host to the monsters they have become as the light in their hearts has been snuffed out: Heartless and Nobodies. These creatures have their own designs on Kingdom Hearts and so, for as long as there have been wielders of the great Keys, there have been the guardians over Kingdom Hearts and those they have sworn to conquer.
Their task is both simple and perilous, for what would become of the worlds should their resolve waver? What future would there be if that door were to finally be opened?
~About the Roleplay~
This story will cover the period of time known as the Keyblade War, the war that led to the worlds being covered in darkness. Only the result of the war is known in Kingdom Hearts canon: the worlds were thereafter reorganized and separated, invisible walls keeping them from interacting and the Keyblade War from being fought once more. It is impossible to say what really happened during the war itself—and that is exactly what we will be exploring.
As this story takes place well before the beginning of the Kingdom Hearts canon, the worlds do not necessarily need to be ones we have seen before. The original worlds from the games, Disney worlds we have already seen, and other worlds that could reasonably appear in Kingdom Hearts may be explored in this story. The Keyblade Graveyard will be present in this story and can be visited at will, but the final battle will culminate there as well.
Heartless and Nobodies run amok in the worlds of this story, the former having been drawn to the darkness in people's hearts and the latter the remains of those who have lost theirs. They are the byproducts of the war, however, and are not of great importance given their lack of conscious thought or drive. The real enemy depends on the character and their goals.
-The story should adhere to a PG-13 rating. This is a public forum, so please conduct your characters as though the whole world is watching. Profanity is permitted, but please keep cursing at a reasonable level. Violence is also acceptable, even necessary given the nature of the roleplay, as is romance; please keep these situations from getting too graphic. If there is any question as to the appropriateness of your post, please ask before you post.
-There is no weekly posting requirement once you join, but please be courteous to the other players. Life happens, we are all busy, and sometimes the creative juices simply aren’t flowing. In any case, if your character is actively involved in an interaction and you will be unable to post for a significant period of time, please find a way to extricate your character from that interaction so that the other players can continue, or give someone else permission to temporarily take control of your character.
-If you have been given permission to control another person’s character temporarily, please make note of it at the top of every post in which you control that other character. If the character has been permanently turned over to you, please make note of it in the OOC thread; you don’t need to note it in every post.
-Please use proper grammar when posting. In other words, please refrain from using internet lingo (i.e. lol, brb, etc.) and abbreviations.
-Your posts don't need to be particularly lengthy, but please try to make them at least a paragraph or two in length. This gives the other players a better understanding of your character's thoughts, actions, and other information necessary for them to post accordingly.
-Please be kind and courteous to your fellow players.
-Please stick to Disney and/or Pixar worlds and any original worlds that have already been in the games (for example, Radiant Garden). This does not mean that you can only explore Disney worlds that we have seen before, but please do not add worlds that we would not reasonably expect could be included in a Kingdom Hearts game. For example, a world based on “The Legend of Korra” does not belong in the story.
-Absolutely no "Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance" spoilers are allowed in this story. Aside from being a rule in this and the story threads, it is also a general rule of KHInsider.
-Effective June 30th until further notice, there is a daily limit of three posts per day.
-Story elements are the decision of each member for their characters, but destruction of worlds must have my approval.
-If you have read, understand, and agree to follow these rules, please place the following phrase at the top of your character profile: “What lies beyond the door is… *whatever applies to your character*.”
-As this story takes place well before the beginning of the Kingdom Hearts canon, all characters should be original. Whether you want to wield a Keyblade, be a warrior who was dragged into the battle with their world, or just be an innocent bystander, you are free to create a character all your own! Please create your character profile using the template below. Once you have posted your profile and it has been accepted, it will be added to the end of the original post for easy viewing by other players.
-The "Dark Wielders" in the character biographies are NPCs. You do not need a template to contol one, but they also shouldn't be more than occasional antagonists given their widespread presence throughout the worlds. If you would like to make one a more permanent character, please create a separate template for them. You can use NPC Dark Wielders, as well as Light Wielders, as necessary to further your character's side of the story.
~Roster and Profiles~
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