Xion’s Legacy: A Friend in his Heart
Alright so I said I’d look into it a few days ago and now here it is, the analysis of the mysterious figure at the beginning of KH2.
On the third day of Roxas’ story he awakens to the power of the Keyblade while living his artificial life in DiZ’s simulated Twilight Town. He dives into his heart and finds himself on Sora’s Station of Awakening. The Stations of Awakening are a physical representation of one’s heart as shown in BbS with the crumbling of Ven’s or when Vanitas appears on his Station after they “join”. So when Roxas reawakens to the power he’s actually using Sora’s Keyblade which previously was being borrowed by Xion I believe (correct me if I’m wrong, the succession of he Keyblade between Roxas, Xion, and Sora has always been tricky for me to keep straight). So this scene occurs inside of Sora’s heart, not Roxas’. At the end of Days, Xion returns to Roxas and Sora, as she is an imperfect replica of Roxas created from memories of Kairi belonging to Sora, her entire identity is borrowed.
I know that this figure it Xion because of the obvious fact that the two of them are in Sora’s heart, but also by her coat. Each member of Organization XIII has a slightly customized coat.
Axel’s coat has tightened sleeves while Roxas and Xion’s can be seen to have no modifications to the chest, shoulders, or sleeves, so they both wear the same base coat. And the figure that appears behind Roxas has no special modifications to the sleeves.
Now look at where Xion is standing, not only behind him but in a position to where even after turning around and craning his neck, she would only appear in the corner of his eye. And for only a split second. When Roxas turns around to see her a Twilight Thorn is there to greet him. Now, I love this part because with the new development of Xion being there it works on a whole other level. The obvious parallel is that of Sora fighting his Darkside heartless on his Station in KH1, Sora becomes a heartless later on in the game and in the beginning faces off against one, Roxas is a Nobody and faces of against one. But this also recalls the end of Days where Xion pulls down her hood to reveal her face is now that of Sora, and right after that she walks off of the clock tower and unleashes her final form, an armored monstrosity.
Xion was supposedly forgotten by everyone after her death, but that doesn’t mean she was never there, and her actions created a ripple effect. By no means was she inconsequential.
Very good, I like this!!
If I could add, Roxas facing a Twilight Thorn instead of a form of Xion herself could be an effect of the state Roxas is in at the time: Xion’s appearance reflects different in everyone’s eyes, based on their memories, and as Roxas currently lives with fake memories, having all his memories erased before, he sees a representation, of his sealed-away memories of the Organization XIII: A big, fearsome Nobody trying to destroy him.
P.S.: Another hint at it being Xion… Look where the figure is standing.
On Kairi’s image.
HOW DID I MISS THAT SHE’S STANDING ON KAIRI.
Yeah, that just confirms it.