We recently brought you the first part of our Complete Story of Kingdom Hearts, giving you an overview of what's happened in the series so far to prepare you for the upcoming third numbered game, and now here's the second part for your enjoyment, including a look ahead to Kingdom Hearts III itself.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Chain of Memories - The motivation of Organization XIII
In this game the story is far from coming to an end and it's from these instalments that the series starts to jump in timelines and points of view that focus on new characters. Organization XIII was born as a group of nobodies formed by some students of Ansem the Wise who together studied the human heart, and after having obtained 12 members, Xemnas looks for the last one he needs to collect the 13 fragments of darkness and places his attention on Roxas, born after the events of the first game and with the ability to carry the Keyblade thanks to the essence of Ventus that remains inside him. The objective of the Organization is none other than to open the Kingdom Hearts with the hope of recovering the heart that they lack. However, they are only pawns for the true interests of Xemnas, who seeks to use them to start a new war between light and darkness.
But what happened to Sora after the events of the previous game? The young man arrives at a mysterious place known as the Castle Oblivion, and here he has his first encounter with some members of Organization XIII. He discovers how, as he goes up through the different floors of the building, his memories disappear while they are being replaced by others, and it turns out the person responsible is a girl named Naminé who implants in Sora's memory a fictitious past to deceive him, so that he protects her instead of Kairi, because this way he will join Organization XIII. However, the young man realises his intentions and we discover that Naminé is actually the nobody of Kairi herself, who was born at the moment when Xehanort wanted to extract the light from his heart. Sora convinces her to give him back his memories and enters a deep lethargy from which she will wake up with her memory intact.
This is important because at the same time Roxas faces a similar revelation. Having recovered Sora's conscience, he does too, and it is then that Xemnas, fearful of the idea that he can leave Organization XIII, creates a nobody from the memories that Naminé extracts from Sora in the Castle of Oblivion under the name of Xion. She will be the thirteenth member in case the plan with Roxas does not work, but what nobody expects is that Xion, Roxas, and Axel, another nobody who makes up the Organization, would become great friends and begin to recover their memories. Until that moment, they had all taken for granted that they did not have a heart and therefore they longed to open the Kingdom Hearts in order to get one, as Xemnas had told them, however, it was just another ruse to achieve his own purposes. Xehanort needed to make them believe that they did not have a heart, because when someone loses it their body creates a new one (unless it denies its own existence). At the moment when feelings began to surface within the Organization, he realised that his idea had failed.
Now that Roxas and Xion discover their true identities, the latter understands that she must die so as to become one with Roxas. After a dramatic scene in which the Nobody is forced to kill his friend, Naminé along with the real Ansem take him to Twilight Town to join Sora once he wakes up. They must be prepared to face the darkness that looms over the world and every little bit helps.