Chapter 2: Enchanted Dominion, part 1
Inside a large pure green-coloured grassy forest with dozens of tall trees, patches of bushes, wild flowers, small rocky cliffs and a large clear lake in the middle of the forest near a field clearing, everything is peaceful and silent until the field clearing started to shake a little violently (while dozens of leaves on the trees fell and landed on the shaking ground) before an oval-shaped portal of light and lightning formed and appear near one of the bottom of a small cliff on the field clearing and Terra make his way out of the portal of light, still clad in his Keyblade armor. Terra’s Keyblade armor then glowed brightly and vanished into thin air as he walked forward and stopped in his tracks near the edge of the field clearing to glance down at the lake in front of him.
Suddenly Terra heard some sounds coming from behind him and as he summoned forth his Earthshaker Keyblade while turning around to see what’s behind him, he saw dozens of small, dark blue-coloured creatures emerged out of the ground and surrounds him from almost all sides. “Monsters! The ones the Master mentioned to me, Aqua and Beaufort before we leave. These must be the Unversed.” said Terra to himself before he charge toward the swarm of small Floods Unversed and began fighting them.
As Terra started to fight and destroy some of the Floods Unversed with his Keyblade on the field clearing, another oval-shaped portal of light and lightning formed and appear in another part of the forest (which is not far from where Terra and the swarm of Floods Unversed is) before Kallima make her way out of the portal into the forest and stopped in her tracks to lifted her head to look up at the blue sky and at the forest around her before her Keyblade armor glowed brightly then vanished into thin air.
Kallima then heard the sound of someone fighting something coming from her right and she quickly summoned forth her New Moon Keyblade, turned to her right to run toward the field clearing and she soon saw Terra fighting and destroying all of the small Floods Unversed before several different-looking semi-large and large dark blue-coloured Unversed formed and appear in thin air around Terra (which is Scrappers and Bruisers Unversed). When Kallima saw the Scrappers and Bruisers Unversed formed and appear around Terra, she quickly charge toward Terra and the swarm of Scrappers and Bruisers Unversed surrounding him and she swung and slashed down on some of the Scrappers and Bruisers with her Keyblade (while Terra had a surprised look on his face when he saw Kallima suddenly appearing and helped him out in destroying some of the Unversed before he fight and destroy the Unversed with her).
After both Terra and Kallima are done in fighting and destroying the swarm of Scrappers and Bruisers Unversed on the field clearing around them, Terra then turned to glance at Kallima. “Who are you and why do you have a Keyblade?” Terra asked Kallima as he glance down at the Keyblade she hold in her right hand.
“My name is Kallima, one of Master Yen Sid apprentices. He sent me out to helped apprentices of Master Eraqus’s in eliminating these Unversed creatures and the forces of darkness before they could hurt the princesses of hearts and the innocent peoples.” Kallima told and explain to Terra.
“Now that I’ve told and explain to you who I am, it’s my turn to ask you a question now. Are you one of Master Eraqus’s apprentices?” Kallima asked Terra.
“That’s right, I am. My name’s Terra. It’s nice to meet you, Kallima. And I’m sorry for my rude question to you earlier.” said Terra before he hold out his left hand to Kallima for an apologetic handshake. Kallima glance down at his outstretch left hand for a few seconds before she hold out and placed her left hand in his and they shake hands.
“Nice to meet you too, Terra. And I accept your apology.” said Kallima kindly to Terra before both she and Terra ceased shaking hands and pull their hands back. Both Terra and Kallima then noticed 2 Floods Unversed fleeing away from them deep into the forest out of the corners of their eyes.
“Oh no, you two don’t!” said Terra as he and Kallima turned and run after the 2 Floods Unversed.
Both Terra and Kallima chased after the 2 Floods Unversed out of the forest and onto a long grey-coloured bridge before they jumped, raised and swung their Keyblades down on the 2 Floods Unversed and destroyed them. After both Terra and Kallima destroyed the 2 Floods Unversed, they stood up, lifted their heads to look up and they saw a large white-coloured, blue roof castle standing at the distance end of the bridge in front of them.
Both Terra and Kallima then lowered their heads to look away from the castle and they saw the back figure of a tall and thin-looking woman wearing a long black-coloured robe from the top of her head (which also had 2 black horns on it) down to her toes, holding a long wooden staff with a circular-shaped pale green-coloured orb at the top of the staff in her left hand (with a single black stone, golden ring on her finger) as she stands on the bridge a few feet in front of them, staring at the large castle as well. Both Terra and Kallima dismissed their Keyblades and approach the black robe woman, who slowly turned around to glance at them when she heard the sound of their approaching footsteps (and they saw that her face is pale and greenish in colour with pale yellow eyes and red
“What’s this……… Why aren’t you two asleep?” said the black robe woman in a feign surprise tone of voice to Terra and Kallima (who stopped in their tracks in front of her). “That fool Flora cast a spell to put everyone in this castle into a deep, deep slumber.”
“Who are you?” Terra asked the black robe woman.
“Why, I am Maleficent……… as all who dwell in this kingdom would know.” said the black robe woman after she introduced herself to Terra and Kallima. “Now you must reciprocate the introductions. Who are you two?”
“I’m Terra.” said Terra as he introduced himself to Maleficent, who nodded before she glance at Kallima.
“And I’m Kallima.” said Kallima. “Do you know anything about those monsters- the ones who appeared and attacked me and Terra in the forest?” Kallima asked Maleficent, who turned to her right to look away from them, walked forward and stopped in her tracks near the edge of the bridge to look at the distant fields, mountains and sky.
“Hmph. Now why would I give a thought to creatures so base……… so inconsequential?” said Maleficent.
Terra snorted in agreement. “They are base, that’s for sure.” said Terra before he asked Maleficent another question. “Anyway, I’m looking for someone. Ever heard of a man named Xehanort?”
“He’s looking for Master Xehanort, another old friend of my grandfather and Master Eraqus? But why?” thought Kallima as she glance at Terra with a confused look on her face.
“That name is not familiar to me. Is he an outsider, like the 2 of you?” said Maleficent before she trailed off into silence to think back about something then she turned around to glance back at them. “Oh, but wait……… I do remember seeing someone leaving the castle.” Maleficent told them both.
“Could it be Master Xehanort? Tell me, what was he doing there?” demanded Terra.
“I couldn’t say……… I can only be certain that he was not from this kingdom.” said Maleficent in a feigned sad tone of voice to Terra, who sighed and lowered his head in dismay. “If you’re curious, go into the castle and see for yourself. There- the entrance is past this bridge.” Maleficent told Terra as she turned to glance at the castle, same goes for Terra and Kallima.
“Thanks.” said Terra as he run down the bridge toward the castle, with Kallima running and following closely behind him.
“Perhaps he did speak, about imprisoning “the light”………” said Maleficent suddenly to both Terra and Kallima (who instantly had a suspicious feeling brewing in her mind and heart about Maleficent), who stopped running and turned around to glance back at her.
“What do you mean by that, Maleficent?” asked Kallima suspiciously at Maleficent.
“The light” could be so many things. Could he have meant Princess Aurora?” replied Maleficent, ignoring Kallima’s words.
“Princess Aurora………” said both Terra and Kallima to themselves before they resumed running down the bridge toward the castle without looking back and they didn’t see bright, greenish-yellow coloured flames appeared and enveloped Maleficent before both she and the flames vanished into thin air.
Both Terra and Kallima run until they reached the end of the bridge, arrived in front of the castle’s entrance before they opened the door and went into the castle.
Once Terra and Kallima are inside the castle, they look around and saw that they’re standing inside a large and empty multi-coloured audience/throne room which had 2 tall-looking golden-coloured throne chairs far in front of them against the wall at the other end of the room. Both Terra and Kallima then noticed a staircase to their right near the wall which leads further up into the castle and they approach and walked up the staircase, walked down a hallway then they walked up and walked down several more staircases and hallways (while fighting off some Floods, Scrappers, Bruisers, Thornbites and Red Hot Chili Unverseds along the way) until they arrived in front of a door completely sealed and enveloped with a kind of black and purple-coloured aura of darkness which prevented anyone from entering the room at one of the very top tower of the castle. Both Terra and Kallima glance and nodded to each other before they jumped back from the sealed door, summoned forth and pointed their Keyblades at the sealed door to shot two bright beams of lights at the black and purple-coloured aura of darkness to dispel it away.
After both Terra and Kallima uses their Keyblades to dispel the black and purple-coloured aura of darkness away from the door, they went into the room and saw that the room is quite large and multi-coloured with a rectangular, green cloth table with some unlit candles and a small weighing scale standing on it, a wooden cabinet standing next to the table while the table and the cabinet leaned against the wall to their right, an empty fireplace in the corner of the room with a secret opened door inside leading up into another tower room and a small mirror/make-up table leaning against another wall near the fireplace. Both Terra and Kallima then turned to their left and they saw a very beautiful, fair-skinned, long blonde-haired woman wearing a long-sleeve blue-coloured dress is sleeping deeply on a large, blue-coloured single-sized bed with a dark blue-coloured blanket with spiral golden patterns on it covering over her, a large purple-coloured curtain with the same spiral golden-coloured patterns on it partially surrounds her and the bed she’s lying on and they both felt the warm, kind and familiar feeling of light emanating out from within her.
“Do you sense it, Terra? The warm and kind feeling of light from within her?” Kallima asked Terra. “Which must mean that this girl is one of the princesses of hearts.” thought Kallima silently in her mind.
“Yeah, I can feel it, Kallima. It doesn’t just feel warm and kind, it also feels familiar………” replied Terra.
“Yes, the both of you are right about it. Her heart is filled with light, not the slightest touch of darkness.” said Maleficent suddenly from behind Terra and Kallima and they immediately turned around to glance at her when they heard her voice. “……… Just the kind of heart I need.”
“For what?” asked Terra.
“Why do you need her heart for, Maleficent?” asked Kallima.
“Just imagine with me, the most glorious of futures……… the both of you.” replied Maleficent. “Seven of the purest hearts, each overflowing with light. When collected and brought together, they grant the power to rule over all worlds.”
“What do you mean by that?” said Terra, not understanding what Maleficent meant.
“Oh my god, isn’t it obvious, Terra? She wanted us to plunder, gathered and brought these seven purest hearts of light and hand them over to her so she could have the power to rule over all worlds.” Kallima said/explain to Terra in a slightly frustrated and grim tone of voice.
“Precisely, the girl is correct. Why, those large keys that you two hold……… The Keyblade, is it called?” Maleficent asked them both.
Both Terra and Kallima gasped in surprise/shocked when they heard Maleficent uttered the “Keyblade” word and they quickly summoned forth their Keyblades.
“Where did you learn that name?” Terra asked Maleficent.
“Those trinkets that you two have is the only way to obtain the hearts.” said Maleficent as she ignored Terra’s question.
“That’s enough of your word games already, Maleficent!” snapped Kallima.
“Where is Master Xehanort?” demanded Terra.
“Impudence will get the 2 of you nowhere, young ones.” said Maleficent coldly at Terra and Kallima. “If the two of you wish to learn more, either one of you must retrieve the heart of Aurora.”
“And why would we ever want to do that?” snapped Terra.
“It’s not a matter of “why”, but of will.” said Maleficent before she smiled evilly at Terra then the pale green orb on her staff started to glowed bright green and as she waved her right hand over the glowing orb, her body started to glowed bright green as well. “In your heart, there is darkness just waiting to be awakened.”
As both the orb and Maleficent herself started to glowed bright green, Terra started to struggle and grunted in pain as his body started to glowed bright green as well. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” said Terra in denial at Maleficent’s words.
“Terra, what’s wrong?” said Kallima as she glance at Terra worriedly.
“Perhaps not yet……… But I have power over sleep.” said Maleficent. “And I can awaken what’s inside you………Then you will be free to be who you truly are.”
Kallima gasped when she saw and realised what Maleficent is doing to Terra and she quickly dismissed her Keyblade, approach and placed her hands on Terra’s shoulders. “Terra, listen to me! You must fight and snap out of whatever dark magic she’s casting on you to awaken the darkness within you! You mustn’t give in!” Kallima told Terra worriedly.
“Stay out of this, you meddlesome girl!” snapped Maleficent as she briefly waved her left hand at Kallima to forcefully yanked her away from Terra before Maleficent created a barrier of greenish-yellow coloured flames around Kallima.
“No, you can’t do this to him, Maleficent!” protested Kallima.
“I can and I just did, meddlesome girl.” said Maleficent coldly at Kallima. “Now stand there and watched the show.”
Kallima glared angrily at Maleficent through the barrier of flames around her before she turned to glance sadly and helplessly at Terra as he continue to struggle and grunted in pain against Maleficent’s dark magic on him to awaken the darkness within him until the darkness eventually overtook him and he started to hear his Master’s words echoing in his mind.
“Remember that darkness lurks in every heart.”
“Darkness is our foe.”
“Would that we could be rid of it.”
“You must destroy it.”
“Push the darkness down- give it no quarter in your heart.”
Eventually Terra ceased struggling, fell silent and slumped his body down a little before he slowly straighten his body, lifted his head and opened his eyes, which now had a pale and blank look in them (and which make Kallima gasped for the second time). Terra then turned around to glance down at Princess Aurora, raised his Keyblade above Princess Aurora before a bright light appear and glowed at the tip of his Keyblade. A few seconds later, a bright circular orb of light appear and floated out of Princess Aurora’s body and flew straight toward Maleficent’s outstretched hands before she surrounds it with greenish-yellow flames.
“Here it is……… Just what I’ve waited for.” said Maleficent as she chuckled and glance happily at the floating orb of light in her hands.
“No! That light isn’t yours to take and keep, Maleficent!” Kallima cried out at Maleficent, who ignored her before she heard a gasp and a deep intake of breath and she glance at Terra and saw that he’s snapped out of Maleficent’s dark magic and the darkness within him (while the barrier of flames around her dimmed down then vanished into thin air).
“To think that all he spoke of was and will be true.” said Maleficent to herself before she put the orb of light safely within her black robe while Kallima approach both Terra and Princess Aurora.
“What? How did I………?” said Terra to himself before he glance down at Princess Aurora and gasped in shock before he immediately turned around to glance at Maleficent. “What did I just do? What did YOU do to me?” demanded Terra.
“You speak as if I pulled some invisible strings.” said Maleficent as she turned to glance at Terra and Kallima. “No, you couldn’t be further from the truth. I simply whispered to the darkness that you already held inside you.”
“How could I do this to her?” said Terra as he turned back and glance sadly down at Princess Aurora while Kallima just watched him sadly. As he did, he saw a brief vision of Ventus lying on his back on the bed in a deep sleep like Princess Aurora.
“Ven?” exclaim Terra.
“Yes……… Now you want to know where Xehanort went.” said Maleficent as she slowly approach Terra and Kallima, who turned around to glance at her. “Well, that I cannot answer. He disappeared into the darkness. But now I know that the Keyblades which you two have is a necessary weapon to gather hearts. Join me, you two. Collect six more hearts of pure light. Then we will rule all the worlds together.”
“No! We refused!” Kallima snarled angrily at Maleficent.
“Kallima’s right, Maleficent.” said Terra as he glared at Maleficent. “You seem to be mixed up. We’re peacekeepers, not tyrants!”
Both Terra and Kallima then summoned forth their Keyblades in preparation to fight Maleficent and take back the orb of light that she kept inside her black robe. But before both Terra and Kallima could do so, they felt the castle suddenly started to shake violently around them and they struggle to maintain their balance while Maleficent isn’t completely bothered by the sudden violent shaking of the castle.
“Hmph……… For peacekeepers, the both of you are off to an exceptionally poor start.” said Maleficent coldly at Terra and Kallima. “Remember this-the darkness cannot be held back by force or strength. Now……… my work here is done, as is yours. Wasn’t there someone that you needed to find and chase?” Maleficent told Terra and Kallima before she started to enveloped herself in green flames.
“Wait!” said Terra.
“Give back Princess Aurora’s heart!” said Kallima.
Both Terra and Kallima charged, jumped and swung their Keyblades down on Maleficent but before their Keyblades could touched her, she immediately vanished into thin air while laughing loudly at them. Both Terra and Kallima then stood up and glance around the room for any sign of Maleficent before they felt another violent shake of the castle.
“The Unversed! They’re gonna bring down the castle! We’ve to do something!” said Terra worriedly to Kallima.
“Right! Come on, Terra!” said Kallima worriedly to Terra (who nodded to her) before they turned around and run out of Princess Aurora’s room, run down the series of hallways and staircases until they arrived and reached the audience/throne room in the castle.
Once Terra and Kallima are back inside the audience/throne room, they saw a large crimson, black and yellow-coloured spindle-wheel Unversed (named Wheel Master) standing in the middle of the room in front of them. Both Terra and Kallima immediately raised their Keyblades, charge toward Wheel Master and they strike and slash down on Wheel Master several times with their Keyblades. The Wheel Master isn’t amused by their attacks and it immediately snared both Terra and Kallima bodies tightly in its yellow thread to prevent them from attacking it.
Both Terra and Kallima struggle to free themselves from the tight yellow threads wrapped tightly around their bodies until they managed to break themselves free from the tight yellow threads, causing the Wheel Master to stagger back in a daze a little before it swung its arms swiftly at Terra and Kallima and knocked them both hard and away from it. They landed hard on the ground, groaned in pain from Wheel Master’s swinging arm attack a little before Kallima raised her New Moon Keyblade above her and Terra to casted Cure magic on them to healed their bruise wounds. After Kallima’s done in healing their bruise wounds, they stood up and Terra jumped and raised his Earthshaker Keyblade above him to give a hard downward strike on Wheel Master while Kallima hold her New Moon Keyblade out in front of her to cast and launch multiple Fire magic at it.
The Wheel Master is even more not amused by Terra and Kallima attacking and injuring it even more and it’s body started to glowed with a dark red aura of anger before it raised it’s body high up into the air then it started to charge and gallop swiftly toward Kallima first and rammed her head on, causing her to cried out in pain and sending her flying far from it before she landed hard on her back on the floor and her Keyblade disappear into thin air.
“Kallima!” yelled Terra in worry/horror when he saw Wheel Master charging and ramming against Kallima before he quickly dodged to his left when he saw Wheel Master turning and charging/galloping straight toward him to knocked him out and it crashed head on against a nearby wall and fell stunned to the floor. Seeing that the Wheel Master is stunned from crashing head on against the wall, Terra charge toward Wheel Master and he proceed to strike down on it multiple times with his Keyblade before he jumped and raised his Keyblade to give Wheel Master another hard downward strike on it to finish it off.
After Terra finished off the Wheel Master Unversed, he dismissed his Keyblade, turned around and run toward Kallima to cast Cure on her to healed her wound (which she thanked him for it) before he helped lifted her up from the floor and they slowly walked back up the series of hallways and staircases and head back into Princess Aurora’s room.
“It’s my fault that her heart was stolen. It was because I was weak……… I’m sorry.” said Terra as he glance sadly down at Princess Aurora.
“You’re not the only one at fault here, Terra. So do I.” said Kallima sadly to Terra. “I could have stop and snap you out of Maleficent’s dark magic and from the darkness within you but she prevented me from doing so.”
“I know, Kallima.” said Terra as he turned to glance at her. “We’ll get her light back, once I’ve learn to stand up against the darkness.”
Kallima nodded to him before they leave Princess Aurora’s room, walked down the series of hallways and staircases, leave the castle and walked on the long bridge.
“Why would Master Xehanort wanted to imprison the light? The purest hearts of light- do they hold the answer?” thought Terra to himself as he and Kallima continue to walked down then started to run down the bridge toward the forest.
Inside a small, empty room in one of the highest tower of the castle, Maleficent watched Terra and Kallima leave the castle through an opened window. “Seven pure hearts of light, each completely void of darkness……… Such a search may take some time.” said Maleficent to herself before she turned away from the window, enveloped herself in green flames and vanished into thin air from the small, empty room.