Kingdom Hearts (Mark of Mastery) Intro

“Welcome, new recruits. I am the acting successor to Master Eraqus. You may refer to me as
Master Xander. The both of you have been brought to me in order to complete a ritual known as the Mark of Mastery, so that you may be beneficial to the coming conflict. This ritual shall begin with a test of your skill in combat, so as to judge what you have already learned.”

Master Xander stood up, assessing his students. The girl, Kairi, was known as a princess of
heart, and had very little fighting experience. Meanwhile, the boy, Lea, had taken up the road
to nightfall, and in the process become a foe to light. The thought Xander had upon looking at
these two was simply I have my work cut out for me.

Kairi stared at Lea, unprepared for what may lie ahead. Lea was busy tossing the Keyblade he
held up and catching it in his hand, as if suggesting that he wanted to get on with things.

“The both of you will face trials that will better you. First, however, you must show me your
experience with the blades you each wield. You shall face a horde of enemies, then each other.
This is important in establishing your fighting skill, and any...” Xander looked at the redheaded
man tossing his weapon up and down in the air before continuing. “nasty habits that will need to be removed from your style. Begin!”

As Master Xander stationed himself, holograms of dark creatures appeared around the
students, who started into action. He saw much promise in the redhead’s fighting style, but
noticed that the girl was intentionally guarding instead of attacking. When she did attack, it was with hesitation and glancing blows.

“Stop. Now you shall face each other. Hold back nothing! Let me see your skill against each
other.” Xander said.

The moment he said this, the Lea launched his blade towards Kairi, who caught it in an
astonishing maneuver. This proved to be a sign for the rest of the battle, with the girl anticipating and countering every single attack that was normally attempted. That was when Lea’s strategy changed to attacking in unexpected ways, tripping his opponent, throwing scenery at her, and generally fighting underhandedly.

“Enough!” Xander shouted, before more damage was done to anyone. The area around him
faded, revealing the white halls of Castle Oblivion.

“You both have failed your initial test. I am not surprised at this. However, you also both have
shown expertise in different areas. As a result, you shall be put through different tests in this
area. Lea, step forth and hand me your weapon.” Xander said, beckoning the male forward.

“If this is about the dirty fighting, isn’t the enemy going to do the same?” Lea said, handing the
weapon to his teacher. 

“Your moves are lacking. Any Keyblade master worth their salt would have taken the openings
you gave them. In addition, throwing your weapon at the enemy is more than a rookie mistake.” Xander surmised, holding the weapon in front of him.

“That said, you were reliable on dealing with the enemies. You shall take up combat in the
basement of the castle, fighting the memories of prior Keyblade wielders. Also, you are very
gung-ho, and I half expected you to go for your friends throat. This is natural, given your reason to fight, but greater men than you have fallen to darkness walking this path. You head down, and I shall asses Kairi.” With that, Xander turned to the girl, expectantly.

Kairi didn’t say anything, and placed her weapon timidly in Xander’s hands, expecting the worst.

“This blade is notable to me, due to the flowers it is covered in. However, the one at the base of the sword is late to bloom. Much like you. I know you fear darkness, but your skill with fighting another is incredible. Maybe all that you need is incentive to fight, and courage to do so. Then your power, and your personality, shall bloom in full splendor. The upper floors shall be your training ground. Fear not. This castle is but illusion, and is shaped by your mind.” Xander finished, handing her weapon back to her.

Kairi looked amazed. She’d expected to be kicked out, or torn apart. She hadn’t thought she’d
done well at all! All she could manage was a muttered “Thank you” before dashing up the stairs.

Xander opened a book before him and began to write.

Training:
I have been given promising students. Slight manipulation of the eye may be required
to give my students the training that they need, and allow them to overcome their
blockades. It reminds me of the time I trained another, and of my own training. These
memories come like waves in the rain. What do they hold, and why do they come to me?
The answers lie ahead..

CHOOSE YOUR STARTING PATH. (You can change mid-story on the first four.)

AXEL: A dark soul made light. Featuring one on one showdowns, The Keyblade Masters, and
the Revenge of The Dark Reflection.

KAIRI: The growth and care of a timid soul into a fine warrior. Featuring hordes of enemies,
Memories that Never Were, and the Revenant of Castle Oblivion.

MICKEY: The King of Wishful Thinking. Featuring darkness and light, Ansem’s Research, and
the Return of The Lost Prince.

XANDER: A Hero Reborn. Featuring Strategy and Cunning, the Foretellers, and the Recursion
of Another.

SECRET: The threads tie together. Featuring the final ties to each Story, Organization XIII, and
the Revelation of the X-Blade. LOCKED! Beat all other chapters first.

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INFO: I intend to write the story,and you guys are suggesting stuff like worlds, Keyblade masters, and directions to take the story. It's like one of those stories where audience input directs the way it goes! Send us emails, and we will consider your suggestion. Remember, we are family friendly, some past worlds are fine, and I have final say on publishing. All participants will be credited if used. Now start writing.