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Episode 4: Cruel Clues

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Cutscene icon KHUX.pngQuest No. 71 
 Quest No. 72 
Cutscene icon KHUX.pngQuest No. 73Cutscene icon KHUX.png
 Quest No. 74 
Cutscene icon KHUX.pngQuest No. 75Cutscene icon KHUX.png

Episode 4: Cruel Clues is the fourth episode of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.

Story summary[edit]

Quest No. 71[edit]

Before quest
[1 year ago]

[Xehanort and Eraqus are seen playing chess.]

  • Xehanort: "Have you heard of the ancient Keyblade War?"
  • Eraqus: "Huh?"
  • Eraqus: "Of course I have."
  • Xehanort: "Long ago, Keyblade wielders waged a war over the ownership of light."
  • Eraqus: "Yeah, the Master's favorite story."
  • Xehanort: "I wonder what they planned on doing with Kingdom Hearts after... making it appear."
  • Eraqus: "Who knows? I don't get why anyone would initiate a war."
  • Xehanort: "So..."

[The screen zooms in on Xehanort.]

  • Xehanort: "you know the "Lost Masters"!"

[The screen moves to Eraqus.]

  • Eraqus: "Who?"

[The screen moves to show both of them.]

  • Xehanort: "They're the ones who started the Keyblade War."
  • Eraqus: "Never heard of 'em. Where'd you hear about that?"
  • Xehanort: "Or... they're the ones for whom the war started."
  • Eraqus: "I'm not following you."

[The screen shows Eraqus.]

  • Xehanort: "You can drop the facade."
  • 'Eraqus: Facade?"

[The screen moves to Xehanort.]

  • Xehanort: ""On that land shall darkness prevail and light expire." A prospective Keyblade Master should know this."

[The screen moves to show both of them.]

  • Eraqus: "If you say so."

[The screen moves to a Keyblade hanging on the wall.]

  • Xehanort: "The Gazing Eye sees the fate of the world."

[The screen moves back to Xehanort and Eraqus.]

  • Xehanort: "The future—it's already been written."
  • Eraqus: "Really? I'm not so sure about that. Besides, who's to say I can't change it? And maybe light will prevail."
  • Xehanort: "Pretty confident. But things aren't in your favor."

[The screen moves to Eraqus.]

  • Eraqus: "Perhaps. But unlike darkness, there is more to light than meets the eye. You might be surprised."

[The screen moves to Xehanort.]

  • Xehanort: "Oh, I hope so."

[The screen zooms out and goes black.]

[Vor is seen walking through the Courtyard in Dwarf's Woodlands.]

  • Vor: "Well, it's official. I'm lost."
  • Vor: "But I did find this amazing castle! I wonder if anyone's home."
  • Vor: "Oh, I think I hear someone."

[Vor enters the castle, where she sees the Queen and the Magic Mirror. Vor hides behind a pillar.]

  • Magic Mirror: "What wouldst thou know now, my Queen?"
  • The Queen: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who shall forever tule o'er all?"
  • Magic Mirror: "Thou will, my liege."

[The Queen smiles and walks away.]

  • Vor: "Wow, that mirror knows all the answers!"
  • Vor: "Maybe... it can help me too."

[Vor approaches the Magic Mirror and the screen goes black.]

[Xehanort and Eraqus run into Vor in the Dark Forest.]

  • Eraqus: "There you are! We were worried."
  • Xehanort: "Are you all right?"
  • Vor: "Yeah."
  • Eraqus: "You said you wanted to come with us, and then you went off on your own!"
  • Xehanort: "We need to stick together."
  • Vor: "I know, I'm sorry. I was chasing a butterfly, and then I looked around and you were gone."
  • Eraqus: "Why am I not surprised?"
  • ???: "Hurry, men! Hurry!"

[Xehanort, Eraqus, and Vor look toward the voice, and see three Dwarfs.]

  • Grumpy: "Bah! I told ya that mine tunnel was brewin' trouble!"
  • Doc: "That's why I'm coming with ya!"
  • Happy: "No time for fussin'. We gotta help 'em outta there!"
  • Grumpy: "Don't ya think I know that?!"

[The Dwarfs run off.]

  • Xehanort: "They must be from this world, but I don't think they're likely to harm us."
  • Eraqus: "I don't think so either. It also sounded like they had their hands full."
  • Vor: "Something about a mine?"
  • Xehanort: "There must've been a cave-in."
  • Vor: "If someone's trapped, we might be able to help!"

[Vor runs off.]

  • Eraqus: "What did we just say about going off on your own?!"

[Eraqus heads after her.]

  • Xehanort: "You're one to talk."
# Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
1
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2
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3
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4
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5
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6
Nosy Mole KHX.png
Nosy Mole LV 38 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind FireLightning
Number of enemies: 6
Change icon KHDR.png Possible enemies
Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
Shadow KHX.png
Shadow LV 36 Physical icon KHDR.png PoisonParalysisSleepBlindMagic icon KHDR.pngFireLight
Nosy Mole KHX.png
Nosy Mole LV 38 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind FireLightning
Soldier KHX.png
Soldier LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngFire
Heat Saber KHUX.png
Heat Saber LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Fire Water
Chill Ripper KHUX.png
Chill Ripper LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Water Lightning
Blitz Spear KHUX.png
Blitz Spear LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.pngParalysis Lightning Paralysis Water
High Wizard KHX.png
High Wizard LV 40 Magic icon KHDR.pngParalysis LightningPoisonParalysisSleep Physical icon KHDR.pngWind
Large Body KHX.png
Large Body LV 42 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngLightning


Quest No. 72[edit]

# Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
1
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2
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3
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4
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5
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6
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7
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8
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9
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10
High Wizard KHX.png
High Wizard LV 40 Magic icon KHDR.pngParalysis LightningPoisonParalysisSleep Physical icon KHDR.pngWind
Number of enemies: 10
Change icon KHDR.png Possible enemies
Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
Shadow KHX.png
Shadow LV 36 Physical icon KHDR.png PoisonParalysisSleepBlindMagic icon KHDR.pngFireLight
Nosy Mole KHX.png
Nosy Mole LV 38 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind FireLightning
Soldier KHX.png
Soldier LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngFire
Heat Saber KHUX.png
Heat Saber LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Fire Water
Chill Ripper KHUX.png
Chill Ripper LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Water Lightning
Blitz Spear KHUX.png
Blitz Spear LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.pngParalysis Lightning Paralysis Water
High Wizard KHX.png
High Wizard LV 40 Magic icon KHDR.pngParalysis LightningPoisonParalysisSleep Physical icon KHDR.pngWind
Large Body KHX.png
Large Body LV 42 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngLightning

Quest No. 73[edit]

Before quest

[Xehanort, Eraqus, and Vor run through the mine, until they reach the Dwarfs.]

  • Grumpy: "Who are ya? An' what're you lookin' at!?"
  • Doc: "Aw, don't find...uh-uh, mind him."
  • Happy: "Yeah, it's nice to meet ya!"
  • Eraqus: "We thought you might need a hand."
  • Xehanort: "So someone's trapped behind that boulder..."

[Vor summons her Keyblade and walks up to the boulder.]

  • Eraqus: "What are you gonna do?"

[Vor holds out her Keyblade.]

  • Xehanort: "That's not a bad idea. A Keyblade might do the trick."

[Vor dismissed her Keyblade.]

  • Eraqus: "Or not...?"

[Vor lifts the boulder and tosses it behind her. Bashful peeks through the hole.]

[Bashful jumps out the hole to join the other Dwarfs, and Sneezy comes out behind him.]

  • Sneezy: "Ah-ah-achoo!"
  • Sneezy: "*sniff* It was awful dusty."

[Sneezy joins the other Dwarfs, and Sleepy comes out the hole.]

  • Sleepy: "Yawwwn... Yeah, it was too dark to sleep good in there."

[Sleepy joins the other Dwarfs, and Dopey comes out the hole.] [Dopey grabs Vor's hands, and jumps with joy. He then joins the others.]

  • Happy: "We're mighty grateful for your help, friends!"
  • Grumpy: "Hmph! We coulda fixed it fine."
  • Grumpy: "But...I s'pose we oughta thank ya."
  • Doc: "Now all seven of us can go back to work."
  • Vor: "Seven, huh? Just like us."

[Eraqus runs to Vor.]

  • Eraqus: "That was awesome!"

[Xehanort senses something, and looks behind him.]

  • Xehanort: "We've got company."

[The others look while a Driller Mole crashes down from the ceiling.]

  • Grumpy: "Oh, for pete's sake! Now what!?"

[The Driller Mole moves around, and digs into the ground.]

  • Doc: "If this doesn't stop, the whole mine'll collapse!"

[Vor summons her Keyblade and runs to the Driller Mole.]

  • Vor: "Get somewhere safe!"

[The Dwarfs run off, as Eraqus and Xehanort summon their Keyblades and join Vor.]

  • Eraqus: "Do you think it caused the cave-in?"
  • Xehanort: "I don't know, but the only thing to do now is to—"
  • Vor: "Clobber it!"
# Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
1
Driller Mole KHUX.png
Driller Mole LV 42 Physical icon KHDR.png Lightning Water
Number of enemies: 1
After quest
  • Eraqus: "Whe're supposed to be tracking darkness, right? I don't know if we're gonna get anywhere by just defeating random Heartless that we encounter."
  • Xehanort: "We all knew it wasn't going to be easy."
  • Vor: "Actually, it might be."
  • Eraqus: "A castle?"
  • Xehanort: "An all-knowing mirror?"
  • Vor: "Come see for yourselves!"

[Vor runs off.]

Quest No. 74[edit]

# Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
1
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2
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3
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4
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5
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6
Change icon KHDR.png
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7
Nosy Mole KHX.png
Nosy Mole LV 38 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind FireLightning
Number of enemies: 7
Change icon KHDR.png Possible enemies
Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
Shadow KHX.png
Shadow LV 36 Physical icon KHDR.png PoisonParalysisSleepBlindMagic icon KHDR.pngFireLight
Nosy Mole KHX.png
Nosy Mole LV 38 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind FireLightning
Soldier KHX.png
Soldier LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngFire
Heat Saber KHUX.png
Heat Saber LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Fire Water
Chill Ripper KHUX.png
Chill Ripper LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.png Water Lightning
Blitz Spear KHUX.png
Blitz Spear LV 39 Physical icon KHDR.pngParalysis Lightning Paralysis Water
High Wizard KHX.png
High Wizard LV 40 Magic icon KHDR.pngParalysis LightningPoisonParalysisSleep Physical icon KHDR.pngWind
Large Body KHX.png
Large Body LV 42 Physical icon KHDR.png Wind Magic icon KHDR.pngLightning

Quest No. 75[edit]

Before quest

[Xehanort, Eraqus, and Vor approach the Magic Mirror.]

  • Xehanort: "So this is it."
  • Magic Mirror: "What wouldst ye know?"

[Eraqus runs up to the Magic Mirror.]

  • Eraqus: "Ooh, can I go first? I want to know how to beat Xehanort in chess!"
  • Xehanort: "...Eraqus."
  • Vor: "...Eraqus."
  • Eraqus: "It's a game with black and white pieces called Alba and Ater and—"
  • Xehanort: "Please ignore him."
  • Eraqus: "Aww..."
  • Xehanort: "We're looking for some classmates who went missing. Do you know where they are?"
  • Magic Mirror: "The friends you seek travel hither and yon. Along separate paths, alone they forge on."
  • Xehanort: "So they're on their own. Let's see if we can at least track down one of them."
  • Eraqus: "Can you tell us where Vidar is?"
  • Magic Mirror: "The one—"
  • The Queen: "Silence! Must I remind you whom you serve!?"
  • Eraqus: "Who're you?"

[The Queen enters the room.]

  • The Queen: "Insolent boy! From this castle I rule all."

[The Queen walks past the others to the Magic Mirror.]

  • Eraqus: "Oh, um... Well, we—uh—we heard about the mirror and wanted to check it out."
  • Eraqus: "Do you mind if we ask a few questions?"
  • The Queen: "You barge into my keep and dare ask a favor? The Mirror is mine... and mine alone!"
  • The Queen: "Mmm... But you may approach this once... if you wish."

[The Queen smashes a potion against the mirror.]

  • Xehanort: "I have a bad feeling about this."
  • The Queen: "Magic Mirror on the wall, consume these fools once and for all!"
  • Eraqus: "Huh!?"
  • Xehanort: "What!?"
  • Vor: "Hey!"

[A bright light shines from the mirror and pulls Xehanort, Eraqus, and Vor in.]

[The three end up in the mirror.]

  • Eraqus: "Where are we?"
  • Vor: "Not in the castle, that's for sure."

[The Magic Mirror's giant face appears, shooting a fireball, which Xehanort deflects with his Keyblade.]

  • Xehanort: "Look out!"

[Vor summons her Keyblade.]

  • Vor: "It's the Magic Mirror!"
  • Eraqus: "Why does it reek of darkness?"
  • Xehanort: "I doubt it's gonna answer any of our questions now. You two ready?"
  • Eraqus: "You bet!"
  • Vor: "Of course!"
# Icon Enemy Level Attack Resistance Immunity Weakness Notes
1
Spirit of the Magic Mirror KHX.png
Spirit of the Magic Mirror LV 52 Magic icon KHDR.png Light
Number of enemies: 1
Before quest

[Xehanort, Eraqus, and Vor end up outside the mirror. They slowly dismiss their Keyblades.]

  • Vor: "Are we back?"
  • Xehanort: "I think so."
  • Eraqus: "Phew! It looks like she's gone too. All right, let's find out where Vidar is."

[Xehanort nods and approaches the mirror when they hear a voice behind them.]

  • Vidar: "That's not necessary."

[The three turn around and find Vidar.]

  • Eraqus: "Vidar!"
  • Vidar: "Hi, everyone."
  • Eraqus: "We've been looking for you!"
  • Vidar: "I figured you'd show up. Master Odin sent you, right?"
  • Eraqus: "Yeah. ...Wait, you knew? Then why didn't you just come home?"
  • Xehanort: "Are you alone?"
  • Vidar: "You must be Xehanort."
  • Vidar: "The visitant."
  • Vidar: "I see why you caught the Master's eye. There's something...different about you."
  • Vidar: "And you, Vor. There's something on your mind, isn't there?"
  • Vidar: "You're wondering if you really belong with these friends of yours. Why not join us instead, then?"
  • Vor: "Huh?"
  • Eraqus: "What are you talking about?"

[Eraqus grabs Vidar's arm.]

  • Eraqus: "Aren't you coming back with us?"

[Vidar brushes off Eraqus's hand.]

  • Vidar: "I can't. Not yet. There's something I have to do."
  • Xehanort: "What is it?"
  • Vidar: "You'll see."
  • Vidar: "I need your help. What do you say?"

[Vidar holds out his arm to Vor.]

  • Vor: "I...I belong..."

[Eraqus steps between Vor and Vidar.]

  • Eraqus: "Vor, you're coming with us, right?"
  • Vor: "Actually, I...I asked the mirror a question of my own."

[A flashback shows of Vor's first visit to the mirror's chamber.]

  • Vor: "Maybe... it can help me too."

[Vor approaches the mirror.]

  • Vor: "Can I ask you something?"
  • Magic Mirror: "What wouldst thou know?"
  • Vor: "Will I ever become a Keyblade Master?"
  • Magic Mirror: "With friends thy heart doth lie, content and free of woe. In comfort stagnant calm, forward thou fail to go."
  • Vor: "That's not true!"

[Vor angrily runs close to the mirror.]

  • Vor: "I want to become a Keyblade Master as much as everyone else. Stop making things up!"
  • Magic Mirror: "No power have I save to offer what is true."
  • Vor: "...Oh."

[The flashback ends.]

  • Vor: "Lately, I've started to realize how I really feel. I like what we have now, but if we all keep studying and eventually pass the exam, we'll go our separate ways."
  • Vor: "And I'm not sure I'm ready for that."
  • Eraqus: "Vor, you and I— we're never gonna change. Isn't that right?"
  • Xehanort: "Change is inevitable. You should embrace it and learn to build new relateionships."
  • Eraqus: "...That's not what you were supposed to say."
  • Vor: "Thanks, Eraqus. Thanks, Xehanort."
  • Vor: "...I've made up my mind. The longer I stay in this bubble, the harder it'll be for me to leave."

[Vor walks off.]

  • Vor: "Let's go, Vidar."

[Vidar follows Vor through a Corridor of Light.]

  • Xehanort: "Her heart and her mind are made up."
  • Eraqus: "Vor..."

[Eraqus thinks back on their time in class.]

  • Vor: "So... why do you all want to become Keyblade Masters?"
  • Eraqus: "It was more of an obligation at first. Like a family tradition. But now, I know in my heart that I need to become one and put an end to darkness once and for all."
  • Bragi: "Serious much?"
  • Bragi: "For me, it's easy. I want to do what's right."
  • Urd: "I agree that power and justice go hand in hand. My dream is to learn and explore. If I become a Keyblade Master, I'll be able to see all the worlds for myself."
  • Baldr: "I want to protect what's important to me."
  • Hermod: "What you all said. Plus, I want to uphold the greater order. Simple as that."
  • Xehanort: "I don't know why. But...I have friends... I want to see again."
  • Eraqus: "Wait, why would you need to become a Keyblade Master for that?"
  • Eraqus: "Fine, don't tell me. Vor, what about you?"
  • Vor: "Oh, me? I..."
  • Vor: "I'm not telling!"
  • Vor: "Wishes don't come true if you say them out loud. So now none of you will get to become Keyblade Masters. Ha!"
  • Eraqus: "Hey! No fair!"

[Eraqus chases Vor around the classroom.]

[Back in the present, Xehanort and Eraqus leave the castle.]

[64 years later]

[Master Xehanort enters the mirror chamber through a Corridor of Darkness.]

  • Magic Mirror: "What wouldst thou know?"
  • Xehanort: "Do you recognize me?"
  • Magic Mirror: "A young boy then, now a man grown. Fewer hairs grace thy head, but you are known."

[Master Xehanort touches his head.]

  • Xehanort: "A demonstration of my resolve."
  • Magic Mirror: "What else wouldst thou know?"
  • Xehanort: "Over the years, I have lost many comrades. Some passed on, while others chose a different path."
  • Xehanort: "However, there will always be a special place in my heart... for those friends I never met save in my dreams as a young lad."

[Master Xehanort walks up to the mirror.]

  • Xehanort: "Alas, my efforts to find them have been in vain. I don't even know their names. But I can see their faces still."
  • Xehanort: "I ask you: did they ever exist, or were they merely a figment of my imagination?"
  • Magic Mirror: "Much lies beyond our world,
    Even more beyond our time,
    Some in this world reside,
    Their toll has yet to chime."
  • Xehanort: "How can you be sure? Without even their names?"
  • Magic Mirror: "Your heart speaks more clearly than your words."
  • Xehanort: "Where are they now?"
  • Magic Mirror: "Where indeed?"

[A wasteland covered in Keyblades is shown.]

  • Magic Mirror: "Amongst an ocean of keys on a vast barren land,"
  • Magic Mirror: "a boy bearing great light and darkness doth stand."
  • Xehanort: "The Keyblade Graveyard!"

[Master Xehanort summons a Corridor of Darkness and leaves.]