Kingdom Hearts’ Grasp of Masters Defined, and The place The Sequence Might Go Subsequent
The Grasp of Masters is probably the most mysterious character in Kingdom Hearts, and he factors to what the longer term holds for the franchise.
Kingdom Hearts weaves a tangled net of a narrative, stuffed with tons of twists, dramatic villains, and sappy energy of friendship themes. A part of what retains followers so invested within the sequence are the fixed twists, and the anticipation of discovering out these large reveals that’ll fully change the character of Kingdom Hearts’ story.
A type of large revelations got here with the discharge of the 2013 browser recreation Kingdom Hearts χ, which launched an enigmatic and quirky character generally known as the Grasp of Masters.
Over time the sequence has supplied minuscule hints as to who the Grasp of Masters is, and all indicators level to him shifting in as the primary villain after the defeat of Xehanort. So simply who is that this mysterious character, and what risk does he actually pose?
Whereas Xehanort has been the primary focus as a villain to this point, there is a stunning quantity of plot factors originated by the Grasp of Masters. In Kingdom Hearts χ and Again Cowl, it is realized that the Grasp was a toddler within the age of fairytales when the primary Keyblade Warfare occurred. Utilizing his “Gazing Eye” he is in a position to look into the longer term and write the Ebook of Prophecies. From there he takes on six apprentices, the Foretellers, and grants every of them a Keyblade and a selected position.
The Grasp wears the long-lasting black gown worn by Group XIII that protects from darkness, and he is truly the one which made the cloaks. In Kingdom Hearts Three ReMind a brand new scene reveals the Grasp assembly Younger Xehanort, gifting him the cloak, and taking him on a tour of the worlds to broaden his horizons. The Grasp encourages Xehanort to comply with his convictions, in the end setting him on the trail that will intertwine with Sora and trigger one other Keyblade conflict.
The Grasp can also be chargeable for creating Chirithy, who performs an important position in Sora reawakening in Kingdom Hearts 3. Previous that. one of many Foretellers, Ava, is assigned the position of forming the Dandelions and discovering Keyblade wielders to switch the Foretellers. Considered one of these wielders is Ventus who, one way or the other, makes his method by time to Beginning By Sleep, the place he is utilized by Xehanort who, after all, additionally ties into the Grasp.
The ultimate piece of the puzzle that we have seen comes within the two secret endings of Kingdom Hearts 3. Within the first secret scene, Xigbar efficiently summons the Foretellers by serving to Xehanort, and the mysterious Black Field the Grasp created is current, with Xigbar hinting at its significance. The contents of the field are one other matter fully, nevertheless it’s vital sufficient for Luxu to convey by the longer term, and for Maleficent and Pete to trace it down. Some theories say that the field incorporates a bit of the Grasp himself, however there is not sufficient proof to say what the contents are but.
Within the second secret scene that reveals Sora in Shibuya, we see the Grasp atop a skyscraper forming the form of a coronary heart together with his palms when trying on the moon. There’s nothing concrete in the meanwhile, however the Grasp’s machinations tie into every part all through the Kingdom Hearts sequence, and his affect lurks at each step. The true key to all this appears to be the Black Field that Xigbar (Luxu) saved secret for generations, and no matter its contents are. With Xehanort out of the best way, items of the puzzle have began revealing the plan of the Grasp of Masters, however there’s nonetheless one main thriller: simply who’s the Grasp?
There are a number of theories as to the Grasp’s identification, and brushing by websites like Reddit will show any variety of prolonged theories. We all know that the Grasp’s predominant apprentice, Luxu, is definitely Xigbar who labored with Xehanort to see by the duty he’d been assigned.
The primary principle ties the Grasp to Group XIII as effectively, casting him because the notorious slacker Demyx. The 2 character’s mannerisms are extremely related, as you’ll be able to see on this video by Mykal Williams, even proper all the way down to their hand gestures. Demyx has additionally been current for many of the occasions of the sequence, seeing as he is revived to be a vessel in Kingdom Hearts 3, however in the end is not used. Demyx switches sides to assist Sora and crew, which may in the end tie into the Grasp’s plan to trigger the Keyblade Warfare and convey again the Foretellers.
Some theories posit that the Grasp is a future Sora or Riku, who’ve found a approach to journey by nice lengths of time. ReMind supplies extra help for the Grasp being Sora, for a few totally different causes. Sora makes use of the Energy of Awakening all through ReMind, which leads to him disappearing from existence. In Again-Cowl the Grasp talks about how he’ll quickly disappear endlessly, maybe denoting that he as effectively has overused the Energy of Awakening. It is also attention-grabbing to notice that the Grasp tells Xehanort his identify within the scene initially of ReMind, and what Xehanort hears surprises him. The viewers would not hear the identify, however later in ReMind’s secret episode, Yozora asks Sora why he is utilizing that identify.
Up to now we have seen three Kingdom Hearts characters in Yozora’s world; Sora, Riku, and the Grasp. It is doable that the Grasp is future Sora and has interacted with Yozora, main him to surprise why the precise Sora is utilizing a reputation he is assigned to another person. ReMind additionally supplies a risk that Yozora himself might be the Grasp. Xehanort’s Keyblade, which was initially the Masters, has the blue Gazing Eye embedded in it. Throughout the boss battle with Xehanort in ReMind the attention turns pink, which coincidentally are the 2 colours of Yozora’s eyes, blue and pink. This is able to additionally clarify how Yozora is aware of about Sora and seeks to avoid wasting him, because the Grasp is aware of the longer term.
All of that is, after all, principle and Tetsuya Nomura hasn’t stated something concrete in regards to the identification of the Grasp of Masters. Nonetheless, Nomura loves teasing out main plot factors and giving followers one thing to stew about for years at a time. The reply might be a lot less complicated, with the Grasp simply being an authentic character who’s been working behind the scenes to attach every part. With how interconnected every part has been in Kingdom Hearts, although, it appears unlikely that the reply could be that straightforward.
One factor is for certain; the Grasp of Masters goes to be very important to the sequence going ahead. Kingdom Hearts 3 introduced an finish to the Darkish Seeker saga, and now the Foretellers and the Grasp will transfer into the subsequent step of the plan.
ReMind’s secret ending appears to recommend that Yozora will change into a playable character sooner or later, and the subsequent story arc might be about saving Sora and returning him to actuality. The constructing that Sora and Yozora struggle on is the Shibuya 104, which is the model of the true 109 constructing seen in The World Ends With You. The Grasp watches over the scene the place we see Sora and Riku get up in Shibuya, and it is seemingly that regardless of the subsequent full entry is, the Grasp will function extra prominently than ever earlier than.
Sq. Enix has introduced Darkish Street because the official subsequent recreation within the sequence, a standalone title that lives inside Kingdom Hearts Unchained X. Darkish Street chronicles the journey of Younger Xehanort, and it is seemingly the title will function the Grasp as effectively, as he tries to information Xehanort. The subsequent main step for the sequence would be the heroes going through off towards the Foretellers, because the very last scene in Kingdom Hearts 3 reveals Xehanort and Eraqus establishing a brand new chess recreation, with the Foretellers emblems making up Xehanort’s aspect.
The Grasp has change into a fan-favorite character, although followers haven’t any thought who he’s. Irrespective of the place Kingdom Hearts goes, the Grasp might be alongside for the journey.