Being one of the original trio of characters to debut in the first Kingdom Hearts game, Riku was the older 15-year old childhood friend of Sora's who consistently proved himself a seemingly unbeatable opponent in wooden sword battles on Destiny Islands.
Desiring from an early age to venture off the islands and explore the vast cosmos (encouraged even further into his teens with the unexpected arrival of Kairi from a very different world entirely), Riku gradually let his overconfident and fearless persona go to his head as he willingly accepted being absorbed into the darkness, Destiny Islands being seemingly destroyed with the invasion of creatures known as the 'Heartless'.
Regretfully leaving his best friends behind as he woke up on the world of Hollow Bastion (many of the villains within the Kingdom Hearts universe having taken up residence there as their base of operations), Riku slowly began to lose himself in the new power over the darkness he was granted, doing what he believed was right in order to survive and later search for the comatose Kairi's missing spiritual 'heart' in order for her to awaken.
Blissfully unaware that Kairi's heart had safely taken up residence within Sora's body as a byproduct of Sora attempting to save her during Destiny Islands' destruction, Riku would confront Sora several times on different worlds and attempted to convince him to join the dark side in a mutual quest to find and restore Kairi, Sora adamantly refusing every time as he attempted to reason with Riku about his questionable actions.
But it was during one of their confrontations on Hollow Bastion itself that it was revealed the legendary Keyblade Sora had been using to fend off Heartless and seal them away from destroying any more surviving worlds since he began his journey, was truly Riku's (as it was magically pulled away from Sora's grasp and transferred over to Riku as Sora's accompanying allies, Donald Duck and Goofy, went off with Riku as they remembered their mission to follow the one with the Keyblade).
However, Riku would be unexpectedly defeated in more ways than one by Sora as the Keyblade and Donald & Goofy soon returned to Sora (recognizing his pure-of-heart nature as being far stronger than Riku's increasingly power-hungry desires).
Desperate to somehow surpass Sora anew, Riku recklessly followed the words of a mysterious brown-coloured hooded figure as they possessed his body for his own ends and soon forced his 'heart' out into the Realm of Darkness after losing once again to Sora, in spite of the power-enhancing possession (only able to regain his body with the defeat of the unveiled villain known as 'Ansem - Seeker of Darkness' at Sora's hands).
Later arriving at the mysterious Castle Oblivion not too long after the sealing of the doorway to the mysterious realm of Kingdom Hearts, Riku would begin a long journey of redemption in-between fighting cloned genetic replicas of himself, members of the elusive 'Organization XIII' and even his own inner darker impulses represented as a spiritual echo of the Seeker of Darkness who remained long after his defeat and threatened to take back control of his body, if he exerted too much of his power over darkness.
Soon reuniting with the King of Disney Castle, Mickey Mouse, after previously encountering one another during their time in the Realm of Darkness, Riku took the battle to the Seeker of Darkness's remaining spiritual essence directly within a physical manifestation of his mind through Castle Oblivion's incredible room generation magics, ultimately coming out the victor as he expelled the Seeker of Darkness's influence from his body for good, taking the villain's incredible amount of residue power for himself as he did what he could to keep Sora safe during his year-long sleep to recover his true memories (after they were forcibly wiped by a powerful blonde-haired girl named Namine by the Organization's strongarming, desiring to turn Sora into a controllable puppet to satisfy their own motives).
Going into hiding with Mickey through the aid of a mysterious man known as simply DiZ by dressing up in enchanted black robes, Riku continued to hone and refine his powers over darkness, until Sora finally re-awakened and resumed his quest with Donald & Goofy to locate Riku and Mickey while protecting the many worlds from the combined threats of the Heartless and newcomer Nobody enemy forces (blissfully unaware that the two of them were keeping an eye on the trio from the sidelines, remaining covert and only interfering when it was the least risky to avoid attracting too much of Organization XIII's attention).
Finally reuniting with Sora and Kairi proper (the latter of which had been kidnapped much earlier by a rogue member of the Organization to lure Sora out), Riku would fight alongside his allies against the surviving remnants of Organization XIII (losing much of the loaned power of darkness from his prior encounters with the Seeker of Darkness later on during their travels across the Nobody's base of operations, as a side-effect of an overloaded data-encoding machine created by DiZ to thwart Organization XIII's plans to re-create the Kingdom Hearts moon of legend.
Taking the fight to Xemnas (the leader of Organization XIII) directly as Riku fought alongside Sora to finish him off definitively for the time being, the two soon returned to Destiny Islands at last, celebrating a job well-done among their friends.
The duo making a good impression on King Mickey's former master known as the ancient wizard Yen Sid, Sora and Riku began their Mark of Mastery exam to be properly recognized as official 'Keyblade Masters', liberating worlds residing in a realm of dreams as part of their test before it became swiftly interfered with in no time by random resurrected and newcomer members of Organization XIII who sought out Sora as a vessel to unwillingly house part of Master Xehanort's morally bankrupt soul, having been pulled from across the Kingdom Hearts timestream by means of convoluted time travel shenanigans.
Learning of this scheme while engaging in his own Mark of Mastery exam across various different worlds, Riku would track Sora down to a dream world variant of the recently destroyed 'World That Never Was' that used to serve as the first Organization XIII group's headquarters and used his newly-acquired 'Dream Eater' abilities to fend off the resurrected, elderly Master Xehanort and his equally twisted cohorts or possessed human vessels with the timely intervention of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and newly reformed Axel (who now went by his original true name of Lea), preventing Sora from falling to Master Xehanort's influence.
Recognized as a proper Keyblade Master by Yen Sid in spite of Sora not succeeding through no fault of his own, Riku became a hero of darkness that had finally risen above his inherent fears and insecurities as he journeyed with Mickey to save an old ally of Mickey's from the decade-long entrapment within a different dimensional plane in the Realm of Darkness known as Aqua.
Traversing through this very dangerous landscape together while fending off Heartless which were much more stronger in their home turf, Riku and Mickey would encounter Aqua who had tragically fallen to the darker energies which empowered this realm and faced off against her together, barely managing to come out on top as they brought her back to the primary 'Realm of Light', working with Yen Sid to expel the darkness from Aqua's very being.
Utilizing the earned 'Power of Waking' from his Mark of Mastery exam, Riku was able to dive into Aqua's mind and eradicate the unnatural darker influence over her, soon joining his friends and the other newly formed Guardians of Light against the resurrected Organisation XIII at the derelict and abandoned Keyblade Graveyard world, bringing down their members one by one as an initially shaky but effective unit.
Unfortunately, Riku and the others would be unable to stop Master Xehanort from slaughtering Kairi before their eyes, all the more determined to stop the madman's twisted but illogical schemes, fending off a formidable army of Xehanort duplicates while Sora, Donald and Goofy went off to deal with the real one (eventually coming out on top before Sora used his own acquired 'Power of Waking' to travel back in time to prevent Kairi's gruesome fate at the hands of Master Xehanort, paying a huge price for her resurrection as Sora faded away from their original universe).
Discovering Sora likely was in another reality entirely after a thorough year of searching, Riku informed the others where he was going and travelled to the spirit realm of the 'Final World' in the hopes of bringing Sora back to their own universe, channeling the Power of Waking through various different sources as he was transported away from the Kingdom Hearts universe and expected to arrive in the realm known as Quadratum where Sora was expected to be, instead finding himself on the city streets of an alternate comic book-inspired reality known as Earth-7150 due to unrelated future existential machinations by a supervillain known as Doctor Doom.
Drawing his Way to the Dawn keyblade upon spying a red demon with a large right hand and four masked heroes facing off against red coloured ninjas, Riku decided to take a chance and lend them a hand, hoping that this would lead to Sora somehow...
-4 powers, 2 boosts and an Xtreme
-Ability of leadership
-1 hex-edited skin, HUD, loading screen, icons and voice/sound file using archived audio of David Gallagher's voice from various Kingdom Hearts games
-Uses assigned number #25 (will clash with playable Skrull Empress, Erik Killmonger, Moondragon and Hu Tao in mannequin).
-At least one official skin from the Kingdom Hearts games (Using BaconWizard17's modern Avengers outfit for Quicksilver as a placeholder for his Kingdom Hearts 3 outfit).
-The official model for his Way to the Dawn keyblade (Using Sora's Kingdom Key keyblade as a placeholder in the meantime).
-A mannequin (preferably after Riku's received an official skin).
1. Impulse: Riku spawns his Keyblade, quickly knocking struck enemies into the air with a popup attack before performing a quick slam attack on the ground, damaging multiple enemies as powerful energy erupts underneath them.
2. Dark Firaga: Riku generates fireballs constructed of dark energy that will follow enemies and explode upon contact, dealing special damage.
3. Maelstrom: Riku spawns his Keyblade as he unleashes a powerful spinning attack, dealing physical damage to struck targets.
4. Dark Splicer: Riku spawns his Keyblade and quickly moves between targets, expertly slashing at them as physical damage is dealt.
5. (Boost) Vanish: Riku casts a spell through his Keyblade that renders himself and his teammates invisible for 30 seconds, increasing critical hit damage chances temporarily.
6. (Debuff) Blackout: Riku casts a spell through his Keyblade which generates dark energy that turns the surrounding environment black briefly, stunning surrounding enemies for 60 seconds.
7. (Xtreme) Dark Break: Riku spawns his Keyblade before leaping into the air and attacking enemies from above, slamming his Keyblade onto them as heavy physical damage is dealt to nearby targets.
Ceamonks890- Mod creation & coding, HUD, loading screen, icons etc
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