Post by Master Eraqus on May 21, 2019 23:18:18 GMT -5
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Terra- The eldest of his students, Eraqus noticed that Terra had taken after him the most by donning similar clothing and adopting his strong determination as his own. However, Eraqus was weary of the darkness that seemed to linger within Terra, even going as far as not naming him a full Master for simply letting some of it surface during the Mark of Mastery exam, even despite wanting to make him a full fledged Master in a heartbeat.
Aqua- Out of his three students, Eraqus seems to trust Aqua the most when it comes to responsibility. Not only does he name her a Master after the Mark of Mastery exam, but he also tasks her with looking after Terra and retrieving Ventus shortly afterwards. This trust however, isn't without good reason. Eraqus began to notice over time that Aqua had a seemingly natural drive to protect those closest to her along with seeing her sense of morality develop over the years. And while she may bear the title of Master, Eraqus still believes that she still has a long way to go and is more hand willing to give her a guiding hand should she need it.
Ventus- The youngest of his students, Eraqus often viewed Ventus like a child, forbidding him from seeing other worlds. This was mainly for the safety of others as well as Ventus himself since Eraqus feared that he would run into Vanitas, fight him and form the X-Blade, dooming countless worlds in the process. He even went as far as attempting to kill him when he found out this truth in order to thwart Xehanort's schemes.
After decades of experience as a Keyblade Master, Eraqus tends to come off as cold or strict to those around him. This was especially true for Terra, Aqua and Ventus as Eraqus was very critical of their particular forms of fighting, chiming in with criticism and advice as they improved. However, he did this out of love for them as he didn't want them to lose their lives because they were sloppy in the field of battle. At times, he would also give them insight on their personal feeling when he thought that they needed it such as when Terra struggled with the darkness lurking inside of himself. However, even Eraqus' compassion for his students had it's limits.
He often, if not always, has a very biased opinion on darkness, viewing it as an unnatural force that all of existence would simply be better off without. This view was only further cemented when it turned Xehanort, one of Eraqus' closest friends, into his worst enemy. His belief was so rooted within himself that, while he was pained greatly, he was willing to kill Ventus and Terra to make sure that the X-Blade wouldn't come into existence. This action left Eraqus feeling ashamed, believing that he had failed as a Master, believing that a form of darkness had somehow crept into his heart.
Even after his death, these feelings of guilt and remorse clung to him even after returning to his original body. Overall, Eraqus is a very driven and determined man that cares deeply for his three students, now more than ever as he strives to makes things right between them and himself. Even if it means he has to look Ventus and Terra in the eyes again, despite what has happened between them.
Not much is known before Eraqus became a keyblade wielder or where he trained, aside from him learning alongside a young man named Xehanort. Over time, the two boys grew to become friends, spending there time either sparring or playing games such as chess. At times they would talk about things, but one discussion that Eraqus remembers is one about a group of masters before the Keyblade War. Xehanort claimed that darkness would eventually prevail while Eraqus claimed that the light may surprise Xehanort. And while it was a fairly short conversation, it would eventually set the stage for these future enemies.
After passing their Mark of Mastery Exams, Eraqus was charged with safeguarding the Land of Departure while Xehanort chose the life of a Seeker, eventually taking the No Name keychain as his own. Years later, Eraqus and Xehanort meet again and discuss the Keyblade war again and Eraqus is told of Xehanort's plan to recreate the X-Blade. In an attempt to stop him, Eraqus charges forward, prepared to fight Xehanort and stop his scheme in it's tracks. Eraqus is quickly bested when Xehanort launches two orbs of darkness that scarred his face before leaving his old friend once more.
Afterwards, Eraqus took two students named Terra and Aqua under his wing, teaching them as best he could while Xehanort would take a pupil of his own in time. Suddenly, a repentant Eraqus visits the Land of Departure with a young man named Ventus at his side and asks Eraqus to look after the boy as his own. Eraqus agrees and the two part once again with Ventus becoming his third pupil.
Years later still, Eraqus deems Terra and Aqua worthy of the Mark of Mastery exam with Xehanort and Ventus acting as spectators. Despite a slight mishap with the first portion of the exam, Eraqus proceeds to continue and pits Terra and Aqua in a sparring match. During the match, a portion of Terra's darkness boils to the surface. This is enough for Eraqus to fail Terra while Aqua passes and is deemed a Master.
Afterwards, Eraqus is alerted by Yen Sid that a group of mysterious creatures known as The Unversed have appeared and that Master Xehanort has gone missing. Eraqus sends Terra and Aqua out to deal with The Unversed and bring back Xehanort. Shortly after, Ventus runs off and Eraqus tasks Aqua to bring him back as well.
Ventus would eventually return on his own, however he came back with a slew of questions, confronting Eraqus about the X-blade and how he is to make it. Realizing that Xehanort was sing Ventus for his schemes, Eraqus attempts to kill his youngest student so that the X-blade could never be forged. However, Terra arrives at the last second, sending Ventus to another world and challenging Eraqus to save his friend. The two keyblade wielders clash in the courtyard as flashes of light and dark flare from their attacks, each swing weighed with solemn regret. By the end, Terra strikes a mortal blow on Eraqus before the two exchange words of remorse and before Xehanort deals the final blow, striking Eraqus in the back. And as he collapses into his own student's arms, he fades away.
Though Eraqus' light would flicker out for a time. Shards of light that were once scattered have managed to piece themselves together again, stronger and brighter than before. Now the master seeks to right his wrongs and punish Xehanort for his actions, alight with purpose once again.
"Would you blanket all the worlds in darkness, reduce them to nothing!?"
"Perhaps I've no one to blame but myself for the darkness inside you. And now I've done worse- raised my Keyblade against you and Ventus. My own heart is darkness!"
Darkness, Eraqus often pondered about it's nature as his consciousness waded through the Final World. Adrift in the void of blue, unknown to pain nor joy in these passing moments. It was like a dream or a state of deep rest, one where noise had not dared intrude on his thoughts while time merely slipped by. And there he simply lied, letting the lifeless sea carry him to a destination unknown as he conversed with himself, thinking back on his life a second at a time.
He thought back, reliving his life again. He remembered the first time he had wielded a Keyblade, the games he would play with his oldest friend, the pride of being named a Master and taking on students.
But then his thoughts turned dark. He remembered losing a friend, he remembered his students slipping from his hands. The memories raced back as the first time in years, he felt something! A sharp pain in his back as he cried out "Terra!", lurching forward, outstretching a hand to a person that wasn't there. He opened his eyes and was met with a stark white room.
Slowly rising to his feet, Eraqus was racked with sorrow as he clutched his face in his hands. But then a name had surfaced to his mind, the name of someone dear to him. He curled his hands into fists as light enveloped his body in righteous anger.
"X E H A N O R T!"
Merely mentioning his name filled Eraqus with rage. How dare he use his students like they were pawns on a board! As he fumed over Xehanort's grievous betrayal, Eraqus could feel something familiar in his grip. Looking down he could see that Master's Defender had found it's way into his hand again, as if to remind him of who he was. With the light fading with the master's fury, he began to traverse through Castle Oblivion with his students at the forefront of his mind, feeling that he had no one to blame but himself. "Terra, Aqua...Ventus. I hope I am not too late.".
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