cardoperatedboy: (when is a fake not a fake)
Riku Replica canon description:

Sora's Game

Jiminy's Journal

Characters I: Riku Replica

A replica of Riku created by Vexen from the real Riku's data.
Through Namine's power he was infused with false memories and made to believe he was the real Riku.
The truth has wounded him deeply.

Sora's Tale III

Sora pressed on in his search for Namine, and can you believe it? He found Riku, his best friend whom we thought was lost.
Sora was so happy, but Riku attacked him just like that, saying, "I'll protect Namine!"
What could he mean? Will something happen if Sora finds Namine?
Sora is chasing after Riku... and the answers.

Enemy Card: Riku

* Sleight Lock
Keep cards in sleights available for reloading.
Duration: 5 sleights
* Resistant to fire, ice, and lightning.

(My interpretation in a world without cards: Past the point he should have the resources to act, he keeps going.)

Riku's Game

D Report

Characters I: Riku Replica

A replica of Riku created by Vexen from the real Riku's data.
Unlike the real Riku, he wields darkness freely, but is burdened by the fact he is an imitation.

Riku's Tale III

Embattled with the darkness in his heart, Riku met someone who looked just like him, a replica crafted by Vexen, a member of the Organization.
The replica commanded darkness freely, and called Riku cowardly for neglecting the dark.

Riku's Tale IV

Vexen took his replica of Riku and headed for the surface, but finally fell at Sora's hands.

Riku's Tale VI

Guided by the enigmatic DiZ, Riku made his way through Twilight Town, defeating his copy and locating Namine.
cardoperatedboy: (proof through combat)
The Riku Replica and Fighting

At some point, the Riku Replica might want to fight with you. It's -- sort of what he does in the game: Have emotional declarations and moments of speshul ("That's just like you, Sora! You've always tried to worm your way into my heart!" "Whoa, whoa, whoa. I don't remember doing something like that!" "YOU NEVER CARED ABOUT MY FEELINGS" <-- canon lolz)... and fight people. A lot.

Like, the Riku Replica wins the prize for Most Number of Boss Fights In a Single Game, at 6. Now, of course, in order for the plot to progress, you have to win -- otherwise you're dead and get the continue/game over screen. So in terms of storyline, the Riku Replica has always lost every fight he's set out to do. The only possible exception is if you consider his 'eating' Zexion to have been a fight. (I don't. XD)

...That doesn't mean he's a pushover. In both games he is, quite simply, one of the hardest fights you'll face. In Sora's game, the only enemy I found harder than him was Axel, and THAT was only because my deck wasn't made for facing an element-strong/weak enemy (it was mostly physical). Compared to the Replica, the final fight was really a piece of cake. Likewise, in Riku's game, there were only two bosses I died fighting. The Replica and Ansem. I died five times before I ended up running around enough to level up Riku to the point where he could beat the Replica. Ansem? Died once, due to carelessness.

So yeah. Be warned that the Replica might want to fight with you, and he's a tough battle. He might want to fight for a number of reasons -- to get stronger, to try to absorb your darkness, to make a statement of his identity. But he DOES do a lot of fighting, and is no stranger to challenging people to fights.

That said, I am perfectly willing to lose. I am willing to lose EVERY TIME. All I want out of the battle is for it to be a tough one for your character's level. Like, so his level is directly proportional to yours, except in the cases where someone is noticably stronger or weaker than 'most' characters. Have him just be slightly stronger, so that you can overcome but it takes effort -- if you're not at the end of your healthbar and kind of "oh god wait how did I DO that" in game, it's not a fight with the Replica. XD I think it would be lots of fun to replicate that in CFUD and have him lose, but only have you win by the skin of your teeth!

Tell me if you're okay with this.

His main attacks are physical (attack with his sword, Soul Eater), or of the power of darkness: an unnamed blast of energy that throws Riku down at one point, and Dark Firaga (a darkly glowing energy ball he flings at you), Dark Break (he leaps into the air and pogosticks on your head using his sword), and Dark Aura (he glows, floats into the air, zips around smacking you with his weapon a lot, then darkness explodes from the ground to do damage).

Let me know if you're NOT okay with fighting him ever, and I'll find excuses, of course. Nobody should ever be bullied into a fight, etc etc etc. :3
cardoperatedboy: (-_-)
Random canon question quibble ...curiousity.

The Riku Replica's Heart

One of the big points of canon haziness is about the Replica's heart. Mostly: what the heck happened to it. His heart was a synthetic heart created by Vexen; we know the original scientists were able to do this, so it's not really that big a deal. It was all enfused with darkness and generally a creepy place.

Then Bad Shit Happened -- in the game, Marluxia and Larxene politicked Vexen into a position where he agreed to rewrite the Replica (and then Larxene beat the Replica up); in the manga, he insulted Larxene, who dragged him off for a little fun and bent him over the table. Either way, he ended up being brought to Namine and have his heart altered -- his memories rewritten so that he believed he was the real Riku, with Namine in the place Kairi would have been for the real Riku.

All's well and good but essentially, one of the times the Replica fought Sora, Namine panicked and used her creepy witch powers to break this synthetic heart. Remember, in KH verse, the 'heart' -- essence -- is manifested in a physical, crystal-like form. Namine shatters this. The Replica collapses, dead. The manga leaves him there (except for the comedy 4-panel comics), dead for good. In the game, however, Namine stays by his side, then is kidnapped by Marluxia, and SOME TIME LATER, while Marluxia is busy telling Sora he shouldn't be inviting a broken heart, stupid kid, does he want to end up an empty shell like the Replica, the Replica shows up out of nowhere to be like "GUESS AGAIN" and attacks him.

...which is awesome really but HOW? From this time on, the Replica has his old memories alongside the new, and is aware that he's 'a fake'. Later, too, when talking to Riku, the Replica shows a fear of death and asks where his heart will go after he dies.

Which certainly implies he has one.

Sooooo there are alternate reads of this. Perhaps the altering has simply been undone -- but Namine said if she did that, the person would forget, and also that she couldn't do that for the Replica. And we know she shattered his heart. Or maybe he woke up without a heart, Nobody-esque (he does rant about feeling empty, later) and just didn't fully realize what happened. Or perhaps the adjustment we know happened involved replacing his synthetic one with a new one, an unpatterned one of some sort, and someone (Axel, perhaps?) stuck his old heart in while his corpse was left abandoned in the hall.

I'm playing it that he DOES have a heart now, but still has the fragments of his old one; I think that supports the awarenesses he has and the emotional wounding best, while still fitting everything everyone says. (Axel, if you want to be the one who replaced it instead of it, I dunno, magically returning, let me know.)


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