Kingdom Hearts Unanswered Questions

Sora, listen. The power of waking isn’t to go chase hearts around! Even if you do locate Kairi, you might never come home to us again.

(1) What is the wild card Luxord gave Sora for?

Sora: What’s this?
Luxord: A wild card. You’ve earned it. Hang on to it.
Luxord: Could turn the tables.
Sora: Play ya again someday, when we’re just guys.

(2) Who is Nameless Star in The Final World?

(3) Who is the fifteen-year-old girl that Lea and Saïx were visiting in Radiant Garden?

(4) Will Kairi’s Grandmother have a significant role in future titles?

(5) Why are Terra, Aqua, and Ventus in the Realm of Darkness?

(6) Who killed Strelitzia? (CBR.com)”

(7) What is Kairi dreaming about in the laboratory of Ansem the Wise?

(8) Master or Masters, Yozora, Xigbar, Pete, and Maleficent oh my.

Kingdom Hearts III

Ansem Report Podcast

The hosts have guests sit on the hot seat and answer thirteen KH related questions. Here’s my pass at answering those questions. Questions 12 and 13 aren’t really applicable so I have a couple of substitutes.

(Q1) Favorite KH game?
(A1) Birth By Sleep
(Q2) Favorite non-KH game?
(A2) 2400 AD
(Q3) Favorite KH character?
(A3) Aqua
(Q4) Favorite Disney movie¹?
(A4) Meet the Robinsons
(Q5) Favorite KH villain?
(A5) Luxord
(Q6) Favorite Keyblade?
(A7) Starlight
(Q7) What world do you want to see in KH4?
(A8) Silly Symphonies: Music Land, Lullaby Land, and/or King Neptune²
(Q8) Favorite KH song?
(A8) Heroes and Heroines: Characters’ Medley by Yoko Shimomura
(Q9) What does the KH community mean to you?
(A9) Incredible fan art
(Q10) Favorite song in Melody of Memory?
(A10) I didn’t play this title!
(Q11) Best Nort?
(A11) Master Xehanort
(Q12) What are your goals next year for content creation?
(A12) See Below
(Q13) Shamelessly plug your stuff
(A13) See Below

My alternatives for Q12 and Q13:

(Q12_A) Favorite Mini-Game?
(A12_A) Rumble Racing (Birth By Sleep)
(Q13_A) Favorite World?
(A13_A) Neverland, La Cité des Cloches, and Prankster’s Paradise

¹Unclear whether or not they mean full length feature animation and/or live action film. If it’s live action, it’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Love Bug, The Black Hole, Tron, The Rocketeer, and Tron: Legacy

²This could rival Cuphead stylistically.

Pope Benedict XVI (1927 – 2022)

VENERATION OF THE HOLY SHROUD, MEDITATION OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI, Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2 May 2010 (Vatican)

Effectively, the Shroud was immersed in that profound darkness that was at the same time luminous; and I think that if thousands and thousands of people come to venerate it without counting those who contemplate it through images it is because they see in it not only darkness but also the light; not so much the defeat of life and of love, but rather victory, the victory of life over death, of love over hatred. They indeed see the death of Jesus, but they also see his Resurrection; in the bosom of death, life is now vibrant, since love dwells within it. This is the power of the Shroud: from the face of this “Man of sorrows”, who carries with him the passion of man of every time and every place, our passions too, our sufferings, our difficulties and our sins Passio Christi. Passio hominis from this face a solemn majesty shines, a paradoxical lordship.

Kingdom Heart 3: Risk Taker Trophy (.01%)

There was one trophy left when I finished KH and KH: Re Mind. The Risk Taker Trophy is ultra-rare and according to PS only achieved by .01% of all players. In order to achieve this trophy, you must replay KH, KH: Re Mind, and Limit Cut and defeat each boss with a massive handicap (basically NO cures, etc.) via PRO CODES. The BIGGER the handicap the more points you earn -and- this means you won’t have to defeat ALL of Organization XIII in Limit Cut.

The ‘A Rank’ unlocked for me with 364,375 points after I defeated Dark Riku. I fought Xion (just for fun) with most of the PRO CODES off and earned another 9,375 points to finish with 373,750¹ points.

I’m NOT a good gamer (old man with diminished dexterity) but the ONLY battle I had to cheese was Terra-Xehanort. I went to the DM three-times!

Notes
(1) I owe Pedro from Pedro’s Gaming Corner on YouTube royalties. His ‘how to’ guides for the data battles are amazing.
(2) I don’t ever want to hear Goofy say “they got lotsa of cargo to sort out” again!
(3) There are a couple of great guides on Reddit that are invaluable. This one from u/ZeroSora is top shelf.
(4) The YouTube guide from Tealgamemaster is the best summary I could find.
(5) Played the game for a total of 94:32 (started around October 1st).
(6) Achieved MAX points in the main game at 165,000; Re Mind 175,000 and 25,000 in Limit Cut. See below for the rest of the points.
(7) The toughest battles for me were Sköll, Dark Inferno, Xemnas, and Terra-Xehanort.
(8) Kingdom Hearts 3: The Best Order For The Limit Cut Data Battles (GAMERANT)

Data BattlesPoints
Larxene16,250
Marluxia16,250
Xigbar16,250
Terra-Xehanort16,875
Xemnas15,625
Vanitas16,250
Young Xehanort16,250
Saix16,875
Ansem16,875
Riku Replica16,875
Xion9,375

¹Defeated Master Xehanort on December 31, 2022 for a total of 381,875 points (+8,125).

A Real Indiana Jones Quest

This post is dedicated to my Mom.

What if I told you there was a priceless ancient work of art and relic that’s still in existence and just lost? It was the subject of an address and paper published by Lawrence E. Tanner for the Journal of the British Archaeological Association in 1954.

The artifact is the Cross of Edward the Confessor (1042 – 1066), and it was recovered from his shrine at Westminster Abbey during the coronation of King James II (1644–85). The story of its initial discovery is exciting, but it’s whereabouts after crossing the English Channel is where the mystery begins. It was given as a gift to Pope Benedict XIII in 1729 but then disappeared. After the death of Pope Benedict XIII, inquiries were made to the Vatican re: it’s whereabouts but those searches were unsuccessful.

“From the date of its presentation to Pope Benedict XIII on June 17th, 1729, to the present day no trace has ever been found of the cross of St. Edward. The interesting fact of the presentation, recorded among the Stuart Papers, has only come to light in recent years, and it caused the late dean of Westminster (Dr. de Labilliere) to make inquiries through the late Sir Eric Maclagan and the Apostolic Delegate whether or not anything was known at the Vatican about the cross. The Vatican authorities took the greatest interest in the matter and instituted a thorough search in the hope of being able to throw some light on the subject. A letter, now amongst the Abbey Muniments, states that ‘the cross is not in the Vatican Museum, nor in St. Peter’s, nor in the Vatican Galleries, nor in St. John Lateran, nor with the Dominicans (of whose order was Pope Benedict XIII)’. It also states that the diaries of the Papal Masters of Ceremonies had been searched in which mention was found ‘of the visits of British sovereigns and also of the Confirmation of the Prince and of the gifts and kindness of the Pope, but not a word about a cross or gold chain.'”

The quest for the cross of the Confessor still goes on. Somewhere, I am convinced, it still exists, probably unrecognizable and with its fascinating history unknown. – Lawrence E. Tanner

Related
The Quest for the Cross of St. Edward the Confessor by Lawrence E. Tanner
Edward the Confessor and John the Evangelist (New Liturgical Movement)
Edward the Confessor Shrine (Official Westminster Abbey Postcard)

A quote from Faith of Our Fathers by Joseph Pearce:

“The most ambitious project he [Edward the Confessor] undertook was the founding of Westminster Abbey, which would become and has remained the place for the coronation of the kings and queens of England. It was completed and consecrated shortly before his death and became his place of burial, his tomb and relics being undisturbed to this day, having survived the ravages of the Reformation with its iconoclastic destruction of England’s shrines to her saints.”

Other Facts
King James II was the last Catholic monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Feast Day of St Thomas Becket

“They found in him a model of opposition to royal tyranny.” — Thomas Becket murder and the making of a saint

There are two very slim titles on Thomas Becket that should be included in your library. The first is A Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot. The second is The Book in the Cathedral by Christopher de Hamel.

A quote from Hilaire Belloc:

“That the Church of God is a visible single universal society, with powers superior to those of this world, and therefore of right, autonomous. That principle is the negation of the opposite…the principle that the divine and permanent is subject to the human and passing power. St. Thomas died for the doctrine, the truth, that the link with eternal things must never be broken under the pressure of ephemeral desires, that the control of eternal things cannot, in morals, be subjected to the ephemeral arrangements of men.”

Related
Becket’s shrine recreated digitally (Medievalists.net)
Murder and the making of a saint (British Museum)

Limestone Roof Photo Archives
Thomas Becket Exhibit
Canterbury
Canterbury Part II

Ridin’ around in the breeze…

“The age-long procession of our townsfolk wends its way through Southampton, towards the far horizons of time. And so shall we all, all pass into the sun-traced shadows which lie across the pleasant fields of memory.” — Elsie M. Sandell

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come.
From God, who is our home.” — William Wordsworth

I love the house where you dwell, O Lord, the place where your glory resides. — Ps. 26:8

“O Lord, I see Your glory in the Church, Your Body. May it shine froth also from me, in my words and deeds.¹”

“Death looms before us like a great door. It is awesome because it is larger than any other reality we ever face. It sums up all that has been and brings to an end all that might be yet to happen. It is a great and silent door. But for the person of faith, it becomes an inviting mystery. In the course of the years one becomes weary of conflict and sorrow. One longs for the fulfillment of the most profound needs of the human heart—for peace from conflict within and without, for a place free of danger and disappointment, for relationships untroubled by change and unmarred by selfishness. One longs to see, at last, the beauty of God, which has summoned us throughout life, shining out here and there. The words of Psalm take on a poignant meaning as one gets older, ‘I have loved. O Lord, the beauty of thy house and the place where thy glory dwells’ (Ps 26:8). One desires to embrace again loved ones gone long ago—from childhood and adolescence. Death becomes a possibility of going home to our Father’s house. For the believer, it begins to lose the bitterness and sting that St. Paul spoke about and begins faintly to resemble what death was supposed to be before the Fall, a passing on to a far better place, a coming home after a long journey.” — Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

¹Daily Meditations on the Psalms