Before The Diary: Organization XIII was formed by a group of researchers working under Ansem the Wise, the ruler of Radiant Garden, within his castle of Hollow Bastion. The head of this group was Ansem’s apprentice, Xehanort, with the others being Braig, Dilan,Even, Aeleus, and Ienzo. Ansem the Wise began initiating tests about the human heart, focusing mainly on Xehanort, with the hopes of recovering his lost memories. At the urging of Ienzo, he constructed a massive laboratory under the castle. However, Ansem the Wise soon ceased his experiments, for he feared that going too deep would have grave repercussions, also noting Xehanort’s apparently-superhuman abilities. However, his six apprentices, still seduced by the desire for knowledge, conducted their own dangerous experiments on countless subjects. Eventually, they discovered the beings called Heartless, those that are born from the darkness in a heart and seek others as well. Xehanort, having taken on Ansem’s name and writing his findings under it, opened a door he discovered, breaking down the barriers between worlds and allowing travel between them. When a king named Mickey arrived, the six men’s desire for knowledge eventually caused Xehanort to abandon his body, becoming a Heartless (though he was unusual in that he had a human form and retained his memories) with the other five soon following. Thus, the first six members of Organization XIII were born, and they banished Ansem to a Realm of Darkness.
Once discovered, a humanoid Nobody is inducted into Organization when an existing member gives them their new name. These names are anagrams of the names of their original identities, or “Others”, with the insertion of an “X” as both a symbol that they have rejected their old identities, and as a callback to the ?-blade. The only exception to this is the pseudo-member Xion, whose name is based on an anagram of “No.i”, her ID as one of the Replicas.
In the naming ritual, the name of the Nobody‘s “other” appears before them in translucent, iridescent light, then an “X” drops down and the letters re-arrange themselves until they form a new name.
After being renamed, each member is given a uniform and a rank from I to XIII. The rank is based on seniority, and although the leader of the Organization, Xemnas, is also the rank I member, the ranks are not true measures of authority within the Organization. For example, the rank IV Vexen, a founding member of the Organization, is subordinate to the rank XI Marluxia, while the rank VII Saïx acts as Xemnas’s second-in-command, right before the rank II Xigbar. Their uniform, a hooded, black leather coat, was chosen because it was something once worn byMaster Xehanort, Xemnas’s primary original persona, to safeguard him from the darkness between worlds while not cutting him off from it. It is plainly adorned with a silver zipper and seemingly decorative silver beaded pull strings for the hood that form a semi-circle in the middle. Each member wears their zippers at differing points. Underneath their coats, most of the members wear hakama-esque black pants and knee high silver trimmed boots, with the exceptions of Roxas, who wears sneakers of the same color, and Larxene and Xion, who wear a more feminized version of the boots with heels. In addition to this, they all wear lengthy, black leather gloves. The exact contours of the coats vary from person to person.
Once fully inducted, the new members are introduced to the other members at Where Nothing Gathers, the meeting chamber of the Organization deep within their home base ofThe Castle That Never Was. The room contains thirteen thrones, one for each member, whose height is adjustable but depends on their respective member’s success in completing missions. Despite this, Xemnas’s throne always remains the highest. To his left are the odd-number ranked members while to his right are the even-numbered. Starting from Xemnas, clockwise, the members are Xaldin, Lexaeus, Saïx, Demyx, Marluxia, and Roxas, then Larxene, Luxord, Axel, Zexion, Vexen and Xigbar.
The Organization is also represented within the Proof of Existence, a room within the castle’s central tower that contains thirteen portals marked with images of each of the members’ weapons. The portals lead to other rooms, presumably belonging to each member of the Organization, and the state of the portal is a mirror of its member’s own state: when a member has been destroyed, their portal is rendered inactive or can even break. Dak had just become the newest member of the organization. Found, named, and befriended.
Day 2: (Dak: Age 10) Dear Diary, today was my second day at the organization. A heartless was brought in and..well..killed. Something felt wrong..Like I was to help it. They say heartless are nothing more then beings never meant to exist, never meant to rome these worlds around us. But..aren’t we all heartless? None of us in this organization have hearts yet where classified as Nobodies. We have no emotions other then the ones we act like we have. My first mission is in a week, my speed is to be tested and so on. I don’t know if I can do this, they promise a new life, new friends, a life to hang on to. But is this really a life worthy of living..? Look at me, I cant believe I’m writing this. I’m no more then one of them, It’s probably all I’ll ever be. Though when they find out what I am..I’m not sure what will happen but till that day comes. I guess till that day comes I’m stuck here. Well, its time for me to head to bed. I’ll see you tomorrow night. ^Dak slides the Diary under his bed then goes to sleep^