*WARNING, IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ANY KH3 TRAILERS AND DO NOT WANT TO HAVE CERTAIN DETAILS SPOILED, THEN YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ THIS YET.
Before I start, I want to preface this by saying I don't know the true reason why Larxene may have been chosen as a Seeker of Darkness. And we won't really know until the game comes out, which is a couple months from now. This is all speculation, and the insertion of my own thoughts.
The idea for this article came to mind after replaying Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. And let me just say, I had forgotten how cruel she was. I knew she was malicious, but she really is an evil character. Not to mention she was willing to betray Xemnas and rule Organization XIII with Marluxia (And whether he actually is a Seeker of Darkness too or not, I am not 100% sure). Even though she is evil, however, she does enjoy good company, and can be quite laidback, so there is at least some kind of good in her?. And in the manga, which I haven't really read, she claims that having a heart wasn't really necessary, so perhaps she was hurt in the past? Not entirely sure. But because she was eliminated for being a traitor, I thought that was the end of her days as a member of the Organization. And yet despite this, she came back to the Organization, only this time she was a SoD. So why exactly is she part of Xehanort's group. What part does she play?
In the trailer revealing the world of Frozen (can we just say that this was something we all were expecting since it was incredibly popular), we all saw Larxene make her reappearance, and out of left field no doubt. Of course I before knew that Larxene would come back because her voice actress confirmed it. Yet instead of her aquaish eyes, they were yellow, confirming her conversion #shook
. Why her, well I mean I guess this was something I could have expected just because she was evil, then again I was kinda hoping she was be a normal person again. And why was she shown off near Elsa's Palace, even mentioning Elsa herself. Then I think of both Larxene and Elsa interacting with each other. And...the way I think of it, it isn't good. Before I talk of that, I want to mention both of their characteristics, and how they would play off each other.
The way I see it, Larxene doesn't have to fight with her fists to do damage, even though she is more than capable of doing so (oh how I got my butt handed to me in battles with in both CoM and her Absent Silhouette). Her words alone have the power to damage. She mocks, she threatens, she manipulates, and she tears down. She doesn't even have to say anything cruel, and yet it will still sound bad. This particular instance being when she was praising Namine for her work in changing the memories and keepsakes of Sora and RikuR. Though it didn't sound bad, for a person like Namine it made her feel all the more guilty of her memory manipulation, even though she was forced to. I think she feels more guilty over the fact that what she was doing IS wrong. She has also used her words to provoke others to anger, such as Sora and Vexen. I believe she can even manipulate, even leading Sora to believe, for a moment, that she might be good. Of course, I'm not an expert in manipulation, so if you think otherwise, then that's fine.
On the other hand of the spectrum, there is Elsa. Elsa is kind, and loving, but the accident with Anna started a change in her, and not for the better. To try and protect Anna and others, she isolated herself. Staff was shortened at the castle, doors were closed, and the only people Elsa really saw were her parents, not facing Anna in fear of hurting her again. Though she had gloves to control her powers, and in a sense it did, it still wouldn't be enough to control her powers, as they grew more out of control as her anxiety and isolation started taking its toll. And when she accidently unleashes her powers at the party, she believes that she is now painted as a monster, no thanks to the Duke of Weselton for saying as much. And she runs away believing that isolating herself from everyone would fix it, and for a while she felt better. Until Anna revealed that Arendale's in deep snow. And then all of a sudden the fear she had came back tenfold, made worse when she hurt Anna again. Imma stop there. At this point, and try as she may to not believe otherwise, Elsa believes that she is only capable of hurting others. This was even mentioned in the trailers. Her biggest weakness IS fear. Fear of hurting others and fear of herself.
So how would they fair with each other? Allow me to use an example from Kingdom Hearts 2 with another Organization XIII member: Xaldin. Xaldin took Beast's sorrow and pain, and turning him to rage, and lash out at Belle and the castle servants. In the manga, Beast even fell to darkness! Temporarily of course, but imagine. What did Xaldin do here? He knew Beast believed no one would love a beast. He knew he was in despair. And he knew that Belle was a key to breaking the spell. So what did Xaldin do? He used this information and manipulated Beast. So I believe that Larxene would do something similar. She would know that Elsa was hurting. She would know that fear was consuming Elsa. Of course Elsa would get better in the end, but what if she was played into really believing there was no hope for her. What if she was tricked into believing there was no hope for her people, and worse yet, Anna. What do you think such a response would do to Elsa. It would destroy her. Worst case, she may fall into darkness, which is EXACTLY what the Seekers would want. Larxene would manipulate the situation and use it for her group's gain and to Elsa's detriment. I think the situation would be even more dire. The number of Heartless could increase as the situation gets worse, so if Elsa stays in a state of fear, her world will suffer.
"It's too bad that you can't seem to get your powers under control. The poor people of Arendale wouldn't have to suffer if you did. And your poor sister Anna, she just wanted to help you. Yet despite her kindness, you turned her away. I know, I know. You just wanted to protect her. I guess it was for the best. After all, if you can't control your powers, perhaps you ARE better off alone."
Sorry for that, but that's kind of how I would imagine Larxene would speak to Elsa. Telling her she's a monster but also inserting some insincere consideration, as if she really thought she knew what was best for Elsa. Can you imagine how this would effect someone's emotional and/or mental health, especially someone as fragile as Elsa? If I may ask a question, have you, the reader, ever been talked down to, insulted, bullied, manipulated, guilt-tripped? Have you seen someone else do that to somebody? If it has, first I'm sorry you have/had to go through that, or if you've seen someone else suffer it I hope that you might help/helped the victim in some way. I was once in a situation where I to do what I was told to not get yelled at, a situation where I couldn't trust my parents, mostly because the said (keyword is "said") things about each other that wasn't good, a situation where I felt if I messed up or made a mistake, there would be repercussions (Something that I unfortunately still feel to this day). And I knew I wasn't happy, yet didn't do anything to fix the situation, for what could I have done? I believed that nothing I would have said or done would help, as I thought I would just get brushed off. I know now that the entire situation was damaging me in ways I never thought I would have to deal with. I was, like Elsa, kind of isolating myself and letting fear consume me. Thankfully most of the damage has been healed, thank God for that, yet the fear of mistakes as well as anxiety still linger. The point of all this is, when you are in a horrible situation, but you have no one to trust, someone to make it worse, and your negative burdens pile up, it damages you BADLY, and even if you heal, you may still have lingering consequences of that situation. And unfortunately, some people are destroyed by it. If we know how damage like that feels, then we can imagine how dangerous Elsa's encounter with Larxene could be. If I may be so bold as to insert a biblical concept (and I hope that you may keep an open mind), our words have the power to edify, as well as to destroy. A blessing and a curse in one tongue. And we should use our words to build others up, which can help and/or save them rather than use them to tear people down, which can bring down or in the worst case kill someone (Also please build each other up. Pretty please?). And....yeah, people have been destroyed by cruel words. In this case Larxene could destroy Elsa by manipulating her situation, turn it against her, and she wouldn't even have to lift a finger. In the building up side Elsa would learn that love would thaw, and that helped find a way to save everyone, but I digress.
We saw how the revealed members of the SoD operate in Dream Drop Distance, and they all have a some way of getting under a character's skin, so this is why I feel Larxene was picked as a member of the Seekers of Darkness. She is an evil person by nature, provoking people to anger, guilt, and sorrow. She is a fierce fighter. And it was people in Castle Oblivion then, Elsa now, who next? Hiro, Sora (again), Aqua? If she knew what a particular person's weakness was, she could potentially use their weaknesses as a weapon. She revels in the misery of others, and doing this could help Xehanort in turning people to darkness. Though there very tough members that can take you on in battle, physical weapons aren't always necessary. Verbal weapons can be just as lethal. And this is just me, but....If Xemnas is a SoD, and he knew that she and Marluxia (still unknown of his stance) was going to betray them, yet have them in the gang anyway....did he single them out because he KNEW they would have a purpose in the grand scheme of things? The plot thickens.....
I don't exactly know how she will operate in KH3 of course, this is all one big speculation. I'm basing this all on Larxene's personality and role, Elsa's situation at that particular point, and the question of why Larxene was in the world of Frozen to begin with. I know this was super long, and I probable rambled at some points, but I just wanted to write down all my thoughts, speculate on what will happen in game we have been waiting 84 years for, perhaps enlighten or help someone, and get us all thinking. I hope you have a nice day/night!