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La Cité des Cloches (Fra: "The City of Bells") is a world in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. It is based on the 1996 Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. La Cite des Cloches means "The City of the Bells" in French. During gameplay footage shown at 2011 Tokyo Game Show, Quasimodo and Esmeralda were confirmed, as well as Notre Dame and the Festival of Fools.
Between Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts
Sometime after Terra-Xehanort descent into darkness, his heartless, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, attacked many worlds and swallowed them into the darkness. One of these worlds was La Cité des Cloches. Though it was restored after Sora defeated Ansem and destroyed the End of the World, La Cité des Cloches remained in a state of deep sleep instead of returning to the Realm of Light, and was plagued by the evil Nightmare Dream Eaters.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Sora arrives in La Cite des Cloches and walks past Judge Claude Frollo. The judge stops him, believing him to be a gypsy due to his unusual clothing. Captain Phoebus arrives, annoying Frollo because he was in the middle of an interrogation with a "gypsy". Phoebus doughts Sora is one, but is reminded he had something to tell Frollo; he quickly explains "monsters" have infestation are attacking the Festival of Fools. Sora declares he'll deal with monsters, running off as a concerned Phoebus chases after him. Frollo mutters to himself how he's worked for decades to get rid of gypsies, and there is even more digusting vermin threatening "law and order." Darkness eminates from him as his dark desires fester in his heart.
Reaching Notre Dame, Sora sees Quasimodo riding a Nightmare-type Dream Eater, which is a Zolephant, and yells for him to run. However, Quazimodo gently refuses, saying that he can't as he's been made the King of Fools (a rather ironic title as he is being foolish for staying on top a dangerous monster). A Komory Bat flies at Phoebus, who easily dispatches it with his sword. Frollo sees Quasimodo, saying his name in anger. Quasimodo cowers in fear at this, making the Zolephant's eye glow; it throws him off its back. Surrounding by Komory Bats, Quasimodo is left sad that nothing ever goes how he wants. A beautiful gypsy woman named Esmeralda helps Quasimodo up and they flee into the Notre Dame cathedral; Phoebus smiles at this, seeing the good in Sora and Esmerelda while Frollo curses her as a "gypsy witch."
Sora dispatches the Nightmares, only to then think about how Quasimodo is doing now. He goes inside and heads up to the Bell Tower, where he watches Quasimodo show off the bells to Esmeralda. Smiling, Sora guesses "Quasi" is going to be okay. No sooner does he say this, threee gargoyles come to life and agree with Sora, shocking him. Not noticicing Sora, Quasimodo tells Esmeralda she can stay in Notre Dame because she has santuary, which prevents Frollo from arresting her. However, Esmeralda says gyspsies can't stand being confined, prompting Quasi to assist her in escaping. As Frollo would be guarding the entrances, Quasi takes Esmeralad out by climbing down the cathedral. Once they're goen, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne explain how and why Quasimodo lives in the bell tower out of fear of being despised because of his appearance. Feeling sympathetic, Sora decides to help out.
Reaching the outside, Sora runs into Captain Phoebus, who he remembers was with Frollo. Phoebus tells Sora he isn't looking for a fight, calming him down; "Finaly, someone sensible." Once Sora explains Esmeralda escaped, Phoebusis not too happy. He explains Frollo is obsessed with destroying gypsies. When Phoebus opposed Frollo's actions, he was stripped of his rank and banished. Sora feels sorry for Phoebus, but is told it doesn't matter; what DOES matter is that Frollo has found the gypsies' safe haven, the Court of Miracles. Watching from near by, Quasimodo drops a pendant, getting Sora and Phoebus's attention. Phoebus asks where Esmeralda is, only for Quasimodo to say she vanished into the streets. He shows them the pendant, explaining Emseralda said it would help find her; he remembers Esmeralda said "When you wear this woven band, you hold the city in your hand." This makes him realise that it's a map of the city, and the symbol on it is the location of the Court of Miracles.
All three soon arrive in the Court of Miracles, surprising Esmeralda. Phoebus and Quasimodo quickly explain that Frollo will arrive soon, and that she must leave with whatever she can take. However, no sooner do they finish their warning, Meow Wows and Wheeflowers surround them; Frollo had tricked Phoebus and Quasi into leading him to the Court of Miracles. He cruely tells Phoebus that he performed just as expected and that he knew Quasimodo would some day be of use. Frollo grabs Esmeralda, telling her that there'll be a "bonfire" in the town square. Angered by Frollo's cruelty, Sora charges at him, only for Frollo's darkness to surge; something comes up from behind Sora and knocks him out. Sora awakens to find Frollo left him behind; he quickly leaves to stop him.
Reaching the square, Sora sees Frollo bruning Esmeralda at the stake; however, Quasimodo swings down from the cathedral, resucing Esmeralda and taking her back inside. He claims sanctuary to keep her safe; however, the infuriated Frollo doesn't care about the claim and charges inside. Sora attemps to follow, but the Wargoyle falls from the sky and smashes the fire, blocking Sora from going anywhere until its defeat.
Above, Frollo reveals the truth about how he came to care for Quasimodo as he attempts striking him with a sword. However, both fall over the edge and barely manage to grab something. While Esmeralda holds onto Quasi, Frollo stands on top a gargoyle head to strike both; however, it begins giving way. Frollow loses his balance, grabbing the statue's head. Either as a result of his madness or it's life Victor, Hugo and Laverne, the gargoyle snarls at Frollo as it snaps off and both plummet into the flames below. Esmeralda loses grip on Quasi, but Phoebus arrives and manages to pull him up. A grateful Quasimodo hugs hsi new friend as Esmeralda walks up to them. Quasimod joins Phoebus and Esmeralda's hands, showing he wants them to be together.
Esmeralda and Phoebus head outside as Quasimodo looks on. Sora tries explaining that Quasi shouldn't let his heart be a prison, but is stopped mid-sentence; Quasimodo now has the courage to see what lays outside the walls he's lived in for twenty years. Looking at a statue in the Nave, Sora thinks about how Quasimodo allowed himself to be trapped in the nightmares Frollo gave him. Preparing to leave, Sora runs into Young Xehanort, who calls him a hypocrite for freeing one prisoner while having another in his heart; Vanitas is also seen briefly. Confused by the sight of someone who looks like him, Sora watches Young Xehanort leave.
The Sleeping Keyhole appears and Sora unlocks it, left to think about Young Xehanort's message.
Frollo orders Captain Phoebus to capture Esmeralda; however, she quickly vanishes in a puff of smoke. Riku arrives to town, passing Esmeralda. Captain Phoebus ask him if he's seen a gypsy. Not knowing what a gypsy is, Riku says that he hasn't. Phoebus returns to Frollo, informing him of his failure; annoyed, Frollo says he's starting to question summoning Phoebus back from the wars. Once both are gone, Esmeralda comes out of hiding and thanks Riku; he explains why he said he hadn't seen a gypsy before inquiring about what happened. Esmeralda explains that gypsies are guelty of nothing but loving freedom, but Frollo hates anything he can't control; she'd hate to think of the kind of darkness driving the judge. Having had experienced with being controlled by darkness, Riku asks her if Frollo was also like this; she instructs him to go to Notre Dame as it's a place for answers.
Inside, Riku calls out to see if anyone is around. Quasimodo responds, explaining the Archdecon is away. However, Riku explains he' looking for Frollo, confusing Quasimodo; he explains Frollo had business on the town outskirts. When Riku asks how Quasi knows Frollo, Quasi explains Frollo is kind and saved him in the past, continuing to proctect him from the outside world. This shocks Riku, who hears Quasimodo say that others will consider him a monster because of his appearance. Having been in the form of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness yet accepted by Sora and Kairi, Riku tells Quasimodo that he should go outside and make some friends; a true friend sees you for the person you are no matter what face you wear. When Quasimodo shows hesitation, Riku tells him to ask his heart for the answer. Riku thanks Quasi and leaves, laughing to himself on how he can't take his own advice.
Having learned Frollo is now on the outside of the city to conduct business, Riku quickly follows after him. On his way to the outskirts, a Dream Eater called the Wargoyle appears and fires fireballs repeatedly at Riku. Unable to retaliate against this air-born foe, Riku is left with no other choice but to run. Elsewhere, Captain Phoebus stands in front of a house, blocking Frollo. When told to stand aside, Phoebus refuses and demands to know what crime the family inside the house has commited. Frollo says they harbored gypsies, being unable to see a crime greater than that. Riku arrives, with the Wargoyle following; it hovers behind Frollo. Phoebus calls it a demon, but Frollo says it's "righteous judgement" and that he has been given the power of darkness to smite all gypsies. Phoebus tries telling Frollo he is wrong, but Riku explains that once one has fallen that far into darkness, there is barely any chance of coming back. Insulted, Frollo says he is a virtuous man, and that good and evil will be made plain once the gypsies face the "fires of judgement." Frollo leaves with the Wargoyle, but when Phoebuse tries stopping it, it rams past him. Wounded, Phoebus laughs that he has to rely on kid for help; Riku jokes he won't be the first one, and is told Wagoyle is heading back to Notre Dame.
At the square, Riku finds Quasimodo holding Esmeralda; he saved her from being burned at the stake. Quasi tells Riku Wargoyle is above them, and tries going with until Riku tells him to protect Esmeralda. Right before leaving, Riku asks Quasimodo if his heart had the answer, to which Quasi nods in agreement. Above, Frollo watches the city burn, believing it will purge everything unpure. Frollo says the power to eliminate anything "evil" has been granted to him. However, Riku flatly tells Frollo "All I see is a sad, old man with a dark heart." Enraged, Frollo decides to pass "judgement" on Riku, summoning his Dream Eater. Wargoyle's arrival causes a shockwave that knocks Frollo off the balcony and into the inferno below.
After the death of Frollo, Riku encounters Young Xehanort and his unexpected companion: Xehanort's Heartless. Young Xehanort explains "Ansem" is Riku's best friend, so he's never far away. Ansem explains Frollo's fate is what happens to those who succumb to darkness, making Riku sourly joke "you could write a book about that." However, Ansem says he embraces the darkness, and that if Riku doesn't do the same, he'll meet the same fate as Frollo. Riku defends himself, saying he walks the Road to Dawn. Young Xehanort only says Riku is still afraid of the darkness and leaves through a dark corridor. Ansem does the same, giving one final look at Riku. Riku thinks about how he fears the darkness, saying that as long as he has a Keyblade, it will guide him to the light.
Upon defeating the Dream Eater, Riku finds Captain Phoebus, Esmeralda, and Quasimodo in the square. Quasi explains he can't blame Frollo for putting walls around him, but the real walls were the ones he built around his heart; he thanks Riku for helping him see it. Remembering when he felt the same, Riku says he was speaking from personal experience. Phoebus says it sounds like Riku still keeps a lot still locked inside, but Esmeralda says its okay to do so until Riku can sort out the things he wants kept seperate from the outside.
When everyone leaves, Riku looks at the circular window of the cathedral, having one last vision of Ansem and claiming he knows the path his heart walks. The Sleeping Keyhole appears on the window and Riku unlocks it.
|Quasimodo (カジモド Kajimodo?)||
A young man who lives in the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral. His master, Judge Frollo, had forbidden him from setting foot outside, but a woman named Esmeralda changed him and gave him the strength to see what's out there.
|Esmeralda (エスメラルダ Esumeraruda?)||
A gypsywoman who loves freedom. She was pursued relentlessly by Frollo, but Quasimodo saved her from the fires.
|Claude Frollo (クロード・フロロー Kurōdo Furorō?)||
A wicked man charged with keeping order of the city. He had no choice but to take Quasimodo in as an infant, but kept him locked in the cathedral bell tower. Frollo hates the very sight of gypsies, who he believes are the root of all evil in the city.
|Phoebus (フィーバス Fibasu?)||
Captain of the guard. After meeting Quasimodo and Esmeralda, he began to question and then challenge Judge Frollo's method.
|Laverne (ラヴェーン Ravēn?)||
One of three cathedral gargoyles who can only be heard by Quasimodo, Sora and Riku. Laverne just wants Quasimodo to be safe and happy.
|Victor (ヴィクトル Vikutoru?)||
One of three cathedral gargoyles who can only be heard by Quasimodo, Sora and Riku. Victor is the deep thinker of the bunch, and doesn't know what to do with Hugo.
|Hugo (ヒューゴー Hyūgō?)||
One of three cathedral gargoyles who can only be heard by Quasimodo, Sora and Riku. Hugo is the wise guy of the bunch, and quick to pick a fight.
The Sceptre and the Kingdom
This world first appeared in The Sceptre and the Kingdom, but is not considered a canonical appearance.
Sora and Riku arrive here by mistake when Donald is unable to send them to their actual destination during the chase of the villain who stole the scepter of Disney Fairies from Disney Castle.
Once in the city, the two young men fall on Judge Frollo, and since they appear out of nowhere, they are considered necromancers. They flee from Frollo and Esmeralda saves them from death. Esmeralda leads them to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, where they meet Quasimodo. Finally, asking about how to find a door to their world, Laverne guides them towards their true destiny.
|Sora | Riku|
|Young Xehanort | Master Xehanort | Xemnas | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Braig | Isa | Maleficent | Pete | Claude Frollo | CLU | Rinzler|
Kairi | Mickey Mouse | Lea | Yen Sid | Donald Duck | Goofy | Jiminy Cricket | Quasimodo | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Laverne, Victor, and Hugo | Pinocchio | Geppetto | Blue Fairy | Princess Minnie | Beagle Boys | Julius | Ursula | Monstro | Chernabog | Neku Sakuraba | Joshua | Beat | Shiki | Rhyme | Sam Flynn | Quorra | Kevin Flynn | Even | Ienzo | Aeleus | Roxas | Xion | Vanitas | Naminé | Xehanort
|Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | La Cité des Cloches | The Grid | Prankster's Paradise | Country of the Musketeers | Symphony of Sorcery | Radiant Garden | The World That Never Was | Realm of Darkness | Dive to the Heart | Disney Castle | Keyblade Graveyard | Mysterious Tower|
|Castle That Never Was | Sleeping Worlds|
|Dream Eater | Keyhole of Sleep | Keyblade War | Mark of Mastery | True Organization XIII | Another Guardian of Light|
|Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts|
|Dive to the Heart | Destiny Islands | Disney Town/Disney Castle | Traverse Town | Wonderland | Olympus Coliseum | Deep Jungle | Agrabah | Monstro | Atlantica | Halloween Town | Neverland | Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion | 100 Acre Wood | End of the World | Kingdom Hearts | Realm of Darkness|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories|
|Land of Departure/Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts II|
|Simulated Twilight Town | Mysterious Tower | The Land of Dragons | Beast's Castle | Underworld | Timeless River | Port Royal | Christmas Town | Pride Lands | Space Paranoids | The World That Never Was | Keyblade Graveyard|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep|
|Enchanted Dominion | Dwarf Woodlands | Castle of Dreams | Deep Space | Mirage Arena|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts coded|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts 3D|
|La Cité des Cloches | The Grid | Prankster's Paradise | Country of the Musketeers | Symphony of Sorcery|
|Introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]|