Season 3 episode 21 notes
- As the Dueling Club ball begins (offscreen since Cecil and Lloyd weren’t invited), Cecil and Lloyd part ways. Lloyd retreats to the lounge, worried about his friends at the ball, while Cecil goes to speak with Professor Anderson.
- Anderson is studying a letter from an anonymous benefactor. It concerns the Kushieda spy, this person seems to have information on them. The letter is probably written by a Nipponian, operating out of Ritterburg.
- Cecil suggests it might be Mai Mokoto, the singer. Anderson asks if Cecil would mind going to investigate – Anderson fears he might spook the culprit if he went himself.
- Cecil discusses his broken badge. Anderson tells him that it was cut too perfectly – psitanium needs small imperfections to keep feedback resonance from building up. As-is, it will broadcast the wearers’ thoughts to all mindbenders nearby.
- Anderson suggests Cecil go down to Ritterburg to fix the badge at the smithy there, and while he’s at it investigate Mai, who is performing at the Rose and Dagger. Cecil agrees, and heads to Minami to pick up the other half of the badge.
- Professor Ryder still isn’t in the infirmary, so Nurse Mathilda still runs the show. She looks Cecil up and down and says he looks handsome tonight. It seems she’s “overheard” Minamis broadcasted thoughts, and knows she thinks he’s very dashing. She lets him into her room.
- Minami is awake. She gives Cecil her badge-half and they have a conversation. She says she wants to go live in the Military History Club, to be closer to
Cecilher friends. Cecil says he’ll talk to Anderson about it.
- Cecil heads out to go to Ritterburg. On the way there, he speaks to Kage. Kage reveals that he willfully made the MANPANTHER and PUSSYCAT perfumes make people vulnerable to mindbending – so that Cecil would more easily be able to read everyone’s minds, and further his own agenda. Kage explains that the people wearing the perfumes are the most vulnerable, making them ideal targets to exploit. Using these innocent bystanders, Cecil should be able to gather clues on the mysterious Kushieda. All according to plan.
- Cecil arrives in Ritterburg. It’s a party night and lots of people are about town. He speaks a bit with the fast-running guard Bernard, before going to the smithy.
- Cecil meets Professor Ryder, who is getting bullets smelted for his handgun. He’s a little worried for his safety after encountering so many anti-Britannians. He’s recently got in a fight, but he punched both guys out.
- Cecil gets the badges filed down a bit to create a slight angle, pays the smith, and heads to the Rose & Dagger.
- Cecil questions Murdo the barkeep on Mai Mokoto while she performs. He informs her that she gets a lot of correspondence and also comes from near the Hashima isles.
- Cecil approaches Mai Mokoto as the performance ends, but gets pulled away by a shady hooded figure. She drags him into an alleyway and lowers her hood, revealing her identity: Yuri Hashima!
- Mrs. Hashima reveals that she is the mysterious person behind the letter. She’s after the Kushieda, for reasons her own – but she believes they place Rei at risk.
- Mrs. Hashima furthermore reveals her own dark past – she’s ex-Akatsuki, trained by them in the art of seduction. Mai Mokoto seems to have similar training, as Mrs. Hashima hasn’t been able to distract her.
- Mrs. Hashima proposes a plan to Cecil: Use Lloyd to distract Mai Mokoto and lure her into a trap, by which she and Cecil can read her mind when her defenses are low. Cecil refuses.
- Cecil proposes an alternate plan: He will make sure to take care of express mail for Eisenkrone, so that any correspondence between Miss Mokoto and Eisenkrone will have to pass through him. That way, he’ll see who she’s communicating with.
- Mrs. Hashima and Cecil part ways. Cecil takes out a postman’s horn and blows it, summoning the Storm Postman, a grizzled old man who takes care of the sensitive mail to Eisenkrone, a solemn responsibility.
- Cecil explains that he would like to handle even priority and express mail at the school. The Storm Postman is hesitant, as these are the most important children in the country and their mail is very sensitive, but says he will consent if Cecil gets the signature of Mr. Fried, as Fried is technically in charge of the school’s postal system.
- Cecil hurries back to Eisenkrone. He is surprised by Mr. Fried, who is polishing the gate.
- Cecil persuades Mr. Fried to let him handle express mail. Mr. Fried agrees on one condition only: That the express mail is never, ever allowed to be late. That will be a mark on Mr. Fried’s performance, since he’s ultimately responsible for all janitorial and most managerial matters at the school. If Cecil fails in this task, he will appoint Evghenia as Cecil’s superior. Cecil shudders at the thought.
- Cecil heads back to Minami with the finished badge, entering through her window, which she’s left open. Minami welcomes him back. They have a short but pleasant conversation. Cecil heads out, wishing her a good night.
- Cecil goes to speak with Mr. Anderson, reporting back that Mrs. Hashima sent those letters. Mr. Anderson is worried – can Mrs. Hashima be trusted? Once an Akatsuki, it’s likely one is always an Akatsuki – maybe this is just a scheme to get closer to them, a clever double bluff.
- The postal bugle summons Cecil – he has an express letter to deliver, handed to him personally by The Storm Postman. It’s addressed to Lloyd – from Mrs. Hashima.
- Lloyd, meanwhile, is sought out by Naimitsu. She notices he’s nervous and feeling bad, and says that she would like to take him out for special training. It might help against his negative feelings, and also if he should have to conquer a Storm further ahead.
- Naimitsu instructs Lloyd to meet her at the island in the lake in 30 minutes. Lloyd hurries to prepare.
- Lloyd makes a late dinner/midnight snack for himself, Naimitsu, and a few of his friends: Grilled chicken sandwiches. He decides to go read up on some spices and enters the clubhouse library.
- A somewhat surprised Lloyd finds Viktor reading a book on herbology. Lloyd asks Viktor if he’s been sleeping properly, since he’s apparently been sleepwalking lately. Viktor says that he has nightmares due to his rough past – he’s got foreign ancestry and was bullied for it.
- Viktor quite solemnly talks to Lloyd for a few seconds, before putting the book back in the shelf. Lloyd, with his keen eyes, notices that Viktor has apparently been reading about herbs that counteract various potions and poisons, especially mindbending ones. Lloyd shrugs and looks up the secret blend of herbs and spices he needs to make chicken.
- Lloyd, armed with chicken sandwiches, heads out to the island. He submerges himself and swims, using his waterbending to keep the sandwiches dry, to avoid attention from others.
- Naimitsu is waiting for him. They enjoy a meal together before the training begins.
- Naimitsu instructs Lloyd in breathing techniques. Inhale, count to four, exhale. She puts her hands on his chest and back to feel his breath, guiding his breaths and instructs him to focus on the moment – to find happiness, here, now. Lloyd does so.
- After an exhausting long time of controlled breath training, Naimitsu and Lloyd finish up and head back to the shore. They hear the strains of Professor Daisuke playing the violin in the ballroom, floating in through an open window.
- Suddenly, there’s an alarming silence. Naimitsu is on edge. A mysterious ninja appears, and Naimitsu falls down to kneel – “Sensei!”
- The mysterious ninja is the fabled Hattori Hanzo (the Second, presumably), out of retirement to fulfill a debt to House Kyoka. He reveals that he’s here to serve Shigeru Kyoka, who returned to Teutonia this very day. He tells Naimitsu that he doesn’t intend to interfere in her business, but asks her not to interfere in his.
- A noise comes from the ballroom, a loud crash followed by a bustle of shocked people. Hanzo says that Shigeru’s plan has succeeded – Anita von Blankhausen is no longer head of the Assassins Club. Thanks to Shigeru’s machinations, she’s been ‘assassinated’ by Yvain.
- Hanzo asssures Lloyd that neither Anita nor her maids have come to any harm, though they’re probably humiliated and distraught. Shigeru needs the assassins on his side, to better protect Mashiro.
- As Hanzo says farewell and disappears into the night, Lloyd hurries away to see if Anita is okay.
- Lloyd meets Anita in the stairs to the Assassins’ Club. She’s drenched in pigs blood, her ballgown completely ruined, her status as head assassin shattered. She’s boiling with anger and on the verge of tears, but Lloyd calms her down.
- Lloyd escorts Anita back to her room. He finds that the girls were distracted by Princess Sophia Charlotte’s butler, Simon, and she hasn’t seen them since. Lloyd calls on his maid Sophie and asks her to help Anita clean up.
- Lloyd waits for Anita to return, which takes a while. He gets some more information on what happened – Yvain the Dangerous was behind this plot. Anita was distracted by Parsifal, who used some strange version of MANPANTHER that made him seem like a god incarnate – everyone was looking at him.
- Lloyd informs Anita about Hattori Hanzo, and Shigeru’s plan to take over the assassin’s club. A distraught Anita says Yvain might even take her quarters. Lloyd is sad.
- Lloyd tells Anita to relax while he goes to search for Rose, Violet, and Snowdrop.
- Lloyd enters the ballroom, meeting Mr. Fried who is mopping up blood. All the guests have by now cleared out, except Anna Grau, who is guarding a door.
- Lloyd sternly talks to Anna, finding out that she’s guarding the maids, who have been imprisoned in the kitchen. He gets her to leave just as the three maids try to burst out with a battering ram.
- Snowdrop and Rose immediately leave to see to their mistress. Violet stays, explaining that they were lured into a trap by Simon, and ambushed by Anna. Anna has had special training under Ivan Honecker, and is a fearsome wrestler, who took down all three maids and tied them up.
- Violet leaves to see to Anita as well. A distraught Lloyd heads to the clubhouse to go to bed.
- Lloyd and Cecil meet up with Rei in the clubhouse. Rei is writing a love letter to her new boyfriend, Mikhail. Somehow she saw him in a different light at the ball. Rei insists it’s not just the effects of MANPANTHER, but both Cecil and Lloyd are skeptical.
- Cecil hands Mrs. Hashima’s letter to Lloyd. He opens it: She declares that she is a damsel in distress, caught in a spy drama, and that she needs the urgent attention of Mr. Sherlock Lloyd. Cecil realizes Mrs. Hashima has gone ahead with her own plan.
- Cecil informs Lloyd and Rei that Mrs. Hashima is back, and that she has plans to move against – or possibly in tandem with – the Kushieda spy. He warns them to be careful around her. Lloyd doesn’t listen – she’s a damsel in distress, with Rei’s best interests at heart.
- Cecil heads to bed. He meets Wilhelmina, who has prepared everything in his room so that he can sleep. She’s been up really late, trying to do her best.
- Cecil asks Wilhelmina to help him with the express mail delivery while he’s in class. Wilhelmina says she isn’t trained for it, but she is sworn to keep all of Cecil’s secrets so it wouldn’t violate the integrity of the mail. She accepts the task, though she seems worried.
- Lloyd retreats to his room, meeting Sophie who has everything prepared. He tells Sophie she is doing a good job as a maid and apologizes for lending her to Anita. Sophie says he did the right thing: Anita clearly needed the help. She admires Lloyds kindness.
- Sophie brings up two more points: That Wilhelmina seems troubled by her tasks, since Cecil is quite new at having a maid, and that Mikhail said some quite unsuitable things about his new girlfriend in the assassins’ club corridor, after the ball.
- Sophie wonders if it’s kosher to act as Lloyd’s secret police. Lloyd tells her not to tell him everything – it would be wrong to spy on his friends. Sophie understands, and bids Lloyd goodnight.
- Lloyd is woken up early by Nina. She drags him out to work out in Kain’s new Fight Club.
- Kain runs the Fight Club with a rough hand, but apparently quite fair. All the other club members are angry young men, looking to get pumped and be macho.
- Kain hands out awful fish milkshakes to get more protein, that he learned from
Andréa wise Storm Dietician. Then, everyone starts pumping iron.
- As Lloyd, Nina, Kain and everyone else works out, Aurora nonchalantly enters the room. She barely glances at Nina – she’s very cold towards her. She’s also flawlessly dressed again, apparently having decided to start employing her maids again. Nina is heartbroken by this display of callousness towards her.
- Aurora delivers a message to Kain – he’s been invited to brunch by the Dueling Club. Kain is embarrassed by this affront to his new street cred and macho rebel image, but eventually grumblingly agrees after Lloyd points out that he is actually really rich and wealthy and powerful and noble and that brunch is so delicious.
- Kain grumbles about his ruined ‘street cred’ as he goes to put on a bowtie for the brunch.
- Lloyd speaks to Nina, asking if she’s okay. Nina can’t believe Aurora is so cold towards her, and regrets not talking to her. Lloyd persuades her to resume her friendship (and romance, unbeknownst to Lloyd) and she resolves to do so.
- Kain puts on the bowtie rebelliously sideways, but Lloyd adjusts it for him.
- Aurora returns to ask Lloyd where she can find Cecil. She needs something back from him.
- Lloyd pushes Nina forwards to speak with Aurora. Aurora shoots her down completely – Parsifal has decreed that it would be inappropriate for them to be seen together, since she’s a lowborn and a member of the Military History Club. Aurora has been instructed to work on her image – she needs to carry herself as the wealthy young lady she is, and not rub elbows with peasants.
- Nina is devastated at Aurora’s sudden cold betrayal.
- Lloyd and Nina freshen up at Kain’s terrible showers, which are basically just pipes spewing cold water. Then they head back to the club.
- Lloyd finds Mashiro and Sophie doing the dishes. He helps them out, and tells Mashiro that her brother has returned to Eisenkrone, and is apparently responsible for the events at the ball last night.
- Cecil is awoken by breakfast in bed, lovingly prepared by Wilhelmina. He eats quickly, as she informs him he has guests – she’s laid out a school uniform for him and made sure he’s ready to face the day.
- Cecil gets ready and heads down to meet Aurora, who is talking to André. She demands to get her maid back.
- Cecil contemplates this, before heading up to speak to Wilhelmina to see if she wants to be Aurora’s maid again. Wilhelmina says the oath prevents her from leaving Cecil unless he terminates her employment, but that as a person, she also wants to stay Cecil’s loyal maid.
- Cecil returns to tell Aurora no. Aurora is furious, but says Wilhelmina was always a terrible maid anyway. She was basically her only friend, but still. Cecil can keep her. She’ll just hire a new maid.
- André suggests himself. In the intervening time, he’s switched into his maid outfit that he wore a while ago when he broke into the maids’ secret quarters.
- Aurora protests, but André confuses her. She leaves with her new apparent maid in tow.
- Cecil receives a second guest, Evghenia. She tells him to head down to the Engineering Club to help Clara with some calculations. If he doesn’t come now, they’ll find someone else to do it. Cecil is about to head out, when the post bugle interrupts him – more express mail incoming.
- Cecil leaps out to see mail delivered by Reginald, to Mashiro. He returns rapidly to the club.
- Cecil finds Mashiro doing the dishes after breakfast, with Lloyd and Sophie (who volunteered, having eaten breakfast with the club).
- He delivers the letter, telling her to dry her hands first as a small token of caring. Mashiro reads it – she’s been invited to the brunch with the Dueling Club. She heads out, asking Lloyd and Sophie if they’re okay with doing the rest of the dishes. They are.
- Lloyd seeks out Professor Anderson after doing the dishes. He’s strumming a little on a guitar, playing Scandian songs. Lloyd returns the key, thanking Anderson for lending him the Danger Room. He also asks permission to go to Ritterburg to help a damsel in distress. Anderson grants it.
- Lloyd heads out, cheerfully walking down to Ritterburg in the morning sunlight. He arrives to find soldiers patrolling, as there’s been a crime recently.
- Lloyd bumps into Samuel and Samantha Lovejoy. They explain that their father has been robbed of an important textile shipment, by some scoundrels who no doubt want to sell it. It’s good business, since many patriotic Teutonians boycott Britannian textile, even though it is the best – the scoundrels could sell it under false flag.
- A passing man sneers at them to stop speaking Britannian.
- Just as Lloyd is about to say goodbye, Parsifal and Anna arrive. They are in Ritterburg to shop for new uniforms for the Dueling Club – using the finest textiles available, at the best price. Parsifal seems confident he can find such a shipment.
- Lloyd heads to the café where he’s supposed to meet Mrs. Hashima.
- Cecil heads out to the Engineering Club. He finds that Evghenia is being fitted for more parts of the Iron Girl armor, including a menacing-looking helmet.
- Clara greets Cecil, explaining that they need help optimizing the armor. She’s invited Reginald as well.
- Reginald and Clara act extremely cold towards each other, but use pet names as they are officially engaged to be married. Both of them seem to deeply dislike the idea.
- Clara shows them a blackboard of two calculations – one, to improve the rocket-fueled glove weapons, and one to improve the spring-heeled boots. She needs help with these.
- Cecil looks over the boots and discovers that they can be optimized for stability or strength. Someone with Evghenia’s power to control inanimate objects should be able to achieve both, but for the moment, Cecil adjusts the project for stability, making a less powerful, but more safe, Iron Girl suit.
END OF SESSION.