Season 3 episode 24 notes
- Lloyd fashions himself a new mask for his special training with the Red Oni. This one bears the yin-yang mark he learned from Master Fei.
- Just as he finishes, he hears someone nearby – someone very stealthy. Just then, Cecil passes overhead, jumping on his way back to Eisenkrone before disappearing in through a window.
- Lloyd sees a flash of a black skirt out of the corner of his eye. “Sophie?”
- Sophie steps forth. She’s been spying on him, and confesses to having seen him gathering sand to craft a mask using some mysterious power. She apologizes – she is so used to carefully observing everything about her master, as she needed to stay alive under the tyrannical Count Adlergriff.
- Lloyd tells her to relax. You don’t have to watch people always – look at the stars, for example. Sophie understands, and with Lloyd’s encouragement, eventually works up the courage to ask for the night off. Lloyd grants it.
- Lloyd is about to head off to the clock tower to wait for his training session with the Red Oni, when he hears hoofbeats on the road. Turning around, he sees Captain Holstein and two guardsmen ride out of the woods through the gate. Lloyd hides behind a tree, seeing as it’s past curfew.
- Captain Holstein instructs his two men to spread out and search for the “dangerous criminal”, while he goes to look for Mr. Fried, the spymaster/janitor.
- Mr. Fried appears, sourly commenting that he just polished that gate and that the horses better not make a mess. Holstein explains that this is a high priority mission – the dangerous assassin Heidi Kraus has just escaped arrest in Ritterburg, with the help of an Eisenkrone student – Cecil.
- Lloyd is shocked and appalled.
- Mr. Fried says he will inform school authorities and make sure people find out about the assassin. He tells Holstein to leave, before his horse makes a mess anywhere. Disgruntled, Holstein rides back to Ritterburg.
- Mr. Fried approaches Lloyd, having spotted him behind the tree. He asks Lloyd to speak with Cecil about this Heidi Kraus, as he doubtless knows more about it. He furthermore instructs Lloyd to stand in a certain spot, and counts to five.
- Cecil, meanwhile, delivers Wilhelm Wessler’s response to Parsifal. He jumps in through the Dueling Club window, meeting Reginald in the common room who informs him Parsifal is having tea with Aurora. Cecil heads to the tea room to deliver the letter.
- Parsifal and Aurora are having a muted but intense conversation. As Cecil hands over the letter to Parsifal, he sees Aurora has a written-out letter in front of her, missing only the signature. Her hand shakes as she moves to sign it.
- Parsifal says the document Aurora is signing is to be delivered to Nina Messerschmidt. As for Parsifal himself, he wants another express letter sent to “Mr. Skummler”, the front man Wessler has been using.
- Cecil reads Aurora’s mind. While Parsifal is busy writing his response to Wessler, she tries to sign it with Gloria’s name, but Cecil stops her.
- Cecil learns that Parsifal wants Aurora to formally break all ties to Nina by challenging her to a duel. The letter is a formal declaration that Nina has besmirched Aurora’s honor. Aurora, still having feelings for Nina, doesn’t want to sign it but Parsifal gives her no choice.
- Cecil persuades Aurora to not give in to Parsifal’s demands. Parsifal, sensing that something is up, opens a hollow ring on his finger and pours out a single drop of MANPANTHER PLATINUM.
- Cecil feels his mental defenses melting away, and notices Aurora is similarly dulled by the potent alchemical perfume. She’s unable to resist Parsifal’s insistence that she sign the letter. As soon as she does, Parsifal stuffs it in an envelope.
- Parsifal shoos Cecil away to deliver the two express letters, one to “Skummler”, one to Nina. He pays, giving a generous tip for the services.
- Cecil manages to, with a last-ditch effort, persuade Aurora to leave with him, rather than stay and be exposed to more of Parsifal’s machinations – and the dangerous drug in his ring.
- Outside, Cecil exchanges a few brief words with Aurora. He will explain to Nina that the letter was written under duress. Aurora thanks him, before heading away to bed.
- Cecil jumps out the window to return to Ritterburg…
- …landing right in front of Lloyd as Mr. Fried reaches ‘five’.
- Lloyd confronts Cecil, telling him about Heidi Kraus being a dangerous criminal. Cecil recalls the name – Heidi Kraus, the Girl that Got Away. She grew up in Durmstrang before she was adopted by some noble family, he heard. Before that, she was a dangerous killer, of high repute in the city.
- Cecil takes heed of Lloyd’s warning and explains the situation. He furthermore promises to turn himself over to the guard, but now he has a letter to deliver to Mr. Skummler.
- Lloyd, who never forgets a name or a face, remembers that ‘Skummler’ was the name on the door to the shop where Wilhelm Wessler operated. He tells Cecil that the gentleman who ran it, Ox, is in prison. Cecil must have spoken to Wilhelm Wessler personally!
- Cecil says he will deliver the letter to the prison, then. He leaps off to Ritterburg.
- Lloyd heads off to practice with the Red Oni, waiting outside the clocktower for him to show up.
- Cecil reaches Durmstrang late in the evening, and is escorted into the prison by Private Bernard. He hands over the letter to Mr. Ox, who unfortunately can’t read and so asks Cecil to do it. Cecil recites the letter- Parsifal is furious that his new uniforms won’t be delivered.
- Mr. Ox dictates a regular, non-express letter, explaining that they were busted by the guard and don’t have the shipment. It’s uncertain whether Parsifal knew he was shopping from criminals. Nonetheless, this letter reveals it.
- Before Cecil can leave, Hildegard Kreutz takes him in for questioning about Heidi. She explains that this Heidi woman is sought after by the powerful Richthofen family.
- Lowering her voice, Hildegard says some of her sources suspect Heidi Kraus of having murdered the Emperor. She used to work for the Richthofens, who had a lot to gain from the Kaiser’s death… and shortly after he passed away, Heidi escaped from the Richthofens and they are now mercilessly hunting her down. Hildegard suspects they want to silence her.
- Officially, the Richthofens have accused her of stealing from them as well as betraying them. But who knows what the truth is? Regardless, Heidi is a seasoned killer and a highly dangerous woman. For this reason, Hildegard implores Cecil to tell her the truth.
- Cecil says his friend Violet was looking for her. He doesn’t give any detail, and he doesn’t reveal Violet is just a maid, not a student.
- Hildegard thanks him for the information, and lets him leave.
- Lloyd meets the Red Oni outside the clocktower. They greet each other, it having been a while since they trained together.
- To have some more relaxing and spiritual exercise, the Red Oni suggests working with smoke, rather than flashy fire or heavy earth. They begin sculpting beautiful smoke rings and sculptures with their fire- and airbending.
- The Red Oni reveals that Akane is extremely distraught by the state of her home country. She confronted Shigeru about the attack on Nipponia, but he dodged the question, saying formal orders from the Empress should be directed at his father, the daimyo.
- Akane knows that going home right now isn’t safe, not until there’s concrete proof the Tokugawa are scheming against her. Still, she is very troubled by the state of affairs.
- Lloyd learns that the Tokugawa are keeping their navy away from the Kyoka lands to leave them defenseless against pirates, as a form of blackmail. In response, the Kyoka moved their troops to defend their castle and city – the countryside people being sacrificed.
- Lloyd is horrified at this callous treatment of human beings.
- The Red Oni asks “the Blue Oni” how Lloyd is doing. Lloyd answers in third-person that Lloyd is tired and weary, but that he will make do. He doesn’t really know what a Student Council President does, though.
- The Red Oni explains the influence of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council
- Lloyd learns that if Parsifal wins, he’ll have influence over the clubs, extracurricular activities, inventing rules, and most importantly to Lloyd – he’ll be able to tamper with the school uniforms. Horrified at the thought of the immodest Parsifal messing with skirt lengths, Lloyd swears to stop him.
- His passion redoubled, Lloyd heads back to the clubhouse. He intends to sleep, but first he goes for a midnight sandwich…
- Lloyd and Cecil meet in the club room, along with Viktor who seems to have trouble sleeping. As they all munch on sandwiches, Cecil and Lloyd discuss the Student Council Elections, and other things.
- They are interrupted, however, when Viktor writes on his blackboard (since it’s night, and he doesn’t have an indoor voice), that he intends to challenge Günther to a duel.
- Viktor explains that he knows Günther was behaving inappropriately to Linda earlier – Cecil knows it too – and he can’t let it stand. Therefore, he intends to challenge him in the morning.
- Lloyd offers to be Viktor’s second, taking a stand against assaulting girls and also against Günther flaunting his Dueling Club status like a get-out-of-jail-free card.
- Viktor eagerly accepts, writing “!!!” on his blackboard. Finishing his sandwich, he heads to bed to be well-rested for tomorrow.
- Cecil explains that he has a letter to deliver to Nina. It’s express, so he has to get there while she’s sleeping. Lloyd understands, but to spare Cecil the inappropriateness of having to see a girl in her pajamas, he lends Cecil his trusty blindfold.
- Cecil, to make Lloyd happy, dons the blindfold and heads to Nina’s room in the girls’ dormitories. They speak in the corridor. Cecil explains the situation as he hands over the letter.
- Nina reads it, and is so outraged she rips it apart. Parsifal made Aurora write this? Cecil confirms that yes, it is so.
- A furious Nina vows that Parsifal will pay for this, and says she’ll challenge him to a duel tomorrow. Then she slams the door, and goes to bed.
- The loud door slam wakes up Minami, who is scared. She’s had a nightmare and doesn’t understand what it is, having no memory of dreaming before. She calls on Cecil, who comes into her room to stay with her until she can fall asleep again.
- Just as Lloyd has finished changing into his flannelette nightshirt and is ready to sleep, the door bursts open. Naimitsu bursts in, crying desperately.
- Foregoing all thoughts of propriety, Lloyd hugs her. He holds her until she’s coherent enough to talk.
- Naimitsu confesses the whole story to Lloyd. Cecil said the Kushieda spy was one of Keanu or Viktor, and told her to deal with Keanu. So she did what she did to Minami again – she kidnapped a teenager. Only this time, she didn’t have a mindbender around, so she had to rely entirely on her enhanced interrogation techniques.
- Even after torturing Keanu, though, he still wouldn’t reveal the truth about his family. Naimitsu, after all the stress of the terrible things she’s had to do in line of service, snapped.
- She beat Keanu half to death in sheer anger, anger at the unfairness of it all, convincing herself he must – he must – be an enemy of the Empress, why else would she do this horrible thing?
- Lloyd, learning that Keanu might be bleeding out, tells Naimitsu to stay right where she is, and speed dresses before hurrying out to find him. When he reaches the place by the laundry rooms where Naimitsu held him, though, all he finds is a five-pfennig coin. André.
- Lloyd hurries to the infirmary. André has taken his friend there, and Professor Ryder is looking over him. It’s an awful amount of trauma – Ryder can heal his body, but he’s not sure if Keanu will recover from the shock and horror anytime soon.
- André gets a mental message from Cecil, but says that he’s busy right now. Cecil, learning what has happened to Keanu, goes to bed, feeling guilty about the whole event…
- Lloyd, seeing that Keanu is safe, returns to Naimitsu. He scolds her for being so irresponsible and hurting a child… but then he says he understands she made a mistake, and softens.
- Naimitsu says she’s ashamed of herself and will carry the pain of this forever. Lloyd says that it’s good she will. These crimes should not be forgotten. At the same time, he doesn’t judge her.
- Lloyd tells Naimitsu to stay right there. He will try to help her feel better. Walking out into the kitchen, he rolls up his sleeves. Lloyd might not know how to heal the body or the mind, but he does know a cure for a broken heart.
- Seizing a pan, Lloyd prepares to cook ike he’s never cooked before. To show Naimitsu he still cares about her, he makes her a meal of flawless omurice, made with love.