Season 3 episode 42 notes
- Cecil, after having cheated on the Martial Arts Tournament tryouts, manages to negotiate with the teachers for a retry. Since it took the teachers forever to decide on a list of official katas, Gottlieb overrides the other two teachers and says that the only fair tryout at this point is to see Cecil in action – against the most dangerous martial artist in the room.
- Professor Daisuke reluctantly gets to his feet. He’s been taught a very deadly and dangerous style, and in the ensuing test he almost crushes Cecil’s windpipe.
- Cecil, choking and coughing, nevertheless passes the tryout with just a big bruise on his neck. The teachers tell him to go call his friends back for a retry and to explain the situation to them.
- Mashiro, meanwhile, takes Lloyd to the Storm Jesus Fan Club for some cosplay preparations, getting her mind off the Cecil cheating situation.
- Lloyd and Mashiro enter the club house to find Bartolomeus standing guard outside, as there has been some trouble with the Protection Squad recently. Inside the club, they meet Gabriel, who is of course not participating in the cosplay but has made scones and tea for everyone.
- Mashiro is taken into private by Sister Barbara to prepare a very elaborate Virgin Mary costume, while Lloyd – who is late to the party – is assigned a villain role as King Herod. Gabriel enlists the aid of several very enthusiastic girls to help fit Lloyd for the outfit.
- Lloyd learns that the design of spiky beards are one of the Eisenkrone Storm Jesus Fan Club’s best kept cosplay secrets. He dons a pointy villain beard as part of his costume.
- Mashiro emerges in a splendid Virgin Mary costume including a glowy and weird halo contraption. She had to be sewn into the outfit to hold all the bling up. Just then, an altercation takes place outside. Gabriel goes to investigate it.
- Shigeru is outside. He wants to be let in but Bartolomeus tells him he has to wait until after the cosplay work – right now the club is closed to visitors.
- Shigeru pushes his way past Bartolomeus, intending to deliver a message to Mashiro. He sees Lloyd in a villain beard and Mashiro in a very pretty dress. Then, he’s sternly told to leave, and complies, grumbling to himself. Lloyd and Gabriel watch him leave, seeing him talk to thin air.
- Mashiro retreats again to get herself out of the dress. Sister Barbara goes to help her but is suddenly interrupted – there’s a loud scream from the dressing room. Lloyd blindfolds himself (to not see anything untoward) and bursts in to help – hearing the voice of Hattori. Hattori is calmly delivering Shigeru’s message to a shocked and distraught Mashiro.
- Lloyd and Sister Barbara exchange a few stern words with Hattori while giving Mashiro some time for herself. Hattori says that he was just following orders, and that he’s sorry to have broken in like this.
- Mashiro says she’ll see Lloyd back at the Military History Club, and having changed back to her school uniform, leaves. Lloyd speaks with Bartolomeus, who is very angry that Shigeru thinks he can just boss everyone around like this. They head to the stables, so that Bartolomeus can get some time to cool down.
- They meet Professor Ryder, who is instructing Ryu to go see the Principal about Parsifal’s earlier accusation of “shoving”.
- Lloyd and Bartolomeus take an afternoon ride around the school grounds, passing some time. When they’re done, Bartolomeus discovers he’s late for a Dueling Club meeting. He asks Lloyd to take care of the horses, and Lloyd happily obliges.
- Cecil goes to see Nina and Akane, explaining how he’s cheated to them. Nina is apparently experimenting with makeup, but she’s horrible at it. They’re both upset, Nina mostly because she’s too busy to do a retry and Akane because she’s disappointed.
- Nina goes off to do the retry in a hurry, because she has to prepare for a dinner with Aurora later.
- Cecil continues to meet with Jacob and Sanchez, who are up in the music room. They have started a band called Puzzles, but so far it’s just Sanchez on the ukulele and Jacob on the triangle. They try to recruit Cecil, but he doesn’t play anything.
- Cecil explains the situation to them. They both forgive him, though Sanchez is hurt that Cecil would lie to him about it. They leave to get ready for retries.
- Wilhelmina steps forth. She explains to Cecil that she used to do Aurora’s makeup, and could maybe help Nina. Cecil sends her off to do so.
- Having sensed Reginald in an adjacent room, Cecil speaks with him a little. Something is wrong, though – Cecil develops a migraine from a lot of latent psychic energies. He senses that something strange must be going on inside Reginald’s head, merely talking to him gives Cecil a slight migraine. Reginald’s behaviour is also unusually cold and sinister. Cecil guesses it has to do with the Strix, which Reginald seems to have completely tamed.
- Having finished informing his friends, Cecil goes to talk to Professor Ryder about the bruise on his neck. He meets the professor, and Kain who needs extra treatment after having participated in the tryouts despite his injuries.
- Janos Adamski joins them, asking for recent medical literature. Ryder explains that he doesn’t have many fancy scientific journals, and he’s not very good at keeping track of them. He learned his trade as a medic in the field, not from any academy. Janos scoffs.
- Ryder asks Cecil for help reading some old Latinian texts. Janos offers to assist Cecil, but Cecil convinces him his services will not be needed, and an indignant Janos leaves. He mentions something about helping the Dueling Club to set up its own, proper medical facilities.
- Ryder explains to Cecil that he’s worried about Reginald so easily taming the Strix. Unfortunately most newer texts can’t explain the phenomenon, as the creatures have been incredibly rare since Latinian times, and only recently saw a resurgence during the Great War. Ryder isn’t so good with reading Latinian, and asks Cecil if he could help.
- Cecil begins to scour Ryder’s disorganized collection of centuries-old books.
- Lloyd is walking back to the Military History Club after a long day when he hears the Eisenkrone gate creaking violently. He decides to investigate.
- Lloyd spots Mikhail, back from his date with Rei. He has slammed the game shut to keep himself safe from two Dueling Club members of the Protection Squad. They’re keeping Mikhail distracted while the rest of them go after Rei. Mikhail relays this to Lloyd and then slams the gate open with his powers of animation, before bolting away to safety.
- Lloyd runs after the people chasing Rei. They corner her at the old smithy house. She tries to climb the wall to escape, but one of the Protection Squad members grabs a long iron rod.
- The leader of the thugs, a guy named Von Bratt, explains that they’re chasing after Rei since she’s a freak and a threat. She assaulted several girls during her first year at Eisenkrone, they claim.
- Lloyd maintains that this is not proper and not within their jurisdiction. He has no choice but to challenge all four of them to duel. They mostly ignore Lloyd, but accept his request.
- Lloyd leaps into the fray. The thugs all use blunt weapons. Three of them quickly gang up on Lloyd, who proves a capable distraction. The fourth heads to the roof, where Rei is taking refuge. Lloyd fights valiantly but is quickly grappled by a strong, tall guy using an iron chain, meant to keep the smithy locked. Just then, Rei screams, and a drop of blood falls on Lloyd’s face. The assailant on the roof has drawn a knife.
- Desperate to save Rei, Lloyd climbs to the roof of the building. As he does so, the chain becomes caught around his neck, and the thug – spurred on by Lloyd’s resistance – begins to strangle him, hanging on his back.
- Lloyd makes it in time to disarm the girl threatening Rei with a knife. She has a cut across her face already. Rei, seeing Lloyd being unable to breathe, lets loose a telekinetic blast. Lloyd twists to catch the impact, saving the guy strangling him from Rei’s dangerous power output. Lloyd crashes to the ground, and his attacker has the wind knocked out of him but isn’t dangerously hurt. The thugs, injured and defeated, retreat.
- A very frightened Rei asks Lloyd if he’s alright. Lloyd is very badly beaten. They head for the infirmary and Professor Ryder, to seek medical assistance and also inform Ryder of how the bullying of the Protection Squad has turned to potentially deadly violence.
- Ryder is very worried for the safety of the students, but there’s little he can do. As a non-Teutonian, his word doesn’t have much weight in the currently nationalistic environment, and the Protection Squad concept is backed by at least one teacher and by many powerful families.
- Ryder heals Rei’s small injury, and does what he can for Lloyd’s much more serious ones. He then tells them both to head back to their dorms, and get some proper rest.
- Cecil learns that the Strix cannot be tamed; the creature is intelligent enough to manipulate and outright mind control its “owner”, like a mental parasite. As it can only manipulate anger and hate, however, only the rare individual who has a lot of bottled up rage is vulnerable to the more powerful type of total control. The longer it’s allowed to last, the deeper and more insidious the damage.
- Cecil explains this to Ryder. They are both incredibly worried for Reginald, and Ryder gives Cecil an immediate order to fetch him for his own safety. Since Reginald is currently in a closed Dueling Club meeting, Ryder writes out an express letter on school authority, and sends it with the official postman – Cecil.
- Cecil arrives at the door of the Dueling Club and is in luck – the door is opened by Simon, the Princesses’ butler. Simon, recognizing the importance of the message, lets Cecil inside despite this being a secret meeting.
- Cecil sees Reginald with the Strix at his side. He’s caught up drawing portraits – on Parsifal’s order – of everyone the Dueling Club considers a “threat”, for distribution to the Protection Squad so that any undesirable elements can be quelled. The biggest and most menacing portrait is of Cecil himself, made out to be a violent, psychopath monster.
- Cecil, unfazed by all the slander of him, his friends, and most foreign students at the school, all of whom are represented, walks up to Reginald to deliver the message. As he does so, his migraines get worse. The Strix is feeding off all the ambient anger in the Dueling Club, and its grip on Reginald is strengthening.
- Cecil reaches out for Reginald and reads his mind. Already he notices that the grip of the beast is strong, and Cecil can’t do anything to cure him – but he could nudge Reginald to let go of his inhibitions, making him lash out at Parsifal. If successful, it would weaken the Strix’s grip on his mind significantly, since bottled up rage is its strongest source of nourishment.
- Cecil decides to go for it. He uses all his mental energy to channel his Exorcism attribute.
- Reginald loses his composure entirely. He draws his sword to attack Parsifal, his mind twisted by the blood-red owl, but Cecil jumps in the way, taking the hit. The Strix reacts by releasing a wave of anger, making Cecil seem like a dangerous threat. Several Dueling Club members attack him, including Anna who breaks a chair over his head. By sheer willpower, Cecil grabs the Strix’s cage and throws himself out the window with it, while Reginald slowly regains the grip of himself and turns his sword towards his enraged club members, attempting to calm them.
- Cecil crashes to the ground, unconscious and bleeding.
- Lloyd hears and sees the commotion, on his way back from Professor Ryder. He runs up to Cecil and looks into the Strix’s eyes. The creature attempts to inflame his hatred, but Lloyd has put it all behind him. The only man he’s ever hated – Claus – is dead.
END OF SESSION.