Season 3 episode 48 notes

  • Professor Ryder summons Hildegard Kreutz and explains the situation to her. They resolve to leave Cecil to rest in the infirmary. Ryder, Kreutz, and Mrs. Yonaguni set out to Ritterburg to find Marissa and get some clarity. As it’s night, they tell Lloyd to stay in the school.
  • Lloyd, heavy-hearted, returns to the Military History Club to get some rest.
  • Cecil remains in the infirmary, in a coma. Wilhelmina watches over him, having stayed in Eisenkrone while he was away. She is very sad she failed to protect him.
  • The following day, Lloyd informs his friends of what happened over breakfast. They are very worried about Cecil. Nina wonders why he would go on a date with Marissa, she seems very unstable.
  • Gabriel joins the club for breakfast, he’s brought croissants. During the breakfast, however, he admits to Lloyd that he has reasons to be here and takes him aside. Gabriel has heard that the Dueling Club is planning to attack him, and that he has to watch out. Lloyd thanks him for the information.
  • Lloyd spends most of the day working on his painting, his cosplay costume, and his homework. As he heads out for lunch, he meets Ryder who is returning from Ritterburg. Ryder explains what Marissa said.
  • Marissa tells more or less the truth of what happened, even about the bar brawl, leaving out only the detail that she started it. She even admits to having accidentally punched Cecil and knocked him out.
  • Unfortunately, Marissa misunderstood the situation after Inga saved Cecil and took him to the hospital. She took Inga for a kidnapper, and burst into the hospital after Cecil left, breaking the building with her powers. The resulting commotion attracted the guards, and though Inga escaped they took Marissa in for questioning, and also seized all of Inga’s medical supplies. The volunteer hospital is over.
  • Ryder, who thinks Inga really was a kidnapper of some sort, brought the supplies back to be used at Eisenkrone. He goes to pack them up in the infirmary. Marissa will be back after the guards take her statement.
  • Lloyd goes back to his room. He decides to practice what Naimitsu taught him about controlling and sensing his breath and blood flow. Just as he pricks himself slightly with a knife, Juan bursts into the room.
  • Juan explains that he’s hiding from Shigeru, but that his bro Cecil lent him a room here before. He figures he’ll stay here for a while until Shigeru’s anger blows over.
  • Lloyd happily obliges and guides Juan to his room.
  • Lloyd goes to bed, hoping Cecil will feel better the following day.

  • Cecil wakes up. He’s watched over by Mathilda von Zweibrücken, who alerts Ryder.
  • Cecil learns that he’s been sleeping for two days, and missed one of his Martial Arts fights. Fortunately, his points are still high enough that he will move on to the second part of the contest anyway.
  • Ryder storms in. He’s glad Cecil is safe, and wonders what in the Sam Hill happened in Ritterburg. He tells Cecil to use telepathy to call on Lloyd and Ryoko, who want to see him – they’ve been very worried. Cecil does so. Mathilda also mentions she’s calling Victoria von Zweibrücken.
  • After Lloyd and Ryoko arrive, Cecil explains that Inga saved him after the bar brawl and took him to a hospital. He left because he was so worried about Marissa, and wanted to know she was safe.
  • Ryder scolds Cecil for his lack of judgement, but leaves it at that. Lloyd and Ryoko are also worried and a little upset. Just then, Cecil notices he no longer has the One Keyring, the mark of the Janitor. In the wrong hands, it could be very dangerous…
  • Vice Principal Victoria von Zweibrücken enters. She says that as this is Cecil’s third serious violation during this semester (First psychically assaulting Minami, then attacking Lloyd with a deadly weapon, and now going unsupervised into the Forbidden Forest at night), he’s been fired from all official school functions. He’s no longer allowed to do janitorial work or deliver mail. He should be thankful the Principal that he wasn’t suspended or even expelled.
  • The mail delivery will now be handled by Evghenia Robovich. As for the One Keyring, Victoria has handed it to Parsifal, letting him appoint the new Janitor. Cecil is worried – in the wrong hands, it could be terribly dangerous.
  • The teachers leave, giving Cecil some time alone with his friends to deal with the bad news.
  • Lloyd reluctantly mentions – since discussing money is a faux pas – that this might make it hard for Cecil to keep employing Wilhelmina as his maid. He won’t have any income, and with his school uniform wrecked in the bar brawl, he’ll need to foot an expensive bill right away.
  • Cecil nods. He calls on Wilhelmina and asks her if she’s okay working for no money. Since she’s hopelessly in love with Cecil, she consents. Cecil grits his teeth and after a lot of deliberation, decides to order her to return to Aurora instead. He doesn’t want to force her to live in poverty.
  • Cecil gets out of bed and decides to go buy a new school uniform from whoever is the new janitor and Equipment Master. Lloyd heads off to prepare for the Cosplay Contest that’s being held all day.

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  • Cecil goes to the Dueling Club and bumps into the One Keyring immediately – in the belt of Louis Kumpel. Louis, as punishment for losing in the Martial Arts Tournament, has been appointed Janitor by Parsifal. Cecil worries – he doesn’t think neither Louis nor Parsifal understand the power carried in the One Keyring, that gives access to all the school’s rooms and supplies.
  • Cecil nevertheless requests a new school uniform from Louis. Louis immediately knows where they are, thanks to the mystic power of the Keyring, and takes Cecil down into the school’s dungeons.
  • On the way there, Cecil and Louis are ambushed by a mysterious masked man, with an improvised mask made of a sock with holes cut in it. He introduces himself as Knifeman, then decides it’s lame and changes it to Captain Danger, Dangerman and other various permutations of Danger.
  • The Mysterious Danger asks Cecil about the true identity of the Blue Oni. Cecil says he doesn’t know, and points out that Yvain the Dangerous’ disguise is pretty transparent. But if he insists, Cecil can call him Mr. Dangerous.
  • Yvain insists that he doesn’t know what Cecil is talking about. He’s not Yvain, he’s Mr. Dangerous, the great detective!
  • Cecil tries to leave. Yvain snares his leg with one of his Dangerangs (a blunt throwing knife with a string tied to it).
  • Cecil and Louis both affirm to Yvain that they don’t know anything about the Blue Oni. Mr. Dangerous leaves, realizing only now that “Mr. Dangerous” is actually just his name. Nevertheless, he will doggedly pursue the Blue Oni, reporting back to Commissioner Parsifordon.
  • Cecil and Louis arrive at the supply closet where the uniforms are kept. Cecil gets the last extra tall-sized one, paying Louis on the spot. Louis remarks that it’s amazing how easy it was to find the uniforms.
  • Cecil leaves to get dressed, and Louis heads down to meet ‘Ted’, the Nameless Administrator, to get properly inducted into the mystic order of Eisenkrone Janitors.

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  • Lloyd arrives at the Storm Jesus Fan Club, where the cosplay preparations are in full swing. Gabriel is playing host, serving cookies. To honor the spirit of the event, even though he’s not that into cosplay, he’s made a badge that reads “Bystander #5” to inform everyone that he is indeed playing a character from the series.
  • Lloyd meets Judas. This nefarious villain wears a curly black moustache, and though his costume isn’t done yet, the make-up and acting is amazing. It turns out Judas is played by none other than… Mikhail!
  • Mikhail explains that since quitting the newspaper he’s been trying to branch out. So now he’s joined the Storm Jesus Fan Club, and as with the Arts Club, his girlfriend is supporting him 100%. She’s making his costume for him; Mikhail only did his makeup and moustache. She’ll be done soon.
  • Mikhail looks around at all the beautiful girls in elegant and sometimes sexy cosplay costumes, thinking he’ll fit in great here.
  • Lloyd moves on, meeting Bartolomeus (playing St. James), as well as Rei, who emerges from the back with Mikhail’s finished costume. She has put on one of her mother’s extremely low-cut dresses, and is cosplaying Delilah the Seductress. Mikhail’s moustache begins to twitch alarmingly when he sees her. He heads off to suit up and get in character.
  • Cecil joins Lloyd, arriving in his school uniform. He won’t be part of the cosplay, but he sits down in the audience to watch Lloyd and all his other friends perform.
  • Mashiro comes out of the changing room. She’s been sewn into her elaborate Virgin Mary costume, and looks gorgeous. Cecil can’t help but compliment her appearance, and Lloyd also remarks that it’s a very pretty costume.
  • Lloyd leaves to put on his King Herod costume, with its trademark spiky beard and evil clown hairdo. Since he dresses very fast, he’s back before Mikhail is.
  • “St. James” takes the stage as Lloyd returns. He explains that it’s time for the festivities to begin – and just then, Judas emerges on stage, fully costumed in his black hat, cape, and evil twirlable moustache. St. James declares that this can only mean one thing: Epic Rap Battle of History between two villains! Judas versus King Herod!
  • Thus kicking off the first cosplay event, Herod and Judas take the stage to introduce themselves. “Judas” keeps getting distracted by Rei, though, who has a front-row stage right below the stage, giving him a clear look straight into her cleavage.
  • Judas gets through his introduction more or less without straying too much. Then Lloyd, with an evil laugh, declares that he’s King Herod, who’s come for the children… to give them candy!
  • King Herod scatters candy on the audience, in a pretty unorthodox interpretation of the character. Accompanied by evil laughter, he throws sweets to everyone.
  • Judas is about to retort, but just then Rei opens a piece of candy and drops it in her cleavage. With her usual tact and manners, she fairly loudly complains about how it’s stuck in there, getting her skin all sticky and sweet and sugary. Maybe Mashiro could help get it out? Mikhail, hearing the conversation, overheats at the mental images and passes out, effectively ending the rap battle.
  • St. James declares that maybe it’s time to move on, since one of the contestants seems to have suffered a blue screen for whatever reason. Since Herod is already on stage, maybe they could do a non-canon scene with him and the Virgin Mary?
  • Mashiro gets on stage to do a dramatic fanfiction scene, to much anticipation. She kneels down at Lloyd’s feet to plead for her son’s life. Just then – the door bursts open.
  • Shigeru, bleeding from the forehead and with darkness swarming him, steps into the room, his eyes affixed on Lloyd. He orders him to back away from Mashiro. The entire room falls silent.
  • Cecil steps in the way. He attempts to restrain Shigeru from entering. A distracted and frustrated Shigeru tries to deal with him, but Cecil is adamant, blocking his path and pushing him out. Shigeru declares that he supposes this means Lloyd refuses his first trial.
  • Lloyd says no. This is rude, and inappropriate, and disrespectful towards Mashiro – but if Shigeru really means to test Lloyd’s worthiness as Hattori’s apprentice, then Lloyd won’t refuse. He’s made up his mind.
  • Shigeru shoves Cecil out of the way once more, and enters. But as he passes the threshold to the sacred space, his powers sharpening the darkness into lethal weapons, Mashiro says no. Stepping in front of Lloyd, she declares this place to be under her protection – and bursts into Angel form, bathing the room in light. Shigeru shields his eyes, and looking at his sister with fear and respect, consents. He will come for Lloyd – later.
  • Shigeru leaves, afraid, angry and humiliated. Cecil runs after him. Mashiro, meanwhile, reverts to human form – her costume ruined by the wings bursting from her back. She takes Lloyd into a back room immediately, holding her outfit together. Why did Shigeru come for him? What trial?
  • Lloyd explains how he became Hattori’s apprentice, thereby freeing Hattori from any duties to guard Mashiro. Mashiro nods – she knows the contract. As long as Hattori has an apprentice, his duty is to teach a ninja worthy of House Kyoka, not to serve. But she also knows all of Hattori’s apprentices save Naimitsu have died – killed by the dangerous trials the Kyoka have a right to.
  • Mashiro says she’s worried for Lloyd. Lloyd assures her he trusts Hattori to keep him safe, and to let him go before the final test. Mashiro looks into Lloyd’s eyes and says that she’s grateful, but that she worries about him – cares about him, even…
  • She doesn’t finish the sentence, suddenly conscious of how ridiculous she looks in a ruined cosplay outfit. She looks away, laughing, halting her confession.

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  • Cecil runs after Shigeru. He confronts him, asking why he’s going through all this to make his sister hate him. Eisenkrone is safe.
  • Shigeru shakes his head. Eisenkrone? Safe? Just last year the Empress was attacked by terrorists. The Protection Squad is even now beating up students, and there was a spy infiltrating the Military History Club not more than a month ago.
  • Shigeru asks Cecil if a skilled bodyguard shouldn’t be able to take about five or six men. Cecil nods. At least that many – he can’t lie.
  • Shigeru explains why he’s bleeding – he tried to order five or so men to come with him and attack Lloyd. Parsifal said no – assaulting the Cosplay Contest would be political suicide. When Shigeru talked back, Parsifal had Anna punch him. Shigeru came alone – but next time he’ll be more careful. He’ll suck up to Parsifal, get those five or six skilled Dueling Club members, and then they’ll come for Lloyd. It’ll be his first proper trial.
  • Cecil asks Shigeru if he doesn’t trust his sister.
  • With darkness in his voice, Shigeru says that his sister was the only one in his family who understood him. He wrote home to her every day. And when push came to shove, when she fell in love with Cecil and her father forced her to choose between her boyfriend and her family… she chose Cecil. Shigeru was left alone.
  • Shigeru leaves, doing his best to hide his grief. Cecil returns to Mashiro and Lloyd. Lloyd explains what happened to Cecil, about the apprenticeship. Cecil, in turn, tells Lloyd that he should be on the lookout. He will be attacked by five to six Dueling Club thugs as soon as there’s a chance to do it without the teachers noticing.

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  • Lloyd, Cecil and Mashiro leave the Storm Jesus Fan Club, the rest of the cosplay events cancelled due to the traumatic incident. The club members urge Mashiro to stay, awed by her angel powers, but she says she’s going to go practice tennis, to deal with the anger.
  • Mashiro mentions to Cecil, just before she leaves, that Hildegard seemed worried about him while he was in a coma.
  • Lloyd and Cecil talk, strolling down the school grounds for a while.
  • Suddenly, they hear strange shouts from the Martial Arts Contest arena. They head over there and find that a new, mysterious person has entered the contest – a masked, androgynous figure called Diamond Fist. Diamond Fist has just defeated Tomoe Tokugawa, and the Dueling Club are jeering and booing, both at the enemy and at Tomoe, who was already hanging loose with the Dueling Club in terms of respect.
  • Diamond Fist entered the tournament late, and anonymously. Their Storm Power seems to be some kind of crystal fists, that they use to blind enemies with reflected light and also inflict nasty, dangerous punches with jagged edges. Tomoe is bleeding. Diamond Fists’ mask covers the eyes, indicating that this mysterious warrior doesn’t need to see in order to fight.
  • The mysterious warrior leaves without another word. Cecil gives Tomoe a few secret, telepathic words of encouragement, but she’s mostly angry. Lloyd politely applauds.
  • Nina, who’s been watching the fight, approaches Lloyd and Cecil. She’s wondering what’s with all these masked mysterious people – have they too been pursued by a guy called “Dangeresque”? He’s asking all these weird questions.
  • Nina and Lloyd ponder the identity of the mysterious Dangeresque. Cecil facepalms. Nina mentions that Dangeresque should ask Bartolomeus – he was after all the one attacked by the Blue Oni. In a nearby shrub, Dangeresque scribbles furiously on a yellow legal pad before making his escape.
  • Nina mentions having an event with Kain later; the Fight Club is meeting up to drink protein shakes and work out together. At the same time, she had something planned with Aurora, but Aurora has been so busy and cancels on her all the time – so she’ll probably just cancel tonight.
  • Nina, Lloyd, and Cecil return to the Military History Club. Here, having a meal with all the members save Mashiro and Ryoko – who are both busy – Lloyd finishes telling the story of their adventure in the Forbidden Forest. He downplays his own achievements, focusing mostly on how awesome Mashiro and Ryoko were.
  • After the story finishes, Lloyd returns to his room to put the final hand to his portrait of Reginald. Cecil heads out to find Hildegard.

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  • Cecil meets Hildegard in her office. He tells her he’s come to realize the importance of principles, especially after seeing what a loose cannon like Marissa is capable of. He’s at Hildegard’s service, and he can help guide her to the secret corridors that Heidi has been using to move about at the school.
  • Hildegard, still hurt by Cecil’s earlier betrayal, nevertheless puts it behind her. A criminal needs to be caught, and Cecil has offered his aid. She tells him she put Holstein in his place for endangering Cecil earlier, and that she’s up to speed about the volunteer hospital being destroyed. She’s starting to see Cecil’s point as well – maybe Ritterburg is better off with her in charge.
  • Cecil takes Hildegard to the entrance to the secret tunnel network, laid down by generation upon generation of Pathfinders. Nobody’s ever really charted it, so to enter it blindly would be dangerous. Hildegard resolves to get some mapmaking supplies, torches, chalk, and other equipment so they don’t get lost. Cecil goes to watch the Martial Arts Tournament while Hildegard gathers the necessary supplies, but he promises he’ll return to help her track down Heidi.

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  • Lloyd delivers the portrait to the Arts Club. He finds Reginald and Sanchez standing outside the studio. Reginald has hired the aid of the Storm Movers’ Club, the mysterious club whose purpose is to move stuff around. Their job – to restore the burned-down studio to its former glory. Lloyd offers to give a helping hand.
  • First, however, Lloyd unveils the portrait of Reginald, made so that he’ll have a picture for his candidacy in the Student Council President elections. Reginald is very touched, and impressed with Lloyd’s skill. He’s so impressed by the painting that he invites Lloyd to the Arts Club on the spot.
  • Lloyd happily accepts. But for the moment, he helps Sanchez and friends to clean up in the old Studio. Then he leaves after a few inspiring words, to go see Akane in the Martial Arts Tournament.
  • On the way there, Lloyd hears a girl cry for help. He runs into the room, to find a girl he doesn’t recognize…
  • Lloyd, who never forgets a face and has amazing eye for detail, sees through the disguise – it’s Heidi!
  • Heidi slams the door shut behind Lloyd. She could do this harshly, but since Lloyd is a friend of Cecil she’ll play nice. She’s almost done gathering all the intel about Yvain and Shigeru. Anita is ready to take over the Assassins’ Club again – but first she wants to know: What is Hattori’s oath to Shigeru?
  • Lloyd studies Heidi carefully, doing his best to judge her character. He manages to see through her facade, and concludes that she genuinely regrets her past crimes. Knowing that she is a good person at heart, Lloyd tells her that as long as he remains Hattori’s apprentice, Shigeru has no power over him. The most dangerous ninja in the world is for the moment content to teach.
  • Heidi thanks Lloyd. If that is the case, Anita is safe – and she can leave the school with a clear conscience. She’ll deliver this final piece of information. As a last goodbye gift, she gives Lloyd a thick envelope and tells him to deliver it to Cecil.
  • Lloyd continues on his way, to meet Cecil down at the bleachers.

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  • Cecil has arrived early to the Martial Arts Tournament. He sees Diamond Fist narrowly defeat Gilbert von Bratt, who was earlier mocking Tomoe for being such a loser. Cecil takes the chance to make fun of Gilbert a bit, drawing his ire. However, now Gilbert is also out of the contest. Cecil congratulates Diamond Fist, and inquires about Diamond Fists’ identity and purpose.
  • Diamond Fist explains that this is about sending a message to the Dueling Club about their blind obedience. Cecil catches a surface thought, indicating that the Diamond Fist is afraid of not being taken seriously, should their true identity be revealed.
  • Cecil returns to the bleachers, pondering. Lloyd soon joins him, and the fight between Akane and Kain begins.
  • Akane steps out silently. Kain walks out and faces the Dueling Club, wearing a plain, anonymous brown outfit rather than any gi or uniform. He holds a simple, but powerful speech about how this isn’t about politics or whose club is the best. This is about doing your best, and about being the best fighter.
  • The fight begins. Akane attacks relentlessly, pushing Kain back – but when he sees an opening, there’s a momentary shared look between Kain and Akane. In that moment, she realizes he is the better fighter. Kain sends her flying across the entire arena in a single, awesome blow, knocking her into a tree and winning instantly.
  • Cecil goes to congratulate Kain on a good fight. Kain refuses – “I didn’t fight you.” He sticks to his message about there being no ‘sides’ to this, only fighters doing their best.
  • Lloyd and the rest of the Club gather around Akane. She is physically badly injured, but her pride does not seem to be wounded; Kain is a worthy opponent.
  • As Akane retreats to get medical attention, Cecil goes to fetch his lance. Lloyd accompanies him, telling him he intends to turn himself in to the law. He’s aided a known criminal.
  • In the club room, Lloyd hands over the envelope to Cecil, explaining how he got it. Cecil reads it – it contains all the evidence of how Commander Hoffmeister bribed local officials to appoint Hildegard, including letters, receipts for expensive gifts, deeds to swanky estates, et cetera. It’s more than enough to get her dishonourably discharged from service, despite all her good work since then. If she were to read them herself, she would probably be devastated to learn the truth.
  • Lloyd and Cecil go to turn themselves in to Hildegard for aiding Heidi. As they leave, however, they run into Snowdrop. Snowdrop explains that they’re cordially invited to watch Anita surprise attack Yvain and humiliate him, thereby regaining control of the Assassins’ Club and getting revenge for her public humiliation at his hands. Yvain has also been warned in advance about the surprise attack, to make it more of a sport.
  • Snowdrop also tells Lloyd when the next leg of the Hunt is to begin, and to report to Victoria von Zweibrücken.
  • Lloyd and Cecil head for Hildegard. Lloyd explains how he aided Heidi – and Hildegard is suddenly in a great hurry. If Anita is moving against Yvain now, that means she knows Shigeru won’t intervene – which means Heidi’s work truly is done. She bolts for the Assassin’s quarters, hoping to catch Heidi before she escapes.
  • Lloyd and Cecil accompany her. They burst through just as Anita throws Yvain out the window and into a pond, in front of a large audience.
  • Hildegard runs past, into Anita’s private room. There are four maids there – not three. Hildegard rushes to catch the fourth one, the impostor – but just then, Heidi turns to Cecil. “Did you give her the documents?”
  • Hildegard, still not trusting Cecil entirely, is distracted for a moment. Heidi uses the split second to jump out the window in a death-defying leap of faith from the top of the Assassins’ Tower…
  • …to land in a haystack on a cart. Cecil, heedlessly, goes after her – but he misjudges the distance, and despite his prodigious wall-jumping abilities slowing his fall considerably, he slams down hard on the ground, almost breaking his leg.
  • Heidi pleads with him – not now, she’s so close to freedom and a new life. Cecil hesitates, and as he permits himself to stop and think, the pain sets in. The cart with Heidi speeds off, her associate carrying her to safety – and Cecil remains behind, unable to get up from the throbbing pain in his ankles.
  • Hildegard and Lloyd hurry down the stairs. Cecil reflects on the situation, and realizes what he must do. He empties the envelope, grabs an oil lamp and burns the most damning evidence – the receipts, deeds, and the more overt letters. He puts the rest back.
  • Hildegard finally catches up with Lloyd in tow. She arrests Lloyd and Cecil on the spot, seizes the envelope, and takes them to Ritterburg for questioning.

  • Once in Ritterburg, they meet Reynard Feist and Henrietta von Richthofen, the Richthofen representant in Ritterburg. Henrietta shrilly asks how the search for Heidi is going. Hildegard explains that they may have missed their chance due to these two teenagers, but that they didn’t know what they were doing and are not accomplices.
  • Henrietta nevertheless gives them resounding backhands for their insolence. She hopes for Hildegard’s sake the culprit will be caught soon. Hildegard says that she will do all she can in her role as Commander.
  • Reynard, serving as Henrietta’s lawyer, coolly remarks to Cecil that whether or not he’s committed a crime, he wants Cecil to stay away from his son.
  • Lloyd and Cecil are taken in for questioning, one at a time. Lloyd explains what he did. Hildegard is very angry and frustrated, since his actions meant Heidi escaped – but what he did wasn’t illegal, since all she did was ask a personal question. She says she blames Lloyd for this, but can’t charge him with a crime.
  • Hildegard then questions Cecil. She brushes off how Cecil helped Heidi earlier, saying that while that was illegal, he was under duress – after all, she is a dangerous criminal and he is just a teenager. Instead, she inquires about the evidence he allegedly destroyed. She tells him that he is to answer any questions about this evidence according to his own conscience. Cecil agrees to do so.
  • Hildegard re-emerges to Captain Holstein. She gives him the envelope, without reading it, and tells him that she stands accused of corruption. Since she is biased in the matter, she will be suspended from duty for the duration of the investigation, in accordance with protocol. She tells him Cecil is suspected of destroying evidence, and that he should question him – in accordance with protocol, using as much force as he’s legally allowed – but that he’s unlikely to talk. He’s tough. That said, for the duration of her suspension, Hildegard obviously cannot question Cecil.
  • A flabbergasted, newly-promoted Acting Commander Holstein does as he’s instructed, putting the envelope in the evidence locker and dragging Cecil into the interrogation room to shout at him and harass him. Cecil says nothing.
  • Hildegard takes Lloyd back to Eisenkrone. She says she’s sorry Cecil had to go through that, but hopes that justice will be served, and that it’s out of her hands now. She seems relieved at not having to make a decision about resignation.

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  • Hildegard speaks with Professor Gottlieb, and gets temporary employment as a teacher while suspended from police duties. Lloyd meanwhile goes to fetch his shield – it’s time for his Special Training with Gottlieb.
  • Gottlieb and Lloyd discuss. His training with Naimitsu have taught him much about how to kill, and how to avoid killing – but only in theory. His hands are still shaky and his determination wavering.
  • Gottlieb picks up a heavy zweihänder. Him and Lloyd lock eyes for another Spirit Fight, each predicting the others’ moves flawlessly without moving from the spot. Lloyd sees relentless attacks with the weapon, dangerous blows that he only barely parries, and then – an opening at Gottlieb’s throat. But he’s still unable to visualize the kill.
  • Gottlieb shakes his head. He sees the lack of killer instinct in Lloyd’s eyes, and really didn’t want to do this, but there seems to only be one way. Lloyd’s instincts are rare, he says. Almost unique. It’s unusual to meet someone with such a strong aversion to killing. But everyone has instincts to stay alive. He sternly warns Lloyd to not draw his sword – when it comes to instincts like these, he might lose control.
  • Lloyd uses his powers to freeze the sword in its scabbard, for safety.
  • Gottlieb starts the spirit fight again. Then he bursts out of it, and raises the zweihänder for real, bringing it down in a deadly arc. He telegraphs the blow clearly, and aims it right where Lloyd can easily block it with the shield – but it is, nonetheless, a real, forceful attack with killing intent, capable of cleaving the boy in half.
  • Lloyd musters all the strength he has to block the awesome blow. Gottlieb brings the sword around to attack him again, and Lloyd realizes he doesn’t stand a chance – he can’t defend a second time. His only chance to survive is to kill the opponent before he is killed.
  • A split second passes. Lloyd sees all his past suffering, anger and grief flash past him, and then pushes it aside. His mind is clear. It is necessary.
  • Lloyd visualizes the killing blow, his hand twitching slightly at the sword’s hilt as he sees what he must do. In his mind, the sword pierces Gottlieb’s throat, killing him instantly. Gottlieb stops his attack, inches from cleaving off Lloyd’s head.
  • Lloyd throws up, collapsing from the extreme emotional stress of being pushed to make a life-or-death decision, forced to attempt, however feebly, to kill his teacher. Gottlieb turns away, saying nothing.
  • Gottlieb silently says that they will still need to work on the details – but that he passed the test. Now, Lloyd knows how to kill a man.
  • The teacher leaves. Lloyd stays behind, cleaning up the training room floor, in silence.

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