Season 3 episode 53 notes
- Lloyd heads to the smithy just before the fight. He talks some to Alfreda, and learns that they are in some financial trouble with the baby on the way.
- Lloyd works on Gloria’s sword some, worried about Alfreda.
- Lloyd and Cecil go to see the Diamond Fist fight, at the Dueling Club headquarters. Gottlieb is residing as judge, sitting in Parsifal’s chair.
- Marissa flirts with Cecil and calls him to the front of the crowd, just as the fight begins. The Diamond Fist has held up so far, but has no chance against Marissa and is soundly thrashed. Before Gottlieb declares the fight a win, Marissa attempts to pull off the Diamond Fists’ mask.
- Cecil verifies that the Diamond Fist is indeed Princess Sophia, by reading her mind. Unwilling to see her exposed, he leaps into the ring and throws von Bratt’s cloak over her face before anyone sees her.
- Cecil turns his powers on Marissa, making her see Kage’s face in place of the Princesses. Cecil persuades Marissa to leave the Diamond Fist’s mask alone.
- Gottlieb restarts the duel, since there was outside intervention from Cecil. Marissa thoroughly beats the crap out of the Diamond Fist, but lets her keep the mask. Her identity is revealed to nobody but Cecil – and Lloyd, who recognizes her Sturmmeister abilities when she parries a lightning bolt.
- Gottlieb declares he will ban the entire Military History Club from the contest, as these kinds of interruptions are unacceptable – Cecil leapt right into an ongoing fight. Cecil protests, citing school rules against collective punishment.
- Cecil declares that the Diamond Fist is special and important, and that therefore this isn’t about the martial arts tournament, but what the Diamond Fist stands for. Gottlieb asks if what a person represents should affect how they’re treated. Cecil says no, but nevertheless insists on taking the punishment upon himself.
- Gottlieb, defeated, concedes to punishing only Cecil. He cites the Codo Duello, and calls this an offense against the host – who happens to be Parsifal. Thus, Cecil is assigned to be Parsifal’s butler for some time to repay his debt for the offense.
- Marissa asks if she can have some time with Cecil. Parsifal smiles and declares he will lend out Cecil’s services to any of his loyal friends – of course Marissa can have a go!
- Lloyd heads out and meets Mashiro, who is working out with Ryu’s help and some heavy iron rods. She asks Lloyd’s help, she wants to learn to parry blows with heavy weights on her arms and legs, as gauntlets and greaves. Ryu bends the rods to fit them around her wrists and ankles.
- Lloyd and Mashiro spar, with Lloyd – for the first time – directing an actual blow at a girl, to help her protect herself from deadly attacks. He still holds the strike before it hits her, though – Mashiro trusts him to be careful.
- Ryu and Sanchez go to hang out caber-tossing for a bit, leaving Snowy in Haruhi’s care.
- As Lloyd returns to the smithy, he meets Professor Daisuke, who obliquely explains a little about his past. He asks Lloyd’s advice for how to get Cecil’s forgiveness. Lloyd says this might be the time for direct confrontation, not poetry – but it inspires an idea in Daisuke. Daisuke hands Lloyd a copy of his death note, asking him to present it to Cecil. Maybe then he will understand.
- Marissa drags off Cecil to figure out who the Diamond Fist is – she doesn’t recognize the face. She figures Dieter is a good first stop.
- Dieter is busy trying to figure out who the Blue Oni is. He hasn’t solved it like Reginald, but he’s getting closer. Sadly, he has no idea who the Diamond Fist is. Lloyd never forgets a face though – maybe they should go speak with him.
- Marissa and Cecil head to the smithy. Marissa tries to show him what the face looked like – using Cecil’s face as a basis for Kage’s appearance – but as Lloyd has never seen Kage, he has no idea.
- While they’re in there, Mr. Eriksson comes home. He is bruised and dirty with coal stains, explaining that he was attacked by a few thugs in Ritterburg and lost his job for fighting while on duty, and for losing a shipment.
- Cecil and Marissa head for the dungeons.
- Alfreda and Mr. Eriksson worry, so Lloyd decides to give them a little privacy.
- Lloyd meets Gloria and delivers her finished sword. Gloria tries it out, and they have a conversation about Cecil interrupting the martial arts fight. Both of them worry what implications this might have.
- As Lloyd heads off, he is met by Evghenia, who hands him the usual stack of love letters from various girls, as well as a note from Hildegard, asking to meet him as soon as possible in her temporary room in the monastery. Lloyd heads over there right away.
- As Lloyd approaches the monastery, he finds large parts of the Storm Jesus Fan Club standing outside. He heads in to find Hildegard and Sister Barbara engaged in some strenuous project.
- As Lloyd is let into Hildegard’s room, he finds her dressed up in a ridiculously scholarly outfit, with a super-tight corset and fake glasses making her look like a caricature of a teacher.
- Hildegard says Victoria told her to dress the part for her job as the new Law professor, but she has no idea how to dress for this profession. Lloyd, with his knowledge of fashion, might help.
- Lloyd pages through the fashion magazines left by Victoria as examples and begins designing a fabulous dress, which will help convey Hildegard’s personality better and will make her feel more comfortable.
- Just as Lloyd settles on a design – an old fashioned dress with more mobility, shorter sleeves and some bows – Sister Martha, the bespectacled short nun, bursts in. Apparently the Reverend Mother is ill!
- Lloyd, Martha and Barbara rush to see Sister Catherine. Hildegard stays behind, as she can’t move well wearing the corset.
- Sister Catherine has been trying to treat Minami. Her eyes are rolled back in her head and she seems to be in extreme shock. Martha is worried her heart might fail. Minami, meanwhile, looks perfectly fine, albeit confused and scared.
- Sister Barbara uses an Apostle Technique to get Catherine conscious. She’s weak and extremely faint. She explains she’s been trying to heal Minami’s amnesia, and saw what happened to her when it occurred, but now, the sisters insist, she needs her rest.
- Sister Catherine is dragged to bed. Lloyd is left with Minami, who is still clueless about what caused her amnesia. Lloyd escorts her outside, to Bartolomeus and the rest of the Storm Jesus Fan Club.
- Minami confesses to Lloyd that she’s been feeling sad over Cecil dating Marissa. Ever since Cecil explained the term “girlfriend” to her, she’s thought she was Cecil’s girlfriend. Apparently you can only have one, so Cecil must not want to see her anymore. Lloyd instructs her to go speak with Cecil. She says she will do so right away, heading for the dungeons.
- As Minami is escorted away by the Storm Jesus Fan Club, Lloyd waits outside for the Principal. He arrives with Ryder and Anderson in tow, to look after Catherine. Lloyd waits for them to finish checking up on her.
- Cecil and Marissa enter the Military History Club after their talk with Lloyd, as Marissa asked Cecil to take her “somewhere cool”. Jacob is there, and he’s scared upon seeing Marissa.
- Jacob and Cecil communicate telepathically, Cecil revealing that Marissa likely suffers from Storm Madness. Jacob is upset, and warns him not to let her fall in love with him – it could be dangerous. Jacob then heads off to find Professor Anderson, as he’s feeling worse and worse since his fight with Marissa.
- Cecil takes Marissa into the dojo, where he – having her alone – tries to have a serious talk with her about her condition. Marissa protests – they’re on a date, shouldn’t they have some fun?
- Cecil persists on acting the diagnostician, being absolutely cold and emotionless. Marissa begins to provoke him, but he doesn’t react. Marissa reveals that she’s attracted to Cecil for his passion and his intense caring – but why won’t he care about her like that? Why can’t he spontaneously leap to her defense, or spontaneously kiss her? What makes him hate her so much that he shuts down his feelings around her?
- Marissa gets angrier and angrier as Cecil refuses to show any feelings. She unleashes her powers and begins to rip the dojo apart with electromagnetic fields. Just then, Minami enters!
- Marissa sends a lightning bolt at Minami – but Cecil leaps in the way of the attack! Seeing Cecil act spontaneously for another girl, Marissa breaks down crying and storms out.
- Minami asks Cecil if she can be his girlfriend instead. Marissa hears it, being even further upset.
- Cecil is brought to his knees by the lightning. Minami helps him up, dragging him to the infirmary.
- As Cecil arrives in the infirmary, he finds it staffed only by Mashiro – as Ryder was suddenly called away to tend to Sister Catherine. When Mashiro asks what happened, he reveals everything about Marissa – how she attacked him with deadly force, how she probably suffers from Storm Madness and what likely caused it. Mashiro advices him to speak with Janos – he’s the one of the Elsinore Heroes who knows to reason with logic. She then patches him up.
- As Cecil leaves the infirmary, Minami confesses her feelings for him. Cecil shuts her down. As he does, Catherine’s treatment suddenly kicks in. Minami remembers how Cecil and Naimitsu kidnapped and tortured her, thinking her to be a Kushieda spy.
- Minami, upset, says Cecil is her only friend! How could he do this to her?
- Minami suddenly recalls another friend – Viktor! But Cecil cruelly reveals to her that Viktor was the real Kushieda spy, and is imprisoned. Minami is heartbroken to have been betrayed by both of her only two friends, and runs away crying.
- Cecil, having broken the hearts of two girls in the span of thirty minutes, decides that apologizing or talking about your feelings is for chumps. Instead he takes to the roof to brood.
- Lloyd meets Jacob, on his way to meet Anderson. Jacob seems unwell. He tells Lloyd about Cecil and Marissa. Then his symptoms become worse – and Anderson comes out to help him. Ryder is staying with Catherine to make sure she recovers.
- The Principal also emerges from the monastery. Lloyd takes him aside for a word.
- The Principal is shaken at his sister’s illness and near-death. He seems to blame himself. Lloyd offers him some candy, reversing the usual roles.
- Lloyd and the Principal talk for some time about Sister Catherine and the school. Lloyd brings up Mr. Eriksson’s plight, asking the Principal if maybe he can find a job for him. After some convincing, the Principal agrees – and decides to hire Magnus Eriksson as the new Engineering teacher!
- The Principal informs Lloyd about a maid in trouble he saw, hanging by her skirt from a gargoyle at the Britannian wing. Maybe Lloyd should look into that.
- Lloyd hurries to help the damsel in distress. He finds that the damsel in question is Wilhelmina, hung out the window by Kain, who is interrogating her. Kain found her spying on the Fight Club and suspects she works for Janos.
- Lloyd mediates a guessing game, since Wilhelmina is forbidden from telling Kain who she works for or what her mission is, but would be allowed to give him hints. Kain eventually – after much, much guessing – concludes that Wilhelmina was sent here by her mistress Aurora.
- Lloyd rescues Wilhelmina from where she hangs. A grateful Wilhelmina looks at Lloyd with new eyes, falling for him on the spot.
- As Wilhelmina is released, Kain explains why he acted the way he did. He explains that Janos threatened him – if he doesn’t throw the game and fail in the Martial Arts Contest on purpose, Janos will hurt his club members, possibly even destroy the club. Kain suspected Wilhelmina might be working for him, finding weak points.
- Kain explains that he’s begun to understand how the power balance between nobles and commoners is – a system that unfairly favours the higher socioeconomic class and disenfranchises the proletariat. He learned advanced political terminology from André somehow.
- Lloyd, happy at having helped to solve the problem, but concerned about Janos, heads back to the Military History Club…
- Janos comes to seek out Cecil on the roof. He explains that Parsifal needs him, stat. Cecil takes the opportunity to talk to Janos, ignoring Parsifal’s orders.
- Cecil tries to explain Marissa’s Storm Madness to Janos. Janos demands evidence, as Cecil’s gut feeling won’t do. If he can read Marissa’s mind, and find the source of the madness, Janos will believe him.
- Janos explains that women are innately unstable, due to their hormones, and that Marissa is just emotional. That’s probably what’s throwing Cecil off.
- Janos concedes, however, that Cecil rationalizes things to deal with his childhood trauma, and that he’s emotionally stunted and crippled inside. Maybe this could make Cecil cold and robotic enough to make rational statements even in the face of Marissa’s outbursts. He will consider it and discuss it with Erich.
- Cecil heads off to get his butler uniform.
- In the Military History Club, Cecil meets Lloyd, and obtains Daisuke’s death note. He reads it – it symbolizes the death of Akira Nara, Daisuke’s former name, but also a resurrection – a lifetime of repenting for past deeds, under another name, in another land. It’s Daisuke’s way of trying to explain. Daisuke wrote it after he let Akira Nara die, and he became a different person.
- Cecil burns the note. He fetches his butler uniform, and heads off to Parsifal.
- Parsifal stamps Cecil in the face with sad faces and minus points, for being late, for having a bad attitude, and mostly for making Marissa cry. Cecil objects, citing laws against injuring staff, but is mocked by the Duelling Club for considering the stamps an “injury”.
- Parsifal then sends Cecil to tend to the Princess, who requested his aid.
- The Princess is in bed, recovering from her injuries fighting Marissa. She asks Cecil why he intervened. Cecil said the Diamond Fist needs to keep on living, as a symbol of hope. He encourages the Princess to don the disguise again, and fight the Protection Squad.
- Princess Sophia objects – how will she handle herself in a real fight, with no rules? Inside the arena it was safe, but to fight the Protection Squad?
- Cecil promises to teach her. He establishes a mental link with her, takes her into his mindscape, and begins to teach Sophia how to fight like one fights on the streets. Her weapon of choice, a spear made from ice.
- Cecil and Sophia dance around to the tune of a waltz, learning footwork and the rhythm of battle…
END OF SESSION