Season 3 episode 17 notes

  • Cecil glances into the woods and sees that the Storm seems to be copying Eisenkrone students, the ice-men adopting to their fighting style. These particular ice soldiers are reflections of Cecil, and wield lances.
  • His retreat to the village cut off by a giant ice centurion, Cecil readies his lance and launches into battle.
  • The ice centurion has an adaptive fighting style, shaping its limbs into weapons. It unleashes a torrent of ice slivers over Cecil, injuring him.
  • Lloyd and Akane leap into the fray from inside the village. Lloyd rides on Snowy, who expertly dodges the ice slivers flying through the air. Naimitsu also participates, as Akane’s bodyguard, but she sticks to the shadows.
  • Akane is batted aside by the giant, and falls into the moat with a splash. Fortunately, her mastery of fire protects her from the freezing cold. Less fortunately, a freshly created ice clone of Akane follows her out of the water.
  • Lloyd cuts off the ice giant’s arm, preventing it from growing new weapons. Meanwhile, his trusty steed keeps him out of harm’s way.
  • The ice clones of Cecil reach the village, and attack. Cecil easily smashes up the copy launching at him, and then quickly dispatches the ice-Akane. Lloyd’s sword gets stuck in the other Cecil copy, however.
  • Finding the smith’s hammer Karla threw earlier as a warning, Lloyd picks it up and drives his sword into the ice-clone, destroying it.
  • Lloyd is targeted by the ice giant, but Naimitsu leaps in at the last moment, defending Lloyd at great risk to herself.
  • Focusing their attention on the giant, the four Storm Knights leap at it with combined force, and destroy it. As it smashes apart, it releases raw Storm Energy, overwhelming the three. Cecil and Akane are unaffected, but Lloyd’s internal elemental energy shifts subtly towards “ice”.

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  • The first wave of the Storm defeated, Akane, Lloyd and Cecil retreat into the village. It seems the weather is calm for the moment, and the Storm Beasts have retreated. After a little while, Alex orders a rotation of the guard. He takes over their outpost himself, shooting straggling Beasts with bow and arrow.
  • Akane, Lloyd and Cecil step off their shifts to get some food and warmth by the fire. They head for the common house.
  • Tilda is preparing a hot stew for the soldiers. Lloyd offers to help out, hollowing out bread to make bread bowls full of stew.
  • Distressingly, Lloyd finds he can’t use his powers to heat the meal as he normally does. Under the circumstances, he still manages to make a decent stew, but it’s not as warm as he would have liked.
  • Gloria and Bartolomeus enter the common house, finding that the peasant militia has already formed a line to the food. Gloria walks past the line, but Lloyd gives her a warning look and she takes the hint. Gloria goes to the end of the line.
  • Lloyd and Cecil both overhear a militiaman speak to Bartolomeus as they wait for the meal. The local is worried about Sophie, thinking she might be Storm Mad or worse, still loyal to the Count. Bartolomeus promises to investigate at once. He heads for the smithy.
  • Cecil follows Bartolomeus, hoping to avert what might otherwise be a dangerous confrontation.
  • Sophie is sitting by the heat and light of the forge, shaken by her previous encounter with darkness itself. Bartolomeus confronts her with zealotry and prayer, which disturbs her.
  • Cecil realizes Sophie must have been harassed by the corrupt Father Ignatius, back at the Castle. She’s afraid Bartolomeus might assault her, and nearly panics. Cecil manages to avert the crisis by directing Bartolomeus to pray silently for her.
  • Cecil tells Bartolomeus that Sophie has had bad experiences with Father Ignatius. Bartolomeus is quietly outraged that a priest would behave so, and doesn’t quite believe Cecil.
  • Cecil learns that Bartolomeus doesn’t trust the locals and their witches – the pagan traditions put the entire village in danger, in his opinion. A priest or a church would be far better protection.
  • Meanwhile, Gloria reaches the end of the queue in the common house. She speaks a little with Lloyd, thanking him for stopping the angry mob just before the Storm arrived. She admits to being worried about the peasants. Lloyd says she shouldn’t worry, he understands she was afraid and everyone makes mistakes. Gloria takes it as that she’s forgiven. Lloyd sternly says that he hasn’t forgiven her – but that she should speak with Cecil about it and apologize to him.
  • Lloyd hands Gloria an extra bowl of soup for Cecil, who hasn’t eaten yet.
  • Just as Gloria leaves, Alex enters the building. He needs to speak to Tilda and Luzia, but first he confronts Lloyd. He’s heard Lloyd let Sophie out of the potato cellar. Lloyd explains she was almost eaten by a grue, as there was no light to protect her. Alex understands and finds it regrettable that a Storm Beast got inside the village – but that he cannot place the village at risk. He will kill Sophie if he has to.
  • Lloyd understands but reaffirms that he will not allow an innocent woman’s life to be risked like that. He takes full responsibility for Sophie, trusting that she won’t harm anyone.
  • Just after Lloyd leaves the common house, he hears a snippet of conversation between Luzia and Alex. It seems Luzia has some plan for how to deal with the Storm. Alex shouts that it’s too dangerous – she’s going to die!
  • Lloyd makes his way to the smithy, where Gloria is about to enter. He gives her a few reaffirming words, before she steps inside to confront Karla and Cecil.
  • Gloria completely ignores Karla – who is after all just a lowly smith’s apprentice – but offers a sincere apology to Cecil. Cecil accepts.
  • Gloria proceeds to explain that she’s afraid of the locals – with no Christian church to keep the reins on them, and with the pagan traditions they follow instead, Gloria thinks they’re all barely controlled savages. She was afraid they might attempt to assault her or worse. That’s why she panicked when they burst in on her bathing.
  • Gloria admits that she’s worried for what will happen when the Storm is over. Alex seems to be the final authority in the village – judge, jury and executioner – and his advisors are witches, pagan sorceresses who have bartered with the Storm.
  • Cecil says he will protect her if anything happens. Gloria goes a step further – she promises she will cut down any pagan who touches a hair on Cecil’s head. Hopefully, she says, Cecil will be able to do the same for her when it counts.
  • Lloyd meanwhile has a quiet conversation with Bartolomeus and with Sophie, reassuring them both that they are safe. He thanks Bartolomeus for his sincere prayers and tells Sophie to believe in herself.
  • Professor Gottlieb enters the smithy. He’s a bit banged up from the fighting at the main gate, where most of the Storm Beasts were concentrated thanks to Lloyd’s McGuffin.
  • Gottlieb reveals that the situation is worse than they thought. The Storm Beasts have a sentient creature leading them, a Storm Beast that has passed the dreaded Bishonen Line and gained terrible power.
  • The Beast looks like a handsome Britannian man – at least Gottlieb thinks so. Its power is such that you can’t look at its face for long without being frozen solid. Gottlieb accidentally glanced at it – that’s why he’s come here to warm up by the red-hot forge fire. He grimaces as disturbing crunching noises come from his slowly defrosting fingers.
  • Professor Gottlieb shares his thoughts as a strategist – what they really ought to do is send a small strike team at the Eye of the Storm, disrupting it, cutting off the Storm Beasts at the source. With the Eye destroyed, the Storm would quickly fade.
  • Unfortunately, Alex disapproves of this plan as it places the village at too great a risk. Instead, the plan is to trap the Bishonen and defeat it, pushing the wave of Beasts directly back to the Eye before destroying it. It’s a slower and more grueling plan, but it should hopefully keep the village safe in the meantime. Gottlieb is skeptical. Meeting this enemy head on might be difficult, if the Bishonen is cunning enough to withdraw into the Storm to gain strength.
  • Finally, Gottlieb concludes that defending the village should be easy, now that the McGuffin lure is at the gate. With most of the Beasts drawn there by the lure, a handful of students would be enough to defend the palisades. But Gottlieb doesn’t know what the rest of the students might be good for – it’s too dangerous to place them at the front lines.
  • Lloyd makes note of all this.
  • Cecil goes to speak with Akane. She’s worried about Naimitsu’s behavior in the fight – why would she jump in to protect Lloyd like that? It was a careless risk. Cecil says she probably had her reasons.
  • Bren enters the smithy just as Gottlieb leaves. He wanted some tactical advice. Now that Lloyd is there, though, he warns him that Gloria had better make herself useful on that wall – he thinks she’s a spoiled brat, and speaks a little menacingly about her. She almost lost her cool before, and if not for Bartolomeus might have let a Storm Beast through.
  • The guard shifts again. Lloyd, Cecil and Akane are called back to the wall. Lloyd gives a few parting words to Karla and Sophie before taking up position with the others.

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  • Luzia leaps up into Lloyd, Cecil and Akane’s outpost. She’s scouting out the forest. Luzia explains that she plans to launch a suicide mission into the woods, making a beeline for the Eye of the Storm and destroying it. She and a handful of village men will go.
  • Lloyd protests – it’s too dangerous. Luzia doesn’t listen. She tells the three she will need this outpost as a starting point, and warns them not to tell Alex, as he would try to stop her.
  • Luzia leaps back into the village, organizing the men.
  • Thick mist rolls in from the forest, obscuring vision in all directions. It coats the village in white. Lloyd’s Storm senses are on edge, as he feels the Bishonen approaching the gate. Suddenly, he senses shapes in the mist!
  • Three pale floating skulls, shaped from smoke and icy air, emerge from the mist. They breathe a blast of cold-fire on the palisade, encasing everything in bizarre blue flames that turn the wood into ice and snow.
  • Cecil panics, his fear of fire kicking in as the blue flames encase him. Lloyd, however, uses his mastery of the elements to absorb the flames, turning the cold back upon a mist-skull and freezing it solid. Akane and Cecil destroy the other two.
  • Luzia leaps back up on the outpost. She says a quick farewell to the three, before she jumps over the palisade and disappears into the woods. Cecil, without hesitation, goes after her. Lloyd tries to stop them, but it’s too late.
  • Lloyd realizes they are doomed without assistance. Recalling what Gottlieb said about the defenses, he decides to rally a few fellow students and go after Cecil. He tells Akane to stay behind and defend the village – it’s too dangerous to risk the Empresses’ life out there. Akane understands.
  • Lloyd runs to fetch Gloria. After a brief conversation, he convinces her to go with them for the sake of the village. Bartolomeus will hold the outpost.
  • Lloyd goes to speak with Anita. Anita recalls the last time she faced a Storm, when Prince Heinrich sacrificed a low-born man’s life to save the noble-born students, including Anita. She decides to go with Lloyd, to atone for her past sins. Her unfailingly loyal maids accompany her.
  • Lloyd, Gloria, Anita, Rose, Violet, and Snowdrop hurry towards the Eye of the Storm, hoping to catch up with Luzia and Cecil…

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  • Cecil catches up with Luzia. She briefly tries to convince him to leave, but realizes it’s fruitless. She can’t stop Cecil from throwing his life away.
  • Luzia sets off at a high speed through the forest, but Cecil keeps up. Keeping their heads down, they avoid the ice soldiers and make a beeline for deeper in the woods – when suddenly, one of the trees moves. Cecil and Luzia look up…
  • The Storm has driven the Wood Spiders into a frenzy. They have merged into a single gigantic mother-spider, the size of an entire village. Its legs are made of massive tree trunks, and its body an interwoven canopy of branches and leaves. It seems to be spawning new spiders, created by forest debris and pure Storm Energy.
  • Luzia ducks away for a moment, leaving Cecil alone as he gazes in awe at the massive mother-spider. She returns with Bren and a handful of village men, who have been hiding nearby.
  • Cecil angrily tells them that only Storm Knights will be able to help against the Eye; the regular villagers should be at home, protecting their town. Most men return, leaving only Cecil, Luzia, and Bren – and Bren has only minor Storm Powers to speak of.
  • The three decide to dash right underneath the mother-spider, where it hopefully won’t notice them. It’s a good plan – until the ground gives way beneath their feet…
  • Cecil, Luzia and Bren plunge into a wood spider hatchery; a deep pit covered in webbing, with a compost heap at the bottom containing spider hatchlings. They quickly overwhelm Bren and Cecil, webbing them up. Luzia manages to free Cecil, but when Cecil tries to rescue Bren they are both quickly pulled down beneath the debris, swarmed by dozens of dog-sized spiders.
  • Just when all seems lost, Lloyd arrives with reinforcements. He swings down on a vine, subtly using his Earthbending to move the earth beneath the debris, pushing Bren and Cecil free of the compost heap.
  • Just then, an enormous house-sized spider drops down from the mother-spider. Anita and her maids kick into action, using oil and torches to lit the spider aflame. As the Wood Spiders have a hive mind, they all panic, giving the trapped prisoners a chance to escape.
  • Cecil, Luzia, Bren and Lloyd escape from the spawning pit. Luzia says that the mother-spider should collapse if the Storm is defeated – it won’t be able to sustain itself without a constant input of Storm Energy. That’s probably why it hasn’t attacked the village – it cannot stray too far from the Eye.
  • Knowing this, the assembled team hurries towards the Eye of the Storm. The mist grows thicker and thicker around them, and soon they can’t see a thing. Cecil uses his telepathy to link everyone together, allowing them to orient using Lloyd’s heightened senses and Luzia’s knowledge of the terrain.
  • The mist thickens further… until it eventually becomes solid. A barrier of mist stands before them. Lloyd draws his sword to slash through it – and ice cold water leaks out. It’s not a barrier – it’s a dam. Lloyd tells everyone to get to safety, subtly holding back the dam with his Waterbending powers. His friends safe in the trees, Lloyd swings up on a vine at the last second as the mist-dam bursts open, drenching the ground in icy water.
  • Beyond the mist barrier lies a bizarre sight: The forest is melting. Trees, animals, even rocks are slowly turning into water. The ground is icy slush. This close to the Eye of the Storm, its warping effects are very dramatic.
  • The team presses on through the sopping wet terrain. It’s cold, wet, and miserable – and soon they discover something even worse. The melting is affecting their equipment. Pockets are filled with the soggy remains of melted coins, oil flasks collapse like snowballs and even weapons and armor begin to drip. Realizing they cannot waste a moment, they begin to hurry.
  • Reflections in the water at their feet stare up at them, moving eerily. It’s as if the Storm is watching them.
  • Suddenly, the temperature drops like a rock and the mist disappears. A single column of white mist stands before them, emanating sheer frozen death. Small animals litter the ground, including birds frozen solid mid-flight. They have reached the Eye.
  • Whispers fill the air. They’re whispers from the past and perhaps the future, illusions drawn from a thousand reflections in the ice.
  • Luzia begins to dash for the Eye, as Lloyd sees visions of his father’s death, and Cecil sees Commander Hoffmeister, the man he killed in cold blood in Lothringen.
  • A Storm Beast manifests, shaped from mist. It’s the djinni that Lloyd and Cecil fought a year ago, on the day Lloyd’s father died. The Storm has shaped it from an echo of the past.
  • Luzia readies her spear to attack it, clearing a path to the Eye – but suddenly collapses on the ground in pain.
  • An illusion of Alex, visible only to Luzia, has shot her. The illusion is so vivid that the pain is entirely real. Luzia pleads with him, asking why – but he just raises his bow to fire again.
  • Cecil leaps in the way of the attack. As a sophisticated Mindbender, his mind is shielded against these tricks, and the illusory pain doesn’t distract him.
  • Lloyd, meanwhile, sees a vision of his mother. It’s somehow more real than the other illusions, as if she were speaking to him directly. She encourages him to defeat the Storm… and to come to Mommy. Lloyd draws strength from the vision, even though it’s slightly disturbing, and accompanied by a vision of Sidney Morrigan.
  • The vision of Sidney tells Lloyd that he’s destined to join with TRIBUTE – he’s been a member since before he was born.
  • Lloyd continues towards the djinni, his sword raised. Gloria accompanies him, challenging the Beast to a duel.
  • Cecil manages to get Luzia back on her feet, freeing her from the illusions’ influence.
  • The illusion of Alex transforms into an illusion of Cecil’s brother. It mocks him, saying it’s well aware Cecil knows he isn’t real. The true Kage is a hundred times more powerful, and an illusion cannot hurt Cecil… but Cecil was always bad at protecting his pawns in chess.
  • The illusion lashes out at Cecil’s friends, suddenly visible to everyone thanks to Cecil’s telepathy. Cecil jumps in to protect them, destroying the illusion of Kage… but in doing so, he leaves himself wide open to the djinni’s attack.
  • The djinn rips Cecil apart with tearing winds full of razor-sharp ice. Cecil falls unconscious and bleeding to the ground. Lloyd, angered for the first time since the Storm began, leaps at the djinni aiming to cut it down… and botches.
  • Lloyd is hurled into the Eye of the Storm by a stray wind.
  • Lloyd’s body hangs mid-air in the mist as if crucified, slowly freezing over… while in his mind, Lloyd faces the Storm. It appears as a hall of frozen mirrors, showing the past and the possible futures. Lloyd witnesses his friends destroyed by the Storm, frozen and shattered by the djinni.
  • Lloyd turns away from the mirrors, gazing out at the present before him – his gathered friends, desperately fighting the djinni to try to save him, pull him out of the mist column. A trained Storm Knight could absorb the Storm Energy and neutralize the Eye, thereby destroying it…
  • Lloyd sees his inner self, the manifestation of chaos that is Inner Lloyd. Inner Lloyd explains that he is a representation of the Storm within Lloyd… and as such, he could help.
  • Inner Lloyd admits that the Storm speaks to him, telling him to unleash his true power, become an all-powerful servant of the Storm… but that deep down, he knows that even Lloyd’s darkest urges would never betray his friends.
  • Lloyd unleashes Inner Lloyd on the Storm. Letting his Storm Powers get complete reign, he unleashes the power of fire and flame to melt the hall of mirrors and unmake the Eye. Soon, only one mirror remains.
  • For one brief moment, Inner Lloyd hesitates… before power is restored to Lloyd, who absorbs the very last mirror into himself, and finishes the Storm off.
  • Covered in hoarfrost, utterly exhausted and half-dead, Lloyd falls down from the air as the mist column dissipates. He staggers out as the genie is destroyed by Luzia and Gloria, kneeling down by Cecil, half laughing and half crying.
  • Lloyd finally understands what it was his father taught him: To be a true Sturmmeister, to control the Storm within himself.
  • Cecil wakes up. He says he knew it was a suicide mission – someone was bound to go down, so it might as well be him. He knows he’s too stubborn to actually die.
  • Beaten, bruised, and exhausted, they make their way back to the village. Miraculously, they have all survived…

Season 3 episode 17 notes

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