Season 3 episode 20 notes
- Cecil heads to Ritterburg for special training with Hildegard. Banners displaying the Von Richthofen house are hung over some buildings. He arrives to find the soldiers away, with only Gofius and Hildegard manning the guardhouse. Hildegard is writing a letter to her cousin Amanda in Durmstrang, as she’s heard Durmstrang is having trouble with vicious Viking raids.
- Cecil’s armor is being repaired, preventing him from training with it right now. Instead, Hildegard decides to teach him about weak spots in armor. Hildegard notices Cecil is feeling bad. Cecil confesses that he feels hollow inside. Hildegard says it’s probably because he’s learned to dull out pain.
- Cecil tells Hildegard about the time he was ordered to kill a girl he liked, back in Durmstrang, and how he rebelled against Boss Renner and killed some of his men before running away. They have an extremely lengthy conversation.
- Hildegard decides to show Cecil that dulling out pain isn’t always good. She instructs him to attack a chink in her armor with a blunt stick. Cecil dives in with full force, while reading Hildegard’s mind to understand the lesson. The pain is overwhelming, but the adrenaline surge makes Hildegard extremely fast. She explains that pain is an instinct, and instinct is faster than thought.
- Lloyd, heading out of Special Training, goes to have tea with the two Britannian first year students, Samuel and Samantha Lovejoy. They sent him a letter earlier inviting him to tea with them. Samuel and Samantha explain that their father came here to sell textiles, being a textile magnate. They were unable to attend the party for the first years due to illness, and hence haven’t had a chance to be introduced until now.
- Samuel and Samantha explain that they’ve been trying to join the arts club, but were turned down for mysterious reasons. They furthermore ask Lloyd to speak with Evghenia about all the collateral damage of her mail delivery.
- Lloyd, after a nice cup of tea, heads down to the club house. On the way there, he is all but attacked by Evghenia, who mistakes him for Mikhail. Evghenia drags him into an alleyway to speak with him about his promise to test the spring-loaded boots. Tomoe and her friends see the encounter and suspect Evghenia of trying to date Lloyd. They begin to conspire for revenge…
- Lloyd cheerfully continues to the Military History Club, where he meets up with his friends. Akane singles him out, informing him that Naimitsu overheard his conversation with Gottlieb. She volunteers to suffer the punishment Gottlieb assigned.
- Lloyd thanks Akane and promises to think it over.
- Lloyd speaks with Mashiro. He asks her to teach him to cook Nipponese food. Mashiro outfits Lloyd with a headband (with Sophie’s help) and teaches him how to make omurice, with as much flair and over-the-top shouting as possible to make it extra Nipponese.
- Cecil returns from Ritterburg, slamming down on the courtyard. He runs into Gabriel and the Storm Movers Club, who are setting up some stages and booths for the fundraiser for the school festival. Additionally, they’re putting up a “Vote for Parsifal” banner. Gabriel asks Cecil’s help with hanging the banner.
- Cecil, as he puts up the banner, bumps into Charlotte who is looking out a window. Charlotte says that Cecil ought not to care so much for people – she finds him very naïve. Cecil half-heartedly argues.
- Gabriel makes note that Charlotte and Cecil seem to know each other quite well – an interesting bit of gossip.
- Cecil asks where Evghenia is, so he can fire her as a postman. Gabriel tells him she’s walking from the Engineering club, without her boots as they are being calibrated.
- Cecil catches up with Evghenia but spots Tomoe and a gaggle of girls who are about to confront her. He lands between them. Tomoe and her friends are convinced Evghenia is involved with Lloyd, and are trying to teach her to stay away from the man of their dreams.
- Cecil takes Evghenia aside, warning her about Tomoe and firing her from her job in the post office. Evghenia takes it well, saying she knows she is no postman. If Cecil wants to teach her though, she’s game.
- Cecil learns that Evghenia has the same power as Mikhail, that of infusing inanimate objects with life. For this reason, she is the ideal pilot for dangerous inventions.
- Cecil turns to confront Tomoe and the girls, but they draw straws and select a girl named Linda to distract him. Linda puts on a few drops of PUSSYCAT GOLD.
- Linda suddenly becomes irresistible, an attractive charming girl of unparalleled beauty. Cecil stumbles over words trying to explain that Evghenia is in fact not trying to date Lloyd, but he succeeds eventually.
- Evghenia leaves unharmed, while Tomoe, Linda and friends leave to plan their next move to win Lloyd’s heart…
- Cecil jumps up to the infirmary to meet with Minami. Luckily, Ryder is attending some business in Ritterburg, and Mathilda doesn’t give a damn about the rules – so she lets Cecil in, despite how Minami isn’t supposed to have visitors.
- Minami is dressed in a beautiful fall yukata that Mashiro gave her, to help her remember Nipponia. She still can’t remember how to speak Teutonian.
- It turns out Minami can’t form new memories. She doesn’t remember either Ryder or Mashiro’s name. She only remembers Cecil. When she’s with him, however, it seems like her mind works and she can form memories of her own. Cecil speculates it might be due to the link that formed between them when Minami’s mind was destroyed.
- Minami thanks Cecil for being there when this horrible thing happened to her. She thinks Cecil is a really sweet and good person. She asks Cecil to maybe take her out on a walk, so she can see a little of the school and maybe remember it this time.
- Cecil gets an idea to split his Psitanium badge in half and share it with Minami, so that he can reach her instantly if anyone should invade her mind. He brings her along on a walk to the smithy. Mathilda says something about how it’s against the rules, but she doesn’t really care…
- Lloyd practices making omurice by flipping a water balloon in a frying pan. Mashiro needs to get changed for tennis, but she asks Lloyd to accompany her to the Tennis Club.
- While Lloyd waits, he speaks to Sophie. He tells her that it’s very nice of her to help out with everything. He tells her that she doesn’t have to stay on duty all the time, though.
- Lloyd says that he thinks a maid or a butler should feel like a part of the family, since they are such a big part of their master’s life. If Sophie wants to, she could be in the Military History Club and make friends with people, to get to know the rest of the family. Sophie is deeply touched.
- A grateful Sophie reluctantly agrees to try to relax and enjoy herself. She reminds Lloyd that she will come as soon as he calls, though.
- Lloyd and Mashiro go together to the Tennis Club to meet Hans. Both Hans and Mashiro are training extremely intensively, Hans with an army of tennis mooks and Mashiro with a garage door. It seems there’s some sort of brewing conflict between them.
- Hans speaks to Lloyd, revealing that s/he too will be attending the ball in honor of Gloria, Anita and Bartolomeus, the heroes of the Storm in Grimwald. Also, it seems, the Tennis Club might also be changing leaders… but by tradition, the leader is decided by a tennis match. This is why both Hans and Mashiro are training so hard.
- Lloyd goes to speak with Professor Gottlieb about which of his friends to assign punishment to. It’s an officer’s lesson.
- Gottlieb is reading an old dog-eared copy of the Codo Duello. He used to read it a lot in his youth but hasn’t touched it since the War.
- Lloyd says that he understands the reasoning behind the instruction to assign punishment to a friend – an officer must be prepared that his subordinates might suffer. All the same, Lloyd doesn’t feel he can assign a punishment to any of his friends. Instead, he says Gottlieb himself should bear the weight. He was after all responsible for bringing the students into the Storm, even if he had no way of knowing how bad it would turn out.
- Gottlieb laughs. “You’re right,” he says, “Life ain’t fair.” They resolve to call it even. Gottlieb says Lloyd has learned his lesson.
- Gottlieb warns Lloyd that Cecil isn’t feeling well. After what happened in Grimwald, he seems to be dealing with some PTSD. Gottlieb warns Lloyd that untreated mental issues was how he lost his friend Blakowitz.
- Lloyd promises to take care of Cecil, and heads for the smithy for his part-time job.
- Alfreda is very busy working, so Lloyd helps her and Magnus by cooking a hearty meal for them. They invite him to dinner, and they all enjoy nice food together.
- Cecil and Minami come by the smithy. Minami is very awestruck by the glittering metal and glowing embers. Naively, she tries to touch them – apparently having no recollection that fire is dangerous.
- Cecil stops her, and Minami instinctively reads Cecil’s mind, encountering his fear of fire. Minami suddenly becomes phobic of fire as well, and has to step outside, suddenly terrified of the coals in the forge.
- Cecil tells Lloyd his plan – to cut the Psitanium badge in half, creating two weaker badges that are strongly linked. By doing this, he should be able to monitor Minami from anywhere in the school.
- Unfortunately, the plan backfires as Lloyd botches. They boys are not well versed enough in the obscure Storm Metallurgy needed to master Psitanium, and as Lloyd splits the badge, both halves are left with dangerous flaws… Unfortunately, neither Cecil nor Lloyd is aware of it.
- Minami meets Linda and another girl outside. Cecil steps out to see to them. Linda asks why Minami is out and about – isn’t she very sick? Cecil says he is taking her for a walk but that he will be returning her now.
- Cecil and Minami return to the infirmary. Minami can remember the way back, apparently being able to form memories with Cecil around. She even remembers Ryder’s name.
- Cecil leaves Minami with one-half a badge, telling her to contact him if she notices anything even the least bit suspicious. Minami is very happy that Cecil is taking care of her, and says she’ll be here if he ever needs to talk. She’s noticed him feeling bad. She tells him good luck with dueling practice, as well.
- Cecil returns to Lloyd. They have a heart-to-heart conversation about Cecil’s depression. Cecil tells Lloyd about a girl named Cassandra, in Durmstrang, who died. Cecil killed the men who killed her. Now he says he has no heart, he feels no love. Nor fear, nor joy, nor sorrow. He is… hollow.
- Lloyd tries to cheer him up a little and makes some progress. Unfortunately, Cecil soon has to leave to attend dueling practice with Gottlieb and Gloria, as punishment for his behavior in Grimwald.
- Lloyd goes to speak with Professor Anderson. He wonders if Storms can really see the past and the future.
- Just before Lloyd enters Anderson’s office, he bumps into Reginald. Reginald has been forced to paint a portrait of Parsifal, and he hates it. He can’t make it work. He’s very frustrated that Parsifal is now even meddling with his painting, the only thing that brings him joy.
- Anderson explains that there’s a theory that Storms exist outside time and space – that there may in fact just be one Storm, that manifests in different times and places. The same Storm Beast seems to be able to turn up in Texicania and then 200 years later in the Rus plains. If this is true, it might be possible for messages to echo through them.
- Lloyd tells Anderson about the vision of his mother during the Storm. Could it really be her?
- Anderson says that near the Eye in a Storm, it might be possible to send a message through it… a message that could echo through space and time, and maybe find its true recipient years in the future, or even in the past.
- Lloyd draws strength from this, convinced that he saw a last message from his mother from before she died all those years ago in Crystal. He explains to Anderson that it’s what gave him strength to defeat the Eye of the Storm.
- Lloyd asks Anderson to borrow the key to the Danger Room. He needs to make sure he remembers how to defeat Storms, now that he’s done it once. Anderson trusts Lloyd to be responsible, but makes him promise to bring along a friend who can save him if it gets dangerous.
- Lloyd, deep in thought, heads for the Military History Club. He bumps into Mashiro who is just done with her super intense tennis training. Explaining that Anderson has given him permission to use the Danger Room, he asks if Mashiro would be willing to help. She nods determinedly.
- Lloyd and Mashiro unlock the Danger Room. The mysterious sphere of contained Storm Energy hovers at the center of it, capable of creating conditions like those in a true Storm.
- Mashiro mans the complicated controls of the Sphere. Lloyd tells her to turn up the power slowly. She nods, saying that she will give Lloyd as much power as he needs.
- Mashiro and Lloyd aren’t familiar with the complex equipment needed to control this much Storm Energy. When Anderson uses the Danger Room for teaching purposes, he only generates single instances – like a single Storm Beast or a dangerous rain. With Mashiro at the controls, the effects are incredibly random…
- Lloyd’s Storm Sensitivity alerts him that the machine is running. Soon, swirling droplets of water manifest in the room, turning into a vortex of water around Lloyd. It sucks the moisture out of everything nearby, cracking Lloyd and Mashiro’s lips and dehydrating them – but they both resist the dangerous effects. Lloyd shouts to Mashiro to turn up the power even higher.
- The water drained from Lloyd takes shape into minuscule Storm Beasts, made animate by the power of the Storm. In addition, the vortex swirls faster and faster until it comes to a dead stop – creating a mysterious maze of standing water, its surface so clear and smooth that it reflects everything perfectly. Lloyd still can’t sense enough Storm Energy to try and target the center of it.
- Mashiro turns the power up even higher – to the point of serious danger. The temperature in the room suddenly drops, the water freezing to ice in an instant. Lloyd and Mashiro’s clothes freeze solid around them, and only their own core of Storm power keeps them from turning into human popsicles.
- Lloyd can finally feel the core of the Storm. He reaches out towards the center of the room, stumbling in his crunching frozen clothes, and remembers his mother’s words. With a smile, he conquers the Storm.
- The temperature returns to normal. The power source is gone, the walls of ice inert blocks of frozen water rather than elemental terrors with a will of their own. Lloyd is finally certain that he has mastered the pinnacle of all Storm Powers – the ability to defeat the Storm.
- Mashiro is shivering, wounded by the sudden snap freeze but otherwise okay. Lloyd uses his Stormbending ability to make all the ice disappear, cleaning up the room, and wraps his cloak around Mashiro to keep her warm. Together, they head for the Military History Club. Mashiro needs a hot shower and Lloyd prepares to make a hot meal for her – and all his other friends.
- Cecil and Gloria show up to train with Professor Gottlieb. He wants them to learn proper dueling from the ground up – so lesson one is to draw their weapons according to protocol.
- Cecil and Gloria chafe a bit, but begin. They are both terrible at it. Gottlieb gets frustrated and storms out of the classroom, telling them to clean up everything as it’s the end of the day.
- Gloria has no idea how to clean. Cecil shows her a little, and she recalls cleaning stables with Lloyd and what she learned there. They fix everything up quickly, and then Gloria leaves to get ready for the ball tonight – it’s held in her honor, so she cannot be late.
- Gloria offhandedly mentions that she will be wearing the PUSSYCAT perfume. Everyone present will be wearing one of the two perfumes – Parsifal gave them as gifts to everyone attending.
- Cecil warns Gloria that the perfume is designed to leave those who breathe it vulnerable to manipulation. Both regular seduction, but also supernatural mind control, becomes significantly easier to do against someone who’s breathed in the alchemical perfumes.
- Cecil decides to warn his other friends about this. He uses his badge to send a mental message to Ryoko and Anita, who are getting ready for the ball. He also warns them that a mysterious mindbender is sneaking around Eisenkrone.
- Alarmingly, Cecil transmits more information than he intended to – he reveals to Anita that the mindbender is a Kushieda spy, in service to the evil Akatsuki ninja, eternal enemies of the Akiyama clan. Cecil suspects his badge may be faulty, but does nothing about it.
- Anita asks Cecil about countermeasures, so he informs her that Amanda sells special filters. She says she might procure some for herself and Ryoko.
- Deciding it’s time everyone learned the true powers of MANPANTHER and PUSSYCAT, Cecil calls a meeting with the Military History Club.
- The core members of the Club meet in the meeting hall. Cecil tells them what’s been going on – about the mysterious perfume, what it might do to people, and what that might mean with a Kushieda spy sneaking about. He doesn’t mention any names, however.
- Cecil accidentally broadcasts information to Rei. Rei learns about the Kushieda. Cecil takes off his badge, worried what’s gone wrong with it.
- Cecil tells those without powerful Mind Shields to leave the room. Then, he tells the whole story about how Naimitsu kidnapped and interrogated Minami, and how Cecil helped by reading her mind. This is how he learned of the plot against the Empress – that the Kushieda Clan is looking for her, and that Minami was an agent of the Akiyama, trying to stop it. He also explains how he’s responsible for Minami’s total amnesia.
- Mashiro frowns in disgust as Cecil explains how he helped kidnap and torture a first year student.
- Cecil warns everyone that if they detect any suspicious mindbending activity, they must contact him at once. This Kushieda spy is very dangerous.
- Lloyd asks about the perfumes. Cecil tells the truth – that they make people susceptible to mind control, as well as regular manipulation – including seduction.
- Lloyd is horrified! A dangerous drug that might make people do naughty things, maybe even against their will! Panicking, Lloyd says that they must do something quickly!
- Mashiro reminds Lloyd that it’s not so bad. Both she and Cecil have been exposed to the perfume, and it was quite easy to resist. It’s definitely bad, but there’s no reason to panic – it’s not like it takes away peoples’ free will entirely.
- (Cutscene) Meanwhile, in the head quarters of the Dueling Club, Parsifal stands wide-legged, shirtless and with his arms spread. Behind him is Teodor Zelenka in full alchemists’ gear, wearing a thick breather mask with goggles. He’s raising a small bottle of a mysterious substance.
- Parsifal asks Zelenka if all the precautions are necessary. Zelenka says yes – this bottle contains incredible amounts of power, the likes of which makes regular MANPANTHER seem like water. It’s the only bottle in existence of a terrifying weapon: MANPANTHER PLATINUM.
End of session