Season 3 episode 37 notes
- Lloyd and Cecil emerge from Politics class, to go to lunch. Lloyd has an eating contest to attend, while Cecil will spectate it from the sidelines. Cecil and Rei decide to delay telekinesis training until this afternoon.
- Lloyd, backed up by most of the Military History Club, heads into the Grand Ballroom. A large amount of chefs is assembled, led by the dark, dusty assassin-chef of the Black Swan. Lloyd finds out that his competition is a large amount of big, burly men… and Aurora von Pappenheim.
- Lloyd treats Aurora as the hostess, since she’s the only girl. This gives him bonus points with the judges – this eating contest is about eating quickly, eating a lot, and above all, being polite and keeping decorum. It is a very different kind of eating contest.
- The entrée is served: A live langoustine lobster. Aurora kills hers in a swift blow and eats it with grace. Lloyd waits for her to begin, before he does likewise. Most other contestants are attacked by theirs or make a mess.
- A few other dishes are served, including swallow’s eggs still in the nest, as well as pig trotters in jelly. Eventually, the assassin-chef steps forth with the grand challenge of the evening: Hákarl, the rotten, poisonous shark dish from Scandia.
- Lloyd glances towards Nina, remembering her godawful cooking and how important it is to be thankful for a meal, even if it’s horrid. He and Aurora speak briefly of this, how it brings back memories. Aurora and Lloyd think of Dorfstadt, before they raise their glasses in a toast, and begin to eat.
- Lloyd finishes slightly before Aurora. He uses the head start to wolf down dessert (kladdkaka with lots of whipped cream) and the wafer-thin mint finishing the meal… before he gets up to help Aurora from her chair.
- The nice gesture to the hostess wins Lloyd the contest, on style points from the judges. Pleased, and stuffed with all kinds of weird food, he leaves the table – idly asking when it’s time for dinner.
- Mashiro congratulates Lloyd on his victory, as his acting coach. It’s soon time for Special Training. Lloyd asks Mashiro which teacher became her private tutor – she reveals it’s Professor Schröder, and for the first time she learns of his powers to channel long-dead warriors.
- Cecil and Lloyd head out for Special Training with their respective teachers. As they walk out onto the schoolyard, they see Professor Schröder, this time channeling an ancient Goth, waiting for Mashiro.
- Just as Cecil is about to head for Ritterburg, Hildegard comes riding through the gate. She’s here on official business, and asks Cecil to wait – she has to deal with work first. Hildegard then rides up to Lloyd and asks him if he knows where to find Violet.
- Lloyd summons Violet, and Hildegard takes her into a private room for interrogation. Cecil told her Violet would know more about the assassin, Heidi Kraus…
- Cecil wants to oversee the conversation, but just as he’s about to join them, the post bugle calls out. Cecil hurries off to fetch express mail.
- The letter is addressed to Cecil Darashia, and says to meet in the Bestiary, near where the Iron Bull is. It’s signed “a friend”. Just as he’s about to leave, Wilhelmina turns up – she had promised to take care of letters during class, after all.
- Cecil decides to bring Wilhelmina to meet this mysterious stranger.
- Cecil enters a dark room, the portcullis slamming down behind him. Heidi Kraus steps out into the light, dressed as a servant.
- Heidi tells her story, though whether truthfully or not Cecil doesn’t know. She grew up in Durmstrang, was rescued by the von Blankhausens and later on started working for House Richthofen. She claims they ordered her to kill the Kaiser, and when she didn’t, she had to flee. She stole precious jewels in the process, which has allowed her to live well but also given the Richthofens a convenient excuse to hunt her down.
- Heidi and Cecil bond over growing up on the streets. Cecil promises Heidi not to interfere with her work at Eisenkrone, so long as she doesn’t kill anyone. Heidi says she’s not an assassin any longer – just a thief, and a blackmailer. She already has dirt on Hildegard, just in case, and is looking for an angle on Shigeru…
- Cecil and Heidi part ways. Cecil asks Wilhelmina to please keep these secrets. As his maid, she is sworn to carry his burdens.
- Lloyd meets Professor Gottlieb. Gottlieb is reading up on dueling, for Gloria and Cecil’s forced dueling training later. He tells Lloyd about how, in Scandia, it’s common to read poetry about one’s opponent before killing them, praising them as worthy opponents. They may be barbarians up there, but at least they respect killing.
- Lloyd recounts his impression of Cecil’s lance, and what kind of weapon it is. Gottlieb seems pleased with Lloyd’s development in studying weapons, and permits him to move on to the next step.
- Gottlieb and Lloyd lock eyes. Gottlieb holds up a dagger, and tells Lloyd to visualize disarming him. As master and student use their Judge Opponent techniques to perfectly read one another, a spiritual battle breaks out in their minds…
- Gottlieb, purposefully holding back, lets Lloyd disarm him. He draws a sword, but is disarmed again.
- The professor runs for a new weapon. Lloyd sees the intentional clumsy movement in his mind’s eye. “Trip me!” Gottlieb commands.
- Lloyd fails to trip up Gottlieb, and a devastating punch is directed at him. He summons up a shield of earth. “Bash me!” the professor cries, and Lloyd batters him back – once – twice…
- “An opening! Kill me!” Gottlieb shouts. Lloyd breaks eye contact. The spirit battle comes to an end. Neither combatant has moved.
- Similar training continues – Lloyd imagining attacks, visualizing his opponent’s counter, entire battles playing out in his mind, Gottlieb masterfully countering.
- As the training ends, Lloyd asks Gottlieb why he has to learn how to kill. Gottlieb explains that only when you know how to kill, can you be sure to never do it accidentally. If you can visualize the kill clearly in your mind, you also know how to avoid it.
- Lloyd leaves, contemplating Gottlieb’s teachings…
END OF SESSION.