Season 3 episode 47 notes
- Lloyd checks up on Mashiro and Ryoko after the Storm Monkeys scatter. They’re wounded and deep inside the forest, but alive. Lloyd lends Mashiro his cloak, to cover up the acid burn along her arm.
- Mashiro begins to bind Ryoko’s wounds, and asks Lloyd to keep a lookout.
- Lloyd notices the monkeys are still watching them closely, ready to pounce at the first sign of weakness. He thinks about what he knows of the monkeys and realizes that André has been eating bananas that must have come from here – they grow nowhere else, being the result of the failed Gardening Club experiment. Therefore, André must have interacted with the monkeys before. Knowing this, Lloyd repeats Andrés chants, which curiously send the monkeys into a musical frenzy.
- Lloyd begins to dance and chant to distract the excited monkeys, while Mashiro finishes treating Ryoko and the two of them sneak away – bringing some of the shell of the defeated Storm Beast, as it’s nearly indestructible and might be valuable.
- After Lloyd exits the stage, leaving the monkeys caught up in a musical party of their own, he catches up with the girls. Mashiro’s leg is injured, and she suddenly remembers that there’s a deadline of 24 hours – they have to hurry back! Lloyd offers to carry Mashiro, and she reluctantly agrees.
- Lloyd sets off carrying both Mashiro and bits of carapace, despite being injured. Ryoko moves ahead to keep a lookout. They hurry through the forest, back towards Eisenkrone…
- Cecil gathers a few Military History Club members to make a plan for how to locate Lloyd. They resolve to combine the abilities of André and Snowy to locate him. Regrettably, Snowy is still missing since Juan let him out this morning.
- Cecil gets in telepathic touch with Ryu. He’s been seized by Captain Holstein for letting Snowy run free, and the nitpicky Holstein refuses to let him search for Snowy until protocol has been dealt with and Ryu has been disciplined by the teachers.
- Sophie, however, has located Snowy. He’s found Parsifal, and is threatening him. Hurriedly, Cecil tries to think of someone besides Ryu or Lloyd that might calm down the dangerous winter wolf. He decides on Reginald, and goes out in search of him with Andrés help.
- Reginald is finishing up his special Weapon Mastery training with Professor von Zweibrücken. She is annoyed at Cecil turning up but says she’s busy anyway – she’s preparing the next challenge for the Hunters, assuming Lloyd and his team are still alive, of course.
- Reginald agrees to help Cecil, and they head for Parsifal’s location. Reginald lets slip that Victoria gave him a tip for the next challenge, probably meant for the Dueling Club but Reginald sees no reason not to share. The teams will have to find a volunteer from their club, for something dangerous…
- Reginald and Cecil arrive just as Anna does. She leaps out of a window, straight from special training with Ivan Honecker, dressed in her training clothes – little more than underwear. She’s ready to tackle the beast to the ground, but Cecil jumps in the way. Anna slams Cecil down into the ground, and Snowy – mistaking it for a fun game – hops onto the pile.
- Reginald calms Snowy down. Parsifal is about to encourage Anna to give Cecil a good thrashing as revenge for the incident on the bridge yesterday. Reginald objects. Parsifal tries to tell Reginald to leave, but Reginald insists on staying – he’s the one keeping Snowy in check after all.
- Parsifal, afraid of the winter wolf, tells Anna to back off. He and Anna return to their business, and Cecil escapes thrashing-free.
- While Reginald returns Snowy to the military history club, Cecil goes to find Ryu. Holstein has apparently delivered him straight to the Principal, who is standing near the stables gazing out into the Forest… waiting.
- Professor Ryder is with him. Ryder insists that they should just give up and send a rescue team already – Lloyd and his team have been out there overnight and are probably in a great deal of trouble. The Principal instructs him to hold…
- Cecil remarks that Lloyd wouldn’t want his friends to worry. Just then, Lloyd emerges from the woods, carrying Mashiro! With half an hour to spare on a 24-hour deadline, they return from the forest.
- Ryder insists on seeing to their injuries. First, however, Mashiro scolds Lloyd for diving down in the cave to get the other fish. Lloyd explains to everyone that he thought it would be a shame to separate the fish, as they mate for life – and also, with two of them, the school can breed a stable population. Since the task was to get the fish back in the most useful way possible, he interpreted it this way.
- Mashiro is still upset that he scared them, and says she cares a lot about him and was worried. Nevertheless, at least she understands now.
- Ryder is overjoyed to have both a male and a female fish. He had hoped to be able to breed a population, but to already have a bonded pair is a huge boon. He awards Lloyd’s team 50 points for their efforts. Then he orders them to go to the infirmary promptly, as they are badly injured.
- Professor Anderson arrives. He and Principal von Krakow exchange a few words and a look; it seems the Principal is testing Lloyd on something other than just hunting. For now, however, they leave. Anderson uses telekinesis to help transport Cecil to the infirmary as well, so he can speak with his friends. They all meet with Rei, who is still waiting on Mikhail to wake up.
- As Ryder takes Mashiro into treatment over her acid-burned arm and injured leg, Lloyd frets about Cecil’s stone leg. His elemental senses are tingling, and he feels as if he could help Cecil with it. They get behind some screens.
- Speaking of Cecil’s hard, heavy member and how he would like to help relieve him, Lloyd asks if he could touch it and maybe massage it. Rei, overhearing the conversation, is very confused.
- Lloyd summons up his Sturmmeister abilities and manages to reverse the petrification, restoring Cecil’s leg to full use. The process is nearly perfect, but very painful – Cecil feels as if his leg is being flayed, before the stone turns into sand, and then into flesh and skin.
- Professor Ryder, hearing Cecil cry out in pain, bursts in. He’s both impressed and upset at once – reversing Storm transformations is an advanced technique, that Lloyd hasn’t even been introduced to yet. He scolds Lloyd angrily for trying it out untrained – he could have crippled Cecil for life if he’d made a mistake! Nevertheless, it’s a useful talent, but he warns Lloyd to train more before he tries it on a person again.
- Ryder takes Ryoko in for treatment, as the rest of the Military History Club arrives. Lloyd recants the tale of their adventure to them all, ending it just before they entered the underground caverns. At this point, Ryder calls him in for medical treatment, and Cecil and Akane both realize they have to hurry back to the Martial Arts Tournament, as they are scheduled to fight each other.
- Professor Ryder, as he takes Lloyd into the treatment room, laments the Martial Arts Tournament, and the wedge it’s driving between the Dueling Club and everyone else. It’s turned the school into a battleground. Lloyd agrees. He then heads down to watch Cecil fight, because even if he doesn’t support the event, he supports his friends.
- Cecil and Akane face off down at the arena, getting ready before the fight. Cecil finds Marissa in his corner, who says she will cheer him on with a crazy slasher smile. Cecil is somewhat disturbed by this. Marissa heads up on the bleachers, and takes a seat among the Military History Club, loudly announcing to Lloyd, Mashiro and the others that she’s going on a date with Cecil later.
- The fight begins. Marissa shouts both boos at Akane and advice to Cecil. Cecil, disoriented by Marissa’s jeers, begins to hold back – but Akane slaps him over the head, telling him to focus. Back in the game, Cecil fights Akane at full strength. They both wear each other out almost completely, before Cecil lands a winning blow.
- Marissa woops and cheers, and calls Akane a loser. Then she heads down to congratulate Cecil, who is dour and seems to find it a hollow victory. He goes to get changed.
- Marissa casually follows Cecil into the changing room, interrupting his conversation with Louis. She’s impatient about their date.
- Marissa says that she has a fight of her own, before they can head out. It’s against Jacob. She casually enters the arena.
- Jacob asks if she too has faced off against a Storm. She confirms that she has, and for a moment, Jacob is happy to meet someone else who has shared the horrible experience. Then the fight begins.
- Jacob tries to connect to Marissa’s mind to stun her with his psychic bolt – but he’s overwhelmed with terror. Something is very wrong with her mind. Marissa summons up her own fearsome Storm Power and hits Jacob with a lightning bolt, knocking him out.
- Marissa cheerfully explains to Cecil about her powers of electromagnetism, and asks him if he’s ready to go. Cecil can only consent, having promised this.
- Lloyd, after watching the fight, goes to have his first meal since the meagre breakfast he shared with Ryoko and Mashiro in the cave. As he’s eating, Shigeru enters, menacingly heading for Mashiro and speaking to her in Nipponese. He dismisses Lloyd, saying only “Hattori will deal with you.”
- Shigeru appears furious and asks to speak with Mashiro in private. She agrees, reluctantly, and leaves.
- Ryoko explains what happened – he wants her out of the Hunt, but she refused to comply.
- Just then, Hattori and Naimitsu appear out of thin air. Naimitsu has just narrowly stopped Hattori from putting a sack over Lloyd’s head and dragging him away.
- Hattori apologizes. He was asked to “forcefully persuade” Lloyd, and could not disobey his master. Lloyd says they can speak openly, in private if Hattori prefers. As a sign of trust, he lets Naimitsu and Ryoko leave. Hattori awkwardly sits down on a chair, explaining the situation.
- Lloyd says that he will not be bullied or intimidated into betraying Mashiro. Her brother does not own her. He asks Hattori if there is any way around this. Slowly, with use of his patience and listening skills, he gets the whole story behind Hattori’s involvement, and why he’s so blindly loyal to Shigeru.
- Long ago, Hattori swore an oath to Shigeru’s grandfather. He was to serve the family as a bodyguard, but only for a short time – until he could train a worthy replacement. But Shigeru’s grandfather tricked him, and made the tests of worthiness impossibly hard. All of Hattori’s apprentices died during their final exam. All except one: Naimitsu. Hattori had high hopes for her, but then she met her husband and became pregnant with Ryoko. Unable to bear risking her unborn child’s life as well, Hattori told her to leave before the final test. He hasn’t taken another apprentice since.
- Lloyd asks if this oath is still in effect. Hattori confirms that it is so; he never owed the Kyoka’s his own service, he only owed them an apprentice. It is only because he’s lacking one that he’s forced to serve himself. He’s been retired a long while now, but Shigeru called upon the old contract, and he couldn’t refuse.
- Lloyd volunteers to become Hattori’s new apprentice. Thus exploiting a loophole in the contract, he would be the one guarding Mashiro, with Hattori’s only responsibility being to train him. He doesn’t think he could pass the final exam – but he trusts Hattori to end the apprenticeship before then, like he did with Naimitsu.
- Hattori consents to this, but warns Lloyd that the training will be brutal, and that Shigeru has a right to impose tests of worthiness even before the final trial. Lloyd says that he understands the risks, but is willing to do this. Hattori nods – and vanishes into thin air.
- Lloyd goes to speak with Naimitsu about this.
- On the way to meet Naimitsu, Lloyd bumps into Mikhail. He’s better after his head injury, but has no recollection of what happened. He’s sure it was no big deal though, and is remarkably flippant of Rei watching over him all night. Mikhail is mostly upset over the new school newspaper, which he thinks is too biased.
- Lloyd reads the newspaper and finds that it’s more nuanced than before, but heavily edited and censored by Parsifal to make his Protection Squad come off in a good light. Nevertheless, Dieter von Bülow, the new editor, apparently has enough integrity to question how much power it should have.
- Lloyd meets Naimitsu, Rei, and Ryoko. Rei and Ryoko have recently been fired from their jobs guarding Mashiro; Shigeru had planned to appoint Hattori directly with Juan as an intermediate.
- Lloyd tells Naimitsu what has happened, and how Shigeru no longer has the authority to appoint Hattori willy-nilly. He also tells Naimitsu the story about Hattori’s oath – but he leaves out the part about all previous apprentices being killed during their final exam. Nevertheless, Naimitsu is overwhelmed with emotion at learning that she is the reason why Hattori is still in bondage to House Kyoka.
- Naimitsu promises to help Lloyd prepare for the trials and tribulations. She instructs him to meet her at the gate outside the school as soon as night falls.
- Now that Cecil is away, and the matter with Hattori is settled, Lloyd gathers the Military History Club in the clubroom. He has a matter concerning Cecil to discuss, a most serious business: His upcoming surprise birthday party!
- Lloyd, Luke, André, and the rest of the club begin to prepare frenetically. Even Mashiro participates, somewhat upset from her conversation with Shigeru but apparently resolved to no longer let him push her around, even if that means Hattori might directly intervene. She doesn’t yet know about Lloyd’s deal…
- Cecil, meanwhile, is persuaded by Marissa that they should head down to Ritterburg, without permission. She wants to check out the seedy bars, something she never dared to do before her expedition to Elsinore, and her mind-twisting encounter with a Storm.
- She and Cecil head there through the Forest, without permission and through dangerous terrain. Nothing happens, however, until Captain Holstein rides by, on his way back from Eisenkrone. Marissa suggests messing with him, and raises an electromagnetism-charged hand… but Cecil stops her, persuading her that they should spare the fun until they’re in Ritterburg.
- Marissa and Cecil arrive in the town. Marissa suggests Octobergirl, the strip club, but Cecil takes her to the Rose and Dagger. While it’s a famously seedy, rowdy bar, Lloyd’s influence there has made it a lot nicer lately. Cecil counts on this to stay out of trouble.
- Cecil and Marissa get a table near the bar – Cecil is underage, but since he’s friends with the bartender Murdo, he isn’t asked any questions. Marissa spots Juan and decides to pretend to be his jilted lover, to screw with him and create some drama. Unfortunately for her, Juan leaves pretty quickly.
- Cecil orders chocolate milk and tries to keep Marissa calm, but she rapidly gets bored with how peaceful the place has become. So she insults Hook-Hand Larry, the reformed criminal, and blames it on Cecil. Then she flings sugar cubes at Terry the Fist, and tries to start a bar brawl between the two men.
- Cecil tries to step between Larry and Terry to calm the situation down. Unfortunately, Terry punches Cecil in the process and Marissa sees her excuse to get involved in the fight. “Don’t punch my boyfriend!” she screams, and attacks Terry with terrifying force. Desperate to stop the situation from escalating, Cecil leaps in the way, and is knocked out.
- Cecil awakes in a strange room, very badly bruised, stripped to his underwear and with his trousers hung to dry after being washed of blood. It seems to be some kind of ramshackle hospital. The hostess is a stripper from the Octobergirl; her stage name is Inga. She explains that since the criminal boss Wilhelm Wessler’s power extended, many conventional hospitals aren’t safe for his enemies. She found Cecil knocked out outside the Rose and Dagger, and assumed he must be an enemy of Wessler, so she took him here.
- Inga tells Cecil that she has some training at being a nurse, but for the moment supports herself by stripping, faking being Scandian – hence the name. She set up this hospital for those poor street rats who refuse to bow to Wessler. Terry the Fist works for him, that’s why she assumed Cecil was his enemy.
- Cecil gets up and gets dressed, despite his cracked ribs. He says he intends to go straight to the guard station. He explains that he’s an Eisenkrone student, and Inga is appropriately terrified; she doesn’t dare to oppose a Storm Knight, even a badly wounded one. So instead of forcing him to stay, she begs him not to reveal the location of the hospital to the guards – she’s fairly sure Wessler has a man on the inside, and he’s looking for this place. It’s one of the few sanctuaries for his enemies. She also tells him Hook-Hand Larry is in big trouble if he’s in prison – Wessler is out to get him.
- Cecil promises he won’t tell, and heads out into the slums, limping. He retrieves his psitanium badge from behind the Rose and Dagger; apparently Marissa tore his school uniform blazer off him, to keep anyone from identifying him as a student.
- After finally reaching the guard station, it’s already night. Bernard, on night watch, lets him inside to speak with Holstein. Holstein is furious with Marissa, who started a huge ruckus at the Rose and Dagger and then escaped, apparently mooning the guards in the process. However, he can’t arrest Cecil for anything, nor can he help locating Marissa – she slipped out of his grasp.
- Cecil uses his knowledge of Teutonian law to argue for Hook-Hand Larry’s release, and succeeds.
- Holstein tries to persuade Cecil to stay in Commander Kreutz’s quarters for the night – it’s dangerous for an injured teenager to go out alone, even if he is a Storm Knight in training. Cecil refuses, and since there’s no law about going out alone, the always literal Holstein lets him leave.
- Cecil limps into the Forbidden Forest, headed for Eisenkrone, at night with severe injuries. Unfortunately, the Storm Beast Hunt has agitated the creatures of the woods, and Cecil is attacked by a burrowing Hervi-Boar. He barely has time to send a telepathic cry for help before the creature knocks over a tree and pins him to the ground.
- Lloyd meets Naimitsu at the gate. She tells him tonight’s lesson will skip ahead to how the body identifies danger – a crucial lesson if he’s to train with Hattori. She asks him to feel his blood and his breath, and extend his awareness. Then she slaps him, and after that brings a knife to his face.
- Naimitsu asks Lloyd to compare his body’s reaction to a painful or dangerous attack, compared to a soft, gentle touch. She demonstrates both. Lloyd curiously finds that his heart races in both cases… but it feels very different.
- Naimitsu then asks him to extend this sense of blood and breath, using his mastery of air and water. She asks him to scare her. Lloyd tries to stab himself with the knife, noticing fear races inside Naimitsu.
- Naimitsu says that for now they will train only the two of them, but she says that once Lloyd’s instincts are fully trained, he will be able to sense fear in the smallest animal – which could be a crucial clue to an enemy’s approach. Ninja often spot their enemies by how they agitate the birds.
- Just then, Naimitsu perks up. Lloyd hears a faint telepathic cry for help. Cecil is in trouble, not far from here.
- Lloyd and Naimitsu rush to rescue Cecil. They quickly dispatch the Storm Beast, and carry Cecil’s limp, unconscious body back to Professor Ryder and the infirmary. What was he doing in the forest at night – and where is Marissa?