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Lloyd’s Arc

• Lloyd, surprised by having to take care of a political prisoner and not Alice as he was expecting, instructs his friends to begin to make camp.
• Mashiro sets up the tent while Ryoko keeps watch from a tree. Lloyd talks to Amanda to try to make sure she’s happy. Amanda is upset for lack of a weapon to defend herself with, but Lloyd assures her he’ll take care of her. Also, by the rules of the challenge, she is technically a prisoner.
• Lloyd goes to gather firewood and water while his friends make the beddings for the night. As he does so, he surveys the area and learns of the nearby swamp, as well as the stirring wood spiders over by their web of vines. He makes note that there are briar-scorpions with them, as well.
• Lloyd asks Amanda if she has all the necessary toiletries for the night. Amanda lights up and orders everything from lipstick to eye shadow from the well stocked pack. She retreats into her tent and begins applying her alchemical arts.
• As the group prepares for bed, Mashiro takes first watch from a tree while Ryoko gets what rest she can. Lloyd, aware that the agitated Wood Spiders are drawing nearer, begins to tell a goodnight story to Amanda to keep her distracted.
• Lloyd tells the story of a farmer looking for his cow: “Where’s my cow?”
• Soon, Lloyd senses the wood spiders and bramble scorpions approaching. Without interrupting his story, he wakes Ryoko and alerts Mashiro. Soon, the spiders appear in the treeline – huge, wooden beasts on legs made from tree branches and with webs of vines. With them are two briar-scorpions, scorpions woven from thick thorn bushes with deadly stingers.
• Lloyd uses his mastery of Air to throw his voice, continuing to tell Amanda the story about the cow while he fights the terrifying beasts. As Mashiro leaps into the treetops to fight the spiders, and Ryoko uses her shoge chain to whip away vine-webs, Lloyd heats his sword in the campfire and fashions a shield out of a rock and the vine-web of one of the spiders.
• Lloyd leaps at a spider, cutting it open. He lands between the scorpions, and an intense battle begins – during which he never stops telling the story, using the controlled breathing he learned from Naimitsu to keep his voice steady.
• Soon the beasts are defeated. None of the three are injured. Mashiro retreats to bed while Ryoko takes up the watch again. Lloyd gets a few hours of unsteady sleep.
• Lloyd is awoken by Ryoko, who asks him to take the last watch, as she can’t see in the dark before dawn. Lloyd expands his elemental senses to feel the forest around him, and notices it’s going to rain heavily.
• Using his Sturmmeister power, Lloyd delays the rain long enough to move Mashiro and Ryoko in under an improvised shelter. He also makes sure the tent is well isolated enough to keep Amanda from getting wet. As for himself, Lloyd sits in the falling rain, meditating.
• Deep in meditation, Lloyd expands his awareness and feels the forest around him. He notices that the heavy rain is tearing down the wood-spider web of vines, keeping them busy for some time. He also senses stirring in the swamp of strange water- and earth-based monsters that seem to bask in the rain, drinking it and sating themselves. He also notices some strange Storm-infused metal on the road to Frankfurt.
• As dawn arrives, Ryoko and Mashiro gently wake up. Over a simple breakfast, they discuss. Ryoko uses the Junior Adventurer’s Handbook to deduce the monsters Lloyd sensed must be muck piles, or swamp things as they are also known. They are docile during rain weather, but also grow stronger from it and will likely turn aggressive as soon as the rain stops.
• The team decides to move out early, before the rain ceases. They wake Amanda up. Amanda’s hands are stained blue from her alchemical experiments and the last blue flare is gone.
• Amanda heads into the woods, accompanied by Ryoko to “attend to private matters”. When she returns, Ryoko notices she’s trying to smuggle a few suspicious items into her dress.
• Amanda has created a few smokebombs, stinkbombs and regular bombs out of make-up and hygiene products, which she reluctantly admits after Lloyd looks into it. She doesn’t like the idea of being helpless. Lloyd understands this and lets her keep them; they could be useful in case the swamp things come after them.
• As the rain begins to lighten, they pack up the last of the supplies and move on, heading north back to Eisenkrone. Lloyd once more extends his elemental senses, to make sure they are safe.
• Suddenly, Lloyd notices a strong disturbance. He looks up and spots Evghenia in a treetop – she looks worried, looking around. Lloyd focuses and senses the earth where she jumped off. He notices the presence of three people – the Engineering Team – but not their hostage, Tomoe.
• Sensing further, he finds Tomoe moving alongside the shoreline of the swamp, fleeing blindly – away from Eisenkrone.
• Worried, Lloyd points out Evghenia’s presence in the tree. Amanda agrees that it’s strange, but not that it necessarily means Tomoe is missing. Lloyd can’t openly admit that he knows this to be true thanks to his Sturmmeister power – but Mashiro steps in, claiming that her Angel senses are tingling and that someone is in trouble. She trusts that Lloyd is right when he says that trouble is afoot.
• Lloyd argues that Mashiro and Ryoko should escort Amanda back to Eisenkrone, while he runs off to help the Engineers. Amanda protests – that’s her sister out there, and she’s not going to just leave.
• Lloyd reminds her that she’s still a prisoner. Hearing this, Amanda decides to switch teams – she defects to the Military History Club team if it means saving her sister.
• There’s no time to waste arguing. The four run towards Evghenia, and Amanda alerts her by throwing a flare bomb into the treetops. Evghenia jumps down and Lloyd tells her where Tomoe is.
• Meeting Clara and Agnes, the other two Engineers, they find that they’re covered in rotting filth. Wasting no time they team up and head for Tomoe, cornering her. Tomoe explains that she ran away after the Engineers willfully attacked a Storm Beast. Clara explains that they needed its rotten insides for scientific experiments.
• Just as Clara turns around to demand Amanda’s release, now that their own prisoner is safe, the rain ceases. The two team captains, Clara and Lloyd, agree that it must be their priority to get out of here before the muck piles begin to move. All eight of them hurry back towards Eisenkrone.
• Lloyd senses the muck piles, agitated, rolling out through the vegetation behind them. They’re fully sated with water, and take up the chase.
• The old iron fence comes up ahead. It’s covered in wood spiders, repairing their webbing. Clara stops and unfolds her Swiss Army Knife-style weapon – it looks like they’re not going to get out without a fight.

Cecil’s Arc

• Cecil talks to Daisuke, clarifying and explaining that he wants to protect his friends by any means necessary. Daisuke, learning that Cecil is doing this not out of romantic love, begins to hesitate. Cecil pushes him further.
• Daisuke, visibly shaken, warns him that his methods of torture and precise pain inflictions are no mercy, even if they inflict less lasting damage. Cecil says that he isn’t concerned with pain. He’s ready to do anything.
• Daisuke demonstrates a whipping kick on Cecil and paralyzes him with crippling pain for several minutes, leaving him helpless on the floor. He calmly explains that while his methods leave no lasting physical damage, it can leave deep mental scars. This is not a kindness.
• Cecil, as he recovers, keeps insisting that Eisenkrone is such a dangerous, unsafe place that he is willing to inflict even such horrible pain on his enemies, to keep his friends safe. Daisuke is stressed, growing visibly ill, even nauseous at the Cecils insistence. Finally, Cecil utters the phrase “I must do anything it takes to protect my friends.”
• The words seem to trigger a flashback in Professor Daisuke. His normally charming manners disappear, and he turns robotic and ice cold. Cecil accidentally reads his mind, and a memory flashes by.
• Cecil sees a much younger Daisuke, bearing a different name, hearing almost those exact words from Shingen Tokugawa: “I must do anything it takes to protect my family.”
• The young Daisuke prepares his torture instruments as Shingen explains his task: To torture a member of Clan Kushieda, and learn from him the location of Terra Kushieda, her husband, and their two young children… Cecil gasps at hearing his mother’s name.
• Shingen explains that they must kill every last member of Clan Kushieda, to protect his family’s interests. Daisuke obliges, explaining that he will do his best to crush the subject’s will.
• The flashback ends, but Daisuke has reverted entirely to his old personality.

  • Cecil asks Daisuke whether he was the one responsible for his parents’ death. Daisuke affirms, but that there was no lasting damage to the torture victim – he used exactly the techniques Cecil wants to learn.
  • Cecil, too shocked to handle the information right now, asks Daisuke to begin his training. Daisuke, without a shred of empathy, instructs Cecil in the art of breaking an enemy’s will through pain and humiliation.
    • Cecil eventually asks him to stop. They have classes tomorrow, and need to sleep. Daisuke, suddenly reminded that he is a teacher at Eisenkrone, snaps back to his normal personality. He’s horrified and overwhelmed with post-traumatic stress. Staggering away, sickened to his very soul, he leaves Cecil in the torture room.
    • Cecil heads to speak with Professor Anderson. He’s angry and upset, having learned that Professor Daisuke is the reason for his parents’ death.
    • Anderson is busy telepathically counseling the wrecked Daisuke, but meets Cecil outside his office a few minutes later. “You knew about this!” Cecil accuses.
    • Anderson explains that he did know about Daisuke’s past, but that Daisuke spent a lifetime repenting for it, seeking out a new life in Teutonia and leaving his past as a torturer behind. Cecil is nevertheless angry – how could Anderson shelter such a monster?
    • Anderson is angry right back. Pushing Daisuke like this, forcing him to relive past trauma and reading his mind was extremely irresponsible.
    • Anderson reveals that the only reason he took Cecil in was because he recognized how dangerous a Kushieda is. Knowing Cecil’s heritage, he was afraid of what he might do if left to his own devices. He’s just confirmed how powerful and dangerous he is if unchecked – strong mental barriers keep Daisuke from remembering his past, yet Cecil was able to find the truth anyway.
    • Cecil is overwhelmed with rage at learning that the only man he ever trusted only took him in out of fear.
    • Anderson apologizes for treating him like a science experiment. He was only trying to help. But he understands his anger, and invites him to strike him.
    • Cecil takes out his anger and rage, punching Anderson in the face. Anderson says it’s good he’s finally learning to deal with his grief and sadness, even if it is through violence. He can’t keep bottling up his feelings.
    • Cecil breaks down crying. Anderson hugs him, apologizing and admitting that while this may all have started as a way to restrain a dangerous mindbender, he’s truly come to think of Cecil as his son.
    • The camera pans away as Cecil continues to cry…
    ~
    • The following day, Cecil wakes up feeling better. He’s finally accepted that his parents are gone, but that he has a new family now – at Eisenkrone.
    • Cecil heads down to eat breakfast with his friends. He meets Luke, and together they decide to look into the mysterious Diamond Fist, trying to lend the masked avenger a hand as they’re being under investigation by Dieter von Bülow. They do some research and conclude it’s probably the Princess in disguise.
    • Cecil goes to speak with the Princess. On the way, he meets Reginald, who is sketching on some costumes for Parsifal’s elite Protection Squad team – a League of some sort – featuring among others Gloria and Reginald himself. Their task is to look into crimes against Parsifal – especially the identity of the Blue Oni.
    • Reginald reveals to Cecil that he’s already pretty sure Lloyd is the Blue Oni. But since he owes both Lloyd and Cecil a favor, he will do his best to mislead the League.
    • Cecil goes to speak with the Princess, bumping into Marissa while he waits to be let in. Marissa schedules another date with him, this one in the clock tower after his next fight.
    • Cecil and Princess Sophia Charlotte speak in private. Cecil warns her that the Diamond Fist is under investigation. She says something cryptic about “sometimes you must lie to truly be yourself”, and that the Diamond Fist is trying to send a message, namely that who you are born as shouldn’t matter as much as your deeds. She promises to forward Cecil’s warning to the Diamond Fist.
    • Cecil heads out to go prepare for his fight with Juan in the Martial Arts tournament. He gets a warning from Akane not to fall for Juan’s traps – Juan always goads his enemies into overexerting themselves. Cecil says he will try to be careful.
    • The fight takes place in the Eisenkrone ballroom, a suitable place for Juan and his flamboyant fighting style.
    • Professor Daisuke oversees the fight, still visibly hurt from yesterday, and worried to see Cecil. The fight begins.
    • Cecil and Juan begin their fight elegantly, like a dance. Cecil tries to read Juan’s mind to find his position. Unfortunately, Juan distracts him by thinking of Mashiro, Nina and various of Cecil’s friends wearing sexy swimsuits. He fails to keep Cecil from reading his mind, but he does succeed in making him extremely angry. Juan, of course, knew that taunting Cecil would work.
    • An angry Cecil uses more and more powerful moves, damaging the floor in the ballroom. Juan dances out of the way, wearing Cecil out little by little until Cecil lands a powerful blow, knocking him backwards. With Juan stunned, Cecil sees his chance and leaps…
    • …but Juan dances out of the way at the last moment, leaving Cecil exhausted. He’s defeated with a flying kick.
    • Juan admits that while he may have won, Cecil was a Worthy Opponent, and he congratulates him on the excellent dancing.
    • Cecil, nevertheless frustrated, makes his way to Professor Ryder for some rest and recovery, before his date with Marissa…

END OF SESSION

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