The Earl of Artuk has been summoned to a meeting and plans on grabbing a couple of rival nations on the way there. He sends Theo to take care of one and Milza the other, but before all that, it’s Margaret’s twenty-fifth birthday!
Villar Constance, the Earl of Artuk has a policy that he only contracts with mages until they reach twenty-five. It earned him a reputation for being a womanizer but this couldn’t be further from the truth. As it happens, it’s Margaret Odius’ twenty-fifth birthday and Villar has asked Siluca to prepare a party for her before she returns home. However, Margaret hoped to stay on longer.
Unfortunately, it would appear that Villar has some issues that stem from his mother and as such has somewhat of a fear of developing feelings for women.
Meanwhile, Milza Kooches decides to give Theo a lesson and is left disappointed in the way the lords of this land fight. He hopes that one-day Villar will obtain the Grancrest and he will serve as his fangs. Theo, however, is on a different path and that doesn’t seem to align with Milza.
Villar has been summoned to a meeting across the country and uses it as an opportunity to take some more nations under his banner. He’s got his army with him and David Lassic and his men too. Several of the lords jump at the chance to join Villar, but there are some that refuse and the King is one of them. Milza heads to a castle to take it alone.
What did you think?
This was a curious episode, but I liked it nonetheless. The pacing continues to be a bit hit and miss, especially when you consider how long it dedicated to a birthday party and a dance. Hopefully, this will come to have a little more relevance further down the line otherwise it might feel like it’s grabbed a bit of time that could have been better spent showing us more of the world. I will say that any time spent with Margaret is time well spent, so I can’t even get mad about it.
Things picked up again when we got to see more of Milza. His sparring with Theo was interesting and despite his words after the fight, I feel like he saw enough to concern him. The real highlight of the episode was when Milza went to a castle alone and seized it, defeating multiple enemies in a matter of seconds. It was bloody and brutal and I loved it.
What have you learnt?
Usually, I’m very clinical with my story development. I tend not to put anything in that doesn’t further the plot or develop the characters more. Little by little, I’m trying to break that down and allow myself to add elements that are simply there to entertain. I often have the same issue with subplots. It’s something that I’m working on and I feel like I need to give myself permission to do that. It is however a fine balancing act. If it takes too long it can detract from the story, but if it’s too short or not impressive enough it can leave you wondering why it was there. I’m still not convinced that the dance needed that much time though.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Contract
- Episode 2 – Ambition
- Episode 3 – Battle Flag
- Episode 4 – Decision
- Episode 5 – Forest of Eternal Darkness
- Episode 6 – March
- Episode 7 – The White Prince
- Episode 8 – The Congress Dances
- Episode 9 – The Black Princess
- Episode 10 – Blade of Betrayal
- Episode 11 – The Fall of Castle Unicorn
- Episode 12 – A Treaty Formed
- Episode 13 – To the Homeland
- Episode 14 – The Liberator of Sistina
- Episode 15 – Return
- Episode 16 – Outpost
- Episode 17 – Two Heroes
- Episode 18 – Leader
- Episode 19 – The Awakening of a Noble
- Episode 20 – Pitched Battle of the Three Forces
- Episode 21 – Purge
- Episode 22 – The Holy Grail
- Episode 23 – Castle Walls
- Episode 24 – Grancrest