Marrine made her first steps towards war by attacking Lord Murado. He had asked Villar to aid him, but Villar refused to go against Alexis’s decision to press for peace. Displeased with Villar, Milza goes to watch the battle.
Villar told Lord Murado that he should submit to the Alliance if he wanted to survive. After the event of the Union meeting, it would look like Villar was having a temper tantrum if he were to do anything after Alexis had decided that they would pursue peace with the Alliance. Marrine, however, had no intentions of allowing that and attacked Murado.
However, the location of Murado’s castle and the presence of Milza, who had lost interest in Villar after his weak display at the meeting and since. He was like a demon, carving up the Waldren Knights. After a war council, Marrine’s mage suggested that they create a miasma using chaos energy that would engulf the castle. With the soldiers incapacitated, they would easily win.
It went against the Lord’s code, but Marrine cared not. She is willing to do anything to win the war and unit the crests. While the battle goes on, she has her maidens approach Milza to arrange a meeting. He agrees, but she is to come alone.
She met with him and was surprised to see that he intended to become her sword, switching sides. He was worried about her love for Alexis, and although she told him it was no more, he needed something to cement the deal. She must sleep with him! Marrine agreed but told him that he would not have her beyond that one time.
Meanwhile, Theo took Siluca on a mission to gather troops. It started to rain heavily and they were stranded in an old hollowed-out tree. That was where Theo attempted to tell Siluca how he felt for her, although she needed to hear it clearly. He told her he loved her and they kissed.
What did you think?
The episode started off showing us how much of pinch Villar now finds himself in. He said it in the last episode and it’s come to be. He couldn’t lead a war against Marrine, who is his family, and had to sit back and allow Alexis to pursue peace. That meant he couldn’t take up arms for fear of looking like a spoilt child. That was the final thing to drive Milza away. He is only interested in strength. We’ve seen that with how he views Theo and their different approaches to conflict.
Marrine has shown just how far she’s willing to go to ensure that she wins the war, even submitting to Milza for one night. However, I’ve read some comments on this episode and everyone is pilling on Marrine for her actions and why she didn’t just marry Alexis to unit the crests. Well, it would appear that most have missed the point where she feared for his life after what happened to their fathers. That’s why she walked away from him at the wedding, that’s why she will never agree to peace. It would mean his death and probably hers too.
What have you learnt?
This was very much an episode of two halves. The first culminated in the kiss. Siluca and Theo have been moving closer and closer together for a long time now and this seemed like a natural progression, however, the situation seemed a little contrived. It was nice but too obvious.
Now, Marrine is walking down a path where she finding that she has to keep making decisions that she probably doesn’t want to, but sees it as the ultimate way to achieve her goals. It was a dark and disturbing moment and completely flipped what would have been all about Theo and Siluca’s kiss. That now seems like a distant memory. It’s certainly about to make everything a whole worse for a lot of people.
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