Snort Count: 7-ish
The siblings read the Durai Report and the true history of the Lion War is laid bare. Ramza Beoulve, the princes Larg and Goltana, the rise of the Lucavi, the truth behind the holy stones and the fate of many powerful people are all revealed.
Annalise is entranced by the mention of an Graveyard of Airships, the broken technology of the Ancient Civilization. Narcissa sees opportunities for power grabs if she were to divulge certain information. Germaine, on the other hand, sees that the truth of the war was kept quiet by the church, yet another reason why they need to be humbled. He thinks that the Rebellion does not need to see the book, for they would throw the country into Civil War.
The debate begins on to tell Angus or not. With Mustadio still missing and his history revealed, it is even more important to find him now than ever. However, Ilyena Gebara being infatuated with Angus, and that they suspect she is Alma Beoulve makes thing more complicated. If their assumption is true, then Alma’s brother, Ramza Beoulve the Zodiac Heretic, would have other plans. Reading about his exploits and revealing his identity would be troublesome at best.
The first argument is between Annalise and Narcissa. Annalise wants to find Mustadio and Angus before speaking with Pavel and Narcissa wants to ask Pavel to help find Angus and Mustadio. Seeing as she has not been at court as long as Narcissa, Annalise is quickly argued down. They agree to only ask Pavel about Mustadio, but not to ask for his help nor reveal that they ‘know’ his identity. Next, Germaine and Narcissa argue concerning if they should tell Pavel that they know who he really is with Germaine saying no and Narcissa thinking they should. Narcissa wins and they agree on waiting to tell Pavel until after they find Mustadio.
Narcissa’s funding to repair Angus’ damaged armor goes through without complaint.
The siblings head from Golgollada Gallows to Warjilis Trade City to find and speak with Pavel Gebara. Arriving in the evening, they find that Pavel’s shop is closed. Annalise asks about Mustadio and Angus since she is known of in Warjilis, but to no avail. However, Germaine asks around and hears of someone similar to Angus’ description, though without armor and apparently almost caught stating his titles. He was eating and asking about people in the area. The siblings head to the tavern, which happens to be full of carousing people, mostly dock and warehouse workers.
Annalise doesn’t see anything out of the ordinary but Germaine, the flaming catamite that he is, starts making advances on various men, leading him to a card game where he recognizes Angus disguised, playing cards with the other men at the table. He asks for Angus to meet back at the villa, under the guise of a flirtatious gesture and leaves, dancing his way out the door.
On the outside, Germaine makes a sexual advance at a man standing outside with no success. Annalise is tired, pregnant and upset and drags him back to the Villa. The siblings await Angus’ return to catch him up on the revelation contained within The Durai Report. Annalise goes to sleep, tired from a long day of travel.
Three hours pass and Angus arrives to Narcissa answering the door. Angus’ face is bruised, unshaven and his arm is bandaged and in a sling. He demands for Annalise to be awoken and he promptly verbally assaults Narcissa for her ‘legal council’. He explains that after he was freed, he was cornered by Holy Knights who threaten him and then attack. He defended himself, ending up with two of the Templar dying from their wounds. Inquisitors, including Adrian Callaghan, who accuse him of murder and attempted to take him into custody. He hired a lawyer and was proven innocent based on lack of testimony.
Angus announces his resignation from the Templar. He suspects that Adrian will come for him, attempting to bring him to Orbonne Monastery where he would be tortured and eventually killed. Narcissa mentions that his ‘lover’ Ilyena is Alma Beoulve as Germaine sets the Duari Report on Angus’ lap. He is confused, but congratulates Narcissa and Annalise on their weddings.
Angus reads The Durai Report and is a bit pale.
Narcissa sees that Angus’ armor is damaged, again, and attempts to pay to have it fixed but cannot collect the personal funds to do so. He questions the assumption that Ilyena is Alma, though he is not convinced. They discuss making copies and distributing the Durai Report to the public. Angus brings up Mordacai Kaminski dying at her wedding and Narcissa denies it. With some prodding from her siblings she reveals that she has a lover, though this is not enough to sate Angus’ curiosity and he argues with Narcissa. The argument concludes with no one winning and Angus going to sleep.
In the morning, Narcissa is strangely ill, much to her dismay. Angus dresses his wounded arm and the go to visit Pavel Gebara. They ask him about Mustadio’s whereabouts but to no avail; he has not seen him. They reveal to Pavel the encounter Angus had with Adrian Callaghan and his eyes open in surprise and Narcissa says “Demons do exist”. Narcissa tries to leave but Angus stops her. Pavel demands she turn around and then belittles her comment. Pavel demands all of them leave in an angry show of a lack of belief in the faith.
Angus begins walking toward the church alone, though Annalise and Narcissa follow with Germaine casting Chameleon to hide Angus from view. Narcissa fumes as they approach the church with Angus going inside. With terrible plans to put in order, Narcissa starts to “leave” for “Lionel Castle” to “talk” to “her sister”. Annalise sees through this, threatens Narcissa with death if she tells Christina anything and goes to alert Angus, who is speaking with Ilyena Gebara.
Narcissa goes to hire a bodyguard from A&M Corps but fails to generate the funds and then heads back to the family Villa to collect her things, steals some of Annalise’s clothing and leaves Warjilis.
Angus hears of Narcissa’s leaving and races back to the Villa with Germaine while Annalise walks Ilyena back to her home.
Angus kicks in the door to the Villa and Narcissa exits out of a window and rushes to the stables. She dashes to the stables but encounters Germaine out the front door. He threatens to kill her if she tells anyone and Angus’ roar spurns her to flee. Mounting her horse bareback she gallops off as Germaine yells to Angus and gets horses out of the stable.
A chase ensues, with Angus rushing ahead and cutting off Narcissa with Germaine neck and neck. Narcissa tries to pull ahead while Germaine tires to shoot White Fire to scare the horse into stopping. Narcissa’s horse stops in it’s tracks at Angus’ horse rearing up, hooves flailing. Germaine’s spell fails, harms him, makes him pass out and fall from his horse to the speeding ground below. Narcissa dismounts and checks on Germaine.
Angus grabs her by the hand and demands, quietly, that she come back with him and Germaine to the Villa. She refuses and he leans in close to her face, terrifying her with his dark tone and a promise to strangle her in public should she even think to threaten Ilyena. Angus grabs Germaine and walks the horses back with a shell-shocked Narcissa in toe.
Angus stables the horses, tells Narcissa to wait in the common room. He places Germaine in his room and returns, grabs a chair and places it directly in front of her. She sits with her head hung low and he speaks quietly, clearly and with white-hot anger.
“Look at me in the eyes when I speak to you. I asked her something in the church and she was honest and straight forward with me. If you do what I think you’re going to, if you tell anyone about this and put her in danger, I will not hesitate to kill you and any of our siblings. You realize that I will kill our entire family to save her. Is this absolutely clear? Do you understand the situation you are in with the knowledge you have about her? I hope we don’t have to have this conversation again.”
He gets up and goes into Germaine’s room not long before Annalise and Ilyena arrive. Annalise asks Ilyena about Mustadio but to no avail, she knows nothing more than Pavel did. Casual conversation is had and Iylena checks on Annalise’s unborn child. Narcissa asks, hypothetically, if there are ways to get rid of an unwanted child, but finds nothing out from the nurse.
Annalise goes to check on Angus, finding him fuming over his brother’s sleeping body. They discuss Narcissa’s ambitions and the dangerous knowledge she now possesses having read The Durai Report. He informs Annalise that should Narcissa go too far, he will not hesitate to do what is needed to keep Ilyena safe. Expressing that Narcissa’s power-hungry nature will get the better of her eventually, he lets Annalise know not to get in his way when that day comes.
Narcissa tells Ilyena, quite bluntly, that Angus loves her and she is met with Ilyena blushing and looking quite intently at her shoes. She apologizes for something vague from her ignorance of Angus’ feelings. Annalise walks in and welcomes Ilyena to see Angus, which she does and puts her arms around his neck, standing behind him. Annalise closes the door and sits down with Narcissa. They discuss Narcissa’s decision to leave and despite her promises that she would not have done anything had she known Angus loved Ilyena, Annalise is not convinced.
Annalise goes to check on Angus while Narcissa stumbles into the kitchen, hoping to cook something at Annalise’s insistence. Against all odds, Narcissa manages to make oatmeal and informs all in the house of her rousing cooking success. Upon Ilyena’s request, Annalise leaves the two alone with an unconscious Germaine.
Germaine awakens to Ilyena sleeping on Angus’ shoulder. Angus locks eyes with Germaine he explains what happened during his unconsciousness. The rest of the day is spent recovering until Angus calls all the siblings to the common room and asks once again: where do they go from here? Mustadio’s location remains a topic of high importance. Germaine wishes to speak with Nikolas. Narcissa wishes to determine Maximilian’s fate from the duel with Gregorios Larg.
Ilyena reveals that she is indeed Alma Beoulve by mentioning her time at Orbonne with the then Princess Oveilia. They discuss why the stones call forth the Lucavi and that a person must have the corresponding stone to their own Zodiac sign. The siblings remember the tunnel where Zalera was fought in their adolescent home. Narcissa sends a letter to Lucias to determine the fate of their half brother, Maximilian while Ilyena leaves with Angus.
Three days later they arrive in Limberry Castle (via boat) and inquire to see Lucias. He informs them of troubling dreams. Things he is seeing that do not bode well for the province and announces that Richter Goltana has stopped export of steel. Edmund has also apparently sent more troops to ferret out Narcissa and it is rumored he has hired Bounty Hunters to bring her in. Max is hurt, not dead, but still wounded badly from his duel with Gregorios Larg. He will be brought up on charges of assault once brought to the capital to heal and then be tried. Lucias won’t allow Angus to be taken in by Adrian, he states that Adrian is a “power-hungry zealot”.
Narcissa offers her skills to defend Max in court and the siblings. Lucias states that he heard that Mustadio was in the Capital, pressing charges of theft against the Church. That they are stealing shipments of his goods. With this, the Kendericks head to the Capital.
Waiting at the Kenderick villa are Nikolas Metaxas, Mustadio Bunanza and Alexander Metaxas. Nikolas demands that Germaine break off his marriage to Natsumi. However, Germaine points out the advantages to being associated with a noble house, and points out to him that Lucias didn’t say they had to break off what they have. Nikolas is upset but understands the position and leaves in a huff.
Mustadio states that he was spying on his shipments and plans to bring forth the evidence to the King. She drags him off to speak about her new-found knowledge. Meanwhile, Narcissa runs off to plot with Alexander. After returning from her talk with Alexander, Narcissa and Germaine converse quietly, where she reveals that she did indeed plan the death of Mordacai Kaminski…