Episode 13: To the Homeland
Record of Grancrest War Episode 13: The Liberator Returns and a Lukewarm Reception
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 13, “To the Homeland,” Theo Cornaro, Siluca Meletes and their party arrive in Sistina to find a less warm reception than they had hoped. Pederico Rossini and his sons have trapped the islanders in a powerful web of greed, deceit, and despair. What can Theo and company hope to do against such an entrenched way of life — when even his childhood friend turns against him?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 14, The Liberator of Sistina, the fall of Salvador Rossini in the last episode has shown the people that it’s not a death sentence to follow Theo Cornaro, Siluca Meletes and their party. The Rossini dad sends his hot-headed son Dorni to put down the uprising, but only after forcing him to listen to the prudent council of his other remaining son, Juzel. The Rossini know that if they can’t kill Theo now, he’ll be unstoppable. Yana (Jana?), the witch, also wants in on the action and targets not only the werewolf twins (Ema and Luna) but Siluca as well. Will the savagery of the Rossini family and the witch prevail, or will Theo and Siluca teach them something about leadership and loyalty?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 15, “Return,” the Mage Academy convicts Yana/Jana of summoning the demon lord who killed the Alliance and Union leaders back in episode 1. But even after the way Yana took control of her own execution, Siluca Meletes didn’t seem convinced of the witch’s guilt. Mirza Kooches’s mage convinces him that he hasn’t been brutal enough to the population, so he gets more violent. Shockingly, that doesn’t go as well as he hopes. Finally, Theo Cornaro (now an Earl) stands before the Lords who signed the Treaty of Altirk and convinces them that it’s time to go after Mirza — and that he will personally fight and kill the tyrant. Will the Lords accept his suggestion, or will they continue to spurn his leadership — unofficial or otherwise?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 16, “Outpost,” Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes lure Mirza Kooches into the Forest of Eternal Darkness, and things seem to be going their way. Then, the unthinkable happens: Mirza listens to his mage’s advice! Meanwhile, Ulrica pushes her assault on Edokia Kalaha’s Haman, who had been able to buy peace — until their coffers ran dry. Edokia’s mage, Laura Hardley, suggests a strategy that lays everything on the line. Will the Queen embrace such a naked ploy? And if she does, will it be enough to stop the vicious Ulrica?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 17, “Two Heroes,” Mirza Kooches decides to go on the offensive despite the urging of his mage. Is Mirza really in a rush to protect Marrine Kreische and her forces? Can it really be possible he’s thinking of someone other than himself? The forces of Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes whittle down Mirza’s army using sound tactics. Can Mirza get himself through not only Siluca’s magical onslaught, but the attacks of Aishela, Luna, Ema, and Irvin as well? Can even their amount of fire power stop the red-crested butcher?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 18, “Leader,” Theo Cornaro finally ascends to the head of the Altirk Treaty and takes possession of Castle Unicorn. He should be on cloud nine, so why does he seem so bummed during the reception? And what’s with his late-night meeting with Siluca Meletes? Later, Theo and Siluca confront Priscilla about the Church’s intentions for the Crests — and why the same Church may be targeting her! Finally, Theo and Siluca go undercover to visit the despondent Alexis Douse. What they tell him literally turns his world around.
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 19, “The Awakening of a Noble,” Alexis Douse advances his army against the traitor Lord Dawson, who immediately begs his new Lord, Marrine Kreische, for reinforcements. Can you guess her answer? Later, Sea King Erik, the leader of the Norse, infuriated that the “moppet” Alexis would dare challenge him, sails into battle. Will his berserker Crest prevail? Or will Alexis’ unorthodox naval tactics turn the tide?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 20, “Pitched Battle of the Three Forces,” Marrine Kreische’s forces march against those of Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes. Can our heroes hold out until reinforcements under Alexis Douse arrive? Even if they do, will they be able to follow Theo’s plan to reunite Marrine and Alexis, when Marrine’s so vehemently opposed to it? And that’s not even mentioning the Mage Academy’s plans…
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 21, “Purge,” the Mage Academy prepares for battle with Emperor Theo Cornaro and his chief strategist, Siluca Meletes, by killing all of the mages who are loyal to their Lords instead of to the Mage Academy. How many mages will stand with Theo, Siluca, and the other Lords allied to them? And who’s the traitor in their midst — someone so close that even Siluca didn’t suspect them?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 22, “The Holy Grail,” Emperor Theo Cornaro and his chief strategist, Siluca Meletes, learn that the Pope has declared them heretics and had enlisted many of the elderly and children to stand against his imperial army. Unwilling to slaughter innocents, Theo demands his advisors come up with another approach, and Priscilla offers one: she will meet with the pope to convince him to stand down. Theo reluctantly agrees. Was the timing of the pope’s moves a coincidence, or is there a connection to Pandora? Can even the holy Priscilla, accompanied by Siluca, Irvin, and Aishela, sway the pope and his guard? Or will this papal audience be fatal for our heroes?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 23, “Castle Walls,” Emperor Theo Cornaro, Siluca Meletes, and the Lords under his command begin their assault on Eramu. But there’s a slight problem: the Mage Academy has unleashed an ancient beast on them — a beast barely quelled in centuries past. What chance does David Lassic and his mage, Moreno Dortous, stand against such a beast? And even if they can defeat it, can Theo, Siluca, and their special force refuse a compelling invitation, knowing that the loss of Theo means the loss of the war?
Record of Grancrest War Episode 24 Review: A Presumptuous Guardianship and the Foundation for the Future
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 24, “Grancrest,” Dimitri has trapped Theo Cornaro, Siluca Meletes and their special forces in a confined space with dozens of his shadow clones. How will they defeat an enemy they can’t even touch — much less make it back to the main battle at Eramu? Meanwhile, the Mage Academy has been hiding a shocking truth about the foundation of their organization — and the use of Chaos through the ages. But it might not matter if Theo and company can’t get past Dimitri!
If you’re sure you’ve watched episode 24…
So I’m happily watching the last episode of this series, and I’m enjoying myself quite a bit. The first time through, as Theoand Siluca watched Pandora’s warning unfold like something out of the original Star Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever, I was entertained. But as I re-watched it to write my review, I noticed something odd — there were images that I thought I recognized in Pandora’s stream. Then I realized that, “Holy crap, those are images…”
Well, let’s walk through it, okay?