After Damon assigns the militia to check out enemy activity in the Barious Desert, Squads 1 and 7 set up camp there. While looking for Faldio one night, Lamar gets frustrated by how unseriously he thinks everyone is taking their situation as soldiers. Alicia and Isara eventually help him find Faldio and Welkin right as the two are discussing the cause of the Darcsen Calamity, but Lamar still complains to Faldio about Squad 7’s lack of self-awareness as soldiers. Lamar even points out that Squad 7 has a Darcsen in it, referring to Isara, but Welkin uses this to drive the discussion toward everyone’s opinion on the Darcsen Calamity that happened in this area 2000 years ago. Faldio claims that there are signs nearby of a town burnt down by the Darcsen and that the Valkyrur defeated them, but Welkin and Isara feel that the Darcsen wouldn’t have done it on their own free will, and Isara points out that the Darcsen themselves left no records of it.
Faldio and Welkin continue their debate into the next day, and Lamar becomes frustrated at how Faldio himself has changed because of Squad 7. Nevertheless, the two commanders take him, Isara, and Alicia with them to go do some fieldwork, however the car breaks down part of the way there. Isara stays behind to fix it, and although Lamar initially continues on by foot with the other three, he soon turns back because he’s worried about her. Faldio, Welkin, and Alicia eventually reach their goal: a large Valkyrur structure in the desert whose inside walls are covered with writing describing what happened in the past. Part of the mystery that Faldio is interested in is who the Valkyrur were and what happened to them. What the three don’t realize is that Maximilian and Selvaria are there as well in another part of the structure looking for the location of a holy lance, and Selvaria is able to open a door by using her blood. The rumbling caused by this in turn causes Alicia to stumble forward through a door that opens for her, and Faldio is amazed to see that there’s more to the place.
Upon reading some of the writing on the walls inside, Faldio realizes something, but he doesn’t tell Welkin or Alicia what. The three are then interrupted by the appearance of Selvaria and Maximilian.
So the Faldio hug from last week‘s preview turned out to be somewhat misleading. I guess there won’t be much romantic conflict there after all. More importantly though, all the talk this episode about the Valkyrur and the Darcsen made me curious what Faldio realized but didn’t tell anyone. I assume it means that things didn’t happen the way that history (as Faldio cited) suggested it did. Speaking of which, even though this episode wasn’t the most exciting, I was glad to see that we’re getting some more back-story on the series. It makes the story feel a little more epic, for lack of a better word. What I didn’t like, not surprisingly, was annoying Lamar and all the pouting and complaining he did. I really wish he’d just get killed off and not be paired up with Isara as they seem to be doing.
It also bothered me a little that Maximilian was able to walk freely with just Selvaria as his guard. Wouldn’t Imperial intelligence have told him that there were Gallia forces nearby? It’d be kind of bad if he got captured, though I guess it could mean that he has that much confidence in Selvaria’s abilities. I’m still hoping we get to see her in action soon. Oh and one more thing: I found it odd that they changed the OP ever so slightly this week. There’s now a few more seconds worth of focus on Alicia and Welkin instead of the dandelions, and the song now finishes with a bit more flourish from HIMEKA. Those are rather insignificant changes, so I wonder why they bothered.