Outside the castle, Karl witnesses Alicia and Cordelia being tied up and taken away on a cart. He rushes to tell Jaeger, and around the same time, Selvaria finds the ragnite crystal that Alicia dropped. Welkin meanwhile returns to Faldio with his sister and Lamar in tow, and when Faldio sees that Alicia isn’t with them, he realizes that something is up. He thus run to where Jaeger and Selvaria are and, after seeing the ragnite, accuses them of doing something to Alicia. Jaeger, however, explains what Karl saw and claims that the Empire wouldn’t have done this because it wouldn’t want the Federation stepping in to protect Gallia. Jaeger instead suspects that there’s someone who wants power so much that he would sell Gallia to the Federation, and Alicia got kidnapped with Cordelia because something unexpected happened. Given all this, Welkin decides to propose that they help each other, much to Faldio’s dismay. If they work together in a mutualistic relationship, Welkin and company would get Cordelia and Alicia back, and Jaeger and the Empire would prevent Gallia from becoming part of the Federation.
Jaeger agrees to help, and so he, Karl, and Selvaria set out in their car. He explains to Selvaria that part of the reason he’s doing this is because he wants to see what kind of man Welkin is and if he’s worth fighting. By now, Alicia and Cordelia have been transferred to the back of a truck, and both of them have regained consciousness. Alicia had earlier overheard their captors talking about taking them to a Federation border town, and she knows that they have to escape. She’s confident that her friends will come save them, but to Alicia’s surprise, Cordelia doesn’t care what happens to herself. Shortly thereafter, Faldio and Lamar catch up with the truck on their motorcycle, and Alicia helps them out by kicking a blanket into the face of the kidnapper who was going to fire at them with his gun. Faldio uses this chance to jump onto the side of the truck and throws one of the kidnappers out, but he’s barely able to dodge a bullet fired by the driver of the truck. Fortunately, Welkin and Isara then catch up on the Edelweiss, and Welkin tries to get Alicia and Cordelia to jump onto the tank.
Cordelia, however, refuses to go because she feels that nothing will change if she’s gone since von Borg can handle things. This causes Alicia to try to talk some sense into her, and she points out that not everyone is able to be born and live however they like. She questions if Cordelia has ever actually seriously tried to do something, and these words have a visible effect on Cordelia. However, before they can jump, the kidnapper that Faldio threw out of the truck’s front cab climbs onto the back and takes Alicia hostage. Welkin responds by drawing his own gun, and despite Faldio yelling that he might hit Alicia, Welkin fires and hits the kidnapper. This gives Cordelia the chance to jump onto the tank, and she lands in Welkin’s arms. Faldio meanwhile takes control of the truck, and he’s barely able to stop it before it drives over a cliff. In the aftermath, everyone is reunited, and they return to the castle. Along the way, Welkin calls up Jaeger and Selvaria who had managed to take care of some of the kidnapper’s accomplices, and they part on good terms.
Cordelia is back on her throne by morning, with von Borg at her side, and she’s decided not to make what happened public so as not to raise the anxiety of the people. She still needs von Borg, but she tells Welkin to tell Alicia that she might not be here now without Alicia’s words. On the way out of the castle, Faldio asks Welkin why he fired his gun after Alicia had been taken hostage. Welkin admits that he didn’t think that anything would happen to her and had assumed that she’d be okay. He then gives Faldio back the piece of ragnite crystal that Selvaria had returned earlier, and he’s grateful because it was what helped them realize that Alicia was gone. This causes Faldio to comment on how Welkin’s words sometimes sound arrogant, and he asks what Welkin would do if he said that he liked Alicia. This surprises Welkin, and he has no immediate answer for Faldio.
Well that was a pretty good conclusion to the two-parter, and they even managed to end on something of a cliffhanger on the relationship side of things (more on that in a moment). The Cordelia stuff was a little too angsty for me, but at least she’s changing. Now if only von Borg can get his just deserts. It was also nice seeing Jaeger and Selvaria working together with Welkin, though I don’t really think that they actually did all that much in the end (despite this shot, we didn’t even get to see Selvaria in action). Welkin could have probably gotten by without their help – he and Faldio were doing all the work anyway. Still, the fact that they did successfully work together here opens up the possibility of them joining the same side in the future, though that’s probably my wishful thinking again because I like Jaeger’s character so much.
As for what happened a the end of the episode, I’m happy because it bodes well for moving Welkin and Alicia’s relationship forward. I still don’t really consider Faldio to be a threat, and whatever he does will most likely lead to Welkin and Alicia getting closer. In fact, if anything, Faldio’s the perfect candidate to die because he fits the role of the mentor or big brother character, though I have no idea if that’ll actually happen. In any case, I hope Welkin is able to take the initiative to go after Alicia, or vice-versa like she did a couple of episodes ago.
Next week appears to start a new mini-arc with that Darcsens character who’s in the OP. I thought he was supposed to be a good guy, but in the preview he’s pulling up Rosie’s skirt and looks like he’s about to rape her.