Welkin finds out from Varrot that Squad 7’s next mission is to destroy an enemy base at Mulberry shore. This is a dangerous mission because there’s no cover on the beach, and it’s defended by enemy positions up on the cliffs. These are orders from Damon, and coincidentally, Irene shows Welkin photos of Damon meeting with von Borg. Given what happened previously, Irene is very suspicious and warns Welkin to be careful. Faldio also comes to Welkin with top secret military documents that mention a mysterious blue light phenomenon that’s doing damage to their forces on the Northern front. When Welkin later briefs his squad on the mission, one of the main complaints is that it’ll be during the Feast of All Spirits, so Welkin apologizes and takes responsibility. This doesn’t sit well with Alicia, and Rosie goes on to blame Welkin and his medal. The others defend Welkin and get pumped up about the battle, and afterward, Isara actually thanks Rosie and insists that no one is allowed to die.
The squad sets out and sets up camp near the battlefield, but for the time being, everyone’s thoughts are on presents for the Feast of All Spirits. Alicia is still conflicted over Welkin, and she accidentally burns her hands when baking bread. Faldio comes to help her, but after he dips her hands in water, she claims that she’s a really fast healer and runs off. Alicia ends up seeing Isara working on something, and after Isara tells her what it is, Alicia feels bad about her own self-centered thoughts. When Isara asks what Alicia thinks of Welkin, Alicia calls him a good leader, so Isara talks about how Welkin has to work hard at it and about how he’s been at a bit of a loss since their father died. Isara mainly doesn’t want Alicia to hate him. The next day, everyone hands out their respective presents, and Faldio ends up giving Alicia the ragnite piece again. Welkin sees this but doesn’t do anything about it and instead concentrates on the upcoming battle. He’s given a pleasant surprise when Isara shows him the smokescreen shells she’s been working on, and he’s able to devise an attack strategy with them.
Later that night, Rosie sees Isara working on the Edelweiss and turns to leave, but Isara stops her and gives her a present: a good luck charm in the form of a doll. Rosie reluctantly accepts it, and the following day, that doll saves her life. She drops it in the middle of the fighting, and in reaching to pick it up, an enemy bullet that was aimed for her head ends up only grazing her arm. Welkin leads the rest of the attack personally and leaves Isara and the injured Rosie behind with the tank. The assault ends up being a success, and the remaining Imperials retreat. While the fighting is winding down, Rosie tells Isara that the fact that she got off with a relatively minor injury is thanks to the doll. Unbeknownst to them, an enemy soldier is still nearby and manages to fire his rifle at them. The bullet hits Isara in the chest, and she collapses in front of a shocked Rosie.
Okay, I definitely didn’t see that plot twist coming, though I probably should have suspected something big was going to happen after seeing so many people refer to this part of the game in ominous ways. Isara dying – and I’m assuming she’s dead given the next episode preview – serves once again as a reminder of the cruelties of war and is probably the final straw in getting Rosie to accept Darcsens (geez, how many people had to die for that to happen). She’s not, however, a character that I cared too much about and this wasn’t a particularly emotional scene – a friend told me that the game version was much more touching – so my own reaction was limited to the initial surprise that they actually killed someone off. Her death does make for a great cliffhanger though, and I’m glad that the second ED is a slow song because the first one just wouldn’t have been appropriate in this situation.
With what the next episode preview shows, it’s pretty clear how Rosie’s going to react, but I wonder how Welkin and Lamar will feel. Hopefully it means Lamar will disappear altogether, but my fear is that this will also drive Welkin further into his powerless funk (it is noteworthy though that he finally showed some leadership this episode), and it’s going to be that much harder for him and Alicia to reconcile unless Faldio dies or something. On the other hand, maybe Alicia consoles him, and that draws them closer together. Either way, it looks like next week will cover the fallout from Isara’s death. What I’m more interested in though is the mysterious blue phenomenon that Faldio and Welkin were talking about, and it likely means that overpowered Selvaria is right around the corner.