Was the wait worth it? Certainly up for debate, but hard denying Plunderer is holding back now. From the happy go lucky to murder, death, and destruction; it was the full meal deal, even if the likelihood of some outcomes (*looks at the supposedly dead Jail*) are less likely than others. We’ve got a million and one oddities in need of some explanation, but never fear, the infodumps are definitely near.
Considering where we were even only a week ago it’s slightly jarring seeing where Plunderer is leading this ship. Helicopters, ATGMs, and autocannons are only topped by the appearance of guns, bloodthirsty unknowns, and one new cutie pie in Sonohara who you just know is going to be a handful. A yandere-esque, romance competing handful. Besides that frankly awesome half-cyborg look going on, Sonohara is our second actual Ace, confirming (to no one’s surprise) that Licht is also an Ace and more importantly the main Ace; you don’t possess a mark one eyeball or get called senpai for being a loyal third wheel. Who she and her companions represent, what she’s after, and why she heralds from the Abyss are of course the big things lacking for the moment, but I expect we’ll get an answer on all of that shortly. After all, that 32000 (!!) Count is just begging for some discussion.
Also in need of some further information is Licht, because hot damn the mystery just tripled in size. Legitimate ranking colonel, bloodthirsty past, and a guaranteed actual name in Rihiko: we got more on our resident voyeur’s backstory in 10 minutes than we have over the previous eight weeks, and that’s before touching on Licht’s real reason for gallivanting around the countryside. At this point it’s wholly unclear what is meant by plundering, but considering the nature of the Abyss/Althing and how our new enemies of the moment sprang forth from it, it’s not too difficult deducing what the concept might mean. Expect Counts and Ballots and the reason for their existence to start seeing a lot of attention, because without a doubt they’re going to be the thing driving everyone to do what they’re doing.
It might be unclear just where Plunderer is going with all of this, but you can bet the result will prove surprising.
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