Well if last week can be considered 86’s march through the valley of darkness I think this one commences the rise towards the apex. Of calamity. For all the stillness of action and reminiscing on times had and potential times to come (death flags stir in the background) there was quite a bit of foreshadowing regarding where matters head from here. A wicked monster this way comes, and it won’t be easily defeated.
Given the relative calm this week the only real noticeable tidbit was Frederica revealing just what happened in her past, which I’m pretty sure everyone more or less guessed by now. Besides triply confirming her royal status and position as veritable figurehead to the true power in her advisors and acting regency, she also verified that Ernst was – as expected – less than scrupulous in his own origins. The guy was one of the Federacy’s initial rebels, one out to put a stop to what the Empire had begun and one whose position likely entitled him to leading the post-civil war government. Of course it doesn’t explain why he would let Frederica live, but then again it doesn’t take much to guess why. Frederica at the time was little more than a child with no say over the actions of her forebearers and no ability to correct their mistakes. Ernst likely believed she should not suffer the sins of the father, albeit in a somewhat selfish way. Keeping her alive is his way of showing how the Federacy will be better than the Empire, and how one can redeem for the mistakes of the past. After all, the Federacy may be morally better than the Empire, but as Raiden notes everyone has their share of skeletons in the closet.
Speaking of Spearhead, rest assured it won’t be long before their days of relative peace come to an end. Not much of a spoiler for example to know Giad’s predictions on the now confirmed upcoming Legion attack are a gross underestimate, or that their ability to hold back the tide will be harshly tested in the days to come. Even the likes of Grethe, for all she may be on the right track regarding the composition and use of her forces, still hasn’t grasped this aspect: what’s coming isn’t a conventional battle of manoeuvre where you can hit at your leisure, it’s a tidal wave whose force must be broken through smart and well-planned defense. Survive its impact and you’ll be free to engage on your own terms, fail and you won’t have to worry because you’ll be dead. It’s just a matter of when this realization finally hits all involved.
Considering Giad has started piecing the puzzle together alongside getting into contact with other countries though, something tells me we won’t have to wait long to get the answer to that question.