It is the 2nd month of the year 3 of the imperial calendar…
Akaneia’s holy capital of Pales is currently in the middle of a mysterious silence.
There was a rebellion in Akaneia, led by the paladin Midia, which resulted in many skilled knights being defeated and captured.
Even so, Akaneia still had double Aritia’s army strength to arm the streets of Pales with.
It has almost been a whole year since the Grunia Expedition.
Now, the last decisive battle, which will decide the fate of the two countries, is finally about to begin.
I should have expected no less from Akaneia.
They have such a powerful army.
We won’t be able to get close so easily.
Hardin is gambling everything on this one battle, and he appears to have gathered the entire army of Akaneia here.
But, any knights with a conscience already joined the coup and have nearly all been executed.
All that remains are just weak mercenaries, so you don’t need to fear them.
Right now, many people’s hearts have already swayed from Hardin, and the citizens welcome us as their liberation army.
This should give us confidence like no other.
Anyway, this is the last battle.
Although it might take time, please take care while advancing.
Let’s go, Jeigan.
I am worried about Midia.
The Akaneia army has changed.
The troops are all bloodthirsty savages now.
What is going on with this country?
Oh, this is so sad.
Those that opposed Emperor Hardin have all been killed…
Could the Emperor be possessed by a demon…?
Emperor Hardin was once a kind man, but he suddenly changed into such a frightening Emperor…
If I say things like this, I will get killed as well.
Midia is the pride of Akaneia.
She was the daughter of the highest officer of Akaneia, Duke Owen.
This rebellion only came about because she could not stand and watch us suffer.
No matter what, you must rescue her.
We thought that Nina and Hardin’s marriage would finally bring peace to the world, yet this happened.
Oh deities… What should we do…?
Midia is really pitiful.
She only just retired as a knight to live together with Astria, and now she has been separated again.
She’s still a young girl, it’s so sad.
What can you do to help her…?
Prince Marth, I am Roshe of the Orleans Knights.
I have King Orleans’s permission to come here, and am awaiting your highness’ orders.
I am truly sorry for the battle at the pass.
To apologise to you, I will join and fight alongside your army.
Marth, please watch over me!
What…? Our Akaneia has been defeated?
But as long as I’m here, I won’t let you enter the castle!
Glory to the Emperor…
Oh, Lord Marth.
I’ve been waiting for you.
You’ve suffered a grave wound… What happened?
Mmm… It was truly frightening…
I suppose the Akaneia royal family is indeed under a curse.
You should know about Hardin and Nina’s marriage, two years ago.
To restore Akaneia, a king was required, and only two people were suitable.
King Orleans’s younger brother, Hardin, and Aritia’s Prince Marth, you…
Those were the choices, and we pleaded for Nina to make the final decision.
Originally, she wanted to wait a while longer, but we begged for her to make up her mind immediately.
In the end she said that choosing Prince Marth as her husband would hurt Princess Sheeda, so she finally decided on Hardin.
Wait a second, wasn’t that a little harsh on Nina?
I understand that Akaneia needed a king, but Nina, she already…
You are referring to Grunia’s Lord Camus?
But that would be unspeakable… Unthinkable in fact.
Princess Nina was the sole successor of the royal bloodline of Akaneia.
I felt bad as well, but for this country we had no other choice.
However, Lord Hardin was very happy.
Compared to ascending Akaneia’s throne, he seemed happier about the fact that Nina chose him for her husband.
I also understand Hardin’s feelings. He could sacrifice his own life for Nina.
But, did he know about Camus?
If he did, I don’t believe he would be so happy.
Mmm… Of course we kept that a secret, and we also persuaded Nina to hide it as best as she could.
But, Lord Hardin was a very sensitive man.
He quickly found out that Nina’s heart had no place for him.
He felt very painful…
He locked himself in his room, and didn’t allow anybody to see him.
Taking advantage of his broken heart, Garnef appeared.
He took on the guise of a merchant to approach Hardin, and showed him the Dark Orb.
The distraught Hardin was quickly consumed by the Orb.
From that day on, he completely changed.
It was because I was only focused on restoring this country that I committed such a horrendous mistake.
Please, forgive me, Prince Marth…
I can’t believe all that happened.
Where is Nina now?
When Hardin discovered that she had taken the Emblem shield, he had her confined in her room.
After that, she would still communicate in secret with me.
However, Hardin found out and then he wounded me.
He also handed Nina over to Garnef.
Mmm… Garnef had always wanted to take Nina.
He said that the resurrection of the dark dragon required the blood of noble sisters…
He took Nina…
To use her as a live sacrifice…
Lord Marth, I’m already done for.
I will give my Thoron and Reblow to you.
I beg of you, please rescue Nina.
Even if Akaneia is destroyed it no longer matters…
I only wish for Nina to be safe…