By David Page
Эписоде 5: Moscow Duelists
Jena told me you were like a father to her, The empire would be a better place if you had been.
Keep your guard up…boy…
“I have no words. My voice is in my sword…”
Story: Dante is invited, along with the Romanovs, to the unveiling of the Tsars remodelled Moscow. While at the party on the Tsars floating Palace, Dante unwittingly ends up being challenged to 4 seperate duels. The duels are arranged consecutively by the tsar hoping to end Dante once and for all and are to take place at the New Moscow Imperial Circus.
The first three challengers are defeated easily. Dantes final opponent is the Imperial Fencing Master Caius Zacharovitch, fighting on behalf of the Tsar. Dante is quickly beaten Zacharovich though, is an honourable duelist and spares Dantes life. The Tsar orders Zarcharovich to kill Dante, but the Fencing Master refuses and is summarily executed on the Tsars’ orders.
Jena devastated by the death of her sword teacher and touched by the words Dante said to him as he died goes to see Nikolai for comfort only to see him shacked up with the heiresses of the Moscow circus…
New Moscow: The face of the empire…literally Moscow has been rebuilt with a huge building with the tsars face in the middle of it. The Romanovs are not happy…
Mikhail Deriabin: Elected head of the house of Bolshoi the largest media group in the empire.
The firebird: Deriabins lover and a ballerina of the danse macabre
The black dragons: Governors of the dark ocean. Yakuzas of the seas headed by the Sagawa clan.
The African alliance: Evolved animals who wiped out their human aggressors and have taken over Africa.
Chinese triumvirate: China of this future where the people have shrunk themselves to combat overpopulation.
Caius Zacharovitch: One of the greatest fencing masters in the tsars employ. He was more like a father to Jena than the tsar was which makes his death by pyre more sad for her…
Foreshadowing: The death of Caius is the first time where both Jena and Dante actively despise the Tsar…
The first seeds of Jena and Dantes love for each other are sown then tossed aside in the final few pages…
All the factions mentioned in the first appearances with the possible exception of the Chinese triumvirate will play a bigger role later on…
Dante: I know, I know Evasive action!
Dantes kill count: Dante manages to kill the Rasputin and kong duelists but Caius and the triumvirate were defeated by outside sources.
Total Count 14
Dantes lay count Dante gets in bed with the twin owners of the circus in which the duels were happening in.
Total count: 5
Davids final notes: This story is sometimes overlooked but this and the next story lay down the foundations of the future of the series. Major characters are introduced and the seeds of hatred are sown into Jenas character…
Caius death is a sad character defining moment for Dante which shows that he isn’t a complete scumbag and there truly is a hero beneath the bed hopping and the bastardry.
An excellent story which sets up so much although I do not understand the point of the triumvirate far as I know they never showed up again and seem to exist for a cheap gag.
Next: Sooo where did crest come from? We’ll find out as we brave the gulag apocalyptic!
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