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Episode 12: Garalia's Pursuit

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 1, 2005

 

Summary

 

Todd and Garalia head out in search of the Zelana. Aboard the Zelana Marvel tends to Elle and Pat Hood. The Zelana makes its way towards the Kingdom of Lao hoping for assistance from the King. At Kiron Castle Mi's soldiers are having trouble with now being brought into Drake's army. One of the officers tries attacking them but is stopped by Bern. Drake lectures to citizens of Mi in the thrown room about how evil Pinegan was and how righteous he and Furoan Elf are. Bern announces that all males between the ages of 15 and 50 will be drafted into Drake's army unless they pay a large sum of money. This upsets the people in the crowd. The Zelana arrives at Taatara Castle in Lao and our heroes meet with King Foizon, who says he'll create a Mobile Squadron to counter Drake's. Foizon is upset with his daughter, Pat Hood for having eloped with Pinegan. That night Garalia and Todd land in the woods and sneak over to the castle. Foizon's mechanics study the Dunbine and Fou while they spy from above. Pat Hood and Elle decide to go out and hide in the woods rather than try and convince Foizon to help them. When questioned, Pat Hood says it was Elle who decided. She claims she can see the connection between Byston Well and Upper Earth. She thinks something bad is going to happen because of the Aura Road opening. Garalia and Todd return to the castle and interrupt a dinner between Drake, Shot and Bern, who are discussing bringing more people to Byston Well from Upper Earth. Drake allows them to attack as long as they act as an independent unit, hiding the fact that they're Drake's soldiers.

 

Doroburu and other mechanics arrive at the castle to work on more Aura Battlers. After Chum convinces the guards to let them in they go up to a meeting with Foizon, our heroes and various mechanics of Lao. Garalia and Todd head out with a unit of Doros to attack the armory at Taatara Castle. At that moment Doroburu is showing Lao's mechanics the similarities between Dunbine and one of Lao's Aura Battlers, the Bozune. The Doros attack the castle, killing multiple mechanics. In the middle of a meal Foizon and our heroes head out to fight. Everyone is surprised that the King himself is going to go out in a Bozune. He carries Shou with him as he heads towards the Zelana. The mechanics foolishly bring out the Dunbine, which is immediately damaged by Garalia. Shou has Foizon bring him to it, narrowly dodging shots from her. Foizon then heads back out to attack the Doros. Todd tries to attack Nie and the others while they head to the Zelana but Foizon engages in battle with him. Todd is surprised that he's facing the King himself in battle. Shou is having trouble getting the Dunbine to move with its damaged arm but after an attack from a Doro suddenly finds himself able to move it again. He joins with Foizon in attacking Todd's Drumlo and heavily damages it. Todd would be done for but luckily for him, Garalia arrives to help. Even though he's having trouble moving the Dunbine, Shou is able to rescue Foizon when his Bozune is heavily damaged as well. Having retreated Todd is upset with himself for not being able to defeat the Dunbine. Pat Hood and Elle head out to the woods on a carriage. Keen is upset that Foizon didn't come out to see them off. After saying their goodbyes the two of them head out into the wilderness.

 

Commentary

 

This episode introduces us to King Foizon of Lao (whose name is very similar to Ah's King, Furaon. Another case where the writers are making things a tad too difficult for us). Luckily Foizon is more than willing to help our heroes, providing them with a nice safe haven for the time being. It is revealed that there is tension between Foizon and his daughter because she eloped with Pinegan. I don't exactly get what's so dishonorable about that, or why they eloped in the first place. From their dinner conversation it seems like Drake and Shot are planning on bringing even more people to Byston Well from Upper Earth. Sounds interesting, I wonder if they'll be like Todd and gladly fight under Drake or rebel like Shou did.

 

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