Episode 8 –
[details=spoiler]Slaine is back among the Martians and is tortured by Cruhteo. The Count wants to know why Slaine was at the island, but thankfully Slaine endures the torture without giving up any information. Meanwhile, Asseylum is undergoing much friendlier questioning by Magbaredge and tells her story, along with Inaho and Rayet. However, with the state the communications are in, there is no way to get the word out that the Princess is alive and well. Then again, even if they could tell the world, they may become the targets of those that tried to assassinate Asseylum in the first place. Magbaredge decides to stick with the original plane of getting to Russia, and will decide what to do then.
Slaine continues to be tortured, but asks Cruhteo about his loyalty to the Princess. Slaine realizes that all the Martians want is war with Earth and accuses Cruhteo of exploiting Asseylum’s death. Cruhteo responds by whipping Slaine. Inaho almost tells Asseylum about his encounter with Slaine on the island, but gets interrupted. When they are alone again, Asseylum thanks Inaho for saving her life and he finally gets to tell her about Slaine. The Princess tells Inaho about her Terran friend. Neither realizes that they are talking about the same person.
Even with the tortuous pain he’s going through, Slaine vows to protect Asseylum and keep the fact that she’s still alive a secret. He vows that he will not let her be exploited by either the Martians or the Terrans. Slaine’s torture is interrupted by a message of what was found on Tanegashima. However, Cruhteo feels it isn’t important and finally orders Slaine killed. Saazbaum tries to stop him, but Cruhteo is determined. Slaine just smiles. With a few more deductions, Cruhteo puts two and two together. He finally realizes that Asseylum is alive!
Slaine is released from his shackles and tells Cruhteo about the assassination plot, believing him to be part of it. Slaine also admits to killing Trillram for his part in the plot. Slaine tells Cruhteo that he won’t let him have his way before he finally succumbs to his torture and passes out. Cruhteo finds it hard to believe that the Princess is still alive, but ends up having a little more respect for the lowly Terran at his feet. The unconscious Slaine can’t hear him, but Cruhteo asks for his forgiveness, and give orders for Slaine’s injuries to be treated. Slaine vows to make the traitors pay. But the arrogant Knight reveals the fact that the Princess is alive when he orders a cease fire with Earth and demands the Terrans’ help in locating Asseylum. Before that order can be broadcasted to Earth, the Landing Castle is attacked – by Saazbaum! He’s come for Slaine. Cruhteo realizes that Saazbaum is the mastermind behind the assassination and calls for his Tharsis. Too late. Cruhteo may be dead. Saazbaum takes the unconscious Slaine and leaves the destroyed Landing Castle behind.[/details]