Episode 7 –
[details=spoiler]Guy shows up again. He brings information on the next hero, Simon Scania, the wizard of the Koenigsegg Empire. Currently, he might be in the nearby town of Rademio. But this information is four years old. Toru insists that Guy knows a lot more than he’s telling. Guy is still saying that he’s only a messenger, but Toru remains suspicious. Guy finds this “desirable” and disappears.
In Rademio, Toru learns about the Valley of No Return, a place full of permanent fog. It’s been like that for four years. A connection? I think so. Unfortunately, those that enter the valley really don’t return. Meanwhile, Gillette is also getting some information on Simon Scania. Gillette notes that something is very wrong with the circumstances surrounding these eight great heroes of the war. There is a rumor that they may have been cursed by Emperor Gaz, or at least by his remains – a definite possibility.
Matheus has located Chaika’s group within Rademio. Gillette’s group intercepts them. He demands their surrender and of course Toru refuses. Gillette then asks Chaika what she will do with the remains of her father. He’s surprised by her answer of a funeral. But Gillette is warned by Vivi not to believe her. Time to fight again! It isn’t going so well when Fredrica finally decides to show up. There’s that blood lust again!
Fredrica immediately transforms and the others are shocked to see a dragoon on Toru’s side. She’s all for killing, but Toru just wants her help to escape. Not really want she wanted, but Fredrica scoops them up and flies away, leaving Gillette’s group far behind. Toru directs Fredrica to take them to the mysterious valley. Chaika tries a spell after they arrive, but thinks the fog may be magic as well. And the source of that magic may be the remains.
Toru asks Fredrica for another favor and she refuses. While he argues with her, Chaika takes it upon herself to head down into the valley. Toru and Akari have no choice but to follow. Even as they are trying to be careful, the cliffside crumbles away and the three fall into the fog. Fredrica transforms and follows them.
Toru wakes up next to Chaika and talks about having the dream again of how they fell from the cliff. Apparently, Akari did not survive the fall. Chaika comforts him and tells him not to blame himself. But there is some kind of barrier and Fredrica, Akari, and Chaika are watching Toru outside of it. Akari is all ready to kill Chaika again. She is just too jealous. Chaika convinces her that the Chaika with Toru is a magical illusion and not really her. The fog transforms fantasies into reality. And Toru is having some interesting ones of Chaika. Akari will never forgive him!
The barrier is Chaika’s and it’s the only thing protecting them from the effects of the fog. In Toru’s fantasy, there is only one piece of Chaika’s father left and Gillette has it. But it won’t be easy to get it. Chaika tells Toru that it doesn’t matter anymore. Gillette arrives on a white horse and Chaika runs to meet him. Gillette lifts her up onto the horse with him and Chaika tells Toru that she is going to marry Gillette. Toru asks her about the remains and Chaika says she get it anyway as Gillette pulls a decayed arm from his jacket.
Gillette hands the arm to Chaika and she tells Toru that they are to be married right after her father’s funeral. Toru is devastated. Gillette says that Chaika needs someone of proper lineage and not a saboteur. Then they laugh. Chaika thanks Toru and says goodbye as she and Gillette ride off followed by an interesting hearse that resembles Cinderella’s coach. LOL Toru calls out for Chika not to leave him and begins to run after them.
The girls inside the barrier watch as Toru runs towards them. The plan is to take the barrier down, grab Toru, and put the barrier right back up. It works and Toru is still crying and calling out for Chaika. But then he’s surprised to see her in front of him. Akari grabs him and slaps her brother around a bit to bring him back to reality. Just as he does snap out of it, Fredrica helps as well, perhaps a little too zealously. LOL Now that he has a bloody nose, Toru is told what happened. It was all an illusion. But what to do now?
Chaika has a way to let them move through the fog without harm. Using Chaika’s magic, they tunnel through the fog. Toru suddenly sees the illusion of Chaika and Gillette on the horse again and ignores it. The group reaches a device and Chaika destroys it. The fog suddenly dissipates and they are all in the sun again. In a ravine near the broken device, they find a skeleton. Is it Simon Scania? A crazy old man yells at them for barging into his “home”. Toru asks if he’s Simon, but is ignored as the disheveled man mumbles about worthless magic.
As the man rummages through some crates, Toru asks again if he’s Simon and the man denies it. However, Fredrica recognizes him and says that it is him. The man says that he’s not going back to the army because he almost died. Simon tells them that Marco sold them out to the enemy. Simon also tells them that his supposed friend, Marco, also stole Simon’s wife, Elena. In a roundabout way, Simon explains the magic of the fog. It’s designed to put people through the kind of betrayal that Simon went through.
Chaika approaches Simon and tells him who she is, requesting the return of her father’s remains. He tells her to go ahead and take the useless thing. It’s a leg this time. But when he sees Toru with it, Simon looks as if he wants to keep it, before saying again that he doesn’t want it. He even points them to an easy way out of the valley. The four leave the crazy old man in peace.
Chaika later tries to talk to Toru about his illusion and says that she’d never betray him. Toru tells her that they would never be together like that anyway. Toru thinks that it was only about Chaika because it could not have been either Akari or Fredrica for obvious reasons. Chika is miffed. Akari pokes her head out from the back and is also miffed. When Toru tries to talk to Chaika again, she tells him that she’s driving and can’t talk. He’s asks if she’s upset and she just says that she is “Driving!” LOL Then Chaika throws food at him. No, she isn’t upset at all. LOL Toru, you insensitive numbskull!!![/details]