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|Zhcted Crisis Arc|
|Side|| Various factions in Zhcted|
Ruslan Faction;Eugene Faction
|Result|| All the Demons except Ganelon are perished. |
Zhcted Civil War is ignited when Tina and Fine gone rouge.
Death of Fine
Silesia is fallen into Tina's hands.
Civil War is still ongoing.
|Light Novel Volumes||Volume 14 (Epilogue)|
Volume 17 (First Part)
Zhcted Crisis Arc is the fifth story arc of Arc Three from Madan no Ou to Vanadis series. This arc primary focuses on an impending chaos in Zhcted when King Viktor declares his son Ruslan-who just miraculously "cured" from his "insanity"-as the new King of Zhcted instead of Eugene, then passes away after succumbing to his old age and deteriorating health. Despite this unexpected outcome, it doesn't halts Tina's scheme in becoming the queen as she uses this as her opportunity to eliminate those who are standing between her and her goal, putting Zhcted into its most dangerous position.
Valentina and Ruslan the Former PrinceEdit
At Silesia Imperial Palace, Tina, who is still staying [Notes 1] at the capital after spending more than ten days reporting her battles at Brune (Sachstein Invasion only), manages to find Silesia Imperial Shrine due to a priest's guidance. After entering the Shrine, Tina visits Ruslan who is sitting in the middle of the floor and seemingly happy by her arrival. After drinking a medicine [Notes 2]given by Tina, Ruslan begins to feel much better before lying onto the ground and falling asleep. After seeing the former prince's slumber, Tina tells him to have a nice dream while thinking her ambitions are almost at her reach.
Seeking Answers about the Mystery of the Black BowEdit
Meanwhile at Nice Royal Library of Brune, Tigre, Elen, Lim, Mila and Sofy are investigating the Black Bow and it's relevance with Tir Na Fal and the Demons. Using 3 bookmarks from Sofy, the group separates themselves and find their respective information.
Tir Na Fal's Latest VisitEdit
The Attacks of the DemonsEdit
On the next morning, Tigre enlists 50 people into his expedition team in revisiting Artishem including Titta and surprisingly Damad. Gerard is perplexed to hear this while wondering if taking a former enemy like Damad is a good idea, but Gaspar doesn't mind as he claims that wouldn't affecting Tigre's reputation.
Hostile Reunion between Eleonora and FigneriaEdit
Over the following days, Elen, Tigre, Sofy and Mila enter into Legnica Imperial Palace in order to meet the new Vanadis. Coincidentally, they also meet Olga who smells Tigre's scent out of suspicion that he might've had sex with Elen , but eventually decides to let it go. After Titta joins them, the six follow the attendant into an office and meet Fine. Just as Tigre is introducing himself, however, Elen interrupts by calling Fine out who nonchalantly introduces herself as an 'Alshavin'. Hearing this name, Elen becomes angry [Notes 3] and has to be held back by Tigre. As Sofy introduces herself, she makes Elen and Lim reintroduce themselves. After the introductions are over, however, Fine provokes Elen by asking about her quest in fulfilling the late Vissarion's dream. Hearing this, Elen furiously retorts at Fine not to say the name of her late guardian before being dragged away by everyone[Notes 4] out from the office.
Once outside at Legnica Royal Cemetery, Sofy asks Lim about what happened between Elen and Fine in their past. Lim reluctantly reveals the whole truth surrounding Vissarion's death. When Mila asks Lim if Fine used dirty tricks to win, Lim denies it and claims that she and Elen would not stay silent if she did so; prompting Mila to only say thanks to her[Notes 5] . Reaching Sasha's gravestone, everyone watches as Elen regains her cool and immediately leave the cemetary, leaving the remaining five to pray at Sasha's gravestone. During their praying, Lim recalls her promise to Sasha to protect Elen from herself and predicting that their fight against Fine will be inevitable. In her office, Fine is lamenting about the earlier reunion with Elen opting to ask herself if she is going to fight Elen[Notes 6]. In spite of her doubts, Fine, however, decides that she is looking forward to fighting Elen again in order to settle their score once and for all.
Tensions within SilesiaEdit
Back in Silesia, Ilda is still staying at the imperial palace over Ruslan's miraculous return.
Silesia Imperial Garden IncidentEdit
Meeting of the Three VanadisesEdit
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Duel's Between Four Vanadises (I)Edit
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Duel's Between Four Vanadises (II) Edit
Elsewhere, Liza is walking at Silesia's alleyway alone [Notes 7]where she meets Fine who is leaning besides the walls. Fine's glare however prompts Liza to stop her tracks and when Fine makes her move, Liza immediately retaliates by drawing Valitsaif and blocks the attack. Just as Liza is asking Fine about the ambush however, the Fire Vanadis flees into the darkness without reply but Liza knows her intentions so she stays and planning to defeat her[Notes 8]. Even she has repeatedly dodging and blocking Fine's ambush, Liza is still unable to hit Fine as the latter keep deflecting Valitsaif's attack that smashes the surrounding walls instead, causing Liza to go numb and blames herself for her naivete[Notes 9].
Meanwhile, Tigre and the Vanadises (Mila and Olga) are stuck for unable to find any information in Silesia[Notes 10] including the Demons [Notes 11] until they hear a bizarre thunder sound from afar, prompting Tigre heading towards that sound alone. Back to the duel, Liza asks Fine's true intentions again but Fine ignores her and the duel quickly becomes a cat and mouse game as Fine lures Liza into a seclude area while using Plum-Oak to counter Liza's Gron Lazriga. With Liza is confused by her Heatwave, Fine ambushes Liza from above and severely injuring the Thunder Vanadis by stabbing her left shoulder, resulting Liza's defeat. Even so, Liza refuses to give in while embracing Fine's would be finishing blow.
Suddenly, a flying arrow intercepts the duel that prevents Liza's impending demise and, much to their surprise, that arrow comes from none other than an angry Tigre. In spite hearing stories (usually from Tina) about his astonishing archery skills, Fine underestimates Tigre because she assumes that he is going to immobilize her before killing her, thus changing her stance and charging towards him for a kill [Notes 12]. To Fine's stunning surprise[Notes 13] however, Tigre instead aiming at a small rock on the ground that deflecting the arrow shot that flies passes her face. Tigre then asks Fine about why she attacked Liza but Fine doesn't answer his question and sarcastically "praising" his archery skills while silently retreats[Notes 14]. Rather than chasing after Fine, Tigre instead tending an injured Liza who is latter passing out after seeing him again. Still bothered over what happened to Liza, Tigre focuses on lifting Liza and rendezvous with Mila and Olga.
(To be added...)
Reconciliation Between Eleonora And ElizavetaEdit
Rouge Vanadises's PlotEdit
Meanwhile, Fine is being escorted to her prison by several soldiers surrounding her[Notes 15]. After meeting Tina, the two discuss their failure in assassinating Sofy and Liza, as well Tigre's intervention. Fine tells Tina about her shocking discovery towards Tigre's prowess especially his archery skill, prompting Tina to teases her if she like him[Notes 16]. Regardless, Tina tells Fine that not killing Tigre will save them from trouble and when Fine asks about the consequences aside from deteriorating Zhcted's diplomatic relationship with Brune, Tina replies by mentioning her story about the Black Bow but Fine doesn't seems to be interested[Notes 17] to hear it. When Fine asks her what to do next, Tina response by keep waiting for a right opportunity. While Tina reads a book, Fine goes to sleep instead.
Ruslan arrives and visits both Tina and Fine due to his concern about Tigre's involvement[Notes 18]. He firstly asks Tina about the informant whom she lies as an Earl named Igor, son to the late Kazakov who resented Elen and Liza over his father's death. Ruslan then turns his attention onto Fine and explains to her that he had to give her a proper punishment due to an earlier incident, despite her position as a new Vanadis. Regardless, Fine apologizes to Ruslan and accept the punishment. Thus, the two Vanadises will be imprisoned for a time being.
Tigrevurmud and RuslanEdit
Somewhere at a dorm, Gaspar, Gerard and Damad are discussing about Tigre who hasn't return from Sofy's mansion yet. The three then strolling at Silesia's streets while find something to eat. While Gaspar and Gerard are worried over an incident that involving the Vanadises and Tigre, Damad suggests on taking Tigre back to Brune by force but his suggestion is scrapped because both Gaspar and Gerard know Tigre's stubbornness. Nevertheless, the group split up as Rurick and Gaspar continue their stroll while Gerard and Damad are gathering some information at Silesia, specifically the weapon shop Damad observed.
At Polesia, Sofy's house is full with visitors because of Ruslan's arrival. After meeting Sofy, Ruslan then visits Liza who has just gotten up from her bed. While he is relief to see her safe, Ruslan also apologizes over the incident at Imperial Garden and promises her that he will investigate the case. Despite her anger towards Fine, Liza forgives Ruslan[Notes 19]. Later, Ruslan tells Sofy to prepare his room as she wishes to speak with Tigre. After being awaken by Titta, Tigre is making his preparations and greets Ruslan.
Ruslan thanks Tigre for rescuing Liza but Tigre replies that it is because she is his both benefactor and comrade, raising the future king's curiosity and suspicions towards Tigre's relationship with the Vanadises. After hearing Tigre's stories, Ruslan attempts to reward Tigre as his gratitude but Tigre instead asks him about Tina, to which Ruslan assumes the incident was related to Eugene. Whilst telling Tigre a childhood lore[Notes 20], Ruslan recalls and laments his 8 years long of agony and loneliness due to his heart disease but thanking Tina's contribution [Notes 21] for his returning health. Believing Tina is important to Ruslan despite her shady intentions, Tigre apologizes to the king [Notes 22] for his suspicions. Ruslan then reveals his dream is to bring fairness to the Vanadises without discriminating his supporters.
To prevent Ruslan from alienating Tina, Tigre suggests to go hunting. Ruslan then asks Tigre if he invites everyone [Notes 23]for the winter season hunting, but the latter shakes his head and planning to use the king former hunting ground. This prompts Ruslan to question Tigre's motive, to which the latter reveals that he is arranging a meeting between the king and Eugene. Ruslan then laments everything about Eugene and their complicated relationships. Ruslan then asks Tigre if he can be his friend so they can know each other. Hesitated at first, Tigre agrees to be Ruslan's friend.
Figneria's Hidden AmbitionsEdit
Under Ruslan's permission, Tigre and Lim are allowed to visit Fine without Elen[Notes 24]. Rather than cooperate with her "visitors", Fine ignores Lim and instead requests Tigre to tell her about himself. Despite Lim's frustrations, Tigre tells Fine anyway [Notes 25] until Fine asks him about his archery skill, further growing Lim' impatience[Notes 26]. Still, Tigre replies by mentioning his 400 Alsins arrow shot which shocks Fine so much to the point she "jokingly" seeing Tigre as a "suitable" mercenary material. Impressed by Tigre's honest answers, Fine then asks him the last question about his victory even after shooting a near-fatal shot onto his target, which Tigre replies[Notes 27] that all is matters when he got his prey and firmly believes his arrow carrying his mettle. Satisfied by Tigre's answers, Fine finally agrees to talk to Lim and the interrogation begins.
Lim asks Fine regarding her ambush onto Liza but the latter denies and claims the order came from a "mysterious informer". This leads to Lim's two suspicions: First of all, Fine herself didn't explained properly to Tigre about what happened that night; Secondly, her ominous alliance with Tina over a deal that opted her not caring the consequences of her actions[Notes 28]. Fine however callously replies that it was due to a rumor about Eugene's "treachery" and claims the incidents with Liza was to "test" her ability[Notes 29]. Lim however refuses to believe Fine but she proposes her position as a mediator on the behalves to both Legnica and Eugene. only to hear Fine's retort about her "miscalculation" and her suggestion is rejected. This causes Lim accusing Fine for fulfilling her hidden ambition[Notes 30] which Fine herself denies by claiming a Vanadis has no right to do such thing, leaving the interrogation stuck in a deadlock. Regardless, Tigre informs Fine about the Demons which she initially finds it confusing [Notes 31]and thinks it as a "trick", only to feel suddenly "ill" when she learns from Tigre that every Vanadis-including her late predecessor Sasha-have at least encountered and fought one. Tigre then apologizes and urges her to remember this message. After thinking for a while, Fine reluctantly agrees.
After leaving the Imperial Palace, Tigre and Lim are getting something to eat. While eating and walking, Tigre asks Lim about Fine's dream but Lim instead asks him back if he knows Vissarion's, to which he replies via Elen's description. Lim then explains that Vissarion has influenced both Elen and Fine but the latter chose to establish a militarized kingdom [Notes 32]. Tigre is shocked to hear this and thinks Fine's dream to be insane. Lim however urges him not to be misunderstood because she feels that unlike Fine, he has finally finds his own ideals in his path and she is happy for it. Their discussion continues as Lim suspects Fine's attempts in becoming a ruler but had to hold back for some reason, as well as her questionable allegiance with Tina due to her differ concept about befriending her "allies" [Notes 33]. Since he disapprove Fine's thinking, Tigre tells Lim that he is glad he can help but Lim shrugs it off as she replies that without him, she will never get answers from Fine and vows to repay his kindness.
Reunion With Rurick and GasparEdit
Their conversation however is interrupted by their encounter of Rurick and Gaspar, who happened to be wandering while separated from Gerard and Damad
Ganelon's Revelation onto Tir Na Fal's OriginEdit
Hunting That Gone WrongEdit
Aftermath Since the HuntEdit
Confrontation with ValentinaEdit
After visiting Ruslan, the trio of Tigre, Gaspar and Rurick are now heading towards Sofy's mansion. Suddenly, they confront a hooded-stranger who calls out Tigre's name and when Gaspar demands her[Notes 34] to identify herself because she refuses to remove her hood, Tigre tells him to leave both him and the stranger alone. Despite their suspicions, both Gaspar and Ruslan reluctantly comply and leave. The hooded figure then reveals herself to be Tina who is delighted to see Tigre again. Just as Tigre asks her motive, Tina tells him that she needs to talk with him in private, of which Tigre begrudgingly complies. With the power of the (real) Ezendeis which has been kept so long, Tina grabs Tigre's arms and teleport themselves to her prison.
Tina explains her attack onto Sofy was due to their conflicted standpoint, which Tigre find it vile and admonishes her that she will never get any benefit from him if she still planning on harming Sofy and Liza. Tigre then asks Tina about her motive which she replies that she wanted to consolidate more political power for Osterode's sake, as well changing the Vanadis system by having 2 Vanadises [Notes 35] at the king's side while supervising the remaining 5 war maidens. When Tigre remains unconvinced[Notes 36], Tina persuades him to declare neutrality with an exchange of information about Ganelon and his whereabouts. For the people he cherished for however, Tigre rejects Tina's and when Tina tells him that his "selfish" cause will drag Brune into Zhcted's mess, he states that he will overcome his ordeal as long he has everyone at his side[Notes 37], much to Tina's disappointment. Tigre then asks Tina if she knew Ruslan's dire conditions, to which she reveals that the medicine she gave to Ruslan has side effects and warns him that the king's days will be numbered if his health keeps deteriorating.
Zhcted's Descend into Civil WarEdit
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Lebus Army vs. Polus Army's RemnantsEdit
Tigrevurmud Departure And Eugene's CaptureEdit
Figneria's Declaration of WarEdit
After her escape from Silesia, Fine reaches Legnica Imperial Palace and gathers every ministers in a meeting and declare war on Leitmeritz. Against her ministers' plea[Notes 38], Fine brushes it off by lying about Eugene's "rebellion" and deeming Elen (along with Liza and Sofy) as enemy because of he alignment with the "traitor" that resulted her imprisonment. As the ministers are confused but partially convinced as they thinking about Elen's sudden reconciliation with Liza, she further tells everyone that Elen's death shall bring "justice" to Zhcted. Eventually, her ministers kowtow to Fine and approves [Notes 39] her war against Leitmeritz without realizing their Vanadis's hidden ambitions.
Eleonora and Limalisha vs. FigneriaEdit
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Lebus Army's ReinforcementEdit
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Figneria's Injury and SuicideEdit
Back to Elen and Fine, the latter continues her fight as she is plotting to defeat both Elen and Liza at the same battlefield, despite her army's low morale. The duel becomes increasingly fiercer when two Vanadises give their all in this duel where Elen counters Fine's Fran Roth with Ley Adimos. Before Fine could even retaliate however, Elen charges towards her and slashes Fine's torso before falling onto the ground. In spite her best effort, Fine fails to defend herself as she suffers Arifar's slash that cut her from right shoulder through her ribs, causing her to bleed while standing. Whilst remembering her memories with Vissarion, Fine also watches Elen remain hesitant to kill her despite her narrow victory. So she commits suicide by burning herself to death with Bargren's fire, without leaving even her body's ashes behind. With Fine's suicide, Elen declares Leitmeritz Army's victory that finally crushing Legnica Army's remaining morale, leaving Stephan no choice but to surrender. The following aftermath leaving both armies suffer their worst casualties of death and injury combined, with Legnica Army suffer the most than Leitmeritz Army.
Elen's Interaction with LimEdit
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Strange Violet SkiesEdit
Just as Liza and Olga leave the camp however, Elen sees the sky turns purple despite it's only afternoon. To makes things even more compelling, Elen also becoming horrified to see soldiers from Lebus Army becoming increasingly sick after witnessing the purple skies. Liza immediately rushes and Elen and and she too watching the purple skies due to both Valitsaif and Muma resonate violently. Assuming Tir Na Fal may be the source of this phenomenon, Elen tells Liza to pick up any capable generals from her ranks immediately and praying Tigre for safety.
Meanwhile at Silesia, immediately after Tigre's departure Miron orders Eugene to be capture over an accusation of him "allying" with Muozinel to invade Zhcted. At Osterode, Tina has makes all the preparations she need and she is leading her army to invade Silesia.
- Zhcted Civil War
- For the first time since its 300 years of establishment, Zhcted is facing its confronting it's worst crisis when King Viktor passes away after announcing Ruslan's enthronement as the new King of Zhcted, of which strongly favoring Tina for her scheme in becoming the Queen of Zhcted through conspiracies and manipulation along with her new and prominent ally Fine.
- History could repeat itself as this situation baring resemblance towards Zhcted's foundation that was made by the war of the tribes around Zhcted before the appearance of the Incarnation of the Black Dragon.
- While their flashback is shown in Melisande's Uprising Arc, Elen and Fine are reunited for the first time but as bitter rivals/archenemies as the former is still unable to forgive Vissarion killer that causing his death and the dissolution of the Silver Gale Mercenaries. Fine's provocation[Notes 40] about Vissarion's dream only escalating Elen's hatred for her. The incident in Silesia Imperial Garden that involving Fine ultimately brings the final straw to their rivalry as the two are going to settle their score in Boroszlo Plains, the same place where Elen fought against Liza during Brune Civil War.
- Lim is also effected by this reunion because she, like Elen, disliked Fine because of Vissarion's death and the Silver Gale Mercenaries's disbandment. The incident in Silesia Imperial Garden opting her to question Fine's motives to the point she even accusing her for fulfilling her own dream of building her kingdom of hegemony that is contrasts with Vissarion's kingdom of peace. Ultimately, this also leads to Lim's feud with Fine alongside with Elen at Boroszlo Plains.
- With the deaths of Drekavac and Vodyanoy[Notes 41], Ganelon is the only surviving demon throughout the story and aiming to summon Tir Na Fal and attempting to absorb both her and her powers.
- Tir Na Fal's backstory and her earlier role in the human realm are revealed via Ganelon's information during his visit to Tina.
- The fallout of the Silesia Imperial Garden Incident only further instigating Zhcted's civil war since its 300 years, indicating Tina and Fine are now going rouge in order to achieve their quests of ambition.
- Nearly five Vanadises now viewing Tina and Fine as dangerous threats to everyone especially Eugene[Notes 42] and Ruslan.
- Even under house arrest by Ruslan, Tina and Fine still continuing their scheme anyways by manipulating everyone in Silesia, including Ruslan, respective supporters of either Eugene and Ruslan, Miron and even one of Muozinel princes that will put Zhcted into chaos.
- Various factions from different affiliations are established by various noblemen and aristocrats in Zhcted and fighting against each other over a ongoing dispute about Zhcted's true ruler. What makes situation even worst however is nobody except Tigre and the five active Vanadises realize that all of the events that taking place are under Tina's manipulations. It takes around four Vanadises to quell the rebellion separately.
- A true reconciliation between Elen and Liza since the Baba Yaga Arc is finally taking shape when the former visiting the latter at Sofy's house, and the Rainbow-Eyed Vanadis's reminder to her friend in regards their first meeting when she covering her left eye.
- Liza's information about her duel with Fine almost prompting Elen to confront Fine only to be stopped by Tigre who reminds her not to be intoxicated by vengeance, just like how she stopped him from hating Thenardier at Mereville Field.
- Tigre himself is involved into Zhcted affair[Notes 43] where he not only narrowly rescuing Liza from her possible demise by Fine, and because of this he outright against Tina's neutrality for the sake of his important peers around him.
- Due to Tigre's involvement, Ruslan meets Tigre for the first time and becomes friends after hearing the latter story about his relationship with the Vanadises in Zhcted.
- Without anyone is capable enough to stop the Vanadises from waging war against each other [Notes 44], Zhcted will be left on a vulnerable state where it can be attacked via internally (supporters of both Ruslan and Eugene) and externally (Muozinel Army), and its damage could be estimated to be even worse than Brune's own civil war[Notes 45] due to insurgencies[Notes 46] and conspiracies in the kingdom.
- Tallard will possibly heard about this Civil War and since Sofy note that if Tallard will not waste the chance to quench his ambition to become King of Asvarre de jure and leaving him unchecked, he can launch the invasion to Zhcted to weakened Zchted further despite Asvarre is already occupied with Asvarre-Sachstein Campaign.
- Elen's main plot regarding of the Vanadis selecting their "King" that she mentioned during Tigre's life as a prisoner can come to fruition in later arc, of which later will foreshadow Tigre's critical decision in the next and final arc.
- The Black Bow's origin are later play the pivotal role once Tir Na Fal made the revelation about the Black Bow itself to confirm the lore regarding to the Black Bow itself.
- If the lore proven that the Black bow is the rightful heir of Zhcted Throne, Tigre will be officially selected as heir of Zhcted Throne through Black Bow which is same like how the Vanadis are selected by the Viralts.[Notes 47]
- The aftermath of Leitmeritz-Legnica Campaign after Fine's suicide have affecting nearly everyone, especially for Elen, Lim, Liza and even soldiers from both Leitmeritz Army and Legnica Army.
- For Lim and Elen, their hatred against Fine has finally over even though they didn't have a chance to avenge Vissarion's death.
- Rurick will be most likely take over Lim's position as Elen's adjutant due to Lim's ascension as Vanadis and he is the one that has close relationship with Tigre and Elen than the other Leitmeritz Generals.
- With Lim ascended as Vanadis, it is unknown whether Lim reports to Ruslan or Tigre due to the regulation of new Vanadis that must report to the King[Notes 48].
- This Zhcted Crisis can be fact as a battle between three sides and each have their own motives. Tigre's allies which was Sofy, Olga, Mila, Elen and Liza as the first force with intention to quell the civil war as soon as possible with minimum casualties[Notes 49], Tina, Fine and Zhcted Nobles that supports Ruslan as Second Force with unknown intention and Drekavac as the third force that wishes to capture Tigre alive.
- Tigre's pressure of mediation between Vanadises will be increased, this time he need to stop the large scale war personally especially he need to make Tina submit or surrender[Notes 50] and reconcile to prevent war between Leitmeritz and Legnica by finding a best way to mediate Elen and Fine.[Notes 51]
- Moonlight Knights will be participated in this battle, similar to Silver Meteor Army where the Army purpose is to defend Alsace but ultimately to quell Brune Civil War. This time since Tigre need to preserve his allies and preventing further casualties, he will bring Moonlight Knights to quell Zhcted Civil War but the scale of difficulty was higher than Brune Civil War. [Notes 52]