Steel in Hand, We Defend/Episode 4 - Storyline

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Episode 4[edit | edit source]

Steel in Hand, We Defend - Episode 4
Natalie rushes in
Hah! Found you!

Bandit Leader

Oh crap! We're done for!
Wait... Just one? You're all alone?
Capturing one little bandit chief isn't going to be difficult for me.

Bandit Leader

Hahahahah! Never would've expected one of you Legion dogs to have the guts to come in here alone.
Without your troublesome captain around, none of you scare me.
I am nothing like Gerald or Vettel, but I chose to walk alongside them all the same.
Which means that sometimes I'm going to go all out!

Bandit Leader

Quit your babbling! Lads, get her!
The bandits quickly made their way to Natalie.
Meanwhile...
Damn it! What am I doing?
I know Natalie better than anyone. It should have been obvious to me what she would do!
Gerald hurriedly rushes.

Bandit Leader

Surround her! She's a tough one.
The bandits began to surround Natalie.
Of course I am. I'm a member of the Scarlet Legion.
(Still, I suppose I have to admit that my plan failed. I was hoping to nab their leader and run back to Gerald, but now I'm outnumbered and surrounded.)
The bandit leader walks up to Natalie

Bandit Leader

No backing out now. Not unless you beg. Heheh.
Not going to happen. I'm not a quitter. I wouldn't be caught dead pleading with the likes of you.

Bandit Leader

Heh. Keep running your mouth, see where it gets you. I think you'll be changing your tone before long. Try to leave her mostly intact, lads! We want her in working order. Heheh...
Huzzaaaahhhh!
Gerald shouted a battle cry as he pushed a bandit back, quickly catching up to Natalie
Huh?! G-Gerald!
You idiot! What possessed you to charge in here alone?!
You're not the only one who can be reckless, you know! But...thanks. I'm glad you're here.
You... Hmph.

Bandit Leader

Curses! Why'd that monster of a captain have to show up?! But..
The bandits quickly made their way to Gerald.

Bandit Leader

We still outnumber you! Nothing's changed! Hahahah!
Hmph. I can take all of you on myself without breaking a sweat.
And that's how it should be.
After Battle...
Gerald gets pushed back.

Bandit Leader

Heh. That's some big talk. Might wanna save your breath, though. Your breathing's a little ragged.
Nngh! Ack!

Bandit Leader

You did pretty damn well for just one man. No idea what made you try so hard against hopeless odds, but it's all over now.
Good night.
Everything goes dark...
What made me...?
I wanted to protect that which is important to me. I wanted to carry out my oath.
That much should be obvious.
So what is with all these...feelings?
A Vision of Vettel appears in the background
And why does your face come to mind?

???

Gerald!
Natalie quickly made her way in front of Gerald as she took the attack from the bandit leader.
Ngh!
What are you doing?!
D-don't just...lie there...
Natalie sluggishly walks up to Gerald
No! Don't you—!
Gerald quickly grabs hold off Natalie so she doesn't fall, but then... Natalie slaps him.
Huh...?
Snap out of it! You're being so stupid, Gerald.
Wh-what?
How many years have I stood by your side? You might not realize it yourself, but it's clear as day to me.
I can see right into your mind. "Vettel would do better." "Vettel is already way ahead of me."
Those are the kinds of useless, unproductive things you're dwelling on right now!
Is Vettel all you care about?! Are you so consumed with him that there's no room in your heart for me? We swore that oath together, didn't we? The three of us!
Gerald, you're such a fool. That foolishness is exactly why you should be holding your ground!
You idiot... You've got to prove that the path you chose is the most righteous one! Force your opposition to believe in you with the sheer power of your will! I know you can do it.
N-Natalie!
Nngh... Getting mad makes your blood pump faster. I...forgot.
I suppose that...makes me a fool, too. A fool who decided...to prop up...another fool.
Natalie! Hang in there!
You are not alone, Gerald. I am here, and all of the Scarlet Legion are with you.
If you still don't understand, then...I'll have to dissect you after all.
H-huh?
We're all...here...for you. Ngh...
Natalie falls unconsious
Natalie! Natalie, wake up!
As Gerald screamed, The Scarlet Legionnaire's arrive at the scene.

Bandit Leader

Damn it! Look at them all!

Scarlet Legionnaire

Natalie! Brother Gerald! Are you all right?
Wh-what are you all doing here? I never...

Scarlet Legionnaire

When we couldn't find you anywhere, we feared the worst... I'm just glad we made it in time.
I...!

Scarlet Legionnaire

Why didn't you tell us what you were planning? You're always charging recklessly into things. Why don't you ever ask us for help?!
I mean, we might not be as strong as you, but we're all members of the Scarlet Legion, aren't we? Which means we're all in this together! Let us help you, Brother Gerald!
I-I...!

Scarlet Legionnaire

We're not letting these bandit scum win! You got that?! Our captain is counting on us! We're all going to live another day!
Show them what it means to be a part of the Scarlet Legion!
The Scarlet Legion cheered loudly
All of you...!
I...
Everything goes dark...
A Vision of Vettel appears in the background
I've been watching others, preoccupied with what they are achieving instead of what I am doing.
But that wasn't what he tried to teach me.

Gerald's Father

Having something to protect is what will make you strong.
For example, what I want to protect in this world is you. You and your mother. That is what centers me. It gives me the willpower I need to fight to protect everything, as a knight should.
So, ask yourself. What is it you want to protect?
What was my answer back then?
Here, we swear that our iron will shall stand indomitable in the face of hardship in order to ensure the joy and laughter of the people!
What am I fighting for?
Is it not to protect that which is important to me?

Gerald's Father

Ask yourself this: what do I want to protect?
Everything goes dark...
What am I doing?
The bonds I have worked so hard to forge, the friends I have made... Are they not plain before me now?
Denying the path that I have walked...
That would mean denying those very bonds. My own friends.
I won't let that happen!
What is it I want to protect?
The answer is clear.
A vision of the Scarlet Legion and Natalie appears in sucession in the background
And now that I know it...
All that's left is to defend it by sheer force of will.
For that is the knight my father taught me to be!
A red aura envelops Gerald.
The Scarlet Legionnaire gets pushed back by the Bandit Leader.

Bandit Leader

Hah... Bwahahahah! What's happened to your fangs, Legion dogs?

Scarlet Legionnaire

No...!
The Bandit gets knocked back by Gerald.
...

Scarlet Legionnaire

Brother Gerald!

Bandit Leader

Hmph. It's all the same to me if another dog joins the pack. Get him!
The Bandits surround Gerald as they attack him.

Bandit Leader

Hahahahahah! Skewered like a pig on a stick! Argh!
Huzzzaaaaaaahh!
Gerald shakes off the Bandits that surround him.

Bandit Leader

You...dog!
Like I said. Nothing's more effective than a frontal assault.

Scarlet Legionnaire

Brother Gerald!
Don't worry. My injuries aren't fatal.
Your captain's not going down that easily.

Scarlet Legionnaire

Understood, Brother Gerald!

Bandit Leader

Nnrgh... You're still outnumbered, dogs! You can't win!
The bandits quickly made their way to the group.
Oh, yes we can.

Bandit Leader

What?
I forgot myself for a while there...
But thankfully, I have friends, good friends, to help me remember who I am.
A vision of Natalie appears in the background
For their sake...
From this point onward, it will no longer be just my willpower or my faith...
But my very being, my heart, the blood running through my veins!
All of it will become as steel, glittering for all to see!
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