February 13, 2016

And She Can Drive Too

From Episode 18 of GATE, a series where Leilei has, until recently, mainly to her laconic mannerisms, been something of a background character. A competent apprentice mage with a knack for languages, she has been absolutely vital to the progression of the story, having acted as interpreter, had enough on the ball to inquire about the dragon scales and add her knowledge and the authority that comes with her status to the group's tookit. Leili finally got to shine in a big way last episode when she turned the tide in the fight against the dragon. . 

Now, despite her very young age, she's going to a city of mages where she is going to attempt to give what amounts to a dissertation in front of a group of elders and gain the title of Master Mage. (Some time ago, she got her hands on a middle school chemistry book and learned the basics of covalent bonds...her demonstration should be entertaining).

Meanwhile, Itami,  got sacked and relieved of his command (for abandoning his post to kill the dragon...despite the wink and the nod he received prior) . He was also presented with multiple medals, awards as well as titles of nobility (and a slave girl!?) from the locals. Itami is told to just "go out and explore".  He is to keep reconnoitering the new world paying special attention to its resources. Thus he decides to accompany Leili on her journey since she's really useful to have around a city of mages sounds potentially facinating and rich in a resource that warrants some study. Rory is along because, I gather, she wants to desecrate a local shrine and the jeep beats walking, Yao insists on coming because she's the aforementioned slave girl (WTF!?). Tuka tags along for...reasons. Leili brings a letter of recommendation from her teacher which is sufficiently glowing to get her an audience.

The result of this is that the group is nowhere NEAR the Imperial capital when Princes Penã throws a diplomatic soiree involving the Emperor and a bunch of minor characters that successfully kicks off the peace talks. With our heroes, the chaos magnets, on the other side of the Empire, and the Japanese ambassador and Penã overseeing the event, odds seem pretty good that nothing can go wron...

Almost nothing can go wrong when two very different societies meet and one has no concept of a statute of limitations and considers giving a necklace to a 12 year old girl a contractual promise to marry.  

Also Leili has a sister.

Next week: Hijinks ensue.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:29 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 A small correction:

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Feb 13 05:44:01 2016 (+rSRq)

2 I have no doubt Rory wishes to desecrate a shrine, especially considering her recent encounter with the apostle of Hardy and her constant machinizations...but I would bet the main reason she tagged along is standing next to her.

Posted by: Ben at Sat Feb 13 13:24:19 2016 (RRfF8)

3 Hey, one of the hallmarks of superior time management is the ability to combine business trips and vacations!

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Sat Feb 13 14:17:43 2016 (v29Tn)

4 OK that second paragraph now reads much more coherently as three. 
@ Steven: What did I get wro....Ah HA. A particularly cunning spoiler tag trap. Masterfully done sir. Touche'.

@ Ben: Yes, because she has made arrangements to eat his soul and the more great deeds he does before he dies, the better he will taste, so he's kind of like Sous-vide or (Itami dearly hopes) a wine that she wants to have aged.
@AvatarX: Yes! Yes it is. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Feb 13 17:56:58 2016 (AaBUm)

5 She wants to eat more than his soul.  Wink wink nudge nudge knowwhatImean?

sorry, that should have been below me.  And yet I wrote this before I clicked "post".

Posted by: Ben at Sat Feb 13 19:39:05 2016 (S4UJw)

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