“A Princess’ Request”
“Himegimi no Irai” (姫君の依頼)
Having taken care of the love potion, Louise and Saito receive a new mission. In order to strengthen her country’s alliance, Princess Henrietta is to be wed to the Emperor of Germania. Louise and Saito must recover an indiscreet letter that Henrietta wrote to Prince Wales of Albion or the wedding with Germania will be cancelled. The princess is unable to see the prince in person because Albion is in a state of civil war. Guiche overhears the conversation and volunteers to aid the princess and Henrietta accepts, much to Louise and Saito’s ire. Before leaving, Saito learns about Gandálfr and legendary Void magic from Colbert, as well as a story of two dragons. On the day of departure, their escort, Wardes, captain of the griffin squadron, arrives. It turns out he is also Louise’s fiancé and Saito grows jealous of him as they journey to the port city of La Rochelle. Later, Derflinger talks to Saito about Gandálfr, and how only Gandálfr can use Derflinger. Wardes proposes to Louise then, at dinner, asks Saito to spar with him. Wardes wins easily and mocks Saito’s promise to protect Louise leaving Saito feeling down.