Time to do another EP and this time? Is from a video game
[++'''What's the Work'''++]
So, the work name is ''Shining Resonance Refrain''. A game by Sega which is an updated re-release of a game called Shining Resonance. The story at first focuses on the Astoria army that tries to free some captive in a place known as the Gaelritz Prison. However, the story focuses on one of the Gaelritz Prisoner's captive, Yuma Ilvern, who is the vessel of an entity known as the Shining Dragon.
As the dragons were thought to be extinct due to the first catastrophe that happen, Yuma was taken as a captive by Lombardian Empire as a result. Fortunately, the Astorian army and it's leader, the Princess of Astoria Sonia Blanche and her elf companion from Wellant, Kirika Towa Alma, saved Yuma from trouble and originally they were stopped by the princess of the Lombardian Empire, Excella Noa Aura, but the three heroes manage to escape from her clutches and as a result, Sonia then asks Yuma to join their side so that they could save Astoria from the Empire's dominion.
Originally, Yuma was really scared when trying to release his true power because of the Dark And Troubled Past he experienced. However, as the time went by, he is capable to control the power of the Shining Dragon and tries at his best to save Astoria from the Empire's clutches with Sonia, Kirika, Kirika's elf servant Rinna Mayfield, A fiery man who has a huge BigBrotherInstinct towards Yuma, Agnum Bulletheart, the youth who was originally one of the Empire's puppets, Marion le Shiella and lastly Kirika's stern but kind brother, Lestin Sera Alma.
Now, our candidate in question is not Excella. She doesn't due to tons of the mitigating qualities that she had and falls short in heinousness. However, the candidate in question that I want to bring is TheDragon towards Excella and is the captain of Beowulf, Georg Zalbard.
[++'''Who is He/What Has He Done'''++]
Alright, so Zalbard here is actually the Captain of the group of knight known as "Beowulf" which is a group that pleads their loyalty to the Sanguine Church of Lombardia. Zalbard? Is a seemingly sane man towards his subordinates at Beowulf at first and is also loyal towards Princess Excella. However, it turns out he had a Hidden Agenda by sending one of his spies, a dark elf named Beatrice Irma, so that she could spy on Excella to saw her movements. Unfortunately, Excella knows what Georg was up to something that doesn't lining up towards her wishes however she doesn't realize the full depths on what Georg was planning and as a result, she then sent Beatrice again for spying on him.
In the last parts of the gamem after Excella performs a negotiation towards the main heroes in order to save her father from an illness that plagues him, Georg's facade comes into slip and it was revealed that he betray Excella by killing her father and then tries to incriminate her as a traitor of the Lombardian Empire. He then summons a dragon named Caliburn with his new sword called Gjallahorn to kill Excella and the heroes who stood on his way and it was revealed that he conspired with a scientist of the Beowulf named Joachim Reubens to do something sinister.
See, here's the thing about the Sanguine Church that Georg was devoted to: It was revealed that they were the worshipper of the EvilGod known as Deus and they, including Georg and Joachim, spends so many time to revive Deus. Here's the thing about Deus, it was revealed that he is the source of the first apocalypse and Georg willingly tries to cause that to happen with the intention of cleansing the heretics and the weaker people and leave the people who are worthy to inherit the power of Deus including him.
Despite his cooperation with Joachim, it doesn't long last considered the latter found another lieutenant of Beowulf called Zest Graham to be the worthiest person to achieve Deus' power. Furious, Georg and Joachim bickering against each other to the point that he called Georg a heretic. In anger, Georg then kills Joachim out of spite and tries to revive Deus all for himself.
After the heroes defeated Zest in Sleepy Hollow, Georg then comes in with the Gjallahorn and stabs and drains Yuma's shining dragon power in order to revive Deus. This happens before when Beatrice and the three dragons that Excella had tries to protect her against Georg which resulted in utter loss for Excella. Fortunately, even if Yuma got stabbed, he is still alive and went into a coma. Fortunately, Kirika and Excella came to rescue by performing a song that woke him up. In the place where Deus was sealed, Georg was stopped by a Wandering Hero called Jinas Aeon at first. But due to Georg's immense power, Jinas can't fight against him and defeated as a result. However, Jinas then gave the power to Yuma so that he and his companions could defeat Georg once and for all. After the intense final fight to the point that it requires the power of the Shining Dragon to defeat Georg, Georg was fortunately stopped by Yuma and his companions, killing the mad disciple once and for all and prevent the second apocalypse to happen.
[++'''Freudian Excuse/Mitigating Factors'''++]
Zilch with Georg there. Dude was originally putting an affable facade towards the Princess at first but in the end of the day, it was just well, a facade. And his devotion on Deus doesn't strike as mitigating to me as in the end of the day, he was just a madman who is obsessed with power and tries to purge the weaker people and the heretics and only leave the chosen ones just like him (And even then, he rarely has some interactions with the Sanguine Church members at best and become murderous towards them at worst--Case in point with Joachim's incident--if he doesn't get what he wants). Also, his relationship with Jinas? Nothing mitigating as it is pragmatic at best and he has no hesitation to kill Jinas when he's trying to stop his plans. You can also tell that he doesn't really care about Excella once he said that he doesn't care that much about the civil war that will happen in Lombardia so yeah... In the end, I think he doesn't have any mitigating qualities left on his bone.
Well, here's where it gets a little bit tricky. So Sanguine Church is also responsible of other atrocities such as scouring other village and tries to do some breeding campaign (Thank god its offscreen though) so that they could found the true inheritor of Deus (While this was offscreen, it was told vividly from Zest point of view regarding some of the Sanguine Church soldiers murdered his family and friends) and it was revealed that Deus itself was a machine created by the High Elf without relying on the rune songs which accidentally causes the first apocalypse to happen.
Another person who also contribute to the heinous standard is Joachim, and surprisingly, Yuma and Jinas. Joachim conducts some awful experiments and case in point, one of his experiment is that he tries to brainwash a children becoming his tykebomb to kill the heroes and had some sick enjoyment on it, and Yuma and Jinas accidentally decimated their village when they tried to use the power of the Shining Dragon and the latter doesn't mind if Deus got resurrected and tries to help Georg with it. But here's the thing, both Yuma and Jinas regretted on what they had done especially the latter who only wants to see Deus getting revived so that he could defeat it to atone for his sins and has no intentions to cause the apocalypse to happen again unlike Georg and Jinas even said that even the world needs to be saved from harm at the end of the day.
However, I think Georg leaps the heinous standard pretty easily as he willingly tries to cause the second apocalypse to happen, betray Excella once the chips are down, killing Joachim out of pettiness after he got called a heretic due to refusing to saw Zest as the true inheritor of Deus, causing Yuma to fell into coma after draining some of the Shining Dragon powers... Yeah, I think he just meets it.
A pretty basic keeper. Says I.