So many things are happening in Miraland! Suddenly the story is getting a lot more serious…
There are still so many thing we don’t know,
But my biggest question remains:
is anyone going to give me grilled fish?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, our heroine Nikki wins the preliminary styling contests. She is now in the final three with Sherry and Ace – two formidable opponents. On the eve of the final contest, Nikki runs into Mela, who is definitely up to no good. Nikki beats Sherry and goes on to battle Ace, but notices Sherry is strangely transfixed by Ace and cannot stop staring at her.
Before they can declare a winner, the contest is interrupted as an intruder breaks into the Queen’s palace! Royce rushes away to protect his sister, passing control of of the Fantasy Styling Contest to Prime Minister Henry. Sherry and Mela flee the palace together, while the front row of the audience suddenly jump up and draw their swords. As the crowd begins to panic, Kimi leads Yoko and Momo to safety.
The Royal Palace in Lilith Kingdom
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Ace and Nikki fight their way through the panicked crowd to find Kimi, Momo, and Yoko. Suspecting treachery, the group then goes after Royce, only to find the Royal Palace under siege. They sneak into the castle to rescue Prince Royce and Hika, and then follow Royce towards the Imperial Gallery. As they sneak past the fray outside, Royce informs them he has long suspected Henry of being a traitor to the throne. Acting on these suspicions, he passed control of the Styling Contest to Henry as a test – while installing a secret force outside the city in case of conflict. However, this force only responds to direct command from royalty and with Royce trapped in the palace and the Queen missing, no one has come to help.
Within the Imperial Gallery, there is a casket harboring the guardian spirit of Lilith. Passing the spirit’s trials enables the victor to create a Phantom, which can move without physical limits. Nikki suspects this is how Queen Nanari originally contacted her, and she clears the trials so Royce can restore order to the city. They discover Henry has fled to the North Kingdom, leaving trouble in his path. Queen Nanari and Yasu are both missing, presumably kidnapped by Henry’s army. As the gang takes in this news, the casket suddenly shows a new prophecy! Miraland is heading towards a crisis – but the Windvale Tribe possesses the Miracle Scroll, the key to saving their home. The Chosen One must retrieve the scroll, and who else could this be but our fashionable heroine? Nikki and her crew set off for their next destination: the Republic of Wasteland!
The Royal Palace in Lilith Kingdom, the Imperial Gallery
Nikki, Momo, Bobo, and Ace arrive in the Wasteland, being cautious about their unexplored surroundings. As they arrive at a small tribe on the border, they begin to hear music coming from a bonfire party. Before they can warn her, Bobo rushes out to dance and meet the locals. Nikki, Ace, and Momo rush after her and to their surprise, discover the friendly villagers of the Pota Tribe. Our heroine and her friends stop for the barbecue before continuing to the Windvale Tribe – and finally Momo can fill his belly!
As they eat, they find a small boy hiding under table eating fallen scraps. He’s wary of the group, but reveals he is Tuda, the son of the Pota Tribe’s Chief. Tuda tells them about Ransa, a foreign woman who earned the Tribe Chief’s trust and gave him a strange elixir until he fell into a long coma. She then imprisoned Tuda and seized the power for herself. With Nikki’s help, Tuda confronts Ransa for the antidote. Ransa denies the allegations but agrees to a battle, believing she will not lose to a child. Nikki beats her and she flees, leaving the antidote and a warning that she will return. The Chief awakens and hands over a badge Ransa once gave him – revealing she is a member of the Iron Rose legion! With this new information in hand, Nikki and her friends leave for Windvale as Tuda departs for the North Kingdom.
The Pota Tribe in the Wasteland Republic
Tuda, Ransa, the Chief
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Nikki and her friends see Tuda off, and begin their trek to the Windvale Forest. They are interrupted by Sherry from the Iron Rose Legion, who demands to speak to Ace privately. When their conversation is over, Ace admits she has “something very important figure out” and must leave. She tells them to go ahead and she will return as soon as she can. As they leave, Sherry warns Nikki, “Before long, you will truly understand what sadness means…”
Despite this ominous start, the gang heads into town where people are bustling about, discussing a Lilith fortuneteller named Starlet who has arrived. Starlet reveals she is lost but wants to aid Nikki in her journey. Nikki must defeat the tribe’s archpriest Imm in order to get the key to Windvale Forest’s gate. With the key, they may enter the forest and retrieve the scroll. As they are ready to enter Windvale, breaking news from a messenger arrives.
After Nidhogg revolted in Lilith’s Royal City, he returned to the North where he united fighting warlords and created an army. He has just attacked Cloud City, and the city’s 20 thousand citizens are under attack. Chief Designer Lunar is struggling to protect her city and hold Nidhogg off. Nikki and her friends are faced with a choice: do they rush to Cloud Empire to save Lunar, or brave the unknown forest for the Miracle Scroll?
Path to Windvale Forest in the Wasteland Republic
Choosing to aid Lunar, Nikki and her friends rush to the train station to find people waiting for the latest news. Rail lines in the Cloud Empire are shut down, and the closest a train will take them is Rosset City. Making their way there, they find the city packed with Cloud City refugees fleeing. Nikki meets with Zhong Lizi, now fighting in Cloud Empire’s military. “Decades of peace have been shattered overnight,” he tells them.
Onboard, Zhong Lizi explains the situation to Nikki. Three warlord armies from Nothern Kingdom’s Mt. Till are attacking Cloud City, led by the ruthless Direct Commander Nidhogg and his Commander-in-Chief Verdfare. The train stops in Lor River City on the outskirts of the Cloud Empire. Zhong Lizi leads Nikki into the military camp to meet with General Huo, who refuses to take his unprepared troops into Cloud City. He assures them Lunar will be alright, but Nikki and her friends disagree. A bad feeling in the air, the gang leaves Lor River City to find Lunar.
Rosset City (Apple Federation), Lor River City (Cloud Empire)
Nikki and co. arrive in the rain, seeing houses ablaze. Woods and villages along the way have been burned down. They realize General Huo is not taking action because most of Cloud City has been abandoned, leaving Lunar and a few troops behind. The driver refuses to take them farther, so they travel through the rain and smoke. Reaching the city, Nikki fears they will be seen by troops from the North army. They meet Cali, a journalist who agrees to take them inside in exchange for an interview. The gang sneaks through the sewers, emerging to find Lunar and Nidhogg in a duel. Before they can reach Lunar, a woman cuts them off. She is Major Ozeca of the Snow Eagle Legion. Despite her prowess, Nikki defeats her.
Rushing forward, they see Lunar reaching toward the sky in pain. She falls down, the only sounds being Nikki’s cries as she cradles Lunar’s body. Cloud soldiers begin to cry, and the mayor kneels in defeat. He announces today as the most humiliating day – their day of failure. Nidhogg steps back, removes his hat and holds it to his heart, bowing to Lunar’s body. Bobo and Momo erupt in anger and demand to know why he attacked Cloud Empire, but he refuses to explain his motives. “Leave before it’s too late,” Nidhogg tells Nikki. Sobbing, Nikki cannot face him. To motivate her, Bobo explains Miraland’s blood curse. When one uses force on another, they are devoured by burning pain. Nidhogg is at his weakest right now. Bobo begs Nikki, “Lunar sacrificed herself to protect us, will you let her die in vain?”
Resolving herself to fight, Nikki faces Nidhogg. She loses over and over but refuses to give up despite the odds. Meanwhile, an Iron Rose airship flies steadily towards Cloud City, looking for Nikki. Queen Elle has ordered them to protect her. They arrive at the scene and Sherry informs Nidhogg that the Pigeon Kingdom has declared war on the North Kingdom for breaking the peace treaty. In the chaos, a silver-haired man breaks through the crowd, screaming for Lunar. He is revealed to be her lover Louis. He grabs her and disappears with her into the rain, vowing to take her back home. Aligning the Iron Rose legion with Nikki, Suddenly Mela presents her with the Iron Rose’s Dawnblade – a blade that can stop Nidhogg’s legendary skill. Nikki defeats him temporarily, and they flee in the Iron Rose airship. Ozeca is angry at Nidhogg for allowing them to leave. She reveals that the North has an antidote for the pain for the Blood Curse, but Nidhogg refuses to use it. “War goes hand in hand with pain. Once you start a war, you should be aware of the suffering,” he tells her.
Cloud City (Cloud Empire)
Cali, Major Ozeca, Louis
On the airship, Iron Rose explains are behind Louis’ arrival. Sherry theorizes that the North is in league with someone else due to their immense power, and wonders about Henry’s blood-stained necklace. She tells Nikki that retrieving the necklace is the best way to stop the war. Breaking news comes that Apple Federation Group has appointed their Chief Financial Officer Charles to be their new president instead of Kimi, who was in line for the position.
The group lands outside of Luochuan City in the Pigeon Legion camp where they meet Debbie – Iron Rose’s cutest bookworm! Luochan is crowded with refugees, and the gang rushes to the Cloud Empire camp where they encounter Neva along the way. She has been dispatched by Royce to investigate Queen Nanari’s disappearance and Nidhogg’s evil intentions. Nikki, Bobo, and Momo enter the palace to see General Huo. Here they inform him about what happened in Cloud City and how they escaped on the airship. Fearing Nikki will tell residents what truly happened, General Huo refuses to let Nikki and her friends leave the palace. Zhu Rhosheng (Luochan’s military advisor) and Zhong Lizi aid them in escaping, and inform Nikki that a friend is waiting for her deep in the woods.
At a small shack deep in the woods, they find Kimi and Orlando covered in blood. Orlando has been shot in the shoulder after taking a bullet for Kimi. The night before war was declared, Kimi’s father was kidnapped as Charles took control of the Apple Federation Group – pointing to an illegal connection between the businessman and Apple Federation’s government. Orlando rescued Kimi, who is desperate to return and save her father. Orlando asks Nikki to keep watch over Kimi in Cloud so her captors don’t take her away. Orlando vows to return to the Apple Federation to aid his countrymen despite the immense danger. Although Nikki begs him to stay, he wins the battle and leaves. His fate is unknown.
Meanwhile General Huo discovers Zhong Lizi helped Nikki escape and is furious. When Zhong Lizi confronts him on his poor leadership and blames him for Lunar’s death, General Huo locks Zhong Lizi in a military prison. However a notice comes ordering General Huo to step down and Zhong Lizi to take his place. Zhong Lizi swears to defeat Nidhogg and stop the Northern Kingdom’s warfare. Nikki and Kimi decide to return to Apple Federation, despite the danger. Their first step will be to look in the archives for information on Nidhogg’s mysterious necklace. What will await in Kimi’s tumultuous homeland?
Iron Rose Legion airship, Pigeon Camp and Cloud Empire Camp in Luochuan City (Cloud Empire)
Debbie, Charles, Zhu Rhosheng