Santoria. Lior’s house.
Guard 2: There doesn’t appear to be any sign of struggle or foul play.
Guard 1: That makes it even more strange. I can’t imagine Lior being defeated so easily. What do you think?
Guard 2: Someone may have murdered him, but I think he could have done this to himself, given his situation.
Guard 1: What do you mean?
Guard 2: The war’s been taking a toll on all of us.
Guard 1: He’s always appeared to be fine as far as I know though.
Guard 2: Being depressed isn’t a prerequisite for suicide.
Guard 1: That’s true, but knowing Lior’s personality, if he felt this was something he had to do, we would have at least found a note. There is none.
Guard 2: You think there’s more to this?
Guard 1: I believe so. But I think it’d be better to get a second opinion from Master Jephthah since he’ll be arriving soon…
In the alleyway
Jephthah: *Thinking* Lior’s the latest to perish. I wish it wasn’t true. I’d like to know how and why. He’s not…
Jephthah: Oh, are you alright?
Seilah: Yes, I’m fine. Actually, I wanted to ask you something.
Jephthah: I’m sorry but I’m in a bit of a hurry.
Seilah: I said I wanted to ask you something. It will only take a bit of your time.
Jephthah: *Sigh* Fine, what do you need?
Seilah: Do you know where I can find this man? *hands over photograph*
Jephthah: Advisor Aaron? He should be at the plaza.
Seilah: Where is that?
Jephthah: You go down here toward the front of the church and just keep going left. you can’t miss it.
Seilah: That’s all I needed to know.
Jephthah: Huh? What am I doing standing around? *starts running* I’m finally here.
Guard 1: Ah! Master Jephthah, up here!
Jephthah: *Levitates into the room* Well, let me see the body. *Lifts white sheet* Good lord…
Guard 2: His whole torso has been blown. It looks like he concentrated his energy to take his own life, sir.
Jephthah: Yeah, whoever killed him wanted to make it seem like that.
Guard 2: Whatever do you mean, sir?
Jephthah: I’m saying that there’s no way he killed himself. I know him, and he would never do such a thing.
Guard 2: But sir, all of the evidence points to it being the only conclusion.
Jephthah: And I’m saying it’s not possible!
Guard 2: …
Jephthah: There’s gotta be something! Have there been any witnesses?
Guard 1: We’ve been asking around and no one so far has come forward.
Jephthah: Lior is one of the happiest people I know, he would never do this.
Guard 1: Exactly.
Guard 2: There is a possibility something else is up, but the current evidence doesn’t support it, sir.
Guard 2: I don’t want to accept it either, but…
Jephthah: Wait, hold that thought. Can one of you get in contact with Your Highness?
Guard 1: Yes sir! *Exits to other room*
Guard 2: If I may ask, why must you call Your Highness?
Jephthah: To make sure they made it to the palace.
*Back to Jericho and Hiram*
Jericho: So how do you like your new attack?
Hiram: No complaints so far. Let’s just hope I’m never in a position where I have to use it.
Jericho: That’s true.
Hiram: Damn shame you didn’t learn anything new today.
Jericho: It’s alright. I’m still stronger than you.
Hiram: Hmph, keep taunting me like that, and I’ll use it on you first.
Jericho: I’ll be more than pre…
Jephthah: Jericho, where are you now?
Jericho: We’re still heading to the palace right now. Is there something wrong?
Jephthah: I think it’d be best if I stay in contact with you until you make it back.
Jericho: That’s fine with me. Did you find any clues?
Jephthah: Nothing that can gives us a lead. I still think there’s more to this though.
Jericho: I believe so too. I just wish we could find something to prove it.
Jericho: Hm, what’s up, Hiram? You haven’t said anything for a bit.
Hiram: …! Sorry, I was thinking.
Jericho: About what?
Jephthah: It’s nice to try new things.
Hiram: Anyway, I’m feeling some strange energy.
Jericho: Where is it coming from?
Hiram: I can’t pinpoint exactly, but it’s coming from the other direction.
Jericho: You sure? I don’t sense anything.
Hiram: I’ll go and check it out to be sure.
Jericho: I’ll go with you.
Hiram: It’s fine, you go and see Abi.
Hiram: You can iron out the details when I get back. I don’t think this is something I want to ignore.
Jericho: Okay, you go and handle it.
Hiram: Thanks, bro!
Jericho: Stay alert!
Jericho: You heard that?
Jephthah: Yeah, I wonder what it was he sensed.