The Academy trainees eventually stop at a nearby marsh to rest and restock, as they believe they have been taken away from the main part of the fight between Roland and Estabul. As they are resting, Kiefer asks Ryner to leave the army and come with her, but Ryner doesn't feel like deserting, so she leaves on her own.
Suddenly, the group is attacked by several magic knights from Estabul, the same knights that the noble warned about in the end of the last episode. They cut through the trainees easily as Ryner and Sion try to escape. Soon enough, Ryner is forced to use his own magic power called the Alpha Stigma, a power that is able to copy any magical attack that Ryner sees and use it on the enemy. Thanks to the Estabul forces' great use of magic, Ryner is able to fight back. However, Ryner discovers that the magic knights have captured both Kiefer and Sion. They ask him to choose which one he wants to save.
Suddenly, Ryner becomes possessed by some evil force after using the Alpha Stigma too much at once. He is actually able to kill the entire contingent of magic knights from Estabul just by looking at them. He then turns his gaze upon Kiefer and Sion and starts choking them to death as Ryner tries to regain control. Sion figures out the hint and closes Ryner's eyes, allowing the real Ryner to regain control. Roland's reinforcements arrive just as the action is finally done, and Sion demands to know why Ryner didn't use his power sooner to save his academy classmates.