Episode Details

  • Episode Title: Promotion Sophia
  • Episode Number: 18
  • Series: Last Exile
  • Original Air Date: 8/4/2003
  • English Air Date: 12/10/2004

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Sophia Forrester meets with Nestor Messina at the Mad-thane estate in Norkia. Sophia shows him a copy of the Anatoray-Disith Peace Treaty that failed to be delivered ten years ago and proposes that Anatoray and Disith unite against the Guild. Nestor agrees the Alliance, and to Sophia being the leader of the united Anatoray and Disith forces. As a gesture of his goodwill, he gives Sophia a recording made by the Disith of the sound of Exile's engines.

At Horizon Cave, a group of musketeers including Mullin Shetland and Dunya Scheer practice for a mission to capture Claudia Units of the ships that the Alliance will use against the Guild, to prevent their ships from being sunk by having their units recalled. The operation is scheduled for the upcoming Covenant Day, when much of the Guild will hopefully be distracted with the ceremonies.

The Silvana flies to the site of Sophia's coronation as Empress. At the climax of the ceremony, Maestro Delphine Eraclea's flagship descends from above and begins scattering rose petals. Dio panics, terrified that Delphine had finally found him. Alex Row orders the Silvana to open fire on the Maestro's flagship, but Arthur Campbell refuses the order because the ship is directly above the coronation ceremony and the falling debris would kill Sophia. Alex is willing to fire regardless, but the rest of his crew is not, and the Maestro's ship ascends back to the Grand Stream.

Featured CharactersEdit

Anatoray characters

Disith characters

Silvana crew members

Guild members

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  • In chess, a promotion is the conversion of a pawn to a higher-value piece, usually a queen. In this episode, Sophia is promoted to Empress of Anatoray.
  • Written on the side of the Disith sound recorder is "ΜΜΙΙΙ ΚΛΟΥΔ" (2003 CLOUD) and other phrases in Greek.
  • The hourglass that turns over at Sophia's coronation has "εαρτη" written on the top. This is a transliteration of "Earth".
  • The level of water in the lake around the Mad-thane estate has fallen considerably since it was last shown, evidence of the drought afflicting Anatoray.

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