The title of Chapter 005 is "Destiny."
Official Blurb Edit
Characters in order of Appearance Edit
- Nile (dream; memory)
- Maiza Avaro
- Firo Prochainezo
- Randy and Pezzo
- Denkurō Tōgō (memory)
- Victor Talbot (memory)
- Szilard Quates
- Isaac & Miria
The chapter opens with a panel of the Advena Avis in 1711. The ship has made it safely out of port, and now "all that's left" is to perform 'the experiment.' Nile (From where he is leaning on the railing) speaks up and says that from this point forward, they have no idea what is going to happen. In the next panel, someone (perhaps Ronny Schiatto) looks at Maiza Avaro and thinks "that's precisely why I expect great things from you...Mr. Maiza."
The next page cuts to the night of the summoning. An alchemist races through the ship and calls for the others to wake up -- Szilard Quates has betrayed the ship; he has devoured several of the alchemists already. A pair of feet stop to look at the empty clothes of a devoured alchemist on the floor.
The manga returns to 1927. Maiza wakes from his dream (it is almost 5:10 in the morning) of that dreaded night and puts on his glasses. He reflects that he hasn't had an 'ugly dream' like that in a 'very long time.'
He dresses, and makes his way to The Alveare. There he is greeted by Firo Prochainezo (who has a bandage over the wound he incurred in his fight with Donatello the previous day) and Randy and Pezzo. Maiza asks if Firo's injuries are all right, and suggests that he take the day off. Firo claims that he is fine, and Randy and Pezzo comment that Firo is always "getting himself busted up" and that he "shouldn't be so reckless."
Maiza quietly murmurs that "people...die quite easily, you know." Firo rubs his neck. He knows that, but...he's not that fragile. Randy grins and says to Maiza that people are tougher than one would think - after all, the priest (Donatello) that Firo tangled with didn't die. Randy and Pezzo praise Firo for cornering the "Phantom Father" himself, and Randy jokes that he'd thought that Firo wasn't going to be able to do anything after he'd hightailed it out of the Alveare.
The two demand to know what the "Phantom Father" was like, and ask if he also had anything to do with the church fire the previous day. Firo says that he doesn't know what happened at the church, but he heard that the priest had been involved. He tells them that the priest was as weird as the rumors make him out to be - Firo knows that he hurt Donatello, but in the next moment, the priest would be fine. And even when he bled, too.
Maiza clutches Firo's arm tightly and asks Firo what sort of man this priest was. Firo describes the priest's appearance, and Randy asks if the man is a friend of Maiza's. Maiza doesn't think so, and Randy sighs and says that if the priest had been Maiza's friend, he could have asked Maiza how the trick was done. Firo says that it didn't feel like an illusion, and Randy laughs and asks if Firo is implying that there really is a person who doesn't die. Now there's a trick he'd love to learn. Pezzo jokes that maybe some 'dead guy' went vampire, or maybe the person was a homunculus some alchemist made.
Maiza interrupts the trio's joking: "If you keep living, you only accumulate regrets." The three turn to look at him, and he smiles slightly and adds, "simply not dying wouldn't make you omnipotent, would it?"
Firo attempts to reply, but Maiza tells him to pay it no mind - anyway, he has some business at the church Firo mentioned. Firo offers to take him over there, and the two exit the Alveare.
As the two walk, Firo notes that Maiza seems somewhat tense. They stop some distance away from the church, and Firo says to Maiza that if he keeps walking he should see the building soon. Maiza tells Firo that he needn't accompany him any farther, and thanks him for coming all this way. Firo asks if he can help Maiza with anything; if he's looking for something in the church, more people would make it easier. Maiza states that this has nothing to do with Firo, and turns to leave.
Firo clenches his bruised fist, and says that just as he took a beating for the Gandor brothers that he grew up with, he's prepared to take a beating for his Martillo Family too. So if Maiza ever has something that Firo can do, he should tell him. Maiza looks at him and observes that Firo tends to confront everything straight-on, and wonders if that's why he's always getting hurt. Firo pouts that Maiza is calling him simple, and Maiza corrects him: he is saying that Firo grows faster with every injury. Maiza looks down and says, "I only...thought I should confront matters as well."
He admits to Firo that he's been thinking about 'something bad' that happened long ago, and apologizes for worrying him. If there's a crisis, he promises to rely upon Firo. Firo leaves to return to the Alveare, and Maiza resumes his walk towards the church. He reflects on his words ("if there's a crisis") and says to himself that he "musn't drag the Martillos into this." He debates on his options - should he avoid going out in the open? Should he look for 'him' (Szilard) on his own? Which option would cause less trouble for the organization?
He smiles a little and murmurs that it would probably be best if he left the Martillos. Then again - leaving the Family wasn't the first choice that sprang to his mind, which means that he must have changed over the years. Maiza arrives at the entrance of a ruined church. Looking at the scorch marks, he concludes that this must be the church in question. Stepping inside, he muses that the "Phantom Father" probably isn't one of the alchemists from the ship, but it never hurts to be careful.
He pauses - there is a little boy clutching a bag by the altar. He raises his voice and says "I see I'm not the first one here." The boy shoves the bag behind his back and asks if Maiza is a cop; Maiza replies that given his position, he prefers to avoid cops - just like the boy does...given that he's a thief. The boy yells at him to 'shut up,' - and asks him whose fault does he think it is that the boy has to scavenge here in the first place. He says that his father is at a speakeasy again today - he drinks, breaks things, feels bad about it and then drinks again to forget it.
The boy says that liquor must be bad - after all, that's why the Prohibition is in effect. Maiza doesn't agree - he says that the 'fools' are those who give into the temptation of liquor. Both now, and long ago...
Maiza suddenly notices the creaking of the damaged wooden beams above the boy. The burnt beams fall a moment later, and Maiza lunges forward and shoves the boy out of the way just in time. Maiza is not so lucky - the beams have crushed his lower half and at least one of his hands. He is dead. The boy groans and sits up, and gasps in horror at Maiza's corpse. He is confused when the scattered blood starts moving. It recedes slowly but surely back into Maiza's body. As he is regenerating, he lifts his head. Through bloodied teeth - as the blood is trickling back up his chin and through his mouth - Maiza says, "well...I gave in to the temptation of liquor too, in a way...it was a rather harsh liquor."
The manga flashes back to the Advena Avis. It depicts the summoning of the 'demon' and the drinking of the Grand Panacea.
Back to 1927. The boy stares in awe as blood and flesh return to Maiza's hand, as his thumb reforms and skin reknits and whispers: "you don't...die?" Maiza places his hat back atop his head, and as he steps away from the rubble he replies "strictly speaking...that's not quite true." He is pleased to see that the boy has survived. Putting a finger to his lips, he requests that the boy not tell anyone that he met Maiza at the church. The boy shives, and flees the scene. Maiza watches him go, and says out loud that he hadn't meant to frighten the child -- though his reaction was only normal. Walking toward the ruined doors, Maiza's focus returns to the problem with Szilard. He thinks that while this whole situation may be the result of what he'd wished for, he still has to face 'it.' It's already been "what...two hundred years?"
Exiting the church, he concludes that someday he will settle things with Szilard 'without fail' - after all, neither of them have a time limit.
The scene cuts back to 1711. Nile, Denkurō Tōgō and Victor Talbot are searching for Szilard. Nile asks if it's all right if he beheads the old man, given that he won't die from it. Denkurō adds that Szilard has already eaten several of their companions so they shouldn't let their guard down. Victor grits his teeth - to think they would gain immortality and end up fearing death right off the bat.
In another part of the deck, Maiza opens the door of a cabin to find Szilard devouring an alchemist. Maiza confronts him: "What have you done...Szilard?"
The manga cuts to 1930. Isaac and Miria (unnamed) have arrived in New York. Standing with arms akimbo, Isaac declares that this is their city of hope. Mimicking his pose, Miria says that the city really is bursting with it (hope). As the two sport wide, matching smiles, an observer stares at them and wonders what's 'with those guys?'
Thus ends the San Gennaro/1927 arc.
Unanswered Questions Edit
- What happened when Maiza confronted Szilard aboard the ship?
- Who are the couple in the last panel and what do they mean by "our city of hope?"