Five small boys wander through a dark forest. The youngest of the bunch, a boy named Nico, is prevented from running off on his own to find fairies by his older brother Toma in case there are wolves and Kushan nearby. The boys have a laugh until they are scared away by a monstrous creature flying above the forest canopy.
Bringing Casca back to Godo's home, Guts learns that the blacksmith died sometime after he left. Erica, still grieving over her adoptive parent's loss yet happy to see Casca again, assures Guts that Godo left this world content to see the swordsman one final time. The young girl invites him to live with her, agreeing with her that it would prevent Casca from wandering off again yet not the girl giving a solid confirmation, Guts is more focused on Griffith back in the physical world and the conflicted emotions he had over killing him. Erica would then reveal that Rickert is with a visitor whom he knew, with Guts realizing that it is Griffith.
Sprinting up the Hill of Swords, Guts finds a fully clothed Griffith with Rickert who tries to restrain the swordsman due to not being told the full story of the Eclipse. Griffith commented that Guts regressed to the mad dog he was when they first met, explaining that he wanted a proper meeting with the swordsman without Kushan interference. Thus Griffith thought the Hill of Swords to be a more ideal locale for their reunion, adding that he wished to visit his former subordinates' graves to see if he felt anything. But when Griffith expresses he feels nothing and still placed his dream upon the lives of those he sacrificed, Guts loses it and attempts to kill Griffith on the spot.
But Guts finds opposition in Nosferatu Zodd, who expresses his delight to face Guts once more while adamant to protect his master. The two warriors clash in tremendous fury of brute force and blades before Zodd assumes his Apostle form. Eventually, their battle reaches Godo's mine as Guts notices Casca wandering over in their direction. Griffith saves Casca when Zodd destroys the cave, noting the residual emotions of his vessel may have influenced his action. Griffith calls Zodd to take his leave on the Apostle's palm, offering Rickert an opportunity to resume his duties as a member of the Band of Hawk. Guts attempts to shoot Griffith down, but Rickert stops him.
Soon after, due to Rickert's insistence over what is going on, Guts decides to finally tell the youth and Puck what occurred during the Eclipse: That Griffith willfully offered the lives of their comrades to fulfill his dream. After Erica surveys the cave to beyond use, Rickert requests Guts to take him with him and Casca to track Griffith down. But Guts refuses, noting Rickert's heart would not into revenge as the youth runs after Erica when she breaks in tears over being left alone. Guts is at a loss over what to do with Casca as the only place she is safe has been utterly destroyed, but Puck offers his home as a suitable replacement. Guts, after restocking on supplies, leaves with Puck and Casca to the former's mysterious home.
Meanwhile, a city has been taken over the Kushan army with the men slaughtered and the women taken prisoner. Among the fearful women is a young girl who claimed the wind heralds the Hawk of Light. While the general overseeing the attack berated Silat over his failure to capture Griffith, the man had apparently arrived to the city alone on horseback.
Characters in Order of Appearance
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