The Empress has left the palace and begun her procession to the Moldova
Mausoleum. Watching her departure from their window are Asta and Abel. Watching
from the rooftop is Ion. Among the followers, Ion sees Radu and leaps at him,
intending to kill him with his sword, but Radu overpowers him. Suddenly, Radu
whispers to Ion that he must get away and stop the Empress then resumes his
nasty persona. Esther rushes into the courtyard to help Ion, but Radu and
Suleyman catch her. Just as Radu is about to kill Ion, the Empress orders
everyone to stop. She tells her guards to take Esther and Ion into the palace
and hold them there because she wishes to talk with them. Then she continues on
her way to the Mausoleum.
Asta and Abel head toward the Mausoleum themselves. Before they can get
there, they are appalled to see it go up in flames and smoke. Asta and Abel
go into hiding in the sewers until they realize that they are being shadowed.
Asta stays behind to fight and orders Abel to go to the palace and save Esther
and Ion. Assuming the Empress to be dead, Suleyman focuses on seizing control
of the Empire, while Radu takes on the job of getting rid of Esther and Ion
before they can say too much to the other nobles. Suleyman does not want them
to be killed, however, so Radu has come up with a different plan.
Radu goes down into the dungeon where Esther and Ion are being held. When
Ion attempts to understand why Radu is so against the Empress and her ability
to peacefully unite both Terrans and Methusalahs in Byzantium, Radu reveals his
true self. Radu is indeed dead, and his body is being inhabited by Dietrich von
Lohengrin, the Puppet Master of the Order of Rosenkreutz. Ion attempts to rush
him, but Dietrich fires a bullet at Ion. It doesn't take long for Ion to
realize that it wasn't an ordinary bullet. It contained a catalyst to excite
the vampire bacillus in Ion's blood. Soon Ion will turn into a ravenous beast
with an uncontrollable bloodlust that will cause him to drink every last drop
of Esther's blood. Dietrich tosses Esther a knife to protect herself and then
leaves them both to kill or be killed.
Ion begs Esther to kill him, but she cannot. Ion fights the thirst while
Esther stands by helplessly.