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O is for Obedience is the fifteenth episode of season 2, and the forty-first episode overall of the TV series.

Plot

In Meridian, Nerissa is in the Infinite City prison speaking to her former Knights of Vengeance. Caleb, Julian and the other rebels enter the prison. Nerissa tells Julian that “numbers don’t lie” before teletransporting out, leaving Caleb confused.

Meanwhile in Heatherfield, the KSHIP radio team, with the help of Will, Taranee, Hay Lin and Cornelia, are preparing for Vance Michael Justin’s concert. Irma begins to annoy the others by ordering them around, but she is far kinder to Martin.

In Meridian, Julian and Caleb travel to McKenzian Falls where Julian shows Caleb the Mage’s coffin. Julian reveals that the Mage has been dead for eighteen years and Nerissa has been posing as her ever since. He also reveals that seventeen years ago, he fell in love with the Mage and they had a child - meaning that Nerissa is Caleb’s mother.

In Heatherfield, Irma continues to order her friends around, which gets on their nerves and causes them all to quit. Irma attempts to set up the concert on her own, but the job is too difficult. Just as Irma is debating apologizing, her friends return as they do not want to miss out on Vance’s concert. Irma is still being overly nice to Martin and he demands to know why. Irma reveals that she still feels guilty about making Martin feel like a loser and she does not want to do it again. Martin reassures her that she does not need to feel guilty, and that their relationship is a balance of annoyance and rejection with no room for pity or guilt.

Caleb returns to the Meridian Palace and asks Blunk to fold him to Mount Thanos so he can confront Nerissa. On arrival at the top of the mountain, Nerissa knocks Caleb out with her quintessence. Caleb awakes in the same cave Nerissa was trapped in years before. Nerissa explains that her reason for having Caleb was to have someone who could unite the Meridianites and overthrow Prince Phobos, allowing Nerissa to eventually seize power over Meridian. Caleb expresses shock at seeing Cassidy’s ghost, and Nerissa explains that soon Cassidy will live again and that all worlds will bow to Nerissa’s will.

The Vance Michael Justin concert is about to begin in Heatherfield and Irma and Martin start the radio show. However, the show is not broadcasting as there is a missing connection in the circuit – the stage microphone. Irma attempts to make it onto the stage to connect the microphone and Vance thanks her in front of the audience. Irma accepts the thanks, but neglects to credit her friends for the work they have put in. Suddenly, Julian and Blunk fold in and land in the middle of the stage. Vance thinks this was part of Irma’s plan to introduce his new song Fantasy Love and thanks her again. Julian tells the Guardians about Caleb and Nerissa and they decide to go to Mount Thanos to rescue Caleb.

The Guardians arrive at Mount Thanos and battle the Knights of Destruction. Cornelia distracts Khor, allowing Julian and Blunk to go into the cave and rescue Caleb. Nerissa reveals to Caleb that she wants him to rule beside her and offers him part of her power. Caleb pretends to be under Nerissa’s control before grabbing the Heart of Meridian. However, it instantly transports back into Nerissa’s hand. Nerissa berates Caleb for not listening to her, and Caleb says her dream is that of every petty tyrant and that they will beat her just like they did Phobos. Nerissa is about to attack Caleb when Julian arrives and tells her that if their love could create a person like Caleb, then there must have been good in her once. Nerissa relents and allows them to leave, but warns them not to cross her again. Caleb returns to Meridian alone, whilst the Guardians return to Heatherfield.

By the time the Guardians make it back to Vance’s concert, it is the final encore. Irma apologizes to her friends and tells Vance that they deserve credit for putting the concert. Vance reveals that he is a fan of radio production and leaves with Martin to discuss soundboards, leaving Irma stunned.

Release notes

Trivia

  • Every second-season episode has a clear focus on one of the five main characters. This episode is one of 5 in the season to focus on Irma Lair.
  • This episode marks the first actual appearance of Vance Michael Justin, who was first discussed and seen on posters in Return of The Tracker. However, in this episode he is a singer instead of an actor.
  • It is revealed that Nerissa is Caleb's mother.
  • Nerissa punishes Ember for her disobedience.
  • Martin and Vance bond at the end of the episode.
  • This episode has the first demonstrated instance of being unable to take a mystic heart by force. Caleb tries to steal the Heart of Meridian, but it instantly teletransported back to Nerissa. It had previously been established that the Aurameres could not be taken by force.
  • Caleb's age is questionable, as in the second episode, Caleb says he is 15 years old, but in this episode it is stated that Julian and the Mage fell in love 17 years ago and had a child. Season 1 presumably unfolds over less than a full school year as it ends in winter, and season 2 continues immediately after season 1. By the time of this episode, it is well after the following summer, for which vacation had ended as of L is for Loser. Based on this timeline, Caleb should not be 17 years old yet. However, a pregnancy is about 9 months, so perhaps the timing simply meant that they conceived 17 years ago, or that some time elapsed between when they fell in love and when Caleb was conceived as perhaps Julian meant they fell in love 17 years ago not Caleb was born 17 years ago.

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