Eugeo and Kirito are now elite students of the academy. Humbert Zizek, Second seat among the elite students, challenges Eugeo to a duel which ends in a draw. Some days later, Kirito and Eugeo have a picnic with their pages, Ronye Arabel and Tiese Shtolienen. Ronye and Tiese reveal that a fellow student, Humbert's page Frenica Szeski, is being abused by Humbert. Kirito and Eugeo confront Humbert and his classmate, Raios Antinous, who do not deny the accusations, but claim that they did not violate any rule. While alone with Eugeo, Tiese expresses her despair about someday being forced to marry a person like Humbert, and Eugeo comforts her.