Ep 17 – “Imprisoned Queen” / “Toraware no Joō” (囚われの女王)
Leafa, a Sylph player, thanks Kirito for saving her from the attack of player-hunting Salamanders and teaches him how to fly properly. They travel to the Sylph Territory (Sylvein), where they meet one of Leafa’s party members, Recon. Leafa and Kirito go to an inn and have a conversation about how he can get to the top of the World Tree. Seeing Kirito’s determination to reach the top of the tree, Leafa decides to help and asks him to meet her at the inn the next day. In the real world, when Leafa logs-out, it is revealed that she is actually Suguha. Meanwhile, Asuna is seen in a gigantic bird cage at the World Tree, held by the Gamemaster, Oberon the Fairy King.