Ep 20 – “General of the Blazing Flame” / “Mōen no Shō” (猛炎の将)
The Sylphs and the Cat Siths are holding a secret meeting, with the goal of forming an alliance in order to clear the Grand Quest, completion of which grants entry into the World Tree. A force of Salamanders plans to attack the meeting and Kirito and Leafa reach the meeting place just before the Salamanders attack. Seeing that they have no chance against them in a direct confrontation, Kirito rushes forward and addresses the Salamander General, Eugene. Kirito bluffs that he is an ambassador for a Spriggan-Undine alliance, and cautions him that to attack them would be tantamount to declaring war on all four races. Eugene does not believe him and challenges him to a duel, which Kirito wins and the Salamanders retreat. After learning that the now-allied Sylphs and Cait Siths are going to assault the World Tree in a couple of days, Kirito donates a large sum of money to Alicia, leader of the Cait Siths.