2 episodes in 2 days? Looks like we will be running through all of the kingdoms in the days leading up to Volume IV's premiere. Oh happy day! Here's the recap on Mistral: - Mistral is located on the second largest continent Onnit (?), which is east of Samus (Vale) - Mistral has the most "controlled territory" offering up a wide array of ecosystems and lifestyles. This might mean that geographically speaking, Mistral is the largest and that its borders where they display actual control is farther than any other kingdom's - With Mistral's large size comes its own issues of governance. While the capital city might be under control, more distant cities have a sense of lawlessness to them, cities like Windpath and Kuginashi (?) - Mistral's high society is world renowned for fashion, architecture, and theater. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to add other art forms as well to the list. - However, Mistral is home to the biggest black market and underworld in Remnant (suddenly, Roman's dominance of Vale's underworld isn't quite as impressive if Vale could be considered the minor leagues compared to Mistral) - Mistral is heavily influenced by its geography. Much of Mistral is defined by high cliffs overlooking the sea, so they utilized these resources as best as they could, building settlements in the cliff faces themselves while developing technology to travel by sea and air. As a result, much of Mistral remains in harmony with the natural landscape. Knowing now that Mistral is the biggest hive of scum and villainy in Remnant, it's starting to make a lot of sense of what kind of person Cinder is. After all, she likely grew up amongst the lower class, and was molded by its darkness into the person she is today. And someone from the lower class would have the ambition and hunger for power, a power long denied to people like her by the "high society" living higher up, and that might be a literal statement. The wealthy and older families that are a part of Mistral's first inhabitants live at the tops of the cliffs, while the lower class live further down the cliff faces closer to the water, and closer to any dangers that might be lurking down there. It's no wonder then that only the ruthless survive down there, and why Cinder finds the situation in Mistral so detestable as to mention it in her on air manifesto. She plans to return home and reverse the established social hierarchy and get revenge on Mistral's high society that kept people like her down.