After a major earthquake, something that is considered rare in the Special Region, struck the Imperial capital, the Japan Self-Defense Forces sent humanitarian aid to the citizens of the capital. During this period, a number of JSDF personnel, including the Third Recon Team were present at the Imperial Palace in Sadera for a meeting between the emperor and JSDF officials.
In the middle of the meeting, Zorzal El Caesar stormed into the palace, dragging several of his sex slaves behind him, all chained and nude. Zorzal revealed that one of them was a Japanese citizen named Noriko Mochizuki, who knew of earthquakes from Japan and had even tried to warn him of possible aftershocks. Yōji Itami was infuriated when he learned about the treatment Noriko received and punched Zorzal in the face, knocking him to the ground.
After being struck by Itami, Zorzal ordered his guards to kill Itami and the rest of the JSDF soldiers. Instead, the guards were quickly disposed of by the far superior weapons of the JDSF, with Shino Kuribayashi killing several of them personally with her rifle and bayonet.
After several guards were killed, the rest fled in terror. Youji ordered Zorzal to tell him if there were any other Japanese slaves in the Empire. Zorzal refused, and Itami ordered Kuribayashi to force the information out of him. Shino did this with extreme enthusiasm, brutally beating Zorzal and breaking his fingers until he revealed that a number of Japanese slaves were taken, but he did not know about their current status nor whereabouts. She continued until Itami stopped her, this time demanding an answer from Zorzal at gunpoint. Tyuule intervened by placing herself in front of Kuribayashi and Itami to shield Zorzal from the two.
Shortly afterwards, an Imperial officer arrived with his guards, but did not engage the JSDF. He commented on the Japanese search for their enslaved citizens, questioning how a nation that cared so much about the lives of their citizens could be so strong. Noriko and presumably any other slaves within the compound were freed. Though given the chance at freedom, Tyuule refused to leave the service of Zorzal, intending to continue her plot to drive the JSDF towards war with the Empire.