Despite putting up a gallant fight, Kirito’s former enemy, Eiji, is defeated by Vassago.
Far off to the south, Sinon manages to inflict severe damage on Gabriel, but her strength has been sapped. Leafa, in a deadly struggle in the center of the Underworld, collapses after wiping out the entire army of American players. And Asuna, her situation now hopeless, gazes at Kirito lying on the ground. He is their last hope. But the Black Swordsman continues to wander through his dreams.