Naofumi shields Melty from the attacking Knights who accuse him of taking the Princess hostage, before retreating to let the narrative play out. Naofumi finds the pendant on a guard for the Church of Three Heroes, which hates the Shield. A doctored recording of Naofumi's "kidnapping" Melty is shown throughout the Kingdom, turning the Shield Hero into a fugitive.
Unable to reach Shieldfreeden, Naofumi plans to protect Melty so she can fix their situation, and they hike the mountains to reach Siltvelt instead. At night, as the Queen's emissaries follow in secret the group are met by the other three Heroes. Myne makes further accusations against Naofumi and with the Three Heroes still believing her they demand Melty's safe return or else.
Tropes for this episode include:
- Accidental Kidnapping: One of the many crimes the Three Heroes Church pins on Naofumi is kidnapping Melty, when in reality they tried to kill both of them and Naofumi keeps her around not trusting that Malty won't have her killed.
- Blatant Lies: Malty accuses Naofumi of using brainwashing magic on her little sister to make her claim that she wasn't kidnapped, and that heretics worshipping the shield hero as "the Savior of the Heavenly Fowl" have been springing up all over Melromarc.
- Cassandra Truth: When Malty accuses him of using a brainwashing shield to enthrall Melty into taking his side and force the citizenry to worship him, Naofumi points out the obvious that if he could brainwash people, he wouldn't be in the mess he is in. Since the Three Heroes are gullible and are already convinced that he is a scoundrel, they won't listen to him and try to arrest and/or kill him anyway.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When the shadow appears, she recognizes her as the woman who tried to warn her about the Three Hero Church's machinations against him when she finishes her sentences with "I dare say".
- Frame-Up: Naofumi sees one of the knights holding a broadcasting crystal ball and gets a bad feeling, something that is proven true when one of them attacks him with a sword and accuses him of trying to kidnap the princess. They even go on to tamper the footage to portray them gorily mowing down the knights with Psychotic Smirks and broadcasting it all over Melromarc.
- Hypocrite: Motoyasu has tried killing Naofumi twice over enslaving two girls (one of which being Filo), and yet here he has her chained against her will with magic manacles.Motoyasu: You're finally mine Filo!Filo: Let go of me!
- Idiot Hero: Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu full stop. When Malty invalidates Melty's claims that she wasn't kidnapped and that Naofumi is innocent of the crimes he is accused of by claiming that Naofumi has a shield that allows him to brainwash people, and that he has been using it to make the peasantry worship him, they believe it immediately. When Naofumi points out the obvious that having brainwashing powers would mean that he would not be in the situation he is in nownote , Ren shifts the burden of proof and asks for Naofumi to provide proof that he doesn't have this power and asks him to turn over Melty. Even when Malty is blatantly trying to kill Melty, they don't seem to find this suspicious (at least not enough to question her legitimacy).Ren: What are you doing? Stop, now!Malty: To save her from Naofumi's brainwashing, she must die!
- Matriarchy: It is revealed that the Queen is actually higher in the pecking order than the King, he having married into the position.
- Shifting the Burden of Proof: When Naofumi points out that he doesn't have a brainwashing power and all signs point to him not having it, Ren demands proof that he can't brainwash people.
- The Victim Must Be Confused: When Melty tries explaining to Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu that Naofumi is actually protecting her and did not kidnap her, Malty claims that she is under a supposed brainwashing power that the Shield Hero apparently has. Naturally, the Three Heroes believe it immediately.