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Liberio (レベリオ Reberio?)[1] is a Marleyan city that contains an internment zone (収容区 Shūyō-ku?), a designated area of land for Eldians on the mainland to live in. It is the hometown (故郷 Kokyō?) of many of the Warriors as well as Grisha Jaeger.

Structure

Liberio is a metropolis intersected by a large river. The city is segregated, with the Eldians living in an internment zone while the Marleyans live in the larger part of the city.[1]

The internment zone is separated from the rest of the town by a large wall, guarded by Marley Public Security guards, who have the task of controlling and authorizing who goes in and out of the internment zone.[2]

History

Sometime before the fall of Wall Maria, Reiner Braun, Bertholdt Hoover, Annie Leonhart, and her father lived their days in a settlement which Reiner and Bertholdt would later refer to only as their "hometown." Before Annie departs from the hometown, her father reassured her that he would support her even if all the world hated her and that he would only ask that she would return home.[3]

Story

Humanity's Comeback arc

During their days spent in the 104th Cadet Corps, Reiner and Bertholdt claimed that their hometown lied in the southeastern mountainous region of Wall Maria and that their town had been overrun by Titans without warning during the fall of Wall Maria. Reiner in particular expressed a strong desire to return to his hometown in the future.[4]

Clash of the Titans arc

During the Wall Rose invasion when the Scout Regiment recruits battle the Titans at Utgard Castle, Reiner comes close to death by a Titan and fears for the end of his life before he is saved by Bertholdt. At this time he strengthens his will, filled with determination to return to his hometown. He shares his resolve with Bertholdt, who understands the true meaning of what Reiner says and agrees with his hopeful words.[5]

The next morning, when Reiner begins to lose hope for his situation due to an injury inflicted on his arm at Utgard, Bertholdt encourages him by reminding him of their imminent return to their hometown. Not long afterward, the two reveal their Titan identities as the Armored and Colossal Titans and attempt to capture Eren Jaeger, whom they must bring to their hometown.[6] They succeed in capturing him and escape to a Titan Forest.[7]

While in the Titan forest, Reiner reminds Bertholdt that their most favorable course of action is to return Annie LeonhartHistoria Reiss, and the "Coordinate" to their hometown in order for their mission to be complete. Reiner also suggests that Bertholdt should confess his true feelings to Annie upon their return, but Bertholdt denies any such affections. Later, when Reiner and Bertholdt attempt to escape with their captives Eren and Ymir, they inform the others that Eren's life is not up for negotiation and that he is going to be taken to their hometown. Armin taunts Bertholdt at the thought of leaving Annie behind, causing him to attempt an attack and exposing a vulnerable moment for Erwin Smith to free Eren.[8]

Ymir and the fleeing Warriors arrive in the ruins of Shiganshina District later that night, where Reiner lets Ymir know that her rescue is hopeless if they take her to their hometown. Ymir accepts her fate, believing that she owes Reiner and Bertholdt a favor for indirectly freeing her from her life as a Titan five years before.[9]

Return to Shiganshina arc

In the aftermath of the Battle of Shiganshina District, the surviving members of the Scout Regiment learn of the existence of Liberio and the rest of the outside world through Grisha Jaeger's autobiographical writings, kept hidden in the basement of his former home.[2]

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