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The Underground Chapel (地下礼拝堂 Chika raihaidō?) is located beneath a chapel in a village near the Reiss family estate. It is a sacred location and the walls are composed of a luminescent ore that is thought to have been created by some form of Titan power.[1] It is here that the royal family's power is passed down from vessel to vessel, for generations.[1]

Description

The Reiss Chapel above ground

The Reiss Chapel above ground

Above ground, it looks and functions like any other church. Below the altar, hidden by a rug, is a stairway that leads to a large underground cavern. The cavern was created by the First Reiss King, and contains hardened crystal walls that produce their own natural illumination.[2][3][4]

History

Uri Reiss inherited the Founding Titan from his father in the ritual beneath the chapel, and would later pass on the Titan to his niece, Frieda Reiss, in the same place.[4]

Story

The Fall of Shiganshina arc

On the day of the fall of Wall Maria, Grisha Jaeger confronts the Reiss family while they are praying in the Chapel. Grisha intends to steal Frieda Reiss' Founding Titan power and transforms into his Titan form. Frieda then transforms as well and battles Grisha, but she is not skilled enough to fully utilize her Titan's powers and is killed by Grisha and eaten. The rest of the Reiss family, with the exception of Rod Reiss, are slaughtered by Grisha as well.[3]

The Uprising arc

Shortly after the resolution of the Wall Rose invasion, Rod Reiss has Kenny Ackermann's Anti-Personnel Control Squad kidnap his illegitimate daughter, Historia Reiss, and Eren Jaeger.[5] They are taken to the cavern beneath the chapel and Eren is chained in preparation for the inheritance of his Titan powers.[2]

Hange Zoë learns about the chapel from a report commissioned by Erwin Smith. Doubting the veracity of the bandit cover story, Hange believes that Rod Reiss is hiding something there, and has Levi Ackermann and the remaining members of the Squad Levi ride to the chapel in search of the captives.[2]

Historia in the crystal cavern

Historia approaches Eren

After having a vision of Frieda Reiss, Eren Jaeger wakes to discover himself gagged and restrained on a platform overlooking a large crystal cavern. He spots Historia approaching below him while wearing a pure white dress.[2]

Rod Reiss and Historia place their hands on Eren's bare back, causing Eren to recall memories of previously being in the chapel.[3] Rod attempts to coerce Historia into using a Titan injection and consuming Eren, regaining the Founding Titan for the Reiss family, who are the only ones who can fully use it.[3][4]

Squad Levi storm the Underground Chapel

Squad Levi storm the Underground Chapel

After finding the passage to the cavern beneath the chapter, the Scout Regiment members ambush the Anti-Personnel Control Squad guarding the area. Despite the MPs' advantage in numbers, the Scout Regiment manage to drive back their opponents to their final defensive post.[4]

Though initially receptive towards her father, Historia reconsiders upon remembering Ymir's words to her about living her own life. She breaks the injection vial before throwing her father to the floor. As she begins unlocking Eren's chains, Rod Reiss licks the remnants of the Titan serum and transforms into a massive 120-meter abnormal Titan that collapses the cave on itself.[4]

Eren's hardened Titan

Eren's hardened Titan

Seeing the explosion from Rod's transformation, the Special Operations Squad moves further into the cave to find Eren and Historia. They help free Eren from his chains, but cannot locate a safe exit due to the falling debris. Finding a bottle from Rod's bag labeled "Armor," Eren decides to believe in himself and ingests the serum. After transforming into a Titan, he hardens his Titan body, leaving a stone shell and pillar-like structures that prevent the cave from collapsing further. Squad Levi is then able to secure an exit from the cave.[6]

All remaining members of the Anti-Personnel Control Squad are killed in the collapse, save for Kenny Ackermann, who manages to survive, albeit fatally wounded.[7]

After Historia is crowed queen of the new Royal Government, the shining stones are taken from the cavern beneath the chapel and distributed to the population to provide a limitless source of light. With this, manufacturing is able to proceed both day and night, allowing for jumps in productivity.[8]

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