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Fort Slava (スラバ要塞 Suraba-yōsai?) is a fortress of the Mid-East Allied Forces near the coast of the continental mainland. It is heavily fortified with anti-Titan artillery.

Structure

Fort Slava is a fortress atop a high hill that is surrounded by two walls, the low outer wall armed with machine gun bunkers and the high inner wall armed with anti-Titan artillery units, a devastating weapon that can kill a Titan of any variety in one shot. Its position overlooking the harbor allows those within to spot enemies from a distance, preventing the possibility of a sneak attack. There are three interconnected railway tracks that encompass the fort between the walls, with various tracks leading back within the fort. These tracks carry an armored train equipped with particularly deadly anti-Titan artillery.

During the battle of Fort Slava at the climax of the Marley Mid-East War, the Warrior cadets dig trenches in the landscape all around the fortress beyond the outer wall, allowing for soldiers to attack the Allied defenses from a covered position.[1]

Story

Marley arc

Anti-Titan artillery

Armored train with anti-Titan artillery

In the year 834, the weakened Allied Forces make their final stand at Fort Slava, a key tactical position protecting the Allied flagship fleet, stationed within the nearby naval-station. Marleyan forces wanted to take the area, knowing that attacking the port would be impossible without control of the Fort. The fortress held an armored train with anti-Titan artillery equipped, however, meaning that Marley would not risk deploying its warrior forces. Therefore, battle was at a stalemate, with the 800 man unit of Eldian ground forces attempting to dig trenches to better surround the Fort. However, this plan was halted when the front unit of warrior cadets was hit by explosives.[2]

Commander Magath prepares the warrior unit to charge, to destroy the armored train's tracks, but warrior cadet Gabi convinces him to let her try to destroy it by herself instead. By violating international law and pretending to be a non-combatant, Gabi manages to get close enough to the railroad tracks to throw a cluster of grenades, derailing the armored train. This allows for the deployment of Galliard's Jaw Titan, who shields cadets Gabi and Falco from machine gun fire before it begins attacking the Allied soldiers itself.[3]

Battle Cartman

Pieck acts as a mobile battle platform

The Jaw Titan continues its assault on Allied defenses, aided by Pieck's Cart Titan and the 800 man warrior unit. Meanwhile, a nearby Marleyan zeppelin receives confirmation of the destruction of the armored train, allowing the airborne operation to begin.[4]

After receiving a flare signal, the Marleyan assault force hastily withdraws from the fortress, and the zeppelin starts parachuting Eldians from above. The Eldian force is then transformed into Titans while in mid-air using the power of Zeke's scream. This creates a kinetic bombardment airstrike, which devastates Fort Slava's wall and defenses. This strike kills roughly 60% of the Titans, with the rest being quickly killed by the anti-Titan artillery.[5] Reiner parachutes from the zeppelin before transforming into the Armored Titan and begins to destroy the 30 remaining anti-Titan artillery units in the fort. Galliard's Titan rejoins the fray, helping to save the Armored Titan from an armor piercing shell, which then destroys the last few artillery units.[6]

The Mid-East fires at Zeke

The Allied navy fires on the Beast Titan

With the situation under control, Zeke joins the ground forces as the Beast Titan. It takes a fist full of armor-piercing shells, aims at the Allied navy fleet, and hurls the shells down towards them. The fleet manages to return fire at Zeke, before being destroyed, but Zeke is saved by the intervention of Reiner, at cost of the Armored Titan being destroyed by technology for the first time in history.[7] This moment signifies the end of the Marley Mid-East War.[8]

A meeting is held by Marleyan officials inside a ruined building in Fort Slava. Zeke is reprimanded by a Marley general due to the chaotic nature of the battle's conclusion, and Magath describes the declining authority of the Power of the Titans, due to technological advancements made by other nations. He advises that Marley should stop its reliance on Titans, however, Zeke suggests that now represents the perfect time to resume the Paradis Island Operation. He expands, saying that Marley should focus on developing conventional weaponry,
Marley meeting looks skyward

The Marleyan command realizes aircraft will soon outclass Titans

whilst the rest of the world sits in fear of Marley's enlarged number of Titan powers. This advice is taken up by the general, who promises to bring it up in group discussions.[9]

Later, Zeke and his successor, Colt, speak atop a building about his abilities as the Beast Titan. Zeke says that when he inherits his power, Colt may learn his secrets. Magath joins the conversation and they discuss the multiple dangers present on Paradis.[10]

The Marleyan army withdraw from Fort Slava, to return to Liberio in Marley, having annexed the land from the Mid-East Allied Forces.

Etymology

  • Slava is a word that appears in numerous Slavic languages, and translates as "glory" or "fame".

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