Maris leaves his village and joins a Wehrmacht auxiliary unit. Together with
other villagers, he receives a weapon and becomes a soldier. Their barracks
are located in a monastery. The spiritual nature of the place almost justifies
crimes that the soldiers commit and, in a way, grants them approval from the
higher forces. Mass executions are always perfectly organized are preceded by
compulsory communion. During communal penance, soldiers beat fists against
their chests while saying: "It is my fault! It is my fault! It is my glorious fault!".
Their voices are carried through the church as the magical light reflects from
ancient stained-glass windows and murals, and falls on their faces. The
boundary between the Exalted and the Terrible disappears. And while all
soldiers are at peace with themselves, Maurice cannot sleep. He is tortured by
apparitions, the most horrific of which are visions of the future.