At the fortress of Parapet…
Cathak Shao-Dun struggles to recover from the injuries he suffered in the battle against the Maiden of the Mirthless Smile.
Shao and Captain Peleps Maera conference to determine their plan of defense against the advancing armies of Thorns. The two deploy their forces outside the fortress and prepare to strike the army as they arrive.
Maera, Shao, and Laconic Ibis unleash a pincer attack against the enemy, and battle is joined.
Maera personally kills the enemy commander, an Exigent Exalted, breaking the enemy’s morale. The battle turns into a rout; an opening victory for the kinship is scored, but only the vanguard of the dead has been defeated. Maera and Shao withdraw into the fortress.
The enemy’s main strength arrives and prepares to launch an attack.
Mnemon Sarissa, in concert with Tepet Ejava, works tirelessly to bolster Parapet’s defenses against the dead’s siege.
Tepet Sanzo infiltrates the ranks of the dead by taking on the appearance of the Maiden of the Mirthless Smile. The cunning Sanzo quickly understands the hierarchy inside the camp and successfully integrates himself into the surroundings.
As V’neef Kai prepares to wield Longaeva, he catches sight of a gigantic necrobeast. He quickly merges with the warstrider and moves to intercept the monstrosity.
Kai rushes into the horde of the dead and fires the warstrider’s bolts at the grotesque giant. The swarming dead prove no match for the magnificent warstrider.
Kai closes with the necrotek horror and engages it in a terrific struggle, grinding it down and destroying it.