Battle of Vanna
The Battle of Vanna occurred in Vanna in Libaterra in 11 AOE and had two distinct phases which pitted different belligerents against one another. During the first phase the Grand Alliance, including the Sirithai and the supporters of Emir Khalid al-Saif, fought against the supporters of Sultana Adela al-Saif for supremacy over the Sarquil capital of Vanna. The Alliance ended up victorious, deposed Adela and made Khalid a new Sultan, thus gaining control over the city and the Sultanate of Karaganda as a whole. However, the Northern Horde besieged Vanna only a few days later, beginning the second phase of the battle. The conflict is yet to be resolved.
- Main article: Journey to Xibalba
The Grand Alliance had been successful in finding Qadohi but a treacherous member of the group had managed to seal Shakkan's essence into a shard of Krystallopyr. Axikasha Keiran convinced Qadohi and the Sirithai, who were members of the Clergy of Shakkan, to help the Grand Alliance save Vanna from the Clergy of Artemicia and save the lives of the imprisoned Khalid al-Saif and Xerathas d'Zarnagon in exchange for freeing their god Shakkan and putting an end to the persecution of any lizardman in the region. Because no one had specified that Qadohi's head had to be cut off, Ax decided to bring her back to Vanna alive. The lizardmen followed the heroes underground and would help them if something went wrong in Vanna.
First Phase: The Rescue
|Battle of Vanna, First Phase|
|Date: 11 AOE|
|Location: Vanna, Libaterra|
|Result: Grand Alliance victory|
| Clergy of Shakkan|
| Black Guard|
Clergy of Artemicia
| Axikasha Keiran|
| Adela al-Saif #|
Iblis al-Djinn #†
The heroes met Sheikh Miraj al-Zarar on the way to Vanna and heard bad news from him about how things were getting worse in Vanna. Miraj had also noticed that Adela had gone too far by trying to kill Khalid and told the heroes to seek his nephew Azriel al-Zarar while he would return to his hometown Kilm to rally support for the heroes.
Ax followed Miraj's advice and contacted Azriel as soon as the group returned to Vanna. Azriel was willing to help because he was unhappy that the Clergy of Artemicia had forced the Sarquil to adapt a new religion and he wanted to restore the old worship of the ancients among the tribes.
The heroes also learned from Dieter von Waldheim that their companion Nalaen Silverpond had been kidnapped and was held somewhere inside the palace where Adela and the Grand Vizier Iblis al-Djinn seemingly wanted to use her for some dark ritual. Concerned of the safety of Nalaen, Ax immediately led Qadohi and the heroes to the throne room of Vanna while Azriel remained behind to rally support.
Adela was not happy to see Qadohi alive and wanted to execute her on the spot. Ax steadfastly refused the offer, reminding the Sultana that the terms did not specify that Qadohi had to be imprisoned or dead and that she only had to appear in the throne room before the deadline ended. Ax and Ismail also said that Xerathas and Khalid had to be set free if Adela wanted to keep her face; after all, the heroes had done what they had been ordered to do and if Adela did not keep her word, she would dishonour herself and lose support from the Sarquil elders.
Artemicia had other plans, however, and appeared in the throne room to mock the heroes. She told them that she never intended to set Khalid free because she wanted to keep her high cleric Adela on the throne and thus keep the entire Sultanate of Karaganda under the control of her clergy. Now that her enemies had been gathered in one place, she would execute them all.
Just before time ran out for Khalid and Xerathas, the god Hephaestus arrived and released them, telling Artemicia that she would keep her end of the bargain whether she wanted to or not. The infuriated Artemicia challenged Hephaestus to a duel, and the two gods returned to the High Plane to settle the dispute, leaving their followers on their own.
The Battle Begins
With the two gods gone and Khalid free, Iblis realized that things had escalated to the point of no return. He immediately ordered the Black Guard and the clerics of Artemicia to kill Khalid and his supporters now that he had the excuse of doing so without upsetting the elders. He claimed that the heroes were trying to assassinate Adela, and used this "fact" to justify the use of force against them.
The forces of Adela and Iblis were joined by their new allies, the Totenkopfs, who also had a score to settle with the Grand Alliance. Ax had prepared for such a turn of events, however, and soon the battle became even when the Sirithai and Azriel's forces appeared and joined the fray.
However, not everything went as planned. The Vulfsatz led by Orestes appeared on the scene all of a sudden to the horror of the Fellowship of Maar Sul and attacked both sides. They rescued Hannibal Losstarot from Adela and challenged various people such as Khalid and Despard Silverbranch in the process, thus forcing the two other sides to divide their attention in order to face this new enemy.
Iblis used the ensuing chaos to his advantage and freed Awar, kidnapped Qadohi and snatched the shard of Krystallopyr which contained the god Shakkan. He, Adela and Awar fled up the stairway which led to a high tower of the palace, and the heroes found out that Nalaen was kept at the highest level of that tower.
The heroes decided to divide their forces. Some remained in the throne room to fight against Captain Razoul, the Vulfsatz and the forces that supported Adela while another group followed Iblis, Adela and Awar to the tower to stop them and save Nalaen, Qadohi and Shakkan before they would be sacrificed.
The battle had yet another twist when Xerathas, Varalia Earthhaven, the Shadow and Lobo, who had been working with the Grand Alliance ever since the journey to Libaterra began, appeared in the tower and demanded that Adela hand over the shard of Krystallopyr. Xerathas revealed his true colours when he explained that he had only used the heroes for his own ends. His plan was to possess the reforged Krystallopyr and use its powers to destroy anyone who threatened the Godslayer and his Grey Cult.
As if that wasn't enough, Iblis placed the shard of Krystallopyr into the Black Stone to recharge it and transformed into his true form while oddly mocking one of the heroes, Ronove. The shocked heroes realized that Iblis was in fact a powerful demon and for some reason he seemed to know Ronove from somewhere.
Iblis laughed at the confused faces of the heroes while he attacked them and Xerathas's group. The now-demonic Grand Vizier also told Adela to return to the throne room to finish Khalid off, and Marcus Sarillius found himself fighting against Varalia because he could not let the shard fall into the hands of the Grey Cult who had been deceiving him and his friends all this time.
Meanwhile the battle raged in the streets below between Azriel's forces and the clerics of Artemicia. Ismail and Razoul fought a fierce duel in the throne room, and Razoul eventually lost. Ismail used the opportunity to claim the title of Captain of the Black Guard to himself but was interrupted when Adela appeared and attacked Khalid. The duel between the two Sarquil nobles was fierce but Khalid eventually turned out to be victorious when he used the teachings of his late father Belial de Ardyn to subdue Adela with magic.
The defeated Sultana tried to convince her old flame Briss Phoenixheart to help her, reminding him of their former relationship and how she would reward him handsomely. Briss turned the offer down, however, although his mind was already formulating a daring plan which he hoped to put to use once the battle was over.
Fel Ridoon entered the north tower and told Refan d'Zarnagon that there was more at stake than anyone realized. He had recently discovered that Iblis's true plan might not be to sacrifice Nalaen to power up Krystallopyr but instead use Nalaen to lure Refan's friend Daventhalas de Mont Hault to the tower for some sinister purpose. Refan decided to do what he could to take Daven away from the tower but first he would have to save Nalaen because he could not let her die.
However, the two heroes were too late to stop the chain of events. Qadohi told Daven that she had seen this moment in her vision and that Daven would have to decide whether to destroy the Black Stone, which contained the almost complete Krystallopyr within, and thus change the course of the future for better or for worse, or let Krystallopyr be completed and thus witness the deaths of everyone he held dear. Daven was not willing to let anyone suffer for his sake and thus he chose to destroy the Black Stone and Krystallopyr with his advanced weapon, the Holy Shot.
A Sinister Revelation
Fel's fears came true when everything turned out to have been Iblis's master plan all along. The demonic Grand Vizier revealed to the horrified heroes that he had used both Adela's faction and the Grand Alliance for his own ends and he was in fact the servant of Duke Hepnaz L'invrad of the demonic Southern Horde. The betrayal from Xerathas's posse and the arrival of the Vulfsatz had made things much easier for him to act as those sudden events had forced the heroes to divide their attention from the true threat posed by Iblis.
Iblis also revealed that it would have made no difference to him in the end whether Krystallopyr had been completed or not: his horde would have gained a new, powerful weapon if it had been completed but now that it and the Black Stone were gone, there was no other weapon powerful enough to pose danger to the demons anymore and a magical ward that had protected Vanna from a demonic invasion had disappeared when the Black Stone had been destroyed.
Things began unraveling fast in Vanna while Iblis was giving his sinister lecture. The heroes saw a glimpse of Yurius in a strange rift that had appeared when the Black Stone had been destroyed. Before the rift closed, the demon lord gave a prophecy that the world would soon be engulfed in flames of destruction. Nesa Mikoto sacrificed himself to the goddess Hivena to save Nalaen who had been heavily wounded during the battle, but this valiant attempt turned out to be futile because Awar succeeded in killing Nalaen only a moment later just to spite the heroes.
Iblis prepared to kill the remaining heroes but was suddenly injured by Shakkan who had managed to escape from Krystallopyr when it had been destroyed. The demonic Grand Vizier decided that it was time to retreat and teleported away with Awar before Shakkan could finish him off. Before he fled, however, he told the heroes that a far worse fate would await them once he returned with the Southern Horde to crush them all.
With Iblis gone and Adela and Razoul captured, the remaining Totenkopfs fled, the weakened Vulfsatz were forced to surrender, and the clerics of Artemicia and the Black Guard stopped fighting. Varalia had fallen into a coma when Krystallopyr had been destroyed, and Xerathas and the Shadow were nowhere to be found. Lobo tranformed into a human and was revealed to be none other than King Gerard Aurelac who had been previously missing and whom Xerathas had imprisoned into a wolven body to do his bidding.
Adela refused to believe that Iblis had been using her all this time but she understood that the battle was over and her nephew Khalid had won. As the former Sultana was escorted to prison, she swore revenge on the heroes.
The battle had been won but with a great cost: Nalaen was dead, Nesa was gone, the magical Black Stone had been destroyed, Xerathas and the Shadow were somewhere out there, and Iblis's ominous words still rang in the heroes' heads. Many of the heroes wondered what the future would have in store for them.
Despite all of this, the heroes knew that they had to carry on their mission. They decided to divide their forces once more: one group would continue the journey to Alent whereas the other group would remain in Vanna to keep order until things calmed down.
There were also some setbacks when it turned out that Briss Phoenixheart had broken Adela out of prison and fled with her and that Hannibal Losstarot was missing as well. Someone had also set parts of the great Tomb of Tronin on fire while Briss and Adela had escaped, and many valuable tomes discussing the Blood Fever were burned before the heroes could find valuable information from them.
Khalid and Ax were crowned as the Sultan and Sultana of Vanna after the battle and Khalid announced that the Sirithai would no longer be persecuted. The dead from both sides were ritually burned in a huge pyre, and afterwards people celebrated the passing of their comrades as was the custom among the Sarquil. This gave everyone a chance to contemplate on what had happened and let them loosen up a bit before rebuilding the damaged city.
Unbeknownst to the heroes, the Northern Horde captured the fleeing Iblis and Awar. Once Dreadlord Leraje Thanadar had learned of the recent events in Vanna, he brutally executed the injured Iblis and decided to move the army of the Northern Horde to take over Vanna which was still recovering from the devastating battle.
Second Phase: The Siege
|Battle of Vanna, Second Phase|
|Date: 11 AOE|
|Location: Vanna, Libaterra|
| Chaos Dwarves|
Clergy of Mardük
| Akai Tora|
Blades of Lysse
Clergy of Shakkan
Sultanate of Karaganda
| Distreyd Thanadar XIII|
| Axikasha Keiran|
Things did not remain peaceful in Vanna for long. A cloaked assailant stole Ax's sword Dawn and vanished without a trace, Khalid had to deal with Azriel who was unhappy about working with him, and Sarquil nobles were worried about a man ruling over the Sarquil tribes and constantly bothered Khalid with their questions. According to the nobles an old prophecy claimed that any man who should sit on the throne of Vanna before the time was right would bring doom to the tribes.
To make things worse, the bad omen seemed to come true when a huge demonic army appeared on the outskirts of Vanna and besieged the city. This seemed to prove that the prophecy was right, but Khalid claimed it was just a coincidence. After all, Iblis had threatened to return with a demonic army. However, no one had expected such a quick retribution from Iblis because they thought that it would take months before such a large army could travel from Yamato to Libaterra.
When the demon heralds appeared at the gates of Vanna, however, it turned out that the demons weren't Iblis's allies; instead they were from a rival demonic faction, the Northern Horde. The leader of the demonic army, Dreadlord Leraje Thanadar, ordered Vanna to surrender or he would execute thousands of Sarquil prisoners whom he had gathered from nearby Sarquil towns which he had conquered earlier. He also revealed that he had imprisoned Sheikh Miraj al-Zarar, Azriel's uncle.
A Risky Plan
Khalid was surprised by this dark turn of events and was incapable of deciding what to do on such short notice. Ismail, who was now the new Captain of the Black Guard, reacted quickly and used Leraje's arrogance as a means to buy more time for the captives. He challenged Leraje to a duel, and the amused Leraje accepted the challenge. They made a deal: if Ismail won, the captives would be released but if Leraje won, the demons would do as they pleased.
It was only a means to stall the execution until the heroes could figure out how to save the prisoners, though. Ismail did not expect the demons to keep their promise even if he won the duel against the Dreadlord but it was necessary for his plan to make them think that he believed their empty promises.
Ismail suggested that Qadohi and various heroes used the underground Sirithai tunnels to get underneath the demonic army and then emerge from the ground and save as many prisoners as possible before anyone realized what was going on. Meanwhile Ismail would stall the demons and keep their attention by duelling with Leraje.
A messenger, Xolkai, had also been sent to the remaining Sirithai in Xibalba, and Ismail hoped that reinforcements from the Sirithai would arrive in time to assist the heroes in the defense of Vanna. Although it was a risky plan, no one could think of anything else to do and so they decided to carry the plan out.
Ismail released Razoul from prison and made him his right-hand man despite Khalid's protests. He told the Sultan that Razoul had more experience fighting against demons than anyone else and that he would be capable of leading the Black Guard while Ismail was busy fighting against Leraje. Although Khalid and Razoul despised each other, they reluctantly agreed to work together in order to save Vanna from total destruction.
First Duel with Leraje
The time for the duel came. Qadohi's group entered the tunnels and headed for the prisoners while Ismail and Leraje began a deadly dance of swords right outside the gate of Vanna under the watchful eyes of thousands of soldiers from both sides. Ismail used Leraje's arrogrance to his advantage and caught the Dreadlord unaware with a skilled move. He stabbed Leraje whose bloody body fell to the ground moments later.
Ismail dropped his guard when he saw Leraje's still body. Before he could inspect the body just to be sure that his opponent was really dead, he was distracted by a person who stood next to Khalid. Suddenly the many questions that Ismail had pondered in the past few weeks became clear as he recognized this person as the traitor who had been mentioned in Shakkan's prophecy. The black captain tried to warn Khalid about it and forgot Leraje for the time being.
Leraje used Ismail's confusion to his advantage and managed to recover enough to stand up and sneak on his unsuspecting prey. Before Ismail could react to this sudden turn of events, the Dreadlord stabbed him. Leraje then ate Ismail's heart and cut his head off while taunting the shocked heroes.
Khalid was so affected by the brutal death of his guardian and friend that he almost leaped at the Dreadlord but was stopped in time by Razoul who was not willing to let Khalid sacrifice himself in vain against a superior opponent. However, the morale of the Black Guard went down when they realized that their captain Ismail was gone. Razoul took his father's title with a heavy heart, promising that he would not let Vanna fall no matter what happened.
The Siege Begins
Qadohi's group was unaware of Ismail's death and carried out his plan. The warriors emerged from the Sirithai tunnels and began saving the captives while a few heroes did their best to fight against the Chaos Dwarves and various other followers of the Northern Horde who were guarding the prisoners. Meanwhile the majority of the Northern Horde had not yet noticed these intruders and instead prepared their forces and machines for the siege of Vanna.
The enemy numbers were overwhelming, and they soon discovered what Qadohi's group was up to. Qadohi only managed to save a few hundred prisoners before being forced to flee from the demons' wrath. The demons wasted no time teaching the Sarquil a lesson. They slaughtered the remaining prisoners and used black magic to force everyone see the slaughter with their own eyes. After that they used the prisoners' severed heads as catapult ammo to lower the morale of the defenders of Vanna.
The second legion led by Legate Nobuo Iwasaki began a relentless assault on Vanna's sturdy walls. His black mages were able to break through the wall, and the horde tried to use the hole in the wall to enter the city. However, the Alliance bravely defended the hole against unspeakable odds.
The Northern Horde retaliated by using a catapult to send a squad of pissed-off Chaos Dwarves flying into the city and attack the defenders of the hole from within. While the defenders were busy with the Chaos Dwarves, the horde also released the Dominator, a colossal demon, to attack the wall. The defenders realized that they didn't have enough manpower to repel the already advancing second legion, the Chaos Dwarves and the Dominator at the same time. Vanna's fall looked inevitable.
Just as the defense was about to crack, help arrived from expected and unexpected sources. The Sirithai reinforcements led by Xolkai arrived and attacked the horde's warriors by using hit&run tactics from underground tunnels and sucking the enemy warriors into the sand. Meanwhile Garrel Isen's Aisonian knights called the Blades of Lysse and a cavalry unit consisting of Akai Tora and Forgotten joined the fray to lend a hand.
The second legion was caught unaware and had to retreat in order to regroup. Although the defenders of Vanna wondered who these three forces who accompanied the Sirithai were, they had to leave questioning for later because the Chaos Dwarves and the Dominator were still a threat that had to be dealt with.
The Blades of Lysse did their best to slaughter all nearby Chaos Dwarves while the rest of the defenders faced the terrible Dominator. Meanwhile the creepy antics of Titaniel Focker served only as a minor distraction to the demons. Around this time the heroes who had travelled to Alent returned by teleporting back into the city, thus giving the Alliance more heroes with whom to defend Vanna.
Battle with the Dominator
Despite the defenders' efforts, they couldn't harm the Dominator. As it was about to pummel through the wall, Azriel al-Zarar confronted it directly on the ramparts. Azriel accessed the power granted by who he thought was Tronin and entered the colossus's mind. The two froze immediately, thus giving time for the rest of the defenders to plan their counterattack.
The Sirithai dug a huge hole which sucked the lower half of the Dominator in. At the same moment the colossus broke free of Azriel's influence and was ready to climb from the hole in order to continue its attack. It was then that Marcus Sarillius took a literal leap of faith as he unleashed the full powers of his magic sword Dusk and hit the colossus with everything he got. Dusk's power reacted to the chaotic energy inside the Dominator and utterly annihilated it, only leaving a crater behind.
The few survivors of the second legion that had stayed near the walls attacked one more time in a desperate bid to finish off Marcus, Ax and Azriel. However, Alathor, the leader of the Forgotten, saved the trio and escorted them into the city while the rest of the demon legion decided to retreat in fear of facing the wrath of Dusk again.
A Hasty Meeting
The demon army regrouped and began circling the city with the intention of blocking all escape routes. They were unable to attack yet, though, as they worried that Marcus could unleash the powers of Dusk again which they were weak against. Instead the demons decided to use Flavius Severus's newest invention, the Helepolis, to break through the walls of Vanna.
Khalid, who was still trying to cope with his losses as well as the appearances of new allies, organized a quick meeting between various leaders in order to figure out how to defend the city in the second attack wave. The leaders had trouble figuring out how to stop the demons whose numbers were overwhelming.
An idiotic suggestion from Ronove to let the demons into the city and bribe them with cake only fueled Khalid's rage. However, Alathor actually approved of Ronove's foolish plan. He explained that the only way to truly cripple the demon army was to slay its leader, Dreadlord Leraje Thanadar, and the only way to do that would be to lure the Dreadlord deep into the city and then attack him with everything the defenders got.
Other leaders were less than happy with this plan, though, because it'd involve risking the lives of thousands. Azriel then suggested that he'd travel to the desert to seek help from an elemental which he had recently discovered to be lying under the sand. Although the Sirithai were less than pleased about asking for a dangerous elemental's help, they understood that they would need all the help they got before the demon army and the Helepolis would break into the city. Xolkai took Azriel beneath the sand to meet with the elemental while the rest prepared to set a trap for the Dreadlord.
Azriel communicated with the imprisoned earth elemental. Although the elemental was suspicious of Azriel at first, it was when he sensed the power of "Tronin" that he eagerly chose to serve his true master's pawn. Azriel channeled his spirit guide's power and succeeded in helping the elemental break free, unaware of the connection between the spirit guide and the elemental. They returned to Vanna just in time to witness the awesome sight of the Helepolis attacking Vanna's walls.
The Helepolis had been a nearly unstoppable machine. No matter what the defenders did, its sturdy plating and magical defenses made it a weapon of mass destruction. It took the intervention of Azriel and the elemental to finally destroy the dreadful machine which almost succeeded in breaking into the city.
However, the demons weren't going to give up yet. Flavius and Distreyd Thanadar XIII increased the pressure on Vanna by sending various troops to attack the outer walls. Among them were huge flying demons called Deathwings, and subterranean assault wagons. The demon mages kept hitting the elemental with their most powerful spells. The spells were finally taking their toll on the elemental which decided to return to the High Plane and take as many demons with it as it could. Although this severely crippled the horde's forces, the elemental's explosion also left a huge hole in Vanna's outer wall, finally allowing the demons to enter the city en masse.
Nesa Mikoto, who had returned not that long ago, channeled his magic by casting the most powerful spells he could. He single-handedly stopped the Deathwings' advance on the other side of Vanna, but this act sucked him out of all his magic. In the end even Nesa's efforts weren't enough, and the demons broke through from another gap in the wall.
Now Vanna had been breached from two directions, and Distreyd's and Flavius's forces were slowly but surely surrounding the surviving defenders and forming a circle around inner Vanna which was protected by the last bastion of defenders. Nesa, Unithien Greyrain and the other defenders did their best to stall the demons, and Nesa channeled his and Unithien's magic to defeat a group of powerful demon mages who nearly succeeded in blowing the gate of inner Vanna into pieces. Still, they were fighting against the inevitable. Unless the Dreadlord fell, the horde would win.
Second Duel with Leraje
While all hell broke loose in Vanna, at least some things had gone as the heroes had planned. They had succeeded in luring Dreadlord Leraje into Vanna and then forcing his small group to advance deeper into the city while the defenders blocked his possible escape routes. The Dreadlord went after Marcus and Dusk as planned and was ambushed by a large group of heroes.
However, Leraje proved to be a formidable foe. He single-handedly defeated Razoul, Marcus, and Khasra III and cut dozens of Sarquil warriors down while picking up Dusk with the intention of corrupting it into a blade of Darkness. Refan challenged the Dreadlord to a duel and turned into his demon form but quickly realized that the Dreadlord was more powerful than he seemed. Annoyed by the ambush, Leraje turned into his true, demonic form and easily trashed any opposition. He was about to finish the weakened Refan off when help came from an unexpected source: Ronove had somehow found his way into the heart of the battle.
It was then that Leraje revealed to Ronove that they were brothers and that he had been responsible for Ronove's amnesia. Years before Ronove had been a Dreadlord but had been betrayed by other demons who sought his power and funds. This shocked Ronove who refused to believe Leraje, and the demon lord used the advantage to knock Ronove out. He was about to decapitate both him and Marcus until Refan rejoined the battle. However, Refan's strength wasn't enough to beat Leraje who easily crushed his arm.
Things looked bad for the defenders. The horde was closing in on inner Vanna, ready to breach it and slaughter everyone within. The ambush against Leraje had failed, and the Dreadlord was about to kill the surviving heroes.
However, it was then that Ronove woke up and returned to the battlefield, now with a different attitude. It quickly became clear that the new bump on Ronove's head had helped him regain his memories and latent skills, and Leraje was pleased that he could finally fight against his brother while both could use their full powers.
The Dreadlord released all his powers at once and charged at Ronove. The demonic aura that the two produced was so huge that it became unclear which one of them would be the victor. Refan assumed the worst when he heard a horrible scream, and decided to avenge Ronove. He couldn't think that anyone could beat someone as powerful as Leraje. When he opened his eyes, however, he was surprised to see Ronove standing victorious over fallen Leraje.
A Dark Twist
Ronove wasted no time after his victory over Leraje. He let out a demonic roar which summoned every demon in the vicinity to his location. It was then that he announced that he had defeated Leraje and thus had the right to take over the title of Dreadlord and command the horde. However, he also stated that he would take over Vanna and give the defenders three days to leave the city and never return.
The defenders could hardly believe what they had just heard and they considered protesting. However, the immense demonic aura coming from Ronove shut them up and made them realize that if he had been so strong that he had single-handedly defeated a powerful foe like Leraje, they would not stand a chance against him in their current state.
As Ronove and the Northern Horde retreated from the battered city for now, the defenders were left behind to figure out what to do next.
The conflict is still ongoing so this section remains unfinished for the time being.
The conflict is still ongoing so this section remains unfinished for the time being.