On the eve of their march on Collwyn, Artesia surveys her camp and uses a magic charm to investigate the standing of her new Palatian mercenaries. Walking unseen within the tent of their captain, Artesia learns that her new hires know more than they're letting on. Then, Artesia's war spirits reveal to her the secret actions of the Thessid armies across the river. Though the Empire's vanguard has been separated from its main host, the Thessids have fashioned a plan to insure that they will vastly outnumber the Grand Duke's forces. Artesia calls her soldiers to arms, and a race to the battlefield begins in earnest.