Meanwhile, Apollyon and Jean-Francois report to King Mondaine Magnus, back at capital city:Mondaine:
'Gentlemen, I know that you were both in a tough situation, but you have managed to turn the battle into our favor, all while keeping Albrecht safe. I thank you for that. I know that he is brash, but he will learn his lesson soon: no matter how good a commander's intent is, the uttermost concern should be winning the battle with losing as few good men as possible.'Mondaine:
'However, the news of these warriors clad in red and black concern me. I have yet to encounter any force in such colors, not even in historical records. From the description you have given, they are clearly not Drakhirri, nor Norsemen. Besides, Lady Liana and Gillaume are taking care of the situation up North. But they certainly have similar technology to our engineer's. Could they have come from the sea? Jean-Francois, I want you to set foot and investigate our borders, maybe you will find an outpost or any other sign where these invaders came from.'Jean-Francois:
'Oui, mon roi. I'm on my way!'Mondaine:
'As for you Apollyon... I want to stay alert and be ready to intercept any future assaults. Even though it is highly unlikely that the orkish hordes will attack anytime soon, I feel uneasy that unknown warriors roam across the Empire. Go to Defiance Keep, as you can reach almost anywhere form there with ease. I shall assign Albrecht by your side: maybe he will learn a bit under your command.'Apollyon:
'As you wish, my King. I shall rally the knights.'
Later, King Mondaine summons Majisto:Majisto:
'You have called Mondaine, and here I am.'Mondaine:
'Glad to see you as always, Majisto. As you may have already heard, we have unexpected visitors in the Empire. I wanted to ask: Have you felt anything amiss lately in the winds of magik?'Majisto:
'There is certainly a strong interference in the tapestries of magik as of late. It appears that some rather powerful will-users have manifested on Northeros. However, their nature of magik is not of Majistik origin. And it is definitely not necromancy. It's too... blurry. I cannot pinpoint an exact location of its source.'Mondaine:
'This does not bode well. I have dispatched Jean-Francois already to find the foothold of these outlanders, but I want you to scour the lands as well. Even if you cannot tell their exact location, checking the area in question might reveal their location.'Majisto:
'A sound plan indeed. I shall go and call for Gallikronn. Together, we can cover more ground.'Mondaine:
'Fare well, great Majistik! I wish you safe travels.'
As Mondaine sits back to his throne, he cannot help but feel that even though their old enemies have been defeated, restoring the Empire to its former glory will take longer than he expected it to be.