Aras and Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair continue on through the harsh climate of the Eastern Tundra after having saved the wagon train the day before, being buffeted by razor sharp winds and seemingly never-ending snow during their journey home to Rothsal.
After four more days of travel the two find themselves on the outskirts of Vels, which Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair finds Aras to be rather unnerved to see. During the night she has her own episode during her trance as she relives the loss of her family during the Vanrer (Dark Elf) raid on her village years ago, during which Aras is unable to do anything to help her.
The next day the two start their travel north to avoid going through Vels, which is now overrun with the draconians. On the way the two come across what is known as the Field of The Blades – A memorial to all of those lost in the various battles for Vels over the last few decades. Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair notices her companions’ visible depression as they travel through the field, and even more so when they come across the remains of the camp of his old unit in the Army Of The Sword’s Path.
Aras is devastated to find that his old allies had not survived the last skirmishes of the last battle for Vels, and though she tries to console him, Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair finds it impossible to aid him. They are interrupted by a patrol of the draconians, however, along with three human men identifying themselves as soldiers of the Legion of Vas.
Enraged by them disturbing the remains of his allies and knowing that he and Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair will be killed if they were to surrender, Aras engages combat with this warband of Vas. Aras and Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair are victorious, however both are badly wounded as Aras had taken two arrows to his right arm and Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair had taken an arrow to her left shin during the fight.
After hastily dressing their wounds, Fiva Ni Oele Os Mair watches on as Aras properly buries his old allies and replants the flag of the Sword’s Path above their graves. Knowing that the draconians will send reinforcements to find them the two quickly depart, despite being crippled by their wounds.