The group decided to head over to General Ollk’s garrison as quickly as possible — no sense in delaying their search for Idon. After receiving some flak at the entry gate, they were eventually let into the barracks, although they received a cold reception all the way to the main hall. As they entered they noticed General Ollk sitting alone at the dining table, preparing for her evening meal. Off to the side was a servant, tendering to her every need.
General Ollk bade them to take a seat and offered them food and drink — her assistant seemed annoyed by this, but General Ollk brushed him aside. She offered a toast to good health, and each of them drank the wine, except for Clayton — as the meal was being served, the assistant began lighting candles placed on the table.
The Inquisitors began to pepper General Ollk with questions regarding the disappearance of Idon, although she offered them little by way of answers. As the meal progressed, George noticed that General Ollk seemed to be a bit foggy in her recollection of her memories in general — in fact, he began to feel a sense of confusion as well. Looking around the room, each of his comrades, with the exception of Vetos grew increasingly agitated and confused and nearly unable to string basic sentences together.
Suddenly, General Ollk’s head slumped down onto the table — she was still alive, but completely unconscious. As the Inquisitors began to fade away from reality themselves, Vetos noticed how the smoke from the candles seemed heavy — he got up and opened the windows, breaking the enchantment that was dulling their senses and putting them to sleep.
With General Ollk still out, Lucien revealed his true motives. He claimed to be one of The Five, specifically, The Eye, one of the members of the elite squad of spies that serve the Crusader. The reason he had tried to prevent their admittance into the dining hall and then had allowed them to come under the effect of the enchanted candles was so that he could quietly take General Ollk to a discrete location to interrogate her about the disappearance of Idon. Lucien claimed that he saw Ollk’s troops binding and taking Idon away, and he figured that taking Ollk to a discrete location in order to question her — along with the other members of The Five — would be the best way to retrieve Idon as quickly and as safely as possible.
Pressed as to where he was taking the general, Lucien said that he was planning on meeting up with the other members of The Five at Mandrake Grove, an area just outside of Axis that was beyond prying eyes. Figuring this was the next best option to getting information out of General Ollk, the group went with Lucien carrying the heavy body of the general along with them.
Along the way Lucien asked them about a certain junior officer that had, at the time, been serving with Lt. Dea. He told them that he was really a member of The Five, and also his lover and that he had just recently discovered that Lt. Dea was a secret necromancer. Lucien suspected that Lt. Dea might kill his lover if she knew that her secret had been revealed, and figuring it might turn Lucien against them, they lied and said that Lt. Dea had indeed killed him in the fight (they recalled a junior officer they had slain in their first and second battle). Saddened by the news of the death of his lover, he quietly led them outside of Axis to Mandrake Grove.
As the entered Mandrake Grove, from a distance they could see four figures waiting in a clearing — strange, Lilith thought to herself, why are there four? Shouldn’t there only be three since Lucien’s lover, the fifth member of The Five, is dead? Before she could pursue the question further, though, a fight ensued. It began because the four hooded figures demanded that they turn General Ollk over to them, which they refused to do until they learned something regarding the whereabouts of Idon. Lucien, unable to to smooth over the misunderstanding, initially aided the Inquisitors in the battle, but surreptitiously — by placing his hand on Lilith and peering into her soul — discovered that his lover had in fact been killed by Lilith and not Lt. Dea at all.
To prevent Lucien from causing too much trouble for the group, Vis attempted to control his mind, and was seemingly successful at doing this — perhaps too successful, as Lucien turned his wrath towards General Ollk. Eventually three of the four hooded figures were destroyed, while the fourth escaped into the darkness. Lucien, after briefly disappearing, now stood before the group alone, looking for an opportunity to avenge the death of his friend and lover…