After their arrival at Castle Vanda, the group were celebrated with a parade as the Baroness' guards stowed the second artifact away in the shed that was being built for it. Afterward, the Baroness called them to meet with her.
When the group arrived at the Baroness' conference room, she told them that her spy network had determined that the fourth artifact was located in the village of Braywic in Valgard. She told them that a group of vampires had been spotted in the village, and that she believed them to be agents of House Vasilii or House Ratimir in search of the artifact.
She was instructing the group to travel to Valgard to search for the artifact when Ellanora and Athena heard shouting from outside the room. Ellanora poked her head out through the wall and spotted a group of vampires descending on the castle in attack. She saw one of the defenders being killed by a vampiric attacker.
The group rushed down towards the artifacts, which were under attack by twenty agents of House Vasilii. They were being defended by a circle of guards, but the attackers were gaining the upper hand.
Athena flew towards one of the attackers, who swung at her and dealt a glancing blow. Athena struck back, wounding the vampire's left arm. Meanwhile, Ellanora attacked a second vampire, grabbing him by the face and freezing his eyes, nose and neck, blinding him.
Skoll ran to one of the ballista emplacements and fired on a trio of attacking vampires, killing all of them. One of the Baroness' guards helped him reload the ballista. Athena flew around her attacker, striking him in the back and driving him to the ground. Ellanora grabbed the vampire she had attacked by the leg, freezing it solid and breaking it off. The vampire fell, dying.
One of the attackers, this one wearing chain armor and wielding a two-handed battleaxe, attacked Athena. He struck her in the side, but his weapon glanced off of her armor and his blow was only minor.
Henry reached the ground, having rushed down the staircases in the castle to get to the battlefield. He attacked the nearest vampire, striking him in the ribs with a mighty two-handed swing and wounding him severely. Athena struck back against her attacker, but missed. Ellanora attacked the vampire who was approaching her, another heavily armored attacker wielding a spear. She grabbed his hands and froze them solid, breaking several of his fingers off. He screamed in pain and dropped his weapon, falling to the ground in anguish.
Skoll's assistant managed to reload the ballista. Skoll fired it, killing two vampires in flight. One of the attackers flew up to the parapet where Skoll's ballista was poised and attacked him, but was unable to hit him. Meanwhile, the battleaxe-wielding vampire struck Athena in the side again, wounding her badly.
Athena struck back against her attacker, breaking his left leg. On the ground, Henry swung at the nearest vampire, chopping his leg off. The vampire dropped to the ground, dying. Ellanora flew up to the parapet where Skoll was firing the ballista and go after the vampire who was attacking him. Unfortunately, she missed.
The vampire who was attacking Skoll landed a lucky hit, striking him across the face and blinding him. Skoll dropped away from the ballista chair and crawled under the siege weapon, trying to avoid being attacked again.
A second vampire attacked Athena, wounding her but not badly. The battleaxe-wielding attacker struck Athena another mighty blow. Sorely wounded, she dropped to the ground and passed out. Seeing her wounded, Henry rushed to Athena's side and tried unsuccessfully to awaken her with first aid.
Ellanora struck again at the vampire who had blinded Skoll. This time, she hit but was unable to deter him. The vampire turned and attacked her. Striking a lucky blow, he caused her to dissipate for a moment.
Henry attempted first aid on Athena again, but was once again unsuccessful. He decided to return to the battle and leave Athena where she would not be attacked. Ellanora re-materialized inside of the vampire who had attacked her. She froze his face and neck, drastically wounding him, and tossed him off of the parapet. Upon landing, his frozen face shattered.
Back in combat, Henry immediately disemboweled a vampire attacker. Ellanora turned to the vampire who was attacking Skoll's reloader and wounded him, causing him to fall prone. She floated off, allowing the reloader to finish him off.
Henry sought out the battleaxe-wielding vampire and engaged him. Before the vampire could attack, Henry slashed through his head with a mighty blow, chopping off the top of the vampire's head.
Ellanora attacked another vampire, freezing his belt. His belt shattered and his pants fell down, causing Ellanora to laugh. One of the vampire attackers produced a lightning grenade and threw it at Henry, wounding him but not killing him.
While Ellanora was laughing, a vampire tried to attack her from behind. Unfortunately for him, he missed even though she could not see him. She turned to attack him and froze his throat, cutting off his breathing. He fell to the ground, dying.
As the heroes were beginning to win against the vampire attackers, a group of valkyries arrived and began fighting the Vasilii vampires. They quickly mopped up the attackers, though Henry was able to slice a vampire in half from groin to shoulder.
One of the valkyries was directed by Ellanora to go help Skoll. She cast a healing spell which caused his eyes to begin growing back. Meanwhile, other valkyries were aiding Athena, giving her aid and helping her to awaken. Their captain, a valkyrie named Brightstar, led some of her people up to the parapet where the Baroness was watching their arrival. The rest of the group joined them.
Brightstar said that her queen demanded that the Baroness allow them to take the artifacts back to Valgard, where they could be better guarded. The Baroness refused, saying that she wished to protect them herself. Henry and Valken spoke with the Baroness, trying to convince her that the Valkyries' army was much more capable of protecting the artifacts, and that the Baroness' warriors would be too wounded and scattered to defend it in any case. After Valken's speech, the Baroness relents and agrees to join with the Valkyries and allow them to take the artifacts back to Valgard.
The valkyries and the Baroness, along with the group, agree to work together to find the remaining artifacts and keep them safe. They come up with the idea to spread misinformation about a sixth artifact being discovered on the lower continent in the Empire of the Dragons. A new era of alliance begins.