In response to the invasion in the southeast, the army is pulled back from Korintheya with small garrisons remaining in forts on the border. A delegate is sent to Korintheya to try and negotiate peace with the Imperial army. Mevoni lands are covered in Veleni armies, and thus considered a no mans land by the army. A defensive line is set up around Mevon as generals decide their course of action. Back in the capital, the Empress Temporai (Temporary Empress) attempts to clean up the chaos left by her brother. Military police in Titleki lands are fortified with corrupt officials executed and replaced by more loyal personnel. Workers rights are also enforced, with heavy fines imposed on those who do not comply. This new Empress has made it clear that she will take any action necessary to protect her people.
Upon the western marches of Til-Gur, enemies of the realm lurk. Veleni horsemen frequently raid the border towns, but are still too weak to attempt a foray into the larger part of the country. Villages in the duchies of Negolometh and Ven have been burned to the ground and a large migration of people move westward. Barons in the east and south rise up ad fight the invaders. A large army is assembled by a leader named Nul-au. He meets the Veleni on the open field as they are departing to the south. The Veleni turn to fight, harassing Nul-au's much larger force with horse archers. The Hal-iv fight back bravely, but their left flank begins to dwindle and falter. Nul-au is concerned the line might buckle, and sends a relief unit. This saves the flank and prevents a fleeing retreat by the Hal-iv. Meanwhile, the Hal-iv charge the right, and the Veleni withdraw towards the center. Sensing a weakness in the Veleni lines, Nul-au orders a rush at the enemy. The cavalry of the Veleni easily evades the Hal-iv, but the much looser formation of the Hal-iv makes it much harder to reliably get hits and each cavalry-man is left to individually cycle charge the enemy. The result is chaos. The Hal-iv lose more, but the absence of battle lines results in a battle of attrition, which the Veleni cannot hope to win. After inflicting many casualties upon the Hal-iv, the raiders are forced to withdraw, not without heavy losses of their own. The chaotic charges have trampled many a brave man on both sides, and many lie dead. Among these is Nul-au, bucked from his horse and trampled by Veleni horse archers.
With Veleni forces rampaging through Mevoni lands, the armies begin a campaign to surround and cut off support from the Veleni homeland, whereever it may be. Without support from the homeland, the Fernusi armies will close in on the Veleni, pressuring them and limiting their few supplies from raiding.
Kavad realises this and begins to send small parties to perform hit and runs on these 2 Fernusi armies, disrupting supply chains and inflicting casualties wherever they can. Meanwhile, the siege of Mevon begins. Raiders pillage the countryside, forcing thousands to flock to the safety of the walled city, making the settlement cramped and flooded with refugees, straining its supplies. Once this is done, they encircle the settlement and build siege equipment, which they use to bombard the city. After a week or so, the city begins to starve, but Kavad is merciful and offers peace to the settlement, demanding only one thing. He wishes for 2 or 3 sparrows (or any other kind of bird) from each household in Mevon to be delivered to him.
The Mevoni governor tries to stall for time as Fernusi reinforcements attempt to help the two armies. Back in the capital, the Empress is seen in the palace courtyard practicing swordfighting with an Adduni military instructor. 10,000 troops attempt to bring supplies to the Mevoni capital.