Republican mages are led by Lieutenant Colonel Severin Bientot to support a rebel uprising in Arene City, a former Republican territory in the Western Theater. Tanya and her Mage Battalion are ordered to intercept them, and destroy all resistance even if it means mean the deaths of the population as well. They find the city heavily defended. Following a refusal to surrender, the city comes under sustained attack from imperial cannon fire causing the citizens to flee. At Strategic Headquarters they debate the ethics of destroying an inhabited city, but Tanya has no qualms about obeying orders to attack. At an Allied hospital, the critically wounded Colonel Sioux slowly recovers from his encounter with Tanya and says that God told him to destroy that Devil.