Kingdom Under Fire: The Hand of Retribution. Tonight the Defenders of Britannia - and the gathered representatives of the Empress of Zento and the Elven Isles of Zanthes - met in Council. Their purpose? To declare War on the Shadow. Amongst their number was Darius - Elven Highlord of the Heartwood - in whose wisdom the Council had been called. James of the Mage Tower who bore word from the People of Ter Mur. Lord Yalp - Managarm of the Covenant - representing the Empress. Defender Aria McCullough of Vesper. Elevere and Glinmiali Zanthes of the Elven Isles. And Guardswoman Leithia. Those who answered the summons were driven by a single purpose - Retribution - but were at a loss where to channel their collective furor. Britannia - having just recovered from the War against the Shadowlords - had long been on the verge of collapse. As grim looks were exchanged back and fourth that doom loomed ever more near. Yalp stood and expressed his peoples concern over the lack of leadership in the absence of the Queen. James called for the Sword of Dawn to be found. Elevere - Queen of Clan Zanthes - turned to the brooding figure who stood at the edge of the torchlight. "Have you nothing to say ... Nicholas?" "I do." The man removed his hood. "I have many things to say." The Fallen Paladin - who had for months fought on the side of the Bane Chosen and had stood in opposition to the Defenders - revealed that it had been a deception. He revealed with rage in his eyes the Dark Portal and the Legions of Demons that had appeared in his homeland during the War of Mondain. Of those he had lost during the Fall of Magincia. His own personal Quest for Retribution. But that deception had failed to produce Ors. Had failed to prevent the murder of an innocent woman. And for that he wanted blood. Nicholas called for Captain Jenkins to be named Lord General of Britannia. That in the absence of the Queen he wield authority derived from the People. He then called for a Union. For the Kingdoms of Sosaria - Britannia, Dawn, Ter Mur, Zento, the Elven Kingdoms, and Latinum (Hearthfire and Luna) - to unite under a Single Banner. To form a Grand Alliance not seen since the foundation of Britannia. That which was discussed is listed below. That the Kingdoms of Sosaria form a Grand Alliance. The Alliance would be united in their Faith in Virtue and the Light. That Captain Jenkins be declared the Commanding General of the Britannian Forces and the Grand Alliance. In the absence of the Queen he derives his Power from the Mandate of the People. That the Sword of Queen Dawn must be recovered. It is the Scepter. It is the Icon around which the Britannians will Unite. Their Standard. That Dar, Frances, Aria, Davon, and the Defenders continue the Crusade against the Bane Chosen. That the Cities must be retaken. That the Defenders discover the means through which the Bells of Courage can be restored and consecrated. That the Dark Portal must be sealed. That it be the sole purpose of the Court Thaumaturgists. That the Oracles and Far Seers - Nell and Ilmatar - should be sought out and consulted. That Tiamat must be restored to her True Form to help combat the Bane Chosen. Darius and Elevere departed the High Council Chamber with fierce determination in their eyes. Tonight the Bane Chosen would pay a double price for the pain they had caused.