Battle of the River Venigors
Main Article : Battle of the River Venigors
Everything had been relatively quiet in the Oblast of Oplane and this had led to Jacob and Boras to have more and more time to train the unkept peasents they continued to bring into Castle Bajna. Boras and Jacob Swan would have their quiet growth ended when they were alerted to the arrival of a large force of Chaos attacking the eastern steppes. This force was a vangaurd of the much larger force of Mogragian, and thus its purpose was mainly to test the resistence against the main force, and to sow destruction in the land. The size of the army was too large for just the forces of Boyar Boras Belesku and thus he went to Boyar Novokov Pentov with the hopes of uniting their forces alongside the forces of the Atarnan Alexi Rumin. Novokov had by the time they arrived already marshaled his forces alongside the two thousand gathered by Alexi Rumin's regent in Nastya Vasa, and was more then willing to join with their forces in order to save his land from the destruction about to happen to them. The three forces thus combined and waited in the forests near the large village of Khanrov where they would plan to come out of hiding from three sides once the forces of Chaos had gone past them and from there would ambush them.
The Chaos force some fourteen thousand strong would come to the spot the allied forces were waiting and stopped briefly before they were engaged by small forces of Chaos spreading outwards from the main Chaos force. Under the advise of Jacob Swan these vanguard forces were not fought against and instead allowed to penetrate their defenses and this caused them to continue moving forward but they did report back to the main force that the Kizlev defenses were no where to be found and this caused arrogance among the main force. At this point Jacob Swan once again made advise that was heeded when he advised Ser Fedor of Volksgrad that he should send a force westward to make sure the outliers didn't cause to much damage behind their lines, and he did so sending two hundred riders west to hunt the outliers they had let by. Funneling the Chaos forces towards Khanrov they would finally make their move during the early morning just before the sun was setting and the Chaos force still in the process of sleep and completely unaware of the location of the Kizlev forces would be caught in the open as the Kizlev force came at them from three sides. True to their legend the chaos force would react violently and what forces that could begin to put up resistance, but by twenty minutes into the battle nearly half the Chaos force led dead and relatively light Kizlev casualties were causing mass panic among the lower ranks of the Chaos force. Beginning to splinter and retreat northward between the two northern forces the Chaos central leadership made one last attempt to stop the retreat when Lord Grugion of Rus roused his elite guard and went after Jacob Swan. Slavnov Ursenic led House Belesku's personal guard into the maelstorm allowing Jacob to deal with the Chaos Lord who had already butchered several Kizlev villages and was monstrous to behold. A fight between Grugion and Jacob Swan ended the battle with Grugion proving no match for Jacob and his death would cause the complete route of the remaining Chaos forces northward.
Caught at the River
As the Chaos forces retreated northward after their devastating defeat it was Kira Tornov that awoke thinking of the German Jacob Swan that continued to haunt her dreams. The meeting of the two had been brief but she would think of him for some time afterwards and it would be almost six months before she would meet him again. She discovered from a member of her battalion that the slaves at Kizlev City were being sent eastward for the army of Boras Belesku. While those six months were on she found herself constantly wanting to ask Boras who she knew somewhat where Jacob was now. She never did because she feared being scorned by those around her for looking into a slave, but as the days went by she found herself consumed by thoughts of him. She was shaken from these fears when she was alerted to the fact that a large Chaos force had been defeated by Boras and his forces in the east and was now moving rapidly north attempting to flee. Ravens sent to the north had warned her of their arrival, and she decided to ambush them as they attempted to cross the river Venigors. Commanding her Kreml Guard to mobilize she alongside her commanders Hetman Ursenic, and Graldamir Weisenov planned for the assault and sent word northward to Fork Orlosk where she wanted them to make sure noone got through on that side of the defences. She was moving her forces while Jacob Swan was now leading alongside Boras the large Kizlev force as they chased the forces of Chaos northward towards the trap waiting for them.
As Jacob's force pushed them towards the river the larger force of Kira Tornov would sit in front of them and cut them down by the hundreds as they attempted to blindly escape the forces of Jacob, and didn't even attempt to resist the forces of Kira. As they were stalled in their retreat north they attempted to move eastward but couldn't shift quickly enough before they were smashed from behind by the forces of Jacob and Boras and thus the entire Chaos force was massacred before it could escape. As the two Kizlev forces met in the center it would be Jacob, and Kira meeting again this time she saw him in full armor, and he saw her covered in the blood of the enemy holding onto her two swords. The two would basically make a bee line for each other and when they met without a single word to each other he placed his hand on her cheek and she melted into his hand before he pulled her into a hug. Seeing their usually unemotional leader hugging into this unknown man, many in her force were confused, and it wasn't until she pulled away and he led her by the hand away from the battle that the whistles and hooting begin.