Though reconstructions were in order around Lagrica and Versau, a shadow loomed over the continent nearby. Brivaean vigor reverbrated the victories earned in Elissia and Relats all the while one of the largest campaigns was underway in the Republic of Silum. In his absensce, the Tsar delegated power to the three sub-realm leaders in Varilea who each amassed their armies to march south. Five divisions of Dacon, Skoralov, Meridian, Rabatean and even Jaosai soldiers fortified the outermost fortifications of the Silumese heartlands, numbering almost a hundred thousand in total, as much as the two great armies had together.
Their march was led by the trio of rulers in Varilea: the petite and small framed Natalia, often arguing and shouting at the bulky and gigantic Vojtech, with only the beautiful though somewhat eccentric Antonia standing between the two. The three royal courts convened mid-January to draft a plan of defenses: hundreds of military officers were delegated to different castles, forts and posts along the coastline, where the hundred thousand aimed to cover the whole of south-western Varilea.
Revelations arrived with a single patrol ship returning, unharmed though her sailors malnourished. They gave word to the Silumese Princess about the course of the Belgravian navy, and their possible landfall: the island-county of Capena, a personal demesne of the Princess herself. The front-line was re-arranged to brace for an impact, with the whole of the Silumese ship departing the arsenal to make their way to the shores.
The Belgravian forces arrived next day and engulfed the sandy beaches with a blanket of gunpowder smoke, to which the Vestorean side answered with a carnage of magical missiles, rockets and culverin shots. The morning turned into afternoon, which soon grew dark for a silent evening where checkered flags on both sides called for a ceasefire. For six hours, both sides could lift and remove their dead men from the sands and make precautions against diseases, burning them each. Then, at the first morning light, the cascade of cannonballs, arrows, crossbow bolts, spells and the flurry of blades continued.
For six days the two armies fought, leaving well over twenty thousand dead on either side. The outermost islands of the Silumese archipelago fell to the Belgravians one-by-one, with encampments and outposts established to aid the invasion’s flow towards the mainland. The seventh day saw a massive influx of Belgravian soldiers to the main island which forced all forces to retreat into the castles miles into the land. It was at this point where the triumvirate of Varilean royals finally agreed on something: that the battle was lost.