Raisa, Tetsuya, Geobaldi and Battia storm the Imperial Palace looking for Kahm. Their rear is completely undefended...in front of them are an entire garrison of soldiers called out to repel the intruders. Gradually, their forces thin out as Gari and his men fall back to guard the rear, and Battia and Geobaldi fight a holding action against overwhelming numbers to give Raisa and Tetsuya a chance to reach the inner chamber and rescue Kahm. But will there be anyone standing by the time Tetsuya finds his wife...assuming he finds her in time?
"Hold the line, boys! This is where we choose to die!"