So since then, the pair of gnomes have returned the ring to Lorat, and spoken again with Vinues and Pilos (who turned out to be the dragon for whom Cara works). They were both set the task of attempting to find the lair of Warsaw, the gold dragon of the game. Researching took them to Tegby, and from there they headed east, to find a castle with a puzzle and a kobold in it. The kobold turned out to be Cara’s brother from another father, Ipkyrik, and the puzzle turned out to be a curse on Warsaw to summon him once it was figured out (but this works only once per decade). Once Warsaw was summoned, he gave the trio gifts, and said he needed to get back to watch a battle that was supposed to happen. Arumeaus offered to gate him back to save him some time because of the inconvenience. The group headed there, and spoke with the general of one of the sides of the battle, Stonys Bearcharger. The three shortest in that conversation decided to help Stonys with the battle, though they were assured no compensation was able to be offered. Ipkyrik was to help on the front lines, Cara to provide decoy targets in the forest behind the other army, and Arameaus to gate the army to the defensible high ground which would have otherwise taken days to reach.
Then things got interesting. Each member of that party was secretly set an objective by their corresponding dragon. That evening, Arumeaus left to make a few preparations. Once back in the camp, he found that the general had no intention of sending her army through the gate, and began arguing with Arumeaus. Angry, Arumeaus threatened to prevent her from going with her army when they intended to march in just a few minutes. Stonys suggested that she would have to be locked up for that. Taking this challenge literally, Arumeaus turned invisible and trapped the general inside a cage of force. After a few moments of the general becoming more and more irate, she finally relented and offered to send the army through the gate to the high ground if she were freed. Once everyone was through the gate, Arumeaus freed the general from the gem she had been trapped inside, and turned his illusory general into a message for the army, telling them they had just been gated very far away, and good luck.
Arumeaus eventually came back to the location and offered to provide amenities for the army, but Stonys did not like being trapped there so did not trust anything Arumeaus offered, and ordered her army to do the same.
Meanwhile, Ipkyrik had his own plan. He went to the nearest town to the army after they were gated, and found a wordsmith, whom he hired to write a letter, vilifying the army and asserting that the army was going to attack, possibly after they tried to win the town’s trust with false words. He took this letter to the mayor’s office, snuck in, and left it on his desk. Arumeaus had been keeping an eye on everyone and noticed this letter, so sent Cara to deal with her brother.
Everyone eventually came back to the location they had been staying at, just a few hours march north of the area where they were gated.
Arumeaus continued to offer food and wine and water to the soldiers who had little, though was attacked by picnic formians while doing so. The siblings and the gnome fought them off fairly handily.