With the advice of the Gold Dragon Venadora
, the Queen of Vintia
, Alexia Von Grieft
travels incognito along with her right hand, Bethany Lidori
. Accompanying them is Magus Ponder Stibbons
As Venadora expected, the convoy was attacked by the Vexian Crows
who were contracted by the family of the queen's Spellmaster
. A fight brakes out but Ponder manages to hold the assassins at bay but something goes awry and an explosion occurs.
Forces that were sent to retrieve the queen reported seeing a pillar of blue light, nearly 6 km wide, shooting from the ground into the night sky. They find the three passengers completely deaf, but otherwise alive and well, inside a 50 feet deep crater.
Two nearby towns were flatten completely by flying trees and debris with a death toll of almost 500 and many more injured.