The Duiran Council and the City of Spinereach were bombarded by mysterious invaders from the east, appearing in the skies above Sapience in massive airships. The ships reached the coast outside Delos first, where they promptly unloaded a wave of troops to quickly scatter those who had gathered to await their arrival. The bombing destroyed the Spirean Institute as well as damaging other portions of the city, while Duiran suffered catastrophic damage to the Heartwood. The invaders then set up camp on the western edge of Scidve, where their leader, the Polemarch Andalso gave his warning to Sapience, surrender and accept servitude, or be crushed.