- At the imperial palace, His Majesty Batang V celebrated the first victory of his newly appointed Commander of the imperial forces Babida, and was pleased with his choice.
- "I knew I was making the right decision." He enthusiastically told Empress Serena as they lay on the lunar bed.
- The latter liked the woodsman but just for the war-time hero, he was. However, she despised the fact that her husband had chosen someone outside the imperial family to occupy a position she believed was vital to the survival of their throne.