Reina recovers outside the pyramid, on the edge of a forest, and a Maid of Temptation, Airi is turning the forest into a swamp. She is attacked by the Nowa, Watchmen of the Forest. Airi catches Nowa and steals her life energy. Reina intervenes and has to fight Airi. Airi starts draining her life energy but Reina breaks free and Airi disappears after slashing Reina across the chest. Nowa nurses Reina back to health, introducing her to Combat Instructor Alleyne who heals her wounds, after explaining how the elves do not normally humans into the forest. Reina enters the main elf city and the elves are not pleased, and confront Nowa about it. Elina goes to search for her sister, and holds Claudette in the castle. The elf council force Nowa to leave the village and fight in Queen’s Blade. Alleyne wanted to compete, but was not allowed by the elders. Reina stops Nowa leaving the forest and causes her to fight, trying to dissuade her from competing. Nowa convinces Reina to let her compete and they two of them part ways.