Red Sonja; Melea; Suvara; Janay; Lord Ariok; Alethia
Alethia stops the duel between Ariok and Sonja when it looks like his brother is about to kill the queen. Ariok and Alethia are brought back to Issenni under Sonja's protection and the queen finds she likes her new guest very much. Ariok tells her of his cursed magical sword that has all but taken over his life. Sonja actually speaks to the sword and the weapon informs her that Ariok is hiding a terrible secret.