Before the Emperor's Champion led Ayu's army into Ashfeld, they came here on a scouting mission. They would need to find safe passge for their army to my fortress. But Ashfeld has changed. - Apollyon
The Orochi: Apollyon had been as generous to her own people, as she had been to ours. I needed to understand what was happening in Ashfeld, so we explored.
The Orochi and Momiji have entered Ashfeld but were surprised to find a trail of bodies along the path. The two split up to look around. Wach for Breakables right away. There will be patrols in three different directions. Which one is chosen first doesn't seem to matter. Look for Observables near the patrols. After taking out patrols on the ground, head for the nearby castle and go across the bridge. Momiji will be waiting there.
Once inside, jump on the Ballista and take out the archers on the battlements. This is not timed but Momiji will be fighting alone on the ground until the player joins her. Battle ground troops to secure the zone. There will be multiple waves of AI to fight. Look for Breakables inside the courtyard.
After the final wave is defeated, a cutscene will start and Momiju will mention she saw a Warden and soldiers headed away from the castle. She and The Orochi agree to follow.
Momiji: I saw a Warden...Leading a group of Knights away from the fortress.
Orochi (voiceover): Apollyon's borders were open. Who had done this?
(The Orochi and Momiji trail the Warden and their group to the Chapel, where the soldiers are having a change of arms, throwing down the Blackstone shields for an Iron Legion one).
Orochi: I know that one. Warden.
Momiji: Are they rebelling? Can they do that?
(Momiji looks around before whispering to the Orochi) I think we should leave.
(An arrow flies over their heads. Orochi and Momiji begin to retreat, but Momiji gets hit in the thigh). Once outside, the objective will update and player will have to defend Momiji from several warriors. If the player has picked up a Stalwart Banner on the way out, use one here. The player will fight through a few waves of soldiers. When a cutscene starts, s/he pushes Momiji over a nearby barricade and turns back around just in time to get knocked out cold by The Warden.
(The Orochi awakens, kneeling at the foot of the Warden, in the cemetery behind the Chapel).
Warden: We are not your enemy, Champion.
Orochi: YOU EXECUTED THE IMPERIAL FAMILY!
(Warden takes Orochi's Katana from Holden Cross, glancing at it before offering it back to the Orochi.)
Warden: We are no longer Blackstone.
(The Orochi then attempts to strike the Warden with the blade, but is deflected by the Warden. The two then engaged in a short swordfight exchange).
Warden: NO! This is my fight. The Orochi must now fight the Warden (the same Warden that they played as in the first chapter, but with Iron Legion coloring (green and gold). The Warden will put of a decent fight, but ultimately falls to the Orochi.
(Warden falls to knees, and the Orochi puts the blade of the katana to the Warden's neck. After a few moments of hesitation, the Orochi realizes that the Warden was not his enemy after all, and sheaths (hypothetically) the sword).
Warden: I was right. You ARE the Emperor's Champion.
(The Warden points in the direction of the fortress).
Warden: You'll find the path to the Blackstone fortress clear.
(The Orochi takes one last look at the Knights before leaving).
Warden: Good luck.
The Orochi: I had taken my measure of that Warden. Once you have crossed swords with someone, you know their heart.