Clara von Diehl’s surrender was unexpected, but her haughty, arrogant demeanor proved intolerable. Demanding special quarters, fine blood, and civility was not something that Rollo von Carstein nor the Necrarchs felt inclined to extend to her. Clara had things to make herself useful, but when she attempted a ritual of location to aid in tracking down the Goblin Warboss who had slain Godric, Oliver Darkh struck her, and, incensed that a mere Necrarch would ever hit her, she bodily threw Oliver out of her tent. In response, the Darkstalkers went on the offensive, and rather than extract the answers they needed from behind smiling fangs and innuendo, the Darkstalkers instead chose to flay her flesh and remove her organs one at a time until they learned what they needed from her screams.
The Darkstalkers learnt a great many things regarding the movements of their enemies and of the capabilities they possessed. Godric’s death at the hands of the Goblin Warboss was confirmed. Clara von Diehl turned on her fellow vampires because she had lost control of her Banshee. She hid this fact from Helga and the other von Diehls to remain in control, but knew they would soon begin to suspect. While she was not certain who stole control of her banshee, or even truly that Thusnelda was stolen away, it happened shortly after agents of Templehof visited Eschen. He was just a normal human, or so she thought. He didn’t even have a retinue. He simply arrived in a Black Coach one day, and after entreating with her briefly, he was off again. When agents of Templehof came to Eschen but a few weeks after Thusnelda’s disappearance and ordered her to incense the nearby Goblin tribes to bring war to Eschen, she acquiesced, as she now knew who had somehow stolen control of her Banshee.
As she was dying, she laughed at Ziegfried, telling them the war was already decided. The Blood Dragons, the Wight Kings of Fort Oberstyre, and Greghor the Surgeon had all fallen in line with the Stahlbergs of Castle Templehof. Furthermore, Jakob Stahlberg had found the last Warpstone of Mordheim, and with it, had command of magical power the likes of which the von Carsteins could only dream of. On top of all of that, he had one of the Books of Nagash, guiding his necromantic research.
Sensing nothing more useful from her, and tiring of waiting for her ragged, wet coughing fits in between gales of insane laughter, Ziegfried moved to leave her to the Necrarchs. Her dying words were, “at least let me die at the hands of a von Carstein”, which Ziegfried von Carstein acquiesced to, and removed her head from her shoulders.
With that, the Darkstalkers set forth to locate the Greenskin filth that had slain Godric and their Warboss who had made off with the banner of the von Carsteins. After weeks of cat and mouse, they finally found them at the ruins of a crumbled temple deep in the Grim Wood.
The Greenskins, having taken this location with purpose, began sieging the von Carstein army with their Rocklobba and Archerz. The battle was hard fought, and the emergence of the Warboss atop his Arachnarok Spider was tearing the flanks of the Darkstalkers army apart. Thus, the Darkstalkers assaulted the warboss directly, leaving their undead minions to smash the remaining greenskins.
The Black Coaches of Heinrich’s forces smashed the goblin infantry while the enemy archers rained arrows on the infantry forces of Ziegfried and Rollo.