As the story unfolds, the strife for the Orb escalates. A new enemy that has been biding his time in cunning darkness has reared his head. The trauma left in Arden's wake weakens the three, and while the chess pieces move into battle, Ommadon's final weapon comes into play. The renegade Arden; his cause in turmoil, struggles to trust his new family. If he remains in the belief that he is alone he won't find the strength to endure the darkness that is the Orb. The help of the Thirteen Guardians is either a blessing or a curse. Their presence is enigmatic as much as it is sinister. Will they find the answers in time?