Courtyard, The Tower
Zavala: I issued a challenge to Caiatl, knowing she could not show weakness in front of her people. She accepted… and now the time has come. It's simple: a final Rite of Proving. We each send forth a warrior to represent us. Whichever side claims victory sets the terms of a binding agreement. If we win, Caiatl ceases hostilities immediately. Her forces never set foot on Earth again. But if we lose, we surrender Nessus and support her claim to the imperial throne. And as a gesture of good faith, I become "Bracus Zavala" and serve on her war council. A glorified hostage. That… cannot happen. Caiatl's chosen warrior waits deep within her fortified tank. Storming it and defeating him in ritual combat will be nearly impossible. But I've come to expect the impossible… from you. Guardian… represent the Vanguard in the Rite of Proving. Be our champion.