In Granorg, a cutscene shows Queen Protea expressing her disappointment with Selvan and Dias because of Alistel having regained control of the Sand Fortress. When they are alone, Dias and Selvan agree that Heiss must be held responsible for the failed attack, but Selvan proposes a way to use him.
Back in Alistel, Stocke is having a break with Raynie and Marco. Suddenly Kiel appears to take him to Sonja, who wants to check the wounds he received in the previous events (although it is later clear that it was Rosch who asked Sonja to do it). Rosch reaches them in the infirmary to tell Stocke that Lt. General Raul wants all of them in his office to discuss their next mission.
In Raul's office, Stocke and Rosch meet General Hugo, who congratulates the "young Lions of Alistel" about their promotion to Major and Lieutenant before leaving the office. Raul has a new mission for the two friends: Rosch and his brigade have to reach Judgement Cliff, where an informant will give them the next order. Before letting them go, however, Raul warns them about Hugo, reminding Rosch and Stocke that Field Marschal Viola, once called too the "Lion of Alistel", had been sent to the Sand Fortress by Hugo himself for fear of her popularity.
Leave for Judgement Cliff (to Lazvil Hills, then left, down, left, left).
When Stocke, Rosch and their brigade reach Judgment Cliff, one of Heiss' men blended into the army gives Stocke a message from Heiss: he'd better come back into Specint, otherwise he will meet a sad fate along with the troop. Stocke coldly declines his offer and the messenger gives him new details concerning the mission - which is to join Field Marshal Viola's unit at the Sand Fortress - before leaving. Rosch is taken by surprise at these news, considering that his men are too few to be adequate reinforcements.
Both Raynie and Marco have an odd feeling about the man, who's heading for Judgment Cliff. The two, together with Stocke, follow him.
Head down one screen to Judgement Cliff, then up two.
Kill the spy, who is actually the first incarnation of Shadow. While dying, he explains that, since Specint is somehow still unofficial on paper and in no position to oppose Raul, Heiss has planned of taking Stocke back by having Rosch fall into disgrace. When he reveals that somebody envious of Rosch's success is behind this plan too, a voice accuses him of having spoken too much: the man is surrounded by a black glow and turns into sand. Upon going back to Rosch, Stocke warns him that their destination might not be a coincidence, but does not speak about the messenger being hit by the Sand Plague.
Viola's brigade attacks the Granorgite army on Gran Plain, while Rosch Brigade holds the Sand Fortress. Unfortunately, the Granorgites break through.
If you've completed Ambush Tactics and Collecting Wood, Stocke decides to destroy the invisible bombs. There's one on 1F's raised area left, one on 1F's raised area right, one on 2F's raised area right, and one on 3F, left of the stairwell to 2F.
After the battle, Stocke and Rosch meet Field Marshal Viola and celebrate their victory. A few days later, however, Stocke learns that Rosch has been ordered to return to Alistel; fearing that Hugo may be scheming something against his friend, Stocke asks Kiel, who will go with Rosch to the capital, to never let him alone. Meanwhile, at Alistel, Fennel, Hugo and Heiss decide to deploy the thaumachines to the Fortress to use in battle against the Granorg army.
Stocke proposes to split the brigade in two and send a backup unit to help Viola. His detachment ambushed High Colonel Dias' troops and forced Granorg's retreat. But it actually was a trap: another army attacked the Sand Fortress and Rosch, while fighting bravely with his limited number of soldiers, was overpowered. The Alistel army was left stranded in Granorg's territory. Bad ending.