Having failed in his first assault on Northguard, Irusk received a severe dressing down by Empress Vanar. The accusation that he had wasted the lives of his men cut particularly deep. He took a short leave in which he considered falling on his sword, an honorable death for a disgraced soldier such as himself. However he was summoned by the Empress before he could act and promoted to Supreme Kommandant, a direct challenge to his legacy. Irusk knows the empress' unspoken command is that only total victory will suffice. Irusk now enters battle determined to earn his new rank by using all his stratagems and strategic planning to utterly defeat the motherland's enemies.