Callum leaned back from Phoenix's katana and then countered with a well placed push kick. As Phoenix stumbled back, Callum sent a sword thrust followed by a diagonal slice. Phoenix was able to avoid the attacks with ease and threw a barrage of attacks at Callum, and ended it with a spinning back kick. Callum fell to the ground, and Phoenix ran forward, placing one foot on top of Callum's katana while standing over top of him.
"Between the both of us, I'm a much better samurai than you will ever be, Callum. I gave you one chance to leave Ketra be, but you had to blow it. You just had to steal her from me. Well now, I'm about to steal your life." Phoenix stated, his katana aimed at Callum's throat.
"Callum!" Phoenix and Callum both turned their heads to see Vilija kill a samurai before turning her horse to walk towards them.
"Vilija?" Phoenix said, a little confused at the situation.
"Phoenix, don't you dare kill him." Vilija ordered in a calm voice.
"He stole Ketra from me, and he is the reason why I got banished from Lekkyu's territory. I want him to get what he deserves." Phoenix argued, looking down at Callum.
"Look, brother. Killing him isn't the right thing to do. Trust me." Vilija replied. Phoenix shook his head.
"No matter what you say, Vilija. I'm not going to let him live." Phoenix said, and with that, he kicked Callum on the chin before swinging his katana at his rival. Suddenly, Phoenix was shoved to the side before he could kill Callum. Phoenix looked around and saw Dzin with his tonfas raised, blood dripping from them.
"Something tells me you are the one that-" Phoenix began.
"Tried to kill you? Yeah, it is me. And I'm not letting you kill him." Dzin finished for Phoenix. Callum quickly got back to his feet during this time.
"Every time I get close to finishing him, something always gets in the way. Jet, kill this Shadowcloak while I actually finish Callum." Phoenix ordered in frustration. Dzin leapt in the air with a twist in Jet's direction, kicking him before he could react. Callum swung his katana at Phoenix, who blocked the attack and pushed his enemy back with his katana. The two rivals exchanged blows for several moments before Phoenix stabbed through an opening in Callum's armor. Callum felt a sharp pain envelope his body as he saw the blade insert through his shoulder. Callum cried out in pain, and saw Phoenix send another thrust with his sword, but managed to duck underneath and used a sweep kick to knock Phoenix off of his feet.
Vilija was watching the fight taking place in front of her when she heard a loud yell from behind her. Vilija turned just in time to see a naginata coming straight towards her face. She ducked underneath it and slid off of her horse. It was one of the other generals from Kaz's army. Vilija looked back at Callum and then at the general.
"Even though I was given orders to not kill you, you are still an enemy of mine, so that is enough to let me end your life." said the general.
"I'd like to see you try and kill me." Vilija returned.
Torl spun his naginata around before sending a strike at Vilija, who dodged the attack and sent one of her own. Torl held his naginata horizontally to block the attack, but watched as Vilija's katana cut right through the middle. Vilija used a front kick to push Torl back. The general looked at the two pieces in each hand before dropping the end without the blade. He swung the small blade several times at Vilija, who back pedaled before tripping over a dead body. Vilija fell on her back and watched as Torl swung the blade low. She rolled to the side and quickly got to her feet. Torl cursed under his breath and tried sending more attacks at Vilija. The general was unaware of the Shadowcloak aiming an arrow at him from behind a boulder. Vilija ducked from an attack and threw her knee into Torl's gut followed by a quick stab into the general's lower chest. Vilija bashed Torl's face with the hilt of her katana. At the same time, an arrow smashed through Torl's armor and straight into his back. The general was dead before he hit the ground. Vilija looked up at the valley to see a Shadowcloak salute her before aiming at another target. Thank goodness, Vilija thought to herself as she turned to help Callum and Dzin with Phoenix and Jet.
Dzin used both tonfas to block Jet's down strike and pushed forward, sending the general back. Jet jumped forward with a kick, which Dzin used his forearm to move the kick out of his way and quickly stabbed Jet on his right side. Before Dzin could land another strike, however, Jet used a thrust which pierced Dzin's unarmored chest. As much as Dzin wanted to shout in pain, he did not want to show weakness and composed himself. The Shadowcloak threw a round kick followed by a hook kick, which Jet dodged both. Dzin saw Jet wind up for an attack, and cartwheeled away from the samurai.