During Nikolai and Johan’s battle, the other characters were elsewhere. Avery Jonsen and his five remaining men were preparing for battle near the stables and barracks. Avery had half plate armor and a longsword. Jekoby Keyes and Cortenay were held up in the castle courtyard with some soldiers also preparing for battle. Jekoby had leather armor and a short sword. Cortenay had the same.