The Black Company endeavored to raise an army of Taglians to assault the Shadowmasters and push their way through to Khatovar. Their first obstacle was the Shadowmaster army that was waiting for the water level of the Main to drop low enough that they could mount an invasion of Taglios.
The Company, under Croaker's leadership, raised three legions of Taglian troops, a small light calvary force, and several individual armies from each of the religious factions. One of Croaker's legions was headed by Mogaba, another by Ochiba, and the auxiliary legion was led by Sindawe. The Shadowmasters raised fifteen thousand troops and stationed ten thousand at the Ghoja Ford, three thousand at another major ford, and a thousand at each of the other two minor fords.
The Shadowmasters cleverly built a levee on the river, such that they could partially damn it and divert water flow into a low lying area and thus open up the Ford to foot traffic a day or more sooner. Croaker was ambiguously warned of this eventually by Soulcatcher and her crows, so he arrived in time to counter their assault.
Jahamaraj Jah led a force of poorly trained Shadar troops to defend the Ford being assaulted by three thousand Shadowmaster troops and were nearly successful in their defense on their own. Lady arrived with their calvary force and demolished the remains of the Shadowmaster army at the ford. She sent her calvary straggling back to Ghoja Ford, and sent Jah across the river to pick off the Shadowlanders retreating from the Ford if they won. This was partially a political move to remove Jah if the battle were lost.
Croaker arrived under cover of darkness and assembled his camp and siege engines. He had his auxiliary legion dig a small trench and fill it with charcoal which he had hauled down in wagons. He enlisted the Taken Shapeshifter to cover the river with mist in the morning so that he would be able to deploy his tricks and troops without being seen.
The Shadowmasters crossed the ford in the morning and entered a half-bowl shaped slope out of the river basin. Croaker and Lady rode up to the crest dressed as Lifetaker and Widowmaker and lit the charcoal, filling the area below with noxious fumes. The Shadowmasters marched through the mist as Croaker's army took position at the top of the river basin. The battle began as the Shadowmasters cut troughs through the charcoal, but were in poor shape from the fumes. Croaker's calvary force assaulted the Shadowmasters from the rear after several minutes of battle, causing them to break and retreat. At the same time, the siege equipment destroyed much of the fortress on the Shadowland side of the Ford, which had been weakened during the night by Goblin, One-Eye, and Shapeshifter's sorcery.
The Black Company and their Taglian allies won the battle with minimal casualties and continued their assault into the Shadowlands.