Kestinoros decided not to meet the Ice head on but instead put their faith in reviving the Birds who had ruled the world in Murharzarm's time.
Verapur refused on the grounds they were the home of the High Heat and Low Fire and had held back the ice since Yelm was Emperor and they would continue to hold it back for the glory of Jethsarum and Avarnia.
Of the people in Verapur, only Tholm believed in the Emperor's plans.
The Sky turned Blue and Walindum's Ice grew stronger.
Tholm marched to Verapur to offer Imperial aid but was laughed at. The city was lost in the Battle of Verapur