Before the arrival of the Pannion Domin forces, Shield Anvil Itkovian and two wings of cavalry went out on patrol on the plains outside the city. They were riding spread out in formation when the north wing came across a trail. Nakalian acted as their spokesman and informed Itkovian of the details of the trail found by the recruit accompanying them. Nakalian was then ordered by Itkovian to relieve outrider Sidlis and lead the formation.
He followed the trail with ease until he came to the top of a low rise where, seeing what was ahead, he waited for the others to catch up. A fearsome long-tailed creature was watching them from about two hundred paces which Nakalian judged would take it about five heartbeats to cover. The patrol attacked the beast which killed two-thirds of them before Farakalian, Torun, and six other Grey Swords pulled it apart with their lassos. Just as four more of the creatures arrived, so too did an army of T'lan Imass who destroyed the undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell Hunters.
It was not revealed if Nakalian was amongst the ten Grey Swords who survived the attack.