Yes, I know, you're trying to make up for me scolding you about a lack of a problem to have a minimum of one try-fail sequence about until the climactic battle wraps it up. Just jumping to that battle doesn't fix the problem. It would be better to just have the whole story about Rael researching the magical communities under cover of checking on Xen.
Okay. Enough arguing with my subconscious. Maybe I ought to just push the button on _The Boy_ so I can safely say I've accomplished something today.