The haughty grandmaster's expedition ends as disastrously as Arn warned: the crusader army is annihilated by Saladin's at the battle of Hattin. The sultan's brother however rescues badly wounded Arn from the battlefield, nurses him to health and accompanies him home to Sweden. They arrive just in time to prevent Cecioa, who was told all Templars were dead, accepting to becoming abbess for the family's political sake. Their patriarchs' objections result in the bishop forbidding a wedding, but the archbishop undoes that after an intervention from the bride's friend, Knud's queen. The happy couple is now united with their strapping son Magnus, squire to the Folkung patriarch.