The people of Catapolis were near panic. The enemy had surrounded the city. While the walls were holding strong, the gates could give way at any minute. To make matters worse, the old king had taken to his sick bed, refusing all sustenance or medicines, and disdaining to make any decisions whatsoever during this crisis. In the power vacuum, thus created, Princess Pirouette (the elder) took control of the situation from within the city.
“GarGar! GarGar!” The people shouted. “Save us!” That was all the encouragement le comte des deux chats needed to raise a relief force and break the siege of Catapolis. The people danced in the streets, and threw garlands at his feet as he entered the city in his shiny armor made of brass.