Bork invites Mesh to take a walk with him, and they arrive at a village where ever man, woman and child has been slaughtered. Mesh realizes with a sickening feeling that the wounds on the dead were inflicted with Bork's own sword.
Bork shows his true colours, by revealing that he has been corrupted by the evil of Varohl. The evil wizard has taken over Bork's body and has threatened to claim the man's soul as well unless Bork kills both Mesh and Lemnear.
Mesh has no choice - he must fight his old friend or perish like the rest of the villagers at the blade of his teacher's sword.