|Chapter||1. A premonition of war|
The Valley of Thieves is a location in Chapter 1 of Vandal Hearts.
Three cloaked merchants are passing through the valley. One of them, named Ash, seems to have his mind on something else, though his companions soon alert him to a gang of thieves that have just come out of hiding. The leader of the group is Zoot Gach, who demands that the merchants hand over their goods, though they don't respond. One thief decides to confront them, only to be met by a sword concealed under the lead merchant's cloak. The three then remove their disguises, revealing themselves as Ash, Diego, and Clive Picard of the 3rd Platoon, Ishtarian Security Forces. They offer Zoot a chance to surrender and leave, though Zoot rejects the offer, and orders his men to kill them.
- Victory = Defeat of Zoot Gach
- Defeat = Death of Ash