(I'm handwaving my bit of Rubella Wars plot, because quite frankly ficcing the stuff that's going on at the Kaldoan end is getting a bit tedious. It's tl'dr anyway, feels like self-threading and I'd rather just be getting along with RP as and when it happens)
The Younger Phoenix has been put into a coma by Alec. (Tanith by Ylaia, and Corvo by Drakus) So that Ylaia can take Vahl's ESP powers and heal the three younger gods. They'll wake up safely and well, with all memories of their abuse eradicated, and the suggested knowledge that Vahl has been wanted for criminal activity for a while now. Ylaia doesn't need proximity for the taking of another god's powers, it can be done by tapping into the nebula)
They have tried to locate Vahl, to arrest him, but the bad guy has gotten wind that something's wrong, and is rather reluctant to be found.
So. At this point. Vahlmir Ravenhead has just been psychically torn in half, which fucking HURT – he deserved it, right? ;) And is pretty pissed about the whole fact that not only have his plans been screwed, but he's wanted by his own people. And the NUTJOB he detests so much is partly responsible (Yup, that'll be the older Phoenix) Vahl also still has the usual god powers, with a residual and natural but far more limited psychic ability.
This just sets up and justifies why he'll be off with Raissa, to free Revka and Snake; then go on to help Raissa cause more trouble for everyone.
(Crossposted to ashes_ascending ashes_ascended and linked toplotfest)