During the Quest for the Amaranth, the Chosen beat her to the Great Library in Aboran and made off with crucial evidence regarding the artifact before she could stop them. This failure became the first stain on her previously spotless career. Ilhirel was not pleased, but it would take more than this for Niara to fall out of her favor.
Niara came close to capturing the Chosen in Ridge but was half a day too late - the fellowship had just moved out earlier that morning. Niara managed to learn the time and direction of their departure but was prevented from following when the Resistance happened to mount an attack on the town, catching her unprepared. Barely escaping a fatal injury, the general was forced to retreat, giving ground to the Resistance and returning to Alicante defeated a second time to face the wrath of her mistress. Afterwards she was more motivated and determined to succeed in her task than ever before.