Well, when side A issues a challenge and Side B declines the challenge.
Side A then nominates one character from Side B who must be placed in the rear rank.
This much is clear
It is also clear that said character may not fight and may not use its leadership that round.
What is unclear, is when does the character return to the front rank. Thereby, allowing them to use
magic items, cast spells, and so on. The book is beyond foggy on this point. Clear as mud! I'd say..
My friends and I have been playing that at the end of the combat round (note: not the end of the combat where a definitive conclusion has been derived), the character who has refused the challenge comes back to front. So, in essence, there really is no penalty other than loss of leadership and attacks (in this particular case, both are of no consequence).
My question is this; Does the character remain in the rear rank for the entire combat? or is the character allowed to be placed back into the front rank as we have been playing it.... I don't see any clear cut answer here.. It bugs me to no end.
Any help appreciated...
Lastly, can powers from VC be used while they are in the rear rank? ie. aura of darkness (-1 leadership to enemies within 6 inches)... ???