Patrick sneaks up to a tree and prepares to cast fire at a crossbowman should things go awry.
Elos and Aoishi do the same.
Marko laughs proudly. He stares the gate captain in the face and prepares to speak when suddenly...
... A crimson bolt of energy strikes him in the chest! Marko is paralyzed instantly.
"Do you know who this is?" asks the hooded man calmly to the gate captain.
The gate captain shakes his head.
"This is Marko Hund." says the hooded man, his tone eerily content. "He is cursed to become a beast when you spill his blood. If you were to strike him, it would be the last action you and your men would ever take. Rather than find out more about him, you simply placed him in a hostile situation. How is Her Majesty to feel safe when you fail to recognize these threats to her sovereignty?"
"My mistake, lord magister." The gate captain stammers. "It shan't happen again.
"No," says the hooded man. "It shan't."
The hooded man stretches forth his hands. Green energy rises out of the gate captains body until it engulfs him in dark flames.
Some of the guards turn away as their captain's screams rise towards the skies. Soon, there is nothing left of him.
"Sir Hund," addresses the hooded man politely. "There is no reason why we can't discuss the terms of your surrender peacefully. You are in the company of an Elf, a Dar'Duathan and an easterner. Tell them to lay down their arms and submit to these men or I'll kill you all where you stand."