Outside Klingmar (part 1):
The wail of MercTown Defender sirens showcase the ultra-fast reaction time in New Paducah (especially for the wealthy elite). Four squad cars converge on the spa. Not eager to pummel his way through 'innocent' security forces, Ronan throws up his hands and tries to talk the shooters down.
Ronan wrote:"Woah! Woah! Woah! Boys, Cease Fire!"
There is another pair of stray shots that streak past the Arismal, but the weapons fire pauses in intensity.
"Bloody get yer head on straight, munchkin. Ain't be have'n DEMONS follow'n ya 'round. Send yer "backup" 'ome an' stay put. The Defenders'll say the same when they get 'ere."
Ronan wrote:"We're chasing a target that just dropped a package bomb at our building. These weird looking things behind me are backup! You had a sniper on your rooftop I'm trying to pin down. Catch the real threat."
An older bodyguard with the look of grizzled authority responds. He gestures at the man to his left who busies himself on the radio. Ronan suspects they may have some manner of direct communication with the MercTown Defenders en route.
Given the choice, Ronan can either follow the bodyguard's instruction and await the Defenders, or carry on his chase (potentially with later legal ramifications). Whichever he chooses, at least people have stopped shooting.
To inform him on his decision a bit further, Ronan suspects that with each passing second, his quarry gets another opportunity to slip away into the crowd. And whereas elsewhere, a crowd may obediently wait for the authorities to arrive and sort the business out, here, the entitled elite are calling their hover vehicles and a train of departures is about to happen before the Defenders are even on-site (not to mention how difficult it may be to wrangle them once arrived).
Thanks to large sections being made of spotlessly cleaned glass, Ronan can see (aside from the fleeing elite) a mass of people are gathering on the opposite side of Klingmar. These people are dressed like the various 'help' staff and the Arismal surmises that with lack of a better option, they may be following some manner of fire escape or natural disaster protocol awaiting a headcount. Unfortunately, Hub foot traffic on that side of the building continues unabated and Ronan's hunch is that were he looking to escape undetected, he would melt away into that crowd and become a passerby.
Mierin approaches Klingmar, observing what has unfolded, and is glad there is no more errant weapons fire. She quickly assesses that enough time has passed that their unwanted surveyor is likely among the crowd already. If they came prepared, they were likely already dressed to blend in or prepared for a quick wardrobe change.
Given that she was not part of the perceived demon assault, she is able to dismount and sneak into Klingmar largely unnoticed. Once inside, the throng of people are all clearly making their way toward the exits. If she continues to try to find her way to the roof, she will be obviously working against the tide and will almost certainly be spotted. Seeing the undulating throng of bodies, Mierin knows that were she trying to extract herself, she would not remain isolated at the roof, but take advantage of this exodus as cover for her escape. Unfortunately, there is scant information about the voyeur so it could be anyone in the crowd.
Doing a little mental roleplay, she envisions herself trying to extricate and concludes that she would likely make her way outside with everyone and sneak toward the outdoor market where there are even more opportunities to lose a tail.
Parking Garage [Vheld & Northblade]:
As Vheld's minions scour the top level of the parking structure, Northblade looks over the edge before then assessing the structure's layout. He can see that those that were inside the garage when the screaming and weapons fire began are starting to spill out onto the street. Likely the stairwell is a bit of a crowded mess based on the density and pace of individuals moving away from the structure. They are almost universally headed out of the structure in a direction away
from the action. Many of them spilling into the open market that the parking garage feeds. Silently, the cyberknight counts the number of levels to the garage and estimates that unless the individual rappelled off the side (of which there is no evidence), or had some sort of extra-natural ability (flight, teleportation, intangibility), would most likely be hindered by the traffic jam in the main stairwell. The garage's elevator would be even slower.
Seeing the abandoned grenade launcher as an opportunity to bring Skarrah's keen psychic powers to bear, Vheld directs the Raksasha to read the object.
"I see images of battle, conflict and victory. In these images of battle, a skull-like insignia is prominent on both himself and those around him. All wear matte black armor, with several spike protrusions on the helmet and shoulders. At present, the former owner does not wear this armor, but is dressed in partial homespun armor and looks haphazardly like other mercenaries around him. Sunlight spilling on his face as he exits this parking structure."
Skarrah quickly summarizes.
Vheld identifies this description as 'actionable' and commands Skarrah to pursue the lead while he prepares himself and others to go to Klingmar to diffuse the situation with his minions there. He helps Northblade with magical flight before infusing himself with a charismatic aura ((deduct -35 PPE))
Skarrah metamorphs into a raven and descends down the side of the parking structure.
Outside Klingmar (part 2):
Vheld arrives on scene and brings his commanding presence to bear. His minions immediately stand down. Obediently, both demons do as commanded, one turning into mist and the other returning to the Haunt.
The Artifact Hunter then turns his attention to the security guards and speaks with a condescending tone, ramping up his magical aura to impose fear.
Vheld wrote:”This is Spook Squad business. What do you idiots think you’re going to accomplish against a pair of demons. Go back inside before you hurt yourselves.”
one of the security guards bristles in response, but none of them make any aggressive actions. In fact, by Ronan's diffusal, the weapons-fire had ended before Vheld arrived on scene. Like to others at Klingmar, Vheld will have to somehow sort out their quarry from the crowd if they are to continue pursuit. However, the impending arrival of the MercTown Defenders may complicate matters.
After moving past the dummy explosive, it takes mere moments for Lahz to will his ethereal form over to the roof of Klingmar. The Spooks' quarry is long gone though, leaving behind only the grenade launcher used to shoot the smoke canister into the street.
Lahz is alone atop the roof, but he is met with a little bit of a conundrum. The dome has one access point on the near side to the Haunt. Since their quarry ran away from the Haunt, they must have used some unnatural manner to get down. It seems highly unlikely that someone could easily survive a jump from that height.