Ekimu backs up farther, giving the Storm even more space.
"Somehow I expected you to say that," he says solemnly. "At the moment, there is an issue I wish to address personally - with your assistance. Consider it a trial of your allegiance."
The guard falters, looking between Gladius and the villager who had begun to approach the lift.
"Well, I, uh..." the guard sputters, desperately stalling for a chance to think.
"Yeah?" the other villager asks. "And do you think you're the only ones who want Vizuna found?" There's no anger in his voice, solemn and gravelly as it is.
City guards soon approach to investigate the smoke. Upon realizing a fire has begun to spread within the house, they begin banging on neighboring doors, shouting orders for anyone inside to retreat to a safe distance while one of them rushes off to grab a Mask of Water.