Kyle sets things in motion, deftly striking the guard to his left in the same fluid motion as he drew his blade (25 dmg). The guard proves stout enough to withstand the attack, but he is clearly surprised by it.
Thael dives onto the large, heavy table and rolls over its surface into a crouch. The surprised guards are unable to make attacks of opportunity. With a look of madness in her eyes, she plunges her rapier into the Tesserarius (critical hit, 58 dmg). He too survives.
Svendr trumpets the cause as he leaps to his feet, his voice rattling the windows of the tavern. Although the Tesserarius and his elite guards are unaffected, a shudder passes through many of the other imperials in the room--certain to give your mercenary allies an advantage.
Once he hears the eruption inside, Qadir drops onto the mage on the porch. He slips a blade behind the clavicle (28 dmg) and levers the fresh corpse aside for his comrades to pass.
Somewhat surprised to see a man actually survive one of her deadly thrusts, Thael rips the blade free and plunges both in him for good measure (crit 43, crit 36), and the Tesserarius is no more. With a foot on his breastplate, she kicks him forward and lands atop him between the two guards, between whom she splits her remaining attacks (vs 1: crit 51, hit 23; vs 2: crit 42, hit 22). Both fall away from her, dead.
The two remaining guards manage to bring sword and shield to bear, with Kyle's engaging him (hit 10 dmg, and a miss) and the other following Thael across the table with two whacks of his longsword (hit 15 dmg, crit 28 dmg).
The crowd erupts into a brawling melee, spilling over the bar, crashing through tables and chairs, all boot knives and glass bottles and iron knuckles and a real weapon here-and-there. Hopefully your allies in the crowd know friend from foe, because you'd need Hengis' thought detection to tell the difference at the moment. Four men are dead in the first round, but you've no clue what side they were on.
Hengis casts his prayer and charges up the steps past Qadir and the dead mage, kicking in the door and storming into the chaos of the room, hounds eager at his heels. From the looks of it, Thael and Kyle can mop up the two remaining bodyguards, and so he looks over the room to pick out a suitable target. His men follow behind, though they can't all get through the door this round.
An Imperial in fine dress breaks out of the swamp of flesh and scrambles onto the bartop. He begins to cast a spell, which Hengis recognizes (Summon Daedra III).
Svendr's song Inspires Courage in his many allies--even those he hasn't yet identified.
The Imperial minstrel answers Svendr's song with one of his own, Inspiring Courage in his legion comrades with a song of loyalty.
Another unarmored Imperial adjacent to the minstrel produces a small jar in which something organic is suspended in preservative, and smashes it on the floor as he chants a spell. Terrifying black tentacles spring from the floor in a 40'x40' area, from the bar on the east side to the southern wall on the south. It stops just short of the minstrel. The tentacles grapple and grope and twist and crush anyone they can get a hold of, regardless of allegiance. Seven more members of the mob are killed as a result, and more are certain to follow in the coming minutes.
Kyle finishes off his opponent with another swing (35 dmg), following through to cleave upward through the bottom of the table and into the one who went after Thael (38 dmg). As the table falls apart under him and the guard drops to the ground, Mistiltein follows after (37 dmg). A twist of the blade serves for a killing blow (and then some... crit, 66 dmg).
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