Silas wrote:He says to Haruspex, "Perhaps we can find a way around. If the Dragon-Blooded go in, we could follow, but stay close as I shall try and push my way through the crowd, but I would like to leave the dragon-blooded still unawares of our presence."
Haruspex nodded agreement. "Finding a way around seems... wise. This crowd has turned ugly..."
At the front of the crowd, where the bull-headed Dragon-Blooded had pushed his way through and tried to order everyone home, there was a sudden angry surge forward. The two other Terrestrials tried to push their way to their friend, but made no headway. For a few moments, Silas lost sight of the first Terrestrial as he seemd overwhelmed by the angry mob.
Then, he and Haruspex saw a glow. The crowd parted slightly, and the first Terrestrial could be seen. A nimbus of fire seemed to burn around his body. Silas had to squint to look directly at him, such was the brightness, but it was obvious by his expression that he was angry.
As the crowd parted away from him, the nimbus cooled somewhat, but then the Terrestrial lifted off the ground, drifting up into the air. He held his red jade pole arm aloft and his voice fairly boomed and resonated through the streets as he said, "I SAY AGAIN! GO BACK TO YOUR HOMES!" Around his body burst brilliant red swirls of essence.
Then he drifted back to the ground with an expression that brooked no disobedience. The crowd started dispursing almost immediately, mumbling and looking back at him. Soon no-one stood in the plaza except the three Dragon-Blooded, with Silas and Haruspex some paces away.
"Aloo," said the handsome Terrestrial, with a hint of sarcasm, "You're always so good with people."
"Let's just go inside," said the one called Aloo, orange-red swirls still evident around his figure. He turned, with nary a look to Silas or Haruspex, and stormed quickly towards the 100 Steps. The other two followed him.