The fight was over in moments. Ebon stepped aside as the closest reached him, then slammed an elbow into the back of the man's neck. The thug dropped instantly, while Ebon jumped over his prone body and kicked out to down another one, then spun around and slammed his fist into the gut of a third. He finished that one with an upward sweep of his arm into his jaw, knocking the ruffian out along with a few of his teeth. That left the last two, who had seconds to look shocked before Ebon grabbed one as he tried to land a punch and flipped him into the other, sending them both into unconsciousness.
Although some in the watching crowd were plainly displeased with the outcome, they were outnumbered by those who were cheering and clapping. A pair of Watch officers, guided by the woman he'd rescued, came up and began to handcuff the brigands.
With a smile and nod to the woman, Ebon ascended to the rooftops, deciding that it would be simpler to get home that way.
I can't stand by and just do nothing anymore, love. Vandalism, homes and shops broken into, families harassed, murders and attacks across the city! Back at the manor, Ebon lay curled up next to Phen. I've tried to stay out of it, to just be Papa, but....
But you wouldn't be the man I love, or the father they adore and honor, if you didn't stand up for what's right. The voice of Phen's soul was like a soothing song in his mind and heart. Even the girls know that something's wrong in the city, and Doran, well, he's been out and about between here, Harker's Academy, and the Shanachie. So you know that he's well aware of what's going on. I've heard things from some of my old contacts among the thieves' guilds, too.
That gave Ebon pause for a moment. What sort of things?
Rumors, mainly. Something's behind all of this, but nobody knows who or what. They just know it's bad for business. She reached up to gently caress his cheek. I love you, we love you, for who you are. Be that man.
Ebon drew a heavy sigh. And what if that makes you all a target? There it was, the unspoken fear now spoken.
A soft hissing issued from Phen's lips, her own unique laughter. If anyone tries to hurt us, they're in for a surprise, love. It wouldn't be the first time our home has come under attack, after all. Remember Tenball and the stormtroopers? That had them both grinning wickedly, and then Phen's smile softened. Do what's right, Ebon Ilnaren. Stand up. Be my hero.
As you are mine, love. He sealed that promise with a kiss.