Ismat strained under the pressure, rapidly loosing her grip on Anass' shirt. A demon's strength she did not have.
"...If you'd really seen me before, you'd know to go fuck yourselves in advance!" She made a spiteful little scowl in exertion, through even here is was unclear how much of her actual personality was leaking out. It certainly didn't line up with half of the other personalities she had used since they all met...
She didn't seem too happy about be shoved around by Ode, in particular, but was too occupied to say anything about it.
Anass struggled as much as he liked and managed to wriggle free, grabbing Ismat and getting himself pulled out.
"How bothersome." The robed mirror creature said flatly as the hands retracted back into the mirror. All across the room creatures similar to what Lawahiz truly was began to emerge from the mirrored walls, floor, and ceiling.
Anass shot at the apparent boss one last time before pulling the door shut. He didn't confirm the hit but heard some grinding glass.
"Hold the door shut!"
"That was very unwise, Anass." Came the creature's voice from behind the door, as the mirror creatures began hurling themselves against the door, trying to force it open.
"Two weeks ago, on the third night of the week, you killed a young woman." The voice began. "Her name, ironically, was Aamina. You were on a rooftop across from her building, and as she was changing you slew her with a well aimed shot from your crossbow. Her room was on the second floor, and she was changing out of her day clothes, because she often slept nude. There was a mirror on a small table near her bed, whereupon she also kept her jewelry while she slept."
"Shall I go on, Anass? We are always watching. You cannot escape."
"Yes" Anass shouted through the door, still pushing on it.
All Ismat could think about was how much effort these creatures had wasted. Were they trying to alienate Anass?... The Tiefling was pretty sure the three of them had killed random defenseless targets at some point, so it seemed like a pretty weird thing to use magic that powerful to tell them.
Regardless, the short goatish girl just grunted with exertion and did her best to help keeping the door closed.
"Any escape ideas, fellas?..."
"I lock the door." Anass reset the doors chains and locked it. With any luck they wouldn't bust through any time soon.
"And we Run." He then began running backwards towards the front door.
It was decent reasoning that if they couldn't break through the door before, they couldn't do it now... And yet, Ismat was unsettled by the idea that the creatures might not be exaggerating their powers. After all, she'd never seen such things before outside this tarnished old place, so she had to wonder how they'd be getting information back from civilization otherwise.
"This... can't be that old bastard's doing, can it?" The woman back off from the door briskly, but was staying behind Anass rather than bolting for the front door herself. More than a few conspiracy theories clotted within her mind. Monsters of the human kind, now those she had seen no shortage of recently... "I don't like this. What if we leave and they follow us for... some reason? Didn't anybody from the original party know what these things are?..."
Suddenly, her hand bolted out towards Ode, freely presenting the neat bunch of rings she had stolen earlier. The goatish woman thing was still averting her eyes, avoiding showing her expression. "Here... Take these back. Don't call me Devilspawn from now on, and I won't act like you quite clearly expect me to."
Was she actually remorseful and hiding it to look tough, or outright guiltless and playing off of it? Mercurial might not be the best word to use right now, regardless.
Whatever the creature was, it seemed to be content remaining behind the doors, for now, as the trio were able to escape and haul ass back to Al-Uzza without incident.
They had technically done their job, right? Sorta? They didn't fully explore the place, but, I mean, so? Surely Viktor would still pay them, right?
Viktor was seated in his office as the trio were escorted in by one of the Madrasah's staff. Viktor was probably aware of their presence, but he didn't seem to care enough to stop reading whatever book he was reading.