Faurosk watched in horror as his good work was corrupted. Contrary to what the elf might have believed in the heat of the moment, the ward was not, in fact, a simple radiant ring. While it was a variation on a common spell of similar properties, the ring of light held a constant tie back to Faurosk to maintain itself for a longer duration while also giving him a means to dispel the ward should the occasion arise where it may be necessary to drop the spell. This connection backfired quite terribly, though, once a corrupting force of dark energy began ham-fistedly breaking the ward apart, forcing it to draw even more energy from its caster. The mage felt a taste of bile rise up into his throat from the strain, and he found himself too dazed to think of severing his link to the ring of light, instead taking the drain until the ward finally sputtered out into an impressive spray of radiant sparks that fizzled and dimmed into nothingness before they even impacted the floor. And so it was that the mage hung back, draping his arm over his gut at the necrotic pain of Eilasandree's counterspell and watching her with ill-masked scorn. His free hand went slowly to his component pouch, being careful not to be seen while grabbing a hold on a small vial filled with ashes. He watched and waited as the undead dark magician stepped up to Rainie's body, biding his time to regain some amount of energy as she went about excorcising Alexium's spirit from her body. A faint heat began to build up in the mage's arm as he saw her conjure up more of that aura she'd used moments before, but her usage of the dark art seemed benevolent enough this time around. Still, he found it best to be prepared for the worst, which meant in this particular instance that he was fully prepared to sling a firebolt at any apparition which might have decided to make an appearance. They were dealing with the greatest mind of a generation, after all, even if he wasn't quite so bright as one may have hoped. "Congratulations, ma'am," the mage thought to himself, "Now he's pissed at you, as well."