Aristocrat if you're not doing anything just go away.
aristocrat the commentator!
Ah-ha! So the plan was to distract him with magic so that a regular guy would do him in.
Funny, how even the simplest things can have a key role.
The Aristocrat is rather out of place now. He was looking for Burk all along, but now he's stuck in the middle of an epic mage fight.
(and I'm having a hard time deciding whom I want to win)
I'm guessing the plan is more "distract him with magic while a regular guy" nicks him with contaminated metal. After that, his armor is either immediately controllable or he has something controllable very close proximity to him.
I'd be surprised if the Judge was so careless that he'd let a second combatant get to him so easily, but you never know.
You'd think his own Judicial Clerk would teach him the merits of watching his own back, though.
The Aristocrat seems like he's been living superficially, without much self-awareness. But, whether for pride or simply the desire to grow, he's off on this quest to become a powerful hero, having traded off his filthy riches for that magical amulet.
He's got to be disappointed by Ariara. At first, she seemed powerful and respectable. But she's proven to be foul-mouthed, underhanded, and most definitely not anything like his ideal of nobility. And now that she seems unable to overcome the Judge by herself, it's becoming apparent that she's not even as powerful as he first thought.
Now The Aristocrat's watching a "filthy criminal" sneak up on a the Judge. And surely he must have some respect for the Judge, as the Judge is both a powerful hero and a noble by most reasonable metrics. It's got to offend his sensibilities to see that "filthy criminal" sneaking up on a proud, noble hero.
At what point does the Aristocrat's indignation break through?
Blood makes great lipstick, it seems.