The halfling's tone clearly grates on the keleshite girl, but that is nothing compared to the reaction when the half-elf unveils his killing intent, rolling off him in waves at the girl in the doorway to the inn. Without thinking, the girl's foot turns in, and her leg bends at the knee, her hand becomes a smooth curve and is suddenly set very low, as she falls into a defensive unarmed stance of one of the 'soft' martial arts. Her eyes lock to the half-elf's like magnets to iron, and her own killing intent, roused in an instant like a previously docile dog suddenly growling and spitting, rushes out to meet the half-elf's, equally matched and striving for purchase with a frenetic energy that shouldn't exist in someone not trained to use killing intent as a weapon.
Sensing the possibility of combat, the dark aura enfolding her becomes slightly more opaque, and two eyes open, catlike, on the form of the shroud, and gaze out lazily at the group in general.
Then the half-elf's killing intent fades away, and he resorts to rudeness like his halfling friend. The change leaves Katariah puzzled, as that kind of anger is not the kind that can usually be controlled once it has been expressed. And that feeling of danger... it's never been wrong before about when someone will attack.
Nevertheless, the muscled human woman with the knives begins talking, and if her scorn is no less rude, at least it isn't picking a fight. Slowly Katariah's hackles lower in the torrent of words, and she stands up straighter, the eyes disappearing from her aura as it goes back to sleep. They lower still further as Jan's listing of the servant girls' names leaves her feeling embarrassed - she couldn't even put a name to the 'betty' child who had served her in the inn, much less the name of the girl who had roused her this morning with the news that Ameiko had gone missing. Feeling embarrassed, and very much like a stuck up noble, Katariah stiffly changes the subject. "When one is called out with the news that friend has gone missing, and arrives at their abode to find a group of strange, heavily armed individuals standing around - I had reason to ask your intentions.
"Did you perhaps come here after the goblin invasion, perhaps? That might be why you didn't recognize any of us."
"I arrived shortly before the goblins raided this town. That is where I met Ameiko. She and I fought together. I left this town shortly afterwards - a friend of mine managed to lose a dagger in the leg of a goblin that escaped.
" Katariah's head tilted to the side, looking at the note left on the table by the party. "As for walking with you... would your destination have something to do with that note written in Tien l'ang?