Aestus did said something he didnt had to say, since truly the existance of Terra Magus was kind of a secret, but as he got exiled, slowly the regulations he was felt so correct and proper started to become heavy and idiotic, anyone would feel so, training for years to protect his country and getting exiled for the sins of his father, a monster he defeated, or at least helped Celatus to do so. He was feeling betrayed by the people he swore to protect, and that kind of thing scars a man, he could be naive to the outer world, since Terra Magus was almost a Utopia, or at least showed that in the front, but as a Ensis Magus he discovered the back alley of his own country, dozens of mages corrupted by their power, horrible experiments only for the sake of thoughtless magical advancements, all hoping to get a seat in the council as a proof of their prowess as mages. A race for power, filled with treason, crimes and sins. Celatus protected him from most of this information as well as he could, but Aestus wasnt dumb, at least not as dumb as he showed, and realized for himself about the truth of the Kingdom he tried to protect.
But now it wasnt time to lose himself in the past, in front of him was the most powerful enemy he faced in his whole life, and for the spell he prepared as he made a full circle around Paladin, leaving the magical steams to form the Magic Circle needed, he would need his whole attention, since the creation of a magic circle that could drain the Holy knight Flame coat and use it against him was a tricky thing to do. As he was finishing the last details he heared the voice of Gottfried "Then let's continue where we left off." as the Veteran lifted his sword and took a stance, his vocie wasnt like before, the hint of seriousness told Aestus that now it would be the real deal, and the mouth of the Holy Knight uttered another word "Ewhaz", Aestus quickly thought of the last word similar to that, and deducted that it was Gottfried magic activation words, and each word had a different effect, but the only visible change was shining rune in his armor. Suddenly the knight disapeared, and in a split second he was in front of the young Magus, ready to hit him in the gut.
"Excuse me, boy!" were the words Paladin uttered as he punched the surprised Aestus, who was shocked, he never fought with someone so fast, but even if Gottfried speed got increased, his plan would work, and as he resisted the blow without falling activated his trap, and all around the Veteran starting point of this attack, a magic circle, created by the streams of magic Aestus released while doing a full circle around Gottfried bursted aflame, and siphoned the Old Knight flame coat, turning it instanly in seven orbs of fire above the fighters, and as Aestus shouted Deflagro Ignis Ruina Pleias! the seven orbs attacked Gottfried, turning into straight lines of hyper concentrated fire, more similar to a high intensity beam than a flamethrower, and moved towards Paladin, and as the Knight was inside the Circle the beams would follow him even to the end of the Earth, Aestus was happy that his plan worked and smiled while a small stream of blood dripped from his mouth, and he fell to his knees