Oh I see.
Hmm, not sure how wise it is to talk about Malhart, that risks getting the kind of attention they were trying to avoid. Though maybe it will encourage him to be complacent if the guards are going to look for him elsewhere.
Commander Malhart, that is!!
dun Dun DUUUNNN!
Do these guys not notice the royal guard clothes? Or is the helmet the only required part of the uniform?
No better lie than a truth, indeed.
Apparently, if you don't wear your mask, no one will know you're a royal guard.
Nice! Now they only have one guard to kill!
I really do think it's quite likely that some or all of these guards are loyal to the painter. I mean, why else would they be hiding here?