Yeah, I kind of guessed Ali was going to pull out Ultimate Toughness. That was my plan if he attacked Rin.
Between the three of us, we "should" make quick work of these guys, and with Rin's Detect Intruders spell, that justifies him not chasing Artie right away. I figure all three of us light up Noseybonk the first round and then rip through the elites the next. That gives Artie at least a two round head start, so Chris can arrive just in time to deal with him.
Which is probably best for the story, since Rin has no idea he is being influenced by an outside source and would try to kill him for what he has done here.