It was officially, Mamoru liked Epalm. Even with the knowledge that they'd be fighting soon he still treated them all with respect, as both friends and soon to be rivals. As for Ver and Lysander...well. To him Lysander seemed to be like a puppy tossed into a pound. He was shy and seemed to lack self-confidence; Mamoru worried about him deeply. From what he'd seen, it didn't seem likely that he'd last long, but the bard was human and, if he heard correctly, a priest of the moon goddess; both were known to surprise people. Perhaps Lysander held some great power or skill that he was not aware of that would aide him in the coming battle.
He had mix feelings about Ver, it might be his kirin nature, but he just had the urge to try to eat his face; though the demon had acted in a rather well mannered fashion, even if he took offense to somethings he said. Even when rolling his eyes at Ver's amusement at his unicorn description, while annoying, seemed more playful than malicious in nature. He'd have to try and restrain his instincts during the battle, at least until he found out more about him.
Mamoru fretted over the coming battle; he wasn't all to happy with the ensuing free-for-all. He'd have to hurt people, and given how hard it'll be to tell humans apart from other supernatural creatures, it would be quite hard to keep himself from hurting others too badly. Oddly enough it was Ver who brought a rather important detail to light; unicorn comment aside, it seemed directly aimed at him.
"Rivals indeed," Mamoru grinned with a wry smile as a plan hatched inside his head. "Well, I have a proposition for you gentlemen...if you'd care to listen," He paused for a moment to organize his thoughts before laying out his plan."The trial to come is battle royal, in which only one of use may come out victorious. Granted, with so many other students like ourselves here, it'll be quite the long brawl. However, there is one we can improve are chances dramatically," he took a deep breath to calm his voice.
"I propose an alliance of sorts; we aide each other against the mass of foes we must face, and once their are no other challengers we can then freely test our mettle against each other. By combining our strengths we can shield each ones weaknesses, thus increasing the chances that one of us will be the winner of this little game. So, what do you boys say? he asked in the most sincere tone he could manage. He wasn't quite sure about joining an alliance with a demon, but any aide would be welcome. Besides, if Ver betrayed them or did something of the sort he'd no longer have to struggle against his instincts. In addition he'd be able to keep an eye on Epalm, and perhaps aide Lysander, atleast a little. So in truth it was win-win for him.