Spoilers ahead for those that haven't played Jormag Rising.
When Imperator Smodur kills Ryland's bandmate in front of him, Ryland charges at him, but stops when he sees Cercia cast a "Fire shield" on Smodur.
I know all she casted was Fire Aura, but with the old animations from launch. That wouldn't of stopped him from testing how much Smodur flinches. Ryland really needs to learn what the different skills do... Such a shame, he had potential, but he's clearly not experienced enough to lead...