Do fear effects de-escalate as they expire?

Rules Questions

Suppose I have 3 spells that each cause shaken and I hit the same target with all 3. Based on the rules, they would stack as follows:

Spell A -> Target Shaken
Spell B -> Target Frightened
Spell C -> Target Panicked

I'm wondering, if one of those spells expires, does the target remain Panicked, or does he step down to frightened?

Fear Ability wrote:
Becoming Even More Fearful: Fear effects are cumulative. A shaken character who is made shaken again becomes frightened, and a shaken character who is made frightened becomes panicked instead. A frightened character who is made shaken or frightened becomes panicked instead.

No Target will stay panicked for as long as the duration. Once the panicked attribute is over you will have to restart the casting of spells a-b and c. So if you have someone shaken for 6 rounds you can get them up to frightened in the next 6 rounds. So frightenend would reset the durration ect as it is a new condition.

Larson di Slancio wrote:

Suppose I have 3 spells that each cause shaken and I hit the same target with all 3. Based on the rules, they would stack as follows:

Spell A -> Target Shaken
Spell B -> Target Frightened
Spell C -> Target Panicked

I'm wondering, if one of those spells expires, does the target remain Panicked, or does he step down to frightened?

Fear Ability wrote:
Becoming Even More Fearful: Fear effects are cumulative. A shaken character who is made shaken again becomes frightened, and a shaken character who is made frightened becomes panicked instead. A frightened character who is made shaken or frightened becomes panicked instead.

I would say yes. The simplest way to handle it is count the number and "level" of fear effects currently affecting the target each round.

So if A, B, and C all cause shaken; the target is panicked. When A, as the first spell cast, expires the target will be frightened as the are now only two stacking effects on him.