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enslaving elementals offends Kanimir grievously
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Kanimir is, as he often is, sitting in his library enjoying a book on magic and pondering theoretical innovation. He has an idea; he writes it down. It probably won't pan out, most of them don't, but it might.

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There is a faint hollering sound from overhead. It gets suddenly louder as the skylight irises open like a science-fictional door and two people drop through it, one a human and one an oddly glowing and shadowed person with a sort of wing-outline she seems to be using to slow their fall. They collapse on his carpet.

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--This is surprising. For a variety of reasons. He rises and walks over to peer at them, murmuring under his breath.

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The human looks at him warily. She's squeezing glowyshadowperson's hand. She says something in a very foreign language.

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Hmm.

He murmurs something else under his breath, and then says, "Excuse me, who are you?"

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"I'm Maurabel and this is Penumbra. Sorry about your skylight. I can fix it."

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"The skylight is of relatively minor consequence; it can be repaired easily. What is Penumbra and why are the two of you here?"

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"Penumbra is her name and also what she is. We're - exploring."

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"Exploring for a purpose or for the pure joy of the frontier? What are the characteristics of a Penumbra?"

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"...to see what was here. She's a kind of combined Shadow/Shine elemental."

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"What is an elemental?"

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"A kind of person..."

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"Yes, obviously. Am I mistaken in assuming she is inherently magical in some way? She certainly seems to be."

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"She is, but so are a lot of humans."

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"She is inherently magical in a way I am not currently familiar with, and I am familiar with a great many kinds of magic."

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"Elementals have a lot of one or two elements of magic and mage humans have some of three or more."

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"And one of yours overlaps with one of hers? --I have a magic sense active."

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"...yeah, I don't have any Shadow but I have some Shine."

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"What are the elements?"

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"Glass lightning water earth wood shine fire adamant stone air ice shadow."

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"Do you have any idea why those are the elements?"

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"...no."

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"Oh well. Do you know whether anyone else does?"

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"I don't think they do."

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"Oh well. How does using magic work?"

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"What do you mean exactly?"

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