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enslaving elementals offends Kanimir grievously
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"Gotcha. - What's your name?"

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"Kanimir."

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"Nice to meet you."

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"Likewise."

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"Do you happen to have a place we could crash at least until Penumbra can move us on?"

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"Certainly. I have a guest wing."

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"Wow."

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"I house and feed people in exchange for their blood."

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"Oh, I'd been assuming goats or something. I guess that works."

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"Animal blood doesn't work very well."

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"- doesn't work? Not, doesn't taste good -? Work at what function?"

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"It keeps us alive, but it has--degenerative mental effects over time. From what I can tell the effect is roughly that drinking a creature's blood as a vampire pulls one closer to the creature in mind and body. With humans the effect is utterly negligible. With animals--well. The mind goes first."

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"Eesh."

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"Yes. I avoid it."

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"Although now I'm sorta curious what an elemental's blood would do."

"Um," says Penumbra.

"You don't have to try it," Maurabel assures her.

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"I would be interested in finding a willing donor to try it with but have no interest in breaking my habit of only drinking from meaningfully consenting persons."

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"So it's definitely not risky to try it just once?"

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"Drinking from an animal once would have no adverse effects, and if one does drink enough to have adverse effects, returning to a consistent diet of human blood eventually reverses it; as long as elementals are as intelligent as humans I have no expectation that the adverse effects, if any, would be intolerable to wait out."

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"They are," says Maurabel. "Although Penumbra's shy."

Penumbra hides behind an invisible wing. This is not very effective.

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"Oh, is that why you're speaking for her?"

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"Yeah."

"Sorry," says Penumbra.

"I don't mind."

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"I assumed there was a reason."

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"Could I maybe go in the guest wing and take a nap?" asks Penumbra.

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"Certainly."

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"...where is it?"

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