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He will not be easily pacified, but you keep him at swords' length, and eventually you manage to make out the full story. Apparently Master Derdolcelme has been experimenting with various of the thaumaturgical arts and in doing so has weakened his own matrix. This means that the demon taint within him can, at times, gain control. This is easily treated with a medicinal draught and there is only the occasional unfortunate incident. With this the cook lunges at you again, and in defending yourself you are forced to kill him.

Do you ransack the house carefully, checking for anything of value?
Do you merely search the library quickly before getting away?

 

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