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Open on the reading lectern is a heavy volume bound in a fawn-coloured hide. It is by Branshagus and Lai; Controlling the Beast Within: Demon taint and miscegenation. The pages displayed discuss the difficulties that arise in succeeding generations after mating with demons has occurred. At this point you hear movement in the corridor and resume your seat. The cook enters with some pasties on a platter, and a glass of wine.

When he leaves, you savour the pasties (devilled squid with a creamy dressing and salad herbs), but soon grow bored.

Do you seek out the cook to discover how long he expects his master to be?
Do you decide to search for the elusive gentleman in person?


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