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"A 'hell knight'? Not exactly a creative name, but it gets the point across. Corrupted paladins are quite dangerous, but I've found that pure mages of those power levels tend to be much more so. It's based on some sort of rule... let me think. The square-sum, no. The- the-"

"The logarithmic-exponential rule." Ophion remarked, stepping into the room for a bit. "I overheard what you were saying. Yes. As warrior-types and mages advance in power, the former tend to do so at a logarithmic rate- ranks advancing at an even interval- while mages tend to be exponential in their power gains as they obtain more experience. Like going from 10 to 20, 30, 40 and so on, as opposed to going from 2 to 4, 4 to 16, 32, 64, 128, and so on. Novice mages are little more than petty light-show actors, while the most powerful mages rival the abilities of lesser gods."
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"I was born with necromancy. Does that mean that I could become one of these demigod level mages?" He rubs his chin. "And if I can, what then? I'd be hunted everywhere I go. Undead would rise around me just by the sheer force of the aura those kinds of mages produce. And what would it take to get there?" He chuckles softly. "That's funny to think about. A kindhearted demigod of death." He shrugs. "But what do you two think about that prospect? Should I try to gain that level of power?" He runs his finger along the blade of his scythe. "I don't want to seem greedy or power hungry. Polybius was a lich. Would he have been able to gain that level of strength?"
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Aurescia thought about his words. "If you mean that you were born with your magic, that would classify you as a sorcerer. That actually limits your potential. It's a bit counter-intuitive, but those who have to study for their magic have a much higher potential, one which is theoretically limited only by one's capacity for knowledge. As for power, it's all too true that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Bit of a platitude by now, I know."

Ophion chimed in once more. "As powerful as Polybius? Hard to tell. A lich's power generally exceeds that of all other forms of undead."
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He rubs his chin. "But in exchange for power, they give themselves one massive weakness, their little soul box. Once that's gone, they die once and they're gone for good." He tilts his head. "What if I were to also become a wizard? Would that make me even more powerful? I understand your aversion to necromancy. But I'm an expert in necromancy and it's cousins. I could help you study new magics if you wish. I'll be a test subject for any experiments you wish, as I can't die again."
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Ophion thought about it. "There's no need to use you as a test subject for anything, but if you want to be a wizard, that would take years of training at an academy, followed by decades of independent practice if you want to be as powerful as the higher-ranked mages, and not to brag, but I am one of the more powerful mages around. It won't happen overnight. Or even in a decade. And I promise you that any skills you had as a sorcerer won't be compatible with wizardry skills. It's like comparing art skills to mathematics. Very little overlap in skillsets."
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"How many years could it be? Do remember I'm undead. I'll be fine." He chuckles. "What's the term for an apprentice wizard? Apprentice?" He smiles. "Or would that be an acolyte?" He bows softly. "Could I learn to be a necrotic wizard? And....would you accept that? If I helped you hunt down dangerous wizards and warlocks and the like?" He smiles. "And how would you feel about me learning more powerful necromancy?"
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"Well, I was more concerned about how much time it could take me to teach you, as I don't think many mage schools would be willing to teach a wraith using a cloned version of his own body as a meat puppet to pose as a true member of the living. Maybe if you were actually resurrected. As for a necrotic wizard, don't even consider it. Most places don't like necromancy, as it has too few applications which are permissible in most societies. As for you learning more powerful necromancy, please don't do it. Maybe you should consider learning some spells from other schools of magic." Ophion explained.
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He sighs. "I have learned other spells. But as an undead, they become necromantic copies. I mean, look at my mage hands. They're all skeleton claws. My healing spells sap the life from other places to heal one. And even my elemental spells reverse in power. Why shouldn't I try to expand my area of expertise? My expertise is in part what let us beat the lich king Polybius." He rests his head in his hands. "I understand why that would worry you. But I've spent so long as an undead, I don't even know how to live anymore."
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Aurescia's head perked up at that last part. "Perhaps that's part of the problem. Now that you have something close to life-"

"-alive in the technical sense, as long as you're using that body." Ophion explained.

"-you can re-learn what it meant to be alive."

"Knowing my wife, that means she's going to feed you a lot."

Aurescia nodded. "And give you all the rubdowns you want. If you want to actually mate, though, well, I'm sure there are plenty of draconesses out there who'd be interested in a handsome drow."

"Just don't get fat. We spent a great deal of time and resources on that body. It won't do to ruin it with obesity."
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He nods. "I know. Considering that I haven't had to eat in....around five or six centuries, I'll likely be anorexic. I'm still learning to breathe again. Thank you again, I doubt I'll ever be able to repay you for this gift." He smiles. "Really? Even though I'm a different race?" He rubs his head. "I need to learn to court again, it's been so long...."
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"Indeed. You'll get your food. I'll make it my mission to ensure you don't starve."

"Don't let her mother you too much, Soulcors. It would be all too easy to overindulge after never having eaten for so long."

Aurescia cleared her throat, trying not to let her maternal instincts show too much. Soulcors was many times older than her and Ophion combined, after all. "Right. So, what was courting like for a drow back in your day? Even if we were a drow country, these things tend to change over time and from place to place."
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He smiles. "I know. I'll try not to." He drums his fingers on the table, thinking for a moment. "Drow males would try to court the females, who were typically spellcasters, by preforming feats of daring, or bravery. The risker the better, from attacking a rival, to trying to steal from a basilisk hoard. The more impressive the feat, the more favorably they were looked on in the community." He smiles. "Besides, the females were in charge. The males had to either be mates with one in power, or be spellcasters themselves." He chuckles. "But the chances of a male being a spellcaster are about one in ten thousand."
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