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"Hmm? Well I mean, sometimes magic does come into play with some things, but... even if it was it would still be changing one's genetic structure to shape them into a completely different creature all together," he seemed rather interested in it, though she could only wonder why he would be so. Most others wouldn't give that kind of thing the time of day, usually just passing some things off on just being a reason of magic. Yet, there was more than just magic in the world they lived it, some had more of a scientific reasoning for things happening. Kind of like the rain, it wasn't magical but something that happened naturally; or rainbows, the lovely thing that happened when light reflected, casting images of brilliant colors across the sky. God's be damned, they didn't create everything with just pure magic or controlled how they worked either; or so she could assume. Then again, she didn't much much when it came to such a matter of gods.

Of course he noticed how nervous she was, it would be stupid if anyone didn't; then again she was only nervous because she was not quite use to being with someone else here. Aziza held the book against her nose now, eyes looking off into a different direction as she blushed with embarrassment. "I.. I don't mean to be so nervous, I a-apologize for it. I just don't.. socialize very welly you see.." she cleared her throat a little bit, "I.. wouldn't like to call myself an expert on anything, but I do like to learn about certain things that are interesting to m-me." The woman furrowed her brows a little bit, just finding getting to the right words a little hard but she pushed her way through as to not be rude to the man. She may have been shy, but rude? Never! 

In an instant she became very interested in what he was saying, kind of perking up slightly with curiosity at that. "Really?" she gave a unsure but intrigued look, "i-if I must confess, I do as well. Umm.. I hope you would not mind me asking though, if you posses such a thing, then what are you originally? I-IF IF YOU WANT TO TELL ME THOUGH YOU DON'T HAVE TO!" Oh by the gods why was she shouting now? Was the that nervous at this point? Oh no, hopefully he would not think of her as rude, that was the opposite of what she'd want. Damn, now her heart was pounding in her chest. Good job, Aziza, good job.

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Killian waved the apology off. "No need to apologize for being nervous. It's my understanding that that is a thing that happens to people. For an unknown reason."

Now that he thought about it, he didn't really know that many generally nervous people. Perhaps being neck deep in a college environment since the day he was born was probably not the best path for him to take. It was becoming obvious that he was a little (read: a lot) disconnected from the world outside the wards of Yfrelo.

He didn't flinch until Aziza yelled at him.

"I know a couple colleagues who have this gene, though it didn't behave like mine. They learned through magic. I've been able to shift almost as soon as I was out of infancy." He blinked, and took some more notes down hastily. "I think it would be interesting to see if you can guess. Based on what you see, what do you think I can shift into?"

You're not supposed to be testing people, Killian. Remember? Vacation.

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The woman furrowed her brows curiously as soon as he apology was waved off, though she knew it was something that happened to her naturally; it was odd for someone to just wave of an apology like that. She'd come use to apologizing for it if she ever DID need to talk to someone. So in a way it was some sort of habit for her to do so. "Heh, you are right about that, but I still do like to apologize though... I- I feel it less offensive to whoever I talk to to know that I am," white teeth bit down onto her bottom lip now; book pressed anxiously against her chin while golden eyes gazed upon him carefully. 

Aziza was pretty interested in how he spoke. There was no doubt in her mind he was a man of great intelligence and wisdom; something that her own species was well known for. "Oh really? I know there are being that use magic to shift and other who are able to do so naturally after some point when older," she perked up slightly, "g-guess? Oh well, I suppose I could try to do so, but I can't really expect myself to know right off that bat by looking at you. You're far too human looking in appearance to actually tell visually. Good thing for that shifting gene, huh?

Her eyes looked him over more, trying to see any details in his appearance that would give a hint at him; but nothing seemed to come to mind. Instead she focused on more than just that, his aura was interesting to say the least; so familiar as well. Like a creature she'd probably seen before, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly what it might have been. The intelligence he seemed to excuse was similar to her, not to mention the lovely way he turned pages with just the movement of his eyes. "I can't go by your looks, but you're intelligence and the way you flip the pages of your books is interesting to say the least," she perked her lips in thought, "I myself can do such a thing as you, by just moving things with the power of my mind. If I had to make the best guess, based on what I can tell right now about your being; other than looks that is. I might have to say... a Sphinx? Silly sounding.. I know."

Aziza glanced down at the table, god she felt so silly with an answer like that. He might have just been a dragon, or even a kitsune at that. There was no actual telling really, he could have just been well read and use magic to move things.

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"Interesting," Killian murmured. That was a very good guess. Based on things he wouldn't have looked at. A bit... "You're observations are astute, though I feel the logic is a bit flawed."

Not a test.

"I mean," Killian added quickly. "Intelligence and magic application is hardly the best place to start with deductions. I'd like to know why you started there even though you are correct, Ms. Aziza. I am a Sphinx. That's what I am here to learn about. And spiritual magic diffusion in the atmosphere at high altitudes."

But he was mostly supposed to be learning about sphinxes and the fact that he was not doing that very thing because he was obsessed with work to an almost unhealthy degree suddenly bothered him. He was such a loser. In the meantime, he would continue his train of thought before pursuing the other, more important train of thought.

A train of thought he would probably pursue through Aziza. She had to know a thing or two about his kind if she could accurately figure out what he was despite having very few physical tells if they ignored the palms of his hands. If he hadn't been note taking, he would have hidden his hands under the table. That must have been what she was looking at even if she didn't mention it.

"You're a very smart woman, Ms. Aziza. You should have more confidence in your answers regardless of your perception of them."

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"Oh well... I know my answer and the reason for it is probably strange for you, but I have many reasons to go upon the conclusion that I came up with just based on things like that," she glanced away as she spoke, "I know quite a bit about the Sphinx race and a lot of attributes that coincide with them as well. Intelligence is one that is very revered among them and on aspect they all share no matter the age. Magic though, maybe not as much really, but the way you flip pages with your eyes I know is more than just simply magic." The shy woman began to raise her book up towards her face now, hiding her lower face as she tried not to stutter in her speech; doing quite well so far that is. Maybe her logic was flawed, but being a Sphinx as well gave her the reasoning for look for things like that rather than appearance.

"I did notice your hands though, but I did not take that into account. Many creatures could have the gene that have paws, sometimes the gene doesn't change every aspect. So I couldn't just go by that, could I?" Aziza's brow furrowed just a little, her nose was practically against the pages of her book now, "there were a lot of things to take into account, you're aura is quite interesting as well. So it was another detail I considered, I didn't say anything as I assumed you'd think me odd." The female's eyes glanced down now, before gazing back over towards Killian, her brows still furrowed lightly though; her nerves were on high end at that moment. If there wasn't a beat of her heart, she could assume she was probably dead right now. Amazing it beat harder than ever.

A faint blush came to her cheeks, his compliment feeling rather nice to hear; though even so she lacked a lot of confidence in certain things. "Thank y-you, Sir, I do appreciate your words though I'm afraid it is quite hard to me to have confidence... with my lack of being a-able to socialize well," he sighed softly, "if I must confess to you something, I would have to say it's been a while since I have ummm.. met another of my own kind."

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Suddenly it clicked. Her astute observations, keen intellect and passion for learning relatively obscure subject matters. It was amazing that he hadn't realized it sooner, but this really was the first time he had ever met another Sphinx. And a Sphinx that had a shifting capability as well? He was honestly a little starstruck. He'd thought about what he would say and what he would ask if he had a conversation with another Sphinx and now that he was here, neck deep in conversation about genealogy, all of that left him.

"I wasn't anticipating a meeting to go quite like this, I must admit." He didn't really have to admit it, but it helped. "I was supposed to be going on a pilgrimage of sorts to learn about my own kind. As you can see...I got distracted."

He closed all the books at once with a tiny shift of his eyes and he stacked them neatly on the table. He could return to those studies later. He had most of what he needed anyway and this was far more important to him now that he had a starting place that was just like him. Were all Sphinx's this nervous?

"I'm from Yfrelo," Killian added. "I was born and raised there and I have yet to meet another Sphinx. I suppose until this moment right now. The, uh, cold is not the kindest and we don't exactly have a thriving Sphinx population."

There exactly one Sphinx in the City Hall records...and his name was Killian.

"Forgive me if I sound abrupt or aggressive. What are we like?" Hopefully not fucking pets.

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The woman looked at the books he had around him, to say the least he certainly DID get quite distracted with other subject matters. She could only assume that was just the way he was, doing other things rather than what he actually needed to do; it wasn't a horrible trait but an interesting one at that. "O-oh? It's harder to find other Sphinx when you are actually trying to look for them, most of the time you're more than likely to see them guarding important building and the like. T... that seems like a boring job if you ask me though.." she furrowed her brows lightly, "I'd rather be working.. inside a library instead. That.. and guarding something is m-much more interaction with others than I'd like..." 

Aziza herself assumed it would be polite to put her own book down, which she did of course; though she now didn't have extra security to hide herself behind. "Are you? I honestly would assume a place like that wouldn't have much Sphinx kind running about," she chuckled lightly, "I.. was born here in this city, I've never done any traveling myself. Though one day perhaps I'd enjoy seeing the world." The female closed her eyes for a moment, just imagining what it would be like to travel about; see everything Antarsia had to offer. Such a thought was nice, though she couldn't see herself doing such anytime soon that is. A shame really.

"Oh uh... That.. is an interesting question, though one that's kind of hard to answer really. I'm not all that old really, but we're a very wise race, a high sense for justice and sense to protect what we hold dear~ like any race though we do have out differences from being to being," she pursed her lips, "kind of like uh... you being so... straight forward while I... I'm shy.."


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