For their part, eidola tend not to bemoan the erjan public’s mistrust—while it often presents considerable social hurdles, they are otherwise in very little danger, owing to their extreme physical size and strength. As far as anyone can tell, this appears to be a racial trait, independent of lifestyle.

Of course, this has not stopped the explosive growth of a new cottage industry, promising self-conscious erjans eidolan physique with minimal effort. Those peddling diets, elixirs, and spiritual regiments of all sorts are insistent that results are guaranteed… provided they’ve already booked their passage out of town.