Also a note for later in the story: at some point, Sylvia's ability to temporarily ease the pain of a wound needs to come in handy. Maybe it will give a wounded fighter the ability to stay on his feet for a few more crucial seconds or something. I kind of wonder if I should have used it in the fight scene I just finished, but it would require me to rewrite the flow of it. It just happens all in a blur, and I kind of can't imagine Sylvia reacting fast enough for it to matter. It might make more sense later in the story, when she's gotten used to the idea of people waving around swords in her close proxmity. I could foreshadow it by having her help Loren with the headache he'll be suffering from that fight, though.