Note: unmarked spoilers below. Examples are listed in chronological order.
When Mori challenges Tanica to a friendly game of Go, Tanica — a random mook accidentally turned into a tree by Sarin — leaves Mori — a 168-year-old lifetime geek who's been solving unsolvable problems since she was a wee med student — struggling.note The result of the game is never revealed.
Chang:Worm! You are beneath my notice. You are not important and you never will be! Greg: That's me, alright. Joe Average. You could forget I'm there if you so much as blink while talking to me. No great strengths or weaknesses. Boring. On my own I'd be easy pickings for you too. I've got no special powers. However ... you've never tried to devour two minds that can give each other strength, and you've got no idea how to attack something like that.
Sarin: Striking a werewolf on the head with a knife blade is a symbolic act of civilization conquering the wilderness. Calling out their name as you do it helps, too. I've heard that if you're really good at it you can actually force them back to human when you do it. Tanica: Never heard of that one before. Sarin: Well, obviously, a lot of people who try it for the first time end up losing a limb, so it's not popular.