- The chapter-opening fiction in Magnum Opus are the diary entries of Zola, an Ulgan who somehow managed to form a stable relationship with a human... only to lose him when a Centimani arch-nemesis of hers killed him and left his body as a group of Pandorans. At the start of the second chapter, she recounts a letter from the Osiran Dr. Brine, suggesting that her lover was any number of supernatural creatures. The heartwarming part is at the end:
"But at the end, he suggests that perhaps he was just a man, a man strong-willed enough to love without prejudice.
"And in this I find hope for the doctor yet."