That was, in general, just a little bit different than Arthur had expected. Most demonic posessions were not consensual in nature. Although, given how Homura described the matter, he doubted it was entirely consensual either. Demons were opportunistic beings, and so of course the monster waited for the prime time to strike up a deal, contract, whatever it was that the malevolent being had agreed to do with Homura. It made him sick to know that the guy was having to deal with all of those thoughts and impulses because of an unruly demon. Arthur had to agree though that the deal was probably the better option, a long as it came with no other strings attached such as condemnation to hell. Definitely not the type of thing that was worth temporary extensions of life. Although, if that was not the case, the paladin probably would have agreed to the same type of thing. In all honesty, if he was on deaths door, he'd probably do everything within his power to not actually die and face the dark loneliness of the void. He wondered what the afterlife would truly be like. Would he be met with Helios and reside among the cosmos with him? Or would he be sent to the fields of asphodel to eternally wander in purgatory. The thought made him shiver, no more existential thoughts or conundrums, it really tended to ruin the appetite.
"Fair point, actually, anything is better than dying. Can't really disagree with you there."
As Homura described to him how he wielded his magic, Arthur was genuinely interested and invested in the conversation. It hadn't occured to him that take overs could come from beings like demons, and while it was certainly possible, it didn't seem like it was particularly the safest option. All in all though, it definitely seemed as if the man had access to some pretty powerful magic if what he was saying was true. And it made sense that the man was afraid of the demon taking over, because that's what they intended to do whenever entering a body such as his. Especially when using takeover, that was pretty much an invitation saying 'here come take this body for a little bit, kay?'. Helping the man use his powers and not harm anybody would probably end up being a lot harder than the paladin previously thought. But once again, he would never just give up on a patient like that, it would be the last thing he did before retiring as a mage. If he had the power to heal people, he'd do it in any way he knew how.
"I definitely see your concern though, about the fried chicken bit. Partial takeovers are probably a lot better for you to use, although I'd have to do more research into your affliction to be sure. And I agree, a fire god's power is not to be trifled with, my own god has taught me that lesson. In fact, my own bond with the solar god, Helios, has been thrumming nervously for some time now. I think I understand why. I'm guessing demons and gods don't get along very well, but we as their avatars do not seem to be fighting, I think that's a pretty good sign don't you?"
Twiddling his thumbs, Arthur raised another eyebrow in surprise as he was told to shut up alongside being called an idiot. Interesting choice of expression, but Arthur's amusement quickly faded into a frown as he realized it was probably the demon speaking into Homura's mind. He wondered what type of influence was being whispered into his ear. Knowing the types of demons of this world, however, it was probably nothing good. And unfortunately, if it was a demon god of fire, it probably was not whispering things into Homura's ear that would bring him into the type of situation he would prefer. On the lighter side of things, at least it seemed as if the man in front of him had an appetite. Most people did not take well when possessed by a demon. Loss of appetite, headaches, and nausea were all common symptoms of possession, alongside the other tell-tales signs such as spinning heads, black eyes, etc. Although, it was probably a good thing that the man was doing none of these things. Likely, it meant that it was not a more religiously focused demon that explicitly wanted to devour the soul of its victim. All of these things were good signs, so Homura's prognosis wasn't too grim actually. It also seemed as if he wasn't afraid of telling the demon what was on his mind, as Homura had clearly just called the parasite an idiot. Arthur smiled at this, finding Homura's general brashness to be rather amusing.
"You're entirely right that your destructive nature can serve a better purpose. This guild was the right choice for you, and I'm sure of it because we and my guildmates can help train you so that you can control your powers, and hopefully be able to aid you with your more soul-bound issues. And destruction is not bad by itself, as destruction can be harnessed to fight for good or whatever it is you seek to accomplish. We can help you do that so long as it remains legal and positive. One could also say that magic itself is just purely destructive, because while my light may heal and protect, it can easily destroy to an even stronger degree."
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