In my opinion animus magic kinda breaks or has the potential to break the entire story a little like what happened in book 10 except it actually worked out for the main characters. It is a big issue but this whole thread is more about the effect of animus magic or how it works basically. Based on what happened to Albatross and other animus dragons we know that if it is used too much it can turn them insane and possibly murderous. Personally, I don't think it is necessarily a limit to the number of spells one can cast but rather on how much of themself they put into the spell. For instance, Turtle was relatively sane but still used his magic somewhat but in little ways that didn't require much effort but when he took the scroll from Chameleon, he purposely hurt him, leading to his frequent spasms where he saw himself hurting Chameleon. Similarly, Albatross seemed pretty unaffected by his magic (minus that one incident where he disfigured his sister or something which obviously set him off a little towards the bad side to start with) up until the Summer Palace where he started to become more involved in it and pouring more of himself into his creation which led to him going insane and massacring some dragons which is why Fathom remained very sane beforehand even though he did use his magic. Darkstalker had relatively the same experience, casting spells with seemingly no effect on his soul until he began doing more selfish things, ie Clearsight's earrings, Catching whoever sent the assassin, Killing his father, etc.It's sort of like if an artist were to spend a bunch of time and effort on a particular painting, putting more and more of themselves on the canvas making the paintings they didn't care too much about/ had no strong feelings toward affect them less. This is just based on what I know and have read so it's likely i'm wrong just based on the information that we have not being sufficient but anyway, it's just a theory.
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