Kira chuckled softly. "You'd better not say that around Maye, the woman who talked with you before. She's a reincarnated wolf, it was her natural role to keep things in balance. Wolves do not kill out of malice, but because it is their purpose. It is the circle of life, all their spiritual energy goes elsewhere. My sister was a seal and she would agree with me. I myself am a reincarnated Martian settler. I even commune with the spirit of a Celestial whose name I cannot pronounce with a human tongue. The interconnectedness of us all has no limits."
"A Celestial?" I asked. "You mean you believe in Destiny Of Ordered Mankind, too?"
"All religions are valid... well..." She stopped to think. "Destiny is too science-oriented to call itself a religion, so we'll say all beliefs are valid. Some of us-"
"So predators are not evil," Aether interrupted. "They are only fulfilling their duty to an interconnected universe?"
"And what of the serial killers and rapists Brandon spoke about?"
"Or the malvirai?"
Kira blinked. "Do malvirai live?"
I leaned forward. "Give us a second, please." I turned the sound and imaging off, leaving the priestess to tune herself out and chant something to our hold screen.
"People don't have any idea malvirai become self-aware. And if you're not careful what you tell that one, you'll probably create a new religion by accident."