I have known many who have believed that beasts are neither good nor evil; that they only do that which nature demands from their birth.

For some, perhaps that is true, but it is not for all, for beasts also choose to whom they will list. Some are drawn to those who wield darkness, and willingly – eagerly even – serve their vile purposes. While others seek to uphold goodness and purity in the world.

And as beasts are drawn to those who share their desires, so too people are drawn to beasts who will be pleased to serve their ends. Thus a man’s heart may be known by the beasts with whom he willingly shares his presence.

From the Wisdom of Ashael

(Dreams and Shadows, The Aylosian Chronicles #1)