Something i've been musing about is the value of Sumiko. Now obviously she is a sentient being in her own right, yada yada yada, but its also a fact that HM has made significant investments in training her. I'd imagine most of us would demand some form of recompense before letting her walk out the door or at least would have one hell of a grudge. We know from Sumiko that HM spent several decades training her so that she could crack through to become a Master in her own right, despite her affinity being 49% and it therefore being conventionally impossible to grow any further in that skill. Presumably the HT faction (if not HM herself) also spent decades training her before she reached her limit, probably another forty to fifty years at least for her to have become level 99 with such a cripplingly low affinity. Let's call it a century's worth of training, with HM's personal training for forty years as she worked her way up the nineties. In addition to said skilltraining its likely she also received food, housing, clothing, magic supplies, books, valuable spells worth tens of thousands of gold in total, medical training to the extent its used in the land, healthcare, and various personal care items. These may have been partially covered by her services to the HT. So how much do you guys think Richter would have had to pay HM in compensation to release Sumiko from her service if HM hadn't stepped forward herself and pushed Sumiko out of the nest (thereby also giving Sumiko a shot at living a life independent of her mistress)?