The resemblance IS uncanny, isn't it? ;) Hmm... I wonder if the Master of the Shape changed himself might be making an Alternaverse appearance in due time... Basically what Melati has deduced has happened is that the "door" - the elfy-thalamus if you will, got obliterated, and unlike say, the prefrontal cortex, she can't regrow it from genetic blueprints. Last time she tried to make one from scratch... well, you saw what happened to the human. And of course, if SHE can't do it, obviously Grandma Leetah or Daddy Pool couldn't possibly be of any help. Mad geniuses do not ask colleagues for second opinions. ...You know it's bad when you compare someone to Winnowill, and they go "pft, you're thinking too small."