Here is a conversation between James Holloway and Conner Smith. James is afflicted with too much mana which results in reality distortions around him. As a result, he lives alone in the woods which can better withstand the reality warping. Conner Smith, AKA Coyote, is actually a trickster spirit/god, so he is unharmed by the warps. His relationship with reality is tenuous as his shifts in appearance are actually shifts in reality. This fact has made him one of the few people who can converse and hang out with James. He is his only friend and is helping him manage his uncontrollable supply of magical energy.