Enya, I do not think occasional means what you think it means.
Science rules! U.S. high school level science has greatly influenced how magic works in this story. Since I was a big science nerd in high school (when I did a majority of the world building for Eternity Complex), I tried to incorporate all of the scientific knowledge I found fascinating into how magic works here. What I learned of genetics went into how magic is inherited, the Demi’s powers are a nice mix of physics and chemistry, and Adrik’s and Astor’s (and those like them) powers are part nervous system and part gases with some other stuff sprinkled in. So that I don’t ruin what the other races are fully capable of, I’ll hold off on featuring which pieces of science (if any) influenced them.