* Fridge Serendipity: The Barrayan PowerAtAPrice stimulant is a little blue pill that makes your soldier stand at attention. Pity the book was published 12 years before Viagra became commercially available.
** Its just a coincidence. Real-life military amphetamines have come in little blue pills since at least World War II. In fact, the description of the effects and side effects of Barrayaran military stimulants closely matches the military-issue methamphetamine tablets that the Wehrmacht and the Luftwaffe used to use (and abuse, and become addicted to, which is why they don't use those pills anymore).
* Cordelia's belief that a glass of champagne [[OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby will harm the developing Miles]] in ''Barrayar'' is the result of superstitious fears due to her lack of familiarity with ''in vivo'' pregnancy.
** Alternately, this is a reflection of Barrayar's crippling fear of mutations. For these people, even the slightest chance of screwing up the baby is too much.
* Why are the nobles of Barrayar referred to as the Vor class when 'Vor' is Russian (Which is one of the four common tongues of Barrayar) for 'Thief'? The Vor class started out as the Emperor's tax collectors, who often had to collect taxes at swordpoint during the Time of Isolation. From the perspective of the commoners being shaken down for taxes, they probably looked like thieves.
* In the denouement of ''Komarr'', pay attention to which conspirators believe Miles' warning that their MacGuffin is fatally flawed and will not work as originally intended, and which do not. You'll note that the less technically educated the conspirator is, the less willing they are to believe Miles' warning that the thing will just blow up in their faces. The Komarran conspirators' relative degree of caution about Murphy and Finagle are in direct proportion to their amount of experience as engineers![[note]]Soudha, who is an engineer, believes him immediately. Madame Radovas, who has no engineering experience herself but was married to an engineer for decades, believes him after thinking it over. Cappell, who has at least some scientific education but is a theoretical mathematician and not a hardware guy, thinks it over and decides that the odds are good enough to risk it anyway. And Foscol, who is an accountant and doesn't know science from shinola, rejects Miles' warning out of hand as an 'obvious lie'.[[/note]]
* A cultural reason for the rise of the Vor on Barrayar: The majority of immigrants were stated to be from Britain, France, Russia and Greece, countries which all have some form of noble tradition, so it would be quite easy for them to adapt to a renewed feudal state.
* Some people have pointed out that in ''Shards of Honor'', ''in vivo'' pregnancies are considered a slightly uncommon but ordinary thing, with approximately one in four pregnancies being natural. Fast forward to ''Komarr'', and it seems that use of replicators is so ubiquitous that Nikki being a body birth is viewed as a major eccentricity, and borderline abusive on Tien's part. This may seem like ContinuityDrift, but another explanation presents itself as well. Using a replicator ''guarantees'' that your children will be free of mutation, making the replicator an answer to a fear so ingrained into Barrayarans as to be practically written into their DNA.
** On top of this, most of the characters we see strongly favoring replicator birth later in the series- Miles, Cordelia, Alys, and Ekaterin- all have extremely strong personal reasons for doing so.
* This one takes a little bit to kick in. In "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance," Ivan states that trying to judge Shiv Arqua without including his wife is like "trying to assess Uncle Aral without including Aunt Cordelia." Who else made this mistake? Ser Galen, in training Mark!
* The Vor have a very strictly followed tradition whereby each first-born son is named after his paternal grandfather. Emperor Gregor has no apparent siblings. Gregor's paternal grandfather is named Ezar. Gregor's father Serg was shown to have had women impregnated for his unspecified [[ForTheEvulz evil amusement]]. So, it's quite probable that Gregor had an older brother who was killed by their father.