!!The Realm of the Elderlings is secretly ruled by cats.

In the short story "Cat's Meat" (Published in the collection ''The Inheritance''), Marmelade the cat states that cats can talk to whoever they please, whether they're Witted or not. He is also shown to directly influence people's thoughts. So it must be cats who are the real masters of the world. Not humans. Not dragons. Everything that happened in the novels is nothing more than a giant GambitRoulette run by cats.