Vlad will join the LavodesThink about it. Sethra wants to bring the group back. She already has Telnan, who says she only picked him up because of his Great Weapon. After a certain comment in Issola from Sethra ("This is the sort of thing Vlad is trained for..."), when you consider that Vlad now has Godslayer, it seems likely that she'll be using him at the very least as a "Lavode Irregular."
Devera is HaruhiThey're both dark-haired, they're everywhere, and rules of physics/time/space do weird things around them. And it might explain why Haruhi is really-a-god-except-not.
The e'Driens are descended from the house of KunouThe resemblance between Morrolan e'Drien and Tatewaki Kunou is obvious - they're tall, dark-haired, sword-wielding, ruthless, Sesquipedally Loquacious, and arrogant enough for five aristocrats. Then we have the fact that Drien is said to have changed sex about midway through hir career, suggesting that s/he may in fact have been Ranma. (For details about the temporal mechanics of all this, ask the Necromancer.)
How Kragar got kicked out of the house of DragonHe himself gives an explanation about not being able to command troops, but it's been noted that in the book Dragon, there are plenty of common Dragon foot soldiers, which makes this explanation somewhat dubious. It's also odd that Aliera seems to have a personal dislike of him, which would suggest he was someone she knew before the events of Five Hundred Years After, but this doesn't seem to fit the chronology. I know one theory is that he is actually a half-breed, since as noted, that seems to get you kicked out of the House, whereas evil deeds rarely seem to. Personally, I wonder if he acted in cowardice on the battlefield and got tons of troops slaughtered because of this. Another explanation might have something to do with the Jhereg-Dragon war, but seeing how Mario and Kragar are allies, it doesn't seem likely they were on opposite sides in this.
Vlad will destroy the CycleMay have been foreshadowed in Taltos. And can you think of any better Crowning Moment Of Awesome on which to end the series?
Vlad is still/again Aliera's brotherVerra is awfully tolerant of his snarkiness. Near the end of Phoenix, when he tells her he doesn't want anything more to do with her, the goddess replies, "I won't hold you to that. You don't even know who you are yet." Vlad has little or no memory of his mother, and his father seldom if ever talked about her. Aliera, of course, has no idea of this, and it'll shock her every bit as much as it will Vlad. Devera knows, naturally. Sethra might suspect.
Kragar is Mario's sonMario is Dragarea's greatest assassin, and having a skill like near-invisibility would go a long way to explaining how he got so good. Plus, it was revealed that Kragar is Mario's contact person, and who would Mario trust more than his own son?
The Valabar that Paarfi knows is VladOn the surface, the Paarfi books give the impression that Vlad didn't really accomplish anything/ the Cycle hasn't really changed, and Paarfi certainly never mentions Vlad by name. However, I just had the theory that like Laszlo (think that's the right name), Vlad will be one of those humans who has enough magic power to have a lifespan comparable to a Dragon. And owning that restaurant would probably be his favorite choice if he's ever allowed a peaceful retirement.
All Great Weapons contain Dragaeran SoulsNot sure if this was ever explicit, but I've come across this argument elsewhere. Drien, as noted above, was a Gender Bender, and Morrolan's Great Weapon is of ambiguously gendered. And, Godslayer and Aliera's soul pre-resurrection show how souls can be used to form this weapon type. A related theory I've come across is the idea that Telnan's sword contains Tazendra's soul, given their similarity in personality- and it would also explain how Sethra found him/why she took him on, since Tazendra was a Lavode.
Related to the guess above, Loraan (you remember him, from Taltos) was trying to make Godslayer.Think about it (end of Issola spoiler) Making Godslayer, Vlad used Spellbreaker, a powerful Morganti dagger, and Lady Teldra's soul. Now, where did we get Spellbreaker? From Loraan's keep. A wizard like him undoubtedly has access to a powerful Morganti weapon or 50, and why did we go there in the first place? To rescue Aliera's soul, the vital ingredient! Sorry about the huge spoiler, but... it is a huge spoiler! Still, there's nothing against it!!
The blood in the vial was Vlad'sVlad is destined for greatness (or at least usefulness) and it would be a real Mind Screw.
Vlad is the great-grandson of Zerika and the WarlockMy guess is that Zerika and the Warlock had a child, which is either Noish-pa, his wife or one of the parents of Vlads mother. Because of this bloodconnection Vlad was able to be born with a soul that was previosly in a dragaeraen (is that the right word?) body. It is never stated that both species can't have children and even then the Warlock could have tried some witchcraft or Sethra, Verra or one of the other gods could have intervened to save the House of the Phoenix.
Vlad is a Brain in a VatThe reason he could leave the Paths of the Dead is never fully explained, so perhaps he never did. Sometime while he was in the Paths, Vlad was brought between the "real" world and a simulation. His entire life after leaving the Paths has been a lie crafted carefully to basically keep him occupied. While replicating reality somewhat, this world is tailor-made for Vlad, explaining some improbable coincidences later in his life.
One of the extinct original tribes of Dragaerans was the Tribe of the Norska.The Tribe of the Dragon wiped them out in instinctive self-defense, because norska eat dragons.
The House of the Yendi doesn't actually exist as a distinct bloodline.The original Tribe of Yendi died out hundreds of thousands of years ago, or perhaps never existed in the first place. Rather, the Yendi arose because various Manipulative Bastard members of other Houses/Tribes collectively conned their way into a place in the Cycle, adopting alternate identities as "Yendi" and establishing the ruse of an additional House. The Sorceress in Green looks like an Athyra because she is an Athyra, albeit an extra-sneaky one who opted to forsake her birth House to live as a "Yendi". Those "Yendi" who have no distinctive House features, such as Pel, are cross-breed descendents of such hoaxers. Any reputed "Yendi genes" that someone like Aliera might search for are merely normal genes for being a Magnificent Bastard, not Jenoine-imbued snake genes. This makes it easier to explain how a House with as little overt authority as the so-called "Yendi" could seize power when their turn of the Cycle comes up: they don't. They just wait for a Chreotha who's sufficiently sneaky to meet their standards cons his or her way onto the throne, then "out" them as a "Yendi" and claim the accolades for having the Cycle turn in their "House's" favor. Likewise, the House of the Orca take power when an Orca who leads an alternate life as a "Yendi" maneuvers his or herself into position to claim the Orb, then admits to being an Orca and declares the Cycle to have turned, the better to profit financially from an Orca administration.
Dragaerans and Easterners have only two bones in each finger.We know Verra has an "extra" joint in each finger according to Vlad. We also know that Verra used to be a slave of the Jenoine, who mucked around with Easterners' genetic code to imbue psychic abilities into most and Dragaeran traits into some. Finally, it's implied that the Easterners, themselves, are the descendents of human colonists from Earth: a place that Verra may be familiar with, as she knows a lot about the documents from which Kelly learned his political theories and has a carving of an elephant on her door. So maybe Verra isn't actually from some unfamiliar world, but rather, was a normal human from Earth before the Jenoine enslaved her. Her "extra" finger joints are actually identical to our own; her hands only look odd to Vlad because he himself, and other human-derived inhabitants of Dragaera, had their number of phalanges reduced via Jenoine genetic manipulation. We don't know where the Jenoine obtained the genes with which to imbue psychic abilities into their subjects, so maybe those came from another species (Serioli?) with only two bones per finger. Verra having been a normal Earth human would also, incidentally, explain why Aliera is so short: however tall her mom's avatar as a deity might appear, Verra's actual genes are still those of us Puny Humans.
Vlad Norathar has Franz's soul.In Teckla, Vlad speculates that Franz's ghost was hanging around because there weren't any pregnant Easterners nearby, so his soul couldn't yet find refuge in an unborn child. By Phoenix, Cawti is pregnant, and still hanging around with Kelly's group. Although the revolutionaries had relocated their HQ several times in the interim, it's likely that they brought their possessions with them, including the knife that was used to murder Franz: the object to which his ghost seems to have been tied, as it'd manifested in Kelly's office where the murder weapon was stored, not at the front door where he'd been stabbed. So what are the odds that ghost-Franz found refuge in Cawti's unborn son, when she took charge of Kelly's office after she was let loose from prison and began crusading for her associates' release?
Paarfi didn't tell the truth about Mario's means of disabling the Orb in Five Hundred Years After.In the climax of that book, Mario's use of a massive burst of stored elder-sorcery energy allowed him to disable the Orb and attack Tortaalik I. If such a method could, indeed, disable the Orb, publishing an accurate account of this method for everyone to see would surely constitute treason against the Imperium, as it'd reveal a fatal weakness in one of the Empire's most vital protections! Moreover, it's likely that he obtained information on the events leading up to Adron's Disaster from Sethra Lavode, who certainly wouldn't reveal such a vulnerability in the Orb's capabilities to a pompous blabbermouth like Paarfi. So either Sethra misled him about how Mario did it, or Paarfi had no clue how it was done and just made up something that sounded plausible.
Aibynn is Illista's nephew.Vlad thinks Aibynn looks a bit like a Phoenix when they first meet. Aibynn doesn't seem to have any close friends or relatives on Greenaere, as nobody else seems to have been dragged in for interrogation after Vlad assassinated the island's king: something the heir to Greenaere's throne seems to have been outraged enough to do. Aibynn, himself, is so nonplussed about leaving the island forever that he probably didn't leave anyone close to him behind. We know that Illista had a brother, Allistar, who was exiled to Elde with her in The Phoenix Guards, yet he seems to have vanished without a trace by The Paths of the Dead. Rather than resign himself to obscurity, it's possible that Allistar tried to marry and/or sleep his way to the top of Elde Island society, only to get himself killed in a duel for impregnating the wrong noblewoman. (Elde Islanders have no sorcery, and the siblings were stripped of their access to it when they were exiled, even before the Orb was lost. So, no magical birth control.) Unwilling to suffer the social stigma of having a bastard child, the mother went "on vacation" to Greenaere to give birth, then gave her son up for adoption. In a grudging nod to his half-Phoenix parentage, she gave him a name that begins with "A", like his father's.
The Jenoine's real intentions from IssolaSiccing Vlad on Verra was a long shot to begin with; if it worked, it would've been a bonus, but it wasn't their main goal in kidnapping Aliera and Morrolan. Their real plan was much more radical: they wanted to have Vlad re-assemble Godslayer with a Jenoine soul inside it. Great Weapons are the greatest obstacles to the Jenoine, and subverting the purpose of the strongest of them all would surely be worth a Jenoine life or two. That's why the second battle in the Jenoine world went the way it did, with the one fighting Verra putting its back to Vlad, so he could stab it with the Morganti dagger and trigger its fusion with Spellbreaker. Had Vlad's instincts not made him hesitate, and instead resort to activating the amorphia, that's what would have happened; instead, his attempted use of Elder Sorcery got all four Jenoine alarmed, because if he'd messed up he could've vaporized Spellbreaker and destroyed their chances of ever seeing Godslayer, Verra's prophesied bane, reborn. As for the one who stabbed Teldra at the end, it was hoping Vlad would be pissed off enough to draw the Morganti blade from her body and attack it, not try to salvage whatever he could in the middle of a battle.
The sequence of Houses in the Cycle was dictated by politics in Kieron's day, not by any cosmological significance.Only later, as history marched on and the gods found it a convenient excuse for Because Destiny Says So, did the pattern take on a higher meaning. In truth, the sequence was decided as follows: