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Unmarked spoilers of the original TLJ ahead!
The Draic Kin
The Kin are Sufficiently Advanced AliensThey came to Earth to secretly assist its evolution like the Progressors from the Strugatsky Brothers' books.
The Kin are what is known in Stark as "Archangels"
All Kin are ShiftersCortez referred to Vestrum Tobias as if knowing him personally, whereas Tobias is obviously non-Shifter and looks like he had a reasonably human lifespan. It would make perfect sense for the protectors of the Twin Worlds to be able to cross the Divide. If that is true, it may also be that all Shifters are descended from the Kin.
Lady Alvane is the future self of AprilIt makes sense because she is pals with Crow and lives between the worlds, which is suggested to be a timeless space (similar to the Venar worldview).
Lady Alvane is related to Kian AlvaneDuh, same family name. She is either mother/grandmother/ancestor or the Future!April who married him.
Lady Alvane is the White KinShe would want to help her daughter/sister and she knew Crow.
Lady Alvane is Future!ZoeShe is the only other woman whose sidekick Crow was.
Shifters are inherently disruptive to the BalanceBecause they create unregulated traffic between the Twin Worlds. That's why they are so rare: the Twin Worlds kill them off.
Equal portions of tech and magic slipping across the Divide would not disrupt the BalanceThis is one way to prepare reunification of the Twin Worlds.
Every thousand years, there is not just one person who could become the Guardian.Because it would be an incredibly horrible plan if there was no failsafe in the event the unspeakable happened (the Guardian died in a fatal accident beyond their control, contracted a horrible disease and died, etc.). Tobias mentions that the Vanguard was taking children strong in the Balance. If the Guardian Candidate (who is usually the oldest) doesn't make it, it goes to the next one down the line, at least by the Sentinel. Thus, Gordon wasn't originally going to be the final Guardian—it was to be someone else who was likely killed by the Vanguard. Gordon is simply the only one to survive their attempts to create a Guardian who they could control. Cortez assumed that April would be the only one to make it to the Guardian's realm—and/or that Gordon would die. The reason she wasn't embraced as the Guardian was because Gordon was there. If two guardian candidates make it to the Guardian's realm, the oldest one is selected.
April is in love with Cortez.After a conversation with spirits in Banda Spirit Dig, an entry appears in her diary which says, among other things, this:
Cortes is Don Juan Matus.