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The Draic Kin
They came to Earth to secretly assist its evolution like the Progressors from the Strugatsky Brothers
The Kin are what is known in Stark as "Archangels"
- Red = Michael
- Green = Gabriel
- White = Raphael
- Blue = Uriel
All Kin are Shifters
Cortez 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.
Queenie is the Blue Draic-kin
She seems to know a hell of a lot about Zoe and what's going on, she has a dragon motif going on, there's a lot of blue around her and she's always near water(whereas the blue was found at the bottom of the ocean).
- Left unanswered in book five.
It 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).
- Can't be the April Ryan from the first game because that April was Killed Off for Real. Also, one of the creators has stated that the German translation that has Lady Alvane saying she is April Ryan was an incorrect translation. They intended to keep it ambiguous.
- Jossed for good in Book 5 of Chapters: Saga is Lady Alvane. But since Saga is at least partially a reincarnation of April, it's also Confirmed in a spiritual way.
- Saga's birth is deliberately juxtaposed with April's funeral (since her death already happened off-screen in Dreamfall).
- A spirit that looks a whole lot like the White Dragon's human form from Dreamfall calls Saga "sister-daughter"—a relationship previously established between the White Dragon and April.
- The subtitle of Book One is "Reborn", and it explicitly concerns the spiritual (and partly physical in one case) rebirth of two out of three of Dreamfall's protagonists. It stands to reason that the third protagonist would be reborn, too, even if it goes far beyond just spiritual in her case.
- Further evidence from Book Three: Saga's drawings basically depict the key episodes of April's journey from the first game, and when she puts them into a correct order, a Shift opens and she walks through.
- Confirmed by Abnaxus in Book Four.
Lady Alvane is the White Kin
She would want to help her daughter/sister and she knew Crow.
- Implied but not confirmed in Chapters, since Saga is Lady Alvane and implied to be a reincarnation of both April Ryan and the White.
Lady Alvane is Future!Zoe
She is the only other woman whose sidekick Crow was.
- As good as jossed in DFC Book Four: Abnaxus predicts that at the end of his life, Crow will bond with "the Girl Who Walks Between Worlds", in other words, Saga, April's reincarnation, who is thus more or less confirmed to be the future Lady Alvane. Zoe has an entirely different destiny ahead of her.
- Jossed for good in Book 5.
April Ryan wasn't the firstApril Ryan wasn't the first incarnation of April/Saga. We know from TLJ that April is ostensibly the daughter of the White Mother... who presumably resided in Arcadia for the past twelve thousand years to preserve the Balance. Yet April herself was adopted by the Ryan family from a Starkian orphanage, which leaves open the question of how she crossed the Divide in such a young age. However, as we have just seen in Chapters, April/Saga's reincarnation ability transcends the boundaries of the Twin Worlds, so she can be reborn in the House of All Worlds (which we've seen to exist somewhere in-between, since April has to Shift to there in TLJ) after dying in Arcadia. It then follows that she could just as well be reborn in Stark as April Ryan after her previous incarnation died in Arcadia about thirty years ago. And that reincarnation needs not to have been the first, either: it is possible the White Mother gave birth to April/Saga specifically to be able to influence the affairs in Stark without leaving Arcadia.
As for April/Saga's real age, we can conjecture that she couldn't be more than a few centuries old, since by the time the events from Silver Spear of Gorimon occurred, she was still "unborn", and the fall of the Bakshevan Empire is dated several centuries before present (admittedly, Arcadian time keeping is extremely fuzzy).
April/Saga and the White Kin are technically the same being
In Book Four, Abnaxus says that April was reborn simultaneously as the Dragon of Spring (White Kin, most likely) and the Girl Who Walks Between Worlds (Saga, obviously). In Dreamfall
, however, the White Kin was attacked and presumably killed about the same time as April, so it's quite possible that when Abnaxus spoke of April being reborn, he referred to both of them simultaneously. Seeing how intimately April is tied to the Balance, she and the White Kin may be a smaller reflection of the Twin Worlds: separate and inseparable at the same time.
- Neither jossed not confirmed but heavily implied by book 5.
Shifters are inherently disruptive to the Balance
Because 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 Balance
This 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.
- Further lending support to this theory is that Gordon cannot possibly be 200 years old in TLJ—the amount of "overtime" Adrian spent in the Tower because the Vanguard prevented all potential Guardians before April from entering his Realm. It is thus very likely that at least ten generations of Guardian Candidates followed each other before Adrian finally started weakening and the White Dragon gave birth to April to break the stalemate with the Vanguard.
April's nature and fate
April is not only a Shifter, she is also a Dreamer
In the very beginning of the game, April dreams of Arcadia and then "falls" into it and can interact with physical (tree, egg) objects there, just like Zoe's "dream presence" in Dreamfall
. This is the only instance in the game that April physically travels to Arcadia without (visibly) passing through a Shift. E.g. in a later chapter, she similarly opens a Shift in her sleep, but still has to wake up and step through it to actually use it. Indeed, her first encounter with the White Dragon (and it was
real, since when April revisits the same location via regular Shifting late in the game, you can still see the traces of her previous visit) took place even before April's first definitive Shift with Cortez's help. Unlike Zoe, April apparently doesn't need Morpheus and the Dreamer consoles, either because she is just that freaking badass (dragon blood and all
) or because the Divide was much easier to cross that way with the Guardian absent.
April is not in Arcadia in Dreamfall (ties in with the above)
She is in Stark, dreaming of Arcadia. The Darker and Edgier
"April" is actually her dream presence, while her body is hooked on life-support in the Vanguard labs, who brainwashed her to prevent her from realizing the truth and waking up. This is also why she cannot Shift to Stark. Thus, she both died and didn't in the rebel camp scene: her avatar was destroyed but her real body has awakened in Stark, which is just what Zoe was supposed to do to "save April"
. And she will be a playable character in Chapters
, of course.
- Seems to have been jossed. April was, indeed, physically in Arcadia—and was buried there.
Kian will turn on his captors and rescue April
Zoe's "saving" of April consisted of facilitating her meeting with Kian near Friar's Keep (when she was captured as a witch). At that meeting, Kian met April under non-hostile terms and she managed to pull him over to her side. Also, Na'ane will redeem herself by coming to his aid and patching up April's wound.
- Jossed. Kian is in prison at the beginning of Chapters and no mention of April is made.
- Na'ane will also have to find other ways to redeem herself, because April is dead.
- She does in DFC Book Four, if Kian didn't rat her out—she saves Enu's life after the Azadi raid.
April unconsciously opened a Shift to Stark in the last moment
And will be nursed to health by Emma and Charlie in Chapters
- Jossed. She died.
- Admittably, this was a fan favorite explanation for why there was no sound of April landing in the water after she was stabbed. Looks like those fans were disappointed.
April needed to be "saved" from losing faith
Thus, Zoe saved her either by helping her regain faith in her destiny (either as a consequence of a Near-Death Experience
, or through the believer Kian's influence), or by leading her to her death, preventing from losing faith completely
- This is true, based on the Faith Model posted on the game's Wiki. All the major characters seem to go through stages in the model.
Because she lost faith in her higher purpose and powers.
April has been killed but will be reborn like the White Dragon
Based on some tidbits on the Kickstarter page.
- This is exactly what happened.
April's Shifter abilities are now tied to Crow
, Cortez says that nobody but the Shifter herself can cross the Divide via her Shift. However, in the endgame, April summons Crow through her Shift from Arcadia. In Dreamfall
, the White Kin explains that April cannot shift on her own—and that she needs Crow to do so. In other words, something happened to her Shifting ability in the Guardian's Realm that made Crow a catalyst for it, meaning that she "lost" it after ditching Crow eight years ago.
This may also have something to do with the fact that April left Crow in the Guardian's Realm in the end of TLJ, but apparently came back for him later, since they spent two more years together in Arcadia after that.
- In DFC Book Four, Abnaxus confirms that there was some kind of mystical bond between Crow and April, but it has since been apparently transferred to the White Kin, which may be why the latter had to help April open that Shift to the Guardian's Realm. Saga seems to be able to Shift at will without Crow's assistance, however.
April actually could have been the Guardian of the Balance.
The impression I got from Tobias was that the Vanguard was taking any children strong in the Balance in hopes of trying to control them - because there is not just one
person who can become the Guardian, but a multitude of different candidates. However, it operates purely on one basis: Age. Because Gordon was older than April, he was the one to be the next Guardian, and if someone older than April had been in the Guardian's Realm (but not Gordon himself) then they would have been the Guardian. Had Gordon not been there or if he had died, then April would have been the Guardian instead. The reason that Cortez told April that she was the final Guardian was because he thought that Gordon would either die or not make it to the Guardian's Realm.
- It's been pointed out on the WMG page for The Longest Journey as well. Guardian Adrian spent 200 years of overtime as the Guardian. Gordon cannot be 200 years old at the time he ascends to the Guardiancy, so during those 200 years it's possible that other Guardian Candidates were born and either killed or prevented from getting to the Guardian's realm to take over. It's not clear what makes April be rejected as Guardian and Gordon be accepted, though, but age could be a part of it.
The Azadi Tower suppresses the Dark People's connection to each other
The captain couldn't recognize April as a Wave in Marcuria because something there (read: the Tower of Azadi) was suppressing his senses/connection to the hive mind. Another Dark Person in the Dark Library instantly recognized April's status.
- Abnaxus says something in the first game (I think) about different threads of time. It could possibly be that the Dark People can also sense different threads in time, and that in one of them, April had ceased to be a Wave. So when April talked to the ship captain, the thread he was sensing was the one where April ceased having much of an influence on the world. The next Dark Person she talks to can sense the thread where April is still a Wave, so he acknowledges her as such. It seems that April might have stopped being a Wave if she had not met Kian and influenced him to take a good look at what the Azadi were doing in Marcuria, which is what caused him to have a change of heart at the end of Dreamfall and join the Rebels in Chapters. After all, waves don't go on forever and eventually peter out on their own.
Zoe's background and fate
Helena Chang is Zoe's mother
Helena "knew a Castillo once". She and her company "created" Faith, according to Jeanine Park. The "white lady" said that Faith and Zoe are sisters, and Faith believed her. Helena may have been Gabriel's wife but they divorced shortly before the Collapse and he claimed she was dead. The Collapse helped a lot, destroying most reliable records and discrediting the rest.
Zoe's mom is really dead
...but Chang knew her and Gabriel and used her stolen genetic code to clone Faith.
By telling the Vagabond her story in the end, she created a world where she fell into the coma and told her story to the Vagabond in the end.
Zoë is still dreaming.
Screens on the souk of Europolis repeat 'Wake up now' in Arabic. Also, some people can sometimes be heard saying similar things if you walk around in the city.
- The frequency with which Propast residents use the words "wake up" and similar expressions is alarming. Almost like a subliminal message...
- The story seems to be heading this way at the end of Book Two, where we are shown a comatose Zoë back in the Casablancan hospital again. Interestingly, in Book Two, Kian is likewise repeatedly told to "wake up", despite never visibly manifesting any dream-related powers.
- Possibly confirmed in Book Three: upon activating her full Dreamer powers for the first time, Zoe's body simply disappears from Stark, just like it did when she was dreaming herself into Arcadia in Dreamfall. The question of where her physical body is, however, is left unaddressed.
- Confirmed in Book Four. She was actually still in coma in what appears to be Casablanca all along—under close surveillance by something. Book 5 reveals she's in a lab monitored by Helena Chang.
Zoë's nose piercing was put in by Reza
- Zoë piercing seems to have been removed (or not there yet) in the released version of Book One.
Queenie is to Zoë what Lady Alvane is to April
Zoë says she wants to "be Queenie" rather than just "like Queenie". So what if Queenie is actually Zoë from the future? It's not like no protagonist has ever met her older self in person in this particular series.
Jossed ... Queenie is either Saga or a relative, but not Zoe.
- Zoe would have to become full-bloodied Chinese and lose a lot of height.
- She is half-Chinese already and there is a trope for the other thing.
The Undreaming is a living creature
It devours people's dreams, thus it facilitated the creation of the dreamer consoles to put humanity into the state of perpetual dreaming. The living Dreamers like Zoe are like a poison to it because their dreams are particularly strong and hard to devour.
The Undreaming is a force of nature
Kinda like a personification of Ragnarok
, it is out to destroy the Balance and the Twin World. Judging by its name, it is the Evil Counterpart
to the Dreaming
in Aboriginal Australian Myths
. This is further supported by prolific allusions to other parts of Aboriginal mythology (Alchera, Eingana, etc.).
- partially Jossed by Book five of Chapters: The Undreaming is actually part of the Balance, the counterpoint to Dreaming. It was being controlled and abused by the Prophet to try and destroy magic. So (that's the partial Confirmation) it *is* a force of nature, but not a anti-Balance one.
Both phenomena start destroying reality when people start losing faith in their dreams. Also, the symbolism of towers
- Jossed by Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tornquist during the Dreamfall live-stream, when they denied any connection between TLJ and Ende's book.
Brian Westhouse is an avatar of the Undreaming
The Undreaming corrupted and took control of his body in the 300 years he was trapped between the worlds, then spit him out into Arcadia. He is also likely to be the one hunting the Kin and is the real identity of the Azadi Prophet.
- Jossed, but very close, in chapter 5 of Chapters. He took control of the Undreaming, not the other way around..
Brian Westhouse resisted the Undreaming
So it just dumped him into Arcadia, leaving him exhausted and devoid of dreams and inspirations, so he turned into a regular drunk. He got over it by the time of Dreamfall
- Jossed, again close, he overpowered it but then forced it to stay inside his body to abuse its powers..
The monks sent Westhouse to the Undreaming on purpose
If you sneak up on them in the prologue, you'll overhear them talking about it. The only question is whether Chavez/Cortez knew about it, too, or not. If he did, he may have been also possessed by it or hoped that Westhouse somehow keeps it in check
Westhouse is evil
It is curious how he just happened to show up in Abanaxuses house while Zoë was there. Maybe a little too convenient as well.
- Just to toss in a spoon of additional suspicions: IIRC, Yaga warns Zoe about "an wizard in disguise who wishes to use her quest for his own advantage". Whil this can be more or less anyone, Westhouse is definitely the most suspicious character as of yet.
- in addition, remember in Dreamfall, Westhouse was in the library as the white Driac Kin was attacked...
- Confirmed. He is the Prophet.
Immediately after April left the Tower in TLJ
, Guardian Gordon started fixing the bugs and glitches in the Balance that slipped in during Adrian's "overtime". Those included the removal of magical "technologies" (Anti Gravity
, Faster-Than-Light Travel
, neural interfaces; all according to the fluff booklet
) from Stark and technological "magic" from Arcadia.
The Collapse was orchestrated by secretly-evil Gordon
Gordon is STILL working for the Vanguard and aimed to weaken the Twin Worlds to facilitate their future reunification by deliberately pumping too much magic into Stark. Likewise, technology was pumped into Arcadia, giving rise to the Steam Punk
The Guardian's Tower fell because Gordon is the last one
The Tower was only necessary for the Changing of the Guard ritual. Since Gordon is the last, the Tower was no longer needed. Alternatively, Gordon is the last because the Tower couldn't last much longer and no new Guardians can be inducted in the future.
The Guardian's Tower fell because Gordon is evil
Either it fell to expose his corruption, or he destroyed it on purpose. Most likely, he still secretly works for the Vanguard.
- Also, he was way too eager to convince April that the events of Dreamfall have nothing to do with her (not that she needed much convincing).
Gordon is moonlighting
Adrian told April that the Guardian loses all sense of self for a thousand years, becoming a conduit for scientific and magical energies. Gordon, on the other hand, could disconnect from the tower and converse with April.
Gordon is doing a sloppy job
The Azadi have guns and Schizo Tech
in Arcadia, while the Wati have neural interfaces on their dreamer consoles, which is said to have stopped working after the Collapse.
The Azadi Agenda
The "heating" steam machines actually collect dreams
They are the Arcadian counterpart to the dreamer consoles and collect dreams to send it to the central storage (the Azadi Tower, which is the counterpart to the Starkian Eingana).
- In Dreamfall Chapters, similar machines, dubbed "mystery towers", appear scattered throughout Europolis, as well.
- Confirmed in Chapters.
The Chamber of Dreams is a remote storage of dreams for Eingana
A Wati scientist mentions that Eingana seems to store more dream information that it is physically possible. In fact, Eingana is connected with the Azadi Tower and transfers a part of its stored dreams directly to Arcadia. Also, if you recall, the major Eingana malfunction that Zoe witnessed conincided in time with the violent energy eruption that April saw in the Arcadian cave.
- Confirmed in chapter 5 of Chapters..
The White Mother was the Goddess of the Azadi
She managed to kept their expansionist policies in check until her death, that's why nobody heard of them before her death.
- Supported somewhat in Chapters; when Kian sees a banner of the White in the rebel base, he comments that she reminds him of the Goddess, and speculates she is a reflection or aspect of her. The reverse seems more likely true.
The Azadi Prophet
The Prophet is Brian Westhouse in disguise
Westhouse has some unexplained relationship with the Undreaming. He disappears right before April spies on the Prophet and reappears when the Prophet vanishes. Also, if you take a screenshot of the blink-and-you-miss-it shot of the Prophet looking in the camera and adjust contrast and brightness, you'll notice that he looks a lot like Westhouse.
The Prophet is the Guardian Gordon
He is still working for the Vanguard.
The Prophet is the Blue Kin
The White Kin says that she cannot feel the Blue, so he may be in hiding. His apathy in the first game was because he was gathering power and strength for the upcoming reunification of the Twin Worlds, which he now facilitates as the Prophet.
- Partially Jossed. Chapters has nothing to say about the Blue but it is shown and told that the Prophet perished before Unification and was working against it, since he wanted to destroy magic and the point of Unification was to reunite magic and technology.
The Prophet is Gabriel Castillo
He is actually the mastermind behind Project Alchera and the Azadi Tower, that's why he played the Disappeared Dad
throughout most of the story (as the project entered a critical phase). Like his daughter, he is a Dreamer and can manifest himself in Arcadia as the Prophet. This is also the reason why neither the EYE commandos, nor the WatiCorp security actually harmed
Zoe at any point. The only one who truly wanted her dead was Helena Chang, who may be Gabriel's ex-wife and enemy.
Kian is the son of the White Mother
And thus, April's brother. "Alvane" is their real surname. Officially, Kian is Conveniently an Orphan
but Commander Vamon noted that he rose through the ranks way too fast for an ordinary "motherless boy" in Sadir. Maybe his mom covertly pulled a few strings for him?
- Probably jossed. In his inner monologue in Chapters, Kian reveals that his mother committed suicide by drowning when he was very young.
Kian will save April and marry her later
They are obviously set up as a couple and what's better than a classical Rescue Romance
to kick-start a relationship?
Kian is Cortez, in the same way the White Kin is the White Mother
Before dying in The Longest Journey
, Cortez made sure there was an egg with his child laid somewhere. After he died, his soul reincarnated in the child, who was Kian. Proofs: at some point Kian makes a comment that April is strangely familiar, as if he has seen her before. He and Cortez look a bit similar. Their relationship with April starts similar to that of Cortez and April: April has no reason to trust him or even bother talking to him, but for some reason does, as if she's inexplicably drawn to him. Vamon lampshades that Kian was surprisingly successful for an ordinary kid with no lineage to speak of - probably some powers that come with Kin's blood. Also, don't "Kin" and "Kian" sound a bit similar? Besides, Kian is a militant follower of a religion that has reincarnation as one of its beliefs. It's almost as if he's trying to tell us something.
Because he is an assassin. And eagles are featured on a lot of artwork. Also, faith
We will see an old Kian Alvane together with Lady Alvane
Since the two are somehow related and the House of All Worlds is going to be in the game. Considering that Lady Alvane has his surname, they most likely have already met each other (it's just that we are yet to see them together onscreen).
Kian will become a Shifter
Zoe has her own powers, but Kian does not. However, it would make no sense that this dual world problem would be solely Zoe in Stark and Kian in Arcadia, because that would keep the worlds separate. Without a Shifter (and Saga still a toddler), it would be two separate worlds.
- Jossed, Kian never goes to Stark.
Alternatively, if Kian does not become a Shifter...
There may be some switcheroo chapter where Zoë ends up in Arcadia again... but Kian for some reason appears in Stark.
- Partially confirmed: Zoe shifts to Arcadia, but Kian never goes to Stark.
Attack on the White Kin
The White Kin was attacked by Westhouse
He is the avatar of the Undreaming. She is the young but only remaining protector of the Twin Worlds. The rest is Self Explanatory
. Also, she was afraid of him upon their first meeting and the Kin recognized her attacker shortly before he made his move.
The White Kin was attacked by the Dark captain who delivered April to her
The captain didn't recognize April as a Wave, yet another Dark person later says that all Dark People form a single Hive Mind
, so the captain had
to recognize her. He may be either disconnected from the rest (corrupted by the Undreaming?) or an impostor. Either way, it's enough to make him a suspect.
The White Kin was attacked by Guardian Gordon
Either because he is evil, or because he thus restored the Balance (since either Red, or Green, or both were killed in Stark, creating disbalance in favor of Arcadia).
The White Kin was attacked by the Blue Kin
The Blue Kin decided it's finally time to go home and decided to take his relative with him.
The White Kin was attacked by Crow
He was corrupted by the Undreaming in the eight years after April dumped him. And you can clearly hear wings flapping in that scene.
- Very unlikely in light of Book Four revelations from Abnaxus: Crow is currently bonded with the White Kin, which explains his presence at the scene and makes him an unlikely suspect.
Whoever attacked the White Kin already killed the Blue Kin
That's why she was hiding after sensing his death.
The white lady
The white lady resides either in Arcadia or between the Worlds
Faith, a resident of Winter, is her only link to Zoe and the rest of the "real world". She has very vague idea what what's happening to both April and Zoe, since all she can say is "go find April, save April".
The white lady is the White Kin
Both are white. The White Kin would want to protect her sister and had a chance of knowing about danger to April.
- Seems supported by the White Kin appearing to baby Saga at the House of All Worlds in Chapters. She claims Saga will only be able to see her while she is still a child (is this why the White Lady appeared to Faith, rather than any adult character in Dreamfall?) and the only distinguishing features about her apparition are a lot of white light and a feminine figure and voice.
The white lady is Helena Chang
She knew Faith and wears a labcoat. She was also the only one who could reasonably reveal to her that she and Zoe are sisters.
The white lady is Lady Alvane
She is gray-haired and a "lady". She already helped April once.
Eingana had developed her own identity and became a Robot Girl
. She had unrestricted access to Faith, ports in Arcadia, and would probably have her own agenda.
Reza was caught and brainwashed using the dreamer console
Reza's last trace is the bloody handprint at the backdoor of Victory Hotel. That's when he was captured. Then Alvin Peats "ate his dreams".
- Confirmed. He got better.
Reza was killed and replaced by clone
That's why "it's not him" in the end.
Reza was a mole from day one
He had everything set up too conveniently: a hidden laptop, a pre-programmed Watilla, etc.
That's not Reza... That's PEATS
Reza was found to have been close to that girl whom Peats could not see. So as a result, Peats used the dream console to pull a Grand Theft Me somehow with Reza, forcing him to be placed in Peats's body. When "Peats" was killed at the end, that was really Reza, who was crying about how he couldn't see in that body, and was wanting to warn Zoë that someone had taken his body.
- In the beginning of Dreamfall Chapters, Zoë says that's someone wearing his skin... This troper wanted to yell "NO! That's not Reza! I think it's Peats!"
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:
As for Charlie...does he really LOVE me? I mean, like, love-love me? I had no idea. No, that's a lie. I guess I had some idea, but I didn't really want to deal with it, because I just don't feel that way about him. He's sweet and kind and...I simply have a tendency to fall for the wrong guys, for the wrong reasons. Like now. Like with...oh, no, I'm not even gonna think about THAT.
So who's that wrong guy? Given that she says "now", looks like she knows him ("guy" must mean "male", right?) for a short time and, therefore, the guy must be featured in the game. Of all the male characters, she has the closest relationships with Crow and Cortez.April and Cortez appear to have some spiritual connection (she has dreams that show what happens to him). Note how bad she feels about his death: even in Dreamfall, 10 years after his demise, she still can't bring herself to say that he's dead: she refers to him as "gone". Sure, he was her only guardian and mentor, but isn't it too much of a reaction?Besides, Emma teases April saying that she (April) has romantic feelings for Cortez. Emma is an expert in such things, she would have noted something April herself refuses to acknowledge.And, after all, given that April and Cortez belong to the same species, it's only natural for her to be attracted to him.note Also, if it's Cortez, April's disapproval of her feelings is understandable, because not only he looks much older than her (and is even older), but everybody knows him as a crazy old man.
- April is attracted to Cortez because he gave her a sense of purpose. As Dreamfall shows, she isn't really capable of making sound judgement about her goals in life without direction from someone older and wiser. Does that mean she loves him? I don't know but she certainly depended on him a lot—not in any immediate practical way, of course, but as an inspiration, as someone who tells her she is needed.
- If she is attracted to him, it could be more of an infatuation in the Teacher/Student Romance vein. She might also see him as a replacement father figure, seeing as how her own father was abusive.
The Sentinel Temple serves as a beacon to those crossing the Divide
When April first arrived to Arcadia, she appeared inside the Sentinel Temple. When Zoe traveled there, she ended up in the caverns underneath the Azadi Tower, which was built on the spot where the Sentinel Temple stood.
Grubbers from the Marcurian caves are related to Bandas
Both live underground use songs for Earth Bending. Na'ane even suggests it in-game.
- New data in Book Four actually reveals that Grubbers are an offshoot of the Oular, kind of like Alatien and Maerum, although their relation to the Bandas is not completely ruled out yet.
Grubbers are afraid of April
The only Grubber who would fight her is the Super Grubber in the Necropolis. Normal Grubbers just run away from her, though they would attack Zoe on the spot.
That's why he left Zoe helplessly sleeping in his flat with Wati security hot on his trail.
- Jossed. Judging by how he was killed by the conspirators and made to take the fall for them, he was a genuine thing from the start.
Wati security was hot on his trail, but he thought if he ran out and sacrificed himself, that would get them off of Zoë.
Vamon's gun was a joke
One of the character designers decided to make a Visual Pun
on Chekhov's Gun
- Definitely not a joke, as Kian has to learn in Chapters—Vamon manages to shoot him twice before he escapes.
Brynn was the real mole in April's group
After yet another gesture of mistrust from April (during her first meeting with Zoe), he played Judas and ran off to Azadi to rat her out. Zoe "saved April" by keeping Brynn and Chawan inside that shack and preventing him from finishing April off. His battle cry "For Raven!" may have been a codeword for Azadi to recognize him. Or he realized that for Azadi grunts, he is just a rebel and decided to go down fighting.
- Seems to have been jossed: Brynn appears alongside Chawan and other rebels at April's funeral in Chapters.
- If the rebels haven't figured out he's a mole, though, it would be more suspicious for him not to show up at April's funeral than for him to put in an appearance. It doesn't make complete sense, though. If he ratted her out, how is it that Kian was never informed by anyone that his search for a male rebel leader the Azadi referred to as "the Scorpion" had changed to a female rebel leader who referred to herself as "Raven"? Kian was still an Apostle at that point, and was still trusted enough to complete his job of hunting down the Scorpion. You would think that Brynn most likely would have been questioned by Kian about it personally at some point, much like when Zoe gets questioned by Kian when she's arrested for being a witch. It's also possible that the Azadi would have just flat-out killed him after he gave up his information.
The static was caused by Faith overloading Eingana
Due to Faith's presence inside it, Eingana couldn't handle all the data it was fed and dumped some of it to the Chamber of Dreams in Arcadia and some, simply onto the Wire, creating "static". Also, Faith herself crawled out of Eingana several times to communicate with Zoe, creating additional disruption.
Faith's death led to the Eingana malfunction that got Peats killed
Peats could only perceive the outside world through Eingana. When he lost it, he was removed from picture.
Because he works In Mysterious Ways
- Kinda. He is described by Ragnar as the Domain Holder of Storytime... and Storytime is the place where all stories in the Twin Worlds originate.
The Vagabond is the fifth Draic Kin
So that they have the space between the Worlds covered, too.
- Would that also mean there's another Draic Kin too?
- Only if the Dreaming is part of the Balance.
The released version of the dreamer consoles is harmless
Assuming that Eingana was actually destroyed in DF
- Jossed. In Chapters, it is clearly shown that the "dream machines" are extremely addictive and commonly trap their users in their own nightmares. While this may not be the kind of harmful Wati intended them to be (which is not really clear yet, either), it is still far from harmless.
Peats is related to Burns Flipper
Because why the not?
Damien Was killed by Falk
- Semi-confirmed. Damien was, indeed, murdered by the conspirators, and chances are good that Falk was in charge of the cleanup, since he is the one observing Zoë—the last loose end in the Alchera conspiracy.
- Damien probably "abandoned" Zoë in Dreamfall as a Heroic Sacrifice - he knew that he would be caught soon, and didnt' want her to be executed as an accomplice.
Not long after you speak to Reza, you see someone sitting on the bench nearby the "Hand that feeds". He has a name, and Zoë can't speak to him, but will say "I remember him..."
- There are many people in Europolis whom Zoe seems to remember, but they are most likely the Dreamachine victims she saved while in Storytime.
- If I recall, they are Kickstarter backers who get names in the game.
- Considering that one of the names that prompts these reactions is that of voice actor Edwyn Tiong, this seems to just be the Kickstarter backers.
In one of the later books, Zoë will have a Wham Line
with Lea Uminska or Konstantin Wolf and how she reacts to it will be a major decision point.
- Continuing from this, Zoë's decision point could be to change her vote to Wolf, or vote for Uminska. In order to keep with what Word of God said (that the lines would be a bit more greyed), who Zoë votes for will win the election, and they both turn out to be well for Europolis. However, the major consequences is that if Zoë votes for Wolf, she will be called out on it and be implied to lose her friends.
Whatever Robot Zoë uses in Chapter 3 will be important later on and directs Zoë to go somewhere
The context will change, however - with Shitbot, Mira probably finds something unusual in his programming. Whereas with the functional robot, either it breaks down and Zoë goes to Mira's to have it repaired or maybe Mira realizes "Oh, Crap!
- I forgot to delete something important from that robot".
- Kind of what happens in Book Three: The bot sacrifices itself to help Zoe escape from a warehouse full of guards.
Shitbot says it is afraid of "outside" because there may be assassins out there. Zoë is being tailed by a corporate jäger...
The consequences of some choices that were made
- Reza's relationship with Zoë will be altered depending on her culinary choices and whether or not she paid attention to him - this will make the Wham Episode involving him more shocking or less. (There's definitely something up with Reza...)
- Kian will, at some point, meet someone who is related to the person in the keep, and will give the message. Telling them whether or not he was the one who killed him will be a choice and bring immediate consequences. (Either you say you killed him to end his suffering, or tell them you couldn't do it.)
- If Kian spares the warden, the warden will be executed but Kian can tell his family that he spared them.
- The choice to stab the person at the end of the tower was a Secret Test of Character - either to see if he can obey their orders, or if he is willing to atone.
- Mr. London will either send goons after Baruti or Zoë depending on whether to not she chose to intervene.
- Zoë will possibly lose her friend.
- If you mean Nela, confirmed.
Or alternatively, he saved Zoë from the EYE because WATI
wants her - not the EYE.
- Semi-confirmed. JIVA doesn't want her to die.
Falk is the Stark counterpart to Kian Alvane
In a more benign way that Gordon and the Chaos Vortex were separate individuals.
- Jossed, there's no connection stated.
There is a connection between Anna and Hanna
Both are badass redheads who have a tendency to get involved in situations better left to the protagonists. It may be possible that Anna is Hanna's "dream presence" in Arcadia, now that we know that Hanna is a Dreamer, but it is very unlikely, as Anna has been pining for Kian for more years than Hanna (who, in one story branch, rekindles a relationship with her girlfriend) has been alive
. Still, there may be a connection between the two.
- Jossed in book five. Hanna actually is Zoe's sister, another bio-engineered dreamer like her and Faith.
Roper Klacks will turn out to be a villian once again
With the reveal at Ge'en that the headless statues of the ancient necromancer all around the place happen to look just like him(either that or Klacks particularly likes wearing the same hairstyle)
- Confirmed. He built the Engine.
The Prophet's true motivations
At the end of the story, that which was heavily foreshadowed right from the beginning of the first Dreamfall that Brian Westhouse
is the Prophet, and is also the one who pretty much single-handedly engineered the conflict of the second and third games is confirmed. Their whole motivation for building and activating the Engine is stated to be so that they can return to Stark, their homeworld, from which they'd been entirely cut off for an incredibly long time.
It's also implied that their desire to accomplish this in such an elaborate fashion, which would involve merging the worlds, was partially influenced by the Undreaming but in the end, we also learn that the Undreaming isn't actually evil, but just a natural counter-force to the Dreamer, Lux, and thus part of the order of the Balance
. So, why was the Prophet so adamant on finding and developing this way to travel between the worlds?
Well, if you recall, the reason why Brian ended up in Arcadia to begin with was because they visited the Tibetan monastery and took part in the dream-ritual, which also led him to pass through Dreamtime, which Cortez, who pretty much led him there, probably knew was gonna happen. So why were they searching for a way to travel between the worlds in the first place (before arriving in Arcadia), with their eventual development of the Engine leading them to control it so thoroughly instead of trying to find a quick way back home?
My theory is that Brian is really Magnus, Saga's father. In the story that gradually develops during the Interlude segments, we can see that Magnus is devastated by the loss of his wife Etta, who disappeared in the passages between the worlds, never to return, and this is only aggravated once Saga begins shifting and pretty much disappears as well. We don't really see what happens to him after that point, nor do we ever get a straight explanation on how travel to and from the House of All Worlds works or if it is truly reliable for anyone. After Saga's disappearance, Magnus decided to throw caution to the wind and went running out to the pathways between the worlds, eventually ending up in Stark (which was also their own homeworld), from which they then travelled to Arcadia while continuing their search, and finally became the Prophet in order to devise a way for them to access all possible worlds at their leisure, all for the sake of finding Saga and possibly Etta once again.
If nothing else, there's also the fact that Brian and Magnus are physically quite similar. This also adds quite a bit of tragic irony to the climactic sequence in Book Five, as Saga is involved in helping the heroes in both sides of the Divide by opening and maintaining a Shift, which, due to the way the inside of the Tower is laid out, essentially means that her and Brian/Magnus are in the same room, but they never become reunited or even seem aware of each other's presence, and further in the very last scene where Lady Alvane/Saga imagines that her parents were eventually reunited somewhere.
(Also, the disappearance of Magnus' Scottish accent could be chalked up to him having to live in Boston for a few years, which is where Brian claims to be from)
- Wasn't Brian blonde before he went grey though? Magnus has black hair.
Saga's "Uncle Galath" is actually Cortez
Although he never appears in person, Saga mentions "Uncle Galath" multiple times throughout the game: he acts as her godfather, part-time mentor, and later helps Magnus create the wards that prevent Saga from Shifting away. Considering that the lead writer has not discounted the possibility of Cortez appearing post-Dreamfall
, we can be fairly certain that he is still alive by the time of Chapters
and, considering how much effort he had spent mentoring and protecting April, it is only consequent that he would do the same for her reincarnation. He can even be considered her actual "uncle", in a roundabout way: Saga is a reincarnation of the human daughter of Cortez's fellow Kin, and the Kin seem to consider each other siblings, if McAllen's dialogue in TLJ
is any indication. Finally, in the epilogue, Saga mentions that her uncle Galath has since departed "to the stars" forever, which is exactly what the Kin had planned to do after the reunification, according to the Blue Kin in TLJ