- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Is Seamus' tolerance of the hunters and bandits and cooperation with Lord Drake proof that he's a corrupt and unprincipled official, or is it mainly due to pragmatism and looking out for his town's best interests?
- Because Werner Macht never reveals the reason behind blowing a hole in the Dreipasse wall before dying, his reasons are purely up to speculation. Was the action motivated purely by spite toward Ember and Jona, or was there some other reason for his actions?
- Moral Event Horizon: Werner Macht crosses it by setting a fire in the store room, causing an explosion that breaches the wall, resulting in the town falling and Ember and Jona being forced to flee.
- Strawman Has a Point: While Mayor Resin is dismissed as a Dirty Coward for wanting to surrender to Drake and turn over the talents, he does have a somewhat compelling argument that it isn't worth endangering the lives of all his citizens for a mere handful of talented individuals.
- Wangst: After Ember overhears her parents talking about how they'd rather not have to rely on her help to keep the family and the forest safe from bandits, she gets upset over how they don't think she's ready, a somewhat overblown reaction considering that they're just looking out for her safety (she's 12 at the time).
YMMV / A Fox's Tale