> I understand the "find Devera" joke, but I do not understand where it came > from. What have I missed (or, at least, what have I not read yet?). I do > not really remember Devera being explained clearly. THERE'S, LIKE, DEVERA SPOILERS HERE, YA KNOW? SO BE WARNED! TURN BACK NOW! NOTHING TO SEE HERE!! Kevin, Well, as I didn't see any other response to this, I'll do it myself, and then people can correct me. <grin> There is no real "Devera Joke", as far as I know. Devera is a character that Brust tosses into his books (though, I believe, not all of them) and can be very hard to find on occasion, as she seems to take different forms. Devera is Aliera's daughter, though her father is still "under debate" (meaning it hasn't been clearly stated in the books, but it's widely believed to be X, Y, or Z person). She shows up in the Paths of the Dead (not the book:) a number of times, and helps Vlad out. She also shows up in some other books as well that have nothing to do with Dragaera (_The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars_ is one of them). Personaly, I think it's just another item that Brust has fun putting in his books. In other words, he thinks it's cool. Since we all get a kick out of it, too, he must be right. <grin> Hope that helps, and good luck with "Where's Devera?"  Not too difficult to catch, but I thought it was cool. SM&S is a great book. :) Chris "Life is the nightmare that leaves its mark upon you in order to prove that it is, in fact, real." -Thomas Ligotti- 'The Sect of the Idiot'