Alera's Dragon-ness - alternate theory

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 10:45:18 PDT 2005

On 10/28/05, Rook <gisho at puddleofgoo.com> wrote:
> I've come up with another theory for how Aliera became the accepted Dragon
> heir despite being half-God: She isn't half-God at all. Verra is her
> "mother" because she bore her, but genetically, Aliera is in fact a clone of
> Adron.

As you note, there is in fact no evidence in favor of this theory and a lot
of evidence against it--Aliera is unusually short for a Dragaeran, has a
different hair color than Adron, and is a different sex; you handwave these
inconvenient facts away by invoking Verra's presumed desire to have a short,
blond, female clone of Adron for reasons unknown. At that point it becomes
questionable whether it's necessary to your theory to have Aliera be a
"clone" at all.

My Bayesian detectors are screaming; this theory requires that you have a
heavy prior-belief investment in Verra being "genetically" unrelated to
Aliera. It would probably be simpler to postulate that Verra is somehow a
Dragon herself. Not that I think that's necessary, but YMMV.

Max Wilson

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