- Dragons still exist in DragonSteel.
- Brandon is including the ancient myth that dragons could transform using their magic.
- Dragons live a long time compared to humans.
Note that since the books Lair and Dragonsteel are unpublished and not published wide release, respectively, that the current proof may yet be unfounded. Think of it as a math proof, except I'm not providing a counter.
- Brandon has stated that dragons existed on Dragonsteel.
Ponder on that for a time, you old reptile...
- The Letter
I've been interpreting this as not an insult. The reason is that the writer is addressing the recipient with an intent for something. While parts of the letter do seem like they are for provoking an confrontation, it also seems as if that is also the intent. The writer is stating what could be facts, e.g. the recipient doesn't like the writer, the recipient is displeased with what the writer has been doing.
Ah, but drats. Unpublished works can't be used as proof, I've merely been extrapolating from prior existing works (not written by Brandon) and from a few tidbits contained within the Word of Brandon and parts of in-universe.
However, Brandon has stated that a kingdom is on Dragonsteel. If I'm to interpret that correctly, it would mean a King rules that kingdom. I'm going to suggest that the King is the recipient, which would make the King as a dragon. It would make sense then that Hoid, sorry, the writer, is attempting to convince the King to help as opposed to sending his agents to prevent the writer from interfering.
EDIT Added this section.
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen book series, by Steven Erikson already includes this. Oops, spoiler alert! Eh, shouldn't be that bad, I kind of guessed it in the beginning of book one anyway.
- Brandon might decide to do something different than the other series. Of course, I believe that having dragons transform to humans is a relatively recent literature invention drawing on influences of demons and other creatures transforming into humans to seduce or otherwise consume the human. In a sense, having a dragon be only a dragon is historically how it is done.
Hoid is a Dragon
This theory really is to explain the length of Hoid's age besides simply using time relativistic techniques to be at many places during the entire timeline. He doesn't hold any of the Shards and thus does not have the lifespan that holding a shard would allow. Even with the time dilation techniques, he would appear older in books. His appearance is many of the books changes, but rarely is any indication of his age given.
To some he may appear young and other others he may appear old. The magic system he uses might be used to cast an illusion to shadow his true age.
Other explanations include:
- That his magic system allows for living a longer time.
- His race lives a longer span than normal.
- He held a shard for some time and learned how to live longer and then released the shard to someone else.
- All the above.
The problems with this addition to the theory is that Hoid would had to of been a dragon prior to the events in Liar. EDIT: Lair and DragonSteel are set on the same planet.
What do you think? I know nothing about DragonSteel, but I'm going to pull this out of my ass because it is easy to be right or wrong. Either Brandon is going to do it or he isn't or he simply won't address it. Which I assume is the same as they can't or at least won't because of the insane difficulty of changing back or stupidity of changing.
If I'm right, then I can rub it in your faces and do a little dance. If I'm wrong, then, "Meh." It is a coin toss after all.
This does not, I believe, violate the ban on using nonpublished books for theories. The reason, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that Brandon has stated that Dragons exist on Dragonsteel and that Hoid was there when the events of the shattering happened. Finally he has stated that the shattering happened on the same world as Liar and DragonSteel. Also technically Dragonsteel is published.
 The transformations are usually by magic to either change the appearance only (illusion) or an actual transformation into human form.
 I, of course, am speaking anecdotally and so my knowledge of the full extent of lore containing dragons is limited. Simply speaking, either a dragon can transform or it can not, it appears to me that the latter is used more frequently. Of course, there is another category of whether the Dragon has intelligent or not and simply hunts for food.
 Which is like flipping a coin and choosing right and then suggesting to those around that you are a genius. Correlation is not the same as causality. I'll ignore this for now.
 It is entirely possible that Brandon might read this and decide to not do what is suggested, to be contrary. It is entirely possible that Brandon or Peter might read this and simply not care. I think the second statement is more plausible than the first, but in my mind, it'll be the first, if I'm wrong. Also, I won't be doing a dance. I suck at dancing.
 Even if technically, it will be rewritten or revised and published for wide release at a later date.
 I can't find the exact name of the Kingdom, but I'm sure I've read it. It might have been in one of the links from the page. When I have time, I'll track it down.
Edited by Jacob Santos, 17 November 2011 - 11:19 AM.