These are some of the questions that need answering in The Doors of Stone. Feel free to edit or add any you deem necessary.
(Note: It is unlikely that all of these questions will be answered, but having these written down in the same place may be useful in organizing theories.)
- Who was the woman that Chronicler referred to in NotW?
Chronicler says that "some people say there was a woman..." to which Kote cuts him off by saying what do they know? "they say she..." and Kvothe says what do any of them know? Is this woman Denna? Did something tragic happen to her? What did she do?
- Which princess did Kvothe steal from sleeping barrow kings?
At the beginning of his tale to Chronicler, Kvothe says that he "stole princesses from sleeping barrow kings." Was it Auri that he rescued? Is she the Princess Ariel that Kvothe refers to? Is it possible that Auri is connection with Amyr , as she mentions Kvothe looks like one of the Ciridae. Kvothe asks her what she knows about the Ciridae, but the question startles her away.
- What is behind the Doors of Stone?
It may be the Lackless box, the Waystones, or the stone door in the university. Who or what is locked behind it? Is it Iax or Jax from the stories of Felurian and Hespe who stole the moon and sparked the creation war?
- What angel did Kvothe kill?
Chronicler looks at Kvothe and thinks that 'this is the face of a man who has killed an angel.'
- Is Master Lorren one of the Order Amyr?
He stops Kvothe from researching the Amyr in The Name of the Wind. Coincidence? Or is he concerned about hiding the truth of the Amyr? He also is Master Archivist so it would be easy for him to purge the archives from details of the Amyr.
- What do theChandrian do?
Besides killing everyone who mentions them, their purpose is unclear. If Master Ash and Cinder are one and the same, then how does creating a song painting Lanre in good light help them?
- What is Skarpi's larger role?
Kote says that if anyone would find him it would have been Skarpi. How did he get out of jail. What is the storytellers day job? Is he too one of the Amyr?
- Who is Master Ash?
Cinder is a candidate, but may be too obvious. Then again there is the wordplay, Ash and Cinder... well you know.
Bredon is another contender. Denna's patron is described by Deoch after Kvothe is late to his meeting with her in the Eolian. He says “...this fellow had that sort of look about him. White-haired, wealthy, you know the type.” When Bredon is introduced in The Wise Man's Fear he is described as “an older man, a gentleman down to his bones.” “His colors weren’t colors at all, merely ash grey and a dark charcoal. His hair and beard were pure white...” Also, the Cthaeh tells Kvothe that Denna's patron started beating her up with a walking stick, and Bredon's wolf-head walking stick is mentioned several times in the book.
- What is Elodin's deal?
What happened in the past to him that left him sort of cracked? How does he know Auri?
- The Cthaeh:
Several things about the Cthaeh are puzzling. I find it hard to believe that Kvothe's meeting with the Cthaeh will end up in total devastation. I know that the story is described by Kote as a tragedy but there is likely some sort of happy ending or closure for Kvothe. If the Cthaeh sees all futures and is completely malevolent, then this is not possible.
Also, there are the circumstances that surround Kvothe's meeting with the tree. Bast says that the Cthaeh is constantly guarded by the Sithe who kill anyone who comes close to the tree. It seems very peculiar for Kvothe to walk right up to it with impunity.
Next, there is the Cthaeh's words which should result in chaos if the tree is as advertised. First, the Cthaeh tells Kvothe that the Amyr could help him. He then points Kvothe in the Maer's direction for answers about the Amyr. Kvothe later has a conversation with the Maer which sparks up a childhood fancy about the Amyr in the latter, which may prove devastating. Possibly the Maer will discover the Amyr which will be the cause of the war? The Cthaeh also tells Kvothe that no one would beleive in the existence of the Chandrain until he crosses the Stormwal. Lastly, he mentions the abuse that Denna is receiving at the hands of her patron. This may cause Kvothe to look for her patron which would likely have catastrophic consequences.
- Kingkiller: Which king and/or poet does Kvothe kill and why?
Saicere is the name of the sword that Kvothe is given in Ademre which means to break, to catch, and to fly. Kvothe renames it Caesura, a word for the jarring break in a line of perfect verse. The townspeople in present day Newarre call it Kaysera, "the poet-killer" in their stories. Does Kvothe kill a poet and a king at once? There is the poet-king that Vashet is constantly referring to when teaching Kvothe. He is a king and a poet so it fits, but we have not met this king at all. Simmon is a poet and is some sort of nobility, but Kvothe killing one of his best friends seems like a stretch. Who does he kill?
Perhaps he kills a poet and a king separately? Then which king does he kill???
A compelling case for King Roderic is made by a fan here (maybe Vashet worked for Roderic?): http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/75050-the-wise-mans-fear-ix-spoilers-speculation/page-11#entry4388673
- What magic has a "whisper of a mention" in the books?
Rothfuss discussed the different magics we have been exposed to in a Q&A with Jo Walton, in his blog (http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2012/05/a-different-sort-of-interview/). According to Rothfuss, we have been exposed to six types of magic in the books directly, one has a whisper of a mention and one is new. The eight magics are: 1. Alchemy 2. Sympathy 3. Naming 4. Sygaldry 5. Glammourie 6. Grammarie 7. Whisper of a mention 8. Yet to be revealed. Maybe it is the magic that Denna refers to when she asks Kvothe about magic? The one where whatever someone writes in will become true?
Also, Rothfuss is particularly pleased about the difference between shaping and naming. When asked: What is the difference between shaping and naming? Rothfuss responds: That is a very good question. A very, very good question. You have no idea how good a question that is. Whoever asked this, you’re going to really enjoy parts of book three…. In The Lightning Tree (novella about Bast), Bast says the Fae call grammarie shaping. Is shaping really advanced grammarie?
- What is in the Thrice-locked Chest?
It is locked by iron (which hurt the fae), copper (which may not have a true name) and one that is unseen. Is it related to the lackless box
- What is inside the loeclos box?
It is small and has old Yllish engravings on it. Denna likely speaks Yll, so does she play a part in opening it? It's wood smells similar to the Ctheah's Rhinna Tree. Does it come from there? Maybe the piece of obsidian than Selitos used to gauge out his eye is in the box. Maybe Selitos is the Cteah as he is "a man who lost his eye and gained a better sight." He said to Lanre "You have beaten me once through guile, but never again. Now I see truer than before and my power is upon me." Never again. Sounds like he's pissed. We know PR loves the theme that stories change. Is Denna's version of Lanre's story partially correct? Did Selitos "[tear] out his own eye in fury at Lanre’s clever trickery," and not like some saint Skarpi described?
- Why was Vashet dismayed about Kvothe's name Maedre?
In WMF after Magwyn gave Kvothe the name, here's Vasets reaction: "“Maedre?” Vashet said, a hint of dismay in her voice. She might have said more, but Shehyn reached out and cuffed her sharply on the side of the head.” It does spell out Admere if the letters are rearranged but that can't be all.
- What was the skin dancer saying to Kvothe?
He said "I... am... looking..." What was he looking for. In his tongue he says “Te aithiyn Seathaloi?... Te Rhintae?” Rhintae sounds like Rhinta, the adem word for Chandrian. Is it related?
- Why did the piece of pottery in Trebon show Haliax with different moons over his head (full, half, crescent)?
Is HalIAX really Iax who wants to steal the moon and that is why theSithe are chasing him?
- Is Netalia Lackless Kvothe's mother making Meluan his aunt?
She ran off with "a troupe of traveling performers" and Kvothe's mother was a noble before she met Kvothe's father. In a poem Arliden wrote for his mother he says:
Dark Laurian, Arliden's wife, Has a face like a blade of a knife
Has a voice like a prickledown burr, But can tally a sum like a moneylender.
My sweet Tally cannot cook. But she keeps a tidy ledger-book
For all her faults I do confess It's worth my life
To make my wife Not tally a lot less...
"Not tally a lot less" = Natalia Lackless???