I assumed that a caithdaen was in that job position till he or she died. if they could resign wouldn't Jaerits daughter have resigned by now? and yes we should be discussion lysaer because arithon is only half the equation. :P
Well probably somewhere on the forum we have speculated about who the initiate is that the title of the next book is referring to. What if it is Lysaer? No doubt knowing Janny the title can be taken to refer to multiple initiates some of which could be Arithon, Dakar, Elaira, Lirenda, Arithon's daughter perhaps even some of Ath's adepts, but has anyone thought that Lysaer could be one of the initiates in question?
We have seen Lysaer now wants to try and stop that juggernaut he has set loose from destroying everything in its path. He has shown some sense when threatened with necromancy and started to take steps to safe guard his innate autonomy, those same safe guards could also help him fight the curse. He has been practising Paravian cantrips to try and control the nightmares. Lysaer cannot ask for help from the fellowship, but there seems to be enough guidance and knowledge around to set him on the right path. With Arithon removed for a few centuries and the curse not a problem, would Lysaer be able to use a combination of Paravian teachings and arcane knowledge combined with his natural talent to actually start seriously fighting the curse. Lysaer will again have a Cathdeins help, but still when Arithon is released and the curse becomes active again, Lysaer is going to be facing a trial to keep both control of himself, and control of his fanatics.
The arc name is Sword of the Cannon, it would be most likely the cannon of Lysaers false religion, Ath has no organised religion or priesthood. For an arc, who is likely to be the sword in question?
Sulfin Evend - 'You were never Ath's sword, to see into small minds.'
Lysaer - 'I will have to be, now.'
We have seen Lysaer has a tendency to pretend to be or be perceived by others to be something more aptly describing Arithon (or at least that is how it appears to be so far). If Lysaer is the sword of the light could the title also refer to his trial? Maybe Lysaer has decided to do more than just build political and military power.
"Sword of the Canon".
"Canon" and "Cannon" are two very different things. Cannons aren't allowed on Athera .
Sorry for the typo.
Both Canon and Cannon involve a lot of noise and bluster, heavy work by minions, sparks and light and leave a trail of carnage, destruction and bloodied, pulped bodies in their wake.. they aren't as dissimilar as you might think..
So no thoughts on whether or not Lysaer has been practising all this time to be one of the ones trying to save Athera. Lysaer, lord of the light might actually get it right and see the true light, or at least a glimpse of it.