Love the Swift alternative-verse, but can't help but feel that Wingthing's got it out for Strongbow. I believe I've read all of her stories and the poor guy can't catch a break. He never gets to be right.
Anyway, as for the whirlpool, I'd like to see a few what ifs like, what if Strongbow had killed Winnowill in her chambers when she held Suntop captive before they found the Palace. Or what if all of the Gliders hadn't fled when Voll was killed? Or even, what if Cutter and Skywise weren't saved by the human village leader (Oobar the Mountain Tall or something like that) when they were hanging over the waterfall?