Whatever you think about the merits of the story, it is clearly fact. The linking art in "Rogue's Challenge" says "Hold hands...! Listen! You'll hear Brownskin's voice -- but he'll speak the thoughts and words of others... Memories captured in the colors long ago..." It is a little annoying how much the Circle of Nine resembles later elves but elfin genetics work in unusual ways. The family resemblance of Ingen, Rayek and Venka is quite strong. They don't seem to have much in the way of "hop-out-of-kin," where someone has inherited a bunch of recessive genes and looks unusually different from the rest of their family.