It's said that the nine were the last of the vernals, but I'm a but curious as to WHY they say that they were the last. Did they have a list to check of? Were they attuned to one another in a particular way? Or is it merely based on an assumption?
Because I can't help but think that, theoretically, could it be Menestre hid herself among the Czigany as the Iron Lady? Could there be others like Vestara who existed in a very faded state? Could there be Vernals hiding or trapped on aetherbubbles? Or is this just aimless impossible speculation?
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.