I could be reading too much into this, but I get the sense that there is going to be a lot of war in this story. A lot of war, and a lot of cities on fire, possibly from dragons, possibly not. Lynn certainly looks ready for a long, cold campaign. In an age of dragons, how much emphasis is placed on standing armies? Are we talking low tens of thousands, a hundred thousand, or more? Nebezial's army got wasted at the beginning of book 1, the army of Palladia is being taken over by Damanulites, you have Dregya, but their strength lies in Dragoons... are we going to see armies on the rampage at some point?