Way to lay it all out and bring it together Guildenstern. Here are my thoughts in review.
-I completely missed Liz as possibly being a Child.
-I don't think Jack shut off his soul, just his emotions. Shutting off his soul smacks too much of 'loosing yourself to gain yourself'. Where the point was to make him his own person. Can't do that if you don't have your soul.
-The Army of Man is working to ensure the supremacy of humankind over our home reality, but many of its leaders are Incarnates (who ARE human), and they have definate ideas on the heirarcy WITHIN humankind. Guess whos on top?
-Tsukari and Cal, Tsukari also told mouthface demonseed that she was angelic related. Does that mesh with the Tengu bit?
-Graves seems fairly straightforward to me. A not terribly bright beach bum, trying to stay alive and not work to hard, who always ends up in bad company or strange situations. Including constantly being related to Sirrus in some fashion or another. Much of it really being his own fault for persuing (path of least resistance) eternal life. He was part of the beach cult, left when it got too sexually disgusting, got old fast, joined that church probably in return for slowing his decay, Army of Man take down the Church, give Graves the body Sirrus was no longer using, eventually Sirrus gets bonded to the body again. Probably more to it eventually, but thats it right now.
-I wonder what that thing Kain turned into was, just before they got captured by the AoM.
-Loki is rather interesting in and of himself. He is very old, an original Incarnate, a Herald(?) for the Elemental Chaos Gods, powerful, has alot of big plots going at the same time, playing several sides off against everything else, gotta be insane to boot.
-Also some loose ends that may become more important later. Such as that Medusa chick, and Egyptian mummy dude who controlled Hooks (and a number of other musicians) canopic jars. Not to mention that there are levels of reality beyond what even the Incarnates can know and control.
-Where is Control going to fit into all of this.
Thats all I got right now.
Anyway, very cool post/analysis there.
'Never appeal to a man's 'better nature'. He may not have one. Invoking his self-intrest gives you more leverage.' -Lazarus Long