This article contains plot details from the latest book.
Sophie Elizabeth Foster is the result of Project Moonlark. Thus, her genetics were tampered with by The Black Swan, causing her abilities to be unnaturally strong and numerous. Her biological parents have remained unknown - until Legacy (when she discovered that Councilor Oralie is her biological mother). Because Mr. Forkle is still alive, there is hope that Sophie will learn who her biological father is. Sophie has said, however, that she does not want to know who he is and will stop looking for him. She has since resigned herself to the fact that she will forever be unmatchable, causing her breakup with Fitz Vacker.
In Legacy, Councillor Oralie is revealed to be Sophie's biological mother while Councillor Oralie is assisting Sophie in an exercise to give her better control over her enhancing, allowing her to switch the power on and off at will. However, Sophie brings up the topic of her biological parents, noting Councillor Oralie's discomfort during this conversation. Oralie answers that she hadn't put any thought into this topic, but as Sophie previously learned from Lord Cassius that an Empath pulse skips three beats (one for guilt, one for fear, and one like holding breath to see if someone will catch them) when they tell a lie, Sophie realizes Oralie is not being truthful. Sophie confronts Oralie, and while the Councillor initially denies it, she eventually admits that she is Sophie's biological mother, having donated her own DNA to Project Moonlark. Since Oralie is a Councillor, Sophie decides to keep Oralie’s identity as her biological mother secret as revealing this would result in her being removed from the Council, subsequently giving the Neverseen an opportunity to strike.
During Sophie and her friends' search for her biological parents' identites in Legacy, there is also a suggestion from Lady Candence that Sophie's parents do not have the same abilities as her. This may be true as Councillor Oralie does not share any abilities with Sophie at the moment. Their abilities could still have some kind of strong connection to each other, as with Oralie’s Empath abilities and Sophie‘s Enhancer abilities.
Sophie’s biological father is still unknown. Oralie does not know who Sophie's biological father is and does not have a strong personal connection with him, though it is possible that she knows of him.
Other clues given regarding their identities:
- They have/had important reasons for remaining anonymous. (Oralie's reason is that she would lose everything if anyone knew)
- Telling Sophie their identities could "topple the elvin world." Since Oralie is a Councillor, this makes sense. This may or may not fit with Sophie’s biological father.
- They wish they could be a part of Sophie's life.
- They know she is their daughter.
- Sophie got her ability as an enhancer from her biological father.
Sophie's Theories[edit | edit source]
- Prentice (Disproven)
- Jolie (Disproven)
- Councillor Kenric (Disproven)
- Mr. Forkle (Disproven)
- Councillor Bronte (Disproven)
- Lady Cadence (Disproven)
- Oralie (Sophie technically didn't have her on her theory list until she started realizing that she was lying to her--so, no she was not one of the elves Sophie thought was her mother.)
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“These were people who'd been okay with letting their child be part of an experiment knowing it would likely put her in constant danger. People who'd let her grow up in a forbidden world without them. People who hadn't made any attempt at contacting her now that she was back in the Lost Cities. In fact, for all she knew, she saw them all the time and they never gave her the slightest clue that she meant anything to them. Probably because she didn't. She wasn't their daughter. She was the Black Swan's creation. And as far as Sophie was concerned, they were nothing more than DNA donors.”