I have a theory that Keefe and Marella are siblings.
First off, their eyes. Shannon only mentions the same eye color when they are family (ex. Fitz and Biana or Tam and Linh) She describes both of their eyes as ice blue.
Second, Marella is a flirty person. She calls everyone cute and flirts all of the time. She never calls Keefe cute or even acts flirty.
I think the parents would be Lord Cassicus and Caprise Redek. Imagine that they had a child, but Lady Gisela took one. She decided on Keefe because she needed a strong empath. Caprice tried to tell the council, but before she could, Lady Gisela pushed her off a balcony, trying to kill her. It failed but while Caprise was unconscious, a washer wiped her memories of Keefe. The holes in Caprise's memories left her insane and her husband left her wanting to avoid being looked down on by the other elves because power is very important to him.
Just a theory. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Keephie4eva wrote: That makes a lot of sense, only Caprise's husband didn't leave her, Marella mentions that when she manifests, her dad is there to help.
But I feel that they are cousins, not siblings, because why would Gisela take Keefe? She didnt know he was going to be an empath when he was a baby.
Its a really cool theory, tho, I think they're related somehow.
Maybe she has some creepy way of doing it. She could have given Lord Cassicus that green stuff so his son would be an empath.
But she wanted Keefe to have the other special ability that he didnt get, thats why she does all the creepy stuff in Legacy. Also, remember she tested him twice to see if he was a conjurer. why would she do that if she knew he was an empath?