Another thing I've been thinking lately - just a hunch - but Bredon strikes me as a likely candidate for an Amyr. He obviously wanted to get closer to the Maer.
I've always liked the theory that Master Bredon = Aculeus Lackless, daddy to Meluan and Netalia and grandfather to Kvothe. We've very explicitly never been given the Lackless title---Meluan is called "Lady", but she's apparently not the head of her family, and when Sim is giving the line of succession for the throne of Vintas, he leaves Aculeus Lackless's title off the list. We're told that the Lackless family once had the same powers that Maer
shon Alveron now has. I think the idea that the Lackless title is something like "Amaer
" isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Actually, if we posit that Master Bredon is in fact Kvothe's maternal grandfather Aculeus Lackless, I'm wondering if perhaps the Maer and "Bredon" know exactly
who Kvothe is (the son of Netalia Lackless), have known this all along
, and think Kvothe
knows about this and in fact is being driven by this. Perception has been a pretty major theme thus far. Everything that's happened has been filtered through Kvothe's understandings. Kvothe's actions make perfect sense to us as readers because we know all about his driving force---murdering the shit
out of some fairy-tale monsters. But nobody in-story knows about that motivation (and wouldn't believe it if Kvothe told them). So how do they interpret Kvothe's actions? I think if readers examine the actions of Bredon, the Maer, and even Meluan (maybe she thinks the Ruh were responsible for Netalia's death, and is pissed at Kvothe for identifying with the group she perceives as his mother's murderers) in the context of them actually knowing
about Kvothe being Netalia's son, then their actions and responses to Kvothe's actions make a lot more sense.
If we examine their actions from this
perspective, I think a lot of things fall into place. The "happy coincidence" that the Maer, the richest man in his country, who employs a large number of personal musicians, just happened
to have sent a request for a musician to a completely different country, to the closest thing Kvothe had to a noble patron, after a very well-publicized trial meant Kvothe would be free to head to the Maer's court, so that Kvothe could help the Maer woo the woman who's almost undoubtedly Kvothe's maternal aunt. I mean, that's a pretty heavy coincidence, and maybe the whole point is that it never was
a coincidence. The whole "to woo a woman, you have to know her family" spiel the Maer gave Kvothe doesn't really make a lot of sense if you think about it as a romantic strategy, but makes a lot of sense if the Maer's real intention was to bring up the Netalia Lackless connection to Kvothe without just flat-out saying it.
That whole weird "what secret thing drives you" discussion between Kvothe and the Maer: if the Maer knows Kvothe is Netalia's kid, that whole conversation would have taken on a load of meanings in the Maer's head (he might have been expecting Kvothe to talk about his mother being a noble, and the Maer might even have read Kvothe bringing up the "Amyr" as being code for Kvothe's driving force being the Lackless family), something that of course went completely over Kvothe's head. If the Maer (and quite possibly "Bredon") know Kvothe's mother was a Lackless, the most logical assumption for them would be that Kvothe knows this and went to the University to try and better himself so his maternal family will want him (since clearly Kvothe could have just made a career with the Edema Ruh, given his heritage and musical skills). These are people who view the nobility as the most desired thing in the world; they'd assume Kvothe wanted acceptance into the nobility. That it's all part of his lifelong scheme to murder a group of fairy-tale monsters is not, I think, ever viewed as a potential motivation for him. They would never just assume that, despite his genius-level intelligence, Kvothe hasn't figured out his Lackless connection and doesn't actually even care about his mother's noble relatives.
It explains "Master Bredon's" whole charade---he won't tell Kvothe his real name, he doesn't wear his family colors, he's hanging around the Maer's court for no readily discernable purpose, etc. He knows Kvothe doesn't know much about Vintish culture---why bother hiding these things about himself, unless he believed Kvothe had some reason to recognize the Lackless name/colors/etc.? That Netalia Lackless never told her son anything about her family, and that said son never bothered trying to discover anything about his noble relations, is not the sort of thing a nobleman would think to consider. And "Bredon" never mentions why he's at the Maer's court in the first place; the Maer was always intending on wooing Meluan, so it makes sense that he'd be making arrangements with her father. And if Bredon = Kvothe's grandfather, then it makes sense that he's the one who thought up the whole scheme that brought Kvothe to the Maer's court in the first place.
It also explains what was going on with the wedding. I don't think the Maer actually intended Kvothe to catch any bandits. I think Kvothe was (as he originally thought) intended to wander around the woods for a month, head back to the Maer's court in time for the wedding (Kvothe notes that the amount of money the Maer gave him would only last a month, and when he set out, the wedding date was two months away). What was going to happen at the wedding? The Maer had intentionally gotten all of the nobles in his court gossiping about Kvothe and his identity. (Something which also cuts against the idea that the Maer's main intention was getting Kvothe's help in wooing Meluan---if he didn't want attention brought to what he and Kvothe were doing, why make Kvothe such an object of attention?) If Bredon = Aculeus Lackless, then his true identity would have been made clear at the wedding, as he was the father of the bride. Perhaps he thought such a reveal would mean something to Kvothe? And perhaps he and the Maer had cooked up some scheme---announcing Kvothe as a distant cousin, perhaps, or having him legitimized as Netalia's son and Aculeus's heir (given that Meluan had just made a fantastic marriage and no longer needed the Lackless lands or title). And then Kvothe didn't show up to the wedding.
I don't think the Maer, at least, believed Kvothe's story about hanging out with the Adem. He's never seen Kvothe fight, and he'd have no way of recognizing an Adem sword. He might easily think that Kvothe intentionally missed the wedding, messing up whatever plans the Maer and "Bredon" had made, as part of a power game. From his POV, I think Uncle Alveron thinks he and Kvothe are engaged in a dominance game, with Kvothe wanting full noble status and all its accoutremants and the Maer pushing back, with the Maer's actions having been deftly calculated to smack Kvothe down without fully cutting their ties. And when the Maer was kicking Kvothe out of his court, Kvothe is the one that assumed he was just getting thrown out on his rear. For all we know, the whole plan was to have Master Bredon/Grandpa Aculeus basically "take charge" of Kvothe, and Kvothe never realized this because he took off through the window before these plans came to fruition.
Basically, imagine that the Maer and "Bredon" are engaged in an intricate game of chess with Kvothe. Except neither of them realize that Kvothe has no idea they're "supposed" to be playing chess, and Kvothe is actually playing Twister, so the Maer, Bredon, and even Meluan simply don't understand how or why Kvothe keeps kicking them in the face.