Hi everyone! It's been a few months since I've been active here, as I was in hospital for a little while, but I'm all okay now and excited to see the number of fan theories popping up, but I've got one of my own that I think it's time to share.
Looking back on Wundersmith, I noticed the chapter set in the Elders' Hall- specifically the statues in the Hall. There are nine in all, each with a different pose, but only five are described- The theory is that each one relates to a different Wretched Art or even a different Wundersmith of old.
The mentioned statues are:
-A blindfolded man made of turquoise- Possibly Veil? Not completely sure on this one
-A puppet master made from amethyst- I don't think this Art has been revealed yet, but didn't Squall control a ton of people at the end of Wundersmith? It's not too much of a stretch to imagine this is a future Art.
-A pair of conjoined twins made of white marble, wearing decorative masks- I think this represents Masquerade, because you can use it to disguise yourself as someone else, hence having two faces. Also, the word Masquerade itself refers to a party where everyone dresses in decorative masks.
-A man made from amber whose hands are candles- This is possibly the strongest connection, because this just rings Inferno.
-A rose-quartz woman with eight pairs of hands- Not entirely sure on this one either, but it could be Weaving?
If it's true that each statue is based off a Wretched Art, they're probably based off a Wundersmith as well. After all, Wundersmiths probably made Proudfoot House. What if the original Elders were Wundersmiths, and each one had mastered a different Art? It could mean a lot of different things for the future books, as I think the Elders' tyranny could be a key element in novels to come.