In the end of The Fractal Prince, it is revealed that
as as child, Matjek Chen had imaginary friends, and was trying to make them real. These are the Green Soldier, the Chimney Princess, the Lightning Kraken and the Flower Prince
The bit I'm uncertain about is
Is Jean le Flambeur the Flower Prince - so then is he originally an imaginary friend of Matjek Chen, whom he managed to make "real"?
Also, about the Aun:
Are the Aun the other imaginary friends of Chen? So is Jean le Flambeur also an Aun? What is the current relation of the Aun to the Sobornost (Pellegrini, Chen, Sumanguru)? If I understood correctly the central idea was that the Aun managed to live as stories that could be "released" on Sirr when a mind recounts the stories. Do the Aun (other than Jean) only live on the minds of the people as stories on Sirr, or and these just one instances of the Aun that happen to be there? Or am I just completely off base here? :)