Okay, good, you're nowhere near as dense as Damen. And yeah, AS SOON AS THAT WAS REVEALED, it was like welp so that is definitely a thing. That explains so many of the things. And the politics. And what happened.
But oh yeah, even if Damen HAD figured it out already, it might have been enough to get Damen to attack him. And finding out? Oh god oh god oh god. And the WAY the Regent talked about it made it even WORSE.