First off, props to Pseudolonewolf for his mind. With all of the clever prose, descriptions, and especially all of the haikus, it could not have been easy. I speak for all of us when I say, thank you. Secondly, if you would all go to his website, you would know that the Mardek series is postponed while Miasma is in the works. That, I can't wait for.
Here's a tip: Make a pact with the group that is closest to your own. As you send troops either east or west, make sure you build up plenty of firepower back home. When the two on the other side are gone, go straight for the capital.
So as far as I can tell, the fish is "Grandma's sick bed", the shade/demon knowledge is "the basket of goodies". The imps obviously can't tell the difference between a father with his back turned from a sword-weilding killer wolf. Also, the imps might be the prison guards, turned savage after this time?