First of all: Congratulations on winning the Morningstar Award!
-Was Beon's words about the story having a a sad ending foreshadowing Tamas' fate?
-If the gods left the nine to explore the cosmos does that mean there are other planets with life in them? Could a future book of yours take place in the same universe as the Powder Mage books but in another planet?
Unfortunately the only answer I can give to any of those questions is "possibly." Too close to spoilers.