#20-How did Big Mom get the devil fruit power of Mother Carmel?
#19-Who is Vegapunk? What is SSG?
Dr. Vegapunk is the leading scientist in the employment of the Marines. His work includes discovering the secrets and uses of seastone, the secrets of how Devil Fruit powers work, the co-discovery of the Lineage Factor and its applications, and various other scientific achievements that are said to be at least 500 years ahead of current technology. He has yet to make a personal appearance in the storyline.
As recently revealed, the Marine science unit are working on a project known as The Special Science Group – SSG that is intended to replace the Shichibukai system as part of the Three Great Powers. The project is obviously led by Vegapunk.
#18-Who is Im? What role does Im play in the plot? What light did he decide to eliminate?
Im is an extremely high-ranking individual in the World Government and the actual holder of the Empty Throne to whom even the Five Elders bow down. However, Im’s existence is a secret to the rest of the world. The full scope of Im’s abilities are still unknown. It seems Im has developed a particular interest in Monkey D. Luffy, Marshall D. Teach, Shirahoshi, and Nefertari Vivi. Im keeps wanted posters or photos of all four on their person. Luffy and Blackbeard’s posters are cut apart and Shirahoshi’s picture has a dagger pinning it to the ground. Vivi’s picture is the only one not shown to be damaged.
#17-How powerful are the Gorosei?
The Five Elders are the heads of the World Government, and as such, they essentially rule the entire world, with the only individual of higher authority they answer to being the mysterious Im who sits upon the Empty Throne. They are the five men who rule above the Marines, Cipher Pol, and the ones who made a pact with the Shichibukai. So far, none of their names have been revealed.
#16-What’s the relationship between Shanks and the Gorosei?
Despite his status as a notorious pirate, Shanks was permitted to meet with the Five Elders at Mary Geoise during the Reverie. The Five Elders even allowed him to speak with them in private so he could talk to them about a certain pirate. What is Shanks’ goal? What are these relations with the World Government? What pirate did he want to talk to Gorosei?