I remember reading a description from Achamian while he was wondering the camps looking for Esmi. I wish i remember exactly where, so i could quote it. Anyway. The distinct impression i had was of a body in geocentric orbit. A satellite. Not a far distant star. It maintained the same position in the heavens throughout the day according to Achamians description.
So its an asteroid?, a moon?. A mother ship?. Did it appear when the Inchies did?. I don’t think we are ever told. I hope the ship that crashed was not some military scout ship, sent to drop the planets population before the main landing...
Strange. I had always thought it was simply a name they used for the Sun and Moon. Now that I'm re-reading the series, it appears to be a star, but they rarely mention the sun and moon by those words alone. Huh.
That is a damn dapper shark. I haven't had the heart to have a new avatar since I yoinked that one. But in hindsight, I think I saw the word sun used maybe twice in Darkness That Comes Before, I'm near done re-reading it currently. Nail of Heaven appears loads of times. And the only time I recall seeing the word 'sun' appear again is in TWP when Akka throws down with the Scarlet Schoolmen. Maybe I'm missing something. I'm doing hardcore analytic reading of the trilogy. So much foreshadowing in Darkness, good god. I enjoy it a lot more now that I've read up to TJE (just bought White Luck and am re-reading to get up to White Luck with a fresh serial memory).
Maybe the Nail is a star. I never really considered that. And it would rather make sense no in regards to Aurang's visit to Sarcellus #1. 'Eyes like twin Nails of Heaven.' I'd misjudged the head size of the Synthese in my imagination to be slightly larger. Pictured it as twin suns, etc. Not twin stars. Hrm.
I've suggested it might be the inchie dropship/deathstar before on westeros with a similar line of thinking, here's a summary of the counter arguement.
If it's a pole star it would be aligned with the north or south pole, evidence for this is when it is described that the other stars rotate around it.
If it's in a geostationary orbit it would be above the equator and would only be visible depending on whether it was in the planets shadow - unless it emits its own light, of course. This would make it appear to move past or through the other stars.
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