The Obelisk Gate, chapters 7 & 8
Nassun and Jija travel south for a year. Jija somehow hears about a place called "Moon" that can cure orogenes. When they arrive, they're attacked by bandits and saved by Schaffa. Jija is severely injured by a harpoon in the attack. Nassun displays fine-control orogeny to sever the harpoon's chain. Schaffa does the feeding-from-sessapinae trick on Nassun, and Nassun detects that "[Schaffa]'s not alone in there."
The endnode has an gnomic reference to Guardians and Warrant.
Essun picks up on some anti-orogene sentiment in Castrima, but she is enjoying settling in and engaging with mundane activities without hiding her identity. Essun goes on a short trip on the surface to see a cluster of impaled bodies. She and the hunters surmise it's a signal of a newly-established comm. Essun seems to have been volunteered to train the other orogenes in Castrima. Essun and Alabaster argue about young orogenes, the death of Innon and Coru, and Alabaster's poor pedagogcial technique. Then we're promised more exposition next time!
When and how do you think Jija heard of the Moon? Was it even before he left Tirimo?
Everyone in the book is a killer. Even sweet little Nassun slaughters everyone in a town when she's shot at. Do we care that all the characters are psychopathic, or should we treat this as a sensible response to a Season?
Nassun describes Jija as cracked and fragile, echoing the description Innon gave of Alabaster in The Fifth Season. Do you think Jija and Alabaster are similar characters?
Essun learnt about magic in the last chapter, so now Nassun has had the same revelation, independently. Really?
Is the impaling comm to the north Tettehee, or someone else? If someone else, who?
Is Alabaster angry because he's been thwarted in his plans to destroy the world (or perhaps save it), or because Essun killed Coru, or because Alabaster knows it was necessary and he'd have done the same?