The Obelisk Gate, chapters 11 & 12
Schaffa dreams, probably of his childhood and life before Meov. He remembers the surgery that altered his sessapinae and made him a Guardian. He remembers some of the horrific things he did, including killing unborn babies. He remembers Damaya. When we wakes, he is revolted by what he was.
Nassun is showing great orogene ability, by using "the silver" (what Alabaster and Essun call "magic") to control the earth. This is in contrast to Fulcrum teaching. The other Guardians let slip they knew about magic and the potential of obelisks, but suppressed the knowledge and the people who were capable of contacting the obelisks. Jija gets angry when he learns that Nassun is learning orogeny and that none of the children have been cured of it. Nassun's renewed fear of Jija causes Schaffa to order her to stay in Found Moon. Schaffa hints about Nassun's great purpose and her role in undoing a great wrong in the past. That night, Eitz wakes Nassun from a nightmare; Nassun calls on an obelisk and turns him to stone. Jija is scared away by Schaffa. Nassun also sessed the remnants of the node network, and the Antarctic Fulcurm with orogenes.
- Are you convinced that Schaffa has changed his ethics? Is his concern for Nassun consistent with his contempt for Jija?
- Why do you think the Guardians kept some "obelisk-aware" orogenes around in their breeding programme?
- Hoa turned a kirkhusa to stone. Nassun turned Eitz to stone. Alabaster is turning himself to stone. How are all these connected to the stone eaters, and the moon?
- Can you regard the Nassun/Jija separation as a manifestation of Nassun growing up? Does it matter that others are urging Nassun to move away from Jija while Nassun wants to stay with him?