I strongly agree with travelbug. And I don't think it was awkward to mention Skywise's sword. I think it was great attention to detail. As Travelbug pointed out- Windkin didn't have a sword- and it would have been curious as to where he got it without that statement. Also- it served the double purpose of emphasizing Ember's lost sword. I also agree that the loss of the sword is a good metaphor. As has been pointed out, the story-arc started off with Dewshine explaining to Tier that Ember was still insecure about her right to be chief. That makes sense. Cutter inherited the role of chief after his father died, just as every chief had before him. He followed the tradition- and he had no choice. There was no chief alternative than Cutter. But Ember? Ember was given the role by her father, who then told a number of unwilling elves to follow her. And she's been having trouble ever since.