lunakat said: 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.
Yeah. When you think about it: Ember's task is to Preserve the Way, yet she became chief in a very unlike-the-Way way.