"This thread was being drawn up by the system of the world. Thinkamancers knew it as a 'Grandiocosmic string.' Its numbers were being shaped and guided by the firmament, by what magic theorists called the Erf Axis."
Is this really saying that the Erf Axis is the firmament? Does that mean that "Erfworld" is a bit like saying "sky-world"? Erf sounds like earth, so I always associated it with the ground, but in retrospect assuming that two words are connected just because they sound similar seems foolish. But why the firmament of all things? And why call it Erf? Is there some reference that I am missing? Has anything ever been revealed about where the name Erfworld comes from?
If that's clear, then I'd appreciate someone explaining why. As far as I can tell, "vault of heaven" is just a flowery way of saying "sky", so why it should be one rather than the other is a mystery to me.In Lord Crush - Part 5 thread, Lipkin wrote:Firmament means "vault of heaven" or "sky." In this context, it clearly means the former.
As I understand the firmament, it is a mythical dome that covers the world and supports things that people see in the sky. When rain falls it is leaking through the firmament and stars are lights attached to the firmament. Surely we shouldn't take it literally and conclude that Erfworld actually has a real physical dome like that. I think this is the only place that the firmament is ever mentioned, but then again it seems to be a rare glimpse into the underlying nature of Erfworld, so it might be our only hint at a deep truth.
Even more crazy than a dome over Erfworld, maybe the firmament of Episode 1 is actually the one and only firmament, the same firmament that myth says is over Stupidworld. If Erf actually means that firmament, then Erfworld ought to be the world that sits on top of the firmament, so Erfworld's ground is Stupidworld's sky. That would explain why they use a word that sounds like "earth" to say "firmament", but it just can't be what was meant.