- It comes from the Twilight Woods, and considering they will keep you alive (in a way) forever, I'd say this was quite plausible.
- seconded. not to mention the healing water of riverise, which is seeded by a different storm, but the principles are probably related there's bound to be some kind of connection.
- To those unfamiliar with the contradicting accounts, there is the one above and in "Freeglader", Tem Barkwater tells Rook that Twig (paraphrasing here) "did a good job raising her (Keris)" before leaving to search for his crew.
Alternatively, she saw Maris and Quint leaving Twig in the Deepwoods and didn't want her grandmother to know Twig had done the same to his child. Or possibly both.
Granted, Rook apparently doesn't die while his children are young - the portrait of him in The Immortals shows him as middle-aged - but perhaps the curse was fading after three generations. It seems to pop up again every so often, too - Nate's father dies before he reaches adulthood, too.
- The Curse would have been Confuddled; Rook is Rook BARKWATER. the verginix line continued, but the curse went the way most curses do and stopped when the surname changed. Nate was just unlucky.
- Or, since there doesn't seem to be that kind of magic in the Edge Chronicles, the Gloamgloazer was actively trying to influence them the whole time to bring about tragedy; He wouldn't dare show his face to Quint after what happened last time he did, so he settled for leading him into abandoning Twig. Next generation he tried to lure Twig to his death. It backfired when the Catterbird saved him, so the Gloamgloazer just fell back on trying to engineer tragedies from afar. He missed Rook because he thought he'd succeeded in killing off the Verginix line entirely when Keris died; Rook as a baby was helpless in the middle of the Deepwoods, and once again was only saved by another creature intervening. Sometime between Freeglader and the Immortals the Gloamgloazer finally worked out what was going on and meddled with Nate, before backing off when he found Sanctaphrax. Alternatively, The Gloamgloazer thought Rook dead when he nearly went over the edge in Freeglader. There was that Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of the Gloamgloazer seemingly appearing and mocking him in the mist before he went.
- Another angle that crops up on this sometimes is an effect of the curse being that the Verginix line is doomed to have single children, although in fairness, parental abandonment would certainly tend to result in this by default. This troper knows at least one fellow fan who would have liked to see the one child thing persist all the way to Nate, and he be the first to have a "normal" family life after the Gloamglozer was destroyed.
- one: one stormphrax explodes if crushed anytime other then twilight, explaing where the Nimbians get gunpowder for there cannons.
- two: in the third age, stormphrax is used to power devices, again something the Nimbians have down to a literal science.
- Third: Harvesting storm crystals in netstorm is mostly done by artificial machines like Golems, such creatures would be immune to Twlight (assuming the effect of the twlight wood is cuased by the stormphrax it self) or very fast units that don't have to stand the effect for long.
The edge is the biggest island in the Netstorm world as such it's strong enough to sit low in netstorm skys world, just above the furys, so rather then have guesser thrown upward, they get the storm crystals as they go 'sideways'. There so low in fact, that no else wants to risk exploring so there have been left alone. The techniques used to build ships are the same used by Nimbians, and the existence of trees like the ironbark explains how the wind units (being made of wood0 can do what they do.