In The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes find the location of a Sith wayfinder by reading a runic inscription on Ochi's dagger.

What purpose does it serve to inscribe a random artifact's location on an unrelated tool? Was there some sort of relationship between the dagger and the wayfinders that I missed?

  • It wasn’t unrelated though was it? Also pointed to it when they got to the moon – TheLethalCarrot Dec 27 '19 at 17:56
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    Probably made for the purpose. – TheLethalCarrot Dec 27 '19 at 17:56
  • @TheLethalCarrot - But wasn't Ochi acting under direct orders from Palpatine? Meaning Palpatine was alive when Ochi used the dagger on <spoiler>a certain couple</spoiler>. Meaning it was given to him before Death Star II was blown up? – TheIronCheek Dec 27 '19 at 18:04
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    Maybe it was all part of Palpatine's plan, leaving clues for Rey to eventually find him so that (spoilers) – Wiggo the Wookie Dec 27 '19 at 18:44
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    "Palestine", I'm dead! :D :D Stupid auto-correct. – Möoz Jan 2 at 3:31

The artifact wasn't random.

The shape of the blade's edge matched the shape of the second Death Star's wreckage from a certain point of view. The crossguard had a piece that pulled out to point to the part of the wreckage the wayfinder was in.

The dagger was either created with precognitive insight before the Battle of Endor (not impossible for a Force user), or created after the battle. In either case, somebody clearly wanted the Wayfinder to be located at a later point in time.

Signs point to the Palpatine, as the master manipulator of nine films. There's no explicit confirmation within the films themselves; no cackling admission of guilt/plan/foresight or "Yes, I did this and here's why."

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    What I'm wondering is how Rey knew exactly where to stand and which direction to look when she used the dagger. – Nathan K. Dec 27 '19 at 23:21
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    Creating it after the Battle of Endor seems a bit more contrived since it would mean that 1. Whoever created the dagger knew that the Sith Wayfinder was in the wreckage and where. 2. That they didn't want to bother retrieving the Wayfinder themselves. 3. That they created the dagger for the purpose of allowing other people to find the Wayfinder. – jamesdlin Dec 28 '19 at 5:40
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    +1 for "from a certain point of view" – Organic Marble Dec 29 '19 at 2:24
  • @NathanK. The Force – T.J.L. Dec 30 '19 at 13:07
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    @OrganicMarble I was hoping somebody would pick up on that. :) – T.J.L. Dec 30 '19 at 13:07

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