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, 2019 at 17:56
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    Probably made for the purpose.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Dec 27, 2019 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? Dec 27, 2019 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) Dec 27, 2019 at 18:44
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    "Palestine", I'm dead! :D :D Stupid auto-correct.
    – Möoz
    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:31

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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 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 5:40
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    +1 for "from a certain point of view" Dec 29, 2019 at 2:24
  • @NathanK. The Force
    – T.J.L.
    Dec 30, 2019 at 13:07
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    @OrganicMarble I was hoping somebody would pick up on that. :)
    – T.J.L.
    Dec 30, 2019 at 13:07

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