Author Topic: Is the "Eclipse" the proper name or the ceremony of Apostles and God Hand alike?  (Read 950 times)

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Offline volatilecurry

So this came up the other day and I realized that I'm not actually 100% clear on it. Is the Eclipse the name for the sacrificial ceremony that Apostles go through, or is that reserved for only God Hand members? I've called the event in volume 3 "The Count's Eclipse" for years but I'm realizing now that maybe it's different for Apostles.

The most prominent piece of evidence that comes to mind is the prediction of the Holy See that Farnese speaks of at the beginning of Conviction. She specifically mentions the sun dying five times, which suggests that the Eclipse was seen worldwide, or at least regionally. Rickert also sees the Eclipse and comments on it from outside. If this happened every time an Apostle was born then not only would the sun have died more than five times, but that would be a whole lot of solar eclipses. They'd be a fairly normal phenomenon.

So I ask you, if "Eclipse" isn't the name for the ceremony that normal Apostles go through, then what is it called? Has it been given a specific name? If it has, I can't think of where or when that happens.
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So this came up the other day and I realized that I'm not actually 100% clear on it. Is the Eclipse the name for the sacrificial ceremony that Apostles go through, or is that reserved for only God Hand members? I've called the event in volume 3 "The Count's Eclipse" for years but I'm realizing now that maybe it's different for Apostles.

The name "eclipse" comes from the fact a solar eclipse occurs when Griffith becomes Femto. You can call it that, or the Occultation ceremony (because the sun is occulted), but that is indeed only reserved for that particular ceremony. Like you pointed out, we know that those have occurred before (they happen every 216 years) and they clearly seem to coincide with the birth of each member of the God Hand.

There is no specific name for the ceremony apostles go through (which does not involve a solar eclipse), but you can simply call it an "apostle ceremony" or a "sacrificial ceremony". It's what I do.

Offline volatilecurry

Thanks or the explanation. "Sacrificial ceremony" sounds good to me.
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