To suneaters, ‘night’ represents stillness and death, and the word itself refers to the absence of the sun not only literally, but ultimately—to the to the end of the world, when the sun will set on the Great Day of Existence, leaving Erj in permanent, lifeless darkness.

While this is religious prophecy, it is one based upon projections made through generations of collected suneater data. It is only comparatively recently that they’ve decided there may be something they can do about it.