Nahum Westerly was an atheist philosopher from Lunness Point.  His Inquiries into the World's Heart was Gideon Thraxios' favorite book.  When Felix Harrowgate packed for his journey to Corambis, he took Gideon's copy of the book with him.


"Consider the stars. Among them are no passions, no wars. They know neither love nor hatred. Did man but emulate the stars, would not his soul become clear and radiant, as they are? But man's spirit draws him like a moth to the ephemera of this world, and in their heat he is consumed entire."
-Inquiries into the World's Heart