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The Splinter in the Blind Man's Eye is a "could-be-canon" Ninjago novel written by Tommy Andreasen and Ninjago fan-content creator Lachlan Jansen, released on Twitter. It centers on Lloyd's journey to the Hanging Temple at the Wailing Alps in search of a mysterious man called the Wishmaster.
Set between 'March of the Oni' and 'Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu', 'The Splinter in the Blind Man's Eye' tells a could-be-canon story of two desperate souls in pursuit of identity, hope and answers.
Written by Lachlan Jansen and Ninjago co-creator Tommy Andreasen, the story will be released one chapter at a time, each Friday ... Phase 1 consists of 10 chapters and commences July 30th.
- The novel was first announced by Tommy Andreasen on Twitter on July 25, 2018. Three days later, Andreasen released the first section that would later be used as the introduction of the first chapter. He stated that, like Way of the Departed, the story was non-canon in order for him to keep his creative freedom when writing it.
- However, there were no further chapters released for the next three years. When asked in 2020, over two years after the release of the first chapter, if he would continue the story, Andreasen stated, "We’ll see. The idea is too good to go unused."
- The project was re-initiated by Lachlan Jansen when he proposed to finish Way of the Departed for Andreasen. Andreasen responded, "'Hell no!' ...but I have another idea!" In 2021, it was announced that the novel would be releasing in weekly intervals, with the first phase consisting of ten chapters with one chapter releasing every Friday starting on July 30. The canon status was also changed from "non-canon" to "could-be-canon".
- According to Andreasen, the project was meant to be very collaborative with other writers being involved. However, Andreasen believes they created such a complex story that he needed to be finished with Jansen.
- The name is a reference to first Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
- Nadakhan, Clancee, Lloyd, and Maya appear in the announcement video.
- Captain Soto appears in the second chapter.
- Nya's theme is used in the announcement video.
- According to Jansen, the story especially draws upon Possession, Skybound, and Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu.
- According to Jansen, he was responsible for writing the chapters with an odd number while Andreasen was responsible for writing the chapters with an even number.
- According to Jansen, the drink that Lloyd had in Chapter 1 was juice, even though he previously told Kai in "The Invitation" that he should not drink too much juice.
- Chapter 2 reveals to the origins of the Teapot of Tyrahn, one identical to that of the Golden Weapons.
- According to Andreasen, they plan on creating 30-40 chapters. However, he doesn't know at the moment.
- They may explore how Clancee lost his leg in the book.
- In chapter 4, Clancee narrates that being cold-blooded makes him more resilient to the effects of cold weather, only sitting by fire to replicate Lloyd. In reality, being cold-blooded does not make an animal less vulnerable to cold any more than a warm-blooded animal, such as a human, would inherently be comfortable in extreme heat. Both types will eventually die in extremities. While warm-blooded animals maintain a consistent internal temperature, cold-blooded animals' fluctuate depending on the environment. A real snake would become sluggish and perish in a frigid area, unless it retreated.