When I had this thought, I saw pictures. I saw a man I had never met.
Ur after the excavations. The famous statue of the scribe has just been uncovered, still pondering its ancient alphabet, or maybe just recent insults and revenges.
Through the Earth and Beyond:
Someone is watching with him, through a pair of cross-time eyes that strangely resemble those of his grandfather, James Hive-Maker, as Hive-Maker will appear at a singular moment in the (at that time) future life of Zoltan Abbassid.
At the end of this vision, Jacob finds himself walking again in a dark world, heading inexorably towards someplace that he cannot name, a planet with a waiting victim.